Join 2012 James Beard nominee, chef John Murcko, Culinary Director of the Sun Valley Resort and 2013 James Beard nominee, chef Gary Kucy of Rupert’s of Hotel McCall, as they prepare an extraordinary six course meal using local ingredients and paired with exemplary wines.
Guests will meet at the legendary Sun Valley Inn, be taken to the famed Trail Creek Cabin by horse drawn carriage, and will have the opportunity to meet the chefs and chat with the winemakers and farmers who have generously donated their goods for the benefit of The Hunger Coalition. Order your tickets for this wonderful evening here.
If you have been on Baldy in the past few weeks, chances are you have noticed pods of skiers, often sporting matching parkas and matching smiles, plotting their next run, enjoying a hearty lunch on Seattle Ridge, mincing the moguls or cruising the groomers. In the past two weeks alone, 16 ski clubs have traveled to Sun Valley to enjoy a week’s worth of terrific skiing and boarding, socializing, specials at the Resort, and soaking up that Sun Valley sun and atmosphere in every possible way.
One of our terrific volunteers, welcomes Ski Club guests to Sun Valley
Almost every Saturday during the season, enthusiasts arrive in Sun Valley from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oregon, California, South Carolina, Virginia, even Hawaii (maybe that’s where all the chic ski fashion this season featuring Mauna Kea comes from..) to enjoy a seamless, made-to-order ski vacation.
According to the Resort’s Bert Witsil, Sun Valley welcomes numerous different clubs each year, many of which are repeat visitors. “We have our wonderful Ancient Skiers and Mount Hood Gang that came every winter without fail,” he explained, “then we host up to as many as 50 to 60 other clubs, from all over the nation that know about our great snow, fantastic grooming, and friendly, casual atmosphere and want to experience it for themselves.”
For visitors in Sun Valley, a fun-filled week lies ahead
Ski Clubs have a rich tradition in America. They exist is almost every big city and many smaller communities, providing members with numerous opportunities throughout the season to experience fantastic hassle-free vacations where they can leave the planning to someone else and concentrate on what matters most: the skiing and enjoying!
From the moment the charter bus arrives at the Sun Valley Lodge and ski club members check in, receiving their keys, schedules and lift tickets, enjoyment and recreation await. A typical week in Sun Valley includes a kick off party at the Inn Lobby Lounge, a free tour of Bald Mountain to make sure everyone knows their way around the hill, a Taste of Sun Valley Welcome Party, a free Nastar Race, and much, much more.
“This is a great way to get a great experience in Sun Valley,” Bert said. “There is a lot of skiing, a lot of socializing and a lot of great deals.”
For instance, at the Sunday night Taste of Sun Valley party, guests mix and mingle, enjoying entertainment, drinks and delicious food. Here, participants receive a commemorative Ski Week pin, sign up for their free Thursday Nastar Race, and enjoy a great raffle. This is also where guests get a secret password for a private sale in the Village shops. Never has there been a better excuse to replace those tired ski pants or stock up on some necessities.
Bert is the host with the most at Sunday's Taste of Idaho event. Let the fun begin!
On Tuesday, Sun Valley organizes a Pub Crawl in Ketchum that begins at the Inn and finishes up at downtown’s storied Whiskey Jacques. On Wednesday, the Wood River YMCA offers free day passes to ski club members to recover from a lot of vertical, or maybe even just the pub crawl. Reinvigorated, Thursday offers the Nastar Race and awards party where swag and beer celebrate great results and even make those that were less than epic seem somehow unimportant! Friday it’s all about free skiing and then unfortunately, like all good things, this, too, must come to an end Saturday morning.
Competitors at the post-Nastar party at Warm Springs Lodge, show off their winnings
Thank you to all the local Ski Clubs who put Sun Valley on their schedule. It is great to have guests on the hill from all over the country and we are all glad you are here! Remember to drink plenty of water, check in with the “Yellow Jackets” on the hill with any questions and to take a moment, or two or three, to appreciate our beautiful views, blue skies and unsurpassed experience. Welcome!
If you like stand-up comedians, you’ll love the 2013 Winter Comedy Series at the Duchin Room every Friday and Saturday night at 8:30 pm. We present new comedians hot off the comedy circuit every weekend. Cover is FREE (21 & Older)
He was a cast member on NBC’s Last Comic Standing! Winner of the most B.E.T. Comedy Awards! He has performed for more US troops than anyone since Bob Hope! Grand Prize winner of ABC’s America’s Funniest People! Dante has appeared in over 40 TV shows and Movies! Winner of over 20 comedy contests! He has opened for and performed with Richard Pryor, Milton Berle, Robin Williams, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Kinison and more! He can perform Dirty to corporate clean! Dante has performed to over one million people live!
Known for his quick wit and caustic-style of comedy, Eddie Ifft has a habit of speaking first and thinking later and this gets him in trouble – a lot. Having been fired from most jobs, including a short stint at his father’s insurance firm (he was either fired or asked to pursue a new career – depending on who you ask) Eddie took to the stage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at an open-mic night and realised he was being paid to mouth off…and so his career began.
Michael Pace came on to the comedy scene with a mullet, an oversized jacket, a skinny tie and a pair of untied high-tops. Now? The jacket is too small, neck-ties drive him crazy and he’s finally learned to tie his shoes. Michael started on stage in improvisational comedy. Mike also studied theatre and developed a deep passion for both acting and comedy. He is proud to say that he is a professional stand-up comedian who has made his living on stage for the last 20 years. During his comedic tenure, Mike has developed several hours of hilarious stand-up material. Michael has been seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm and has made several commercials and independent films as an actor.
Slade’s stand-up has gained international stature after earning a five star review from Scotland’s Minister of Culture at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He followed this with a tour in Afghanistan performing for US Troops, a tour of Israel. After a stellar performance at the 2008 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Slade was chosen to appear on a Tonight Show feature. Slade’s Hi-Def Comedy Special, “Right & Raunch” is now available on DVD.
With multiple appearances on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, Patrick’s record setting viewer ship on Comedy Central, and his ability to tell the difference between people from Ireland and people from Northern Ireland, Patrick is the obvious choice to be the next host of the Oprah Winfrey show.
From packing comedy venues across the globe to regular television appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show,” and “Last Comic Standing,” Claude Stuart has come a long way from his down home southern roots. By his own admission, he was paddled on more than one occasion for being the class clown.Claude’s explosive, in-yourface, rapid-fire, madman stage style is truly an exhilarating assault on the senses and has evoked comparisons to golden era physical comedians such as Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Claude’s unique brand of Don Rickles-esque crowd interaction, coupled with clever well-written jokes makes him not only the world’s first physical insult comedian but a “comedy triple threat!”
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind-body-spirit and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, our mission is to ” inspire positive change.” We welcome you to join us for 5 days of inspiration, education and healing that will enrich your life at the Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Please go online at www.sunvalleywellness.org to purchase tickets, view schedule of events, keynote speakers, workshops and reserve lodging.