On Wednesday, August 20th, head out to the Sun Valley Pavilion to see the Doobie Brothers live in Concert. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Presented by Sun Valley Resort and Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. For more tickets and additional information please visit http://sunvalley.ticketfly.com/event/566439-doobie-brothers-sun-valley/
If you have hiked, biked, skied or snowboarded on Bald Mountain, particularly on the River Run side in and around the Frenchmen’s runs, you may have noticed some unhealthy looking trees. The culprits? Douglas-fir beetles (the population exacerbated by wildfires in the region over the past decade or so) and parasitic dwarf mistletoe.
In a newly announced measure, Sun Valley with the Ketchum Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking measures to manage certain forest stands on the mountain. A large-scale tree-thinning project was started in June and will continue for a few years. The aim is to reduce insect and disease infestation, improve forest health and growing conditions, enhance tree species diversity and reduce fuel loading from dead and dying trees.
Expect more of this after tree-thinning measures are put into place on Baldy. You can practically taste the powder!
An intended consequence of this work will also benefit recreationalists on Baldy. In addition to creating healthier and more fire-safe forests, the work will carve out new glade skiing. By next winter, you will be able to dip into large gladed areas, find amazing pockets of powder and enjoy new terrain consisting of open grown park-like stand conditions. Sounds pretty glorious on a hot summer’s day, doesn’t it?
The Sawtooth National Forest, USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management have authority over the 3,332 acre playground we call the Bald Mountain Ski Area. All entities are involved with Sun Valley Company in making this a successful endeavor.
The new efforts on Bald Mountain will improve the forest's health and enhance the experience for summer and winter recreational users
Sun Valley’s tip-top mountain operations staff will complete the work. This involves employing, for the first time, a track hoe with a special blade. This “masticator” blade meets the challenges of Baldy’s steep slopes and can quickly bring down trees with a 14-inch diameter or less, turning trees into compost where they lie. Kerry O’Brien, grooming trail crew manager for Baldy for 30 years, is operating the special blade and is on the search for the healthiest looking trees to preserve while taking out the dead wood.
All work will be done under the standard of Best Management Practices, reducing impacts to soil, wildlife and healthy vegetation and will affect 182 acres of timbered stands over a three to five year period.
By summer’s end, work on about 25 acres in Frenchmen’s will be complete.
Picture yourself here, enjoying new gladed terrain on Baldy next winter
With this concerted effort, Baldy will stay a verdant green in summer and boast a healthier tree population year-round. There will also be a little more white to play in during the winter. It’s a win-win!
This week, Thursday, July 24, “Wildflowers and Mountain Goats” will be guided by local goat expert (and well-known through Elephant’s Perch) Nappy Neaman. Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 9:30 am or at Billy’s Bridge at 10:15 am to explore flowers. Please bring a packed lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing for a moderate hike. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
Head out to the Konditorei for our monthly Alpine Beer & Food Tasting at 6pm. There will be 3 flights consisting of 3 courses per flight, for a total of 9 unique beer and food pairings. Reservations recommended, please call 208-622-2800
“Battle of the Blades, the community fundraiser to end all community fundraisers, returns to Sun Valley center ice on Friday, September 5. Following a one-year hiatus, this wildly popular event, sponsored by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club promises to be bigger, badder and better than ever.
If you missed the sold-out events in 2011 and 2012, Battle of the Blades pairs nine local celebrity amateurs with highly accomplished figure skating professionals. Each competes in a professionally choreographed, fully costumed two-minute routine. A panel of celebrity judges provides 50 percent of the final score while the other half is determined by an audience applause meter. To further inspire community involvement, each contestant chooses a non-profit organization to represent. The top three finishers all win cold hard cash for the worthy organization of their choice.” For more information please visit
This week, Thursday, July 10, the “Wildflowers & Mushrooms” walk will be led by Kathy Richmond. Kathy is an amateur mycologist and has studied mushrooms for 15 years, even taking a month-long mushroom identification course from world renowned mycologist Dr. Orson Miller, Jr. Jeanne Cassell, founder of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Wildflower Walks, will co-lead. Participants will hike to Murdock Creek and will return to the Garden at 2:30 to view a slideshow on “How to Identify Gilled Mushrooms” Please bring a garden tool, cloth bag for collecting (plastic rots mushrooms,) lunch, water and good hiking shoes.
Meet at the Garden at 9:30 am. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
Next week, Thursday, July 3, the walk will be led by local butterfly (and spider) expert and naturalist Ann Christensen, along with Jeanne Cassell, founder of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Wildflower Walks. This is a nature discovery hike featuring (hopefully) butterflies and wildflowers currently planned for Taylor Canyon – noted as a 4-mile, easy hike but with a bit of a climb. Please bring your own picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Garden at 9:30 am (or at the end of Lake Creek Road at 10:00 am) to carpool, and the outing is expected to last until 2 pm. To make a reservation for this FREE experience, call the Garden at 208.726.9358.
You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. For tickets and information please visit http://sunvalley.ticketfly.com/event/606107-beach-boys-sun-valley/ or call 208.622.2135.