WinterSol Fest and the Wailers heat up Ketchum this Friday and Saturday!

With the community already dancing under a nine-inch blanket of fresh white snow, be prepared to keep your dancing shoes on  the first-ever WinterSol Festival comes to Ketchum.  The Sol Fest will bring concerts, parties, and a little action to downtown Ketchum starting Friday night. The lineup includes reggae legends The Wailers with Steve Fulton Music, as well as Vancouver’s Swollen Members, Passafire and Beats Antique. There will be street parties both Friday and Saturday nights as well, which will include a beer garden, spinning by local djs DJ Lenny and DJ Gerry, fire pits, a Red Bull drink station, and food concessions. The street parties will light up downtown on First Street between Main and Leadville, both nights from 8 pm- 12 am.

The musical lineup begins on Friday, March 5th,  with The Wailers at 7 pm in the nexStage Theater on Main Street in Ketchum. (Tickets are only $27 and doors open at 6:30). Later than night Swollen Members will rock the nexStage beginning at 10 pm (all ages, $25) and  Passafire will be performing beginning at 10pm at the Roosevelt (Tickets are $10, 21 and over only). The SolFest continues Saturday night with Swollen Members performing the nexStage again at 10 pm on Saturday, March 6th and Beats Antique at the Roosevelt (10pm, $10). With a plethora of musical choices these weekend, there is sure to be some grooving and powder-celebrating around town!

The Start of World Cup Wednesdays!

The Sun Valley Town Series kicked off its 19th year of ‘Wednesday World Cup" races yesterday with a light dusting of snow on Greyhawk’s Cozy, plenty of friendly competition, and a little bit of not-so-friendly competition for the coveted fifth place spot. The annual eight-week event features a weekly GS race, with racers each getting an option of taking one or two runs, and then a Wednesday night party that rotates between local bars. This week’s party took place at the Roosevelt, where racers and teams sat around, watched themselves on the race video and enjoyed beer, chili, quesadillas, waiting to hear if they were the fifth-place man or woman and the winner of a fifth of tequila.

Thirty-two teams and around 110 racers clicked into their sharp-edged GS skis, snowboards, tele-skis, and even a few twin-tip fat skis this week. Setting the course, timing the racers, putting together the results, and handing out the weekly prizes, the Sun Valley Race Department put on quite a race yesterday. The fastest man and woman for Wednesday January 27th were Robin Sarchett (from team Dead Last) and Erika Hogan (from the SVSEF Team) finishing at a speedy 25.95" and 27.06" respectively. JP McNeal from the Puttin’ In Is For Winners Team finished as the rabbit, at 56th place. For the coveted fifth place guy and girl and the winner of a fifth of tequila, this week it was SVSEF’s Nate Schwing and Scott USA’s Toby Arnett. The second most coveted spot, 55th and a winner of a baby fifth of tequila, was Hores to Culture’s Kevin Moss.

Each week the start order and format changes, with the most important element for racers and teams being consistency, so check back next week for all of next week’s results and photos of the Town Series ruckus.