Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
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There are many reasons that summer in Sun Valley is unlike summer anywhere else. One of the most entertaining is the resort’s Saturday night ice shows. Each summer, Sun Valley on Ice draws some of the sports’ highest wattage soloists, ice dancers and pairs skaters to the beautiful and iconic outdoor rink. This season’s recently announced lineup is a who’s who of elite competitors and entertainers and tickets are on sale now.
There is no better way to spend a Saturday night in Sun Valley than at the iconic outdoor ice rink watching the best talent in the sport
The Fourth of July will be star spangled, indeed, when Olympic Gold Medal ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White take center ice. This mesmerizing team is a favorite the world ‘round and the chance to see them perform in as intimate a venue as Sun Valley is rare. They love skating in Sun Valley and Sun Valley loves it when they are here. Davis and White’s performance kicks off the Sun Valley on Ice season and the show will certainly be festive. Nathan Chen, the 2013 Junior Bronze Medalist, will also astound the crowd, and the night ends with a bang with Sun Valley’s spectacular fireworks show.
“Having Meryl and Charlie here to welcome the summer season on July 4 is something we couldn’t be more excited about,” said show producer Scott Irvine. “And we are thrilled to have the top U.S. skaters in the field in Sun Valley this year. The audiences are in for truly memorable performances.”
Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White return to Sun Valley on July 4 for what is sure to be an electrifying performance. Here, they pose with core members of the Sun Valley on Ice cast after a show. Everyone involved says the group truly is like family
In fact, the entire Sun Valley summer season is filled with Olympians and champions of the sport. The beautiful, graceful fan favorite Gracie Gold headlines on August 1. This 2014 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist and U.S. Champion is known for her beautiful smile and outgoing personality, as well as her balletic elegance and technical skill, Gracie enchants on ice and off.
Ashley Wagner, who shone in the 2014 Olympics as Bronze Medalist, will also bring her power and style back to the rink on August 15. Ashley’s confidence, ambitious tricks and technical acumen always add up to an amazing performance.
The incomparable Gracie Gold will grace Sun Valley ice on August 1 in what will surely be a show to remember
But it’s not just the ladies shining beneath the stars. On July 25, Josh Farris will get the crowd on its feet. This 2015 United States Bronze Medalist and Four Continents Silver Medalist and 2013 World Junior Gold Medalist is one to watch. Perennial favorite Johnny Weir also returns to Sun Valley on August 8, bringing his one-of-a-kind signature style to the ice. Sun Valley favorite Ryan Bradley will perform on July 18 sharing his athleticism and charm with the audience.
Sun Valley’s famous core skaters, fantastic soloists, and jaw dropping dance and pairs teams also bring energy and tremendous talent to the show each week. This incredibly talented group of skaters love being here and it shows.
The Sun Valley on Ice experience is one you will not want to miss and there are two primary ways to enjoy the show. The first if by reserving dinner and show seating on the terrace at the newly re-imagined Sun Valley Lodge. A wonderful al fresco buffet dinner leads up to the big event providing a most relaxing and indulgent way to enjoy Sun Valley on Ice.
“With the exciting changes to Gretchen’s Restaurant, this option will be exceptional this year,” Irvine said. “This is a really special way to enjoy a night in Sun Valley.”
The seating at Sun Valley on Ice allows the audience to get close to performers like the one-and-only Ashley Wagner who will skate on August 15. Get your tickets now!
The second way to take in Sun Valley on Ice is from the bleachers that flank the rink. This option has its own set of rituals and charms. De rigueur? A warm blanket to fold into thirds to provide a little cushion on the seats, layers to layer on as the evening air cools and plenty of enthusiasm and energy. These seats are very close to the ice and the performers have said they love the interaction they have with the crowd.
All shows begin at dusk and last approximately 70 minutes. Please note that there are no shows on July 11 and August 22. All seating is reserved and with this lineup, buying tickets early is probably a great idea. As an added bonus, daycare will be available during the show at the conveniently located Sun Valley Playschool. Reservations are required and can be made at 208.622.2288.
For my family, it just wouldn’t be summer without Sun Valley on Ice. My skater daughters have had stars in their eyes since they were tiny girls and having the chance to watch some of their heroes skate (and to even meet them after the show) has been something we look forward to each year. Make this show one of your family’s traditions, too.
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