March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month. This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that...
While San Juan Capistrano has its returning swallows and New Orleans has its famous jazz festival, Sun Valley has a few impressive spring traditions of our own. But unlike those warm weather places, ours involve snow.
The Dollar Dayz Pond Skim has become a soggy and highly-entertaining rite of spring in Sun Valley. Skiers and riders of all ages and abilities take turns attempting to keep enough momentum and balance to cross a roughly 50-foot long pond. The pond skim is an extremely popular spectator sport, and the fun and festive atmosphere always brings a big crowd
“We are pleased to bring back the pond skim for the 5th time,” said Julian Tyo, Sun Valley Resort’s Coordinator, Mountain Events and Summer Trails at Sun Valley Resort “It’s a very family-friendly event and fun way to end another great season on Dollar.”
This year’s Dollar Dayz Pond Skim is scheduled for the first weekend of spring, Sunday March 21st at noon.
For 35 years now, the Hawaiian Nationals has challenged costumed-covered telemark skiers and snowboarders to partake in two timed dual-slalom runs. Held on the Warm Springs side of Baldy, the race ends with what can be best described as a “human slalom,” Julian Tyo said. Julian not only competes in the race, he also helps put it on. At around 2:30pm, all the racers weave their way down the Greyhawk run. It’s quite a sight to see, as is the after party and raffle in the Greyhawk parking lot.
Registration for the family-friendly event runs from 8:30 to 10 am on Sunday morning, March 22nd, with the racing beginning shortly thereafter.
Some of the most enjoyable moments of my life have been spring afternoons après skiing to great live music at the Warm Springs Lodge—and I’m certainly not the only one to have such sentiments. Enjoying great live music, sunshine, good company and the buzz of a blessed day on Baldy, well, life doesn’t get much better than that.
For the remainder of the ski season, the lodges at both River Run and Warm Springs will feature live music each weekend afternoon. The biggest act will be the return of Sun Valley favorites, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real.
Willie Nelson’s hard rocking son and his band will put on a free show March 20th at River Run, and then play the next night at Whiskey Jacques.
The spring season is officially upon us and, lucky for those of us who love Sun Valley, there are plenty of local traditions to help make the most out of it.
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