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...
Skiing & Riding
There’s something especially exciting about picking up a new pair of skis for the season. It’s sort of like the excitement kids feel at the end of each summer when they get to pick new pairs of shoes to go back to go school. Except school, at least for most of us, isn’t nearly as fun as skiing or snowboarding. With the ski season just over a month away and the snow beginning to march its way down from the top of Mount Baldy and into town, this is the perfect time to pick up a new set of skis or a snowboard for the season.
Pete Lanes Mountain Sports in the Sun Valley Village is joining with the shop at River Run Lodge and offering great and affordable varieties of ski and snowboard lease options for young shredders.
Pete Lanes offers two levels of rentals for youth 12 and under: Big Rippers and Lil’ Rippers. The Lil’ Rippers package costs just $99 for the season and includes Atomic Rascal skis (70 -140cm), Tecnica Junior boots and Leki ski poles. The Big Rippers lease goes for $199 for the season and includes Atomic Rascal skis (120-180cm), Atomic or Tecnica boots and Leki ski poles. Snowboard packages are also available featuring Head and Burton boards. Besides the regular Sport Packages, young skiers and riders can upgrade their leases to Demos at anytime. Demo packages are for more advanced skiers and include twin tip skis from Stöckli, Head, Völkl and Nordica.
“Whether you want a basic package or something more advanced we have it,” said Luke Pletcher, who works at the ski and bike shop at Pete Lane’s in the Village. “We’re here to help people have fun. It’s a really great part of the job.”
This will be Luke’s third winter working at Pete Lane’s, and winter is by far his favorite season. “I ski every single day in the winter,” he said. “I’m always ready for winter.” Raised locally, Luke was a very successful nordic skier, including skiing for Michigan Tech University. Luke’s cross-country skiing career took him all over the world, but he’s always been happy to come back home.
“Growing up here was such an amazing opportunity. Kids are lucky to be raised here,” he said. “We have the best Nordic skiing, great back country, Baldy and everything else this place has to offer.” Luke has Nordic and telemark skied since he was a kid, eventually getting into snowboarding and then alpine skiing as an adult. It’s apparent Luke has a passion for just about any activity on snow, as well as for Sun Valley.
“It’s really great because people come here from their normal, busy lives to get away and enjoy it,” he said. “ We get to help them and we get to live here.”
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