Every summer has a soundtrack -- the music that best accompanies long days spent in the sunshine and warm nights spent under the stars. It is the music that when you hear it weeks or even years later, brings you right back to the moment. For the summer of 2018, these memories will be made at the Sun Valley Pavilion and at River Run with more than 25 live concerts planned between June and September. No matter if your tastes run to classical, retro, or up-and-coming, Sun Valley is the place to be all summer long.
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Though spring has barely asserted its precarious hold on the Wood River Valley, many people’s thoughts are already turning toward summer and a glorious season ahead. One sign of the great things to come was this week’s announcement of the headliners for Sun Valley on Ice: the Resort’s world famous Saturday night ice shows. All of your favorite skaters will dazzle at this intimate and one-of-a-kind venue starting Independence Day weekend and you won’t want to miss a minute.
Scott Irvine, the producer of Sun Valley on Ice, said he is especially excited about the lineup. “We are proud of our 80 years of ice show tradition in Sun Valley,” he enthused. “We have the top names in the world and some amazing up-and-coming stars on the schedule. It’s one of strongest lineups we’ve ever had.”
The coolest place to be this summer is under the stars, watching the stars, at Sun Valley On Ice
It’s easy to see why he is so excited about the caliber of the shows to come. The summer truly kicks into high gear on Independence Day weekend when, on July 2, the amazing Jason Brown starts things off on the right edge, er, foot. Brown is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2015 United States Gold Medalist, and 2014 United States Silver Medalist. He is also a Sun Valley crowd favorite, always delivering an evocative and powerful performance. Joining him for the holiday weekend is Polina Edmunds, the 2016 United States Silver Medalist and a skater to watch.
Then, on Saturday, July 16, the graceful and magnetic ice dance team of Maia & Alex Shibutani step into the spotlight. The 2016 World Silver Medalists, 2016 United States Gold Medalists, and 3x United States Silver Medalists are stunningly beautiful to watch and are certain to put on a memorable show.
The lineup for this summer’s Sun Valley on Ice Shows is truly star-studded with Olympic champions and fan favorites Davis and White returning for the final show of the season
The following weekend, fan favorite Johnny Weir returns to Sun Valley, bringing with him his signature charm, showmanship, and surprises. The World Bronze Medalist and 3x United States Gold Medalist loves Sun Valley and Sun Valley loves him. He never disappoints with amazing costumes, choreography, and warmth for the crowd.
On August 6, the magnetic and magnanimous Ryan Bradley headlines. His power, strength, and flirtatious nature leave many in the crowd swooning and cheering, in equal measure. The United States Gold Medalist spends a good deal of quality time in Sun Valley and his affection for the area, our skating programs, and Sun Valley is palpable when he performs.
The one-and-only Ashley Wagner then returns to center ice on August 13. This 2016 World Silver Medalist, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and 3x United States Gold Medalist is sure to wow the crowd with her amazing technical skill and showmanship. Ashley will be joined by 2016 United States Gold Medalist and 2x United States Silver Medalist Adam Rippon for what promises to be a one-of-a-kind show.
World famous skater Ashley Wagner is one of the marquis names to skate in Sun Valley this summer. Prepare to be wowed!
Perennial favorite and America’s sweetheart Gracie Gold returns to Sun Valley to headline the August 27 show. This 2016 United States Gold Medalist, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and 2x United States Silver Medalist is known for her gorgeous spins and pristine technique. The crowd absolutely adores her.
Finally, last but certainly not least, Olympic Gold Medalists, 2x World Gold Medalists, and 6x United States Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will delight the Sun Valley audience on September 3. The ice dance team’s artistry, emotion, and flawless technique have won them fans all around the world and throughout the entire Wood River Valley.
“Our shows are in step with philosophy of the Sun Valley Resort as a whole,” Scott said. “Like with the Lodge renovation, we remain true to our roots while embracing change in the future and innovating. We love having crowd favorites return to Sun Valley and welcome future champions to Sun Valley ice. It’s great for our audience to enjoy performances from both established stars and names they will hear a lot of in the coming years. No matter what, it’s fabulous skating.”
Sun Valley on Ice shows are a must-do activity in Sun Valley. World famous skaters perform on the iconic outdoor ice rink outside the Sun Valley Lodge, in very close proximity to the audience. Both spectators and skaters always remark about the energy they can feel in this venue. Many of the skaters spend time in Sun Valley around their performance dates, enjoying the hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and other activities. They also often gracious stay after shows to sign autographs for fans. It truly is a unique experience for all involved.
Adam Rippon is among the rising stars of figure skating who will delight the crowd this summer in Sun Valley. He will be one to watch!
Both bleacher seating (show only) and the decadent and wonderful Dinner and Show options are available at all shows. Shows begin at dusk (approximately 9:40 p.m. for July shows and increasingly earlier through the summer) and last about 1 and 1/2 hours. I recommend seeing at least two shows and indulging in the dinner at least once. It is a unique Sun Valley experience that must be enjoyed at least once every season!
The fine print: all seating is reserved and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Headline skaters are subject to change due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances. The show goes on rain or shine! Prices are subject to change. The shows do go late and daycare during the Ice Show is available at the Sun Valley Playschool. Advance reservations are required. Contact the Playschool at (208) 622-2288 for reservations. There will be no ice shows on July 9 and August 20 and headliners for the July 30 show will be announced shortly.
No one does skating like Sun Valley. In addition to the unbelievable headliners, the show features an extremely talented cast of both soloists and corps skaters. The music is great, the acts are great, sitting under the stars watching the stars is great. It is an 80-year tradition that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 2, so don’t delay in purchasing your seats as soon as you solidify your Sun Valley summer plans.
Come on down to the rink and get a little star struck!
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