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When she stepped to the top of the podium at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, snowboard Halfpipe gold medal winner Kaitlyn Farrington inspired countless dreams. Now 35 very lucky girls will be able to dream out loud with Sun Valley’s Golden Girl when she hosts a “slumber party” weekend on March 13 -15. For the girls, this will be one for the memory books.
Kaitlyn and her pro female snowboarder friends – some of the biggest names in the sport -- Elena Hight, Maddy Schaffrick, Rebecca Torr and Stefi Luxton will be in Sun Valley to encourage, inspire and get after it on Dollar Mountain.
Shortly after winning gold at the Sochi Olympics, Sun Valley welcomed Kaitlyn Farrington home in style. Now, she wants to give back to the community by inspiring other female snowboarders to greatness
Kaitlyn said she is really excited for the event and can’t wait to give back to the community that helped launch her own dreams. “Snowboarding has given me so much, and it’s always been something I’ve done with my friends,” Farrington said. “I’m so excited to partner with Sun Valley and my sponsors to host this event and hopefully inspire other girls to pursue their passions and also have fun on the mountain. The Slumber Party is going to be a really fun way for girls to connect with some of my friends and take their snowboarding to new levels in a relaxed, welcoming environment.”
Kaitlyn is local royalty and even has a run on Bald Mountain that bears her name. For the “slumber party” weekend, though, all action will be on Dollar’s amazing Superpipe and Terrain Park
Event highlights include a Friday night meet & greet with Kaitlyn and her friends over s’mores. The fun continues Saturday when the girls get to ride with Kaitlyn and the pros in Sun Valley’s 22-foot Superpipe and Dollar’s Terrain Park. That night, the group will enjoy a party at Bald Mountain Pizza in the Sun Valley Village and then make their way to the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink for a DJ-hosted skating party. The weekend winds up on Sunday with a freeride session with the pros. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the girls who will participate. Both local residents and visitors are welcome as long as they are under 18 years old and can snowboard at an intermediate or higher ability level and have some experience using terrain park features.
A Sun Valley native, Farrington learned to snowboard at the resort as a member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s snowboard team. She won gold last year at the Winter Olympics in U.S. Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe, and brought home the bronze medal in women’s snowboard Halfpipe at X Games Aspen in 2014. In addition to those podium finishes, Farrington’s results include placing fourth in the 2013 World Championships, and third and fifth place finishes in three World Cup contests in 2013. She was the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix overall champion and 2012 Dew Tour gold medalist for women’s snowboard Halfpipe. Farrington’s first time on top of the podium was at the 2008 Junior World Championships where she took home silver.
The 35 lucky riders will get after it on Dollar Mountain, honing their skills on the amazing 22-foot Superpipe and other park features, making memories to last a lifetime
“Kaitlyn’s Slumber Party” weekend includes Dollar Mountain lift tickets valid March 14-15, 2015, two sessions with the pros, social events, dinner Saturday evening, ice skating, Kaitlyn’s scavenger hunt, photo sessions and a special pair of Kaitlyn’s slumber party Monster pajamas. There will also be opportunities to win prizes from some of Farrington’s sponsors, including Monster Energy Drink, Coca-Cola, Gnu, Giro, The North Face and Sun Valley Resort.
To register, contact Lauren at (208) 622-2189 or email@example.com. The cost is $80 per participant and just a few spots remain. Special lodging deals are available at the Resort for participants from $139 per night, plus applicable fees and taxes. For lodging reservations, call
1-800-786-8259 and mention “Kaitlyn’s Slumber Party.”
Dreams can come true and if it is your dream to ride with some amazing female snowboarders, sign up today! Chances are, Kaitlyn will show all the girls how to “cowgirl up!”
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