It’s that time of the year again, the time for hot jazz, cool parties, and days and days of fun. From the 18th to the 22nd, the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival returns to Sun Valley Resort for five non-stop days and nights of live music, dancing, parties, and socializing. People travel from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and some foreign countries to be part of this unique scene that was founded by Tom and Barbara Hazzard’s appreciation and love for America’s music.
The Sun Valley Jazz & Music returns on October 18 with more than 200 high-octane musicians and countless ways to have...
From the smiles on the slopes, to the shoppers in the stores, the Presidents’ Day holiday is well underway! For many families, this mid-winter break is a welcome week off. For almost everyone else, it is at least a three-day weekend. And if you are coming to Sun Valley to enjoy this vacation, the timing could not be better. The snow is great and there is so much to do.
The Presidents’ Week holiday is in full swing in Sun Valley. The mountains are in tremendous shape, the weather is perfect and there are endless ways to have fun
A pastiche of images defined the kick off to the weekend: visitors renting and demo-ing equipment at River Run, getting on those slopes as quickly as possible; children improving their skiing and snowboarding skills in lessons with Sun Valley SnowSports’ excellent instructors; a large group of students from local Woodside Elementary out making the most of their ski day.
Also at River Run, recreation of another sort was well underway. All of Brass Ranch’s designer skiwear is discounted 30 percent throughout the weekend. Yes, that’s Bogner, KJus, Toni Sailer, Jet Set, Fire & Ice and much, much more, for men and women, all at amazing savings. The selection is still excellent right now so if a new jacket, pants, snow boots or active sportswear is on your list, stop in now. If your sweetheart has put his/her Valentine’s shopping off until the last minute, it’s not too late to make a huge impression.
The conditions are fantastic, but take a break from the slopes to take advantage of the best sale at the season at The Brass Ranch at River Run Plaza. All designer skiwear for men and women is discounted through the holiday weekend
The weekend fun in Sun Valley will continue to be a once-a-year celebration when skiing action goes under the lights. On February 15, from 5 to 9 p.m., night skiing and riding returns to Dollar. This event is huge fun for the entire family. Quarter Dollar lift will be in operation and Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge will serve fabulous food favorites. Make an evening of it and stay for dinner! This is a one-night, don’t-miss event. The price is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Because this is a special after-hours event, all passes are not applicable.
Night skiing comes to Dollar but once a year so don’t miss the family fun on Sunday, February 15
On the cultural front, on Friday, February 13, the popular Gallery Walk wends through Ketchum. Sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, this popular, low-key event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. One of seven yearly Gallery Walks, it is a festive way to spend the evening, taking in new exhibitions, enjoying wine, mingling with friends and meeting artists. Make a night of it by enjoying dinner at one of Sun Valley or Ketchum’s fine eateries.
For Valentine’s Day, two great dining options are the Konditorei in the Sun Valley Village and Sun Valley’s Trail Creek Cabin. On Valentine’s night, the Konditorei will stay open until 8 p.m. offering specials including Grilled Ribeye Oscar and Sautéed Shrimp Linguine. In addition, there will be beer specials featuring unique brews at the charming restaurant. Please call 208.622.2235 for more information. At historic Trail Creek Cabin, all lovebirds will enjoy a very special experience, complete with a special menu and drinks, chocolate and even flowers. There is nowhere more romantic to be on Valentine’s night! Please call 208.622.2019 for more information.
Looking for a different kind of Valentine’s Day? Try a concert on Saturday night. nexStage Theatre, in association with Sun Valley Opera, will present “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” at 6:30 p.m. This special presentation features Broadway musical talent plus special guests and offers Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and reserved seating. Please call 726-4TKS for more information.
Whether you are enjoying a long weekend or a full week off, come play on the slopes of Sun Valley and then enjoy everything else this holiday weekend offers
But wait, there’s more! Also on Friday, new inductees to the Ski Hall of Fame will be honored at 5 p.m. The Community Library and Sun Valley Museum of History present this event that will be held at the Community Library. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with beer and wine provided. This event is free of charge and members of the local ski community of all ages and ski disciplines are encouraged to come celebrate the accomplishments of these local legends. Inductees this year are Jack Simpson, Sigi Engl and Muffy Davis.
On both Friday and Saturday night at the Sun Valley indoor ice rink, our local Sun Valley Suns take on the storied St. Nick’s hockey team from New York City. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 10-and-under with a paying adult. The games benefit Higher Ground.
On Thursday, the skiing on Baldy was as nice as it has been all season. Conditions were great and bright blue skies, a warm sun and recent snow welcomed holiday skiers. Morning (and the shadier side of Bald Mountain) offered more winter-like conditions, while on the south facing slopes, spring had sprung! Christmas Ridge was hoot-worthy with soft snow, warm air, and dare I say, a hint of spring corn. Glorious! Seattle Ridge was skiing great, too. With 101 trails open, it was a fantastic day on the hill. With clear skies and warm temperatures predicted through Sunday, the gorgeous conditions promise to remain. Now is the time to get outside, get into the mountains, get out on the town and enjoy a mid-winter day (and night’s) dream!
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