Each year for the past 20 years, Sun Valley has kicked off summer with a focus on health, wellness, and fun at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Spanning the long Memorial Day weekend, this year from May 26 to 29, it is the perfect start to the season, inviting participants to think deeply and breathe deeply during a wide range of programming. There truly is something for everyone. The Sun Valley Wellness Festival was started in 1997 with the mission of inspiring people to live healthier lives. To that end, they bring to Sun Valley each year the best of the best across a mind boggling...
Skiing & Riding
There’s something about skiing or snowboarding at night that makes it extra special, especially in Sun Valley, where the opportunity to carve turns under the lights is pretty rare.
Since 2013, Dollar Mountain has been offering a single night of skiing or riding each year, and once again this season, that night will be on December 30th, from 5 to 9pm.
Under the blaze of lights and the buzz of glow sticks, kids 12 and under can ride for just $19 and adults for $29.
With great snow again this holiday season, skiing and riding on the slopes of Dollar should be popular with families, just like it was last year.“My kids had a ball,” said Heather Cunningham, a local mom whose nine-year old son and a seven year old a daughter enjoyed night skiing at Dollar last year. “They had glow sticks all over them like most of the kids out there, which looked really neat. My whole family had a lot of fun skiing under the lights.”
“It was great,” her son Stratton said.
Lots of us learned to ski or snowboard at night at some mom-and-pop place like Rotarun, or Snoqualmie, Mountain High, Sunapee or or even Bogus Basin. So it’s fun to harken back to those youthful nights, or to share such a twinkling night with your own kids or grandkids.
To be able to do so in Sun Valley on one of the last nights of the year makes it all the more special.
“It’s a fun, festive atmosphere,” Julian Tyo said about skiing under lights.
Julian is the Assistant Manager of Dollar Mountain and the Mountain Events Coordinator for Sun Valley. He said the now annual night skiing event is popular with families in particular.
“It’s good family fun and it’s something unique to offer. People seems to really enjoy it,” Julian said.
Quarter Dollar and the Poverty Flats Progression Park will be open, making conditions fun for young or inexperienced skiers and riders.
Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge will also be open offering a more limited menu, and serving lots of hot cocoa, no doubt.
If you’re looking for something unique and fun for the whole family to do on the final weekend of the year, it would be tough to top night skiing at Dollar Mountain. Carving some turns under the lights with family friends on Dollar Mountain, home of the world’s first chairlift, is fun way to say so long to 2016!
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