For the mountain community, February has been like Christmas Day over and over again. The gift? Snowstorm after snowstorm dumping the wonderful white stuff to the tune of more than 100 inches of snow this month – a record since records started being kept decades ago. And the month isn’t over yet.
There has been so much snow atop Baldy that the Ski Patrol shack is literally buried What is a gift to recreationists, though, provides some pretty enormous challenges to the team keeping our winter white playground functioning and safe under extreme conditions. The outstanding men and women...
As the long Labor Day weekend approaches, you know all about how Sun Valley gives summer a sendoff like nowhere else! From pancake breakfasts to arts & crafts fairs and the big show itself -- the Big Hitch Parade -- it’s truly fun for the whole family. Please click HERE for a full listing of Wagon Days events.
In addition to the many Wagon Days specific-events, there are countless other ways to enjoy summer’s swansong. One of the best is to experience Bald Mountain before the lifts close on September 11th. If a mountain bike ride, hike, or even lunch at Roundhouse with the gang is on your ‘to do’ list, be sure to do it before next Tuesday! Through the long weekend, lifts will run for both uphill and downhill Baldy traffic. Special bike cars are available on the gondola to transport your bike for some great downhill and flow trail action. Or if you are feeling fit, ride up one of the many uphill trails before enjoying gravity’s pull. Likewise, if hiking is your thing, you can choose to either climb up the Bald Mountain Trail to Roundhouse or Baldy’s summit before enjoying a lift ride back down the mountain, or grab the gondola to Roundhouse and enjoy a hike from there. From Roundhouse, you can climb to the summit or just wend around the trails that originate there. You can also grab another lift to the top and explore. For uphill lift ticket prices, please click HERE.
Whether you are climbing up Baldy and riding down …
… or getting a lift up and biking down, don’t miss your chance for some great exercise and great views over Labor Day weekend
No matter how you get there, this weekend, be sure to enjoy great food and an unbeatable view at Roundhouse. This historic restaurant, located about two-thirds of the way up Baldy, offers lunch daily and is the perfect respite during a busy day. Order inside – the choices include baby kale salad, a turkey and brie sandwich, grass-fed hamburgers, a children’s menu, and much more -- and then grab a table on the deck to take in the breathtaking views.
Whether you ‘earn’ your lunch by hiking or biking up, or just want to enjoy some spectacular views, make sure lunch at Roundhouse is part of your weekend plans
Another don’t-miss activity over Labor Day weekend is the final concert of the summer at the Sun Valley Pavilion featuring Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. They grace the Pavilion stage on Monday, September 5, with their signature blend of ‘cowboy, hippie, surf, and rock’ sound. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 6. For tickets, please click HERE, visit the Sun Valley Recreation Office, or call them at 208-622-2135.
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real will wrap up summer on a rockin’ note with a concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion on September 5
It’s also a fantastic weekend to shop in the Sun Valley Village. The unique and sophisticated shops are all rolling out the best merchandise for an unbeatable ‘sidewalk’ sale all weekend. Browse top designers and the latest trends and find some great bargains on warm weather wear. Sun Valley’s shops are also fully stocked with gorgeous fall items – soft sweaters, corduroy pants, the best denim. Take a break from all your outdoor pursuits, enjoy lunch at Gretchen’s, the Poolside Café, or the Konditorei and pop into all the shops. The Brass Ranch at the base of River Run will also be having a sale. Don’t miss it for some amazing deals on designer ski duds.
Labor Day weekend also means tennis in Sun Valley as the Lyle Pearson tournament returns. Designed for players of all levels, play is offered in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and NTRP competition in the same categories. Matches will begin by 8 a.m. on September 3 and finish by 5 p.m. on September 5. Please call the Sun Valley Tennis Center at 208-622-2156 for more information.
Sun Valley welcomes the Lyle Pearson Tennis Tournament over Labor Day weekend offering categories of play for every player
And don’t forget the free Gallery Walk sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts on September 2, another great Pavilion concert on September 2 featuring Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn, and the final Sun Valley on Ice show of the season on September 3 showcasing headliners Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
It is going to be a wild, busy, and memorable weekend in Sun Valley! Be sure to make the most of these last lazy, hazy days of summer. They are going fast!
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