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Winter 2011

Holiday Bazaar Helps Promote Community

11/30/12

Holiday Bazaar Helps Promote Community

The Papoose Club’s 22th Annual Holiday Bazaar this Weekend

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Sun Valley magazine’s Guide to Slack Specials

05/09/11

Sun Valley magazine’s Guide to Slack Specials

 Once spring rolls around the Valley, the pace always slows a little. The frustration of out-of-town drivers not understanding the four-way stop on the corner of Sun Valley Road and Leadville Avenue ceases to exist. And the once continually reoccurring scene of family photos being taken on the large chair sculpture outside of The Cellar Pub and Will Caldwell’s gallery begins to happen less and less frequently.For skiers and snowboarders, Baldy’s season reaches an inevitable end, which leaves the remaining months of winter sports to only those skilled and dedicated enough to venture into the backcountry.The bikers in the community start itching to ride and begin relentlessly shredding the few trails out Croy Canyon that have already cleared of snow, hoping to be in top...

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Sawtooth Botanical Garden Welcomes Spring with the Bug Zoo

05/03/11

Sawtooth Botanical Garden Welcomes Spring with the Bug Zoo

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden welcomed the month of May with the opening of its 9th Annual Bug Zoo and Festival. The Zoo offered an educational glimpse into the life of bugs with more than 25 different species of insects present for children and adults to watch, read about and sometimes even touch.The exhibit and festival on Sunday were packed with families oohing and aahing as they made their way through the various sections. Festival activities included face painting, cupcake decorating and an adopt-a-bug station along with other insect-themed activities.The exhibit itself featured a black African millipede, which visitors could hold, a Monarch butterfly tent and a Florida scorpion as well as many spiders, beetles and ants.Allison Marks, Sawtooth Botanical Garden education director,...

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Primal Power

04/20/11

Primal Power

Benji Hill is passionate about quite a few things hunting, fishing, fitness, my sister-in-law and power lifting.This past Saturday I went over to High Altitude Fitness (HAF) in Hailey to check out the Primal Power Raw Powerlifting Competition Benji helped put on.Benji Hill is a Community School grad, a former ski racer at Montana State and World Champion Powerlifter (he won 220-pound weight class on his 29th birthday in 2003). So this meet wasn’t a huge change for Benji or his job as a Personal Trainer at HAF. From music to t-shirts to awards and food (catered by moms Margie Hill and Nancy Resko), Benji and HAF made sure the first (of what they hope will be many) powerlifting meets in the Wood River Valley was a success.My thoughts initially were meat-heads, screaming and sweating...

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Janss Pro Am at It's Best

04/12/11

Janss Pro Am at It's Best

In it’s 14th year, event co-director Kate Berman called this year’s Janss Pro Am, “the best ever.”The Janss Pro Am has long been regarded as one of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s (SVSEF) most entertaining annual fundraisers. With two days of Giant Slalom racing featuring both professional skiers and local ski bums, a dinner hosted at the Limelight Room in Sun Valley and a crew of the most enthusiastic costume contest competitors in town, it seemed pretty hard for anyone to not have a good time.The Janss Pro Am is named after and held in tribute to Bill Janss, former owner of Sun Valley.“His experiences as a ski racer taught him the importance of helping young racers achieve their potential. As a result, Bill became a valuable supporter of...

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 U.S. Ski Hall of Fame Week in Review

04/05/11

U.S. Ski Hall of Fame Week in Review

In the world of freestyle, it is all about going big. And with this year’s U.S. Ski Hall of Fame Inductions featuring some of the biggest names in the sport, including the likes of Shane McConkey and Glen Plake, it only seemed fitting that the Valley pulled out all the stops for the week-long series of events celebrating the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees and Ski Heritage Week.The energy level started high Sunday March 27 with the International Skiing Historical Association’s Welcome Reception and only continued to grow as the week on. Whether it was a night at the Ishpeming Film Festival when Glen Plake hijacked the mic and gave surprise awards to some of the “founding fathers” of freestyle, or at the Movers and Shakers Party at The Community Library when Nelson...

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Michael Murphy (the funny guy) to Perform His Final Show

03/29/11

Michael Murphy (the funny guy) to Perform His Final Show

In 1976, the same year Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc. and Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” was topping the Billboard charts, a bar in Warm Springs called Elevation 6,000 hired a young Mike Murphy as their evening entertainment. Murphy, based out of San Francisco at the time, had never been to Sun Valley before that winter; and since then, has never officially left.Murphy said he was hired on every ski-season, year after year, and eventually decided in 1986 to move here permanently instead of living on and off between Sun Valley and the city by the bay. Since ’76, Murphy has made a name for himself as the local comedian and is even listed in the phonebook as “Michael Murphy (the funny guy).”Despite his 34-year track record of performing around the...

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Family Fun at the Winter Carnival

03/22/11

Family Fun at the Winter Carnival

The Winter Family Carnival last Saturday marked the second family-focused event put on by Old Cutter’s and Coldwell Banker Conklin and Co. at the Old Cutter’s Park in Hailey. The carnival was free of cost and boasted contests and games including dog sled races and a sled race obstacle course.Although Old Cutter’s Fall Festival in October saw almost 100 people throughout the day, attendance at the winter carnival was low. Only a handful of people showed up to play in the snow, snack on cookies and compete for one of the satin blue ribbons Coldwell Banker had printed specially for the event.Theresa Pemberton, one of the event organizers from Coldwell Banker, said they knew the timing of the festival wasn’t ideal since it overlapped many local schools’ spring...

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Paw 'n Pole: A Howlin' Good Time

03/15/11

Paw 'n Pole: A Howlin' Good Time

Despite cloudy skies and the threat of wet weather, dogs and humans came out in droves to enjoy the Animal Shelter’s 26th annual Paw ‘n Pole on March 6th. The Paw ‘n Pole is an event that proves just how much love Wood River Valley residents have for their pets. This year’s theme was “Howlin’ Hoedown” and people wholeheartedly embraced the theme, dressing up their dogs and themselves, then skiing or snowshoeing for prizes and bragging rights. If you think this is some sort of elaborate prank, just check out all the hilarious pictures posted on the shelter’s Facebook page.For my dog Stella and I, the Paw ‘n Pole is all about speed and Stella’s chance to prove she’s the fastest dog in the west! However, this year...

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Heart of the Valley Contest Remind Residents of Their Love for the Land

03/09/11

Heart of the Valley Contest Remind Residents of Their Love for the Land

Whether it was a simple ski-time snack or a first glimpse of the full moon on an Idaho snowscape that did the trick—residents and visitors alike are proclaiming their love for the area and when they first discovered the feeling, in the Heart of the Valley collection on display until March 28, 2011.The Wood River Land Trust’s Annual Heart of the Valley contest presents an opportunity for anyone with a fondness for the land that surrounds us to express or show how they feel through photography or writing. In its seventh year, the contest received 75 total submission that went with the theme of “Do you remember...”. Prizes were awarded to those who placed first, second and third in both the adult and student categories of writing and photography.Doug Brown took...

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Waiting on the Wind

03/01/11

Waiting on the Wind

The Camas Prairie's Growing Popularity in the World of Snowkiting

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Between the Fishing

02/22/11

Between the Fishing

Few sports require the patience that goes into ice fishing. Even just the word “sport” generally evokes the expectation of urgency and action. However with fishing, the sportsman is not racing against time or concerned with how quickly the other fishermen fish. Instead he is intentionally spending a day or afternoon taking his time.Each ice fisherman performs something of a ritual to setup for the day. Every choice, ranging from the spot on the lake to drill to the type of bait to put on the end of each hook, is deliberate. But once the lines are in place, deep below the lake’s frozen surface, there is little else required of the fisherman—other than patience.The First Annual Magic Reservoir Ice Fishing Tournament was my first time being exposed to the world of...

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Ski-joring

02/16/11

Ski-joring

The Old West meets ski culture

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The Ski and Heritage Museums

02/09/11

The Ski and Heritage Museums

A reminder of what Sun Valley is

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Sun Valley Nordic Festival

02/03/11

Sun Valley Nordic Festival

In its second year, the Sun Valley Nordic Festival has grown in scale, participation and level of local support.The festival, which began Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, aims to celebrate the vast amenities for Nordic skiers in the Valley as well as the outdoor lifestyles that Nordic skiing embraces.The events in the festival include many races and competitions that have existed for years, but the idea of combining them all into one festival came about for a number of reasons said Jim Keating, executive director of the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) and co-chair of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.The SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour, one of the headlining events at the festival, is world-renowned Nordic race stretching 32 kilometers from the Galena Lodge to the SNRA Headquarters north of...

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Stories in the snow

01/25/11

Stories in the snow

Learning to track wildlife in the snow

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Empty Bowl Fundraiser

01/18/11

Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Hunger Coalition and Boulder Mountain Clayworks raise money for the hungry

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Going Nerdic

01/11/11

Going Nerdic

Growing up as an Alpine skier, I have to admit, I occasionally poked fun at Nordic skiing. I could never understand why someone would want to half ski, half hike up a hill before being able to go back down it, especially when there seemed to be some requirement to wear an odd unitard-like getup along the way. I used the term Nerdic skiing as the punch line for a joke or two and never considered that one day I might do the inexplicable and try the sport.However, with an appreciation for the beauty of the surrounding wilderness, a body in need of a bit more exercise and a post-college-grad budget; I found myself toying with the idea of trying Nordic skiing this winter. After doing the math and finding an almost $1,500 difference between a season pass for Baldy and a Nordic pass for all...

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New Years Resolutions

01/04/11

New Years Resolutions

Who’s making them, what they are and how to make them stick

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Blisscuits—Mariel Hemingway’s new health food product

12/30/10

Blisscuits—Mariel Hemingway’s new health food product

With a name like Blisscuits, I have to admit, I had high expectations for Mariel Hemingway’s new health food product. The idea of some combination of total mouth bliss with a taste or texture reminiscent of biscuits sounded appealing enough, but with the added benefit that this combination is healthy as well—I was sold.The actress, model, mother, author, yoga instructor and part-time resident of the Valley has been a voice for holistic living since her first book, “Finding My Balance: A Memoir of Yoga”  was published in 2004. Since then, she has written two other books, including one cookbook, and recently released her first health food product.With no trans fat, cholesterol or gluten, the two-pack of cakes certainly meet the nutrition standards they boast....

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Last-minute, local holiday shopping guide

12/22/10

Last-minute, local holiday shopping guide

The holidays are often associated both with joy and stress. With December quickly slipping away, we at Sun Valley Magazine wanted to offer a little help with last minute gift buying so you can finish up that to-do list and spend the holidays with the people you love. Save yourself a trip to Twin Falls or Boise by taking some suggestions from our Last-minute, Local Holiday Shopping Guide. Pick up our Magazine, on newsstands now, for more great gift ideas.  Sports gear: If you’re looking for a gift for someone who spends their spare time in the outdoors or is trekking into the backcountry every weekend, stop by one of the local gear or outfitter stores. Local sporting gear stores: Backwoods Mountain Sports, the Elephant’s Perch, Formula Sports, Sturtevants...

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Missing the Pointe

12/14/10

Missing the Pointe

SVBS performs the Nutcracker

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