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Unique and classic on-mountain Sun Valley events
Photo Hailey Tucker
From professionals hucking big air to amateurs racing like the Olympians, there are plenty of on-mountain events this winter to either watch or be a part of.
THE LUNAR ECLIPSE:
Rail Jam Series
The Sun Valley Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series returns again this season even bigger and better. The winner of the three-part series wins a trip to Windell’s, one of the nation’s premiere free-skiing camps. The Dollar Terrain Parks boasted 40 features last season and were featured in this fall’s Level One ski film. This year, they’re adding a bigger cross course, and moving the half-pipe from Lower Warm Springs to Dollar. For more information on dates and locations for the Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series and other terrain park events check out the Sun Valley Terrain Parks Facebook page and visit www.sunvalley.com.
WORLD CUP WEDNESDAYS:
Sun Valley Town Series
Now in its 22nd year, the Sun Valley Town Series tears up the corduroy on Lower Cozy every Wednesday morning. Hosted by the Sun Valley Race Department, this annual racing series is a favorite among locals. It pits teams of four against each other in a competition for all the glory—and the chance at one of four grand prizes, a season’s ski pass. Every race is relived that evening at the après-ski awards party, hosted by rotating bars and restaurants around the Valley. The first race is January 25th at 10am, so sign your team up early and we’ll see you at the bottom—or at the bar. For more information call 208.622.6356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BILL JANSS:
One of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s annual fundraising events, the Janss Pro-Am proves that skiers know how to have a good time. This three-day annual event, taking place April 5-7th, teams skiers and snowboarders with former Olympians and professional racers, for a weekend of costumes, parties, races and classic Sun Valley festivities. This year’s theme is Vintage, so pull out your classic ski gear and sign up! Visit www.svsef.org or call 208.726.4129 for more information.
Courtesy Danni Dean
FOR THE KIDS:
Professional skier-cross racer Langely McNeal lists the Kindercup as the most important win in her career. Olympic gold medal winner Picabo Street was a Kindercup champion. Take your little ones out to Dollar for the Papoose Club’s 56th Annual Kindercup on March 10th for all the fun. The free event is open to racers aged three to 13. For more information go to www.papooseclub.org.
SUN VALLEY TELE SERIES:
The Oldest and Boldest
The longest consecutively running telemark series in North America, the Sun Valley Tele Series is back this year with three events: an all-terrain race, a giant slalom, and Hawaiian Nationals Dual Slalom. All events are open only to snowboarders and telemark skiers, so free your heel, grab your board and head out there. For more information about these events, dates and possibly a few surprises, be sure to check out www.sunvalleytele.blogspot.com. -Katie Matteson