Video Snapshot: Sun Valley Village Activities

Here’s a great, short video that highlights just a few of the wonderful winter activities happening now at the Sun Valley Village.

Everything from the magical Ginger Bread Village display to a Free Christmas Ice Skating Show including the arrival of Santa in his sleigh makes us appreciate this wonderful community we call home.

Sun Valley Holiday Window Stroll – through Jan. 4

Take a free and interactive self-guided stroll through the Sun Valley Village Shops.

The theme, “Celebrating the Language of the Holidays”, honors the cultural diversity of holidays and festive celebrations around the globe.

Participants will receive “passports” to be stamped inside at every window location, each bearing a holiday greeting in a different language.

A special seasonal confection will be given out at the end of the stroll.

Four international illustrators (Danielle Davis [USA], Ben Javens [ENG], Miguel Ornia-Blanco [ARG] & Janine Rewell [FIN]) have been commissioned to create 13 unique displays in retail store windows and other key.

For more information plus additional happenings at the Sun Valley Resort: Click Here

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SHORT VIDEO: It’s That Time . . . Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Mark your calendars for the many wonderful events that are all part of this years Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Memorable stories, music, food, hikes, and lots of history are just a few of the highlights.

This years festival is October 11 thru 14 in Ketchum & Hailey Idaho

For more information, schedule of events, photos and more, visit: http://trailingofthesheep.org/

Hurdle cleared for SkyWest jets landing in Sun Valley

Spokeswoman says service could begin next spring

A report released earlier this month by the Federal Aviation Administration said a switch by SkyWest from turboprop planes to a certain type of regional jet at Friedman Memorial Airport would have “no significant impacts” on the surrounding area.

The report was an environmental assessment conducted by aviation consulting firm Mead and Hunt for the FAA. The assessment is required by FAA rules before the administration can approve SkyWest’s application for a set of operational specifications that would allow the airline to fly the CRJ 700, a small regional jet, into and out of the airport in Hailey.

The process began earlier this year when SkyWest airlines expressed interest in replacing its turboprop Embraer 120 with CRJ 700 regional jets, which would result in fewer total flights coming into the valley without a loss in available seats.

The report states that if SkyWest were to begin flying CRJ 700 aircraft into Friedman, flight frequency would drop from six daily flights in high season to three, but would add 220 seats annually.

The Embraer 120 holds 30 passengers, while the CRJ 700 carries 65. The report also states that currently, 24,000 SkyWest seats on flights into the airport every year are vacant, and that the difference in the number of available seats is not expected to have an impact on the community.

The report also states that jet service is likely to be more reliable than service with turboprop planes. Though the report does not specify, Baird said in an interview that the regional jets perform better and faster than the current aircraft.

“The CRJ 700 is a super-performing aircraft,” he said. “The anticipation is that it will be able to descend lower in the future [below cloud cover, if needed] and still meet all FAA requirements for climb-out.”

Baird said the jet is also capable of flying faster, and therefore might have more time to wait on the ground for a break in the weather before a flight might be cancelled or diverted.

Brad Rolfe, spokesman for Mead and Hunt, said air quality is not expected to be impacted significantly by the jets, as the valley’s air quality is so good and the number of flights is so low that there is likely to be no significant change.

Rolfe also said the overall impact of noise was likely to be less, due to the fact that the number of daily flights would be cut in half.

“There will be a slight reduction in total noise,” he said, but added that he did not know if the CRJ 700, as an aircraft, was quieter than the Embraer 120.

The report is available for public review and comment through Oct. 12, when Baird will collect comments and send them to the FAA. Comments can be sent to rick@flyfma.com or in writing to Rick Baird, Friedman Memorial Airport, Box 929, Hailey, ID 83333.

After all comments are submitted, the FAA will come out with a final environmental assessment. If approved, the report would be added to SkyWest’s application for an approval of operational specifications, which also must be approved before the CRJ 700 can begin flying into the valley. The operational specifications, if approved, would not give the green light to other airlines to fly the CRJ 700 into Sun Valley, nor would it allow other types of regional jets to begin using Friedman Memorial Airport.

Pate and Baird said that it’s up to the airline when the jet, if approved, would begin flying into the airport. Pate said it could be as early as next spring, but Baird was more hesitant to comment.

“It’s completely up to the company business plan when they start,” he said. “[The report] is another step in the process.”

SOURCE: Idaho Mountain Express

The Wagon Days Schedule

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6 p.m.: Historian Ivan Swaner presents a free talk on the Wood River Valley’s mining history at Ketchum City Hall.

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5:30-7:30 p.m.: Artist Tom Teitge signs copies of the 2012 commemorative Wagon Days poster in Ketchum Town Square. Bluegrass band Dewey, Pickette and Howe plays.

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9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Hailey Main Street Antique & Art Show.

5:30-7 p.m.: Grand marshal reception featuring Mary Jane Conger, at Ketchum’s Memory Park on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

5-8 p.m.: The Wagon Days Gallery Walk will feature photographs of Wagon Days parades at Gallery DeNovo, 320 First Ave. N. in Ketchum.

7 p.m.: The Blackjack Ketchum Shoot-Out gang will close down Ketchum’s Main Street near the Casino Club.


8 a.m.-noon: The Papoose Club’s pancake breakfast at Ketchum Town Square; $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and teens, $5 for kids, free for those 3 and younger.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Children’s Carnival at Fourth and Washington streets in Ketchum. A pass for unlimited rides on the mini-train, astro-jump, climbing wall, bungee run and other rides costs $10.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Wagons Ho activities allow children to visit a re-created camp with trappers and miners dressed in period clothing at Fourth and Washington streets.

9 a.m.-8 p.m.: View vintage cars at the Silver Car Auction at Sun Valley Resort.

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Hailey’s Antique Market at Roberta McKercher Park; and Hailey’s Main Street Antique & Art Show at 730 N. Main St.

10:30 a.m.: Eh-Capa Bareback Riders performance at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road.

12:15 p.m.: Blackjack Ketchum Shoot-out Gang at Ketchum’s Main Street in front of the Pioneer Saloon.

1 p.m.: Big Hitch Parade down Sun Valley Road and Main Street, Ketchum.

3 p.m.: Live bluegrass music at Ketchum Town Square.

3 p.m.: The Great Wagon Days Duck Race at Rotary Park on Warm Springs Road; $5 per duck, six for $25 and 13 for $50, at 208-720-8236.

7 p.m.: Black Jack Shootout Gang, Ketchum’s Main Street in front of the Casino Club.

7 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Finals at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds; $12 for adults and $5 for kids, at 208-521-7708.

Dusk: Sun Valley Ice Show, 1-888-622-2108 for tickets.


9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Antique fairs in Hailey and Ketchum.

8 a.m.-noon: Papoose Club’s pancake breakfast at Ketchum Town Square.

9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Silver Car Auction at Sun Valley Resort.

3 p.m.: Pro Rodeo Finals at Hailey Rodeo Grounds.

All day: Bellevue’s Labor Day events.


9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hailey’s Antique Market in Roberta McKercher Park.

All day: Bellevue’s Labor Day events.

CAMPING AND PARKING: RV parking is available at the River Run parking lot for a suggested donation of $10 per day. Parade spectators may also park in the River Run lot and take a free shuttle bus to the parade courtesy of Mountain Rides.


Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival – A full week of cycling-related events

U.S. National Championships- MTB Cross Country

The 2nd Annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival showcases the Sun Valley area’s 400+ miles of continuous singletrack in an event centered around some of the best race courses in the US. Sun Valley is a bike rider’s paradise with over 32 miles of multi-use paved bike paths, two bike parks, and miles of scenic road riding.

A full week of cycling-related events including races, rides, competitions, film/photo shootouts, a consumer expo, live music, and much more comes to Sun Valley.  For a complete run-down on the event schedule please visit: www.ridesunvalley.com. 

Hailey Skatepark Grand Opening Saturday, June 23rd

The Hailey Parks and Lands Boards and community volunteers hope that all will come out and enjoy the Grand Opening of the Hailey Skate Park this Saturday, June 23, 2012.

The original park was completed in 2002, thanks to an independent fund raising committee and a generous community.

The Hailey Skate Park – built by Dreamland Skateparks – challenges even the most experienced and daring skaters.

As a part of the rodeo park project the skatepark was expanded in 2011 by Dreamland Skateparks to include a street skating element with finishing touches completed this past month.

Exciting demonstrations, competitions, symposiums, food and full family fun await you at our finest, new skate park.

Wood River Farmers’ Market Now In Full Swing

The  colorful Wood River Farmer Markets are now in full swing.

If you can’t make Ketchum’s today, head down south to Hailey’s on Thursday!

Come join in the fun, meet the farmers and artists who sell the homemade and home grown products, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the open air markets.

On Tuesdays in Ketchum from 2-6 from mid-June through mid-October along the 4th Street Heritage Corridor.

Thursdays in Hailey from 2-6 from mid-June through mid-October on Main Street next to Sturtevants.

For more information visit the Wood River Farmer’s Market website

Simply Breathtaking

No visit to Sun Valley is complete without seeing the spectacular panoramic view of Idaho’s mountain ranges from the top of Bald Mountain. For the frst time this summer, lift service to the top of the 9150 ft. peak will be accessed by the all-new Roundhouse Gondola and the Christmas High Speed Quad Lift. Whether you want to relax among the wildfowers with a picnic or new lunch offerings  at the Roundhouse, a day on Baldy promises an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Click here for more information and summer trail map

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