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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/

Special Fare: SEATTLE to SUN VALLEY from $69

Los Angeles to Sun Valley From $109
September 3, 2012 – September 17, 2012

Get out and explore more this September with these great fares. Purchase by August 20, 2012.

Head to Sun Valley on Alaska Airlines with fares from $69 each way* Travel September 3 - September 16, 2012.

Stay at Sun Valley Resort and recieve a $100 gift card with your boarding pass.

Book your flight now before it is too late!

*Additional restrictions apply

Sale runs thru August 20th.

Book on-line at Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines summer schedule

Added Value Exclusive To Alaska Air Passengers – Summer 2012

  • A free Gondola ride on Bald Mountain any one day of your stay. (Good from June 23 to September 9 + bonus weekend September 15/16)
  • Free Access to the 18-hole Sawtooths Putting Course, Sun Valley Resort Driving Range and practice facility for one day.
  • Fifty percent off general admission bleacher seating for one of Sun Valley’s spectacular Saturday night ice shows. (July 4 to September 1)

To receive redeemable vouchers, present your Alaska Air boarding pass at the Sun Valley Recreation Center located in the Sun Valley Village.

 

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. 

Idaho Fly-Fishing Retreat for Men with Cancer

REEL RECOVERY is a national non-profit organization that conducts fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer. Our purpose is to help men in the recovery process by sharing with them the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experiences with cancer, with others who share their stories.

Men dealing with or recovering from cancer are invited to a fly-fishing retreat through Reel Recovery.

Sharing cancer stories was unbelievable. This retreat really change me.

The national nonprofit organization hosts expense-paid retreats for men with any form of cancer or at any stage of recovery or treatment.

“Any man with any kind of cancer is eligible,” said Dr. Dick Wilson, Reel Recovery’s Idaho state coordinator.

Participants join together for a weekend of fly-fishing in a supportive environment.

There are two local retreats this year: Aug. 3-5 and Sept. 7-9. Both are held at Wild Horse Creek Ranch near Mackay. No fly-fishing experience is required.

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is a partner with Reel Recovery in supporting the retreat.

Retreats are offered at no cost to the participants and are led by professional facilitators and expert fly-fishing instructors. Reel Recovery provides all meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment, and no previous fishing experience is required. A maximum of 14 men are invited to participate.

For more information visit reelrecovery.org

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

FORBES: Hollywood’s A-List Ski Resort Is Now Leading The Pack As A Top Golf Resort

The first purpose-built winter resort developed in this country, Sun Valley, ID was the baby of Averell Harriman and his Union Pacific Railroad. A true destination resort, Sun Valley was as an end in and of itself, a reason to get people on the train and sell more tickets – the original “build it and they will come.”

It worked. Mirrored on the Swiss resorts Harriman loved like Davos and St. Moritz, Sun Valley exuded luxury -  it built the first chairlift in the world at a time when rope tows were the norm – and immediately attracted star power. After opening in 1936, it became THE place to ski and be seen for the top stars, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedys and many, many more. Ernest Hemingway finished For Whom the Bell Tolls while staying here. The stars still come in droves and today the hallways of Sun Valley’s twin hotels are jammed with pictures of celebrities spanning three quarters of a century.

Sun Valley remains justifiably famous as a top ski resort and just got a huge boost last season when a virtually snowless winter across the nation showcased its best-in-the-country snowmaking. But far less people know that it is a top golf destination as well, and has been for decades – but it just got much better.

In recent years ski resorts all across the country have scrambled to add golf courses in order to position themselves as four season resorts and sell more vacation real estate, the primary driver for golf construction at ski destinations. Unfortunately the courses themselves are often afterthoughts, and relatively few of the country’s many ski resort golf courses are standouts, the bulk being forgettable.  Sun Valley chose a different tact when it built its first course more than thirty years ago, and unlike almost any in the nation, gave it an ultra-prime spot, right at the base of the ski resort, curving past lifts, where almost any other developer would erect pricey ski-in/ski-out homes and hotels. The Trail Creek course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. is one of the best resort courses in the country that most golfers have never heard of, but the critics have – Golf Digest consistently has ranked it in the best 75 US resort courses. It combines classic parkland design with an unequalled setting and is not just very good but surprisingly good. I know because I have played it, along with just about every other major ski resort course in the US.

Five years ago Sun Valley added White Clouds, a brand new 9-hole course built on an elevated ridge opposite the mountain, a roller-coaster ride with 360-degree views. I am not normally a big fan of 9-hole courses, but this is quite literally one of the best I have ever seen. The views are stunning, the strategic elements and risk/reward decisions great, and this is a nine golfers will immediately want to play again. And again.

For this season the resort has grown to 45-holes, a size that immediately puts it in an elite class of destination golf resorts with three or more courses, of which there are relatively few. They even have an 18-hole putting course on real grass, a rare amenity. Among top ski resorts the only one I can think of with three courses is Whistler/Blackcomb, BC.  Sun Valley grew its collection by acquiring the nearby Elkhorn golf course, which is actually now the oldest of the three, a 1974 collaboration between the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his fast rising son who would six years later do Trail Creek. The course was completely renovated in 2005 and was a private club until Sun Valley bought it last year. Elkhorn is big time golf, with over a hundred bunkers and stretching over 7,200-yards, impeccably maintained and a great addition to the resort. I’ve played Elkhorn as well, several years ago, and really enjoyed it.

While just about every major ski resort now offers golf, there are very, very few that warrant a golf vacation. Sun Valley has suddenly emerged as the leader of that small pack. It certainly does not hurt that the prices are great, with a slew of early late and unlimited golf packages from spring to fall combining golf and lodging for less than many resorts charge just for greens fees. It also doesn’t hurt that the resort is bustling and vibrant in summer, with a great weekly outdoor concert series that attracts the most gourmets picnickers I’ve ever seen, a weekly ice show featuring Olympic and world champion skaters, world class mountain biking, plus all the shopping, dining and charms of Sun Valley and the adjacent town of Ketchum.

SOURCE: Forbes

Celebrate Galena’s Summer Opening & BBQ, Sunday, June 10th

The Galena Lodge summer season kicks off on Sunday, June 10th with the annual Galena & the Trails Summer BBQ from 11am to 2pm. This is a wonderful community event with great food, great friends and beautiful surroundings.  “We look forward to a sunny day kicking back on the deck; bring your bike, hiking shoes and the whole family!” says Don Shepler, Galena Lodge chef extraordinaire.

Back this season, come for the BBQ lunch and receive a free entry for a chance to win a 2012/13 BCRD Nordic Season Pass.  Lunch is $15/person and includes barbeque and non-alcoholic beverages served happily by the Galena & the Trails Advisory Council and BCRD board & staff.  No host bar.

Galena Lodge was saved from destruction in 1994 when the community rallied to purchase the historic lodge.  The effort, along with a gift from the Heinz Foundation, resulted in $500,000 being raised to buy and renovate this valley treasure.  The BCRD owns and maintains the lodge with concessionaires Don Shepler and Erin Zell operating the restaurant, outdoor shop, yurt rental and other activities.

Thanks to the community effort, Galena Lodge is now visited by thousands of locals and visitors each year who cherish its rustic charm, delicious food and picturesque setting.

While most popular in the winter months as a hub of the BCRD North Valley Trails Nordic ski system, Galena offers a wide array of summer activities. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30- 3:30, weekend brunch from 10:30-3:30 and on Thursday Nights for Wagon Ride Barbecues.  The annual Father’s Day Brunch is served Sunday June 17th.

To work up an appetite people can participate in the many outdoor activities available.  Located at the northern end of the Harriman Trail, with over 25 miles of trails adjacent to the Lodge, there’s plenty of hiking and mountain biking options.  Week long Summer Youth Adventure Camps are also offered to keep the kids busy.  The outdoor shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to rent a bike or pick up that item you forgot to bring from town.

No matter what you like to do outdoors, Galena is the perfect summer setting.  Join us for a summer of fun and adventure!

Early Season Two-Day Introduction To Fly Fishing

Ready to learn the basics before the season opener? Try out our very popular class, led by Brian Richter, accompanied by Silver Creek guides. This weekend class covers the basics: casting, knot-tying, equipment selection, fly selection, trout food and real experience fishing on local waters.

Cost: $150 per student

Includes lunch and the use of waders, boots, fly rods and reels; unless you prefer to use your own. A One-Day Idaho fishing license is not included, but required.

MORE INFO HERE