Nordic Programs & Events

Nordic Programs:

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic Program

Comp Team:  This is a year round program that helps skiers in the J2, J1 and OJ classes (ages 14-18 – high school) develop racing skills and fitness.  Participants receive year round coaching with regular training beginning in May and including frequent summer training camps.  Team members are expected to compete in Junior National Qualifier events and have many opportunities to travel with the team in vans to competitions throughout the West and to compete at the highest national events.  On-snow training sessions are held 5-6 days per week starting when the snow arrives.  Locker and waxing facilities provided at the Lake Creek Hut.  

Prep Team: This program is designed to introduce younger skiers in the J3-J4 classes (ages 10-13) to racing and training, while continuing to improve ski technique and general on-ski skills. In addition to track skiing, skiers on Prep Team can look forward to telemark skiing, backcountry skiing and overnight yurt trips.  There are also opportunities to compete in local events and to travel with parents to some competitions.  Fall dryland begins in October, with practices running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through mid March.  Locker and waxing facilities provided at the Lake Creek Hut.

Devo Team: This is a fun youth program for children 2nd - 5th grade at the Lake Creek and Quigley training facilities.  We focus on creating a fun team dynamic and learning atmosphere through games, off-trail adventures, big-air contests, challenging workouts, optional yurt trips and the occasional ski burning/marshmallow roasting ritual!  Skiers learn the basics of cross -country skiing, both classic and skate with an emphasis on developing good technique.  We provide the opportunity for children to learn the benefits of long-term commitment to a challenging set of skills that involve self-dicipline, outdoor preparedness, a love of the outdoors and plain old hard work.

Fall dryland begins the first week of November and runs two days per week.  On snow training, two days per week December through early March and locker storage provided at Lake Creek or Quigley.  Lake Creek Team meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Quigley Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30pm

Blaine County Recreation District

The BCRD plays a very important role in maintaining and advocating for a vibrant trail system in our community. The BCRD manages and maintains the Wood River Trail, helps to support the Harriman Trail, and manages over 160 kilometers of some of the best Nordic Trails in the world every winter. In addition, the BCRD owns Galena Lodge and works to support the Galena trail system in the amazing Sawtooth National Recreation Area.Under a new partnership with the BLM, the BCRD Wood River Valley Trails Coordinator also supports the Croy Creek Trail system and manages to Sun Valley Region Summer Trails Portal, a complete source for trail status, maps, and community information!

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center

This stunning facility is located at the 58,000 square-foot Sun Valley Club in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge and features a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, along with equipment repair, rental and storage. Indoor virtual golf also adds to the list of extras. They offer private and group lessons.

Galena Lodge

Galena Lodge is a community owned day-lodge nestled in the Rocky Mountains 23 miles north of Sun Valley Resort and Ketchum, Idaho. It is surrounded by some of the best cross country skiing in the nation. Extending right from our doorstep is the North Valley Trail System with over 50 kilometers of immaculately groomed trail for both skate and classic skiing. What makes this trail system so nice? First of all, it's laid before the gorgeous backdrop of the Boulder Mountains - 10,000 ft peaks that glisten above the lodge presenting consistently amazing scenery. Secondly, the terrain offers variety for all abilities from first-time skiers to experts. We have several very mellow loops from the lodge for beginners. Additionally, the majority of the Harriman Trail (a 30-km trail from Galena Lodge to the SNRA near Ketchum) is flat or gradually rolling with great views. That being said, the more comfortable you get on your skis, the more fun to be had. We have long challenging climbs with screaming descents, fun corners, and consistent grade changes. Frankly, it's as good as it gets. The BCRD (Blaine County Recreation District) maintains and grooms these trails impeccably - not to mention that the dry Idaho air and high elevations combine to almost guarantee several months of deep, packed powder conditions! If cross-country skiing isn't your style, Galena Lodge has an extensive system of snowshoe trails for all abilities with beautiful views! Visit our web site for more information!


What started as  a small group of four women and one coach back in 1996,  VAMPS- has now grown to over 140 women and 13 coaches! VAMPS stands for Vomen And Muffy's ProgramS. Muffy Ritz, a former US Ski Team member and winner of two American Birkebeiners, decided to help a few women fine tune their Nordic racing skills back in 1996. She didn't realize what would become of this small group.

Starting in the fall is 9 weeks of dryland training for the VAMPS. This helps get them in shape for the winter as well as creates an atmosphere of acceptance  and comaraderie among the women as they work hard to do their 200 push-ups, their 6 minute wall- sits and their endless hill bounding workouts at Dollar Mountain. Once the snow flies, the Vamps gear up for a 10-12 week on- snow program coached by all women including several Olympians, Masters World Champions, National Champions and all around great motivational and compassionate coaches.

VAMPS is run out of the Sun Valley Nordic Center during the winter months. There are 8 separate groups within the Vamps- divided by ability level- ranging from "almost" beginners to high end racers who travel to races such as the Birkie, the Engadin, and the World Masters. The groups are named The Rising Stars, The Scamps, The Champs, The Amps, the Supertramps, The Camps, the Tramps and the V2's ( Vintage Vamps).

Skiing is, of course, a big part of the program, but so is the social interaction. Several times during the year, the Vamps are involved in dress-up events such as The Inga-lami, Silly Hat Day, Dress Like a VAMP day. But don't think those women aren't about business when they get on their skis. They ski with confidence because they can. The fear of being left behind or not being good enough is erased and the Vamps come out the other end as better skiers and more confident women.  

The Vamps will be working out at the Sun Valley Nordic Center during the 2012 Sun Valley Nordic Festival. If you listen closely, you will probably hear what sounds like a gaggle of geese- sometimes laughing, sometimes breathing hard, but always having fun!

Nordic Events:

Sun Valley Nordic Festival
Saturday, January 30 thru February 7 2015 Join us for our annual celebration of NordicTownUSA.  See the official lineup and press release for this great annual event! Visit

Guided Full Moon Snowshoe Tours & Nordic Skiing
Snowshoe tours are $15. Call (208) 622-2250 for more event information.

Youth Nordic Skiing
Wednesdays @ Croy Nordic
1/11 - 2/15, 3-4:30 pm
Get your 2nd -5th graders outside & skiing after school this winter! Our team of experienced instructors will introduce them to the joys of cross country skiing through a variety of engaging games and activities. Call Janelle @ 578-5453.


  • 2nd Annual Sawtooth Ski Clinic

    Date: February 14
    Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

    The Sawtooth Society is hosting a free skate skiing clinic at the Park Creek Nordic trails, 6 miles west of Stanley on Highway 21.  Come learn how to master the fast, exciting art of skate skiing...

  • Biathlon Race for Disabled and Able-Bodied Athletes

    Date: February 4
    Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Think of this event as everyone’s introduction to biathlon! Open to both able-bodied and disabled athlete, racers will ski either a 1 or 5km course. No experience is necessary, so if you’ve been...

  • Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit

    Date: January 31
    Time: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

    A special fundraising evening to support Galena Lodge and the Trails. The celebration includes a three-course dinner with wine, an extensive and fabulous silent auction, Stand for Galena, and live...

  • Ski the Rails

    Date: January 31
    Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Join us for a cross-country ski tour along the Wood River Trail. Grab your family, friends, visitors, and even your dog. Learn about the history of the famous Wood River Trail from a local’s...

  • Sun Valley Nordic Festival

    Date: January 30 to February 8
    Time: (All day)

    The Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival January 30 – February 8, 2015

  • Sun Valley Nordic Festival Opening Night

    Date: January 30
    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Come celebrate as the Sun Valley Nordic Festival kicks off ten days of culture, sport, and the best Nordic skiing in North America. The celebration will feature music from the Sheep Bridge Jumpers,...