The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival welcome you to NordicTown USA in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Independent groups, organizations and individuals such as the Blaine County Recreation District, Galena Lodge, Sun Valley Nordic Center, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Vamps, local businesses and a host of generous dedicated individuals have come together to give you the best cross country experience on the planet. Come to Sun Valley, Idaho and enjoy everything NordicTownUSA has to offer. 2020 Schedule Wednesday, 1/29 – Nordic Town USA Town Sprints and Opening Celebration, Thursday 1/30 – Ski clinic with SVSEF Gold Team members, Friday, 1/31 – BMT Expo and Race Bag Pickup Saturday, 2/1 – 47th annual Boulder Mountain Tour/Awards Party Sunday, 2/2 – Demo Days at Sun Valley Resort Wednesday, 2/12 – BMT Volunteer Party SV Nordic Festival and Boulder Mountain Tour Schedule of Events Saturday, January 25 Galena & the Trails Winter Benefit 5:30 p.m. Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn The Galena and Trails Winter Benefit brings friends together to celebrate the importance of our local treasure. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the community’s efforts to “Save Galena Lodge” from being torn down. This year’s benefit …
The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival welcome you to NordicTown USA in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Independent groups, organizations and individuals such as the Blaine County Recreation District, Galena Lodge, Sun Valley Nordic Center, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Vamps, local businesses and a host of generous dedicated individuals have come together to give you the best cross country experience on the planet. Come to Sun Valley, Idaho and enjoy everything NordicTownUSA has to offer.
2020 Schedule Wednesday, 1/29 – Nordic Town USA Town Sprints and Opening Celebration, Thursday 1/30 – Ski clinic with SVSEF Gold Team members, Friday, 1/31 – BMT Expo and Race Bag Pickup Saturday, 2/1 – 47th annual Boulder Mountain Tour/Awards Party Sunday, 2/2 – Demo Days at Sun Valley Resort Wednesday, 2/12 – BMT Volunteer Party
SV Nordic Festival and Boulder Mountain Tour Schedule of Events
Saturday, January 25
Galena & the Trails Winter Benefit
Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn
The Galena and Trails Winter Benefit brings friends together to celebrate the importance of our local treasure. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the community’s efforts to “Save Galena Lodge” from being torn down. This year’s benefit includes dinner, drinks, dancing, silent and live auctions, and paddle raise. A great time for a good cause!
Details, Jenna Vagias (208) 578-5455.
Wednesday, January 29
NordicTown USA Sprints
Simplot Lot, 2nd Avenue & Fourth Street, Ketchum
The NordicTown USA Sprints pit teams of two in a head-to-head freestyle relay format on a 400-meter oval. The event features elite racers from the field, as well as top juniors from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Once again this year is a “Regs and Dregs” class for citizen racers. Cash prizes to the top teams will be awarded. Come join the fun as a participant or spectator. Zions Bank will host a hot chocolate booth (complete with marshmallows!) and Sawtooth Brewery will be serving up the suds and there will be a toasty bonfire. You are sure to enjoy yourself! Details, Rick Kapala (208) 726-3899.
3:30 p.m. Registration and bib pick up
4:15 p.m. Welcome/Instructions
4:30 p.m. Youth mass start – 1 lap
4:45 p.m. Youth mass start – 2 laps
5:00 p.m. Regs and Dregs – 4 laps
5:15 p.m. Elite class – 8 laps
Wednesday, January 29
Kickoff Party, 5:30-8 p.m.
Limelight Hotel, Main Street, Ketchum
Come celebrate the start of the Boulder and get your groove on with Ketchum’s own Pisten Bullies, who play a rollicking mix of alt country, original rock and classic favorites. You will be loose as a goose and ready to roll! Drink and food specials will be available.
Thursday, January 30
SVSEF Gold Team Race Clinic, 10-12 p.m.
Sun Valley Resort
World-class racers from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team will offer tips and tactics for making this year’s Boulder Mountain Tour your best ever. Clinic is free to Boulder participants. Check-in for a free trail pass courtesy of Sun Valley.
Friday, January 31
Race Bag/Packet Pickup and BMT Expo, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Limelight Hotel, Main Street, Ketchum
All racers should plan on picking up their race bag and packet at the BMT Expo. Each racer receives a bib, timing chip, race-day details, SWIX souvenir hat, and goodies. The BMT Expo features event sponsors, industry insiders and local vendors. Want to get the lowdown on trails, temps, wax and equipment from the pros? This is the spot to do it.
Saturday, February 1 – REGISTER HERE!
Boulder Mountain Tour, 10 a.m.
Harriman Trail, Sawtooth National Forest
The 47th annual Boulder Mountain Tour launches down the Harriman Trail at 10 a.m. A field of 775 racers will challenge themselves over 34-kilometers. The 15k Half Boulder begins at Baker Creek at 11:30 a.m. Both end at across from SNRA Headquarters. Spectators can catch the elite class finish shortly after 11 a.m.
Saturday, February 1
Awards Ceremony and Party at Ketchum Town Square, 5-7 p.m.
Fourth Street and East Avenue, downtown Ketchum
Come one, come all to the festive awards ceremony. All race participants will receive a raffle ticket at the door. Raffle prizes include skis, boots, poles, clothing, bags and training aids from our generous sponsors and supporters. You must be present to win. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Sunday, February 2
Demo Day and Barbecue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sun Valley Nordic Center
Check out the latest and greatest equipment and goods from Fischer, Rossignol, Swix/Toko, Salomon, Alpina and Start at Demo Day hosted by The Elephant’s Perch, Backwoods Mountain Sports and Sun Valley Nordic Center. Demo Day is free for all BMT participants. Just bring your race bib for a trail pass. Discounted trail pass for all others is $10. Burgers, brats and veggie burgers will be available from 11-2 p.m.
Saturday, February 8
Ski The Rails
Ski The Rails is a free cross-country ski tour along the Wood River Trail and is suitable for Nordic skiers of all ages and abilities and their dogs. Beginning in Ketchum, Nordic skiers find aid stations along the Wood River Trail as they make their way south to Hailey. Tourers finish their ski at the Sun Valley Brewery with a bonfire and live music. Before the tour begins, buses shuttle skiers from Hailey to Ketchum so that their car is at the finish.
For community members who live in Sun Valley year-round, and those who flock to the recreational opportunities the area provides in the winter, the Sun Valley Music Festival aims to provide an uncommonly rich concert experience.
The Winter Concert Series will feature familiar and unfamiliar musical pieces in a refreshingly new environment, exploiting a wide range of acoustic possibilities and encouraging concertgoers to interact and engage with musicians in fresh ways. By up-ending the traditional structure of an orchestral performance, the concerts aim to reinvent what it means to enjoy music together.
Stay tuned for details later in 2019.
“Our goal is to create an event unlike any other our concertgoers have attended—a shared experience that breaks down the walls between musicians and audience, and re-defines the ways in which classical music can enhance our lives. It won’t feel familiar in every way… but it will be very Sun Valley.”
—Alasdair Neale, Music Director
I’m speechless. On the drive home, I was racking my brain for an adequate adjective for this evening’s performance and I’m at a total loss. Kudos to everyone for one of the most amazing nights of music in my life.
—Patron, Winter Festival 2019
The Sun Valley Film Festival brings together over 4,500 festival goers for five unforgettable days where industry insiders and movie lovers alike gather to celebrate the art of filmmaking in a majestic setting. A combination of cutting-edge content and unprecedented access in Sun Valley’s cinematic setting makes SVFF a “can’t miss” in this year’s lineup of destination festivals.
From documentaries to narratives, shorts and episodic work, SVFF provides an insider look into the gems of the independent circuit. See films on the big screen—as they were meant to be experienced—in an intimate, authentic setting with fellow film lovers. Engage in exclusive Q&As with working artists and the breakout storytellers of tomorrow.
Panels and Labs
SVFF’s panels and labs are a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the industry with names you know and those that you will know. Opportunities include Coffee Talks, the Screenwriters Lab, Salon and more. These are your chance to hear war stories from the best and the brightest in visual storytelling.
Parties and Gatherings
Main Street comes alive with non-stop celebrations and gatherings throughout the five day event. Festival HQ is an immersive lounge where guests are invited to connect, grab a drink and recharge between films. And good times are guaranteed at the Festival’s nightly parties with libations, dancing, live music and more.
For more information, to purchase passes, or find a detailed schedules visit us at sunvalleyfilmfestival.org
For over two decades the renowned Sun Valley Wellness Festival and Conference has inspired thousands of people to live healthier lives, and features some of the world’s foremost wellness speakers.
The four-day conference features top wellness experts with more than 30 presentations and workshops addressing diverse aspects of body, mind, spirit, and environmental wellness. The festival also offers movement classes, a Wellness Experience Hall, music, and more.
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC), widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world, announces a move to downtown Ketchum for its 2020 event, taking place June 26-29. SVWFC will utilize the Argyros Performing Arts Center, the Limelight Hotel, Forest Service Park and Washington Avenue and envisions the use of these adjoining locations as the SVWFC Wellness Path.
SVWFC Board President Andria Friesen said, “This exciting move is being made to take advantage of the extraordinary new facilities in Ketchum and to accommodate the space needs of the expanding event. While we immensely enjoyed our past two years at The Community School, change is continuing as our well-received programming and new June event date have created the need for a larger footprint. The Argyros Performing Art Center, the Limelight Hotel, and the Forest Service Park are in many ways the pulse of our community. The Argyros will be used for featured and key speakers. The Limelight will accommodate SVWFC speakers, visiting attendees and serve as SVWFC Headquarters. The Limelight Lounge will feature the SVWFC In-Sight Stage which offers, free and open to the public, brief lectures and Q&A from our presenters. And Forest Service Park and Washington Avenue will be transformed into the SVWFC Experience Park with vendors lining the perimeter, movement classes in the center, and music throughout.”
The Festival has hosted speakers among the world’s greatest thought-leaders on wellness and is an anticipated annual event attracting attendees from around the nation. The 23rd annual event will feature a content rich program with over 50 presentations, workshops, and movement classes by top wellness experts addressing diverse aspects of body, mind, spirit, and environmental wellness. The SVWFC also offers a Movement Studio, Experience Park, The In-Sight Stage, film screenings, music, and more.
SVWFC passes will go on sale online December 3rd at www.sunvalleywellness.org. Special lodging rates and a 20% discount on Festival passes (valid with a confirmed lodging reservation) will be offered by the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum.
Major 2020 SVWFC sponsors include Spirituality & Health, Limelight Hotel, Wild Tonic, Blue Farm Wines, Friesen Gallery, and Rising Springs.
The best small town 4th celebration in the West!
Hailey, Idaho, offers up perhaps the most quintessential small town 4th of July celebration in the West. In fact, the Los Angeles Times called out Hailey as one of the best places in the US to find “maximum fun for your Fourth of July.” The Hailey Days of the Old West celebration, July 2-6, offers up an exciting rodeo, a fun and unique parade on Main Street with colorful entries, plenty of horses and a Road Apple Roulette, antique market, pancake breakfast, live music and theatre, a spectacular fireworks display and the popular, family-friendly Wood River Land Trust RiverFest. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages throughout the Wood River Valley during this holiday celebration.
Here is the run-down of what is happening during the Hailey Days of the Old West 4th of July celebration.
Hailey Days of the Old West Rodeo: Rodeo is a proud tradition in the West and in Hailey the Sawtooth Rangers have held an exciting professional rodeo, featuring some of the best riders and stock in the country, over the 4th of July every year since 1947. This year’s rodeo is under the direction of the ICA Rodeo Cowboys Association and Co Approved by the IMPRA Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association. In addition to the usual high energy action rodeo events, there is pre-rodeo entertainment with rodeo queen contestants, freestyle reining competition, mutton busting July 2nd and 3rd and hometown bull riding on July 4th. There will also be family rodeo entertainment.
Pancake Breakfast: The University of Idaho Extension, Blaine County 4-H Club families offer up a hot full breakfast of homemade pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and more at the Grange Hall in Hailey. It’s the perfect way to fuel up for the long, fun day ahead.
5K Fun Run -Tutus and Tennis Shoes: This 5k is a fun run/walk to support the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. The first 100 registrants will receive a free race tutu, post-race hot dog, and age appropriate beverage. Register at www.sunvalleyballet.com.
- Date/Time: July 4th, 9:00 a.m. race start time
Hailey Days of the Old West Parade: Over 80 enthusiastic parade entrants march down Hailey’s Main Street to delight the crowd! This year’s parade Grand Marshal is local community advocate Lynn Campion. The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade is produced by The Chamber and the City of Hailey.
- Dates/Time: July 4th, 12noon to 1:30pm
- Registration: in advance through The Chamber, www.valleychamber.org
Hailey Rotary Road Apple Roulette: A most unusual fundraiser, the Road Apple Roulette is held each year during Hailey’s 4th of July Parade. Via GPS satellite, the parade route is sectioned off into 10,000 squares that are each designated a number. If, during the parade, a horse happens to drop a “Road Apple” on a ticketed square, the winner’s name goes into a drum for the prize drawing at the end of the parade. If someone purchases multiple squares, their name is entered for each square a “Road Apple” happens to hit. The funds raised go to a variety of special causes, events, and charities that Hailey Rotary has supported over the years.
Wood River Land Trust RiverFest: After the City of Hailey’s July 4th parade, continue your Independence Day celebration with a stroll down to the Wood River Land Trust’s popular Draper Wood River Preserve and Lions Park for some sun and family fun. The 5th annual RiverFest will offer great local food and craft vendors, free Toni’s Ice Cream (while supplies last) and kid activities. Local favorites Up A Creek and Swagger will headline this year’s music line-up.
- Dates/Time: July 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza: The City of Hailey and The Chamber proudly present a 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza that is simply spectacular. Watch the show from your favorite spot in Hailey and celebrate a fitting end to a fabulous 4th of July. KECH 95.3 will broadcast a soundtrack for the Hailey Fireworks.
- Dates/times: July 4, Dusk (9-9:30pm)
Art & Antique Fair: Nothing is more fun than treasure hunting at a well-curated antique show, and the Hailey Art & Antique show at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey will have of the best antique vendors and wares in the region, along with a beer garden and food vendors. You will be sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind something!
The Festival is held at the Festival Meadow located on Sun Valley Rd and admission to the Festival is FREE!
- We have Great Food and Live Music
- The Festival provides a Kid’s Activity Tent that offers free and fun childcare
- Over 100 Arts and Crafts from Idaho Artists
- The neighboring Catholic Church has graciously allowed use of their parking lot for our event when they do not need it for Church functions.
Ballet Sun Valley is proud to present Pacific Northwest Ballet, performing in the Sun Valley Pavilion, on July 13th and July 14th, 2020. Artistic Director Peter Boal has curated a unique and distinct program for each night of the Festival. Under the musical direction of Maestro Martin West, the festival orchestra will again provide beautiful live music. Maestro West is one of the foremost conductors of ballet and has been the conductor of all of the BSV Festivals.
Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata
Photo credit: Angela Sterling
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings while enjoying spectacular wines paired with food from world-class chefs. Delight in exclusive Vintner Dinners, an unforgettable Auction Gala and a lively Wine Tasting and Vine & Dine.
For four days, SVWC writers and readers laugh and learn, hike and talk, and stretch the limits of their imagination. The days are filled with books, ideas, stimulation and fun. Extraordinary writers and thinkers talk with an engaged audience about their work, the world, and discuss why literature matters.
The SVWC anniversary video celebrates our last 25 years of looking at the world through a literary lens. Enjoy viewing a slice of our history!