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Arts & Culture, Fall

A Look Through the Lens: The Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Conservationist, writer and National Geographic Explorerer photographer, Becca Skinner packed her camera bag and ventured from her home in Montana down to Sun Valley, Idaho. Her mission, to experience and capture the truly unique, Trailing of the Sheep Festival

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Arts & Culture, Fall, Spring, Summer

The Streets of Sun Valley: An Unexpected Gallery of Art

Skiing, sunshine, cowboys and art – yes, art. While Sun Valley, Idaho is a well-known playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, it also provides a canvas for budding and renown artists to share creative inspiration and showcase their projects. Unique to Sun Valley, these masterpieces aren’t all kept inside or in galleries. From painted power boxes to bronze statues that line Fourth Street, here’s a guide to seeing the passionate projects of local and world-recognized artists – for free. Craters of the Moon Art Commissioned by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in conjunction with the City of Ketchum, two sculptures were created as part of the Craters of the Moon National Park Service Centennial and now live permanently in Sun Valley: Spur and Homage to the Limber Pine John Grade is an internationally renowned sculptor. His creation, Spur, which finds its home along the Wood River Valley bike path, was inspired by the unique geology found in Craters of the Moon. The life-size sculpture is made from Alaskan cedar and was modeled after a digital scan of a lava tube. Visitors can walk through the art piece, simulating the experience of exploring caves within the Craters of the …

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Arts & Culture, Biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Summer

5 Reasons Why Sun Valley Summers Shine

With the mountains in full bloom, a bevy of outdoor pursuits, and a seemingly endless array of festivals and special events, they make it their mission to ensure each weekend is more epic than the last. With plenty of room in the suitcase without the bulky boots and winter gear, get ready for playtime because there is no off-season in Sun Valley’s mountainous backyard.

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Arts & Culture, Summer

Sun Valley: A Place for Flannel-Loving Hipsters

Within a day’s drive of trend-setting Portland, and with the help of nonstop flights into Hailey’s SUN airport, big-town hipster culture has permeated the west. The influence of well-read, big-rimmed glasses-wearing and flannel-loving thirty-something’s has even infiltrated the small resort town of Sun Valley. Here, microbreweries, handcrafted cocktails, great coffee and beard-trimming locations abound, making the trend-adverse hipster, feel at home. Take a walk in a pair of Birkenstocks, and try out Sun Valley, “hipster-style”.

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Arts & Culture, Summer

How to Ketch’em Alive this Summer

Ketch’em Alive is a free summer concert series that takes place every Tuesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Forest Service Park. National and regional music acts ranging from folk to electronica light up the stage as the sun goes down. Getting ready for a night of music in the park is more an art than a science. Read on for our essential guide to Ketch’em Alive.

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Arts & Culture, Summer

The Artsy Side of Sun Valley

Let me tell you a little secret, there is more to Sun Valley than what meets the eye. Between the epic mountain biking, skiing and hiking lives a vibrant arts and culture scene. Read on to plan your own dose of refinement next time you’re in our mountain town.

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Arts & Culture, Summer

An Eventful Summer in Sun Valley, ID – 2017

  Every summer adventure conquerers are drawn out of the wood work to Sun Valley, Idaho in search of something special. For some, the lure is the 400+ miles of singletrack mountain biking trails, the endless hiking opportunities or even the rod-torquing trout lurking in the various waters are the sacred quests. For others, Sun Valley’s hybridization of adventure and culture are what truly satiate their cravings. The myriad of events that go down each summer are plentiful enough to please audiences far and wide. This year is no different. Have a look and see what the 2017 summer line-up has in-store. Summer Events & Festivals Wellness Festival | May 26 – 29 Sun Valley Brewfest | June 17 Ride Sun Valley | June 29 – July 2 Writers’ Conference | June 30 – July 3 Hailey Days of the Old West Celebration | July 1 – 4 Ketchum Arts Festival | July 7 – 9 Sun Valley Center – Wine Auction | July 20 – 23 Sun Valley Summer Symphony | July 23 – August 17 Sun Valley Center – Arts & Crafts Festival | August 11 – 13 Wood River Valley Studio Tour | August 15 – 20 Total Solar Eclipse …

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Arts & Culture, Dining, Spring

Idaho Craft Beer Month – Sun Valley Style

Idaho is rich in all things beer from the finest of ingredients to the beloved finished product. Idaho Brewers United and Idaho Tourism took it upon themselves to pay tribute to the flourishing beer culture in the state by dedicating April as the official Idaho Craft Beer Month. While we may be small here in Sun Valley, we have plenty to be proud of when it comes to contributing to Idaho’s beer pride. We’ve put together a few ways to maximize the Idaho Beer Month experience in Sun Valley and beyond. Fun Idaho Beer Facts Sun Valley patron, Ernest Hemingway, loved a good beer after fighting a really big fish. Idaho is ranked 10th in the U.S. for breweries per capita according to the Brewers Association. In 2015, Idaho was ranked as the 2nd highest producer of barley in the nation and 3rd in hops production. Idaho has over 50 breweries. The Wood River Valley has 4 breweries including the oldest continuously running brewery in Idaho. Gelande Quaffing Sawtooth Regional Gelande Quaffing Championships | April 7 Scratching your head wondering what “Gelande Quaffing” is? Scope the video below for all the details. Local Sun Valley Breweries Sawtooth Brewery These guys offer two great locations in the Valley. The …

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Arts & Culture, Spring

6 Reasons the Sun Valley Film Festival is Better than Sundance

Sun Valley has been attracting Hollywood darlings since the 1930’s, when Averill Harriman invited his A-list Rolodex to hang out on the slopes of Dollar Mountain. On any given day you might run into Tom Hanks at the Elephant’s Perch or Jodie Foster at Java, but every March filmmakers and actors will descend en masse for the Sun Valley Film Festival. The Sun Valley Film Festival has attracted major sponsors and lauded film insiders. So does Sundance, you say? Yeah, we know. But we think we have a few things to set us apart. Come see if we’re right. Photo Courtesy of SVFF // Amanda Nagy Come as Yourself Filmmakers and movie lovers alike are welcome at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Whether you’re writing your first script, just wrapped a blockbuster movie, or simply like to binge watch Netflix, you’ll feel at home. Insiders and newbies mingle in theaters and lobbies throughout town. Red tape? We don’t really do that around here. But leave your selfie stick at home. Photo Courtesy of SVFF // Mark Davis – Getty Images Intimate and Laid Back The Sun Valley Film Festival is often described as intimate and laid back, just like Sun …

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Arts & Culture, Winter

Art in the Sky

Imagine casually carving turns down Baldy when all of a sudden you spot the moon streaking across the sky. No, you’re not hallucinating from the lack of oxygen but rather catching a glimpse of the most-recent of two unique art installation on the Roundhouse Express Gondola.  The gondola wrap project kicked off several years ago as a joint venture between the U.S Forest Service, the BLM, the City of Ketchum, and the artists as an effort to draw attention to the importance of arts and culture in community. In-part, the Ketchum Art Commission’s (KAC) public art project was conceived to expose people who otherwise would not step into a gallery or museum, to art and artist in unexpected places. KAC has been integrating art into the daily life of the community for years. You can see their efforts around town with art covered utility boxes, sculptures and more uniquely, gondola cars.     The first gondola wrap project kicked off several years ago with an image by artist and local legend Ralph Harris. An illustrator and long time ski instructor, Harris’ art has graced the pages of skiing magazines; Ski, Skiing and Ski Racing, stamps, and Forest Service posters around the region celebrating life in the West. His artwork hangs in museums around the country. “To our knowledge, …