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Mountain Bike Mecca

Mountain biking in Sun Valley has evolved from a simple sport to a way of life. by adam tanous


From Olympic cyclists and world-class mountain bikers to those who defy gravity on skateboards and dirt bikes, Idaho is full of wheel pioneers. photographed by kristin cheatwood


The Grind

The skateboard scene in the Wood River Valley has been ramped up. written & photographed by tal roberts


Hanging out in Hagerman

Home to hot springs, horse fossils, Old West watering holes, alligators, sturgeon and tons of trout, there’s lots of interesting stuff going on in the Hagerman Valley. by mike mckenna photographed by craig wolfrom


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Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong will be defending her gold medal at this summer’s Olympics.

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For one day each summer the Sun Valley Road Rally suspends the speed limit. by jon mentzer photographed by lara stone

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25 Local Buzz Local designers change the face of biking. Plus, loads of wheel and artrelated events.

104 Profile: Eric Rolf This Valley local has turned bike building into an art form.

37 Gift Guide Fun and unique gift ideas that everyone will enjoy.

108 Kids Pages The Pump Parks in Ketchum and Hailey are a huge hit with kids.

45 Body & Soul Fly fishing, biking and praying for wellness. 53 Get Out There Training grounds, biker chicks, flying dirt and adaptive mountain biking. 102 Topics of Conservation The Wood River Bike Coalition is forging new trails. by matt miller

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112 Food: On Wheels A la carte dining takes on a tasty new meaning. by julie molema

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142 Gallery/Restaurant Map 143 Restaurant Guide 14 | Summer 2012

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little over nine years ago, our son Slater was born making wheel sounds. Literally. Well … maybe not quite literally, but he was, practically within months of exiting the womb, able to emulate and replicate a full array of wheel sounds—from acceleration to stopping, large trucks to motorcycles or bikes. Now that he is older, his passion has expanded to include bikes (mountain and trick) and skateboards, both conveyances that allow him to explore, mingle with friends, meet new ones, and experiment with where his wheels can, and cannot, take him in terms of pushing the limits. Now I understand that the wheel, while not a new invention, is arguably one of the most important mechanical discoveries in the history of man—one that created the capacity to move, carry and control all manner of cargo and loads over longer and longer distances, thus expanding empires and fueling further discoveries. And while not a social psychology expert myself, our son’s immediate obsession with wheels at birth does beg the question of nature vs. nurture. An endless debate in which I’ve found I have finally been swayed in my thinking: Yes, some of it really is innate. The arrival of our son obviously influenced this viewpoint. And I knew I was in trouble when, at the age of two, he proudly informed me that “no, that wasn’t Merri’s car … because her Suburban has different wheels.” The thing of it was: He was right. So there you have it. Perhaps nature helps cultivate nurture. If you begin life obsessed with wheels, maybe it just continues right into adulthood. It’s a theory that seems to hold true for the passionate, talented and innovative individuals profiled in this issue of Sun Valley Magazine. Inventors and entrepreneurs like Tyler Ferris and Richard Kraatz of Kilowatt Bikes (page 28) or Jeri Rutherford of RideOut Tech (page 27) who is working on “saving the world … one butt at a time.” Read up on former U.S. Men’s World Cup Alpine Team coach Boone Lennon who teamed up with Charley French and revolutionized cycling with the invention of their alpine-skiing-inspired Aerobars (page 26). They created handlebars so commonplace in cycling now that they are hardly worth a mention, but when they arrived on the scene in 1987 they helped elite athletes. Charley French originally used the bars at the 1986 Ironman and the 1987 National Time Trial Championships, and set a new record for his age group in each. And in 1989, cyclist Greg LeMond won the Tour de France by an eight-second lead with a pair of the bars Charley had handmade in Ketchum. Want to know what it feels like to get behind the wheel—sign up for the Sun Valley Road Rally to see just how fast you can go on four wheels (page 98), or read our story on the 9 Lives Racing team and the grueling sport of off-road desert racing (page 60) to get a real taste of what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat. But this issue is not all creations and fabrications, guts and glory. It also features an inside peek into the Sun Valley mountain bike mecca (page 67)—the athletes, the events, the trail systems and single track. How lucky are we? The Wood River Valley is a bike culture. A wheel culture. And we are currently one of only 33 communities nationwide to achieve silver status as a bike friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. And that’s more than just trails, it’s the commuters and the festivals and the culture surrounding cycling of all types. Discover why the Mountain Bike National Championships have chosen Sun Valley and why elite athletes like Rebecca Rusch, Richard Feldman, and 2008 Olympic gold medalist (and our covergirl) Kristin Armstrong, choose to live or train here. So here is to the invention of the wheel. This issue of Sun Valley Magazine is officially dedicated to wheels and all things wheel related! Now grab your wheels—whether motorized or pedal-powered, two-wheeled, three, or a reel—and get out there and expand your empire.

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For the past six years, Kristin Cheatwood (Wheel Power, pg. 74; An Idaho Fire Engine Wedding, pg. 120) has been providing the Wood River Valley with stunning wedding, boudoir, portrait and editorial photography. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she began her photography career traveling the nation photographing professional motocross. Relocated to Ketchum by Scott Sports, Kristin spent her weekends photographing weddings and events and weekdays at Scott. Last year she made photography her sole focus and opened her full-time photography studio(in the Jones Building on Main Street, Ketchum). When Kristin isn’t busy photographing or editing in her studio, she can be found challenging herself at 5B Crossfit’s workout of the day! Matt Miller (Wood River Bike Coalition, pg. 102) has worked as a professional writer for 20 years, covering conservation, outdoor sports, science and other topics. His work has previously appeared in Sports Afield, Living Bird, Bugle and many other magazines. He is a blogger for Cool Green Science, and his columns appear on Grist, and National Geographic online. Matt has traveled widely on six continents in search of wildlife and stories. His favorite “wheel” is a fly reel, and on summer evenings you can find him casting dry flies on the Boise River near his home.

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Tal Roberts (The Grind, pg. 84) had to be talked into shooting photos for a living. He didn’t want his passion to be his grind. Despite being published around the world as a skateboard and BMX photographer, he still chose to swing a hammer for a day job. But Tal’s talent is too large, his ego too small and he’s too easy to work with. His list of clients and accomplishments is growing from gallery shows at Ochi Gallery to campaigns for Smith Optics, Scott USA and Sun Valley Resort. Originally from Gig Harbor, Washington, Tal is a fixture of Ketchum, Idaho’s youth culture.

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patti murphy (Don Wiseman, pg. 77 & Kristin Armstrong, pg. 80), a Boise-based writer (pictured here with Kristin Armstrong), is the owner of Murphy Media Services and the author of “Mother Knows Best—Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms.” Patti’s earliest bicycling memory is the day her training wheels were removed and she immediately swerved into the path of a truck, scaring her mother half to death. A couple years later, Patti broke her left collarbone in a biking accident, the same unfortunate injury Olympian Kristin Armstrong sustained during Idaho’s 2012 Exergy pro cycling race. Hopefully, Kristin will heal as well as Patti has.

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Charley French with Scott’s Aerobar in 2008.

The story of Sun Valley’s own Ed Scott inventing the first aluminum ski pole in 1958 is common knowledge, if not local legend. Perhaps less known is that in 1987, his company, Scott USA, patented another game-changing aluminum pole called the Areobar; a new configuration of handlebar that remains the single biggest advancement made in cycling aerodynamics to date. Boone Lennon, ski coach of the U.S. Men’s World Cup Alpine Team from 1984-1986, had been living in the Valley since ’73 when he had a moment of genius watching racers tuck down courses. “I had had a lot of time on the slopes to watch skiers go by, and I saw enough good tucks and bad tucks go by to know what made a difference,” Lennon, now 62, said. “I just thought, ‘Why in the world would you sit up in the wind on a bike?’” With that single question he began developing handlebars that forced the cyclist to lean forward, much like in a ski tuck, and lowered the rider’s torso down along the frame of the bike, creating a more aerodynamic position. Lennon teamed up with Charley French, engineer for Scott USA, and the two, along with numerous Valley riding friends, began bending and testing different bar configurations to see what the bars were capable of. “It turns out that the body is twothirds of the drag of a rider on a bicycle, so 26 | Summer 2012

the bicycle is a very small part of the drag compared to the rider,” French said. “This means if you can work on the rider to get more aerodynamic, it has a much more pronounced effect than the stuff on the bike.” French used the bars at the 1986 Ironman and the 1987 National Time Trial Championship, and set a new record for his age group in each. Feats such as these quickly pulled the interest of the triathlon community and Scott USA began producing the Aerobar DH (the DH standing for “downhill,” Lennon’s inspiration) on overdrive. In 1989, the biggest breakthrough for the Aerobar occurred when cyclist Greg LeMond won the Tour de France by eight seconds with a pair of the bars French had handmade. After that point, it wasn’t just the triathletes who showed interest in the bars, “it was everyone,” French said. Since then, Scott USA has developed many variations of the Aerobar and although the company no longer produces them, it still receives royalties on the new versions. Meanwhile, Lennon and French have both continued the Sun Valley tradition began by Scott to bring innovation to outdoor recreation; Lennon with concepts like the Quick Carve System for snowboarding and French through continuous engineering for Scott USA. -Hailey Tucker

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Tired of winding up at Grumpy’s in sweaty, tight spandex after bike rides, local Mike Herlinger decided there was a problem with technical bikeware. Herlinger went home after an afternoon ride and rummaged through his closet where he found inspiration in a retro, Western-style shirt he owned. Wondering why technical ware didn’t have comfort and flare like his button-down shirt, he began investigating if it could—and in 2007, Club Ride Apparel was born. Herlinger began designing apparel that appeared to be regular active lifestyle ware but carried serious performance specs as well. Over the past 5 years, Club Ride Apparel has grown to a company of 32 employees with distribution across the U.S. and internationally in Canada and Japan. For its 2012 season, the company focused on beefing up its women’s line with new items such as the Eden short and Dayz-Eez hoodie tank. All Club Ride Apparel is made in America, in Oakland, California, and features a strict no-velcro policy (one Herlinger hoped would put an end to clothing hang-ups in the washing machine). Club Ride Apparel can be bought locally at The Elephant’s Perch, Power House Pub and Bike Studio, Galena Lodge and the Brass Ranch, and can be found online at So now you can finally look good and feel comfortable whether you’re on your bike or you’re toasting another great day at the bar. -Hailey Tucker

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Saving the World, One Butt at a Time One of the great joys of childhood is learning to ride a bike—and then riding that bike until it’s dark out and you’ve already been yelled at three times to come in! There’s just something so wonderfully empowering about riding, maybe that’s why most of us end up spending as much time as possible on our bicycles when we’re young. Sadly, at some point later in life, many of us stop riding a bike because, well, it usually becomes a real pain in the butt—literally. Seat discomfort is the most common complaint from bike riders. But it just so happens that a couple from Idaho has made it their mission to create the world’s first truly comfortable bicycle seat— and it looks (and feels) like they’ve suceeded. “I’ve always believed that if we could make a more comfortable bike seat we could change the world,” said Boise resident Jeri Rutherford. Jeri, who began really focusing on creating the seat after she reached her mid-forties and could no longer sit for long rides, and Larry Hill, who graduated from Wood River High in 1973, launched their mission to create the perfect bike seat seven years ago. After trying 40 prototypes and having the final project tested by the University of Wisconsin, the RideOut Tech Carbon Comfort Seat hit the market in 2010. Sales and thank you letters from the owners of happy fannies from all over the globe have been pumping in ever since. “It looks a little weird. It’s so small, but there’s a lot of science in it. It does take a little while to get used to, but once people do, they love it. The seat gets all the pressure off the soft, delicate tissue and that’s what it’s all about,” said Jeri. She explained that the seat is ideal for lots of people who may have given up bicycling, like older males who suffer from prostate problems. Postmenopausal women also rave about how comfortable the seat is. But Jeri says riders of all ages enjoy happier buns and more time on the bike thanks to RideOut Tech. “The best part about this seat is that it gets people riding again. I love riding my bike and I want people to share in that joy. I want people to ride,” said Jeri. “I’m trying to save the world, one butt at a time.” -Mike McKenna Web Extra: Read our humorous blog about trying one out at







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Pedal Power to the People Ketchumite creates Kilowatt Bikes According to numerous studies, the average American driver spends well over an hour each day behind the wheel of a car but travels less than 40 miles. That’s not exactly what you’d call great gas mileage. And since much of that time will be spent in smoggy traffic, that’s not exactly what most people would consider a great way to spend their time, either—and it’s certainly not very healthy. That’s why there are a lot of folks pulling for Kilowatt Bikes (, the international company with local ties that’s trying to revolutionize bicycle travel and help people get healthier while reducing their carbon footprints. “Kilowatt Bikes was born from an idea to provide alternative transportation that was both economical and practical, but with style,” Tyler Ferris explained. Born and raised in Ketchum and now happily married and raising two kids here himself, Ferris and business partner, Richard Kraatz, developed a plan to create an “E-Bike,” electronic bike, company after studying the strengths and weaknesses of the market for such bicycles in Europe. According to Ferris, the E-Bike market had already been established in Europe, so “Kilowatt’s approach was to provide the same platform, but with style and attitude that would better appeal to the U.S. market.” Instead of the clunky, moped look of traditional electronic bikes, Kilowatt’s bicycles look like regular old mountain bikes and cruisers. They also don’t weigh much more than a normal bike, as the motor and battery add only about 15 pounds. But the slick looks and light weight aren’t the only things these Kilowatt Bikes have going for them. They can even adapt to fit your mood. Say, for example, it’s been a tough day at the office and you want to take it easy and cruise home, the Kilowatt Bike will 28 | Summer 2012

help you. If, on the other hand, it’s been a really tough day at the office and you want to work out some frustrations, the bike will also be there for you. They’re designed for adjusted assistance, so the rider can either take it easy and allow the bike to do most of the work, “pedal-assisted propulsion,” or it can be pedaled hard and moved primarily by manpower. Because the bikes are pedal-assisted, they’re allowed on local bike paths and no license is required to ride one. Ferris said they offer bikes for everyone from junior to senior riders. Basically, if you can ride a regular bike, you can ride a Kilowatt Bike. “The challenge for Kilowatt,” he added, “is to educate U.S. consumers on how to utilize this unique mode of transportation and not just look at a bicycle as an exercise tool.” Since the average American car trip to routine places like the market is less than five miles, it would make a lot of sense for many of us to stop sitting behind the wheel burning expensive fossil fuels and start using pedal power. As the team at Kilowatt Bikes argues, it won’t just save us time and money at the gas pump, it will help us have healthier bodies and a healthier environment. -Mike McKenna

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Lighter, Faster, Stronger To the naked eye, it would seem like fly fishing and mountain biking have nothing in common. But looks can be deceiving. Both sports usually take place in spectacular mountains locales. Both are often done with others, but are ultimately individual endeavors. Both are rather gear dependent. But for most of us, the similarities would stop there. That’s why most of us don’t work for the C1 Design Group. The Ketchumbased company originally made a name for itself designing the first mountain bike suspension systems for Cannondale, “Headshoks,” which revolutionized the sport. Since mountain biking isn’t the only world-class summer activity in Sun Valley, the team turned their attention toward fly fishing. After literally fishing in a bathtub in 1995, C1’s Mark Farris came up with the now extremely popular catch-and-release tool called the “Ketchum Release.” They then turned their focus from releasing fish to casting for them. C1’s team felt that most fly reels were too heavy, poorly balanced and had too many parts that couldn’t get dirty. So they came up with The Waterworks line, a sealed conical drag reel system that looks a lot like a bicycle wheel. “In cycling it’s all about lighter, faster, stronger. We brought that into fly fishing,” C1’s sales manager Jen Lavigne explained. The Waterworks has gone on to become one of the world’s premiere fly reel makers (the company added the Lamson brand to their stable in 1998) and even designs, primarily manufactures and assembles their rods in the Gem State. -Mike McKenna

mobile sound for the outdoors

It’s tough. It’s loud. It’s solar. It’s durable and built to last. The brainchild of local architect and inventor Jolyon Sawrey, the Blastmaster was designed to deliver high performance sound while withstanding the toughest conditions imaginable. How tough? Sub-zero temperatures with freezing snow and wind tough. In fact, part of the research and development process involved 40 hours straight of music (and partying) in the snow at a high altitude yurt as a way to test the battery. The first generation of the Blastmaster was built in a garage for a birthday camping trip using high fidelity home audio equipment paired with “wheels I stole from a lawnmower and a motorcycle battery,” said Sawrey. The original Blastmaster (Generation One) died playing its heart out while being towed behind a snowmobile. Sawrey hit the drawing board with a redesigned, more souped-up version—the Blastmaster XL (a larger amp, bluetooth wireless integration and louder, higher quality speakers… just because). Built with deep cycle marine batteries and fully-sealed components, the entire unit is outfitted with an industrial Speedliner poly finish—so that nothing gets through to the more sophisticated inner componentry. Is it form over function or the other way around? It’s both! -Laurie Sammis Summer 2012 | 29

local buzz // wheel events BY Katie Matteson & Hailey Tucker

Ride Sun Valley:

The 2nd Annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival showcases the area’s 400-plus miles of continuous single-track in an event centered around some of the best race courses in the nation. The weeklong festival, which includes USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike National Championships, runs from June 30th through July 8th. Some of the highlights: The Galena Grinder kicks off the festival with one of the longest running gut-wrenchers in the country. The fourth stop on the U.S. Pro Endurance Tour racing calendar is the first stage of Ride Sun Valley’s All Mountain contest. The Baldy Super Duper D is up next and has riders bombing down River Run, covering 5,000 vertical feet including a 1,000foot climb. The 3rd Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships hosts the best young riders in Idaho at the Ketchum Pump Park. Other events include: the Smith Optics sponsored Local Stoker Guided Rides; a Consumer Expo showcasing the bike industry’s latest and greatest; Hailey’s 30 | Summer 2012

Fourth of July Criterium; and the Sun Valley Shakedown, a music and food festival.

Catch a Criterium:

It’s one of the most common forms of American cycling, full of attacks, chases, crashes, turns and tumult. The heats are brutal and the competition is fierce. It’s spectator friendly and one of the most exciting things to watch on two wheels. And this summer, you get two chances to check it out for yourself. Criteriums, also commonly referred to as “Crits,” are bike races held on short, closed courses usually about a mile in length and averaging less than an hour in duration. During the races, cyclists lap the course over and over again, providing entertainment for the many spectators huddled around the track and excitement for just about anybody who enjoys cycling. So whether you want to get out there and race yourself or you just want to see all the action, don’t miss the Ride Sun Valley Festival this summer which will be offering two classic criteriums. Fat Tire Criterium: This twisty, turny course in downtown Ketchum is one of the do-not-miss events of the Ride Sun Valley

Festival. Taking place Tuesday, July 3rd (with heats starting at 6pm) the Fat Tire Crit promises to be one for the ages. And with the start/finish line located at the Visitor Center right in the heart of Ketchum, and surrounded by beer gardens and awesome local businesses, the location couldn’t be better. Pros and amateurs alike will vie for cash prizes, gear and glory. Heats will include a fourperson relay race made up of biking crazies and, the highlight of the night, the Category 1/Pro Men racers. So grab your bike, put on your costume, stop by one of the Ride Sun Valley beer gardens and we’ll see you at the races! Hailey Fourth of July Criterium Bike Race: Immediately following Hailey’s traditional hometown Independence Day Parade, this classic Wood River Valley criterium, with lots of prizes and spectators, is becoming a summer tradition. With an array of categories like cruisers and kids’ races, this criterium has something for everyone. Sponsored by the Power House, Blaine County Recreation District and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, this crit is a local favorite. Registration takes place that day, so show up for the parade and stay for some good, old-fashioned competition. Web Extra: For more information and to register for this summer’s events visit

The Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally:

Now in its sixth year, the Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally has become a renowned event—and with fire and a touch of foolishness usually involved—it’s not hard to see why. The Rally is the product of FARCA, the locally formed “Federation Against Ridiculously Competitive Amateurs.” FARCA stemmed from a group of friends in 2004, including both Billy Olson of the Power House Pub and Bike Fit Studio and former Olympic cyclist Greg “Chopper” Randolph, who decided there needed to be an organization in the Valley that reminded riders there can be a lot more to bicycle events than just the competition. “We’re the people who’ve admitted that we’re just going to be amateurs now and that we should be doing these things for fun,” Randolph said. “So our whole point was to create events that were sort of anticompetitive but still kind of competitive, and then to make sure everyone had a good time. We want to make sure the competition is not so serious.” And with that basic idea, The Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally was born. The Rally hosts a variety of contests, including one year featuring the “Hot Dog Hill Climb,” in which contestants had to ride up Carbonate Mountain while

/ team i4, michele schwartz

The most exciting things to watch on two wheels

Fat Tire Criterium takes over the streets of Ketchum.

team i4, nils ribi

Ride Sun Valley racers storm through River Run.

Crosstoberfest race in Elkhorn.


tal roberts

/ hailey tucker

Sheeptown’s bike polo players are armed with Wiffle ball bats.

holding a fully stacked hot dog in hand, which they then had to scarf down at the end of the grueling ride to complete the race. The “Flaming Log Drag Race,” in which contestants race two-by-two down River Street in Hailey pulling flaming logs behind each of their bikes, has been a Sheeptown classic from the start and will return at 7 p.m. on June 21st. This year’s Sheeptown will also feature a bike polo championship played in Ketchum at noon on June 23. Randolph said most of the events are FARCA’s take on something well-known like bike polo, which in the Sheeptown version is played with Wiffle bats as opposed to the typical mallets. The drag race, however, is a FARCA original. “We ripped just about everything else off, but we actually invented that. It was the flaming logs that really put it over the top,” Randolph said. “It adds just that last little dash of sensationalism to tip it over the edge.” Randolph said the Sheeptown 2012 is going to be the biggest and best yet. He said FARCA has plans to spice up the events even more for both competitors and spectators. “We just want everyone to come out, sign up and compete. And if you can’t do that, then come be a spectator. Just help keep this raucous tradition alive,” Randolph said. For more information visit or

tuesday night Rides

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to cough out a lung, this is your ride. It’s an open forum and anyone is welcome—kind of. If you’re not experienced in group rides or if you’re not fit, don’t bother, you’ll get dropped like a hot Idaho potato. It’s a race to Prairie Creek, regroup with those that weren’t dropped. Then it’s a race back to town.

Unlike Sheeptown, Crosstoberfest, now on its eighth run, is undoubtedly a serious competition. Riders take on whatever epic cyclocross course Billy Olson’s mind can create for them, sometimes involving riding in snow or trudging through mud. However, this year’s Crosstoberfest, to be held in Old Cutters Park in Hailey, will be a beer-infused, Oktoberfest-style festival as well. Olson said he had been itching to hold a Crosstoberfest-type of event in the Valley for years. So in 2004, he chose a weekend in October with nothing on the calendar and decided to host the Valley’s first Crosstoberfest on Bald Mountain’s River Run side. While the festival has always offered a small selection of beer and brats, this year everything is changing. Olson has signed on 30 breweries, primarily from Idaho and the surrounding Northwest, to set up booths and give samples at this year’s races. Each brewery will showcase three or four beers. Olson said he hopes to see the festival attract 1,500 or so people a day, and that having the festivities in Hailey for the first time will make it possible for most people to just bike to the festivities from their homes. “I’m excited to see the event grow ... I’m also really excited to have a beer festival. It could be the next Wine Auction event for Sun Valley,” Olson said. Crosstoberfest 2012 will start with an evening kick-off on October 26 and then continue with a full day of races, live music and beer on October 27. For more information about Crosstoberfest, be sure to check out

Who: Local Leg Shaver Crowd (a.k.a. hard core local roadies and some pros who need to train) When: Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm (starts with the time change in the spring and ends with the time change in the fall) Where: Sun Summit in Ketchum to Prairie Creek and back. Summer 2012 | 31

local buzz // calendar

For more events and details check out the calendar on

summer 2012

From music to food to festivals and recreational events, we have this summer’s highlights for you. So start marking your calendar for the don’t-miss events this season.

June 26

Kenny Loggins with Blue Sky Riders Sun Valley Pavilion

July 6

The Advocates Gala

Black and White Soiree

July 8

San Francisco Ballet Sun Valley Pavilion

July 13-15

Ketchum Arts Festival

July 19-21

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction

July 7

July 27

Mountian Bike Festival (See story, page 30)

Festival Meadows JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dirty Dozen Band and DJ Logic

for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

July 6

July 6-7

July 28

Forest Service Park (See story, page 98)

June 29-July 8 Ride Sun Valley

Gallery Walk Ketchum

July 5-8

2012 USA Cycling national championships Mountain Bike XC National Championships

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Sun Valley Shakedown

Ketchum Art & Antique Show

Dog Days of Summer Benefit

4th Annual Sun Valley Road Rally

July 7

August 3

at Iconoclast Books “A Natural Woman”

Hop Porter Park, Hailey

Carole King book signing

35th Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival

August 6

Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo River Run Lodge

August 10-12

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival Atkinson Park, Ketchum

August 13 Pink Martini

River Run Lodge

Every Friday

The sun valley story: historical bus tour

Don’t miss the FREE historical tour bus on Fridays at 3:45pm throughout the summer. Sponsored by Sun Valley Magazine and Mountain Rides in partnership with the Ketchum/Sun Valley Historical Society, the tour will highlight stories of the area’s rich heritage—much of which is featured in Van Gordon Sauter’s coffeetable book The Sun Valley Story (2011). Contact for more information.

©marina chavez / courtesy san franciso ballet ©erik tomasson

don’t-miss events

Sarah Van Patten and Pierre Francois Vilanoba in Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.

courtesy bonnie raitt

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples will rock the Sun Valley Pavilion on August 30.

Unique handmade fine arts and crafts including painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, metal, jewelry and woodwork.

44th Annual Sun Valley Center

The Ore Wagon team during the Wagon Days Parade.

August 15-18

Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament

courtesy hailey chamber of commerce,

©pure vision studios/teri niedrich / courtesy visit sun vallety

August 16-26

August 10-12, 2012 Atkinson Park, Ketchum

Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival nexStage Theatre

Fri & Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm

August 30

Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples Sun Valley Pavilion

August 31 September 2 Ketchum Art & Antique Show Forest Service Park

August 31 Gallery Walk

September 21-23 sun valley harvest festival

Ketchum/Sun Valley

The Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival.

September 1-3

October 17-21

Wagon Days

sun valley jazz jamboree

October 12-14

October 27-28 (See story, page 31)

trailing of the sheep

130 Artists, Live Music, a Kids Craft Area, and Artists Demonstrations daily.


July 22 - August 14

sun valley summer symphony

Enjoy the largest free-admission symphony in America in a stunning high alpine setting. Music Director Alasdair Neale has orchestrated a fantastic schedule for the 2012 Orchestra Festival, with a Benefit Concert on July 29 and a symphony season that runs July 30 through August 14. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm at the stunning Sun Valley Pavilion. And don’t miss the In Focus Series July 22, 23, 25 and 27.


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local buzz // art buzz

Linda Christensen’s Fixing Hair in Kitchen at Gail Severn Gallery

Jean Richardson’s Concomitant at Kneeland Gallery

summer art scene It’s hard to believe that so much world-class culture could fit into such a small town in the middle of Idaho, but the Sun Valley Summer of Arts is again in full swing. This summer features enough internationally-featured artists, performances and music to keep you busy well into fall. Here are a few highlights to watch out for this year.

monthly gallery walks

Each year the Sun Valley Gallery Association (SVGA) hosts nine gallery walks free to the public. These exhibition openings are eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors as a way to take in the thriving arts scene in Sun Valley, while experiencing thought-provoking exhibitions of newly installed art, drinking wine and mingling with friends. Summer dates include Friday nights on July 6, August 3, August 31 and October 12. This year, Gilman Contemporary Gallery celebrates its 5th anniversary with a July show that will feature pieces from Ashley Collins, Gerardo Hacer, Isabel Bigelow, Alex Couwenberg and Nick Brandt. August will feature legendary New York photographer Rodney Smith, with his classic and elegant monochromatic prints, during “Photographs, A Forty Year Retrospective” July 30th to August 24th. Gail Severn Gallery, which celebrated their 35th anniversary last year, will be presenting “Private Spaces,” an exhibition between June 26th and July 21st that will feature the work of Linda Christensen, known for her signature 34 | Summer 2012

solitary figures and depiction of the intimate female character. Art abounds in Ketchum. Sculpture pieces feature prominently along the downtown streets and local businesses often open their doors in celebration of the SVGA Gallery Walk events. Many businesses (such as restaurants and beauty salons/spas) proudly display works hand selected by gallery owners and Sun Valley Real Estate even converts their office space into a gallery to display new works by Sun Valley resident and artist Jeannie Catchpole. This July 6th will feature a special exhibit with Catchpole and her husband/partner Steve Behals, with whom she has been collaborating for the past four years.

plein air painting workshop

This summer, Kneeland Gallery presents its annual three-day “Plein Air” exhibition featuring eight of the gallery’s premier plein air painters: Steven Lee Adams, Robert Moore, Lori McNee, Shanna Kunz, Jack Braman, John Horejs, Fred Choate and Bart Walker. “En Plein Air,” a French expression meaning “in the out-

Winter Aspens by R.A. Heichberger at Expressions Gallery

doors,” is used to describe the act of painting on location during this three-day demonstration. The artists face the challenges of changing light, strong shadows and time restrictions while attempting to capture the subtleties of their subject. This challenging and fast-paced technique requires that many artists bring in one or more wet paintings to be hung for the culminating Friday night Gallery Walk on August 3rd.

ballet beneath the stars

San Francisco Ballet’s summer/fall tour includes a one-night-only performance at the spectacular Sun Valley Pavilion at Sun Valley Resort on July 8,





Bernadette Twirling, by Rodney Smith at Gilman Contemporary

2012. It is a special evening and the San Francisco Ballet’s summer/fall tour includes this Sun Valley performance, as well as dates at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, the Hamburg State Opera House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The program includes choreography to “After the Rain,” “Don Quixote” and “The Dance House,” as well as solo performances and pas de deux from “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.” The performance will kick off Sun Valley’s Summer of the Arts which will include four weeks of performances by the highly acclaimed Sun Valley Summer Symphony; music performances and events sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts; and the well-known Sun Valley Writer’s Conference in late August. Visit or for more details and tickets.

“nez perce: promises”

The Caritas Chorale and orchestra will present “Nez Perce: Promises,” a newly commissioned cantata with libretto by Diane Josephy Peavey and music by David Alan Earnest. Caritas Chorale commissioned the new work in 2011 and hopes to present it as a gift to the Nez Perce tribe, who call themselves the Nimiipuu, on June 23. Local performances will be held in Sun Valley at the Community School on July 14 and in Hailey July 15 at the new Performing Arts Center, with both concerts beginning at 3 p.m. “Nez Perce: Promises” traces the bitter story of the tribe after their support of Lewis and Clark through their flight and reservation life (more of the story is available at And don’t miss the new work by Dave McGary—a name that is gaining momentum

each year as a specialist in Native American artwork, specifically sculptures, statues, monuments and busts—which is being introduced by Expressions Galleries. Called the contemporary “Master of Realism,” McGary’s newest work, the Battle at Bear Paw, will debut July 13th at Expressions Galleries with an accompanying cocktail party, Chorus and Nez Perce Dancers. The “Native Landscapes” exhibition will also feature works by Mary Roberson, Bill Mittag and R.A. Heichberger for the entire month of August.


massv: music & arts showcase

Invoking the spirit of Mardi Gras and drawing some inspiration from Bonnaroo, MASSV is a family-friendly event that will feature music for everybody and is designed as an historic celebration of cutting edge music, arts and expression at the foot of the majestic Bald Mountain in Ketchum. MASSV Music and Arts Showcase Sun Valley makes its debut this summer during a two day festival, July 13-14, at the Simplot lot (across from the Ketchum Post Office). It will include cutting-edge performances by leading national touring acts and a celebration of some of the best of Idaho’s rising star bands. If the music isn’t enough, artistic entertainment will include jugglers, stilt walkers, break dancers, hula hoopers, African drummers and all sorts of talented and eye-catching entertainers to keep the senses alive for the two-day extravaganza that will end each night with laser shows in downtown Ketchum. Visit www. for more details and artist schedules for this collaboration between art and music. -Kate Elgee Summer 2012 | 35

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body& soul

46//reel recovery

Fly fishing is catching on with cancer patients.

48//spin doctors Biking health trends.

50//finding balance

Well being rings strong in Sun Valley. Breast-cancer survivor Dani Stern contemplates a cast on the Big Wood River.

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body & soul // on the water


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Dani Stern, diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, shares a smile with guide Morgan Buckert.

noon last October, Dani shared her CFR experience and described fly fishing as an “in-between.” Before being diagnosed, Dani skied, mountain biked and did all of the things we love to do in the Wood River Valley, but cancer slowed her down. Fly fishing allows her to be active outside again. Dani said that women from all over southern Idaho and all sorts of backgrounds attended the retreat, but they all had at least one thing in common, fishing. Besides the fishing instruction, the retreat provided an opportunity for the women to network, to share their stories and to ask questions. Since Idaho is a rural state, Dani said that many of the women had never shared their experiences with anyone. It’s no wonder why 100% of CFR retreat participants say they’d recommend it to others. Dani obviously has fond memories from the retreat and has stayed in touch with many of her fellow participants. Some time after her retreat, Dani was hospitalized by her battle with cancer again. During her hospi-

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Casting for Recovery is a grassroots organization and each retreat is responsible for raising its own funds, about $20,000. For more information or to find out how to help, visit or contact Gail Baird, the Idaho Program Director at

talization, her fellow retreat participants created a huge and elaborate scrapbook of their retreat for her and several of the participants visited her. The scrapbook was overflowing with retreat memories—each participant created a few pages for her. Full of photos of smiling women in waders, hugging and holding fish, as well as words of encouragement, the scrapbook was moving and a symbol of their bond. Through cancer and fly fishing, they have created a new family. While on the river last fall, Dani’s vest was decked out with memorabilia from her Casting for Recovery experience. An eyecatching pink and purple fly, CFR’s signature symbol, was prominently displayed on her vest. She was smiling on that day, with a twinkle in her eye. The moving water obviously provided a peaceful and private place to share and enjoy the river, the bugs, the great outdoors and the fish. Dani’s story is moving and inspirational, and just one of thousands CFR has been part of. She describes herself as a very lucky person, “I just have cancer.” -Morgan R. Buckert To read more about Reel Recovery, please go to And, be sure to read the full account of the day when the group fished locally in “Casting with Courage,” on our award winning Gone Fishing blog at

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A calm afternoon standing in the current, meditatively casting, can be therapeutic, even healing for many fly fishers. For almost two decades now, a national nonprofit organization called Casting for Recovery has shared this experience with thousands of women battling breast cancer. The brainchild of a reconstructive breast cancer surgeon from Vermont, who realized that the repetitive motion of fly casting rehabilitates the soft tissues affected by breast cancer, Casting for Recovery (CFR) was founded in 1996. Since then, hundreds of retreats have been held—free of charge—for over 5,000 women throughout the country and beyond. In 2011 alone, 47 retreats were held in 32 states, including one in Idaho. Each retreat hosts 14 women who have, or have had, breast cancer. Applicants are randomly selected to attend the retreats— their names are actually put on paint swatches and pulled out of a hat at their national office. The three-day retreats are structured to provide fly fishing instruction as well as medical advice, support and counseling. Seven to 10 volunteers work at each retreat, including oncologists, counselors and fly fishing instructors. The Living Waters Ranch in Challis has hosted Idaho’s CFR retreat for the past four years. Hailey resident Dani Stern, who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, attended Idaho’s retreat in 2010. A mother of two, Dani has long been active in the community, working for the City of Ketchum and leading a local Girl Scout troop for years. While fishing on the Big Wood River with me on a crisp after-

Kenny Connolly lands his first fish.

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Kenny Connolly knows a thing or two about winning battles. When he was just 27, the Challis resident was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which is so exceptionally rare for someone his age that, statistically speaking, he had a better chance of getting hit by lightning. “Once you hear the word cancer,” Kenny said, reflecting back to when he found out, “you don’t really hear anything else.” But Kenny, like all cancer survivors, is a fighter. Instead of complaining about the struggles of surgery, chemotherapy and regular trips to an oncologist 140 miles away, he stubbornly held on to a positive attitude. He kept battling away. “You can’t just give up. You can’t think like that,” he said. “It’s a crazy situation, so you just make the best out of it,” said his wife, Jenny, who eloped with Kenny several months after he was diagnosed. “We weren’t going to let the cancer win.” It was Jenny who actually saw the flier for Reel Recovery, a small non-profit organization akin to Casting for Recovery that takes men suffering from all forms of cancer on fly fishing retreats. Kenny, who grew up in North Carolina, had never been fly fishing before, but he applied for the program and was lucky enough to get accepted. Kenny was the youngest of 15 participants at last summer’s Idaho retreat at the Wild Horse Creek Ranch in the Pioneer Mountains. And even though he didn’t land any fish that weekend, he reeled in something much more valuable. “I absolutely had a ball. The scenery, everybody sharing their stories and struggles, the gut wrenching laughs—just men being men. You forget about that when you’re battling cancer,” Kenny said. Last fall, Kenny and a handful of other Reel Recovery participants and volunteers reunited in Sun Valley. As long, autumnal afternoon shadows crept across the Big Wood River, the group began casting along the shores of Hulen Meadows. Kenny was handed a fly rod and after a few casts he hooked a feisty rainbow. The battle was on … and you can guess who won that one, too. -Mike McKenna Summer 2012 | 47

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They’re also the main source of strength when you’re on a pair of skis. Summer biking or indoor Spinning in the winter can really enhance strength and endurance—critical components of surviving ski season injury-free. Conversely, Nordic skiing can keep you fit for cycling. Greg LeMond (three-time Tour de France winner) skate skied to train during the winter months, as did cyclist Davis Phinney. Greg Martin, Wood River Trails coordinator for Blaine County Recreation District, director of the Wood River Bicycle Coalition and a retired mountain bike racer, swears by his bike and appreciates its low-impact qualities. “I run a little bit to keep in shape. But I can ride a bike all day long and not feel it in my knees in the same way,” said Martin, who logs 20 to 30 hours a week training on a road bike because “it allows you to really dictate your ride in a way that’s hard to do on a mountain bike.” He uses Strava, a free app for smartphones, to track miles and provide a training log. A backcountry telemark and Nordic skier, Martin cycles because he loves it, but also because it keeps him fit for his winter pursuits. Getting on the bike isn’t a bad way to see the sights, either. There are more than 1,000 miles of mountain biking trails and about 30 miles of bike path in the Valley. For those who cross-train, Blaine County Recreation District meticulously maintains the Harriman Trail and other ski trails that add up to 215 kilometers of pathways in paradise. Check for trail conditions and maps. -Jody Orr

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Nine knee surgeries ago, Kim Mazik tore her meniscus on a high school basketball court. Orthopedically-speaking, she’s tough, a modern-day Joe Namath. “Any time my clients complain about pain, I tell them they don’t even know what pain is,” recounted Mazik, a physical therapist at Hailey Sport and Spine. But after her fourth or fifth surgery (two were to remove hardware) she started to center her rehab on cycling. “The bike made a nightand-day difference. Just the way my knee felt post-operatively was so much better. I didn’t lose as much strength and endurance. I credit cycling for helping me put off a complete knee replacement for so long. The more I cycle, the better I feel.” And Mazik isn’t alone in her sentiments. “Cartilage doesn’t have a very good blood supply and it gets its nutrition from synovial fluid inside the knee. Moving the knee on a bike helps keep the joint lubed,” explained John Koth, owner of Koth Sports Physical Therapy in Ketchum. Knees feature prominently in Nordic and alpine skiing, so the bike acts as the perfect personal trainer for those who want to get in shape or repair injuries. Skiing and biking are beautifully complementary. All of the major leg muscles are used when biking, with the quadriceps muscle group largely responsible for your power.

Outdoor Spin class at Zenergy.


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BICYCLING as a form of TREATMENT If you’ve ever followed the Grateful Dead, you know that spinning is a euphoric act performed by tie-dye-clad, patchouli-oiled folks exalting in the moment. But if you prefer sweating to “tripping,” Spinning™ is an exercise that takes you great distances without ever leaving the room. Lead by certified instructors, Spinning classes are held indoors on stationary bikes with weighted flywheels that simulate the feel of a real bicycle. Tension knobs give riders the power to decide how hard they will work, and pedals have toe clips enabling them to pull up with one foot while pushing down with the other. Spinning gives athletes of all levels a terrific workout in about an hour. Those looking for a new fitness challenge won’t go away disappointed—on average, a 155-pound rider can burn anywhere from 400-700 calories per session. Classes are taught throughout the Valley, including FitWorks at Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) in Hailey. Cameron King is their fitness director and a former mountain bike racer who believes in the power of indoor cycling: “The beautiful

thing about our classes is that they’re set up for all abilities. No one ever touches your resistance knob; you’re in full control of how hard you work,” she explained. Pace and difficulty constantly change so that the workout mimics a real ride. Music is matched to each leg to keep riders motivated through all phases of the ride. The role of the instructor is technical and motivational. By helping riders achieve proper breathing and smooth pedal stroke (or cadence), they teach a safe technique that translates to the trails in the summertime. Encouraging them to ride at a level that’s comfortable, yet challenging, inspires results. “I’m not a drill master. I remind people to take stock of how they’re feeling and ride accordingly. Don’t compare yourself to the rider next to you; know why you’re here and what your goals are,” said King. Pioneered in 1987 by ultra-endurance cyclist and South African Jonathan “Johnny G” Goldberg, Spinning was born out of a prototype of a bike built in his kitchen. Meant to be a temporary training solution to leaving his pregnant wife for long stretches while preparing for the 3,000-mile Race Across America, the idea stuck. Five years later, Goldberg and partner John Baudhin formed Mad Dogg Athletics, trademarked Spinning and began educating instructors. Zenergy holds 10 classes weekly with the option of using Suunto heart monitors—a lightweight strap attached to each rider’s chest. Maximum heart rate, weight and height are projected onto a TV screen. Students ride in color-coded training “zones” based upon percentages of maximum heart rate. An instructor and physical therapist, Erin Finnegan, says her goal is to help people see a difference in their fitness “through a progression of learning how to ride harder over time. Training your body to work at a certain effort level will equate to goals like weight loss or power on the road or on the dirt.” Debbie Fox, a Big Wood Fitness instructor, sees Spinning as a recovery tool. “It’s a great cardio workout that’s low impact for people recovering from injury,” she said. On the first Saturday of every month, Fox teaches a 90-minute skills class. “I help riders identify which leg is stronger. We practice consistent breathing and cadence that helps them keep a steady pace. The more efficiently you pedal, the farther you can go,” said Fox. -Jody Orr Summer 2012 | 49

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Tibetan Tradition in Idaho The Botanical Garden’s Prayer Wheel There are unlikely layers to the quietude of this Valley and it’s worth our time to make discoveries beyond the bustle. For instance, hidden just off Highway 75 is the tranquil Garden of Infinite Compassion at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG), where a massive four-hundred-pound prayer wheel rests. Sheltered in a gazebo, lined with prayer flags, the wheel is an ancient Tibetan tradition that Buddhists believe can be used to grant merit and dispense spiritual blessings. Hand-crafted by Tibetan monks in Dharamsala, India, this extraordinary work of art (one of only two such wheels found in North America) was donated to SBG in 2005 to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s visit to Sun Valley. Although aesthetically marvelous, true enjoyment of the wheel must be accompanied by an understanding of its spiritual purpose. According to the SBG’s executive director, Kathryn Goldman, “The idea is that there are mantras and prayers captured in the wheel and that when you turn it, you release the prayers contained inside.” In the Tibetan 50 | Summer 2012

Buddhist tradition, turning a prayer wheel has the same laudable effect as recitation. Given that Sun Valley’s wheel holds two million written mantras, every rotation results in the oral equivalent of a lifetime. “Since we’re at high altitude, having the wheel here is supposed to help send the prayers across the world,” Goldman explained. Interestingly enough, the common mantra placed in Tibetan prayer wheels, “Om mane padme hum,” is used to invoke the attention of Avalokitesvara, the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet. Since most Tibetans consider the Dalai Lama to be the physical manifestation of Avalokitesvara, his blessing of SBG’s prayer wheel is truly captivating in its self-fulfilling nature. So the next time you speed past the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, consider that which lies out of sight. Designed to be shared by people of all faiths, the prayer wheel sits in silent repose, waiting for us to sift through the layers of our lives, stop the noise and spin a prayer of compassion for this community and others. -Alec Barfield

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When it comes to finding one’s well-being, well, it’s pretty obvious that we must be doing something right around here. Sun Valley has been named one of the top wellness vacation spots in the world by Travel to Wellness magazine and the annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival, held each Memorial Day weekend, has become one of the most highly respected retreats in the country. Each year a veritable who’s who of the wellness world comes to speak, folks like Dr. Deepak Chopra, Debby Ford and Marianne Williamson. Not content to simply rest on the region’s impressive laurels, the Sun Valley Wellness Institute (SVWI) has set a mission to “Inspire Positive Change.” To do this SVWI (www., a non-profit which was founded in 2005 to take over the annual Wellness Festival from the then Sun Valley/Ketchum Visitor’s Bureau, has made it their goal to develop the institute into a “renowned center for health and well-being” by offering exceptional programs and events throughout the year—and not just for one long weekend each spring. This summer’s highlights include: The Kiai Golf Workshop in late June with “Golf Sensei” Jamie Zimron. The class will take place at the Bigwood Golf Course and promises to be “a golf course like no other!” On June 30th SVWI will be offering a Numerology Workshop, which promises to help attendees create “the life you really want through the power of numerology.” And on July 11th the institute will be putting on a “FUN-raising” event (it’s free to the public but donations will gladly be accepted) called “12 Hours of Om.” From 7 am to 7 pm at Ketchum Town Square, a variety of the Valley’s top teachers will help folks stretch their bodies, minds and spirits. -SVM Staff Web Extras: For a directory of local wellness practitioners visit

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To ensure safety on the tracks, all the coaches at the Bike Ranch are certified mountain bike instructors.

nearby woods and meadows. Said Baumgardner, “You learn to ride these things without consequences. If you fall off, it’s no big deal, so you’re able to build your skills and confidence up before taking it to the trail.” The idea of taking mountain bike lessons is, however, still new. “The challenge is convincing people that this is a valuable experience,” said Baumgardner. Yet as a heli-ski guide he sees real parallels. “Everything is based on progression. It’s very much like teaching skiing,” he explained. Bike Ranch customers receive personal attention throughout the day from the lodge’s team of professional coaches, working on everything from bike-body separation and balance to braking and cadence. Feedback from the clinics has been positive. “It’s really amazing to see the progression,” said Baumgardner. “You truly get your skills dialed.” And that’s the idea: teaching clients how to dominate the difficult sections of their favorite trails by training on similar features at the Bike Ranch first. Where else can you session a pump track, dirt jumps and single track in the same day, not to mention getting a massage and a gourmet meal that evening? Despite the progress, Baumgardner says his biker’s playground is far from finished. “Our hope down the road is to partner with the Forest Service to improve the single track network out there,” he says. With logging roads in abundance, including old pack trails from the area’s mining days, the potential for expansion is obvious. Even so, the current Idaho Smoky Mountain Bike Ranch has more than enough trails, tracks and coaches to satisfy any rider hoping to wrangle some new skills. -Alec Barfield

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New to mountain biking and want to learn the basic skills of riding? Or are you interested in exploring new single-track terrain or booking an epic ride with a group of friends? No problem. Both Sturtevants Mountain Sports and Sun Valley Trekking offer guided mountain biking trips in either single or multi-day rides. “A quality guide experience is more than just ‘follow me,’” said Sturtevants lead guide Olin Glenne. “It should be educational and informative, too.” He added that, with low client-to-guide ratios (4 to 1) and permits that allow them to guide trips into Adams Gulch off Baldy or deep into the Smoky or Pioneer Mountains, Sturtevants is uniquely poised to offer a variety of terrain and guided experiences. Add-ons like hiking, biking, fishing and even yurt-based or lodge-staged trips are options that can be catered to any interest and ability. Visit or check out Sun Valley Magazine’s Slopestyle: Mountain Life blog for more information and videos.

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Three summers ago, the Idaho Smoky Mountain Lodge decided to open a ranch, but instead of breeding cattle, this home on the range raises mountain bikers. Better known as the only fly-in heliski lodge in the lower 48 states, the Smoky Mountain Lodge now offers a summer option for serious mountain bikers and folks who want to get out of Dodge for a while. But don’t worry, grazing on this ranch doesn’t require any hot iron branding. The goal of Smoky Mountain’s Bike Ranch is to teach comfort and safety while riding, specifically when it comes to technical maneuvers. “As a mountain guide, I want to keep you safe and show you where the good stuff is,” said Mark Baumgardner, who owns the lodge. “Much like what we’ve done with heli-skiing, we want to do with bike ranching.” According to Baumgardner, there’s been lots of synergy between Smoky Mountain’s well-established heli-skiing operation and the growing mountain biking program. As he explained, “People who stay at the lodge in the winter often ask, ‘What do you do in the summer?’ It’s a very easy segue.” Yet until recently, Baumgardner didn’t have an answer to that question. He bought the 160-acre property, originally a mining claim, in the early 1990’s to serve as a no-frills base and fuel cache for Sun Valley Heli-Ski. A Canadian-style lodge was eventually built in 2001, leaving only the summer season on the property to be filled. Friends suggested that Baumgardner build a private trail network and the idea took off. After connecting with Dirt Series instructor Jennifer Biondi, who now runs the program, ranch construction began. What have the two created since? “We have a BMX track. We have a pump track. We have a trail network and it keeps building every year,” she said. Stunt features, like A-frames and teetertotters, are produced on-site by the lodge’s own sawmill and can be found throughout the

Chris Mallory: If you’re not a cross-


country skier, you’re going to want to learn the sport first on snow. The lack of brakes can definitely be a challenge. There are different techniques you can use to slow your speed, and for a last resort, hopefully you’ve got a grassy shoulder. You always want to make sure you take the proper safety precautions, and while some might chose to use more, at a bare minimum, you want to roll with a bike helmet.

SVM: How much of an athlete’s off-season training is devoted to roller-skiing? CM: In the spring and summer, our team might devote around 30% of training to rollerskiing. Then once fall hits we are on roller-skis around 50% of the time.

Summertime doesn’t have to mean the end of the ski season.

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roller-skiing: a summertime rush You’ve seen them. It’s the middle of summer and they are out there in their bright neon shirts and helmets, holding ski poles and skiing … on pavement. No, you don’t have your seasons confused. It really is summertime and these athletes, most of whom are Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Nordic ski team members, are roller-skiing. Roller-skiing is a training method for cross-country skiers during the off-season months. It is used to emulate skiing on snow. The equipment consists of two approximately three-foot aluminum or composite shafts with rollerblade wheels on either end. There is a cross-country binding fixed in the middle so your boots can clip right onto the skis. The poles are your basic cross-country ski poles with special tips that will grip the tarmac. To learn more about these brave rollerskiers and to get advice from a roller-skiing expert, we talked to long-time SVSEF cross country post grad head coach, Chris Mallory.

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That seems pretty terrifying.

SVM: Is it important to supplement rollerskiing with other training? CM: It is definitely important to mix in other training modes to keep the body and mind fresh. We try to develop a big endurance fitness base through running, biking and ski-bounding with poles, as well as putting an emphasis on strength. But roller-skiing has been a key advancement in our sport in helping athletes develop technique and ski-fitness faster and better. It has also been important in helping athletes develop upperbody power. SVM: Is it something that anyone could do or is it recommended in a team or training atmosphere? CM: I’d be hesitant to recommend it to the average Joe. They would lose some skin. But for athletes who are already accomplished skiers, it can be a useful training tool. For rookies, stay on the bike paths, and in the beginning, keep to the flats. SVM: What is the best route in the Valley for roller-skiing? CM: We like to use the bike paths up through Elkhorn. They have good rolling hills with ski-like terrain. The hill down past Dollar Mountain is fast though, so you’ve got to be careful through there. Any of the chipsealed roads generally aren’t too friendly to roller-skiing. It is a huge asset to have the Blaine County Recreation District bike paths that stretch all the way down to Bellevue for distance sessions. SVM: Now honestly, how similar is it to

on-snow skiing? CM: It’s pretty similar but there’s nothing quite like gliding on snow. -Katie Matteson Summer 2012 | 55



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try, how fast they learn and their huge smiles from little victories, it all gives me a renewed sense of excitement, achievement and inspires me to try new things as well,” Rebbeca said. “This is the first girls-only club in this Valley. But we aren’t just a club, we want them to learn, participate and volunteer,” Karoline said. She admits that, ideally, they would love to see the girls race but last year, one of the Wheel Girls hadn’t even been on a mountain bike before. “What we really want is for them to have a sense of what this is all about. If they don’t race, that’s ok. Seeing the progression of the girls as athletes and people is amazing.” Last year the girls in the Wheel Girls Club, which is sponsored by SRAM, Specialized, Galena Lodge and the Blaine County Recreation District, had six girls join and they spent one afternoon a week (the two-hour scheduled sessions always ran longer) learning how to: understand basic mechanics like changing flat tires; about nutrition, hydration and fitness; they also did skill work on some of the area’s best trails. This summer, Wheel Girls will set the same high standard for mountain bike fun and education. Their only hope is to grow the program and continue to “give girls the confidence so they can do it all on their own,” Droege said. With cool extras like a one-of-a-kind biking jersey, swag from the Gold Rusch Tour, coaching in a clinic-style atmosphere from Karoline and the Queen of Pain with guest pros every week, mountain bikers of all ages, abilities and genders are wishing they could join! If you or another aspiring female mountain biker you know wants to join, visit and get on your bike! -Katie Matteson

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It’s fun to be a sweet girl and then go play in the mud, get all dirty and show the boys how to really ride a bike—and that’s what mountain biking with the Mud Honeys is all about. Being a member of the Mud Honey Cycling Team means that a mildly talented rider like myself has a chance to ride with and become as fierce a competitor as local bad asses like Simone Kastner (the Super D National Champion), Brooke Hovey (the XC National Champion) and Karoline Droege, to name a few. While I wouldn’t exactly call my near-last-place finishes a threat to anyone, I am out there. I am riding. I am racing. And I am having the time of my life. While bicycling offers something for everyone—you can ride when you’re young and you can ride when you’re old, you can ride a road or BMX bike, a single speed or a cross bike— there’s something about mountain biking that brings out the need for a little (or sometimes a lot) of self-induced torture. Cross country, downhill, short track—whatever style you choose—nothing beats the rush of single track and the mind-boggling speed it can offer. Unfortunately, mountain biking has long been male-dominated, a sport “for the boys.” Luckily, a group of local women started asking, “Why are we leaving all that excitement for the boys?” And thus the idea for the Mud Honey Cycling Team. It’s an all-women’s race team designed to break down barriers, build self-esteem and encourage women to test their limits. “It never even dawned on me that you’d ride a bike on the road,” said India Wysong, founder of the Mud Honeys. India picked up her first mountain bike in 2000, when a co-worker in Vail asked her to join the town race series team. After trading over a Ralph Lauren jacket and a couple hundred bucks, she had her first mountain bike. Granted, it was two sizes too small, but that didn’t stop her from being totally engulfed by the sport. That was it, she was hooked, and shortly thereafter she started her first all-female cycling club, dubbed High Maintenance (sort of appropriate for Vail, isn’t it?). After moving to Sun Valley in 2003 Wysong began noticing that women were riding here, but they weren’t coming to races.

Mud Honey India Wysong cruising Lane’s Trail in Adams Gulch.

A true advocate for women and cycling, Wysong began thinking of how she could put together a women’s race club in Sun Valley, and thus the Mud Honeys were born. The goal of the Mud Honey Cycling Team is simple: to get women out on the trails, to encourage one another and be part of the community and the local bike culture. Each year, the Mud Honeys gather for races, skills clinics, social outings and just hitting the trail. The club has requirements to be a member, so don’t think you can just walk right up and join just for the super-cute cycling outfits (called ‘kits’). Each member has to attend or volunteer for at least three races per season. “We are here to contribute to the enthusiasm of getting together and riding bikes, a social group of women with a motive,” India explained. Keep your eye out at this summer’s Nationals held here in Sun Valley because several of the group’s 45 members have qualified and have great shots at making the podium. The Mud Honeys’ spirit, courage and humility are contagious. Personally, I feel fortunate to have befriended such a group of female athletes and, as a result, I am a better athlete and a better person. I now have the confidence to hit any trail with skill and enthusiasm … well, almost any trail. -Nancy Glick

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biking around Sun Valley. “We keep several adaptive bikes at the office for anyone in town who wants to use one for a day or a week at a time,” said Kate Weihe, operations manager at SVAS. “It’s a great way to get out and about.” Other bikes in their cache include road bikes, a double-seater, a motorized bike and several cruisers. Turner got so much mileage on the office’s recumbent road bike that he bought his own four years ago. Now he does eight miles a day, which includes the roundtrip from his home in Bellevue to his job as a geothermal power plant structural designer in Hailey and a lunch trip in between. He’s clocked 1,200 miles annually since 2010. “The bicycle provides a lot of freedom of movement and ability to get outside,” said Turner. “There’s not all that many riders here, but I sure enjoy it.” It looks like this summer he may have more companions on the trails than ever before, as SVAS continues to expand its bike programs, and prominence about the sport of hand cycling continues to keep rolling along. -Dana Nichols

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For the first time in the history of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, a competitive handcycling race will be showcased during the event. Spearheaded by Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Higher Ground and USA Cycling, the two races are on the schedule. Sean McEntee, Higher Ground program manager, hopes the races will stir up awareness for the threewheel, hand-powered mountain bikes.

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Ever seen a mountain bike with three fat tires? Poised face-first over a six-inch-deep creek, Jet Turner has to drop in or go home. There’s a bridge that other bikes—typical twowheeled mountain bikes—zip across, but it’s out of the question for Turner’s adaptive bike, which is simply too wide. He plunges forward into the chilly water before coming to an abrupt stop in the middle of the creek. So he summons his arm-generated strength—right, left, right, left, arms pedaling, not legs—and he makes his way up and out of the water to the rocky Adams Gulch trail and continues through the warm August day. The great dirt and Wood River Valley scenery that mountain bikers live for abounds. Soon the single track widens, then narrows so much he’s plowing brush on the right side. But his trek continues. “I think it took six hours,” Turner later said of his ride. “It was only six miles, but it was pretty rocky and tough.” Pausing, he added, “It’s not very fast, but it’s nice to be out there.” The “One-Off Handcycle” is property of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS). It has 24 gears with the standard eight-speed cassette in the rear and two mountain drives up front. “Each mountain drive reduces the drive ratio by two-and-a-half times by simply pushing a button. In the lowest gear it’s very low and a person can spin the three-inch-wide knobby tire,” said Turner, who has partial strength in his arms due to an incomplete quadriplegic c-5 injury. He compares the mountain bike to his other ride, a hand-pedaled recumbent road bike, explaining:,“The mountain bike works more with gravity. You can use your physical strength better, because it gets your body over the cranks. But it takes a lot of strength. A lot more.” Adaptive mountain bikes are expensive and rare (hence the name “One-Off”), so it’s a great advantage to the local community and visitors that SVAS has a fleet of bikes to lend at a moment’s notice so that riders of all abilities can enjoy the world-class mountain

Motocross madness

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imra raises the bar Dave Sundholm is an equal opportunity twowheeler. He considers himself an avid mountain and dirt bike rider. But when asked what the real difference is between the two and what he loves most about riding his motorcycle, he is quick to answer. “On a motorcycle, you can just keep going,” he said. As a member and the de facto president of the Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association (IMDRA), Dave gets to share this love and enthusiasm for all things dirt bike with his community. Founded a few years ago to give motocross riders a unified voice in this activity-crazy community, the club has been reinvigorated in the past year, gaining nonprofit status and forming an unofficial board, made up of five equally excited and equally passionate motocross riders. Their official mission reads: “Dedicated to the rights of the individual and family who want a fun and safe experience when riding. It is our commitment to work with all user groups, to maintain existing and create new trail and track opportunities, as well as promote the unique riding in the state of Idaho.” While that might seem like a huge undertaking, to those involved, the IMDRA mission is simple: Love to ride and share it with others.

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The Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association hosts weekly rides every Thursday, clinics every other week during the summer and has a gear exchange program. To join (dues are just $10 per person) or to find out more, check out the IMDRA Facebook page or email them at Summer 2012 | 59

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Dave Sundholm, president of the Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association, leads the way.

Whether that is through promoting awareness and trail etiquette, working on trails with fellow riders and other user groups, partaking in the Bureau of Land Management Travel Planning Process, grant writing for track improvements, developing new tracks and trails, hosting weekly clinics and group trail rides or organizing used gear exchanges, IMDRA is well on its way to accomplishing its goals. “We just want to keep trails and tracks open for enjoyment and for motorcycle use,” Dave said about the club’s goals. As for the multiple user groups that enjoy the recreation areas that this community offers, he believes that everyone can work together, can share the trails and be happy. “All users damage the trails in different ways. And what a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of the Valley’s best trails, the ones that aren’t deteriorating as quickly, were built by motorcycle riders,” he said. Because of this, IMDRA and many of its riders have been asked to help create and build new trails of all kinds. They might be a twowheeled motorcycle club, but none of the trails that motorcycles enjoy are user-specific. They do their best to live in harmony with fellow users and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The other big item on IMDRA’s agenda for this summer is the creation of a brand-new, state-of-the-art motocross track that will blow the Valley’s existing tracks out of the water. A project spearheaded by fellow IMDRA board member Chase Gouley (check out the profile of Chase on page 70), this is a dream come true for riders who love the track. Located on a piece of farmland near Carey, this commercial track facility will be privately owned but managed by the club and enjoyed by just about everybody who loves to ride. When you add the new track to the club’s already long list of projects and goals for the motocross community, it might seem daunting. But these dirt-loving, motorcycle-riding folks are really just helping to be good stewards of the land, get along with others and have a darned good time. -Katie Matteson

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It takes a big dose of courage—and maybe a shot or two of crazy—to get behind the wheel of an off-road race car. So it should come as no surprise that the extraordinary life of driver Paul “Double D” Robinson has been full of courage—and a little bit of “loco,” too. After growing up surfing along the Southern California coast and then learning to ski at Sun Valley, the 54 year-old with long ties to the Wood River Valley has made a name for himself in off-road racing. Since most of us will never get the opportunity—or have the nerve—to drive an offroad race car, Double D shares what it’s like to sit behind the wheel as the dirt flies.

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“So much work goes into getting ready for a race,” says Double D, who does everything from rally up sponsorship to build the car, assemble the team and then do the driving. “So when I finally get in the car to start the race, that’s the best part.” The car is a Pro 9 model (which runs anywhere from $7,000-15,000 in racing shape). It’s open-wheeled and has a fourspeed, 95-horse, 1600-cc stock Volkswagen engine purring under the rectangular hood—a “VW on steroids,” as Double D puts it. There is no windshield. There are two seats, one for the driver and one for the only person whose sanity could be more questionable than the driver’s, a navigator. They’re both wearing helmets, fire resistant race suits and are harnessed into the seats like they’re practically wearing straightjackets. “It can get a little claustrophobic at first,” says Double D, who started racing cars at the age of 16. The average off-road race runs about five non-stop, bone-rattling hours across hot, dry 60 | Summer 2012

Double D behind the wheel.

desert terrain. The driver alone will sweat off about 10 pounds. On average, only a little more than half the cars will even finish a race. But those kinds of odds don’t bother Double D. He’s spent most of his life defying such statistics. As they roll up to the starting line, Double D isn’t worried about just finishing, he’s thinking about making the podium (something he’s done over 40 times in his career). “I’m a nervous wreck until we hit that starting line. Then I’m fine,” says Double D, whose first dance with danger came when he was diagnosed with bone cancer as a teenager. “Then it’s just time to do my thing.”

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Like a ski racer exploding from the starting gate, the car takes off. Speeds will hit up to 100 mph. Sand, sagebrush and the carnage of crashed cars fly past. “The best way to explain it to someone who skis is, imagine you’re running down the famous Hahnenkamm downhill for five hours straight, except it’s all bumped up like Exhibition,” Double D says with a grin. “It seems like nothing else is moving but you.” Despite growing up on a surfboard, Double D actually got his nickname from skiing. After high school, he left the coast for the friendly confines of Ketchum where locals taught him how to ski. He eventually became a solid ski racer and even made appearances as a skier in beer commercials. Sometime during his skiing heyday, Double D earned his well-known nickname. Some say it stands for “Downhill Dillman,” others say “Dare Devil”; either way, he got it for his near-reckless abandon on skis. It’s the same trait that serves him so well on the racetrack. “When I get in that car I think, I’m

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Double D (left) launches toward a 5th overall finish at “The Battle at Primm.”

going to war—with the other racers, with the car. There’s only so much it can take,” says Double D, who has not only overcome cancer, but has also survived a couple near drowning experiences. “You’re not letting off the throttle when a bump comes up. You just jump it.” Of course, jumping dirt mounds is nothing to a guy who once had to jump from a burning house. He was caught in a natural gas explosion while shellacking a house on Knob Hill back in 1989. He was knocked down and engulfed by flames, but managed to make it out. Double D suffered 3rd-degree burns on 75% of his body, but he kept right on skiing, surfing and racing. “I thrive on challenge and off-road racing is about as challenging as it gets. It’s the most brutal sport on four wheels there is,” says Double D, who credits his dirt driving skills to his time swerving through the snow of Idaho. “It’s a lot like driving in snow. That’s why I’m so good at it,” he laughs.

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Dirt-covered, exhausted, drenched in sweat, but lucky enough to finish intact, the race comes to a close. It usually takes about three days for the driver and navigator to feel normal again. Double D can barely even lift his arms to get out after most races, but he usually finishes—and more often than not makes the podium. As Double D, who named his team 9 Lives Racing in honor of his several crazy run-ins with death, explains, “I’m just as lucky a person as you’re ever going to find.” -Mike McKenna Web Extras: Double D will be racing in this June’s Caliente 250, former ski patroller Tom Shepard will be navigating and they’ll share their experience with us—including video highlights—at

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Whether you have a passion for racing, want to get into the sport—regardless of age—or you’re just curious about what it’s like to see a live stock car race, the Magic Valley Speedway is your place. Located one mile west of the Twin Falls airport, the Speedway ( is considered one of the best racetracks in the Northwest. Offering at least five classes of live stock car racing every weekend from April through September, the action includes everything from beginner classes (which includes a new Junior Stinger class for kids 10 to 14) to the best drivers in the West. The Speedway offers party packages that include meals, pit tours and pace car rides. As the track’s owner, Eddy McLean explained, “Whether you’re a driver or a fan, if racing is something you like, once you get a taste of it, you’re hooked.”

Nazz Cart Go-Kart Racing If stock car racing is a little too fast for you, give go-kart racing a shot. The Nazz Kart ( track in Twin Falls offers year-round, indoor go-kart racing, along with other activities like batting cages, mini-golf and a grill that serves beer. They also offer a variety of party packages.

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Starting line at River Run during the 2011 USA Mountain Bike National Championships.

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Sun Valley leads a resurgence in mountain biking

BY Adam Tanous

Joe St. Onge out Croy Canyon in Hailey.

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On one level, professional endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch lives a life most people understand only in the most abstract of ways.

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Rebecca Rusch on Citizen’s Trail in Adams Gulch.

“Cycling on the lift is big now. . . We’re trying to fill a niche … one thing the community doesn’t have is lift-serviced, purposeful, downhill mountain biking.”

–peter stearns, director of mountain operations for sun valley resort, on the propossed new trails for river run

Ketchum and Sun Valley area. At that time, too, Scott USA began to make bikes in the Valley. “There was a lot of action, big use … We had this moment when we were ‘It,’” says Wiseman. To fully appreciate the expanse of mountain biking trails in the area, one need only look to the Blaine County Recreation District Web site ( Nearly 500 miles of trails fan out east and west from the State Highway 75 corridor, from Bellevue to Galena Summit, approximately 46 miles. These range in difficulty from the nearly flat and paved Wood River Trail running from Bellevue to Ketchum, to the Warm Springs Ridge Trail, a 12-mile, highelevation climb, true backcountry ride. Greg Martin, director of the Wood River Bike Coalition and Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) trails coordinator, like Rusch, lives and breathes bike riding. He is proud of the fact that the Wood River Valley is one of only 33 communities nationwide to achieve silver status in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly Community Program. This recognition program evaluates communities based on the “Five E’s”—engineering (of trails, bike lanes), education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning. The application itself, submitted by the Bike Coalition, is exhaustive: 22 pages of questions exploring everything from bike parking availability, to detailing the number of police officers on bikes, to the community’s master bicycle plan. Only two other communities in Idaho, Ada County continued on page 72

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At any given time on any continent, she might be racing her mountain bike. She might be riding 100 miles through the Colorado Rockies at elevations between 10,000-12,500 feet. Alternatively, she might be in South America grinding through a 24-hour world championship race. To be clear, that’s 24 hours straight on a bike. But those are only bullet points on a long résumé. Talk to Rusch, sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Pain,” and what immediately outshines those facts is something every child can relate to: pure, simple joy in riding a bike. Who can’t remember the first time they slipped the grips of gravity in a magical feat of balance? As a sponsored athlete who travels the world routinely, Rusch chose to park her bike in the Wood River Valley. “I spent six years traveling in my car—surfing and biking all over. But I came here one day, stopped in a coffee shop and, right away, I was invited on a bike ride. I was welcomed with open arms. Instantly, I felt the sense of community and how excited the locals were about this amazing pocket of mountain biking,” she says. Enter the genré of mountain biking and Rusch’s unbridled enthusiasm for the world’s most efficient mode of transportation is the norm. In fact, talk to just about any mountain biker in the Wood River Valley and what is striking is how much passion they exude for the sport. Mountain biking here has evolved from a sport to a way of life. “Land of the single track, that’s how we used to be known in the late ’80s and ’90s,” says Don Wiseman, executive director of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Wiseman has been involved in the Wood River Valley mountain biking scene from the beginning. He came to the Valley in 1983 and for years owned the Sun Summit bike shop in Ketchum. As owner of a bike shop he often found himself taking visiting editors and writers on bike tours of the area. He was an early activist in establishing multi-use trails through Idaho’s spectacular backcountry. “In the late ’80s, nationwide, people were shutting down mountain bike access to the backcountry. But we kept the access,” Wiseman explains. Butch Harper, former Ketchum District Forest Ranger, organized community gatherings with the trail user groups—mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, motorcyclists. Where other communities ran into unresolved conflict over trail access, the user groups here had a “can-do, let’s-get-it-done spirit,” says Wiseman. The groups collaborated on trail rules and worked together to build and maintain trails. By 1990, Lane’s Trail—a very popular trail north of Ketchum in the Adams Gulch area—was put in with almost 40 volunteers, Wiseman recalls. In addition, volunteers modified trails in the Greenhorn Gulch drainage to make them usable by both mountain bikers and motorcyclists. The natural terrain of the area helped, too. “There were old dirt roads and fire trails that could be used, there was a lot of backcountry with good pitch, fine granite and not a lot of rocks,” Wiseman explains. A network of single-track trails expanded out from the

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ride the valley BY Alec Barfield

The Wood River Valley trails have it all—expansive single track, short town rides, extended loops and deserted tracks. Get your fix with these selections from our field of experts.

North of Ketchum Harriman Trail

The Harriman Trail flows north from the SNRA Headquarters to Galena Lodge, offering stunning, near-constant views of the Big Wood River and the Boulder Mountains. Consider breaking it up into shorter sections by continuing on Hwy. 75 and parking in the Baker Creek or Prairie Creek turnouts. length: 18.99 miles (one-way) level of difficulty: Easy MORE TRAILS>> Summer 2012 | 69

Galena Trail System

Charming Galena Lodge, the hub of this extensive network of dirt roads, single track and crosscountry ski trails, provides the perfect lunch spot to anchor a day of exploring. # of trails: 9 total length: 35.9 miles easy/moderate: Valley View Loop (1.18 miles), Titus Lake (7 miles), Galena Summit Toll Road (5 miles) advanced/intermediate: Grinder Loop (10 miles), Psycho (4.75 miles), Cherry Creek Loop (4 miles), Gladiator Pass Trail (varies), Rip & Tear (3 miles)

Greg Martin on Fox Creek Loop.

Prairie Creek Trails

Make it a loop: climb the deserted Alden Gulch, where you’ll access the Warm Springs Ridge Trail. Keep climbing. Be patient and you’ll find Fox Peak Connector, which lets you bomb home via the East Fork of Baker Creek Road. # of trails: 6 total length: 15 miles advanced/intermediate: Norton Creek/Baker Creek (4.29 miles), Apollo Creek (2.68 miles), Baker Lake (1.6 miles), Easley Gulch (3.1 miles), Alden Gulch (2.85 miles), Fox Peak Connector (0.91 miles)

Fox Creek (and Oregon Gulch) Trail System

Always lapping Adams? Don’t forget, Ketchum has other killer gulches! Pound out Fox Creek

through Chocolate Gulch (counterclockwise, please) to jog the memory. # of trails: 6 total length: 23.3 miles advanced/intermediate: Oregon Gulch (6.22 miles), Oregon-Fox Connector (3.9 miles), Fox Creek (6.8 miles), Chocolate Gulch (2.79 miles), North Fork Loop (1.67 miles), Saddle Trail (1.88 miles)

Edge of the World (Baker Creek to Oregon Gulch) Epic. Idaho. Ride. (If you can.) # of trails: 2 level of difficulty: Advanced total mileage: 16 miles

East of Hwy 75

Single and ready to mingle? Check out Boulder City for the history (well-preserved mining structures), Silver Lake for the allure (steep cliffs, splendid lakes) and Murdoch Creek if you’re new to the game (painless out-and-back). # of trails: 3 easy: Murdoch Creek (3.2 miles),

“One of my favorite rides is the Fox Peak ride from Baker Creek back to Adams Gulch. Most of the climbing is done on a very ‘civilized’ gravel road up the East Fork of Baker Creek. Once you hit single track, you’re in store for some classic Idaho backcountry riding. Rolling terrain that consists of everything from fast and swoopy to tight and dicey leads you to your final smile-inducing descent into Adams Gulch.”

–greg martin (wood river bike coalition)

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“I love riding the East Fork of Baker Creek with the options of Curly’s, Edge of the World or Fox Peak into Adams Gulch. I try to get out to ride the Corral Creek-Pioneer-Johnstone-BearParker loop. I’m looking forward to the connector that’s going to be built from Corral Creek to the Pioneer Cabin trailhead.” ­­

–karoline droege (wheel girls)

Eagle Creek Road (distance pending) intermediate: Silver Lake (1.58 miles), Boulder City (4.47 miles)

ketchum/sun valley Lake Creek Trail

Teach the kids a thing or two about Idaho’s mining history while on this beginner ride. The Auburn, Homestake and Lake Creek mining sites are detours worth claiming level of difficulty: Easy length: 4.88 miles

Adams Gulch Trail System

Tucked away yet accessible. Ride Shadyside for a quickie during lunch and discover your inner athlete on Eve’s Gulch later that day. From uphill grinds and cross-hill madness to a spankin’ new flow trail, Adams Gulch has it all. # of trails: 7

Julian Tyo on Croy Canyon’s Punchline Trail.

total length: 26.4 miles easy/moderate: Shadyside (1.64

miles), Citizen’s Trail (1.18 miles) advanced/intermediate: Griffin Butte Connector (1.51 miles), Adams-Lake Creek Connector (1.45 miles), Eve’s Gulch (8.1 miles), Forbidden Fruit (1.05 miles), Adams Gulch Loop (10.4 miles)

Warm Springs Trails

The Warm Springs “system” is chalk full of a handful of out-andbacks like-minded ascents from roadside trailheads in a beautiful and remote setting. Don’t get lost out there. # of trails: 10 total length: 63.12 miles advanced/intermediate: Red Warrior (7.89 miles), Warfield-South Fork (9.17 miles), Red Warrior-Warfield Connector (1.32 miles), Red WarriorLodgepole (4.4 miles) (connects to

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Baker Creek Trails

Graham Sours on Greenhorn Gulch’s Imperial Trail.

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Subalpine lakes, intimate mountain scenery and a variety of ride combinations distinguish this system, which by far sees the most traffic on gradual Norton Creek. # of trails: 3 total length: 13.66 miles easy/moderate: West Fork Prairie Creek (0.74 miles), Norton Creek/ Prairie Creek 134 (9.12 miles), Miner Creek/Prairie Creek 132 (1.79 miles) advanced: Miner/Norton 135 (2.75 miles)

Julian Tyo out Adams Gulch on the Forbidden Fruit Trail.

intensely burned Mahoney drainage. Wrap through the north portions of Greenhorn Gulch to behold the charred evidence of five years ago, perched above of the now endless acres of wildflower meadows and new growth. # of trails: 7 total length: 40.1 miles easy: Greenhorn-Imperial Connector #974 (0.63 miles) advanced/intermediate: Cow Creek (3.9 miles), Cow Creek Shortcut (0.68 miles), Mahoney Ridge #153 (3.1 miles), Mahoney Butte #821 (12.8 miles), Mahoney-Greenhorn #156 (8.96 miles), Imperial Gulch (10 miles)

Deer Creek Trail System

Graham Sours out Greenhorn Gulch.

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Greenhorn Gulch), Barr Gulch (3.89 miles), Warm Springs Ridge (11.75 miles), Castle Creek (7.35 miles), Placer Creek (3.93 miles), Middle Fork Warm Springs 150 (6.15 miles), Middle Fork-South Fork 199 (7.29 miles) expert: Rooks Creek (4.38 miles)

Bald Mountain Trail System

Whether on climbing skins in January or a bike in July, there’s nothing more satisfying than conquering Baldy—if only for the burninducing, 3,000-foot downhill. # of trails: 5.5 total length: 32.3 miles easy: Roundhouse Connector (0.71 miles) advanced/intermediate: Bald Mountain Trail (7.24 miles), River Run (3.17 miles), Warm Springs Traverse (1.5 miles), Warm Springs (10.7 miles), Cold Springs (9 miles) Note: Be sure to avoid Proctor

Mountain and Aspen Loop as they are hike-only loops.

Trail Creek Trails

“The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get,” muses the roof of Pioneer Cabin. After climbing the trail’s 23 switchbacks, it definitely starts to feel that way. Still, the toil is justified: views of dramatic peaks and wildflower meadows are a not-sosubtle reminder of why we bike. # of trails: 3 total length: 32.65 miles easy: Corral Creek (2.77 miles) advanced/intermediate: Long Gulch (4.88 miles), Pioneer Cabin (3.6 miles)

Pioneer Mountain Trails

Make it a (killer) loop: take Corral Creek up to Pioneer Cabin, where you’ll descend Johnstone, and probably have to change your

underwear at the bottom. From there connect to Bear Gulch via Hyndman Creek Road. Cross over into Parker Gulch and hang on for another harebrained downhill to round out a massive 30 miles. # of trails: 6 advanced/intermediate: Johnstone Creek (5 miles), Hyndman-North Fork (4.15 miles), Hyndman Creek (3.6 miles), Big Basin (1.95 miles), Bear Gulch (3.5 miles), Parker Gulch (3.2 miles)

Greenhorn Gulch Trail System

In 2007, the Castle Rock fire

The Deer Creek network makes bikers earn their mileage, if only to remind the ignorant that many of Hailey’s “rolling” trails are in fact rugged challenges. # of trails: 9 total length: 33.9 miles advanced/intermediate: PantherImperial Connector (1.2 miles), Howard’s Trail (3.21 miles), Wolftone Creek Road (4.38 miles), Wolftone-Curran (9.45 miles), Kinsey Creek (3.54 miles), Kinsey-Curran Connector (2.31 miles), Deer Creek (4.81 miles), North Fork of Deer Creek (3 miles), Lick Gulch (2 miles)

Croy Canyon Trail System

Shade is sparse but the views unceasing out Croy Canyon. Hidden Valley in the late afternoon, with a beer stop at the Power House afterward, is a SVM favorite! # of trails: 13 total length: 37.5 miles easy: Croy Creek Trail (1.3 miles), Democrat Gulch Road (3.93 miles), Wilson Gulch (0.75 miles), Nadyas Trail (0.25 miles) advanced/intermediate:

Lambs Gulch (4.7 miles), Two Dog (3.7 miles), Centerline (1 mile), Punchline (1.3 miles), Bulldog (3.2 miles), Bullion Connector (2.7 miles), Bullion Gulch (4.3 miles), Hidden Valley (6.2 miles), Colorado Gulch Road (4.15 miles)

“Pioneer Cabin to Johnstone Creek, then Bear Gulch to Parker Gulch. This is a big loop accessible from town. The views and flowers up Pioneer are something you see in National Geographic. End up back in town for a beer on the deck at Lefty’s—you deserved it!”

–india wysong (mud honeys rider)

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continued from page 68 and Coeur d’Alene (both at the Bronze level), have been recognized. As trails coordinator for the District, Martin works with the land agencies—Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service—to maintain and build the trails in the area. A 2009-2010 project included building 17 miles of “bike optimized” trails in the Croy Canyon drainage. These are, Martin says, “trails with good sight lines, not too steep, and accessible to bikers with varying skill levels.” “Punchline,” which opened last summer, was the area’s first “flow” trail. These are trails designed with banked turns, rolling topography to minimize braking and maximize the conservation of momentum, as well as features for jumping. Martin and the BCRD’s next project is currently before administrators for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The proposal calls for converting a number of logging and mining trails around the Galena

Lodge area (19 miles north of Ketchum) into bike trails, as well as building some new connector trails. If approved, the plan would add 50 miles of mountain biking trails in what Martin calls a “stacked loop system.” Inner loops are designed for beginning riders; outer loops cater to advanced riders. Despite his personal interest in mountain biking, Martin keeps a reasoned approach to his work. He points out that there are “bikers, equestrians, ATV users, motorcyclists and hikers using our public lands. There are many ideas out there for new trails. The key is to find pieces that make sense—for the land agencies, the users and the trail system as a whole. We want something for everyone.” Perhaps the last piece of the area’s mountain biking puzzle now falling into place is “lift-accessed” riding on Bald Mountain. Sun Valley Company, which operates the ski facilities there, took its first steps into biking in the late ‘90s, building its perimeter trails. These are top to bottom trails with spectacular vistas but, given their length and difficulty—9-11 miles each with an average gradient of 7%—they are not ideal for all bikers. “Cycling on the lift is big now. That’s what really drives a bike park,”


below: Ripping through the “Rock OUt Garden” during the 2011 uSA mountain bike nationals on Bald Mountain.

left: Long-time locals like chip deffÈ, racing here at dollar mountain in 1988, were the heart and soul of the old SNug mountain bike series. below: The starting line for a snug series race in adams gulch during the spring of 1988.

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/ team i4, tim brown

left: Smoke from fires in Yellowstone impacted the action during the 1988 nationals. UNdaunted riders race near GAlena Lodge. below: a team specialized rider on one of the final banked turns coming into the finish line at river run lodge during 2011 usA mountain bike nationals.

says Peter Stearns, Director of Mountain Operations for Sun Valley Resort. Stearns points out the expanse of single-track trails in the area, as well as the BCRD’s two pump tracks for skills development in Hailey and Ketchum. “We’re trying to fill a niche … one thing the community doesn’t have is lift-serviced, purposeful, downhill mountain biking,” he says. To that end, the company this January submitted to the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management a proposal to build new trails on the River Run side of Bald Mountain. Julian Tyo, who is heading up the resort’s bike trail efforts, says the proposed trails would “hour-glass around the Roundhouse Restaurant, halfway up the mountain.” These would be machine-built, uni-directional “flow trails” which, Tyo says, if built right, would have a modest gradient—3%-5%—and with lots of gradient reversals that would not require a lot of braking or pedaling. “They might be classified as ‘green’ runs (beginner level) but an expert rider would have a great experience on them,” he adds. Stearns points out that he does not anticipate the bike park as envisioned here to be on the scale of those at places like Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia or Northstar in California. The demographics of the area and proximity to bigger airports does not support that large of

“the riders here loved it last year. And the demographics of the riders and spectators fits this community well.”

–kelli lusk, national events director for usa cycling

a program. “Hopefully, this will drive some economic vibrancy for the area,” he says. “But we want to build a business that is appropriate for the community. You have to constantly ask, ‘How much is too much? How much is sustainable?’” The resort’s plan is, of course, wholly dependent on Forest Service and BLM approval. Ideally, Stearns would like to have something new built before the Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships, which are being held on Bald Mountain July 5-8 for the second year in a row. Kelli Lusk, national events director for USA Cycling, expects there to be 1,100 – 1,200 racers, with riders ranging from junior amateurs to pros and masters. Events will include cross country, cross continued on page 116 country short track and super D. “The riders Summer 2012 | 73

PHOTOGRAPHY Kristin Cheatwood

Olympic gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong.


pow r Sun Valley isn’t a very easy location to get to. It’s far enough off the beaten path that getting in and out of this place can be a challenge. So you really have to want to come to Sun Valley to get here. But once most folks do arrive, they often want to stay. It’s easy to get around, especially if you like to a ride a bike, and there’s just something about Sun Valley and its surroundings that sparks people’s passions—especially people dedicated to sports that involve wheels. That’s why we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on seven individuals and their families who have made marks in wheeled sports—whether two-wheeled, four-wheeled, motorized or pedal-powered.

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1. Jens Peterson,

24, may spend his mornings roasting the well-known coffee beans of K&K and Grace Organics, but he’s also known for serving out another kind of local grind. Anyone glancing over at the Hailey Skate Park on their way to the south side of town is likely to notice Peterson’s lanky silhouette bobbing up and down along the lip of the park’s bowl or sessioning another of the park’s features. Having grown up spending his afternoons between the Valley’s skateparks and Baldy’s slopes, Peterson discovered his passion for board sports early on. However, during his pursuit of competitive snowboarding after high school, Peterson says he grew weary of the costs, both financially and emotionally. “With snowboarding, I loved it, but after competing for a certain amount of time, it became more like a job than being something fun to do,” Peterson says. After realizing the competitive aspect of riding didn’t make him happy, he turned his full attention to skateboarding. “With skateboarding, it was the only thing, and it still kind of is, that feels like it’s totally mine. It’s for me. It’s by me. And no one can take it away,” Peterson says. And, unlike snowboarding and many other sports, Peterson said he appreciates skateboarding for its accessibility and versatility. “When it comes down to it, skateboarding is wonderful because you can be in your normal clothes and if it’s dry outside and you have a skateboard in your hand—you’re skateboarding,” Peterson says. Peterson had spent the last few years living in and skating around Southern California until he returned to the Valley in Fall 2011. Since returning, Peterson said he is happy to be back because the Valley’s skateparks offer a sense of community and support 76 | Summer 2012


jens peterson WheelS: Skateboard Favorite place to skate: New Hailey Plaza because it’s new, and anything that’s new is pretty exciting. Hero/influence: My family because they’ve never secondguessed or questioned what I was doing with skateboarding, or really anything in my life. Favorite après sKATE spot: The river and an outdoor BBQ anywhere.

that he did not find easily in other cities. Peterson, however, is the first to admit skating in a small mountain town offers its own set of challenges. As expected, the combination of winter and outside-only skate parks bring a slew of months when Peterson cannot practice skating and keep his skills intact. He says in the spring, he always feels rusty and often has lost a trick or two that he will have to relearn come summer. The Valley is also limiting because it offers few opportunities for him to practice his street skating (skateboarding that takes place outside of a park setting). “For me, it’s always been about being a well-rounded skater,” Peterson says. “It’s about knowing how to do all the tricks you know how to

do on any feature or in any sort of circumstance. If you’re a real skateboarder and you know what you’re doing, you can carry out your skating under any sort of conditions.” Not being allowed to skate around outside of the parks hinders Peterson’s goal to know every trick he can do on surfaces other than those in the park. Despite the limitations skating in the Valley can offer, Peterson remains positive when he skateboards. Fellow skater and friend Tal Roberts described Peterson as a skater driven to have fun. Roberts said he envies Peterson, not only because of his talent but because he looks like he’s having a great time every single day that he is on a board. And although Peterson finds it

easy to be positive when he skates, he said he also makes an effort to pass that mentality along. The skate park offers one of the few venues in any community where people of all different ages interact and bond. Peterson said he sees this as an opportunity for himself and others to change the negative stereotypes skateboarding has had in the past and to show younger generations how to be respectful skateboarders and overall positive people. For Peterson, being a skateboarder has created a lifestyle that keeps him focused on being present in every moment and truly enjoying how he spends his time. Although Peterson could be a competitive skater, he said he loves the sport too much and never wants to burn himself out on it.

This means that for the time being, he plans to remain in the Valley, roasting beans, perfecting his backside 360 and his ability to do tricks switch (with the opposite foot forward) and all the while, loving every moment of it. -Hailey Tucker

2. Don Wiseman

first took up serious cycling nearly four decades ago. He said the sport was so far off the radar that he felt like he was part of a cult. “Cycling just wasn’t the same back then,” the 57-year-old Wiseman recalls of his college days in Bozeman, Montana. “The sport was very immature, and cyclists were sort of in this subculture. To us, bikes weren’t toys. They represented so much more than a ride down the sidewalk. They were art.” He recalls how the Tour de France, which wasn’t widely covered in the U.S., awed him and fellow cyclists at Montana State. “We’d find a French newspaper or magazine, weeks or months after the race, and try to dissect it and understand French,” he says. “We’d take it to a French professor at the university to get him to translate the race story for us.” Wiseman says he and other cyclists started putting on their own races, Bozeman style. “They were organized, but they were on back roads or in in back alleys or the middle of nowhere. Spectators were friends and girlfriends, not like the crowds today. “We just always lived cycling. Still do,” he says. In 1982, Wiseman moved to the Sun Valley area and opened Sun Summit Ski & Cycle on Warm Springs Road, which became a true center for everything cycling. “We put on events, we promoted races. We did one thing in the summer—we were bikes.

There were no fishing rods. No running shoes. Just bikes. People liked that one simple focus, he explains. “We never advertised, but people always found us.” He sold the shop 11 years ago, but his influence over the growth of local cycling is undeniable, from inspiring kids to ride, mentoring others to go into the sport, and continuing to promote and support the culture of cycling. In fact, he’s the guy you see riding his bike year-round, no matter what the weather. “I guess it’s how people started recognizing me as a cyclist, like, ‘Oh, he’s the one that rides in the winter, through a snowstorm, late at night,’” he says laughing. “People have called me after seeing me


riding in the dark and say, ‘Hey I saw you out tonight and you need to get another blinker.’ Somehow they know it’s me. “People would feel better if they just rode bikes. A bike is way more interactive than a car. Cars are from Mars,” he says. On his rides, Wiseman has struck up conversations with cyclists on the trail and ended up offering his house as a place for them to stay. Once, when riding through Australia, a stranger at a public market started talking with him about cycling and ended up inviting Wiseman and his wife to dine with her at her winery. “When you ride, you can’t help but meet all sorts of people with interesting stories,” he says.

Wiseman says his own racing career was a bit inconsistent. “I put myself through college, worked full time and then started working a career as soon as I graduated. Unfortunately, work interferes with athletic development,” he says. His biggest and last athletic achievement was the 1990 UCI Mountain Bike Worlds in Durango, Colorado, where he qualified to race as a master and placed 9th in the downhill and 19th in the cross country race. “After the Worlds, I realized I could not continue to race full time and also make a living, so I focused on work and jumped into promoting and supporting races locally and statewide.”

don wiseman WheelS: Bike Favorite saying: “No pain, no gain.” Hero/influence: I idolized Eddy Merckx in the 70s. He won half the races he ever entered. It’s never been done again. He was the man. Favorite ride: Wherever I am. Favorite après ride spot: Depends on the time of day and the group I’m with. Could be KB’s Burritos, Grumpy’s, Lefty’s, Desperados. Or it could be out in the middle of nowhere. Favorite person to ride with: I don’t have a riding buddy, it kind of moves around. I ride with my wife Vickie all the time. She’d be the number one person.

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That’s when he began organizing and promoting the Stanley/ Sun Valley stages of the Women’s Challenge ladies professional cycling race. “To be involved in a race for 17 years and never get paid, you just do it because it’s what you believed in,” he says. “In the end I had dreams, but limited access and knowledge,” he said of his early desire to race. “This most likely is one of the reasons I enjoy being the executive director of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. It provides support and a path for young athletes to succeed as winter athletes. A vehicle like that didn’t exist for cycling when I was young,” he says. Though he’s pushing 60, Wiseman owns a pump bike and gets out on the track with kids young enough to be his grandchildren. “Here I’m 57 and there’s a little kid next to me who’s eight and he’s going to show me something— I love it,” he says, laughing. “I gotta say, the kids are taking the sport into a direction that I could have never imagined when I was younger,” he explains. “It’s amazing and exciting today where we are.” -Patti Murphy

3. Chase Gouley has

the best wife in the world. She lets him ride his motorcycle whenever he wants. Okay, probably not whenever he wants, but close. Jessie understands her husband’s passion for riding his dirt bike—that sometimes he just needs to get out there on one of the Valley’s many dirt tracks and endless trails (many of which Chase helped build) and just ride. Chase was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. After returning from college in Montana with a landscape architecture degree and marrying his schoolteacher wife, he has continued to make the Valley his home. A

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skilled Cat-driver with an obvious eye for landscape and building, Chase’s day job is working for Burks Excavation in Bellevue. But his real obsession is dirt biking, and he has even started designing and building dirt bike tracks around southern Idaho as a result. A well-spoken and obviously hard-working guy, Chase will tell you a lot about his dreams for the future of dirt biking, both on the single track trails and at the Valley’s few tracks. A board member of the Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association (IMDRA), Chase says, “Most of my time is spent at the tracks, but the trails we have around here really are world-class, especially the ones put in by the motocross guys.” He continues to rave about the qualities of trails in the area. “The Greenhorn trails are pretty amazing because out there in the timber, you can just loop and they somehow seem to go on forever.” While our community obviously has an abundance of great trailriding, Chase is quick to point out that the three local tracks are pretty impressive, though not perfect. “Our three tracks, Stanton’s Crossing located south of Bellevue, out Ohio Gulch at the ‘dump,’ and the 40-year-old track out Croy Canyon, are great but each has their issues. None of them are as well-maintained as you might see in California, but I try to groom every now and then. And when it rains, each of these tracks is like heaven to local riders,” he says. Now this ambitious rider wants to help create a fourth track that takes things to the next level. Chase says while the local tracks are great, “we need the real thing.” He asks, “There is so much offered in this community, why not capitalize on it even more?” Chase has long held a dream to have a state-of-the-art home track. He hopes for a place where the facilities are well-maintained and safe, a place he hopes to someday take his kids. And it appears this goal is finally becoming a reality.


chase gouleY

WheelS: Motorcycle Favorite ride: Anywhere after a great rain storm. Favorite après riding spot: My tailgate.  Favorite people to ride with: I have a bunch of amazing moto buddies, so anyone that’s willing to ride. Hero/influence: My dad, for sure. Favorite winter activity: Skiing. favorite saying: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Chase and the IMDRA are working to help create a brand new track on former farmland just outside of Carey. A serendipitous meeting with another Idaho rider at a race in Bozeman has led to the non-profit club working with the owner to develop and, ultimately, help manage a modern commercial track. Chase says that by the fall of 2012 IMDRA and riders in this community should have an incredible new track to call home and to possibly even host some races. This means a lot to this lifetime local. “I basically learned to ride on the 100 acres my parents lived on, though they said I had to get good grades before I could get a bike of my own,” he recalls of learning to ride. “When I did, my dad finally bought me a bike, an ancient thing from ’81 or something, which he brought home under a pile of tractor pieces and farming equipment. From then on, I was hooked.” Two decades later, Chase is definitely still hooked. Returning after helping to design and build a track in Blackfoot, he lights up when talking about the new Carey track. It’s a good thing his wife is so understanding; it’s easy to picture their future kids following him to the track someday. -Katie Matteson

4. Richard Feldman

loves the bike. He loves everything about it; he loves to train, he loves racing and competition, and he loves just going for a ride. Committed to excellence, Richard is passionate about his riding and the entire training and racing process. His longtime friend Nate Galpin adds, “The most important thing I have learned in time spent with Richard is the respect for quality. It is his measure and he applies it successfully to every facet of his riding, in every facet of his life.” Not long after moving here

from New York City at age 12, Richard saw local rider Boone Lennon tearing downhill at full speed on a bike. “I thought it looked so cool,” he laughs. “I was hooked and knew then that I wanted to really learn how to ride.” The next year he joined three friends in Europe and after watching his first Tour de France, started looking at biking in a very different way. Returning home he found enough confidence to join a seasoned group of Sun Valley Cyclist members on weekly training rides, time trials and races. According to Tom Campion, one of those early mentors, “acceptance by older riders was heaven for Richard who had talent and extraordinary


determination as a teenager.” He continued racing at Middlebury College, graduating in 1991, then moving back home to the Wood River Valley. 2011 completed one of Feldman’s best competitive seasons in 21 years. “I love to ride and train. It represents the ultimate solitary freedom to me where you can connect and disconnect; it’s a place to come up with questions and solve the equation,” Richard says. His training regimen is rigorous with combinations of kilometers, intervals, sprints and 80% of “just riding,” which he does by “embracing the real poetry of it,” attaining an almost Zen-like peaceful quality. Campion reflects on this: “Richard

richard feldman WHEELS: Bike Favorite ride: For road riding, the Elkhorn circuit; for mountain biking, combinations of the Greenhorn, Imperial and Lodgepole trails. Favorite riding partners: Longtime friends Nate Galpin and Will Northrup. Hero/influence: I admire Charley French for his passion in whatever he does, the honesty of his life, and for his true friendship; he has always been a tremendous resource to me. Most satisfying win: All the wins; I am able to enjoy each win for what it is. Especially gratifying are the competitions you go back to and win a second time.

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is really two different people and what I admire about him is how he is able to accomplish what is required for the intensity of training with a tranquility and contemplative nature in his solitary riding … and how it is completely opposite of who he becomes in intense competition.” Charley French (at 85 years, one of the Valley’s most admired and lauded athletes) is a longtime friend and fellow rider who says, “I really respect Richard. He is such a devoted person and probably the smartest trained athlete in this Valley at all levels … that’s taking into account his intensity, dedication and energy and how completely educated he is in the sport—from the sheer physicality demanded to the nutritional and emotional balance required.” It is hard to count or name all the championship jerseys Feldman has worn, but he only focuses forward. His sights are currently set on the 2012 UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Masters Road World Championships, which will be held August 22-26 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he will compete in both the road race (126 km) and the time trial (a 22-km course). Richard won the 2011 UCI Masters Time Trial World Championships, his sixth, in Stavelot, Belgium. Although as defending champion he is already qualified, he competed in a mid-April qualifier near St. Tropez, France, as he says, “to see how one is racing and have a look at the field.” He adds that, “you have to earn the right. It is a great privilege to compete in a World Championship.” After the Worlds, Richard will change bikes and strategy for the cyclocross season (September through January). He really is passionate about cyclocross, a sport that has grown since the ’90’s and has become hugely popular in Europe. “It is such a different discipline,” he explains, “but adding trail running to my road 80 | Summer 2012

and time trial training gives me a great foundation.” Cyclocross is a grueling obstacled bike competition (likened to the steeplechase) stressing speed, quick power bursts and aggressive bike handling on a 2.5 to 3.5 km course with innumerable laps. The terrain is mixed: steep and gnarly climbs and descents, grass, dirt and mud, asphalt, and barriers. Racers often must run with their bikes depending on varied course conditions and they require a savvy pit crew as bikes must often be changed at speed. “Richard has nerves of steel,” laughs Charley French. “Road racing takes no nerve, but cyclocross takes all your nerve and guts as you go as hard as you possibly can, taking every and all chances.” Feldman is the current defending champion, having won the 2011 Overall U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, a three-month series of eight sanctioned races in Madison, Wisc., Ft. Collins, Colo., Louisville, Ky., and Bend, Ore. At age 43 he is a legendary rider and competitor, a consummate professional who is living his dream. He continues to create constant challenges for himself, finely-tuning his craft each time he mounts the bike. “Richard is doing what he does best,” says Campion. “His obsessiveness with bike competition is his identity. It’s what drives him now.” Richard is proudest, however, of his family; his lovely wife Kelly still coaches soccer at the Community School and their children are happily active— 16-year-old Katie chooses soccer and cross country skiing, and for son Alex, age 14, it’s riding the terrain park, playing soccer and basketball. When asked about aspirations for his kids, he is quietly reflective, “I just want my kids to do what they love, and who knows, maybe someday they will become passionate about what they do … wouldn’t that be great?” -Julie Gallagher


kristin armstrong Wheels: Road Bike favorite saying: “You learn to win by learning to lose.” Favorite ride: Galena Summit. Favorite aprÈs ride spot: Wrap City. Favorite person to ride with: My husband, Joe Savola. Hero/influence: I don’t have one person who is an influence. I couldn’t get to where I am without a team. I couldn’t do it on my own. My team is my husband, parents, coach and my team. They’ve been my heroes because if you think you can get somewhere on your own, you’re kidding yourself.

5. Kristin Armstrong Savola, wearing a black

team cycling jacket, faded jeans and orange running shoes, walks casually into the downtown Boise coffee shop, orders a coffee and grabs a seat at the table. The 38-year-old Olympic gold medal cyclist just returned to Boise after winning races in New Zealand and California and seemed happy and relaxed. No doubt, it has something to do with her new role as mom to 18-month-old Lucas and her current determination to be at the 2012 Olympics. “Having Lucas has changed my priorities just in the 18 months since he was born,” she says. “These days, I’m a mom first and a cyclist second. Of course, I’m 100 percent committed and serious about my job, which is cycling, but as any parent knows, having a child definitely changes things on the totem pole.” Armstrong and her husband of four years, Joe Savola, make their home in Boise, a place Armstrong says gives her balance. “I’ve been all over the world and Boise is where I’ll always want to raise my family,” Armstrong says. “The people are so down to earth and always stop to say hi. When I go out of state and try to say hello to people, they look at me like, who are you and are you crazy? “I like the balance here. If I left Boise, my balance would disappear.” Armstrong likes that she can get on her bike and be in prime training terrain within 10 minutes. “The roads around Boise are beautiful,” she says, noting that her favorite training ride is up Bogus Basin Road where she does intervals. Armstrong used Bogus to prepare for the 2008 Olympics because its climb mimicked the rise on the Beijing Olympic course. Following her gold medal win, an eight-mile stretch of the road was renamed the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway.

She and Savola also own a condo in the Sun Valley area where they immerse themselves in summer biking, winter Nordic skiing and eating out at restaurants. ”I don’t think I’ve cooked in the condo once in five years,” she laughs, noting that she loves the local eateries so much that it’s hard to decide where to go. “Sometimes I catch myself saying, ‘Oh man, it’s so busy here this weekend— there’s so many people from out of town,’ like I’m a local,” she says. Armstrong—who is not related to cyclist Lance Armstrong—started out as a triathlete and joined the Olympic Training Center in 1999. “When I came home I started developing hip issues and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and was told not to run at that level anymore,” she says. “I thought maybe I should just step back into a normal job and think about the real world. But I joined a Boise cycling team that entered a huge international race. I took all my vacation days to compete, and by the end of the week, I had three contract offers.


That’s how I started my career.” Armstrong earned her Olympic gold in the time trial, which she said is her best event. “It’s a point-to-point race against the clock. They call it the ‘Race for Truth,’ and there are no variables or tactics. It’s just you against the clock,” she explains. In 2009, Armstrong retired briefly to have Lucas, and then enjoyed a strong comeback just over a year later. Then came trouble—in 2011 she got banged up in a race crash, struggled with a virus and placed third at the National Championships time trial. “That was a bad day,” she says somberly about the Nationals. “It was nine months after having Lucas. My whole family had put so much into me coming back, and I remember thinking, ‘what have I done?’ The papers quoted my husband as saying maybe it would be my last race. I had to really turn myself around.” Determined to make the Olympic team again, Armstrong came out swinging in 2012. “I’m hungry, I’m ready,” she says. She

still had the 2012 Exergy Tour in Idaho, one of the final opportunities to earn international ranking points to qualify for the London Olympics. “I’ll be racing against the best in the world in my hometown,” she said last spring prior to the race. “I can’t wait.” Armstrong mused about writing a book and what its conclusion might be. “It’s like the books you read and get to choose the ending,” she says. “Right now my last chapter is, ‘Olympic team? No Olympic team? Struggles or success?’ I don’t even have a closure. It’s so exciting. I’m still reading my book.” -Patti Murphy [Editor’s Note: Kristin will be defending her gold medal in women’s time trials at this summer’s Olympics.]

6. For Greg Randolph and his daughters,

mountain biking is life. And for them, the family that rides together, stays together. Greg “Chopper” Randolph is a former cycling Olympian,

greg randolph WHEELs: Mountain Bike Favorite place to ride: I probably say, “This is my favorite trail!” about every third ride so I would have to say all of it! Favorite après riding spot: Power House, Lefty’s, my porch. Favorite people to ride with: The Tuesday Night ride crew I have been riding with since I moved here almost ten years ago! I love riding with them—they are my heros.

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and mountain bike professional. He got his nickname for an epic set of sideburns he sported before facial hair became cool again. And maybe most important of all, Chopper can ride a bike. He also knows how to put on a mountain bike festival as he was a pivotal organizer of last year’s Ride Sun Valley Festival. But one of his greatest joys in life isn’t bringing thousands of people to his beloved community. Nor is it crushing it on one of the Valley’s renowned single-track trails with his buddies, or even reveling in his Olympic and professional days. Instead, what gets Chopper amped and where he gets his bliss is mountain biking with his two daughters, Luma (12) and Lola (8). “They found it on their own. I’ve never pushed them into mountain biking. I want them to own their passion, whatever that may be,” Randolph says at the dinner table, at their home in East Fork, where most of the conversation has revolved around a pink Scott bike Lola keeps talking about, what Luma’s favorite local ride is and just how old everybody really was when they first learned how to ride. It is so comfortable and normal and fluid, one can forget that most 12-year-olds don’t know how to change a tire tube on their own and most eight-year-olds don’t know bike-manufacturing companies by name. It’s easy to question where these two girls really found mountain biking, whether they really did find it on their own, especially given their father’s pedigree and their mother’s, Cameron King, career as a World Cup triathlete and X-Terra champion. But once these two sisters get talking about mountain biking, their passion, devotion and absolute love for the sport cannot be denied, however it got started. Twelve-year-old Luma, who is well-spoken and slightly reserved, is undoubtedly an intense and fantastic competitor. When she tells the story about how she decided 82 | Summer 2012

to compete at last year’s Nationals, it is clear that she’s the one in the driver’s seat (or in the bike saddle, as it may be). “Last spring, I decided I wanted to compete at Nationals but I knew I had to qualify,” she says with a quiet smile. “So my dad packed me up that weekend and drove me to McCall for a race and I qualified.” Luma didn’t just qualify. She won her age group and beat all the boys in her age group, placing third overall. She went on to race in Sun Valley at Nationals, placing third, just like she said she wanted to. She’s already planning for her second appearance at Nationals this summer. Chopper says that mountain biking has given Luma confidence, strength and self-assurance, not just as an athlete but as a person. Plus she regularly rides off four-foot drops and he is the first to admit that it took him half his career to get as good as she is now. Lola, the animated little sister, gets something else out of riding a bike. According to Chopper, “The challenge of mountain bike riding mellows her out a bit, directs her energy.” Not surprisingly, Lola says that her favorite thing about mountain biking is getting dirty and muddy. Too young to ride at Nationals last year, she spent the summer spinning her wheels at Billy Olsen’s Road and Dirt Kids Mountain Bike Camps in Hailey and competing in the Wednesday night races. But keep your eyes open for a little spitfire on a pink Scott bike racing at this summer’s Nationals Lola is coming to compete. “It’s a lifetime sport,” Chopper says of his family’s passion. “For me, I’d be a basket case if I couldn’t ride or ski every day but watching Luma and Lola ride is bigger than that. They are learning about being people. If they can see something hard on a mountain bike and can overcome it, it transcends all other challenges that life might bring.” -Katie Matteson


brooke hovey Wheel: Mountain Bike Favorite ride: Adams, Fox Creek, Chocolate and Oregon combination. Fat or skinny tires: Fat. Favorite après riding spot: Coming back home to take my kids on an adventure. Favorite riding partner: Myself. I love being solitary and riding hard in early morning; it’s where I find a time of peace.

7. Brooke Hovey, 39-

year-old endurance athlete, says becoming a champion mountain bike racer has come about in a natural way—natural for her, that is. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was natural that the nearby rugged Wasatch Mountains became her favorite playground. Mountain trail run-

ning, extreme hiking and skiing were passions in Brooke’s family. As a youngster, her active parents enabled her and her siblings to discover and find their place in the mountains, encouraging them to become physically strong, independent and selfreliant. “I am a product of growing up and living in the West,” explains Brooke.” I learned to be comfortable in the mountains,

how to push the limits, to never be afraid and to find a solace there.” Strength and endurance are in her DNA and, as she puts it, “I learned early on how to ‘go into the pain cave.’ I just always knew I could do it.” As a freshman at the University of Utah, Brooke was a natural, perfect fit for the crosscountry running team; she later transferred on a scholarship to

run middle distance (800 to 300 meters) and cross country (5 km) for the University of Colorado. She left college in her senior year to kayak expert white-water all over the world, but after visiting Sun Valley to alpine ski, she made it her home in 1998. Looking for cardio-intensive endurance sports to add to her extreme trail running, she met Muffy Ritz (well-known for her excel-

lence in cross-country racing, biking, and mountain adventures) and immersed herself in Nordic skiing, eventually racing very successfully nationally with Ritz for Rossignol as a Nordic pro. “I liked the lower impact of Nordic,” says Brooke.” It was not as hard as running on my knees and hips, and I loved the endurance factor.” After a few years of hard racing Brooke decided to take time off to get married and is now raising two tow-headed kids (Taylor and Tommy, ages 4 and 3) with her husband, Will. A part-time working mom and athlete, she seems to have found a natural balance in her life. “You become so self-centered as an athlete,” Brooke admits, “and competition has taught me some of life’s lessons. I know I take better care of myself now as an athlete. Looking back I think I was myopic in training and wasn’t balanced with the food intake I needed for fuel.” She seems to have found more of an understanding of what she needs to be a healthy competitor, a real understanding of ‘food as fuel.’ Now running the kitchen at GLOW (Ketchum’s popular live food café), she smiles, “I’m a cooker!” And by many accounts, Brooke is becoming an expert on creating ‘clean’ foods. “It’s so important to raise my family with good health and fitness and to do so by example. Will and I feel lucky to be part of an amazing, supportive community whose common thread is taking care of health, families, the community and wild environment,” she says. But strength and endurance are still seriously in her DNA, and she has proven that once again by becoming an impressive mountain bike competitor. When she began mountain bike riding it was often with good friend and fellow competitor Erin Zell who says, “now Brooke

mostly competes with herself; she can push so hard on her own!” She laughs, “11 years and many bike adventures later, I just try and keep her in sight … she keeps getting faster and faster!” Muffy Ritz adds, “Brooke is a hard-charger; she has so much innate talent as an athlete in so many sports and she excels at them all, but she can ‘outpower’ most everyone I know on a mountain bike.” Last July, on Bald Mountain, Brooke was impressive in her first big mountain bike competition. She won the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country Women’s Amateur National Championship. Her immediate goal is to race well again this July in her first year in the Pro category when the U.S. Nationals are again hosted in Sun Valley. Prior to the July 5th-8th competition she will compete in a handful of early Idaho regional and local races, tuning up. Sponsored by The Elephant’s Perch, Brooke also rides for the Mud Honeys, a local women’s bike club. Bob Rosso, owner of The Perch and known for his own multi-sports accomplishments, has been very supportive of Brooke. “She is a very tenacious athlete, always pushing the edge with solid, natural athletic skill. Whether she gets on a pair of skis or on her bike, her vision seems to focus tighter and she can give it absolutely everything,” he says, adding, “If you’re competing against her, good luck, you’ll need it!” Hovey’s mountain bike time and training is dictated by her family and her work. Once or twice a week in the spring, summer and fall she usually does a solitary 2-3 hour all-out hard ride, using natural terrain intervals and climbs. “I feel much healthier having more free-form in my training now,” she says. “It’s much more enjoyable and peaceful. No heart monitors, just me out there on the bike in early morning, feelin’ free!” -Julie Gallagher Summer 2012 | 83

Colter Brehmer: 50-50

Lots of kids at the Ketchum skate park like to ask people if they can drop in on this over-vert corner. Most can’t … and won’t … even consider it. Colter Brehmer doesn’t need to prove anything because he can do crazy 50-50 grinds all the way over it—even in the dark.

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the grind: in search of the ultimate ride

The Wood River Valley’s fast-track to total skate park domination We have a lot of room to brag about outdoor activities here. This place is literally full of world-class stuff like skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing and … skateboarding. Really? Skateboarding? That’s right. Both Ketchum and Hailey are home to amazing skate parks built during the early 2000s. Both parks evolved from the humble beginnings of weathered, wooden ramps to the unique concrete works of art they are now. Skateboarders embrace the do-it-yourself approach to making things happen and the locals here were no different in getting these parks started through grassroots fundraising and lots of volunteer hours helping tie rebar down at the parks. Both parks have also had additions or remodels somewhat recently, making them world-class places to skate. Here we highlight not only the unique attributes of the Valley’s two parks, but some of the skilled skaters who ride them.

Brian Drussel: Ally-Oop The slanted

wall in Ketchum is the most heavily skated feature in the park. It offers almost endless possiblities for those with the ability to ride it. Brian Drussel snaps onto the wall via a stylish frontside ally-oop from the quarterpipe below.

Quinn Baser: Stair Gap Before last

summer’s expansion, the Hailey skate park, built in 2003, didn’t offer many options to skate street-type features. Luckily skateboarders are a creative breed and will find a way to make any feature work with their style. Quinn Baser takes a hard-to-get-to route over the top.

Jens Peterson: Ollie Fakie Even though

the new section of the Hailey park is far more popular and widely used than the older park ever was, those who want to go as fast as possible will always turn to the large, perfectly shaped transitions of the original park. The full-pipe right in the middle can be skated in a handful of ways, through it, over it, or in Jens Peterson’s case, with an ollie to fakie.

Michael Walty: Blunt Fakie Michael

Walty is part of the Dreamland Skateparks crew, the contractor that built both Hailey and Ketchum skate parks. Last summer, Dreamland returned to Hailey to slap a street section on as a way to complement the burly transitions that have made the Hailey park famous. Enjoying the fruits of his labor, Michael tests one of the unique rock features with a blunt to fakie.

Ben Parker: Tuck Knee This deep bowl in the

far end of Ketchum is the only surviving feature from the era of the blue ramps. Although it was reshaped when the rest of the current park was built in 2005, this bowl has a lot tougher feel due to its size and rough pool coping. Ben Parker flows from the new to the old with a frontside air over the love seat.

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Rockin’ out at the infamous Outlaws and Angels in Bliss.

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Hangin’ One man’s quest to conquer the Hagerman Valley turns up more than he could guess BY Mike McKenna PHOTOGRAPHY Craig Wolfrom

in hagerman

The Snake River winds its way through Idaho’s Banana Belt.

You could drive across the country a couple of times over, from Freeport, Maine, to Carlsbad, California, from Miami all the way up to Seattle, and you’d be hard pressed to roll through a more unique place than Idaho’s Hagerman Valley. And if you do decide to make such a trek, please be sure that anytime you see trout on a restaurant menu during your travels, to ask where it comes from. Chances are they’ll say it comes from Idaho, which more than likely means it once swam in the “Valley of a Thousand Springs.” But that’s just the tip of this tale about a place where alligators and the world’s oldest fish swim, where one of the earth’s best fossil beds can be found and where the locals know how to have a rousing good time. The Banana Belt As the mighty Snake River winds its way through the harsh, sage-covered plains of southern Idaho, travelers have long found respite in a wide swath in the canyon known as the Hagerman Valley. The original travelers, those hardy souls trudging their way along the Oregon Trail, would stop to trade with the native Shoshone-Bannock and Paiute tribes. Native Ameri-

gettingthere there getting

The Hagerman Valley is about 90 miles southwest of Sun Valley. There are a few ways to get there but the easiest route takes Highway 75 south to Shoshone. There you turn west onto Highway 26, taking it through Gooding all the way to Bliss, where you turn south onto Highway 30, which runs right through the Hagerman Valley.


The Hagerman Valley is a popular spot for fishermen, bird hunters and watchers, historians, hikers and hot springs fans. Between the two fish hatcheries (both state and federal), the Snake River and the Oster Ponds Picnic Area, there are plenty of angling options for kids and

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cans, who called the Snake “Pohogawa,” the River of the Sage Plain, have been inhabiting Hagerman Valley for some 12,000 years, getting much of their sustenance from the region’s historically rich fisheries; salmon, steelhead, trout and sturgeon said to weigh as much as dairy cows. The Idaho gold rush of 1862 brought the first permanent settlements to Hagerman and while most of the businesses didn’t make it, some farmers did. By 1895, Stanley Hagerman established the valley’s first post office and both the small town that sprung up around it and the valley in which it sits took his name. Local legend, however, has it that Stanley’s last name was actually “Hageman” and that a clerical typo added the r. Farming, especially for trout, has continued to be a strong driving force in the local economy. Thanks to the numerous natural springs that seep out all over the Hagerman Valley with clean, cool water from the Snake River Aquifer, it’s an ideal place to raise trout. That’s why over 75% of the commercial trout produced in the country comes from Idaho, primarily the Hagerman Valley. From huge facilities like the Clear Springs Foods complex (which also raises commercial


families. The new Billingsley Creek State Theoffers Burger Joint: 1123 n. main Park access toBreakfast: some top-notch fly st. is beautiful has lots of beds. fishing. Seasonal and hunting for water birds They are game knownlike fordeer htis is and that. and bigger also very 208.555.1211 popular in the area.

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The biggest event for (and party) beds. Theyannual are known htis andinthat. the208.555.1211 Hagerman Valley is the Hannah Bates Memorial Rock Chuck Derby ( held every April. The derby, which asks participants to help out local farmers by rounding up the dreaded and prolific rock chucks of the region, is sponsored by the Outlaws and Angels Saloon in Bliss, with all the proceeds going to support local schools and non-profit organizations.

The world famous Hagerman Horse at the Visitor’s Center.

sturgeon) to the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery (which rears threatened steelhead) to the simplicity of a couple of trout runs running across someone’s front yard that are leased out to fish farmers, the entire valley is literally littered with trout. But the “Thousand Springs” of Hagerman Valley aren’t just good for trout. Many of the springs (which were once said to number in the thousands, but now are in the hundreds), are actually hot, which is why Hagerman has long been an oasis for folks in search of a nice soak. The warm springs also allow the valley to commercially grow a few aquatic species that definitely aren’t native to Idaho, like alligators and tilapia. Rumor even has it that a gator once escaped and made it to the much chillier Snake River. But there has yet to be a single report about any sightings of an alligator wearing a wetsuit or resembling a super-sized Popsicle. Add the odd aquatic species together with all the hot water, mild winters and steamy summers and the Hagerman Valley has a near tropical feel to it—at least by Gem State standards. Even though it seems like bananas are the only thing they don’t grow in Hagerman, it makes sense that it’s often referred to as the “Banana Belt of Idaho.”

The newly remodeled Miracle Hot Springs.

Alligators are just one of the oddities you will find in Hagerman.

hagerman history: There was only one store in Hagerman in 1893, when Billy Coltharp established his saloon, offering a barrel of whiskey and a tin cup. The Hagerman Horse Old Highway 30, the “Thousand Springs Scenic Byway,” cuts a path through the heart of the Hagerman Valley, covering nearly 30 miles from beneath the bench where Buhl sits following the Snake River up to the edge of Bliss. But long before the road was cut, Mother Nature took a crack at it. The Bonneville Flood, which tore open the Snake River canyon about 15,000 years ago, scattered “melon gravel”—rocks as big as watermelons and Volkswagen Beetles—on the valley floor and ripped off layers of the bluffs above, exposing the most varied fossil bed of land and aquatic species from the Pliocene Epoch found anywhere on earth. Of course, no one knew that then. It took until 1928, when a local rancher named Elmer Cook clued in the scientists at the Smithsonian. Mastodons, sabre-toothed cats, camels, antelope, fish, frogs and snakes of all kinds all left evidence they’d lived here eons

ago. But the big finds were the horses, many of which were over three million years old. Over 20 complete skeletons of horses were found. The horses, which had much in common with modern-day zebras, were sent to museums all over the globe, making Equus simplicidens, “The Hagerman Horse,” world famous. “One More Won’t Hurt” As was the case with many towns from the Old West days, the opening of the post office was soon followed by the opening of a bar. The first one in Hagerman was said to have been opened by a fella named Billy Colthrap and all it offered was a barrel of whiskey and a tin cup. There are two watering holes in Hagerman now, with a third legendary spot overlooking the valley up in Bliss. Perry Pleyte has lived along the edge of the Hagerman Valley for close to two decades now and likes the place so much that he and his

wife, Karen, happily call five acres on the bluff above the Snake River home, even though he works in Hailey as the Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy and she works as an international flight attendant. Perry was kind enough to play tour guide for Sun Valley Magazine’s romp through Hagerman, which naturally included stops at the (and just about any) region’s real cultural and historical hubs—its bars. Time does seem to stop, or at least come to a crawl, in most small town bars. Since 1943, Wilson’s Club has been a family-run staple in the center of downtown Hagerman. Serving a full bar and some snack food, the walls of the place are adorned with knickknacks from yesteryear. Farming equipment, faded photos of celebrities, moose and antelope mounts and a barber’s pole cover the walls. In the back, there’s a fenced off “museum” full of antiques from the mining and horse and wagon days. “The ‘Rusty Zipper’ we call it,” jokes bartender Cindy Webb. “It’s the only museum with a liquor license.” The floors are well-worn wooden slates that, could they speak, surely have many SUMMER 2012 | 93

The Owsley Bridge, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1920.

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Cindy Webb serves ‘em up at Wilson’s.

hagerman valley: the world’s largest producer of commerical trout motto: “The Valley of the Thousand Springs” county: gooding / Population: 823 / elevation: 2,953’ stories to tell. It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and the bar is full, primarily with locals. As is the case everywhere we go, from the Visitor’s Center and golf course to the old bars, Perry’s is a familiar and welcomed face. “It’s a beautiful area and an interesting place to live. There are a lot of characters around here and there’s a lot of dichotomy. There’s everything from mansions to ‘break out the banjo,’” Perry jokes, as we tip back a couple of cold ones. “I prefer this to a big city,” Perry says, as we prepare to ignore the Wilson Club motto of “One More Won’t Hurt” and head across the street to the Angler’s Club. “It’s like stepping back in time.” Much like it’s neighbor, the Angler’s Club—in various forms—has been hooking in thirsty patrons since the 1940s. Jim Achabal has owned the place since 1980 and it appeals to a younger crowd than Wilson’s.

Pool is a popular pastime at the Angler’s Club.

The “melon gravel” can be as big as a Volkswagen.

The Angler’s Club also serves solid food, to go along with lots of beer and whiskey. “We have a lot of regulars and a lot of people who are just in town to hunt or fish or are on a bike ride,” bartender Mary Norman says. With later falls and earlier springs than most spots in Idaho, Hagerman is a popular spot for motorcyclists, and stopping in for a cold one at the Angler’s Club is usually part of the ride. There are various motorcycles on display throughout the bar and the folks sitting around it can be friendly enough to even buy a stranger a beer—especially if you’re hanging out with a local. “This is the type of place,” cook Kevin Hennagir says in a thick Bayou accent that lets you know he’s not a native Idahoan, “where everybody knows your name.” Located “1/2 Way Between Heaven And Hell,” as their motto continued on page 117


There are three public hot springs and pools. All three, 1000 Springs Resort and Campground (, Banbury Hot Springs Campground and Boat Launch ( and the newly remodeled Miracle Hot Springs (,which includes four geodesic camping domes for rent, are all easy to find and offer camping options.


Besides the plentiful camping options, the Billinglsey Creek Lodge and Retreat (billingsleycreeklodge. com) offers rustic log cabins and their homemade baked goods are the stuff of culinary legend. The Hagerman Valley Inn ( offers traditional hotel rooms and is conveniently located in town.

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the annual sun valley road rally

BY Jon Mentzer PHOTOGRAPHY Lara Stone Summer 2012 | 99

If you listen closely, you’ll hear the faint roar of engines echoing in the distance of the Sawtooth Mountains. This is no ski vacation that the rich and famous came out to see. This is speed with altitude with no speed limit to weigh down the fun. This is the Fourth Annual Sun Valley Road Rally. It all began as just a simple thought. A way for some car aficionados to drive fast. When Dave Stone began Sun Valley Auto Club in 2005, he wanted a car showroom to showcase some remarkably detailed cars. But he also came up with another idea. In the lobby of the Sun Valley Auto Club, Stone tells the story of the Sun Valley Road Rally. He cozies up on his comfortable leather chair, smiles and says, “Selfishly, it was a way for me to drive fast. All I was originally interested in was to do it once.” Stone and friend Walt Femling (a former Blaine County sheriff, no less) came up with an idea about an open race where Stone, Femling and fellow drivers could drive as fast as they could to see what speed they could get up to. Originally, Stone and Femling wanted to try and use the runway at Friedman Airport in Hailey as a prime spot. The idea swam in their heads for weeks before Terry Basolo, Blaine County Community Drug Coalition executive director, came up with a solution, and Stone and Femling’s dream began to materialize. What Basolo proposed shifted Stone and Femling’s scheme into gear: move the event north. On Highway 75, north of Ketchum, there is a 3.2-mile stretch of highway with a soft, banked, 90-degree gentle slope-climbing corner, followed by a straight section of downhill. A perfect spot for a car to pick up the right amount of speed for the right amount of duration, almost like Highway 75 was built for the Road Rally. What started out to be an idea among car buddies turned into one of the premier events, not just in the Wood River Valley, but the

entire West. It has grown substantially since its first year in 2009 when there were only 12 cars entered. Now, there are 25 cars entered for this year’s Road Rally, and the likes of legendary racecar driver Johnny Unser will be honored as a VIP. Last year Unser drove a Porsche Panamera Turbo at 173 mph. While anyone can enter any car, over the course of the four-year running of the Road Rally there have not been any injuries or accidents thanks to the Road Rally’s strict inspection, which is performed by Brent Bellon himself and takes place on Friday, July 27th at the Sun Valley Auto Club in Hailey. Stone gets giddy when talking about this event. He crosses his legs and explains how the Road Rally has turned into something more than just driving fast. Stone admits that if it weren’t for Basolo’s efforts, the Road Rally wouldn’t have been able to stand on its own. Basolo took the Road Rally from a onefaceted event to a three-faceted event. What was originally just a rally for cars turned into a three-day event that now includes a cruise parade in downtown Ketchum, a gala dinner/ auction and a Porsche Cayenne raffle. “This is going to get huge,” Stone says boisterously. “It’s going to get a lot bigger. There’s nothing like this anywhere else, especially for a good cause.” Basolo also played a huge role in getting significant sponsors for the development of the Road Rally, which is an area that continues to grow beyond the initial support from the Sun Valley Auto Club to other key sponsors like DL Evans Bank, Sun Valley Company, Southwest Airlines and Porsche North America, to name a few. But the real beneficiary is the Drug Coalition—and the event, which has grown from a one-component event to a threecomponent event in less than four years is now the main annual fundraiser for the Drug Coalition and its programs promoting drugand alcohol-free youth in an effort to support the health and safety of youth in the Wood River Valley. “The rally provides a critical component to the Drug Coalition’s sustainability plan,” say Basolo, “and we feel the focus on youth

The Sun Valley Road Rally is one of few events that allows people to enter vehicles to drive as fast as they can. There is the Silver State Classic Challenge in Nevada which is an authorized open road race event on a 90-mile stretch of State Route 318, which is closed for the occasion, and the Texas Mile in Beeville, Texas which is also an authorized open road race event for one mile off of Highway 202. 100 | Summer 2012

The fastest allotted mile-per-hour speed happened last year when a black Porsche GT2 RS, driven by Bob Shillington, was clocked in at 192 mph. Sun Valley Auto Club owner Dave Stone’s personal best was when he drove a Ford GT 187 mph.

substance abuse reduction is a needed and critical one.” Similar to the actual mission of the Drug Coalition, which has partnered with organizations such as St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, the Environmental Resource Center and the Blaine County Sheriff’s office on various programs, the Road Rally requires tremendous cooperation and coordination between local, state and federal agencies to organize the now three-day event. Partnerships with the Blaine County Sheriff’s office, Ketchum Fire Department, the Idaho Transportation Department and a team at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are essential to its success. A full community is needed to put on this event. “There’s a lot that goes into this event,” says Blaine County Community Drug Coalition development coordinator Andrea Walton, “but there is nothing else like it here.” Walton thinks this uniqueness has contributed to the success of the Road Rally. Because it has been focused on youth as its beneficiaries, it has always been family oriented, and this year the family component has been expanded to include a bouncy house, rock climbing wall and face painting in the spectator staging area—and the family ticket price is a reasonable $25, with no limit on number of family members. Food vendors (from non-profits) will also be present, so you

can stay all afternoon to watch the 60 runs vying for top speed (5 heats of 12 drivers). Don’t miss this unique event…but you better strap in and hold on tight because, with no speed limit, the Sun Valley Road Rally will leave you in the dust.

WHERE TO CHECK OUT THE ROAD RALLY: Want to participate? Enter your car for a chance to break the top speed—but be prepared as winning speeds are 190 mph and above. Spots are limited and have sold out every year, so if you miss out (or chicken out) you can always hit the Porsche Ride n’ Drive on Sunday, July 29, hosted by Porsche Professional Drivers from 8 am to 4 pm at the Sun Valley Resort Clubhouse. More comfortable as a spectator? No worries, you are not alone and there are plenty of events and family-friendly venues to choose from. Here are a few highlights: Meet Johnny Unser at the Driver’s Technical Inspection (8 am-4 pm) on Friday, July 27.

View Classic Cars at the Ketchum Cruise Parade Friday, July 27 (6-8 pm, downtown Ketchum); or at the Spectator Concoarse Saturday, July 28 (8-9:30 am, River Run Lodge). View Pure Speed at the race on Saturday, July 28. Race starts at 10 am and spectator shuttles leave from the River Run parking lot (advance ticket purchase required).

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creating a safer, healthier Community the wood river bike coalition

BY Matt Miller Presented with a bicycle for the first time at the age of three, Greg Martin climbed on and proceeded to teach himself how to ride. That same day. Since then, his life has never ventured too far from bikes. He rides them, commutes on them, races them. And, oh yes, he advocates for them. Like many, when Martin moved to the Wood dreamed of a community where most kids rode their bikes to school and where bicyRiver Valley from the East Coast, he felt like clists could get around even more safely he landed in bike nirvana. “I have a bike and efficiently. path 200 feet from my doorway that gets He joined up with like-minded cycling me to within 100 feet of my office,” he said. “There’s nothing like this where I came from. advocates and, in 2008, created the Wood River Bike Coalition. Soon it established It blew me away.” an ambitious vision: “A Wood River ValSurely, this was more than enough for an ley where residents and visitors do not need avid bicyclist: the trails, the paths, the area’s passionate bike culture. Certainly Martin just automobiles for transportation and can safely ride on any street, where children can went with the flow and enjoyed it all, conwalk and ride safely to school and other destent to live in a beautiful place where people tinations and where bicyclists and pedestriappreciated his passion. Well, yes. And no. 
You see, Martin also saw in the Wood ans can easily and safely access transit, local trails and pathways.” River Valley the potential for more. He 102 | Summer 2012

A well-maintained Adams Gulch Trail.

After forming, they sought Bicycle Friendly Community status with the League of American Bicyclists. This certification program considers all bicycling infrastructure, paved pathways, bike lanes and bicycling facilities. The Wood River Valley immediately earned “silver” status, the second highest award and the highest rating at that time in Idaho (Boise has since earned similar recognition). But Martin and his friends aren’t the types to be overly impressed with silver medals. They wanted gold, and more to the point, they wanted more people on bikes. Since then, the all-volunteer coalition has been active on a variety of fronts, like their organized trail days, where the volunteer force improves area mountain biking paths. “It’s important to get people out working on the trails, so they realize that trails just don’t magically appear,” said Martin. “It takes work. Trails require a lot of care, and they require people to stay off them at certain times. Our work days give area mountain bikers an important sense of ownership.” The coalition just launched its member-

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Greg Martin, founder of the Wood River Bike Coalition.

Great Service. Great value. riGht here.

Volunteers learn what it takes to build trails.

Annual spring trail maintenance is essential.

“it’s important to get people out working on the trails, so they realize that trails just don’t magically appear. it takes work. Trails require a lot of care, and they require people to stay off them at certain times.”–greg martin ship program, achieving official chapter status with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). About 65 members have joined and the coalition hopes to reach 200 members in the coming year. And the coalition continues to advocate. They see possibilities everywhere to: create better pathways for kids to ride safely to school; establish more bike lanes around the Valley; have elected officials and decision makers incorporate non-motorized transport into their planning. On this last point, the Wood River Valley is ahead of most. Martin finds that local elected officials are very supportive of the coalition and its goals. “They know that people look at ‘bicycle-friendly status’ when they consider moving to an area,” he said. “They recognize that bicycle paths have a positive effect on real estate values. They recognize how important bicycling is in drawing tourists and how important it is for tourists to get around without a car.” Martin gets excited by all this, and by what he sees as a movement around the country. In Idaho, similar programs are underway in Twin Falls, Boise, McCall and the

Teton Valley. At the time we spoke, Martin was planning on checking things out on a national level, at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. “With the rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is very important in our country,” he said. “The more people you can get on bikes, the better. We need to promote cycling and promote walking. It’s a win-win for everyone.” For all Martin’s enthusiasm, he’s not tireless, not literally. He’d like to see the coalition earn some grants so that paid staff can be hired to fully take advantage of all the opportunities. He hopes more Valley residents and visitors become involved in the movement. He sees them out on bikes every day, and he needs their help and enthusiasm. “You really have to drive the change you want to see,” he said. “If you want more bike lanes, more bike trails, a more pedestrianfriendly community, we need your help. We’re not at gold status just yet, but we can get there. Seeing the enthusiasm in this community, I know we can.” Summer 2012 | 103

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Erik Rolf used to be an accountant. Thanks to the recession and his passion for an entirely different craft, that career got put on hold. Now Rolf builds custom bikes instead of balance sheets, having operated Alliance Bicycles out of a garage in the Ketchum industrial park for just over a year. His is the story of a Hailey kid gone corporate, who found the guts to leave it behind, pursue a dream and become a frame builder back home. Shortly before completing his accounting degree at Montana State University, Rolf decided to invest in a custom mountain bike. He approached Carl Strong, of Bozeman, Montana’s, Strong Frames, to deliver on the graduation present, unaware that Strong’s shop would soon become his workplace. While his frame was under construction, Erik regularly kicked around Carl’s garage, openly debating the idea of learning the trade himself. Then, he said, “I tried to get an accounting job, but ended up working in a bike shop because the economy was so bad. At that point I figured that I was destined to work in the bike industry and emailed Carl about an apprenticeship.” Like any hands-on vocation, frame building is best learned under the guidance of an expert and few are more experienced than Strong, who’s built over 3,500 bikes in 17 years. For the next two years, after landing a part-time accounting job, Rolf lead a double life in Bozeman. He laughed, “It Summer 2012 | 105

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was pretty funny building bikes two days a week and working the other three as an accounting analyst.” But Rolf was a committed student, becoming obsessed with the process and the puzzle-like intricacies of building a custom bicycle. “After five o’clock, I’d go in sometimes and build frames until midnight. I built as many as I could and just kept buying more tube sets. Over and over,” he said. During his apprenticeship, Rolf not only learned the obvious industrial design elements of frame construction, but also how to spec riders and what it takes to turn tinkering into a viable business. He eventually built around 200 frames under Strong, all of which were squarely critiqued by the older craftsman. Although Rolf admits that his job is essentially a creative outlet, he’s never taken an art class. He likes numbers and geometry; to him, custom bikes solve problems, whether the buyer’s issue is fit or handling or a combination of the two. Compared to the artsy creations of his urban and fixed gear counterparts, Rolf stated, “I think

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of my bikes more as forms of transportation.” Admittedly left-brained, he focuses on functionality and lets his customers pick the pretty colors. Rolf chuckles upon remembering how his earliest customers (all friends) would ride the unpainted prototypes he’d scrapped together in Strong’s workshop. By the end of the apprenticeship, however, Rolf was ready to develop his own brand, Alliance Bicycles, and pursue the polished product he sells today. The move back to Idaho was natural, but not just because Sun Valley is a biker’s paradise. “If I went down the path of an accountant, I would never have a solid ski season again,” Erik claimed. “That’s why I live here: not because my job requires me to, but because I get to do what I want­— and that’s ski and ride my bike.” One of the things that Rolf appreciates most about his business is not having to rely on local clientele. The demand, at least in North America, for hand-built bikes has never been higher and, although Alliance has a few frames around town, Rolf shipped most of this year’s 27 orders elsewhere. Why

the rage to go custom? While every buyer is different, Rolf likes to think his clients essentially want the experience: discovering a builder, getting fitted, choosing tube sets, physically (or digitally) observing the frame’s construction and finally riding a bike that is inherently unique. “The customer gets to experience the process as much as they’re willing to,” he said. “I’ve had guys come in while I’m welding their bike and you really see it click for them.” Rolf puts so much emphasis on customer involvement that the name “Alliance” is actually a reference to the dynamic he hopes to have with every client. Erik explained, “As weird as it sounds, you’re really buying me.” In the Alliance shop, one of Rolf’s welding masks has a sticker with a message: “Hate Your Job? Then Quit!” It’s the kind of advice that Rolf can offer from experience. He used to be an accountant, he used to have a boss, and he used to know nothing about fabricating tube sets. Now he happily supports himself by selling custom bike frames. “I’ve had a huge first year,” he says smiling, “and it’s all I could ask for.”

“If I went down the path of an accountant I would never have a solid ski season again. That’s why I live here: not because my job requires me to, but because I get to do what I want­—and that’s ski and ride my bike.”

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less and is definitely something you want to do again, and again, and again. In a flash of wheels, dirt and smiles, you find yourself standing over your bike at the start area of the Ketchum Pump Park. The other kids of all ages standing next to you offer words of

encouragement as you ease out to begin your next run. More than likely, the guy you see in the background is Brendan Coyle. He’s a humble leader who captures the pulse of the Ketchum Pump Park, located one block south of the Hemingway school. Brendan is employed by

the City of Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department to oversee the quarter-acre patch of dirt and thinks, ‘‘It’s amazing how much goes on in this relatively small space.’’ Brendan and many other passionate local cyclists have strong visions for the park. One is to create a stronger connection to the Hailey Pump Park, located near the Blaine County Recreation District’s (BCRD) pool, and operated by Eric Rector. Both Brendan and Eric are supportive of a summer race series which hopes to intertwine riders from both grids. “The parks differ in character so it’s important to expose the kids to both,” suggested Eric. The setting seems ripe for some friendly competition. Along with maintaining the park, Brendan coaches and mentors kids who show up to pump-

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it-up on their own, or as part of Atkinson Park Summer Youth Camps. With his engaging yet low-key personality, Brendan offers kids tips and tactics. There’s a progression to learning how to ride this dirt and Brendan takes them through it. As the skills develop, the confidence skyrockets and the smiles extend. In Hailey, there are signs that illustrate how to best pump your bike around the park. More importantly, there are lots of riders at the very popular park to help you figure it out. Eric believes that “the skills they develop at the parks become useful in other riding.” Once they master the art of pumping, the challenging single-track and flow trail riding (like Forbidden Fruit and Punchline)that covers the Valley, comes with greater ease. There’s a band of local kids that Brendan proudly calls “ridiculous riders,” who cannot get enough of the park and are the personalities behind these adventuresome molehills. Local sixth-grader Alex Lafleur is one such rider and he likes the “challenge that it produces for everyone.” He, like many pump park riders, enjoys testing both the physical and mental being. As Alex contested, “balance is key to making it through the course, but having a positive mental outlook is really the most important. If you believe that you can make it through, then you will.” When I asked sevength grader Brody Buchwalter (who Brendan calls “the quiet rocker”) what he liked best about the park, I expected him to say riding with his friends or competing in the summer contest (where Brendan states that he stomps on everyone, including the pros), but instead he answered, “the whole middle section where there are four main rollers in a row.” Brody has a map of this maze deeply engrained in his head and thinks about it even in the off-season. The sister act, Libby (12) and Marit (9) Kaiser, live within a stone’s throw of the Ketchum Pump Park. I asked Libby if she’s improved since her first ride and she nodded and said, “Yes, like anything, it takes practice, practice, practice.” Marit lights up when talking about the park and added that “it really helps with my strength and focus for ski racing,” her real passion. Brendan noted that kids are gaining ownership of the park and work alongside him in the dirt. “There’s some amazing mentoring going on here at the Hailey Park.” Eric 110 | Summer 2012

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exuded. Both men are obviouslty very proud of the local pump park movement and the positive benefits it brings to the community. The upbeat and inclusive atmosphere of the parks seems to draw people in … literally off the bike path or from the swimming pools. “It’s riding a bike. It’s fun and that’s the bottom line. Oh yeah, and it’s free,” Brendan reminded us. Stop by the Ketchum or Hailey Pump Park, make a friend, mess around and have some fun. You can show up with your own bike, or in Ketchum, test out one of several bikes donated by Scott USA. Now go out there and get pumped!

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BCRD Pump Track: A sprawling dirt course (designed to use a rider’s momentum rather than pedaling to maneuver through the track) that wraps along the side and behind the Blaine County Aquatic Center—which is part of the BCRD SportScape with pools, a toddler playground, climbing wall over the big-kid pool, party rental space, leisure cabanas and two sand volleyball courts. The BCRD Pump Track offers two tracks—a large track and a smaller skills-building track. It all adds up to great fun for the whole family—especially big kids looking for more adventure! 1050 Fox Acres Road (across from the Community Campus), Hailey. ketchum PUMP PARK: Little kids and big kids alike (think 3-year-olds to 64-yearolds) enjoy this dirt course between First and Second avenues. All that’s needed is a bike, a helmet and a sense of fun (and possibly elbow and knee pads!). Parents can take a load off and relax on the grass while watching little ones cruise around the rolling course. 8th Street (across from Hemingway Elementary School), Ketchum. Summer 2012 | 111

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BY Julie Molema There is something special about eating outdoors. Whether it’s finding a bench at the Farmers’ Market with a taco in one hand and produce for tonight’s salad in the other, or bringing a chair with you to the Northern Rockies Folk Festival and eating a slice of pizza or catching the drips off of an ice cream scoop you just procured—food just tastes better outside. There are some great vendors in the Wood River Valley who like the freewheeling (pun intended) life of working outdoors, rolling into venues and serving up some terrific fare. Here are some of our favorites:

Toni’s Ice Cream

Specialty: Idaho Huckleberry Wheel Type: Tricycle Toni’s Ice Cream started as a childhood dream, coming to fruition 12 years ago. A love of ice cream and the great outdoors, combined with a bike, sparked a business that has quickly developed a loyal, local following. Toni Bogue has been laughed at, proposed to (by a 7-yearold), boxed in, chased down and cheered for as she’s made her ascent over Saddle Road on her ice cream bike for Sun Valley functions. You can catch a glimpse of her on her bike at outdoor 112 | Summer 2012

venues such as Ketchum Alive, Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival, 4th of July celebration in Hailey, Wagon Days, Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction Picnic and others. But if you don’t feel up to tracking her down on her bike, you’ll find her yummy ice cream at local grocery stores, on the menu at several restaurants in town and at Leroy’s Ice Cream (Since Leroy’s opening 5 years ago in Ketchum Town Square, they have donated $47,000 in proceeds to organizations such as: The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Blaine County Schools, Pioneer Montessori, The Community School and the

The Red Oven

Specialty: Traditional Margherita pizza Wheel type: Oven on Wheels Who doesn’t like pizza? I mean, c’mon. Not many people have heard someone say, “Pizza? Blech—all that bread and cheese—not my thing.” So when Kb Bigelow (formerly of KB Burritos) started her new venture last year, wood-fired pizza was a no-brainer. “It all starts with the crust. Because we use Italian flour and heat the oven to 800 degrees, the pizza comes out with just the right texture,” explained Kb. The Red Oven can go almost anywhere. “People throw parties in the most creative places and, because we are mobile, we can go where the party is,” explained Kb. Look for The Red Oven this year at the Ketchum Farmers’ Market and at the Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival. Kb serves up generous 10 inch individual pizzas with unusual and fresh ingredients including: carmelized onions and gorgonzola cheese; braised mushrooms, fontina cheese and thyme and fennel sausage with roasted red peppers for around $12 a pop. Last year at the Sun Val-

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Ketchum Parks Dept.) “All of us that work at Leroy’s are really proud to be a part of something so positive,” Toni said. “The staff works really hard to make it successful.” Need more than a couple scoops of ice cream? Toni also caters special events and weddings. Contact her at

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ley Shakedown concert, late in the evening, The Red Oven realized the other vendors had shut down and they were the only game left. They didn’t want to turn anyone away, so they sent Alec, a devoted employee, out on his skateboard to buy up the town’s mozzarella cheese supply. Cheers to The Red Oven for serving through the night and feeding the masses. To have The Red Oven cater your event, contact Kb at

Calle 75 Tacos

Specialty: Shrimp Taco Wheel type: Taco Truck and Cart Calle 75 Tacos has been slinging tortillas since 2008. The name Calle, which means “street” in Spanish, and 75, which stands for Hwy. 75, has created a bit of confusion. People seem to think it means tacos are 75 cents each. Yes, that would be nice, but we really have to be realistic, don’t we? What’s more, they’re not exactly on Hwy. 75 any more. You’re more likely to find them in the summer months every week at the Hailey and Ketchum Farmers’ Markets and in Boise at the Capitol City Market and East End Market in Bown Crossing. You can also catch Summer 2012 | 113

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(The Who’s song, “Going Mobile,” reasonates in my head as I think of them en route from one spot to the other.) Irving’s hasn’t changed much over the years and there’s no reason it should. Why mess with success? Hot dogs are the quintessential outdoor food, found in cities and towns, on street corners at carts all over the map. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I’m so happy that Ketchum has Irving’s Red Hots.


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Thankfully, Irving’s menu hasn’t changed much over the years.

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Irvings Red Hots them at the Ketchum Arts Festival, Northern Specialty: Original Dog with “the works” Rockies Folk Festival, Wagon Days and 4th of Wheel Type: Hot Dog Stand July Parade. “We were at 70 events last year,” In 1977, Jill Rubin took a leap of faith and startexplained co-owner, Mike Weems, “and are looking forward to participating in more events ed her own business. A Chicago native, Jill was looking for a new opportunity and, 35 years this year.” Calle 75 Tacos was inspired by Mike’s later, she’s still all about the dog with Irving’s soon-to-be in-laws, Carlos and Maricruz Soto. Red Hots. Along with friend and recruited ski His fiancée, Rosie Soto, is his partner in love bum Sharon Hudson, they opened Ketchum’s and business, it seems. So all of that backstory favorite weenie shack. “Two locals trying to brings me to the good part—the food. Their make life work in a town we loved,” quipped Jill. authentic carne asada, slow-cooked brisket, No matter the season, you can grab an Origichicken, fish or shrimp taco (corn or flour tortinal Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Kraut Dog or Pollla available) with homemade salsa can be had ish Dog— all recommended with “the works” for around $3 each. These are the Cadillacs of (mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles and street tacos. High-quality, locally-grown prodpeppers.) Cannon Balls (sourdough bread bowl ucts are used whenever possible. “Don’t miss filled with chili, cheese, onions and peppers) our new living butter lettuce tacos this year,” mac n’ cheese and pretzels complete the menu. said Mike. “The leaves take the place of the tortilla, for a healthy wrap.” And don’t be surprised A hangout for locals and tourists, the young and the old, you’ll see people from all walks of if you draw number 96 while waiting for your life in line at Irving’s, getting a fix before the taco and everyone starts applauding. It’s an next ski run or a little sustenance while wininside joke, where two days in a row number 96 dow shopping in Ketchum’s downtown. Irving’s was called repeatedly and no one showed up. moves from the base of Warm Springs in the Calle 75 also offers catering for special events winter to the intersection of 4th and Main and is sure to be the hit of any party. Contact SVR 75 104-02-12.SunVlleyMag(Smmr’12):Layout 1 in 3/30/12 AM Page 1 year. Street Ketchum 10:31 in the summer every Calle through Facebook at Calle 75 Tacos.

The Bar-B-Que Guy’s menu is simple yet mouthwatering. Rod and Linda Rushton cooking up Chicken and Ribs at the Hailey Farmers’ Market.

The Bar-B-Que Guy

Specialty: Pork Spare Ribs Wheel Type: Barbecue on Wheels The Bar-B-Que Guy is easily spotted—or smelled from a distance (and I mean that in a good way.) In the summertime, the scent of barbecued meat wafts through the mountain air during the Hailey and Ketchum Farmers’

Markets. Rod and Linda Rushton have been barbecuing delicacies such as pork ribs, chicken, sausage and trout since 2003 when Rod left a day job that “was not as much fun as barbecuing.” He traveled to many great barbecue states doing finger-licking research and has been told that his ribs are the best people have tasted. Get to the market early if you want to secure

your pork spare ribs ($23 for a whole rack, $12 for half a rack) or the trout filet ($7)—both are hot commodities and sell out fast. For now, Rod prefers the flexibility of his barbecue cart to a restaurant (allowing him time to hike and snowshoe with his pups Chance and Kolby in the wintertime). The Bar-B-Que Guy offers catering, too—leaving your guests with sticky fingers, full and happy. Call Rod at 208.539.7638 for more information.

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mountains continued from page 73 here loved it last year,” says Lusk. “And the demographic of the riders and spectators fits this community well.” USA Cycling has, in addition, awarded Sun Valley the rights to host the Marathon Cross Country National Championships in 2013 and 2014. This summer’s championships will be part of the nine-day “Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.” The festival kicks off June 30 with the Whit Henry Memorial Galena Grinder, a marathon cross-country race held at Galena Lodge north of Ketchum. The 45-mile race is part of the USA Cycling’s Pro Mountain Bike Ultra Endurance Tour. In addition, there will be the Third Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships held at the Ketchum Bike Park, and the Fat Tire Criterium, a fast and wild race through the streets of Ketchum. Ride Sun Valley “Local Stoker

“We’re trying to fill a niche … one thing the community doesn’t have is lift serviced, purposeful, downhill mountain biking.” –peter sterns Rides” will be offered all week. These are guided rides on some of the single-track trails in the area provided free to the public. Finally, there will be the annual Kids Race (ages 3-12) held on a special course at the Championships venue, a Consumer Expo highlighting all of the latest mountain bike equipment and the Sun Valley Shakedown music festival held on July 7. Rusch describes last year’s Ride Sun Valley event as “one of the best weeks of my life.” Many of her pro-racing friends had often wondered why she lived and trained in Sun Valley, a place where snow forces Rusch indoors to train many months of the year. Last year, when they came here for the first time, she says, “they were blown away by the event and the riding we have here.” Musing over the broad embrace the community has shown for mountain biking, Rusch says with excitement, “We have some momentum. We have a future here.” Now, she’s off to train. It is mid-winter, but when the snow retreats and the wildflowers splash across the reaches of the Rocky Mountains, she’ll be ready. 116 | Summer 2012



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continued from page 95 goes, Outlaws and Angels isn’t what you’d expect somebody to name a bar in a town called Bliss. But there it sits, a rather simple, single-story building overlooking the Snake River as it leaves the Hagerman Valley and heads northwest toward Glenns Ferry. Under various names and numerous owners, Outlaws and Angels has been a bar on and off for as long as anyone can remember—which, guessing by their typical crowd, probably dates back to about yesterday afternoon. “Everybody who grows up here has a little bit of wild in ’em,” Michele Hobdey says, while the late-afternoon bar crowd of folks from 21 to “darned near 81” reveled in familiar cheer. Michele’s family first homesteaded in nearby King Hill in 1870 and her uncle once owned the bar. “There’s nothing more beautiful than north of Bliss,” Michele said, going on to describe the natural splendors to be found under the big skies of the Snake River Plain. From grouse and sunsets, talk soon returned to the little town on the edge of the Hagerman Valley. “It is an odd town, though, I’m telling you that. It’s pretty close to the ‘Twilight Zone,’” Michele says with a wink, adding, “and if you stay long enough, the women will start booming like sage hens.” From farms raising alligators, sturgeon and most of the nation’s edible trout to hot springs, classic Old West watering holes and world-famous horse fossils, there are plenty of fun, unique reasons to roll into the Hagerman Valley. “There’s a little bit of everything down here,” Perry explains as we called it a day. “Sometimes it’s hard to believe this is Idaho, isn’t it?” Which made me think of something else Michele said as we looked out toward the Hagerman Valley. Something that didn’t sound like it should be spelled with a capital ‘B.” She smiled, made a sweeping gesture with her hand and said, “We’re just bliss.” Summer 2012 | 117

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BY Kate Elgee PHOTOGRAPHY Kristin Cheatwood Sun Valley has long been renowned for its “mountain town” personality and no couple has ever captured that better than Erin Bahoshy and Chris Brown when they tied the knot on August 27th, 2011. Bringing their own personalities and fun-loving spirits to a “casual but elegant” celebration, while keeping it classy like only those Californians can, the couple combined the rustic sense of Idaho beauty with the playfulness of a ski town—riding down Main Street in a fire truck, taking prewedding party “shot-skis” and passing out escort cards designed to look like Bald Mountain lift tickets.

From Manhattan Beach, California, where Erin currently works as an MTV account executive and Chris as a firefighter/paramedic, they planned a destination weekend wedding for their friends and family in the Gem State. But being about 1,000 miles away from their nuptials location, they enlisted the expertise of long-time local wedding planner, Amanda Seaward. “I have never known a bride so focused on making everyone else happy. There were more personal touches in this wedding than I’ve ever seen before,” Amanda said. Erin and Chris personally put together small welcome packages with Sun Valley shot glasses, mini bottles of tequila and personSummer 2012 | 121

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alized M&M’s. They hand-made cocktail and dinner menus, designed the save-thedate invitations themselves and passed out customized matchbooks, napkins and beer koozies stamped with their name and wedding date. “They are an incredibly caring couple. You could see it in all of the attention to detail, all of the effort they put in just to make their guests happy,” Amanda explained. Together, with help from Sun Valley Company and family, they mapped out a Westernthemed welcome party, cocktail hour and rehearsal dinner at The Kneadery, beer and burgers at the Grumpy’s patio and plenty of outdoor activities, including golfing, hiking, biking and fishing (and one BIG six-wheeled surprise). The ceremony itself took place at Trail 122 | Summer 2012

Creek Cabin following a cocktail reception on the grounds. A gray, yellow and cream color theme complemented the surrounding hills. “We wanted the natural beauty of Sun Valley to shine through,” Erin mentioned. With Baldy towering in the background, the bride walked down an aisle strewn with rose petals—bubbles and an acoustic version of Ben Harper’s “Forever” floating through the air. But the big surprise came when a bright red fire truck arrived, decorated and honking loudly—a surprise even for the groom. “Erin planned the whole thing,” Amanda said, “and I have no idea what strings she pulled to do it!” The couple jumped aboard and was escorted in style through town, waving and cheering with “Just Married” smiles, to the reception party at River Run Lodge. “Not

the vendors wedding planner:

Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings

flowers: Kathy Hansen of

Flower Designs by Kathy hair and makeup: Jamilynn Smith of Vertu dress and shoes: Christos dress from The White Dress in Corona Del Mar; shoes, off-white Badgley Mischka stilettos groom’s attire: Black Hugo Boss suit, grey Kenneth Cole tie, white Banana Republic French cuff shirt, Tiffany’s cufflinks and grey Vans bridesmaids dresses: Simple Silhouettes dresses music: Kevin Misajon and band food: Sun Valley Resort cake: Sun Valley Resort invitations: Wedding Paper Divas photographer: Kirstin Cheatwood officiant: Wendy Collins rentals: Barbara’s Party Rentals

only was it both special and meaningful,” Erin noted, “but it also gave the two of us the opportunity to have a few minutes alone to relish in all that we just did.” For the couple’s first dance, Erin’s father played the piano and sang his own version of “The First Day of My Life” by The Bright Eyes. They spent the night dancing to the rhythms of Kevin Misajon and were hoisted in chairs above the crowd while Chris grabbed the microphone to perform an impromptu version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Erin and Chris were two of the last people on the dance floor, singing and swaying arm in arm with all of their friends and family. “We wanted to be there until the end,” Erin explained. And they were. Summer 2012 | 123

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the wedding date:

September 3, 2011 Galena Lodge rehearsal dinner: Catered by Galena Lodge Chef Don Shepler at a private home in Elkhorn ceremony and reception: Galena Lodge bridal shower: diVine Wine Bar, Hailey guest weekend activities: Wagon Days Parade, hiking, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding location:

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For two people who love the outdoors as much as Julie Lyons and Blair Choate do, what better place to get married than Sun Valley, Idaho? Where else in the world can you have your guests mountain bike, horseback ride and raft the day before the wedding? Where else can you recite vows at 7,289 feet, hike up to a honeymoon yurt under a full moon, still wearing a wedding dress and tux, or ride down the aisle together on a vintage tandem bicycle? Fortunately, Sun Valley provided all of this and more for the happy couple, who tied the knot over the Old West-style Wagon Days Weekend, September 3rd, 2011.




For these two outdoor enthusiasts it ended with “I Do’s” in the same place that it began—Galena Summit. “We had our first date Nordic skiing at Galena,” said Julie. “By the second date, which was downhill skiing, I knew he was the one.” They decided to have the wedding at Galena Lodge because it represented, as Julie explained, “who we are and how we met. It was somewhere we wanted our families to see and be a part of.” With an outdoor ceremony held under the shade of the Sawtooth Mountains and an indoor reception at Galena Lodge (with chef Don Shepler on the grill and local bluegrass band, Slow Children Playing, on the mic) it’s no wonder that by the end of the celebration guests began to truly understand why Julie and Blair picked Sun Valley

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as not only their wedding location, but their home. Coming from disparate parts of the country—Julie from Massachusetts and Blair from Santa Barbara—they were both lured to Sun Valley by a mutual friend. The same friend, in fact, who was in charge of their “chance” meeting at St. Luke’s Hospital, where they both currently work, and the same friend who lent them the vintage green Schwinn they rode at the wedding. “We are both big mountain bikers,” Julie said, “and Blair is a triathlete, cyclist.” So 126 | Summer 2012

when it came time to plan the wedding, it seemed only fitting to combine their two loves—wheels and mountains. The bike theme carried over into the personalized beer mugs, the invitations and even the grand entrance, where the bride pedaled down the dirt road with her father (to the uneasiness of the groom, who was wary about the logistics of riding a tandem bike in a wedding dress) and rode out with her new husband, waving and laughing. “That was the best part of the whole wedding,” said Blair, with a smile. The green bike, which sat behind the altar during

the vendors wedding coordinator:

Erin Zell at Galena Lodge Handmade centerpieces by mother of bride hair and makeup: Pam Baumgardt of Jiva Salon dress: Allure Bridal groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers summer suit music: Slow Children Playing (local bluegrass) food: Galena Lodge, Chef Don Shepler cake: Dr. Kathryn Potter (friend of bride) invitations: Self-designed photographer: Dev Khalsa officiant: Dr. Stephanie Draper rentals: Twin Falls Party Center flowers:

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the ceremony, can still be seen around town being ridden by the new couple. Besides a gorgeous outdoor location and a freewheeling adventure, the wedding was special, Julie explained, because of the small personal touches. “I wanted everyone to be part of the wedding in some way, to contribute. That way it felt much more intimate,” she said. With Birchwood centerpieces handmade by her mother, a bouquet made of flowers grown in her “other mother’s” garden, bike-styled invitations and gourmet food all made by close friends, the wedding Summer 2012 | 127

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was brought together entirely by the bride and groom’s loved ones. It was more of a cooperative effort than the bride’s single focus, giving a new meaning to the idea of an “intimate” wedding. The original honeymoon, at Redfish Lake Lodge after Labor Day Weekend, was a peaceful and much-needed escape after all of the festivities. As Blair put it, “We had the entire beach almost to ourselves.” But the real honeymoon, which came a few weeks later as a surprise to Julie, was on the 128 | Summer 2012


ketchum flower even bigger and warmer beaches of Kauai. “It was everything you would ever picture a honeymoon in Hawaii to be, and probably more,” said Julie, rubbing her rounding belly and smiling at Blair. As if the story couldn’t get any more perfect, they are expecting a little mountain biker—that’s right—on the very day of their first anniversary. A child who will no doubt grow up to ride the same trails around Galena Summit that their mother and father rode down on their wedding day. Summer 2012 | 129

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BY Laurie Sammis Planning a wedding in Sun Valley? Why not learn from the pros— former brides. Check out the dos and don’ts we’ve gathered from Sun Valley weddings and ensure that your wedding day, or week, is the very best it can be.

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1 don’t stress The best way to ensure a stress-free day is to plan ahead. The biggest cause of wedding stress: Lastminute details that show up unannounced. So hire a wedding planner to help guarantee that everything is under control. That way the duty doesn’t fall on close family and kin and everybody from the mother of the bride to your sisters, girlfriends and the groom get to relax and have fun with you.

2 have fun One of the most common tips given by all our Sun Valley brides is to remember to have fun at your own wedding. Sounds elemental. But in all the details and planning, it can often get overlooked. Plan a wedding to reflect your personal style, as well as your likes and loves ... and the rest should take care of itself. Just remember to plan a few moments to actually enjoy some of the activities and festivities that you have planned. 3 RENT A TENT Our mountain weather can be, if nothing else, completely unpredictable. We have a saying here that “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes 132 | Summer 2012

and it will change.” While a bit of a local exaggeration, it has snowed in July and even August (a magical occurance, to be certain, but a shock to anybody in a spaghetti strap sun dress). Of course, it won’t do that on YOUR wedding day, but rent a tent or have a contingency plan ... just in case. You don’t want to be caught out in the cold.

4 ALLOW FOR DOWNTIME You and your beloved will be busy greeting out-of-town guests, family, friends and distant relatives that you may have never even seen before. It can be a whirlwind of activity and socializing, so remember to plan a few moments all your own. This can be as simple as a walk by the river after the ceremony or a moment of reflection before your first dance. Everybody is gathered in celebration of you, so take a few moments to enjoy it together.

5 get comfy When choosing foot attire (a tip specific to the ladies), don’t forget to consider the location. Many popular outdoor wedding locations, such as River Run and Trail Creek, are located on

6 ask for help Enlist the

support of family and close friends for special projects related to your big day. A sincere request can make them feel special, and helps to include them in the memory of creating your wedding celebration. It also provides a great way for members from both sides of the family to get to know each other.


PLAN ACTIVITES Remember that not all of your guests will be consumed with wedding details, so plan fun activities and gatherings for them to participate in while visiting you in Sun Valley. Hiking, biking, golf at Sun Valley Resort (with 45 holes and stunning views), fly fishing, waterskiing, skeet shooting at the Gun Club, horseback riding, ice skating at the historic Sun Valley outdoor rink—there is so much to do, your guests might appreciate

a little direction with a few planned events. This also has the added bonus of creating opportunities for guests to mix and mingle ... and bond over shared experiences.

8 Welcome guests Put together a welcome packet for all of your out-of-town guests—include things like a map (with a list of your favorite local haunts, hikes and watering holes), sunscreen and a small water bottle (exposure at altitude demands more water and lots of sunscreen). Add locally made snacks or goods (issues of Sun Valley Magazine are always full of all kinds of fun stuff to do in the area), dining out suggestions and a full schedule of wedding events.

9 ALL THE EXTRAS Consider having wraps and throws on hand at evening events to help guests bundle up against the chill so they can enjoy the clear Idaho night skies in warmth and comfort. Plan to be up late? Provide small flashlights in a bucket on the way out to help guests locate their cars.

10 BE FLEXIBLE It can save the day and what unfolds may surprise you.





grass, which can make walking in high heels in front of 200 guests a challenge. Consider a wedge or platform sandal if you still want height, but leave the spiked heels (which will only sink into the grass) at home—or save them for the rehearsal dinner.

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local wedding vendors There is no better place on the planet to get married than Sun Valley and its surroundings. To make sure your nuptials are nothing shy of magical, here are some of the Valley’s finest wedding vendors.


chic nail + beauty bar

Affordable luxury with top-of-the-line products for natural nail and glowing skin care. Indulge your senses and experience a complete beauty bar with facials, waxing, manis and pedis, spray tan and Happy Hour Fridays. Come pamper your feet, hands and face on your special day! 208.788.1355


judith mcqueen entertaining

Judith McQueen Entertaining’s events exemplify the quintessential Sun Valley experience. From classic destination weddings to memorable local fare, we provide world-class catering and event coordination—making your entire experience weightless and, more importantly, fun for all. 208.788.7716


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ate memories that last a lifetime. There are numerous decisions, from the overall theme to the littlest details of the table setting. Let Riccabona’s Catering guide you through every step, from designing a delicious menu to arranging for every detail of your celebration. With experience in hosting a number of events, we can accommodate any size, theme, and individual requirement. We will work closely with you to create your memorable experience. 208.721.7808

toni’s ice cream

Exquisite, eclectic, exceptional and handmade in Sun Valley, Idaho. Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream company offers a myriad of ice cream options—from lovely herbal-infused delights such as honey chamomile and rose petal ice creams—to traditional chocolate chip. Whether the event is for 20 or 2,000, Toni’s Ice Cream promises a unique, delectable experience that your guests will not soon forget. 208.720.6251

Natural beauty and romantic design are brought together to create the perfect secluded mountain venue. Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, Galena Lodge offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or a small intimate dinner. A unique mountain setting with incredible handcrafted food. 208.726.4010

idaho rocky mountain ranch

Privacy and breathtaking natural beauty create the picture-perfect setting for your wedding or private party at historic Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. Charming accommodations, excellent cuisine and a gracious staff provide a perfect celebration event. Martha Stewart Weddings named IRMR an outstanding wedding destination venue. 208.774.3544

sun valley resort

Whether you envision your special day as a quiet retreat in the mountains or a celebration as spectacular as the setting, Sun Valley’s wedding services can help bring your dream wedding to life. We offer a number of wonderful locations, both indoors and out, that add an unmistakable natural beauty to your occasion. 208.622.2101

tamarack lodge

Luxurious comfort and unmatched hospital-

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ity create the perfect setting for you and your out-of-town guests. Enjoy spacious rooms with luxurious triple sheeting for effortless enjoyment and a refreshing night’s stay. Our locations place you steps away from fine dining and shopping, making us the place to stay in the Wood River Valley. The Wood River Inn: 877.542.0600 The Tamarack Lodge: 800.521.5379

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wild horse creek ranch

If you’re looking for a supreme Idaho wedding experience, look no further than the Wild Horse Creek Ranch. Nestled in the incomparably picturesque Copper Basin, just 20 miles east of Sun Valley, the ranch is located in one of the West’s most spectacular and serene landscapes. Whether it’s for your next group retreat, or for a truly unique and unforgettable Western wedding, the Wild Horse Creek Ranch is waiting. Come, be inspired in the Pioneer Mountains of central Idaho, at a guest ranch that offers the authentic West. 208.588.2575




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Stanley, Idaho

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Whiskey’s Upstairs offers a full-service bar and spacious room where you can host up to 240 people. Two decks boast Ketchum’s best views of Baldy and Dollar Mountain for your summertime event. The perfect spot for your wedding reception or welcoming party. We have a large projector, excellent sound system, amazing staff, decadent food ... It’s all here at Whiskey’s Upstairs.

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a-list weddings – ashley dyer

Recently engaged? Are you or someone you know getting ready for their big day? A-List Weddings is dedicated to making those special occasions effortless and extraordinary! Offering complete wedding and event planning, we will help you envision your day and take care of every detail to perfection. We look forward to hearing from you. 208.720.5764

absolute weddings

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this Valley for over 10 years. We will help you with all details, from invitations and savethe-dates, to appointments, vendor selection and budgeting. Absolute Weddings’ hands-on approach allows you to relax and enjoy this special time with friends and family, and we will take over all details to make your event, day and experience stress-free. 208.720.4713

barbara’s party rentals

With 26 years of experience, Barbara’s Party Rentals has everything you need to make your special event perfect. Classic and transparent tents, wedding and party planning, beer and wine sales, tables, chairs, linens, dance floors, and casual to elegant place settings and clever accessories to personalize every detail. They’re the local know-it-alls that you can trust to deliver quality to your event. 208.726.3778

elaborate events

Heather Minor Events offers creative wedding planning and event planning services that will help you create an event that reflects your own personality and style. We are here to make your magical day a reality from start to finish. Our proven approach ensures that your event will be meticulously planned and perfectly executed so you can sit back and enjoy. We look forward to working, with your help, to plan your big day or next event. 208.309.1014

that’s entertainment

At That’s Entertainment, we believe that every wedding should be as one-of-a-kind as the bride and groom at the center of it. We carry a wide variety of everything from tent styles to china to specialty linens to help you create a setting that is uniquely your own. 30 guests or 300, simple or sumptuous—we will work with you to bring your vision to life. 208.726.8800


ketchum flower

Ketchum Flower offers beautiful fresh-cut flowers and tasteful arrangements for your wedding day. The store has created strong bonds within the community and continues to exude a vibrant, local feel. 208.622.7364 136 | Summer 2012


Primavera Plants and Flowers is Sun Valley’s premier florist specializing in weddings, parties, and home décor. Orchid plants, blooming and foliage plants, baskets, candles, pottery and planters. Gourmet gift baskets, fresh, silk and dried flower arrangements. We deliver and wire flowers anywhere. 208.726.7788

sue bridgman florist

Specializing in innovative and stylish floral design, Sue Ellen Bridgman Florist is the leading floral design studio in the Sun Valley/ Ketchum area. Our reputation for quality and service is built on years of creating beautiful and spectacular weddings, parties, conventions, and distinctive events. From the exotic and bold, to the simple and elegant, we can do it all. 208.725.0606

tara bella floral designs

Tara Bella specializes in beautiful destination weddings and eye-popping special events. Celebrated for her unique style and meticulous attention to detail, Tara Ooms and her talented staff tailor custom elegant floral designs for every occasion. Ooms’ passion for flowers shines through with the grace and hospitality that only a true Southern belle could possess. 208.788.4046


black pine photography

Focusing on creative, artistic and candid photography that captures the elements of true emotion in the moments that tell your story. Based in Sun Valley and Boise; Available for destination weddings worldwide. 208.630.3610

christine olsen

Christine Olsen specializes in capturing families, brides and children in the most beautiful and authentic way that they are. With an easygoing and fun style, she will capture all your special moments on your big day (and every day), from candid hugs and kisses to impeccably beautiful portraits. 208.720.8809

dev khalsa

I am a documentary photographer at heart, but to me photographing weddings is more than simply capturing the moments before me. Providing truly great images goes beyond technical expertise. It requires insight, intuition and the ability to connect on an emotional level. Success, for me, is measured by the amount of laughter and tears my images provoke. My goal is to create images that are bold, authentic and enduring. As a wedding photographer, I am devoted not only to creating spectacular images, but also to ensuring a wonderful experience for my clients. 208.788.2849

kirsten shultz photography

An award-winning editorial and wedding lifestyle photographer, unobtrusively documenting the beauty of the day as it unfolds. Available in Sun Valley and worldwide. 208.481.0138

travis jones photography

Weddings are filled with laughter, tears, beauty and joy. With a unique style informed by both fashion and documentary work, Travis captures world-class images of the people, the setting, the details and the magic that come together to make the day one you will never forget. 208.721.8579

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jam designs jewelry

Julie Anne Molema (JAM Designs) first discovered her love for jewelry at age 12 when she got her ears pierced at Castletons in Salt Lake City. In 2010, Julie founded JAM Designs to take her passion for sparkly things a step further. Today, her creations translate into reasonably priced, hand-crafted items that make an instant impression. Make all of your wedding day dreams come true and work directly with Julie to create custom wedding party jewelry. 208.928.7506


Barbara’s Party Renta ls

registry & gifts Girl Friday provides the Valley with eclectic, affordable gifts and awe-inspiring clothing. Located in the same building as Ketchum Flower, the store has created strong bonds within the community and continues to exude a vibrant, local feel. 208.622.7364


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willow papery

Celebrating in Sun Valley? Let Willow Papery help. A full-service stationery boutique, Willow Papery carries a wide range of invitations, gifts, greeting cards, wrapping paper, ribbon and Kristy Logan Jewelry. We’re also here to assist with last-minute printing needs: menu cards, place cards, gift tags and so much more. 208.726.0456, Visit to see featured Sun Valley weddings, plus tips and advice from experts and brides. And, our Hitched blog will help you plan your big day!

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galleries & artists Whether a passionate collector, a hands-on artist or simply a casual gift buyer, Wood River Valley visitors and residents alike celebrate the arts in all forms. Indulge your senses. See, feel or hear for yourself. Visit the artists and galleries highlighted here, or check our website at for a calendar of art classes and special events. All of One Mind at Kneeland Gallery


Expressions Galleries 360 East Avenue (In the Courtyard) Ketchum, ID 208.928.7728

Linda Christensen, Thought Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”

Non-profit Wild Love Preserve is in Ketchum’s Backyard. Contemporary Artist Andrea Maki, Founder & President

Born on the West Coast in 1966, graduating from NYU in 1988, contemporary artist Andrea Maki’s almost 25-year career includes large-scale projects, private commissions and exhibiting nationally, with her work represented in numerous collections. In April 2010, Maki founded Wild Love Preserve. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, the Wild Love mission is to protect and preserve native wild horses in their native habitat, nurturing the legacy of this indigenous ecosystem on our public lands, now and for future generations. This is not a fenced wild horse sanctuary. Wild Love’s interest lies in working with all involved parties in a new light. Together we can make a lasting difference on behalf of the whole. Wild Love Preserve is about us all. Visit websites to learn more and join us today. 138 | Summer 2012

GAIL SEVERN GALLERY 400 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5079 •

Expressions Galleries features contemporary and traditional works from Julie Bender, Will Caldwell, Donna Howell-Sickles, Fran Kievet, R.A. Heichberger, Gerry Metz, Bill Mittag, Ken Peloke, Jim Rey and Mary Roberson. All capture the unique lifestyle of the American West. These artists are anchored by the internationally renowned Native American bronze sculpture of Dave McGary who’s historically accurate work is found in collections throughout the world.

Celebrating 36 years featuring contemporary painting, sculpture and photography: Victoria Adams, Nicolas Africano, Tony Berlant, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, Jose Cobo, James Cook, Kris Cox, David deVillier, Tony Foster, Raphaëlle Goethals, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Judith Kindler, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Laura McPhee, Cole Morgan, Kenna Moser, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Marcia Myers, Carolyn Olbum, Deborah Oropallo, Luis Gonzáles Palma, Robert Polidori, Joseph Raffael, Christopher Reilly, William Robinson, Rana Rochat, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, David Secrest, Mary Snowden, Julie Speidel, Jack Spencer, Mark Stasz, Therman Statom, Allison Stewart, Boaz Vaadia, and Theodore Waddell. Visit Severn Art Services for your custom picture framing, art installation and art shipping.

gilman contemporary 661 Sun Valley Road • Ketchum, ID 208.726.7585


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Aboriginal art is Australia’s leading contemporary art movement yet its origins are derived from the oldest continuous artistic tradition known to man. Today, Aboriginal art provides indigenous Australians significant economic and cultural stability through ongoing connection to family, country and Tjukurpa (Dreamtime). Harvey Art Projects USA is a unique presence in the USA. Founded by Australian Indigenous Curator Julie Harvey, the organization is dedicated to developing greater cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal art in America. The Ketchum-based gallery represents many of Australia’s leading desert artists and their communities, including the renowned Papunya Tula Artists, through regular exhibitions and satellite events in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Summer 2012 | 139

Sun Valley’s Premier Lodge … on Ketchum’s Main Street

Walk to Dining, Dancing and Shopping Café on Premises • Indoor Pool/Spa • Fitness Center • Conference Room

208.726.4114 • 800.805.1001

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Kneeland Gallery 271 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5512 • fax: 208.726.3490

Andrzej Skorut, Serene Landscape, Oil on Canvas, 50” x 60”

Exhibiting paintings and sculpture by nationally recognized as well as emerging artists living and working in the West. Featured artists include Steven Lee Adams, Carol Alleman, Virginie Baude, Debbie Edgers Sturges, Cary Henrie, John Horejs, Shanna Kunz, Kent Lovelace, Jennifer Lowe, Robert Moore, Jean Richardson, Thom Ross, Carl Rowe, Linda St. Clair, Sherry Salari Sander, Linda Tippetts, Bart Walker, Lori McNee and Andrzej Skorut. Additional artists can be viewed on our website.

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lotus boutique & gallery 180 East Avenue • Ketchum, ID Next to Cristina’s 208.928.7259•

Archival pigment print, Gay Odmark, artist

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Come see Lotus—Ketchum’s most innovative boutique. The setting is an informal cottage with remnants of northern Indian architectural decorative pieces. In addition to showing Gay Odmark’s own work, the focus is to feature innovative and personally expressive studio artists in the vanguard of formal and informal excellence. These artists work in a variety of mediums, accessories, jewelry, scarves, clothes and pillows. In addition, Lotus has beautiful scarves, shawls and throws from India and beyond. During the seasons there are trunk shows featuring wearable art by new artists. Summer hours Mon-Sat, 11 am – 6 pm, Sun, noon – 4 pm. 140 | Summer 2012

sun valley center for the arts 191 5th Street E. • Ketchum, ID 314 2nd Avenue S. • Hailey, ID 208.726.9491


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Peter de Lory, Palouse Falls in Moonlight, Washington, 185 ft. plunge, 2009

The Sun Valley Center is at the center of your Sun Valley experience, bringing the arts to our community this summer through performances including Johnny Clegg, Pink Martini and Bonnie Raitt; exhibitions Shoshone Falls: 3 Perspectives and Making Camp; lectures and art classes for adults, families and kids. See website for details and schedules.

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Galleries & restaurants // map





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Restaurants I6

G6 F7

Boca 131 Washington Ave. S. The Cellar Pub 400 E. Sun Valley Rd. CIRO 230 Walnut Ave.

H13 CK’s Real Food 320 S. Main St., Hailey H6 G7



Cornerstone Bar & Grill 211 Main St. Cristina’s 520 E. 2nd St.

dashi 220 N. East Ave.

The Grill at Knob Hill 960 N. Main St.

Galleries F4


A4 E5

G6 F6


Globus 291 E. 6th St.


H5 Glow 380 Washington Ave. #105 Idaho Rocky Mtn. Ranch E5 Stanley Ketchum Grill 520 East Ave.

The Kneadery 260 N. Leadville Ave.

Michel’s Christiania 303 Walnut Ave. Pioneer Saloon 320 N. Main St.

D10 Power House 411 N. Main St., Hailey

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H6 F4


Roosevelt Grille 280 N. Main St. Sawtooth Club 231 N. Main St.

Sayvour 360 N. East Ave.

Smoky Mountain Pizza 200 Sun Valley Rd. Sushi on Second 260 Second St.

Tranquility Tea House 580 Washington Ave. Vintage Restaurant 231 Leadville Ave.



Andrea Maki


SV Center for the Arts 191 5th St. E.


Expressions Galleries 360 N. East Ave. Unit 2&3

G14 SV Center for the Arts 314 2nd Ave. S., Hailey


Gail Severn Gallery 400 1st Ave. N.


Gilman Contemporary 661 Sun Valley Rd.


Harvey Art Projects 391 1st Ave. N.


Kneeland Gallery 271 1st Ave. N.


Lotus Boutique & Gallery 180 East Ave. (next to Cristina’s)

dining guide The Wood River Valley enjoys a wide variety of food for every palate and budget. For the best advice in finding the perfect eatery, check out the tasty offerings shown here in Sun Valley Magazine’s dining guide. Visit for online menus or read our yum! blog online for recipe and restaurant reviews.

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CK’s Real Food Real meals for real people

We at CK’s believe our business should be part of the solution and not part of the problem. We recycle everything: metals, glass, paper, and cardboard. Our used cooking oil goes to the local science teacher for his bio-fuel car. The vegetable scraps become compost for our garden. Our paper products are made from wheat or recycled paper. Fifteen percent of our energy is produced by our rooftop solar panels and solar hot water is on the way soon. Many of us commute to work on foot or by bike. Our food comes from several local farms and ranches and we purify our drinking water. Our goal is fresh healthy food that will feed your body and your soul.

GLOW Live Food Café 100% organic and delicious

Health-conscious Ketchumites and visitors looking for high-energy, delicious and healthful foods need look no further than GLOW Live Food Café. Visitors, locals, and dedicated athletes flock to the always fresh and original GLOW, an organic, vegan, live food café in the heart of Ketchum. Owner Molly Peppo Brown, trained in nutrition by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., and Dr. Bob Marshall of Premier Research Labs, has created a bright and inviting space that serves healthy and nutritious fare using the live food concept (plant-based foods not heated or cooked above 118 degrees)—a way of preparing foods that keeps nutrients, minerals and enzymes intact for the body to utilize. The menu, which is both innovative and delicious, consists of energizing superfood smoothies, green juices, a rotating daily selection of organic live vegan entrées and delicious desserts that are actually good for you! Every menu item is designed to satisfy the tastebuds and nourish the soul. Dig into the Deep Dish Pizza served on a sunflower-pumpkin-flax-chia-seed crust, or try the Indian Grain Bowl (cooked, vegan), a tasty concoction of diced bell peppers, carrots, kale, steamed quinoa and a creamy Indian-spiced cashew sauce. Other menu favorites are the Kale Salad with creamy dulse dressing, Sun Valley Wrap (in a collard leaf ) and the GLOW Roll. Also noteworthy are the Chia Porridge and GLOW Buckwheat-goji Granola. Smoothie favorites are the Chocolate Banana Monkey Love or the Coconut Kiss. All menu items are wheat, flour, soy, gluten and dairy free. GLOW supports local farmers and uses local produce when seasonally available. GLOW offers hands-on classes, party platters and custom desserts.

Special thanks to all our suppliers Idaho’s Bounty Co-op Ernie’s Organics Shooting Star Farm Fair Mountain Farm Springs of Life Lava Lake Ranch Canyon Trout Farm Rolling Stone Chevre M&M Heath Farm

Ballard Dairy Water Wheel Farm King’s Crown Organics Grace Organics A+ Ranch Mountain Fresh Produce Mountain Pride Open Range Beef

Phone: 208.788.1223 Location: 320 S. Main Street, Hailey Hours: Lunch, Mon-Fri, 11 am to 2 pm; Dinner nightly at 5 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Regional Northwest Service: Dinner nightly 5 pm to 10 pm, Catering available Website:

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Phone: 208.725.0314 Location: 380 Washington Avenue, #105, Ketchum Summer Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Shakes, smoothies, tea, lattés, juice Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Local, organic, raw, vegan Service: Dine in, takeout, party platters, catering, custom desserts Website:

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Innovative cuisine in the heart of the Sawtooths

Dining at the Ranch is more than an elegant meal: It’s an experience. Enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains in this stunning historic lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as you savor fine cuisine complemented by gracious service and a relaxed atmosphere. Chef Jordan Boutry, a 2003 graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, strives to use local, organic, sustainable products whenever possible, ensuring items on his menu are fashioned of the highest quality fresh ingredients. Jordan’s menus are innovative and elegant, yet refreshingly down to earth, designed to delight the senses and please the most discriminating palate. Among his creations are: Braised Lava Lake Lamb Shank with Fig Glace, Roasted Garlic-Yukon Gold Mashers, Glazed Parsnips and Carrots, Braised Black Kale; Honey Macadamia Nut-Crusted Alaskan Halibut, Lemon-Thyme Risotto, Roasted Cauliflower, Butter-Poached Fennel; Local Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Carrot “Noodles” in Lemon-Chardonnay Sauce tossed with Semi-Dried Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Arugula, and Aged Parmesan; Seared Georges Banks Sea Scallops, Huckleberry Puree, Mashed Sunchoke, Warm Crimini Mushroom, Spinach and Pancetta Salad Ricotta-Spinach Gnudi with Porcini Broth, Morel Mushrooms, Shallots and Asiago. Sunday, Thursday and Saturday offer musical entertainment during the dinner hour. Our Summer Showcase Events feature Bruce Innes’ Annual Sunset Concert August 18, The Wine Heretic, John Alonge’s, Annual Wine Weekend August 31, September 1 and 2 and Warm-Up to the Weekend August 26 and 30. Please call or visit our website for reservations and details. The entire Ranch (and all accommodations) can be reserved for exclusive events, reunions, weddings and private parties. Our “Meadow Site” is available for private gatherings throughout the summer. Phone: 208.774.3544 Location: Stanley Hours: Seating Tues - Sun 6 pm to 8 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine Reservations: Encouraged Type of cuisine: Refined, rustic ranch cuisine Service: Dine in Website:

Power House Pub and bike fit studio

Bikes, burgers, and beer. The Power House has created an environment to nurture these interests. The fusion of these three integral parts of our community explains why it is hard to get a seat at the Power House. With over 150 bottled beers and 20 on tap, there is something to quench the most basic thirst and challenge the most critical palate. The eclectic hand-picked selection focuses on beers from Belgium, Germany, and England. Cocktails are equally as enticing with a full bar, highlighting an array of premium tequila and whiskey. It’s common routine to ask the knowledgeable staff to match a beer to your taste, order a locally-sourced dinner, and watch the bike mechanics massage your ride. The Power House is a destination bike fit studio where you benefit from owner Billy Olson’s 20-plus years of experience. Check out what Bike Magazine describes as “a marriage counselor for you and your bike.” Made from scratch with the best ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible, the menu showcases the virtue of less is more. From the housemade ketchup to the hand-patted burgers to the locally made organic challah buns, the menu delivers. A few of the popular offerings include fresh salads, mahi-mahi tacos, fresh-dipped corn dogs, steak chili and hand-cut fries. Breakfast is the newest Power House feature, where they were able to raise the bar yet again. Billy’s innovative integration of bikes, burgers and beer has earned him the attention and praise of many industry leaders. Outside Magazine dubbed the Power House “one of their favorite watering holes.” Followed by Bicycling Magazine’s nomination of being one of the Top 100 bike shops in the nation. What is the Power House? From the moment you walk in the door, it’s a great place to be.

Phone: 208.788.9184 Location: 411 North Main, Hailey Hours: Mon - Fri 11:30 am to 10 pm—The latest food available in town. Sat & Sun: 8:30 am - 10 pm, breakfast ‘til 11:30 am Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Locally sourced, totally normal pub food made exceptional by quality. Service: Dine in, take out Website: Summer 2012 | 145


To go, cooking classes and catering

Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill Fun place . . . seriously good food

Located in the heart of Ketchum, Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill is a comfortable, casual and dynamic family restaurant. We pride ourselves on a well-trained staff, attention to service and quality food. Our menu features unique pizzas and pastas enhanced with ingredients of varying cultures and cuisine. We also offer incredible salads, sandwiches, grilled steaks, hamburgers and desserts as well as an extensive beer and wine selection, a kid’s menu, catering and a fast, friendly delivery service. In addition to our extensive menu, you’ll always find an exciting selection of seasonal appetizers, entrées and desserts, as well as great lunch specials daily. Warm up in Smoky’s cozy fireplace room. No translator needed, just open your mouth and slip away. “The language of cuisine is a great way to travel without leaving home,” says chef Nadina of Sayvour. Whether it’s lunch at Sayvour To Go (located on Sun Valley Road in front of The Elephant’s Perch) or catering in your home, partners Nadina Keller and Martha Avila will set the stage for your tour of delights. Their first love is the catering side of the business—they love the opportunities to create unique dishes for every party. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nadina spent two decades developing her own language of cuisine while traveling and training throughout South America and the United States. Martha attended culinary school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Originating in the local Farmers’ Markets, Nadina and Martha combined their training with their passion for great food and service to open the brick and mortar Sayvour Café & Catering located at 360 N. East Avenue in Ketchum. Their Argentinean and Mexican heritages create a unique epicurean flair. Sayvour To Go is a reflection of the joy found in the challenges that come with running a successful catering business. The Café sort of just fell into place and has become a great location to hold cooking classes. Tucked inside the East Avenue Courtyard, the Café is cozy yet light and airy with seating for as few as two or a moderately sized party. Guests can also sit bar-side right at the edge of their immaculate kitchen. Don’t leave without trying their signature house-made Idaho potato chips, which are sinfully delicious (even for vegetarians) and made with a unique blend of lavender and salt, or with the more subtle flavors of salt and parmesan. The fun doesn’t stop there. Sayvour has cooking classes for kids and adults that are on a regular schedule. Or you can grab your friends and create your own class—covering Mexican, Argentinean, Thai, sushi and flavors from around the world. Sayvour specializes in catering special events, private dinners and parties from two to more than 100. If you need dinner on the run, however, they won’t let you starve, offering appetizers and dinners to go. Phone: 208.720.9061, 208.928.7774 Location: 360 N. East Avenue (adjacent to Soundwave) East Avenue Courtyard and on Sun Valley Road (in front of The Elephant’s Perch, Ketchum) Hours: Mon - Fri 9 am to 5 pm; Weekends for Tapas Nights, Seasonal Dinners and Private Events Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Coffee, tea, beer, wine Reservations: Recommended for cooking classes Type of cuisine: House-made pasta, paninis, sandwiches, soups, salads Service: Breakfast and lunch, cooking classes, catering Website: 146 | Summer 2012

Phone: 208.622.5625 Location: 200 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am to 9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm Outdoor dining: Patio open daily for lunch and dinner Beverages: Extensive beer and wine selection Reservations: Recommended for groups of 10 or more Type of cuisine: Pizza, pasta, grill menu including steaks and burgers, homemade soups and salads Service: Dine in, takeout, delivery Website:

Tranquility Tea House Wellness - Cafe

If you haven’t yet visited Tranquility Teahouse, you’re in for a treat. With more than 30 varieties from around the world, homebrewed iced teas and chais to choose from, it’s easy to see why tea is quickly becoming more popular than coffee. Today’s teas are full of antioxidants and offer new ways to boost energy levels and target a multitude of other ailments, all while promoting overall wellness. Tranquility Teahouse is a collaboration of efforts. In addition to teas, Tranquility Teahouse offers savory lunch choices and sweet treats –all with gluten-free options. Owner Pam Colesworthy continues to expand her vision, offering a wholesome menu from Chef Tobin Jutte, gluten-free confections by Vinny Carpenter and a worldwide selection of teas chosen by Tea Master Sylvie Dore. Popular lunchtime choices include paninis using local Bigwood bread, turkey-cranberry provolone, ham-Swiss Dijon; flourless quiche specials every day, such as kielbasa sausage-mushroom and asparagusham; or filling salads using rice and gluten-free grains like the Tangy Vegetable Quinoa salad with Lemon-Honey Dressing; and thin-crust (gluten-free) pizzas like the Margarita (tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella). Gluten-free menu (all bread can be substituted for gluten-free) and gluten-free bakery featuring tea cookies, chocolate cake, rosemary corn cake with Balsamic sauce and fruit cobbler. Foodies, tea aficionados and the health-conscious eaters with discriminative tastes will enjoy gathering at Tranquility Teahouse for business or pleasure. Tranquility Teahouse serves as a community gathering place that provides a sanctuary for general wellness and learning through monthly workshops in many areas of wellness and the healing properties of tea and related products. Relax and enjoy.

Phone: 208.726.0095 Location: 580 Washington Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 8 am to 9 pm, seven days a week Outdoor dining: Summer courtyard Beverages: Beer, wine, Tea Reservations: None Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Gluten-Free, Bakery Service: Dine in, Catering available Website:

Vintage Restaurant Delightfully distinguished

Eclectic, upscale, peasant food. Vintage Restaurant is proud to be primitive. If anyone can spin grass and berries into a platter of delights, Jeff Keys can. Along with wife Sheila, the couple produces a unique menu that changes daily with the whims of the owner/chef, the available produce and the freshness of the locally farmed seafood, meat and poultry. “Vintage is not a machine-driven restaurant,” he says. “We don’t have the fanciest equipment. We have very little space. We are handmade in every sense of the word.” Menu highlights include Delights of the Naked Stranger, rock shrimp tamales, crispy skin roast duckling, pecan crusted chicken and spicy Cajun oysters. Housed in the restored historic Burt Cross cabin, Jeff and Sheila combined the best of their popular previous restaurants–Soupcón and Bellevue Bistro–to create Vintage. The environment reflects his sensitivity to elegance and comfort. A rustic and warm interior gives the visitor a cozy feeling as they await their meal. Jeff says his creativity is guided by the ingredients he uses. “The natural beauty and intrinsic value of the ingredients tell us what to do,” he says. Those who want to attempt to replicate their experience at home, or at least do so vicariously, will enjoy perusing the recently published Vintage Restaurant: Handcrafted Cuisine from a Sun Valley Favorite. Phone: 208.726.9595 Location: 231 Leadville Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 6 pm to closing nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Encouraged Type of cuisine: Eclectic world Service: Dine in

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Galleries & restaurants // chart

Restaurant Boca




Latin Freestyle

400 E. Sun Valley Road, Ketchum


American Pubfare

230 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum


Seasonal menu using local producers; woodburning oven; family friendly

320 S. Main Street, Hailey


Regional Northwest

211 Main Street, Ketchum


Urban Western Cuisine

CIRO restaurant & wine bar CK’s Real Food Cornerstone Bar & Grill

520 E. 2nd Street, Ketchum

208.726.4499 208.928.7703

Casual European Bakery, catering, and take-away Modern Asian/ New American


220 N. East Avenue, Ketchum


291 E. 6th Street, Ketchum


Gourmet Asian

380 Washington Avenue, #105, Ketchum


Live Food Café

GLOW Live Food Café

WRFD Member

131 Washington Avenue, S. Ketchum

The Cellar Pub

Cristina’s Restaurant & Bakery


960 N. Main Street, Ketchum





Contemporaty Northwest/ European Flair

Ketchum Grill

520 East Avenue, Ketchum


New American with an Idaho emphasis

The Kneadery

260 N. Leadville Avenue, Ketchum


Idaho American

Michel’s Christiania

303 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum


Traditional French

Pioneer Saloon

320 N. Main Street, Ketchum


American Steakhouse

Power House

411 N. Main Street Hailey


Healthy American and Artisan Beers

Roosevelt Grille

280 N. Main Street, Ketchum


American bistro and steakhouse

Sawtooth Club

231 N. Main Street, Ketchum


Creative American dining/casual bar


360 N. East Avenue, Ketchum


Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill

200 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum


The Grill at Knob Hill Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Sushi on Second Tranquility Tea House Vintage Restaurant

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260 Second Street, Ketchum 580 Washington Avenue, Ketchum 231 Leadville Avenue, Ketchum

208.726.5181 208.726.0095 208.726.9595

Catering, Gourmet Food Store & Gifts, Deli. To Go Food, Cooking Classes Pizza, pasta, grill menu including steaks, burgers, homemade soups and salads Asian Fusion Tea House/Wellness/Cafe Eclectic World

View listings in the Wood River Fine Dining Guide and at

Fine Dining Wood River


Italian American European Asian Fusion French Steakhouse

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Dear Friends,

Since our inception five years ago, the 15 restaurants that make up the Wood River Fine Dining Association have endured many challenges and changes. This past year was no exception; food prices rose drastically, along with fuel prices, and the restaurant industry is facing one of the most discouraging economic outlooks to come—and yet, the diversity of the food we offer, our devotion to our craft and our customers, and passion for presenting great food, has only deepened. Why do we dine out in restaurants? At its most basic, food provides for our survival—but you don’t need restaurants to survive. Restaurants though, provide more than food. Restaurants are social gathering places. Restaurants provide memories for friends and traditions for families. Restaurants can inspire new trends and new ideas, and a great restaurant can be the finger on the pulse beating from the heart of a community­—a place to encounter regionally inspired dishes and experience the flavors created and grown right at your own feet. The 15 restaurants in the WR Fine Dining Guide are the heart of our community. We have embraced a locavore approach, sourcing from within 100 miles for our local organic produce; potatoes, lettuces, herbs, dozens of squash varieties, dried legumes and edible and decorative flowers. We use local dairy—farm-fresh milk, artisan cheeses and organic farm fresh eggs. We savor our local organic lamb, organic free-range chicken and farm-raised trout, and though all of these ingredients might not be found in every one of our restaurants, we all work to avail ourselves of local product, as it is available and economically feasible. Many of us even grow our own vegetables. We share ideas. We share customers. We share a friendship that comes of our work together. We share generous donations with our communities and non-profit organizations. We have even moved forward as a cooperative to negotiate reduced credit card merchant fees, which then helps us keep our menu prices affordable. At its inception, the WR Fine Dining Guide began with the idea that the best restaurants in Ketchum would create a publication providing information about each of their eating establishments, so customers could make informed choices about where to spend their money, and more importantly, their valuable time. In three short years we have become so much more than that—a family, a force, a significant contribution to our regional farm communities and the heart of a community. We are passionate about creating and bringing new experiences to our customers, and we will strive to find ways to stay in business when all economic indicators point otherwise. We are strong because we love what we do, and together we will continue to find a way to do what we love.


Jill, Roger, Paige, Tracey, Mark, Meg, Erik, Cristina, Tyler, Wendy, Alyson, Sean, Scott, Anne, Duffy, Bob, Jolie, Ellie, Michel and Tom

Cover Art: Ann Yoder,

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Authentic Latin freestyle cuisine

Support local restaurants that support local farmers


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Located in the heart of Ketchum on Washington Ave, Boca is Ketchum’s newest Latin-inspired restaurant. Owned by longtime locals Shawn and Alyson Tierney who describe Boca as “Latin Freestyle.” It’s a concept that pulls from the many lively and distinct flavors, colors and sensations of the Latin world, including inspirations from South and Central America, Spain and Portugal, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. To Shawn, the name Boca goes further than the simple meaning (mouth in Spanish) to encompass the tingling sensation of the spicy, bold and complex flavor profiles that one experiences while eating Latin food. The owners and managers of Boca bring decades of local restaurant experience to the table, having played integral roles in the success of other local establishments including il Naso, The Pioneer Saloon, The Kneadery, The Bluebird Café and Rocky Mountain Ranch. The menu is comprised of various tapas plates and also includes a selection of daily cocas (Spanish style flat breads), salads and entrees by Executive Chef Jim Roberts. In addition to sourcing wines from the Pacific Northwest, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina, Boca provides a full bar with Bar Manager Ryan Sullivan’s uniquely crafted cocktails created to compliment the bold flavors of their Latin cuisine. And don’t miss the noteworthy Paella and House Smoked Baby Back Ribs. The dramatic interior, redesign by Charles Stuhlberg Gallery, offers art on display from Gallery de Novo and has created an atmosphere that is fun, vibrant and energetic. Make Boca a must-stop destination on your next outing in Ketchum. The lively atmosphere coupled with the fabulous food will have you returning again and again. Phone: 208.928.7773 Location: 131 Washington Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 5 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Type of cuisine: Latin/Tapas Service: Dine in, take out, catering Website:

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The Cellar Pub Where Valley folks say “cheers!”

The Cellar Pub, boasting the Valley’s best Alaskan Cod Fish and Chips, is nestled below Sun Valley Road, just a stone’s throw from Main Street. Reminiscent of the legendary Cheers bar, where everybody knows your name, The Cellar Pub is a favorite with locals seeking the perfect après-ski atmosphere. It provides a convenient venue for catching up with friends, old and new. The Cellar Pub features traditional pub fare, in addition to its more unique entrées. The beloved bangers and mash, flat iron steak salad, and Idaho Lamb or Kobe sliders are just a few examples. The variety of cuisine is sure to please every appetite. In addition to the menu favorites, The Cellar Pub offers its patrons a full bar and features a selection of draft beers, fine wines and spirits from around the globe. Bigger than a nook, yet intimate and cozy, The Cellar Pub is a warm and inviting pub that ensures fun times with every visit. It also offers the competitor in all of us a venue to cheer for your favorite team, or to challenge friends to a game of shuff leboard. Run by pillars of the Ketchum food service community, The Cellar Pub is owned and managed by a team of local all-stars. This family-like group pays close attention to quality service and the overall experience for every visitor to The Cellar Pub. Please check our website to view The Cellar Pub’s complete Food and Drink menus at

Phone: 208.622.3832 Location: 400 E. Sun Valley Road, Ketchum Hours: Open daily, 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar, beer, wine, shots Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American Service: Dine in, takeout Website: 152 | summer 2012

CIRO restaurant & wine bar market & wine merchants “don’t cook tonight”

photo: paulette phlipot

CIRO restaurant & wine bar is a Valley favorite for casual, affordable, fine dining. Offering a seasonally and regionally inspired menu, we strive to use local, natural and organic produce—some of which we grow ourselves. We’re celebrated for our innovative daily specials using fresh, direct-shipped seafood, organic lamb; our signature breadsticks, handcrafted desserts, and ice creams—and the best thin crust pizza in town! We offer the largest wine-by-the-glass selection in the Valley, and more than 100 bottles—personally selected for value and quality. Warm, modern-alpine design, mountain views, open kitchen, and an apple-wood burning pizza oven set the stage. Gracious, longtime staff, hosts and owners Tracey and Mark Caraluzzi offer engaging and genuine hospitality. Bar-side bistro tables and a rustic limestone fireplace provides an inviting space to ‘uncork & unwind ’ with friends, or is very comfortable as a single. Voted ‘Best Wine Bar’ in the Valley, and listed in Sunset Magazine’s ‘Where to Eat & Drink’ when visiting the Sun Valley area. CIRO market & wine merchants next door offers take-home freshly prepared foods, ‘Best Cheese Selection in the Valley,’ specialty items, and a carefully chosen, well-priced wine selection with something for everyone and any wallet. Open table seating and wines available by-the-glass makes this a cozy place for friends to meet. Free wine and cheese tasting every Wednesday from 4-6pm. CIRO catering is one of the most sought after in the Valley, offering full-service catering of exceptional quality and value, for events of any size, whether small and causal or large and elaborate. Phone: Restaurant & Catering: 208.727.1800, Market 208.622.4400 Location: 230 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm/Open everyday for dinner 5:30 pm Market: Please call for seasonal hours Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Extensive wine list, organic beer, soft drinks Type of cuisine: Seasonal, contemporary Italian Service: Catering, takeout, deli, discount wine sales Website:

Cornerstone Bar & Grill Urban western cuisine

It’s wild west meets haute cuisine at Cornerstone Bar and Grill. Longtime locals, Meg and Erik Vorm, welcome you to a Main St. venue as stimulating to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Recipient of the prestigious AIA Honor Award, the Cornerstone (built in 1884) remains the only building in Ketchum listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Inside its modern décor, you’ll enjoy a seasonally changing array of game, seafood and vegetable dishes, complemented by hand-crafted cocktails and a list of beer and wine that’s both familiar and eclectic. It’s a local twist on the city-style grill, with an open kitchen featuring buffalo strip loin encrusted with coffee and cocoa nibs, nightly fish specials and the famous mac and cheese. Regular items also include vegan and gluten-free dishes and a better than you’d expect children’s menu, all with a Main Street price point, so there really is something for everyone. Call to reserve the Mafia Table downstairs in the intimate stonewalled Grotto, or watch the action from above in the spacious Skybox, surrounded by historic bricks fired in old Ketchum, or make a night of it in the bustling main level bar with its comfortable banquette and Main St.-Watcher-Booth. Check out the guest bartender every Wednesday and bring the kids for Happy Hour Playdate in the Skybox. Watch the calendar for Pirate Night, Abba vs. The BeeGees, and Use Your Words: an original poetry, prose and music event and other themed party nights. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill always serves up a night to remember, making it the new Ketchum tradition.

Phone: 208.928.7777 Location: 211 Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar: 5 pm - midnight; Dining: 5 pm –11 pm, seven days a week Beverages: Full bar, excellent wine list, favorite beers Reservations: Recommended and encouraged Type of Cuisine: Innovative American with French blessing Service: Bar, dining, above-average children’s menu, private parties Website:

Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery European-style trattoria and pasticceria

For 20 years, Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery has been serving up a delicious array of seasonally-inspired recipes for a devoted clientele who come to the charming, salmon-colored house in Ketchum to enjoy the company of friends, good conversation and satisfying food. “Food is really about people and friendship,” says Cristina. “In Tuscany, it’s not just about the food. We sit at the table for four hours, but we don’t eat for four hours. We talk, we laugh, we cry.” From her signature soups to her freshly baked breads and breakfast pastries, everything Cristina offers in this cozy, European-style trattoria is steeped in her Tuscan heritage. Choose from traditional Tuscan recipes such as Scampi al Dragoncello, Tortellini in Brodo and Zuppa di Farro, along with homemade pastas, fresh salads, thin crust pizzas and a variety of daily specials. And don’t forget the deli, which overflows with a tantalizing assortment of hot and cold entrées, salads, appetizers and imported and domestic cheeses, salami and olives. Cristina’s two cookbooks, Cristina’s of Sun Valley and Cristina’s Tuscan Table, have garnered raves from sophisticated reviewers to legions of local regulars. Cristina’s Tuscan Table was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite 25 cookbooks of the year and appeared in their annual Best of the Best cookbooks in 2008. All the cookbooks are available at the restaurant. If you dream about the perfect meal, you can find it by following Cristina into the pages of her books or . . . you can come to Cristina’s Restaurant. As Cristina says, “At my table, there is room for everyone!” Phone: 208.726.4499 Location: 520 East 2nd Street, Ketchum Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7 am to 11 am Lunch, Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Brunch, 9 am to 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal, plus sunroom dining Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Casual European Service: Dine in, takeout, bakery, private dinners SUMMER 2012 | 153

Casual, local, independent Focusing on local, organic and sustainable products, dashi is the newest addition to the Ketchum dining scene. The new restaurant, opened by Chef Tyler Stokes, who has a spontaneous, open minded approach to food, has built a reputation the last five years in the Valley as someone who cooks with passion, integrity and respect for food and the diner alike. Focussing on modern Asian cuisine with a strong New American influence, dashi is committed to local products and farmers. The menu at dashi is dictated by the seasons and the inspiration that each one brings. The freshest, most sustainable seafood is presented in sushi rolls, sashimi, salads and plated entrées designed to show the qualities and versatility of each individual fish. Local, organic and natural meats are featured, as well as wild game and fowl. Regular features at dashi include homemade ramen noodles in long-established Japanese traditions with our homemade stocks and broths. Enjoy our popular steamed pork buns, local elk carpaccio, wagyu beef shabu shabu, tartares, foie gras, dungeness crab dumplings or miso soup to start then move onto an entrée of black cod, diver scallops, baby back ribs, organic chicken, grass fed beef, local lamb or our daily fresh fish specials. Everything is made in house at dashi including our desserts and assorted ice creams. The atmosphere at dashi is modern, clean and casual, large windows encase the dining area with some of the best views of Baldy in town. We are in the new “bistronomic” school of restaurants, juxtaposing three star cuisine with humor and accessibility. By doing away with the Old World dress codes, white table clothes, elaborate floral displays and replacing them with hip music and a lively relaxed atmosphere, we are helping to redefine what fine dining means. The formal service and wine list is overseen by certified sommelier Robert Jensen and focuses on the best that the Pacific Northwest and California have to offer as well as some Old World selections. The beer list is not to be overlooked featuring the best craft beers available and a large selection to choose from. Sake is a must at dashi as we have a large selection of the finest premium Japanese sakes to enjoy.

Phone: 208.928.7703 Location: 220 N. East Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Lunch (summer only) 11:30 am-2 pm; Dinner 5 pm-10 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake Reservations: Recommended for dinner Type of cuisine: Modern Asian/New American Service: Dine in, take out Website: 154 | summer 2012


Local • organic • sustainable • world cuisine

cider glazed wild alaskan salmon

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If your palette demands flavorful and adventurous cuisine, then a unique dining experience awaits you at Globus. Located in downtown Ketchum since 1992, Globus serves delectable and satiating world fare where patrons often come more than once a week to try Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman’s fresh and creative daily specials. In the summer, outdoor deck seating is a treat, and if there’s a chill in the air, Globus owner Wendy Muir has you covered with a selection of pashminas. Muir’s choice of bold colors in the dining room adds vibrancy to the chic mountain town dining scene. Chef Stadelman, with the assistance of Sous Chef Bryon Bain, prepares seasonal menus using regional products and premium ingredients to create exceptional dishes. Included are Lava Lake Lamb Dumplings, Wild Alaskan Salmon with Charred Artichoke Puree and Cider-Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Alongside Chef Stadelman’s original dishes are the ever-popular Globus mainstays of Crispy Fish, Green Thai Curry and Pad Thai, which are always prepared to satisfy a craving. Salads bursting with flavor include the seasonal Butter Leaf with Asparagus and the delicious menu staple of Cucumber “Noodle.” Inventive soups, tasty vegetarian dishes and a range of pork, beef, chicken, and fish fill the diverse Globus menu. All desserts are made in house, offering a sweet ending to a meal of bold flavors and tangy spices. A celebrated and superior wine list hand-selected by Muir also features flights of premium chilled Japanese sake and an exceptional list of craft beers to accompany the array of world cuisine Globus offers. Internationally renowned photographer Laura McPhee, a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley, equates Globus with the likes of Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger. And upon the Food Network’s Rachel Ray’s visit to Globus she said the calamari is “the best on the planet.” Discover for yourself why Globus is one of Ketchum’s finest. Phone: 208.726.1301 Location: 291 6th, Ketchum Hours: Winter, 5:30 pm daily; Summer, 6 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: World Cuisine Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website:

The Grill at Knob Hill Northwest cuisine with a European influence

Ketchum Grill

Among the best ski restaurants in America

Come enjoy a meal at The Grill at Knob Hill in the newly remodeled Knob Hill Inn. Restaurant owners and long-time locals Bob and Jolie Dunn, formerly of Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant and The Bigwood Grill, have created an environment that is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated. Distinctively Northwest cuisine, with a variety of American and European classics, makes for anticipated highlights such as Idaho ruby red rainbow trout, prime steaks, local lamb, wild game and “Felix’s” calamari. Chef Mark “Sparky” Anderson produces a simple yet refined menu with a Rocky Mountain influence using the highest quality meats, poultry and seafood available. Every evening the restaurant also offers creative specials to round out a menu sure to please Sun Valley guests and locals alike. Our newly renovated Sun Valley hot spot utilizes natural materials and rich earth tones that complement the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy lighter fare or dinner in the lobby by the fireplace or at the cozy wine bar. A new addition to the space is the semi-private fireplace room which allows for additional dining for groups or individuals and access to an intimate outdoor patio. The summer space is spectacular with a covered and heated terrace and lawn seating with views of Baldy and to the north… one of the best outdoor spots in the Valley.

If you want to dine next to a celebrity, best get a reservation at the restaurant run by Ketchum’s celebrity chef. That would be Scott Mason, whose Ketchum Grill is in one of the charming old houses left standing in the face of demand for grand accommodations. And the bonus is the fabulous food, featuring Mason’s famous innovations, ultra-fresh ingredients and service that combine to earn Ketchum a nod one at of the eight best ski-town restaurants Open 7Grill nights a as week 5 p.m. in America by Snow Country Magazine. Online The cuisineReserve is “New American, with Idaho emphasis,” which means such entrées as Grilled Black Canyon Idaho Elk, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank and Duck with Mountain Huckleberries. Mason and his wife Anne (pastry chef for the restaurant) are supporters of the movement to promote local, seasonal food, with a dedication to healthy, natural and homemade. There is an excellent wine list, as well. The boyishly handsome Mason is usually seeing to the fish, the steaks, all the great stuff that comes out of the kitchen. But on occasion he’ll come out to meet and greet. Asked what celebrity customer made the Masons know they had “made it,” they replied: “Lance Armstrong. But JFK Jr. was a regular in his day.” Oh, did we forget to mention Mason bikes to work most days, even in the winter?

“When the weather turns cool the Ketchum Grill Remains HOT!”

Phone: 208.726.8004 Location: 960 North Main, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Northwest Service: Dine in, takeout, private events Website:

Phone: 208.726.4660 Location: 520 East Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 5 pmIdaho to 10-ish nightly◆ 208.726.4660 ◆ 520 East Avenue ◆ Ketchum, 83340 Outdoor dining: Seasonal Follow us on twitter “ketchumgrill” facebook “Ketchum Grill... the thrill of the Grill” Beverages: Beer,and wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended at Type of cuisine: New American with Idaho emphasis Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website:

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The Kneadery

Best breakfast in the Northern Rockies

Michel’s Christiania 1959 “The Christy” 2011

No other restaurant is as steeped in ski history as Michel’s Christiania. Since 1959, “The Christy” has set the standard for fine dining in Sun Valley. On the walls are photographs from owner Michel Rudigoz’s time as Coach to the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team during the golden years when a number of Sun Valley locals became ski champions including Christin Cooper, Abbi Fisher-Gould and Maria Maricich. Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street gave a signed pair of skis to adorn the wall as did Italian Champion Alberto Tomba. But you don’t have to be a ski aficionado to enjoy a meal here–Ernest Hemingway came so frequently he had his own table! Salmon with sorrel sauce, filet mignon with morels, lamb shank and fresh Idaho Ruby Trout are just a few of the tantalizing entrées that keep locals and tourists coming back year after year. Michel’s authentic recipe as well as superior Idaho potatoes makes “pommes frites” an unforgettable treat! Classic French dessert selections include crème brulee, fresh fruit sorbets, profiteroles and tarte tatin. Rudigoz, formerly of Lyon, France, made Sun Valley his home in 1972 and the restaurant his creative expression since 1994. Every evening you will find him lighting from table to table in the dining room warmly greeting guests. The Olympic Bar’s warm, casual atmosphere encourages patrons to enjoy a wide selection of classic specialty cocktails as well as the full dining menu. Executive Chef Laurent Loubot leads the culinary team at your service nightly.

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The Kneadery has been the locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for over 30 years. Established in 1975, this establishment combines wholesome fresh food with a rustic Idaho atmosphere. Whether you’re headed out for a day of hiking, or spent the morning skiing the slopes, you’ll want to fuel up with a wholesome nutritious meal at The Kneadery. All meals start with the freshest ingredients—locally baked organic breads, fresh whipped eggs, seasonal fruit and top quality meats. From the huge omeletes and pancakes, to the fresh salads and burgers, there’s something for everyone. Great food is just the beginning at The Kneadery. Service with a smile and the authentic décor complete the package. Owners Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been collecting the Western artwork that has filled The Kneadery and The Pioneer Saloon for decades. Come see why so many have made The Kneadery Ketchum’s best restaurant for breakfast for 15 years. Phone: 208.726.9462 Location: 260 N. Leadville Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 8 am to 2 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Idaho American Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering

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Phone: 208.726.3388 Location: 303 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Bar 4:45 pm, dinner 6 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Beautiful, seasonal patio dining Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional French Service: Dine in, bar service, private parties Website:

Pioneer Saloon Old West meets new

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No visit to Ketchum is complete without a stop at the steakhouse affectionately known as “The Pio.” Owner Duffy Witmer has been working door to floor for 30 years to make sure everyone who comes into his saloon has a memorable meal. Prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, ribs­—you won’t leave unsatisfied. The Pio is typical of an earlier Idaho when ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake over a beer. An interior décor of natural woods, mounted game and period firearms helps create an authentic saloon atmosphere. You can stop in for a drink at the cowboy bar any night and choose from a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors. Mosey on in to the dining room where most seats give you a view of a busy kitchen cranking out delicious, tender beef, grilled trout and overstuffed Idaho bakers. The Pioneer Saloon sits in the heart of Ketchum, the gateway to the Sawtooths and a mile from Sun Valley, the oldest and most elegant ski resort in America. The surrounding area is a recreation-lover’s paradise year-round and, since 1950, The Pioneer has become a traditional stop. This is the place for tourists, locals and anyone with a big appetite for history and great food. “If you haven’t been to The Pio,” says Duffy, “you haven’t been to Ketchum.” Phone: 208.726.3139 Location: 320 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American steakhouse Service: Dine in Website:

Roosevelt Grille

Classic ski town restaurant and bar Tom Nickel already had a successful endeavor on Ketchum’s Main Street, so for his second offering to the downtown dining scene, he went back to the well and created the wonderful and always original Roosevelt Grille. Fifteen years later, this popular establishment appeals equally to both locals and tourists with an enticing menu, professional staff and comfortable vibe. Guests can enjoy an ice-cold brew at the popular bar, relax with a cocktail around the cozy fireplace, or settle into a comfortable table on their amazing rooftop deck where they will have the very tough job of choosing from the eclectic menu that Nickel characterizes as “creative interpretations of classic bistro fare.” “We’re inspired by our guests, our staff, our personal travel and our colleagues from other restaurants to keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting. And increasingly we recognize the need to offer food that is healthy and to source it from close to home. All of our beef is hormone and antibiotic free from a family of ranches in Idaho and Oregon. And we’re working hard to serve only sustainably harvested seafood,” Nickel explains. Customer favorites include the Pan Broiled Ruby Red Trout, Grilled Flat Iron Steak brushed with savory chimichurri sauce, Seared Alaskan Sea Scallops with jalapeño-cream sauce, New Orleans-Style Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank with Pinot Noir reduction and Honey-Glazed Chicken basted with soy, ginger and orange zest. And their extensive bar menu serves up the best burgers and small pizzas in town! Whether your outing means enjoying a bowl of homemade soup by the fire, a quick brew at the bar or a special dinner with friends, this place is not to be missed. The Roosevelt . . . Ketchum’s classic ski-town restaurant and bar and the local’s favorite for more than 15 years!

Phone: 208.726.0051 Location: 280 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar and dining room at 5 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Rooftop deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: American bistro and steakhouse Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, private banquet room Website:

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The Sawtooth Club Downtown Ketchum at its best

Whether window shopping, gallery hopping or just gathering to meet good friends, The Sawtooth Club, a mainstay in Ketchum’s downtown scene, has been a Valley favorite for more than 25 years. Always busy with a great mix of locals and visitors, The Sawtooth Club offers a unique blend of American steakhouse classics and fresh seafood and pastas, all prepared with their signature creative flair. “Our mesquite-wood fire generates the tremendous heat which sears in the natural flavors and juices and imparts a variety of subtle tastes and aromas to whatever we’re cooking,” explains owner Tom Nickel. From the Mesquite-Grilled Ribeye Steak brushed with smoked chipotle reduction to the superb Chicken Senegalese, their famous Rack of Spring Lamb, Flame-Broiled Breast of Duck or the WoodGrilled Pork Tenderloin, everything on this irresistible menu is distinctive and delicious. One taste and you’ll know why—in five different years a local readers’ poll has recognized The Sawtooth Club as the “Valley’s Best Overall Restaurant.” After dinner, or all on its own, the long and welcoming bar, cozy fireside couches and eclectic “café menu” make The Sawtooth Club’s bar just about the most popular watering hole in town. Here you can relax around the large central fireplace and enjoy an order of their amazing fresh steamer clams or delicious spring rolls with one of 20 wines by the glass or 10 international microbrews on tap. The Sawtooth Club really does have everything you could ever want for your night on the town. Don’t miss it. The Sawtooth Club . . . Still and always, this is downtown Ketchum at its best! Phone: 208.726.5233 Location: 231 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:30 pm; dining room, 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Spacious deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Creative American dining/casual bar Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu Website:

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Sushi on Second Modern global cuisine

Sushi on Second is second-to-none in Ketchum for creating a magical evening of food, friends and fun. Established in 1994, it is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chefs Zack Venzon and Cuyler Swindley are at the center of a talented crew of young sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat, like their famous, “Who’s your Daddy” roll. See why Bon Appétit Magazine wrote, “Sushi on Second, the best sushi I’ve had in years.” The menu consists of global cuisine mixed with a healthy dose of Northwest experimentalism that creates a truly unique culinary experience. Chefs John Rust and Ashley Weber are behind their nightly specials, which keep local diners coming back, often twice a week. Be sure to try the sushi, of course, but some of John and Ashley’s current creative dishes include Grilled Alaskan Halibut with a chili lime glaze over curry rice pilaf and a cucumber yogurt salad, Hawaiian-style Kalibi Baby Back Pork Ribs, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with a citrus cream sauce over rice with an avocado salad, Scallop Ceviche with wonton crisps, Idaho Kobe Beef Carpaccio, Seared Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tartare, and SOS style Cioppino with Clams, Halibut Cheeks and Calamari, to name a few. The full wine, champagne, beer and sake bar is fitted with a flatscreen television to see the latest scores, snow and fishing reports. But whether you are sitting in one of the two private, screened tatami rooms or at the 20-seat sushi bar itself, all eyes in the restaurant invariably wind up on the sushi chefs. Knives a-blur, they chop and slice the finest seafood available, which is flown in fresh from locations such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and Japan by their own seafood import company, Idaho Seafood. Come in and taste why Sushi on Second has been consistently over the years voted Ketchum’s best restaurant for sushi and seafood. To take a virtual tour of the restaurant or to check out our full menu, please go to

Phone: 208.726.5181 Location: 260 Second Street, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Wine, beer, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Asian fusion Service: Dine in, takeout Website:





Boca 131 Washington Ave. S., Ketchum


The Cellar Pub 400 E. Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum


CIRO Restaurant & Wine Bar 230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum


Cornerstone Bar & Grill 211 Main St., Ketchum


Urban Western Cuisine

Cristina’s Restaurant & Bakery 520 E. 2nd St., Ketchum


Casual European bakery, catering, and take-away

dashi 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum


Modern Asian/ New American


Gourmet Asian

The Grill at Knob Hill 960 N. Main St., Ketchum


Northwest Cuisine with a European influence

Ketchum Grill 520 East Ave., Ketchum


New American with Idaho emphasis


Idaho American


Traditional French

Globus 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum

The Kneadery

260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum

Michel’s Christiania 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum

Latin Freestyle American Seasonal menu using local producers; woodburning oven; family friendly

Pioneer Saloon 320 N. Main St., Ketchum

208.726.3139 American steakhouse

Roosevelt Grille 280 N. Main St., Ketchum


The Sawtooth Club 231 N. Main St., Ketchum


Sushi on Second 260 Second St., Ketchum


American bistro and steakhouse Creative American dining room/casual bar Asian fusion

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Boca 131 Washington Ave. S.


The Cellar Pub 400 E. Sun Valley Rd.


CIRO 230 Walnut Ave.


Cornerstone Bar and Grill 211 N. Main St.


Cristina’s 520 E. 2nd St.


dashi 220 N. East Ave.


Globus 291 E. 6th St.


The Grill at Knob Hill

960 N. Main St.


Ketchum Grill 520 East Ave.


Michel’s Christiania 303 Walnut Ave.


Pioneer Saloon 320 N. Main St.


Roosevelt Grille 280 N. Main St.


Sushi on Second 260 Second St.



The Kneadery 260 N. Leadville Ave.

Sawtooth Club 231 N. Main St.

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Profile for Sun Valley Magazine

Sun Valley Magazine | Summer 2012  

Regional lifestyle magazine for the Sun Valley, Idaho area.

Sun Valley Magazine | Summer 2012  

Regional lifestyle magazine for the Sun Valley, Idaho area.