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Decades: A Winter Retrospective

Cutting fresh tracks across Sun Valley Magazine’s award-winning coverage of the most important and memorable people and events of the last four decades. by svm staff


Sun Valley’s Most Influential Leaders

Honoring the last 40 years of local winter sports trailblazers. Featuring stories by Jake Moe and Van Gordon Sauter


This Idaho Town: Ketchum

Stumbling through the historic nightlife scene in Ketchum and Sun Valley. by mike mckenna photography by bryan huskey AND kirk anderson

on the cover

Sun Valley Magazine celebrates our 40-year anniversary with a compilation of covers throughout the years.


contents // departments Find out what Wyatt Caldwell perfect Sun Valley day is like.



In Every Issue

26 From the Editor 30 Contributors 37 Local Buzz Up and Comers Sun Valley Heli Ski Real Estate Roundup A Day in the Life of Sun Valley Locals

Art & Galleries

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111 Gallery Walk Enjoying the wonders of the Gallery Walks. by svm staff

57 Gift Guide A selection of our favorite unique gifts sure to please. 63 Body & Soul Ski Town Fashion Food For Thought Fitness Trends 73 Get Out There Carving Turns Through Sun Valley’s Winter Olympic History Nordic Skiing & Biathlon Alpine Snowboarding Ice Skating 22 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Food & Drink


137 Signature Dishes Signature Dishes of Sun Valley. by jody orr

146 Restaurant Guide 151 Wood River Fine Dining Guide


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We Love Lefty’s There are a lot of great places to grab a beer and burger in and around Sun Valley. But whether it’s been hanging out with fellow landscaping ski bums during his single days or taking his family there to après ski two decades later, Lefty’s has always been the favorite spot for our editor, Mike McKenna. He shares some of his, and the rest of the Sun Valley Mag staff ’s, favorite Lefty’s stories.

The Loreto, Mexico – Sun Valley Connection While Sun Valley is known for having strong connections with spots like Seattle and Southern California, it turns out there’s a very solid relationship between America’s first destination ski resort and Baja’s original community of Loreto. In fact, Loreto’s Baja Books even sells copies of Sun Valley Magazine! We explore Loreto’s appeal to Sun Valley fans. 24 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Judith McQueen Makes Her Mark Thanks to local caterer Judith McQueen, Sun Valley was well represented at the first-ever Jackson Hole Culinary Conference last fall. But what Judith thought was going to simply be a fun foodie conference turned out to be a whole lot more, when she hung out with famous chef Charlie Trotter after what would turn out to be his last public appearance. Miles shown here flying over Malaysia.

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his editor’s letter is more a narrative, than an overview. More song, than summary, reflecting in some part the melody that has run through the last several decades of my own life. More than anything, this Special Anniversary Issue is a celebration. A joyful contemplation of 40 years of Sun Valley Magazine, and nearly two decades, at different intervals, of my involvement with it. It started in 1989, as a young Dartmouth graduate looking for a winter off with plenty of time to play in Sun Valley before heading to Manhattan to get “a real job.” I was fortunate enough to escape that very critical fate when Clarence Stilwill offered me an internship at what was then called The Valley Magazine. That position grew from internship through assistant editor to editor and, along the way, I discovered a real love for both design and editing. An insatiable wanderlust drew me away from the Wood River Valley, and editing, in 1993 and I spent a few years traveling the globe, crossing the Pacific Ocean on a sailboat and exploring far-flung outposts like Nepal, the Galapagos Islands, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda before landing in San Francisco to work in other forms of media. Working in other forms of media—music and film—made me realize my true love for publishing and I have found that, after nearly 25 years in the business, I still love all aspects of editing and design. There is nothing quite like germinating an idea from scratch, holding the space for it to develop and then watching it grow and morph and shape into a story. A Learning to ski 40 years ago with my dad and my older brother, magazine is like a chorus of ideas, connected together with the precision of notes on a page Brett, just as Sun Valley Magazine was launching. and, in most cases, with just as much deliberation. When done well, it all synthesizes into a series of ideas and threads that create a true experience of place, a glimpse into a life, a sketch of the past or a view into the future. In the end, what we are working at creating is the broad brushstroke of a mountain lifestyle and the people who live it. Sun Valley Magazine is so much more than a job. It is so much more than a company. It is a family, a team of creative and talented individuals who are inspired to give shape to the voices of many. Our family extends well beyond the walls of our offices to include the freelance writers and photographers with whom we work every day. It extends out into cities in California and Washington, Oregon, Utah, New York, Conneticut, and all places in between. There is nothing quite like receiving an enthusiastic response to a published story all the way from somebody in Portland, Maine, or Ventura, California. All of us who have been a part of the team here have found that the magazine opens doors for us. It opens doors into the community and the state. At 1.8 million residents, Idaho is still a relatively undiscovered state and we have had the opportunity to explore the many facets of it—from the wild sweep of falcon wings over the Owyhees to the moonscape expanse of the Snake River Plain and even the historic watering holes and gathering places of our own hometown (see: This Idaho Town, page 102). Opening doors connects us to the people, places and events that we have covered in our pages. That connection is what keeps us going. It is what inspires us to dig deeper for the kernel of each story—whether that be about a person or a place, where they are going or where they have been. That connection is what old time locals and new visitors feel immediately upon entering our little valley. It comes from a true love of place and from a decision to choose this life, this place, this lifestyle. For that, our deepest gratitude extends to the communities and landscapes and people that call this Valley home. We have done our best to gather some of the most iconic winter stories and influential personalities of the last 40 years of publication (and we look forward to exploring 40 years of the arts, culture and events that have shaped the summer season in next summer’s issue). Thank you Sun Valley.

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Professional food and lifestyle photographer Paulette Phlipot (Signature Dishes, p. 138, and Eat Out Tonight, p. 146) focuses her camera mainly on people, places and the food that surrounds them. Her fascination with food—the way it brings people together and how it can nourish the body—has provided endless opportunities for her photography to be seen in cookbooks, magazines and advertising campaigns worldwide. She is the co-creator and photographer for the coffee table/cookbook Ripe: A Fresh Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables. She graduated with honors from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. When she is not behind the camera, you can find her enjoying the mountains here in Sun Valley or at home in the kitchen making nourishing meals for her family.

Van Gordon Sauter (Saving the Grande Dame of Skiing: The Holding Family, p. 96), former president of CBS News and Fox News, began his journalism career as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Daily News, covering Vietnam and the civil rights movement (including the riots in Newark, Detroit and Chicago). He later became Paris bureau chief for CBS News. Sauter has written two nonfiction books and numerous magazine articles and, most recently, author of The Sun Valley Story (published by Mandala Media). He was also chairman of the California Boxing Commission. Sauter now lives in Chicago and Ketchum, Idaho, with his wife, Kathleen Brown, former treasurer of California and currently an investment banker in Chicago.


Travis Bartlett (A Day in the Life: Locals Share their Perfect Sun Valley Days, p. 46) was raised a southern gentleman in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He received a BFA degree in Graphic Design and used that to hone design and photography skills while traveling the world. Having done work and philanthropy in Africa, Scotland and El Salvador, he is now a graphic designer for Smith Optics in Ketchum. Travis continues to use his artistry professionally and personally, freelancing and volunteering his services for various non-profit organizations and missionary projects throughout the United States.

Jake Moe (Sun Valley: The Magical Years, p. 100) is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to founding Powder Magazine (right here in a small cabin in Ketchum), he has started six additional publications, a TV show dedicated to skiing, a regional triathlon series, the City League Ski Racing League and, most recently, a 10-court indoor tennis facility called the Tennis Center Sand Point in Seattle. Sun Valley continues to be his favorite place in the world with special fondness for sipping a fresh coffee on the deck at Galena Lodge out of cell phone range.

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A member of the California and Colorado bar, Alex moved to Sun Valley in 1976 and offers years of experience in the Sun Valley area real estate market. Involved in the community, Alex has served as President for the Sun Valley Board of Realtors, President of the board for the Montessori School, and Vice-President for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Tom Monge

Tom moved to Sun Valley in 1977 to open the first mortgage banking firm in the area. He also opened a real estate appraisal firm and a small real estate brokerage office. Tom joined Sun Valley Associates in 1996. Because of his background in all aspects of the real estate industry, Tom has long been one of the most noted and respected real estate experts in the valley.

Jim Figge

A Sun Valley devotee since 1976, Jim has served three terms as President of the Sun Valley Board of Realtors and Vice President of the Western Mountain Resort Alliance. His history here and travel experience give him a wealth of knowledge about other resorts and Sun Valley’s unique standing among them. Jim and Barbara are grateful to be raising their three children in the Valley.

Terry Palmer

A former Olympic ski racer, Terry traveled the world racing before he settled in Sun Valley. Terry moved to the Wood River Valley in 1974 and he has practiced real estate in the Sun Valley area for over 14 years. Terry’s experience, local knowledge, love of the area, and commitment to service will more than satisfy your real estate needs.

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A Sun Valley resident since 1998, Jason moved here to work as a hunting, fly fishing, and rafting guide. His love of the outdoors led him to real estate. He enjoys working on recreational property transactions where his experiences provide him with valuable insights. Jason became a licensed Realtor in 2003, and is currently a board member for the Sun Valley Board of Realtors.

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The new wave of Sun Valley innovators.

44//sun valley heli ski

The aerial search for fresh powder started in Sun Valley.

46//a day in the life

A handful of locals share their ideal winter days.

52//calendar of events

The can’t-miss events of the winter.

54//real estate roundup photograph : courtesy eddie bauer, garrett grove

Following 40 years of local real estate trends.

First Ascent athlete and Sun Valley local Wyatt Caldwell takes flight on assignment for a national ad campaign near Revelstoke, British Columbia.

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First Lite

Two local bowhunters, Scott Robinson and Kenton Carruth, created this line of Merino wool hunting clothes that are, coincidentally, perfect for all outdoor activity. Merino wool is naturally warm and cool, durable, anti-static, a UV protector and (ladies!) it’s odor resistant. Add to that the camouflage patterns and you have the

perfect Christmas present. They can be found locally at High Desert Sports and Silver Creek Outfitters and at major retailers like Cabela’s and Scheels.

MTN Approach

Former pro snowboarder and Sun Valley local Cory Smith has solved the “approach” problem for backcountry snowboarders. The MTN Approach Ski, as it’s called, is a lightweight and sturdy

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trekking alternative to split boards and “slowshoeing” (aka “snowshoeing”) up steep slopes. Developed in his garage, Smith says, “Each ski folds into thirds and fits perfectly into most backpacks. The bindings are specifically designed to fit a wide range of snowboard boots and perform like a pair of normal skis with climbing skins attached.” With the help of Apple engineer Dave Narajowski, Operations Director

Founded by Hailey couple Marcus and Megan Lengyel in 2012, SQN stands for Sine Qua Non, which means “only the essential” in Latin. With a desire to create “quality, comfortable and performance fit apparel,” they designed SQN’s line of pre and post workout clothing to promote healthier lifestyle choices. “We decided to headquarter our company in the Wood River Valley to help grow the local economy and create jobs,” says Megan. Although they sell their products primarily online, you can find any number of their leggings, T-shirts, shorts and shirts locally at Zenergy Health Club and Spa, Gather Yoga Studio or SQN’s Ketchum showroom.

First Ascent

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Sun Valley has a long history of inspiring creative minds. Local innovators like Ed Scott, Bob Smith, Chuck Ferries, Bobbie Burns and Mike Brunetto toiled in frozen basements and garages, in backyard sheds and makeshift shops, to scrape together industry-changing equipment and build companies (in some cases, multi-million-dollar ones) from the ground up. That wintertime torch is now being carried by the new up and comers—ambitious entrepreneurial spirits of Sun Valley who are forming start-up companies right here at home. Here are a few of the promising new enterprises in our area and the stories and people behind them.

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John Kaiser and new graphics from snowboarding legend Bryan Iguchi, the MTN Approach ski can now be found in over 30 retailers (including Backwoods and Board Bin locally) and 10 countries worldwide.

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Up and Comers

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THIS PAGE Eddie Bauer First Ascent athlete and Sun Valley’s own Lexi DuPont shows off her skills during a photo shoot in British Columbia. opposite page (left to right) Local girl Lynsey Dyer takes a break while heli skiing in Canada; Ski touring amongst the Sawtooth spires near Sun Valley Trekking’s Bench Hut.

was designed with the help of Idahoan and mountaineering guide Peter Whittaker to create a line of expedition-quality outerwear, apparel and gear that was both guide-built and guide-tested. Many First Ascent athletes are Sun Valley locals, including Whittaker, Melissa Arnot, Ed Viesturs, Reggie and Zach Crist, Erik Leidecker, Wyatt Caldwell, Lexi DuPont and Lynsey Dyer. Why here? Because Sun Valley continues to be home to some of the best guides and athletes in their sport.

Icebreaker Merino Wool

Local Troy Ballard (now the head of business development for PACT Apparel in Boulder, Colorado) brought Icebreaker Merino Wool to Sun Valley in 2005. This New Zealand company started with a small wool farmer and now sells products in 43 countries worldwide. Ballard, while living in Australia, befriended creator/owner Jeremy Moon and decided to SV mag

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bring the company to the northern hemisphere. What better place than Sun Valley to operate an outdoor and sport clothing company? Although Icebreaker is now located in Portland, Oregon, Sun Valley was its headquarters when it launched in the United States.

Idahome T-shirt

Longtime Ketchumite Corey Warren decided to celebrate Gem State pride with the Idahome line of T-shirts, hoodies, trucker hats and water bottles. First created in 2011, and now selling out in shops like the Board Bin and on his newly-launched website,, the Idahome line has proven to have serious appeal.

Black to Life

Sun Valley born and bred, Conor Davis has created a line of premium detox products inspired by a lifelong battle with heavy metal poisoning. Conor took the same carbonized bamboo that was used to absorb toxins from his brain and created Black to Life (—a chelation supplement used to cleanse the body of industrial and agricultural toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, drugs and alcohol. 40 | 40th anniversary issue

Sun Valley Trekking

The history of this 31-year-old company begins with Joe Leonard, one of the original backcountry skiing guides in the Sun Valley area. He built the first huts in the remote Sawtooth Valley back in the late ‘70s. In 1982, he sold both the huts and permit for the then Leonard Expeditions to Sun Valley native, Bob Jonas, who renamed it Sun Valley Trekking. Jonas relocated the original yurts, built three new ones in the Sawtooth and Smoky mountain ranges and purchased the Pioneer Yurt from Sun Valley Heli Ski. After almost 20 years running the company, establishing one of the oldest and largest hut-to-hut ski operations in North America, Jonas passed it on to current owners Joe and Francie St. Onge. Sun Valley Trekking now has bases in Yellowstone, Alaska, Chile and Nepal and they have completely remodeled all six of their local yurts (including the Coyote Yurt, which burned in the Beaver

Creek Fire). They offer year-round guided telemark and randonee skiing, cross country touring, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountain biking and trekking.

Sawtooth Mountain Guides

The brainchild of Stanley local Kirk Bachman, Sawtooth Mountain Guides (SMG) was established back in 1985. “Backcountry skiing as we know it didn’t really exist back then—it wasn’t as much of a mainstream activity as it is now,” says Bachman, who was guiding trips around the Sawtooth and Teton mountain ranges in the ‘70s. “I’ve seen the whole evolution of this sport.” A yurt-builder by trade, Bachman perched the Williams Peak Yurt on an 8,000-foot peak near Stanley in 1988—a cozy overnight stay for SMG guests. Now owned by Erik Leidecker and Chris and Sara Lundy, SMG has access to prime backcountry terrain, including the steep couloirs of the Sawtooth, Lost River, Pioneer, Boulder and Smoky mountain ranges. They operate year-round guided expeditions all over central and southern Idaho. “The company is in good hands,” explains Bachman, who still guides, advises and teaches avalanche courses for SMG.

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THIS PAGE (left to right) Melissa Arnot, an Eddie Bauer, First Ascent athlete and Sun Valley resident, climbs Ama Dablam in eastern Nepal; Big Wood Ski owner Caleb Bakul puts a finishing coat on a custom pair of skis in his shop in Hailey; Ed Viesturs roams the ice at the base of Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest. INSET (left to right) Idahome T-shirts is finding success by sharing Idaho pride; Eddie Bauer First Ascent Athlete and Sun Valley Heli Ski guide Reggie Crist enjoys the spoils of his job.

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American-made and Sun Valley-inspired, Big Wood Ski is the baby of local ski enthusiast, Caleb Baukol. After originally creating 5B Skis with Brandon Doan between 2007 and 2012, Baukol decided to pursue his real passion,“creating functional pieces of art.” “My inspiration was Stradivarius—one of the most renowned violin makers in the world. They’re very beautiful instruments, they’re valuable, they last forever, but they’re also functional. For me, it’s back to simplicity, back to the basics,” says Baukol. Like the old school skis of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Baukol uses a one-piece core instead of three, and he removed the big protective sidewalls. Big Wood Skis even have a throwback appearance, with gorgeous veneers of African hardwood, domestic cherry, maple and black walnut. “But even the wood topsheet adds to the dampness or rigidity of the ski, so it’s all functional,” Baukol explains. Though simplistic, Big Wood Skis are on the cutting edge of the revolutionary boutique ski industry. “I use an early rise tip, camber under foot and a race tail (no tail rocker) in almost every one of my alpine skis,” Baukol says, adding, “I prefer five-dimensional skis with a tapered tip and tail, but I can make anything.” Based on an à la carte menu of options, every single product is made-to-order. “It’s like going into a tailored suit-maker,” says Baukol. “We are tailoring skis to suit you. Even if all you know is what you like, I can help you translate that into a pair of skis.” Between flex, running length, shape, edge, baseline, tip profile, tail width, core taper and stringers, everything is completely customizable. Baukol uses a matrix of measurements— height, weight, strength, skier ability, skier type, etc.—to build a personalized pair of skis from the ground up. “Ideally, I’d also like to ski with the person,” for an on-mountain evaluation, he explains. “I’m a product of the ski industry, over 28 years of experience. And it takes experience to put someone on a pair of skis with the confidence that it’s right for them.” Once he gets the specs for an order, Baukol sends the files to a CNC engineer in Bellevue, Jason Georgiades, who sends back the templates. Baukol then assembles the ski in his shop, located in Ketchum’s industrial center. The whole process takes about three weeks. In his line of Big Wood Skis, Baukol also offers a children’s powder ski and classic nordic ski, both with a standard footprint and customizable flex and topsheet. “The Ski Shaper,” as Baukol trademarked himself, also owns and runs 5B Ski Garage, a private ski tuning and waxing club that shares a wall with Big Wood Ski. “It’s something to pay the rent until this takes off,” explains Baukol. “These are going to be the Ferrari of the ski industry.” 42 | 40th anniversary issue

photographs top to bottom : courtesy sun valley resort

/ courtesy sun valley heli ski / sun valley magazine

influential inventors

1936: Sun Valley opens as America’s original destination ski resort. 1936: World’s first ski lifts are installed on Proctor and Dollar mountains. 1939: First chairlift is placed on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain. 1941: “Sun Valley Serenade” starring Sonja Henie premieres and the film will draw people to Sun Valley from all over the world. 1946: Pioneering filmmaker Warren Miller gets his start by spending the ski season camping in the River Run parking lot. 1958: Ed Scott designs the first tapered aluminum ski pole. 1960s: Local legend Bobbie Burns is credited with creating the unorthodox “Hot Dogging” style of freestyle skiing. 1965: Bob Smith designs the world’s first double-lens ski goggle. 1966: Sun Valley Heli Ski becomes the nation’s first helicopter ski outfitter. 1968: Chuck Ferries helps K2 create the first foam core fiberglass racing ski. 1969: Sun Valley local Dick Barrymore makes the first of his iconic ski movies, “The Last of the Ski Bums!” 1970: Leif Odmark starts Sun Valley Nordic Ski School, the nation’s first cross country ski school. 1971: Scott USA produces the world’s lightest ski boot. 1972: Jake and Dave “Captain Powder” Moe launch Powder Magazine in Ketchum. 1973: Sun Valley hosts the first US Freestyle Championships. 1974: Bobbie Burns launches The Ski, the world’s first freestyle-specific ski. 1975: Mike Brunetto launches Research Dynamics, producing skis and eventually mountain bikes. 1981-82: Sun Valley sets its seasonal skier record with 475,000 skier days. 1987: Sun Valley ski coach Boone Lennon patents the “aerobar” cycling handlebar (it mimics downhill ski race positioning). Scott USA produces it in 1989 and American Greg Lemond uses it during his 1989 Tour de France win. 2010: 5B Ski Factory (now Big Wood Skis) begins producing boutique skis in Ketchum.

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Then and now, celebrating the Sun Valley way of life.

The Essence of Sun Valley. Ketchum Store 500 N Main St 208 726 5282 Sun Valley Store Sun Valley Mall 208 622 5282 Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Company

Sun Valley Heli Ski Flights of Fancy BY Kate Elgee

It all started in Sun Valley. In 1966, backcountry skier and former owner of Sun Valley Resort, Bill Janss, lifted a curious hand over his eyebrows to gaze past the Bald Mountain resort. He saw the jagged snow-capped peaks towering towards the north and east, where only the birds could go. Realizing flying was the only way to reach these untouched pinnacles, he arranged for his own kind of bird—a two-passenger Bell 47 helicopter—to take him exploring the steep lines and untracked snow of Idaho’s mountainous backcountry. So it was that almost five decades ago, the first and oldest official heli ski operation in the United States was formed right here in Sun Valley. And so it was that Bill Janss became its “godfather.” 44 | 40th anniversary issue

For 47 years, Sun Valley Heli Ski (SVHS) has been flying backcountry skiers into the deep and steep. With their Eurocopter A-Star B2 helicopter (aka “Charlie Romeo”), they charter groups into the remote couloirs and

chutes of the Smoky, Pioneer and Boulder mountain ranges, where the terms “virgin snow” and “first tracks” take on whole new meanings. SVHS has one of the largest special-use permits in North America, with access to over 750,000 acres of terrain. A regular itinerary for skiers includes hundreds of landing zones and over 10,000 vertical feet of skiing in a single day. Not to mention access to some of the lightest, deepest powder and remote skiing terrain in the state. “All of the storms that come from the west tend to drop their snow in the mountains between Boise and Sun Valley (which is part of SVHS guiding territory). They get on average between 30-50% more snow than Baldy,” explains Mark Baumgardner, who bought the company in 1982 and owned it for 24 years. Together with partner Carl Rixon, who is also a general contractor and owner of Rixon Construction, Baumgardner built the Smoky

photograph : courtesy sun valley heli ski ; photographer glen alison

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photographs : courtesy sun valley heli ski

THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Chris Templeton zeroing in on the landing zone on top of Baldy; Excited guests awaiting the heli pickup on top of Baldy, ready to ski powder in Idaho’s remote terrain. opposite page In the landing zone with snow flying, as soon as the chopper disappears over the horizon ... silence. It’s just you, your friends, the guides and thousands of acres of untouched powder.

Mountain Lodge (SML) in 1999, nestled 5,500-feet high in the mountains at the upper end of the South Fork of the Boise River. This 4,000-square-foot basecamp, surrounded by the picturesque Sawtooth National Forest, is the only fly-in heli ski destination in the lower 48. Powered by a diesel generator and stateof-the-art solar batteries, with a riverrock fireplace, granite countertops, wood-fired sauna and hot tub, private chef and sleeping room for up to 12 guests, the SML is essentially a five-star mansion in the wild. In 2006, Baumgardner sold SVHS to EpicQuest but continues to guide for the company. Now owned by Jay Levine out of Massachusetts, it is managed year-round from their new location at the base of Warm Springs on Bald Mountain, where SVHS continues to be one of the pioneering forerunners of the heli ski industry. “Guests, if they so choose, can be picked up in the helicopter at the top of Bald Mountain,” explains Tyler Ferris, the business operations manager. “We are one of the only operators in the country with that capability.” Before guests take off, Ferris usually asks them one simple question: “Are you ready for your life to change?” And they crawl in the chopper, wide-eyed and puffing clouded breath—just like “the godfather” of heli skiing—for the adventure of a lifetime. Winter 2014 | 45

Look sharp. You’ve got a history to uphold.

The Essence of Sun Valley. Ketchum Store 500 N Main St 208 726 5282 Sun Valley Store Sun Valley Mall 208 622 5282 Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Company

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A Day in the Life

SVM: What do you do for lunch? Pete: I head into Wrap City and ask, “What’s

locals SHARE THEIR perfect sun valley days BY Kate Elgee & Mike McKenna

The hardest part about enjoying a winter’s day in Sun Valley can often be just deciding what to do: ski or fish, gallery hop or shop, eat here, drink there? Sun Valley is really just a well-balanced playground for kids of all ages. To help, we asked a handful of locals to describe their ideal winter day in Sun Valley.

SVM: What is your typical morning like? Pete: I usually grab a coffee and banana from Giddy-Up Coffee, one of the best-kept secrets in

the Valley. I make my Bellevue rounds, say hi to Martin Chandler at Guffy’s, then head to Ketchum.

in the hopper?” They give me a half wrap—I don’t care what it is—and then I go play my noon hockey. That’s an important part of my life. For 12 years, every Wednesday I have rented the ice at the Sun Valley ice rink and invited 30 ex-SUNS or good hockey players to skate for an hour. People like Hawk, Sluggo, Heans, Stoney, Eggie, Danglin’ Dickie Nelson, the Mahoney brothers. We’re the SUNS retirement party. After that, I sneak over to the Casino for a Bud can (or two). My wife, all the hockey players, my employees, all know that’s where to find me at 1:30pm.

SVM: What do you like to do with the family?

SVM: What if it’s a powder day? Pete: I hit the slopes at 9am, and I’m back to

Pete Prekeges having fun during hockey practice at the Sun Valley ice rink. 46 | 40th anniversary issue

Grumpy’s at 10:30am. I can cover 12,000 feet of vertical in an hour and a half skiing by myself. If there are six inches of powder or more, I’m on my snowboard, but if there’s less, I’m on my skis. Even though it’s early, I always feel obligated to have one beer after I ski. If they’ll open early at the River Run bar, I have one at 10:45am with Chuckles [Charlie Evans] and David Lee. Then I come to work between 11am and 3pm. At 4pm, I go to see my bartender friends and have a drink with the kids—my employees—at either The Cellar or Whiskey’s. Once 4pm hits, I’m onto a tall vodka sonic [half tonic, half soda] NFL. NFL means “No Frickin’ Lime.” If you don’t know what I drink, you haven’t been bartending in this town that long.

/ inset: bryan huskey prekeges photograph : travis bartlett

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and the Silver Dollar Saloon/ Sanitation Engineer Hometown: Spokane, Washington Years in Sun Valley: 23


name: Pete Prekeges Age : 50 Occupation: Owner of Grumpy’s

ter Faye, who is 12 going on 27, walks home from the Middle School and George takes the bus home from The Sage School. h o o n er c S f ro s The Sage School is perfect for ou George—he has a man-crush on Harry Weekes. Who wouldn’t? I do, too. George goes to train at Soo Bahk Do with Oliver Whitcomb in Hailey and Faye goes to swim with Brian Gallagher at the YMCA. When the kids are off doing that, the wife Molly and I go to “The Christy” for cocktails and apps—escargot and a martini up with two olives. Lately, I’ve been ordering Revolution Vodka martinis. It’s produced in Idaho and it’s veteran-owned. We at Grumpy’s are huge supporters of Higher Ground. My favorite thing to do if it’s a Friday night at 5pm is hit the Pio, because you see all the old-timers. Then we pick up the kids and we go home and feed ‘em and then I try to snuggle with my Molly, my business partner and wife. Without her I’d be pushin’ a shopping cart in Santa Monica, with a scarf on, mumbling to myself. m


Pete: Afternoon is family time. My daugh-

Whitney McNees, “Captain-ess” of the Eddie Bauer Airstream, at the Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup downhill ski race in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

name: Whitney

McNees Age : 30 Occupation:

Editor/ Videographer, Yoga Instructor, Camp Counselor Hometown: Born in Salt Lake City, raised in Pennington, New Jersey

mcnees photograph : paolo mottola

SVM: What is your morning ritual? Whitney: I don’t ever set an alarm. My

morning usually consists of Mati, my fiancé, bringing me a cup of tea by the woodstove and writing in my journal. For breakfast, if I’m not making oatmeal at home, I’ll have a Country Frittata at The Kneadery or Eggs Benedict at Perry’s.

SVM: What is your typical day on Bald

Mountain like?

Whitney: If I know it’s going to be a pow-

der day, then I wake up early to go skiing— Limelight top to bottom. If it’s a groomer day, then my favorite run is Upper Warm Springs to Flying Squirrel, then Picabo to Greyhawk. When Averell’s was open, I would go get a beer and some fondue. But now I love the Taco Bar at the top of the mountain. It’s a great bang for your buck. I’ll usually watch live music at River Run afterwards, especially if Ethan Tucker is playing.

SVM: What if you’re not on the mountain? Whitney: I would probably go cross

country skiing north of town, by the SNRA

Whitney: Definitely at NourishMe for soup—they’re the best in the Valley and you know they’re healthy. They have an elk chili that is so delicious, and it all comes from good sources. In the winter, when I don’t have my garden, I like to shop there for groceries, too.


SVM: Where can people spot you having



Whitney is a fan of the decaf Bowl of Soul from Java on Fourth.

(Sawtooth National Recreation Area), or go ice skating at Atkinson Park and then soak in Frenchman’s Hot Springs. I might go to a yoga class at Gather Yoga Studio or shopping at The Gold Mine. Mati and I spend a lot of time at Idaho Basecamp in the winter, too. The river freezes over, so we go ice-skating and fire up the wood-fired hot tub and relax.


/ insets: travis bartlett

Years in Sun Valley: 8

ev r ab erything ou need fo ts y ove e and below the she

SVM: What’s your nightlife like? Whitney: In winter, I’m in nesting zone.

It’s a time for me to really relax, get back into my body, back into my soul and really nurture myself again. So in the evening, I love to go home, chop 3-4 rounds of wood—that’s a ritual for me—have a fire and get cozy. If I’m going to dinner in town, it’s usually Rickshaw. I love Zou 75, but only if it’s a really special night out. For quite a few years, the Friday/Saturday ritual for Mati and me was hockey—he’s played goalie for the SUNS for a really long time. I’d hang out with my hockey girlfriends, with my Mason jar of red wine, then go to the Pio after every game.

SVM: What is one thing you can’t go a single day in Sun Valley without?

Whitney: I think gratitude. To me, it’s really important not to take this place for granted. Winter 2014 | 47

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name: Pete & Becky Smith Age : Pete 71, Becky 74 Occupation: Retired Hometown: Los Angeles,


Rod Kagan totems

SVM: What do you like to do in Sun Valley now that you’re retired?

Pete: I’ve had the privilege to serve on a lot of boards: The Nature Conservancy, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA), the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) and most recently on the board at The Community School. Becky is on the board for the SVCA, The Community School and the Hospital Foundation. She’s also a St. Luke’s Pet Therapy volunteer. SVM: What are your winter activities? Becky: We are on the Warm Springs bridge

by 9am just about every day. Pete’s a snowboarder and I’m a skier. We like to go for a couple of hours at the most.

there’s a five-minute rule. On a powder day, there’s no waiting.

‘60s, and we continue to collect, primarily American contemporary art. Our favorite local galleries are Gilman Contemporary and the Gail Severn Gallery. John Broschofsky is also a friend, as is Denis Ochi.

SVM: What are your favorite eateries in the



at th e Ke tc h


Pete has a special pasta—they call it “Pete’s Pasta.” It’s not on the menu, but he orders it so often they have it in their computer.

SVM: What do you do on a weekend night? 48 | 40th anniversary issue

Frank Stella, Sam Francis and Robert Graham.


Becky: At the Ketchum Grill,

Pete: We have pieces by Ed Ruscha,



e ’s




dinner, it’s the Ketchum Grill, CK’s (Real Food) or Enoteca. I’m a beer guy. At both the Powerhouse and Enoteca, they have a great variety of beers.

Pete: They bring in a lot of really great independent films, especially during the fall and spring Film Festivals. We live in quite a cosmopolitan place for such a small community. SVM: I hear you are art enthusiasts? Becky: We’ve been collecting art since the

Pete: Sometimes we wait for friends, but

Pete: We love Cristina’s for lunch. For

Becky: We love to go to the movies, to our little theater, the Magic Lantern. We also go to a lot of the SVCA musical performances and humanities lectures. And to the Liberty Theater for the Company of Fools’ plays.

Becky: Also, Larry Bell and Ells-

worth Kelly. Over all these years, we’ve known a lot of the artists personally, which was part of the attraction—getting to know the interesting people who were producing, like Rod Kagan, for example. We have some of his work and we donated one of his large sculptures to The Community School. Wonderful man.

smith photograph : travis bartlett

Pete and Becky Smith in front of a Frank Stella painting at their home in Ketchum.

/ kagan inset: courtesy gail severn gallery

Years in Sun Valley: 28

name: L’Anne Gilman Age : Ageless

(Last time I asked a woman her age I got slapped!) Occupation:

Owner of Gilman Contemporary Gallery Hometown:

Chattanooga, Tennessee Years in Sun Valley:

A couple of decades

Personalized Architectural

designs that match

your unique

Mountain life style L’Anne Gilman with her daughter, Miriam, at Johnny G’s Subshack.

SVM: What is your Sun

G’s) Subshack depending on whether we’re in the mood for “Monkey’s” or a “Del Bello.”

L’Anne: I had never

SVM: What is your ideal Sun Valley evening? L’Anne: Nothing too exciting, just being

heard of the place before I came here with a couple girlfriends from college (at the University of North Carolina) to work for a summer at Gail Severn Gallery and I pretty much fell in love with Idaho. I’m not a city girl. I’m not an ocean girl. I’m a mountain girl.

SVM: What is your ideal winter day? L’Anne: We’re up on the mountain.

home with the family and unwinding. I might sneak in a walk with the dogs up Quigley Canyon and then an early dinner with my husband, at CK’s (Real Food) or Zou (75), and then it’s home to watch movies.

SVM: What makes Sun Valley so special? L’Anne: It’s an attitude. There’s just a great

g h t a t Z o u mix of people here from all over, from Bos7 5 ton and Connecticut, California and the

i My husband Nick and the kids have en at really gotten me into skiing. We’re all up early and the house has music cranking. First it’s off to Baldy to ski with our son, Alex, who’s the best teacher I’ve ever had. Then it’s over to Dollar to watch our son, Hayes, in the half-pipe. Some people think it’s too dangerous, but I’m not scared and just love watching them. It’s crazy what those kids can do. Then it’s back to Baldy for our daughter, Miriam’s, alpine races. Afterwards, it’s either to Lefty’s or the (Johnny


gilman photograph : tessa sheehan

/ inset: julie molema

Valley story?

South. It’s pretty incredible. I met my husband here and he’s from Maine. There’s just nothing like Sun Valley. It’s an amazing place.

SVM: Most other ski towns envy Sun Valley’s art scene, what has been the key to its success?

L’Anne: Every gallery offers something uniquely different. I think that’s the biggest difference. I’m constantly amazed at how surprised people are with what we have to offer around here. Winter 2014 | 49

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Wyatt Caldwell Age : 30 Occupation:

Professional Snowboard Athlete, Outerwear Consultant, Photographer and Arborist Hometown: Born and raised in Ketchum

Wyatt Caldwell’s favorite spot to après is Apple’s Bar and Grill.

SVM: How does your morning in Sun Valley start?

Wyatt: I’m awake at dark to check the

er and get to see a bunch of crusty locals—SVSEF coaches, Bald Mountain ski patrol staff, friends and everyone else with icicles hanging from their beard. It’s got the authentic après feel to it.



511 Leadville Avenue Ketchum, Idaho 83340 208-726-1908 Mon thru Fri 11:30am – 5:30pm

“Sunday Funday” like?

Wyatt: If there were

high avalanche conditions, we’d head to Baldy to find powder on Scorpion or the Board Ranch side-country (aka “The Burn”). If there isn’t any fresh snow and we weren’t snowmobiling, we would venture over to Dollar Mountain’s terrain parks and have some fun in the 22-foot half pipe.

SVM: Where do you go for après beers? Wyatt: Apple’s Bar and Grill. We have a pitch50 | 40th anniversary issue



SVM: What’s a regular


weather and avalanche forecast, have some homemade eggs benedict with my darling girlSVM: Where do you shop for equipment and friend and two dogs and plan the daily excurgear in town? sion into the backcountry. Usually, I go with Wyatt: For snowboard gear, the Board Bin, my brother, Yancy, and the crew at Smith ca n a t L and for technical mountain equipment, i Optics. We head snowmobiling out x e aC ic M a b Backwoods and The Elephant’s Baker Creek area or Smiley Creek nt e a Perch. h to find a spot to split-board.

SVM: What does a night on the town look like?

Wyatt: Usually, I’ll eat at any one of Ketchum’s fine dining establishments. I like the classic half-pounder at Lefty’s or some grade-A maguro (tuna) at Sushi on Second. But some nights, it’s The Sawtooth Club, the Cab [La Cabañita] or Grumpy’s. For a night on the town, I go see Rick and Paige at The Cellar Pub for a Moscow Mule and Bangers and Mash, maybe play some shuffleboard, have a “Hamtini” at the Casino or go to Whiskey Jacques for live music.

caldwell photograph : travis bartlett

/ inset: bryan huskey

Years in Sun Valley: 30

ketchum flower name:

Katharine Essa Age : 17

girl friday

School & Grade: Bishop

Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nevada,12th Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Inspirspiring Gifts and Apparel

Fresh Tasteful Eclectic Katharine Essa enjoys some fresh snow on Upper River Run.

Sun Valley. So we get to spend time there in the winter and the summer.

SVM: What does your perfect Sun Valley day start with? photograph : courtesy katharine essa

Katharine: A large cup of hot chocolate

SVM: What is your favorite Sun Valley-only


Katharine: The cookies from the Warm

Springs Lodge.

SVM: What is your favorite under the radar thing to do in Sun Valley? Katharine: Go bowling in the game room at the Sun Valley Lodge.

before hitting the slopes with my sisters. It also includes a mid-day break at Seattle Ridge Lodge. (They have the best pizza!)

SVM: Where is your

SVM: What about your afternoons? Katharine: Sledding and snow

favorite place for breakfast?


ball fights in the backyard.


SVM: When you are in Sun Valley, who do you want to spend time with?

Katharine: My family and friends.

SVM: What would your day not be complete without? Katharine: At least one face full of snow

from a wipeout on the mountain.

Jewelry Clothes Accessories

SVM: Where is your favorite place for lunch?

Katharine: The Burger Grill.

SVM: Where is your favorite place for


Katharine: The Pioneer. Winter 2014 | 51


SVM: What is your Sun Valley story? Katharine: My family vacations in

Two fabulous concepts under one roof 400 East Ave. North, Ketchum (across from Atkinsons’)


LocaL buzz // calendar

Second City members will have you laughing out loud.

Sun Valley Opera’s 3-Day Winter Extravaganza includes a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

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don’t-miss events

winter 2014

December 11-29

for an up-to-date calendar and event coverage


In many places a company of throughout the fools production adventurous Louis de Rougecountry, winter is a The mont invites you and your family to time to lock yourself hear his amazing story of bravery, and celebrity that left indoors and camp survival nineteenth-century England spellout by the fire until bound. the warm weather returns. But not in Sun December 14 Sun Valley Holiday Tree Valley. A lot happens Lighting Ceremony in this town when A holiday tradition for locals and alike, the tree lighting certhe snow falls—ski visitors emony will get you and your family film festivals, ballet in the holiday spirit. Lighting starts performances, winter at 5pm. wonderland Christmas December 19-24 festivals, torchlight “A christmas carol” classic holiday musical will parades, hockey games, This be showing for a whole week at comedy tours, powder Ketchum’s nexStage Theatre, with shows and a Sunday and proms and much more. evening Christmas Eve matinee. Perfect for Here are a few of the the whole family. highlights for this winter. December 24

Christmas Eve Celebration This free celebration kicks off at 52 | 40th anniversary issue

6pm with the Sun Valley production of “Nutcracker on Ice,” followed by the annual Torchlight Parade down Dollar Mountain. Fireworks, public ice-skating and a cameo by Santa Claus.

December 27, February 14, March 14 Gallery Walk

Enjoy wine, mingle with friends and take in thought-provoking exhibitions at Sun Valley’s local art galleries all winter long.

laugh out loud tour

Back by popular demand (because they always sell out), it’s Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre company, The Second City! The Second City on Tour features the next generation of comic greats performing a diverse array of sketches and songs, as well as off-the-cuff improvisation that can provide completely unexpected comic brilliance. The Second City provides a hilarious and insightful look into contemporary American culture.

December 14-March 9 SUNS Hockey Games

December 28-29 Hailey’s holiday antique market

Holiday show at the Hailey Armory featuring antique dealers with fabulous antiques and treasures. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres on Friday and Saturday to benefit local charities. Plus, bid on silent auction items.

December 31

NYE bubbly bash

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Junior Patrons and Sun Valley

Come watch the Sun Valley SUNS hockey team play raucous home games most Friday/Saturday nights at the Sun Valley indoor ice rink.

photographs : courtesy second city

January 9-10

/ courtesy sun valley opera / lara stone

Resort are partnering to present another Bubbly Bash this New Year’s Eve! Ring in the new year while supporting educational programs at the Center!

The 2013 Boulder Mountain Tour.

January 18-19

February 6-10

The Pond Hockey Tournament, held at the outdoor ice rink at Atkinson Park in Ketchum, will host two days of double-elimination, 4-on-4 hockey with both “A” and “B” teams, beer and BBQ.

This snowboarding series will feature four days of boardercross, slopestyle and halfpipe events with local athletes from the Sun Valley Snowboard Team.

Idaho Pond Hockey Classic

January 25 - February 2

photographs : nils ribi

/ janss: courtesy svsef, photographer kat smith

Sun Valley nordic festival

The Sun Valley Nordic Festival is a week filled with Nordic skiing, demonstrations, races and special activities all culminating in the world famous Boulder Mountain Tour.

February 1

Boulder Mountain Tour

The 2014 Boulder Mountain Tour will be celebrating its 39th year, this is one of the largest and most anticipated cross country ski races in the country.

April 3-5

janss cup pro-am classic

USAsa intermountain snowboard series

February 12 - March 1 “good people” by a company of fools

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

February 19-22

Sun valley opera’s 3-day winter extravaganza

Join Sun Valley Opera for its 2nd Annual Winter Festival which is sure to appeal to all music lovers. The three-day vocal extravaganza will feature talented soprano Suzanne Vinnik and the Gilbert and Sullivan Singers from New York, as well as a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

March 1

Share your heart ball

All the proceeds from this fundraiser, started over 10 years ago by two locals, go to benefit Camp Rainbow Gold and Idaho children diagnosed with cancer. The leading fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, The Janss Cup pairs local skiers and snowboarders with former pros for themed race days, costume contests and “the best party on snow.”

March 13-16

The sun valley film festival

“Vision Comes into Focus” during this four-day film festival in Sun Valley, with avant-garde independent films, mixed media, shorts, premieres and previews from Idaho filmmakers. Winter 2014 | 53


LocaL buzz // real estate roundup

The view from Proctor Mountain looking east over Sun Valley and Ketchum before the real estate booms of the late 20th century.

real estate cycles then and now BY SVM Staff

Basking in the glory of historically resilient real estate values, the Sun Valley-Ketchum market that began during the pioneer ranching and gold rush days has nonetheless still experienced a few Western boom and bust cycles. We dug through 40 years of real estate coverage in order to capture a picture of where we are—and where we’ve come from. 1936 Sun Valley’s first land boom occurred after the visit of Count Felix Schaffgotsch, who wired Union Pacific chairman Averell Harriman that he had found THE mountain. Harriman purchased the 3,888-acre Brass Ranch for $39,000 cash—considered too good to pass up, it was only $10.03 per acre. Seventy-eight years later, the average list price per acre in Sun Valley and Ketchum is $1.43 million and $2.44 million respectively.

1979 Sun Valley’s first big real estate boom, fueled in part by condominium development under the direction of then-owner Bill Janss, is described in later years as a “frantic tax-driven and inflation-hedge.” By 1982, it had already gone bust.

1988 Less than 10 years later, a second boom hits the area, shocking locals with the magnitude of price increases—with total real estate sold posting $86 million in 1988, up 41% from the $61 million in 1987 (Sun Valley Magazine, Winter/Spring 1989, “The Great Land Rush” by Lori Scott Stewart). As Sherry Daech of McCann Daech Fenton Realtors explains, riverfront land 54 | 40th anniversary issue

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demands a premium and cites the trend of buyers who are paying cash—ALL cash—for properties. She adds, “We have seen river properties re-selling for several times their initial offering price. People are paying up for older houses that don’t suit them and either remodeling them or tearing them down just for the land.” Unprecedented price increases create a bit of a feeding frenzy. A 1989 Sun Valley Magazine article uses the example of “a 5,000-sq.ft. cabin on the river with views of Baldy that was selling for $1,500,000 last year is back on the market this year for $2,500,000.” Speculation continues about development moving down the Valley (especially as it relates to Harry Rinker’s “much talked about private golf club on Golden Eagle Ranch”), although locals are relieved to know that Mid Valley development has slowed somewhat and a golf course development “won’t be on the approximately 300-acres north of













The 2001-2006 real estate bubble burst in 2007 and is starting to rebound.

Deer Creek as previously rumored. That piece of land went to Bob Brennan because in Idaho, where money isn’t everything, finding the right buyer still matters. And Deer Creek Ranch is rumored to have been sold to an unnamed buyer who apparently has no plans to develop it.” (from Sun Valley Magazine, Summer 1989, “Real Estate: Where do we go from here?” by Lori Scott Stewart)

2001-2006 A run up on real estate takes land prices and single-family home sales to new heights. Termed the “real estate bubble,” it bursts in 2007 in conjunction with the global financial crisis. It is the first real boom to hit the Mid Valley and sees a number of new highs including the highest average price per square foot and price per acre numbers ever recorded in the Valley. The volume of properties listed at the height of the market is more than $450 million and the average list price per acre for vacant land in Ketchum, which is at an ultra premium, is a mind-blowing $3.94 million per acre. The Mid Valley experiences some of the largest growth with the average price per square foot of single-family homes rising to about $520/ sq.ft., which represents a 77% increase over just 5 years prior (when the average list price was just $293/ sq.ft.). Riverfront properties continue to sell at premiums far and above these numbers.

The real estate run up during these years also sees some larger homes being built. The average total square foot livable space of a home in Ketchum rises 145% to 3,468 square feet (versus just 1,410 square feet 10 years earlier in 1996).

2012 The market begins to rebound from the 2007 bust, with total real estate sold posting $315 million in 2012 (not including farm and ranch properties, which bring the total to nearly $335 million—up more than $88 million over 2011 for a 36%-plus increase over the previous year. Perhaps even more significant, the average days on the market for vacant land drops from a depressing 989 days (2.7 years) to 379 in 2012, indicating that some speculative buying might be entering the marketplace. Will the next rise in real estate reflect another boom / bust cycle or have we learned our lesson from the gold rush days? Only time will tell. All data, unless otherwise noted, courtesy the Sawtooth Board of Realtors.

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body and soul 64//mountain Fashion

A slalom course through skiwear.

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Tracing fitness trends through the years.

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Fashion Sense

Carving turns through the years of skiwear BY Margot Ramsay

Close your eyes for a minute, and let’s think about ski fashion over the last few decades. Do you conjure up images of neon tights and leg warmers? Big hair, big skis and big everything? And while you might have thought those day-glow separates were a thing of the past, they’re back!

Watching clothing style trends and how they seem to fade away, only to reappear— whether you like it or not—is a fascinating phenomenon that occurs throughout the fashion world. In skiwear, these fashion trends come and go just as swiftly as those on the runway—which we can all be thankful for. Because, let’s face it, clearly not everyone looks good in a tight pink, one-piece Bogner ski suit swishing down the slopes. To gain some insight into this realm of outerwear trends over the last four decades, a few local experts helped us carve turns through the history of skiwear. Kate Rosso is a Ketchum fixture in the outdoor industry. Her husband, Bob, 64 s | 40th anniversary issue

founded The Elephant’s Perch in 1976 and Kate has worked as a buyer for the store since 1988. She explains that the general boomerang effect that the fashion world is famous for includes the ski scene, “Bright colors that were so popular in the ’70’s have come back, including neon!” Kate explains that, after decades of having no choice but to don men’s styles, women are important players in guiding today’s skiwear trends. “In the early ’80’s, we saw women’s styles and fits being added to many outdoor lines,” she says, “whereas before we had to succumb to unisex sizing, which was never very flattering.” Kate’s favorite trend in skiwear is clothing

THIS PAGE Toni Sailer’s tri-color Nelsson men’s jacket combines form and function. OPPOSITE PAGE The ’90s were encapsulated by Bobbie Burns’ leisure wear and Purple by Martini; while the ’80s were filled with Icelander sweaters and Bogner suits.

that actually fits. “I’m happy that pant waists for women run from low to high now so that a gal can choose what looks good on her shape,” she says. “Can we finally say goodbye to the ‘muffin top?’ … I hope so!” As for Sun Valley, Kate believes that we’re more “fashion forward” when it comes to outdoor apparel than the country is in general. One trend that’s particular to the Wood River Valley is that local skiers and snowboarders prefer skiwear with no logos, or at least subdued ones, which Kate says is contrary to the majority of the nation’s consumers. A buyer for the Brass Ranch for 15 years and the current retail director for Sun Valley Company, Kelly Mitchell agrees with Kate’s fit-first mantra for skiwear. As she explains, when buying for their stores, “Fit is first, function is second and uniqueness is third.” Kelly says that for their specific skiwear style niche (which is less technical and more “high fashion” than The Elephant’s Perch), color has trended well, as have


embellishments, detailed construction and animal prints. She typically sees trends last for seven years because, as she explains, “they take at least that long to fully develop.” Kelly says that current trends that are hot in Sun Valley are “luxe accents,” like leather and faux fur trim, as are products with environmentally conscious initiatives, such as those using recycled materials or companies like Patagonia that give back percentages of sales to good causes. “Fashion runways inspire everything, from homes to cars, and skiwear is no exception,” Kelly says. This season, she says to look for metallics, our favorite day-glow colors like bright pink and turquoise, as well as animal prints on the slopes. Try one of these styles this season to feel super hip—just make sure that you don’t wear them all at once.

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Working Up A Sweat Local fitness trends from Jane Fonda to Kettlebells BY Margot Ramsay

From the sweatband-clad step aerobics and Jazzercise workouts of yesteryear, to the booming popularity of Pilates, yoga and CrossFit, fitness trends are an important part of the exercise vernacular, especially in active mountain towns like Ketchum and Hailey. Throughout the years, fitness trends have steamrolled their way into immense popularity, only to seemingly fall off the mat, never to be heard from again. So we talked to a few local aficionados to learn more about the history of the fitness scene in Sun Valley. Margie Caldwell Cooper has seen her fair share of fitness trends; she’s been in the business since the days of leg warmers and Jane Fonda workouts. During the early ’80’s in the Valley, she taught group exercises in a garage in the Ketchum industrial park on double-padded carpet over concrete, which Margie says is a “sure-fire recipe for shin splints!” Margie started teaching classes at the Sun Valley Athletic Club soon after it 66 s | 40th anniversary issue

was built in 1984 and has remained a prominent figure in the local fitness industry. From those days of high impact jumping and lunging, the fitness world has steadily evolved. As Margie explains, “We began to connect with the body and its need to move rhythmically and we needed a fun factor. So we dressed up and used current popular music during the step classes of the ’90’s.” Move on to now, and Margie explains that

fusion classes, which blend Eastern and Western styles, are more holistic and have become popular. “We make sure people not only stretch, but do cardio, strength, meditate and add healing modalities to their routines,” she says. Margie teaches Pilates and yoga and calls these fitness styles “balance training exercises” that work the deep core muscles. She says that those trends which foster the mind/ body connection, like Pilates and yoga, have staying power in that “they help people to focus and connect not only with themselves, but with the immediate environment, which means fewer stimuli from media, screens, cell phones and noise in general.” Margie says that she, along with the current industry, is more focused on a moderate approach, “one with less high-intensity training, but that includes all the aspects of fitness.” Along with the quieting trends like Pilates, another newer popular fitness movement is anything but quiet. CrossFit, which now has specialized gyms in Hailey and Ketchum, is focused on strength and high-intensity, full-body exercises. CrossFit

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ABOVE (left to right) Pilates has taken the fitness scene to a whole new level. Here Zenergy members are on the robar Pilates machine; Spin classes became very popular in the early 2000s. INSET Margie Caldwell Cooper poses for her video “Idaho Local’s Workout” in 1989. OPPOSITE PAGE Yoga became the hot workout at the turn of the century with bodybalancing poses designed to reinforce strength and alignment like this one performed by local instructor Beth Stuart.

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started in 2000 in California, when videos showing athletes doing unthinkably difficult workouts went viral. Since then, over 2,000 CrossFit studios have opened up throughout the country. Alex Margolin is a local CrossFit instructor and a trainer with more than 27 years of experience. “CrossFit gyms are amazing instructional facilities where members of the gym get top-notch coaching in a variety of movements such as barbell and Olympic lifting, kettlebells, basic gymnastics, body weight exercise and more,” Alex explains, adding, “the beauty of a CrossFit gym is that if you show up regularly, you will get the best fitness results of your life.” As for whether CrossFit has staying power or is just another passing workout fad, Alex says, “I believe Crossfit is more than just a trend. It focuses not only on high intensity, interval-type training, which is beneficial because, when done right, you can get an intense workout done in an hour, but it also promotes a supportive, community-driven environment that focuses on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.” Regardless of the fitness trends, exercise in general seems to be the Wood River Valley’s real “movement.” Jason Fry, CEO of the Wood River YMCA, explains, “I see people who train regularly just so they’re better equipped to prevent injury or perform at a higher level in their ‘real’ sport, which is often skiing, biking, hiking or running.” Jason proves to be a welcome voice of reason in this crazy world of fitness trending. “I often say that fitness is like brushing your teeth; a little bit everyday will keep things shiny and bright. The fact is,” he says, “that fitness as a whole is not a trend or fad. It is something that’s critical to maintaining a healthy, wellbalanced life.” Amen to that! Winter 2014 | 67

Good Health Makes a Good Life

st. luke’s celebrates 13 years in the wood river valley Until the year 2000, the Wood River Valley had two small hospitals serving a county of just 20,000 people—a population that can barely support one hospital, much less two. It was decided that health care in the Valley would best be served by a new hospital operated as a private, not-for-profit organization. In November 2000, St. Luke’s Wood River opened its doors to serve the health care needs of people in the greater Blaine County area. The past 13 years have brought many changes, but St. Luke’s remains committed to improving the health of people in our region. Health care is changing at a dizzying pace, but St. Luke’s physicians, visiting specialists, and hospitals are working together more closely than ever to bring the greatest benefit to the Wood River Valley. You may know that St. Luke’s offers expert family medicine, OB/GYN, dermatology, orthopedic surgery, and other specialties from experienced providers you can trust with your health needs, and the needs of the people you love. But the scope and quality of services only starts there. In addition to local physicians, St. Luke’s partners with St. Luke’s Magic Valley and Treasure Valley physicians for quality care in specialty areas that our community wants to ensure access to, like Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), gastroenterology, and cardiology. St. Luke’s also offers state-of-the art medical imaging services. Just this year the medical imaging added a 64-slice CT scanner and will replace the MRI scanner in spring 2014. St. Luke’s Wood River is the only facility of its size in Idaho to receive accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our Medical Imaging program has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally accepted standards. Given the size of our community and the sub-specialization of pediatrics, providing pediatric care in the Wood River Valley is a complex issue. The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation partnered with the medical center to find an innovative solution to help address the need for pediatric services in our community and there is now one day per week of pediatric services at St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey. St. Luke’s and the Foundation also recently partnered to develop a well coordinated mental health program and opened St. Luke’s Clinic – Mental Health Services in October. The clinical team currently consists of a full-time psychiatrist and licensed clinical social worker. They offer short-term, solution focused treatment in conjunction with primary care providers. Philanthropy has made world class healthcare possible in our Valley. Community generosity is positioning St. Luke’s positively for the future and ensuring good health for the people in our community for generations to come.

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Food Trends and Diets

Chowing down through the decades BY Jody Orr

Before trendy diets and heart disease dictated our caloric intake, meat and potatoes were the kings of dining out. In 1970s Ketchum, the Pioneer Saloon was a sure bet on a Friday night for a mouthwatering slab of prime rib and a ski-boot-sized baked potato. Louie’s offered family-friendly pizza and the Christiania served escargot afloat in butter and garlic. Forty years later, “the Pio” and “The Christy” still retain a loyal following (Louie’s is now in Meridian) and attract new fans each winter when the snow falls. By the time the ’80s rolled around, fast food had taken over and heavily contributed to national obesity and diabetes rates skyrocketing. And with all that fattening food

came a new trend—dieting. When “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” was published in 1992, it caused a sensation, allowing dieters to eat all the hot dogs they wanted—sans the bun, of course. Carbohydrates were the enemy. The latest version of carb-free eating, the Paleo diet, has tongues wagging with its caveman’s regime of protein, fruit and vegetables, while eliminating dairy, grains and processed foods. Thanks to the growing eat-local movement, locavores (people who purchase and eat food grown locally or regionally) are bolstering small farms and healthier eat-

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Raw Diet:

any diet of primarily unheated food, or food cooked at less than 104 to 115 °F.

Gluten free Diet:

excludes foods containing gluten such as wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye and triticale.

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ing. Julie Johnson owns NourishMe, a Ketchum market that sells organic produce, meats, dairy, raw and gluten-free products and knows the farmers she patronizes. “Since the ‘70s our food has gotten more unhealthy. We’re trying to take that back,” she explains. “The value of food is much greater if it doesn’t have to go very far or is

Paleo Diet:

a return to our prehistoric diet, consists mainly of fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts.

Vegan Diet:

a refrain from consuming animal products, such as meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances.

“By eating well, people live well and really thrive in all aspects of their life: emotionally, physically, spiritually.” —molly brown picked when ripened on the vine. (Nowadays) we want to know what’s been sprayed on our food.” In addition to pesticides and growth hormones used in growing food that have given us pause, gluten (a storage protein found in grains) is causing concern. Gluten-intolerant

Americans have created a growing niche market. Ketchum’s Cloverstone Bakery, founded by Colleen Teevin, offers glutenfree breads, muffins and cookies. The biggest challenge for gluten-free foods is making them taste good. “It’s hard to find really good gluten-free products that can pass the blindfold test, so that’s something we strive for,” she says. Five years ago, Molly Brown saw a need in Ketchum and filled it with Glow Live Food Café, an organic, vegan eatery and health food store. “I wanted to open Glow initially because I am so passionate about helping people feel their best, to educate people on how to be balanced, athletic, high energy and vegan,” she explains. Molly feels that by eating well, people live well and “really thrive in all aspects of their life: emotionally, physically, spiritually.” So whether you’re a Pioneer kind of guy or a Glow kind of girl, therein lies the beauty of Sun Valley cuisine—a town that offers something for everyone, carnivore to gluten-free herbivore.

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Heal Your Body inspire positive change

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of speakers and practitioners educating and helping enrich peoples’ lives. The Sun Valley Wellness Institute was founded in 2005 to provide education on health and wellness through speakers and workshops, including the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Past keynote speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marianne Williamson, Dan Millman, Robert Thurman, Dr. Jill Bolte (“My Stroke of Genius”) and Dr. Eben Alexander (“Proof of Heaven”). This year, the Festival is bringing Diana Nyad as a featured speaker. Last year, Nyad accomplished a life-long dream of completing a 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, After the grueling 53-hour journey, Nyad says, “I have three messages. One

is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” This four-day festival features workshops, presentations and classes, along with the keynote address on Friday, May 23, 2014, and a free Wellness Expo in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn all day Saturday and Sunday and from 9am to 2pm on Monday.

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Diana Nyad, Friday’s Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Sun Valley Wellness Festival.

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GET OUT THERE // nordic skiing

Second to None

The Olympic connection to Nordic Town USA BY Kathleen Kristenson

“Nordic Town, USA” (also known as Sun Valley, Idaho) is a community that truly celebrates cross country skiing. Like the five Olympic rings, the coaches, athletes, community, events and terrain of the Wood River Valley link together to create a history—and a future—for Sun Valley’s Nordic scene that is steeped in Olympic tradition. Nordic skiing in the Valley began in earnest in 1970 when a group led by Leif Odmark (the US Men’s Nordic Team head coach at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo) opened America’s first Nordic ski school. Now operated by Sun Valley Resort, the Sun Valley Nordic Center maintains its ties to the Olympics, as the program’s current director is a former Olympian from Czechoslovakia, Ivana Radlova. A couple years after the Nordic Ski School first opened, Rob Kiesel (who would go on to become the US Cross Country Team head 74 | 40th anniversary issue

coach at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid) convinced the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) to start a Nordic Junior Nationals division. Four decades later, the program’s history of Olympic coaches continues, as SVSEF’s Chris Grover is the US Team’s head coach for this Winter’s Games in Sochi. As well as its strong coaching connection to the Olympics, a number of athletes who have grown up as members of SVSEF have gone on to compete in the Winter Games, including Morgan Arritola in 2010 and Lars Flora in 2002. Countless other Nordic skiers

from across the West have also moved here over the years to train for Olympic competition, including Chris Cook (who made the 2006 US Olympic Team) and Simi Hamilton (who competed in the 2010 Games). The SVSEF’s Gold Team program, designed for Olympic hopefuls, also has a bumper crop of young skiers vying for glory in Sochi and other future Olympic Games, including Miles Havlick, Matt Gelso, Chelsea Holmes, Mary Rose and Rose Kemp. Homegrown skier Michael Sinnott is also an Olympic hopeful (the US team will be announced shortly before the Sochi Games in February). He skied at Dartmouth College, but was never far from the Sun Valley influence. Michael’s collegiate coach was Ruff Patterson, a Sun Valley native and three-time Olympic coach (in 1980, 1984 and 1988).

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ABOVE Mike Sinnott competes in the US Spring Series, Lake Creek, Ketchum. opposite page (top to bottom) Morgan Aritola racing at the US Nationals, Lake Creek, Ketchum; Chris Grover, US Team head coach at the Val di Fiemme 2013 World Championships. inset below Jake Adicoff is training for the 2014 Paralympics in cross country and possibly biathlon.

“I would be honored to represent Sun Valley and be an emblem of their graciousness at the Games,” says Michael, “because I know that not just being an Olympian, but merely attempting to become one, takes a community-wide effort.” Former local Olympians continue to add value to community programs. Betsy Youngman and Laura Wilson Todd (both from the 1998 Games) are coaches for the VAMPs, a cross-country ski training program for women in the Valley. Many VAMPs skiers are among the thousands of participants of the annual Boulder Mountain Tour (BMT). Originating in 1973, the BMT is the one of the oldest continuously run Nordic ski races in the country and is now part of the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival, a weeklong event filled with races, films, seminars and all kinds of Nordic fun held each January. Part of the SVSEF’s success is its access to more than 200km of groomed trails around Sun Valley. “In my coaching role with the US Ski Team, I’ve had a chance to cross country ski around the world, and I can say that the trail systems and grooming provided by the Blaine County Recreation District and the Sun Valley Resort are second to none,” says Chris Grover. At the Lake Creek trailhead, just north of Ketchum, the Olympic rings are now proudly displayed on the SVSEF sign showing the world that the future of Nordic skiing in the Valley will continue its strong link to the Olympics.

Despite having his legs destroyed while serving with the US Army in Afghanistan, Andy Soule was the first American to win a medal in the biathlon—a combination race of cross country skiing and marksmanship—in either Olympic or Paralympic competition. Looking for options to keep physically active, the native Texan attended a cross country recruitment camp in Sun Valley in 2005. Even though he had never Nordic skied before, Andy quickly took to the sport. The next year he moved to Idaho and began training in earnest with the Wood River Ability Program. After just five years, he made the US Olympic Team and took home a bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Andy’s success has inspired others. Jake Adicoff and his guide Reid Pletcher, both Sun Valley natives, are training with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) for cross country. Jake is severely visually impaired and Reid warns him about changing conditions. Should Jake choose to also compete in the biathlon, he would use a headset that would allow him to aim using sound. Idaho’s other Olympic ties to the biathlon include: Jon Engen (who competed in the 1992 Games) and is still an active member of the local Nordic community; Boise’s Sarah Studebaker (competed in the 2010 Games), who’s often raced in Sun Valley during her career; and Ntala Skinner (who competed in the 1998 Games) and grew up in the Valley training with SVSEF. Although no formal biathlon program exists locally, the area’s designation as an official Nordic Olympic and Paralympic training site makes the potential of developing a biathlon program in Sun Valley a pretty easy shot. - Kathleen Kristenson

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GET OUT THERE // alpine skiing

Passing the Torch

Sun Valley’s alpine Olympic past and future BY Alec Barfield

Sun Valley’s Olympic alpine tradition can be traced, almost magically, to its inaugural season. After representing the US at the Winter Olympics in Germany in 1936, the great Dick Durrance journeyed to Idaho to help develop America’s first destination ski resort. He would go on to win the original Harriman Cup that season, a downhill race that brought the best skiers in the world to Sun Valley each winter for decades. Durrance would raise the Cup twice more to solidify his legend in Sun Valley, and for the next 75-plus years the resort would fashion its own legacy, serving as host and home to over 25 alpine skiing Olympians. With the 2014 Sochi Olympics this winter, it’s time to ask, “Who will be next to carry on Sun Valley’s Olympic tradition?” 76 | 40th anniversary issue

Hailey Duke, a Sun Valley native, was passed the torch in 2010. At the Vancouver Games, Duke raced slalom for the most successful US Ski Team in history, which won eight medals in the alpine disciplines. After securing a World Cup start for the 2012 season, Hailey had to deal with a new challenge. “Everything was going well up until a few weeks before my

first race,” says Duke, “when I found out that I had a pituitary brain tumor.” She’d been nagged by symptoms for some time: hormonal imbalances, headaches, even numbness in her legs. While the discovery was shocking, explains Duke, who underwent brain surgery in February, the removal of the tumor has given her newfound optimism. “I

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THIS PAGE Hailey Duke overcame brain tumor surgery and is battling to make the Olymic ski team. opposite page (top to bottom) Tai Barrymore has been turning heads at pro halfpipe contests by going bigger than anyone; he has come back from two blown-out knees in the last two years. Tanner Farrow enters his third season with the US Ski Team.

feel like I have a new lease on life and my skiing career. I owe it to myself to go there [to Sochi] and do it again,” she says. Despite battling a brain tumor and the stiff competition to make the Olympic Team, Duke is focused on making a comeback. As she explains, “I have no idea where it will lead me, but I know right now my goal is: Get to Sochi.” Along with Duke, two other Sun Valley skiers have Olympic ambitions and face similar odds. Entering just his third season with the US Ski Team, Tanner Farrow is, more than anything, trying to regain his form after missing last season with a torn hamstring. Wing Tai Barrymore, who hopes to compete in the newly created skiing halfpipe, has had three blown ACLs over the last two seasons. But as alums of the SVSEF, Farrow and Barrymore understand the trials of an Olympic journey. According to SVSEF’s alpine director, Ruben Macaya, Sun Valley’s community of skiing legends has been very influential. “Those Olympians definitely motivate us,” he says. Embracing that legacy, SVSEF included some inspiring touches to its training center at the base of Warm Springs. Specifically, explains Macaya, who himself represented Argentina in the 1968 Winter Games, “In the entrance, there’s a big glass door with a window that lists the names of all the Olympians that came out of SVSEF. And at the bottom, it says, ‘Your Name Here.’” Between Duke, Barrymore and Farrow, not to mention a prodigious crop of up and comers, there’s no doubt that Sun Valley’s illustrious list will grow for years to come. Winter 2014 | 77

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Catching Air

Local snowboarders shoot for gold BY Kira Tenney

“In Idaho, I think we’re all a specific breed,” states 23-year-old Kaitlyn Farrington, who grew up snowboarding on Baldy and is a very strong contender for a spot on the US Women’s Snowboard Team for the Sochi Olympics. Whether it’s the mountain geography, the athletic community or something more, at the heart of the Wood River Valley lies an undeniable recipe for breeding Olympic athletes. Snowboarding as we know it began to develop in the late-1960s as a conglomeration of surfing, skateboarding and skiing. But it didn’t enter the Olympic arena until 1998 in Nagano, Japan. For a relatively infant sport, Sun Valley already claims quite the history of Olympic snowboard athletes. Eighteen-year-old Chase Josey was born in the Wood River Valley, and soon thereafter was making his way 78 | 40th anniversary issue

down the mountain on skis. At the mature age of five, his dad taught him how to snowboard on Dollar Mountain and it was all downhill from there! Chase joined the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) snowboard team when he was just nine and began focusing on halfpipe at the start of high school. With exceptional results in Grand Prix and World Cup events, Chase was invited to join the US Snowboard Team his senior year

ABOVE Chase Josey is one of the best young snowboarders coming out of Sun Valley. opposite page Sun Valley local Ryan Roemer, one of the most well-rounded snowboarders around, is skilled on terrain park jumps, as well as an accomplished boardercross racer; Coach Peter Foley and teammate Jeff Greenwood celebrate Sondra Van Ert’s World Championship victory in San Candido, Italy. During her 10year career with the US Snowboard Team, Sondra was a 10time National Champion, two-time Olympian, Good Will Games gold medalist and five-time World Champion.

in high school, and now is hoping to become one of the top four US men that will compete in the halfpipe at Sochi. “I’m excited to compete with such a field of riders. Everyone is going to give it 100% and I’m excited to give it my best effort,” says Josey, while at home in Sun Valley, where he spent time this fall training in the gym and in the SVSEF’s “Air Barn” in Elkhorn, which offers foam pits, a trampoline and a slack line. It actually took Sun Valley a while to introduce a terrain park as part of the resort experience, but in recent years such facilities have been growing. Last year, there was an Olympic-size halfpipe with 22-foot-high walls for Chase and others to fly, spin, flip

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and twist out of over and over again. Sun Valley’s terrain park is now highly renowned and offers local competitors a state-of-the-art training ground. “Those who came before my generation set the stage and created heroes. A lot of the earlier Olympians from the area remain involved and supportive of the athletic community. The original Olympians, and all of us, benefit from the outdoor lifestyle of Sun Valley,” says Graham Watanabe, another born and raised Sun Valley local who is a two-time Olympian in boardercross. He adds that “the challenging and consistent pitch top-to-bottom that Baldy offers breeds allaround good skiers and snowboarders alike.” Whether it’s local legend Sondra Van Ert, who raced Snowboard Giant Slalom in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, or Kaitlyn Farrington, who hopes to be flying high on the US Halfpipe team this winter in Sochi, Sun Valley fosters a vibrant community of Olympians past, present and future. Winter 2014 | 79


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After one of those horrendous airline travel mishaps, Zach Donohue, the bronze medalist at the 2012 US Figure Skating Nationals, finally arrived for his first time to Sun Valley. After Scott Irvine, Sun Valley’s rink manager, gave Donohue a quick tour of the outdoor rink, a glance at the glow of the mountains and a first step into the indoor rink, Irvine can still remember Zach’s tired face transform into a smile as he said, “I think I just found where I want to retire.” Sun Valley’s year-round indoor and outdoor ice facilities have attracted Olympic and world-renown skaters since its famous summer ice shows began in the 1930s. The Summer Ice Shows have hosted numerous Olympic skaters and the list of the best-of-the-bests whose blades have hit the ice during their prime is never ending and, quite frankly, jaw-dropping. It includes Dick Button (1948 80 | 40th anniversary issue

and 1952 Olympic gold medalist), David Jenkins (1960 Olympic gold medalist), Dorothy Hamill (1976 Olympic gold medalist), Brian Boitano (1988 Olympic gold medalist), Evan Lysacek (2010 Olympic gold medalist), Scott Hamilton (1984 Olympic gold medalist), Kristi Yamaguchi (1992 Olympic gold medalist), Katarina Witt (1984 and 1988 Olympic gold medalist), Viktor Petrenko (1992 Olym-

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pic gold medalist) and Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin (2006 Olympic gold medalists in pairs). So, how does Sun Valley attract the relentless list of World Champions and Olympians? Irvine beams that, “Sun Valley is one of those magical places that once you get here, you just keep wanting to come back.” The Sun Valley Ice Show series are famed among the professional ice skating community for being fun and unique opportunities to train and perform, while simultaneously enjoying the beauty, the delighted audiences and endless amount of other recreational opportunities the Valley has to offer. The Sun Valley Ice Shows are one of the only places that you can see Olympians up close and personal—not to mention doing so while enjoying fine dining and fabulous fireworks on an outdoor terrace. The shows also offer an incredible opportunity for local skaters. The next generation of Idaho skaters performs in the ensemble casts and, in some cases, literally gets to skate alongside their heroes. Countless Olympian and National Champion ice skaters now coach in Sun Valley and call it home as well. The list of Sun Valley skating transplants includes 1980 Olympic team member Lisa Marie Allen, four-time consecutive US Championships gold medalist (1977-1980) and 1980 Winter Olympic silver medalist Linda Fratianne, and Sonya Klopfer Dunfield, the 1951 US National Champion (at age 15) and 1952 Winter Olympian. Dunfield, whose husband Peter is also a world-class skater and coach (and worked at the Sun Valley Lodge as a bellhop in the early days), explains that she and her husband “have fallen in love with Sun Valley and that’s why we live here now … and because we know if we’re here, our sons will come and visit.” No matter what first gets you to the splendor of Sun Valley’s ice rinks, there is no doubt you will be back and enjoying the parade of World and Olympic Champion skaters, because … well … that’s Sun Valley’s magic for you.

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A lot has happened since the first issue of Sun Valley Magazine hit stands four decades ago. To celebrate our 40th Anniversary Winter issue, we take a look back at the iconic people and remarkable events that have not only graced the magazine’s pages, but have helped define Sun Valley and make it the incredible winter wonderland it is.

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1970s ❶ Operation Snowbase October/November 1975

Operation Snowbase is launched. A $1 million, 40-acre snowbasing system, it ranks as one of the largest in the United States and guarantees skiers, paying $30 per day for lift tickets, snow on opening day. To ensure that happens, 20 carefully trained snowmakers worked three shifts over a 24-hour period— maintaining the hose connecting the pipeline to a gun (every 200 feet) where 100 pounds of compressed air breaks the water into molecules as snow.

❷ Airport News Winter 1974

Runway lights are installed at the airport, allowing Sun Valley Key Airlines, Hailey’s only airline, to land their 19-passenger Twin Otters as late as 10:30pm each night—a 33% schedule increase.

❸ Indoor Ice Rink September 1974

Ground is broken on the new indoor ice rink in Sun Valley (85 x 200 feet), directed by Herman Maricich. It opens in 1975.

❹ Lange Cup March 1976

The Lange Cup brings pro racers for slalom and giant slalom competitions, with local Terry Palmer beating brother Tyler, and a host of Europeans, to claim the slalom title. O n

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Four-Color Covers

July 1974 Launched in 1974 by Bill Janss, owner of Sun Valley Resort, the first issue of Sun Valley Magazine cost 75 cents and is black and white.

October/November 1974 Dick Barrymore’s film “A Place Called Sun Valley” wins first place at the Grand Awards for Best Ski Films in 1974. Evel Knievel plans his jump over the Snake River Canyon using a 180-foot-high ramp.

July 1975 The magazine switches to four-color covers. The following year, the price increases to $1.00 per issue.

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❺ Ambassador Ladies October/November 1974

Sun Valley Ambassadors arrive—a group of lovely Sun Valley ladies stationed at connecting airports and on-mountain to welcome guests and assist them with their needs.

❻ Elkhorn Development August 1974

Development at Elkhorn at Sun Valley gets underway—a $10.5 million masterplanned community covering 2,920 acres that includes shops, stores, a café, the Chart House Restaurant, Dollar ski lift access, tennis, a swimming pool and outdoor ice skating, along with 2, 3, and 4-bedroom condominium. Elkhorn’s 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course is open for limited play during the 1974 season.

❼ Harriman Cup November 1974

The Harriman Cup is reinstated in Sun Valley for March 13-15—the only World Cup race in the United States in 1975.

❽ Mayday Lift Unveiled April/May 1976

Plans for a new triple chair with access to the bowls (Mayday Lift) are unveiled, billed as “one lift to all bowls.” Previously, bowl skiers would need to make round-trip loops on three lifts—Cold Springs to Christmas to Lookout—for one run in the bowls.

❾ Sun Valley Village Development August 1975

Plans for the expanded Sun Valley Village development, modeled after the Swiss village of Zermatt, are unveiled, with construction slated for spring of 1976. Future phases originally planned to continue the mall “as far south as the present road to the horse stables and north toward the present Sun Valley Garage.”

Sun Valley Suns December 1975 The Sun Valley SUNS launch their first season—games are the winter social event! The Junior Hockey program starts the following year, growing to more than 40 local kids (over 190 kids participated in 2012).


Lodge Fire

Resort Sells

August 1976 There is a fire in the Sun Valley Lodge attic (summer 1976), but the lodge’s concrete walls save it and the roof is repaired before winter.

Summer 1978 Bill Janss sells Sun Valley Resort to Earl Holding in 1977 and Stan Hawes takes over as publisher of Sun Valley Magazine in 1978.

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❶ Pale Rider Filmed Fall/Winter 1984

Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions / Warner Brothers spend six weeks shooting “Pale Rider” in the mountains north of Sun Valley. It premiers at the Sun Valley Opera House the following summer.

❷ Bill Janss Interview Summer 1983

A 10-page interview with Bill Janns, owner of Sun Valley from 1964 to 1977, explores his life as Olympic-level athlete, surfer, cowboy, pilot, land baron, world traveler, art collector, visionary and patron saint of skiers.

❸ Real Estate Slump of '82 Fall/Winter 1982

Construction is off 40-50%, with the largest home inventory in history (up to that point), and interest rates hold at 17-18%. But local realtors are optimistic, predicting an upswing fueled by homeowners moving toward multidwelling units. To prove the point, a $12 million, 31-unit luxury townhome community in Elkhorn breaks ground.

❹ Speed Skiing Fall/Winter 1982

Locals Bruce Smith, Mark Poster, Lane Parrish and Scott Curtis are featured as the fastest non-motorized people in the world while competing on the international speed skiing circuit. Racing 100-plus miles per hour in a free-fall contest down a “course” set on an average 52-degree pitch, they drop 1,200 feet in a scant half mile. O n

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Cover Girls

Summer/Fall 1982 Mariel Hemingway is Sun Valley Magazine’s cover girl on the first issue published under new owner and publisher Michael W. Riedel. The cover price of the magazine rises to $3 per issue.

Winter 1983 New owners Mike and Vicki Riedel change the cover design to feature “The Ladies of Sun Valley”—each cover now features a beautiful, athletic, fresh and outdoorsy woman who represents the Sun Valley lifestyle.

Winter/Spring 1986 Sun Valley Magazine Cover Girls include Mariel Hemingway, older sister Margaux Hemingway, actress Pamela Sue Martin, Brooke Shields, Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, Ketchum’s own Olympic medalist Christin Cooper, Steve McQueen’s widow Barbie McQueen, Gretchen Palmer (Wick) and many other local ladies.

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❺ Milt Kuolt Purchases Elkhorn Summer 1984

President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Horizon Air, Milt Kuolt purchases Elkhorn and vows to make it profitable. His airline, Horizon Air, also begins regular daily commercial jet service from Boise, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland, offering direct flights to Seattle or Portland for $109 each way.

❻ High-Speed Quads Fall/Winter 1988

Opening Day, November 24, 1988, three brand-new, high-speed quads are completed on Baldy. A two-year, $6 million project, the quads reduce lift times by more than half. The Challenger quad at the base of Warm Springs replaces the 25-35 minute, multiplelift- trip to the top, zipping skiers up in less than 10 minutes.

❼ Scott Glenn and Hemingway Project Summer/Fall 1982

Fresh from filming “The Right Stuff,” actor Scott Glenn talks about his new project “Personal Best” filmed with fellow local Mariel Hemingway.

❽ Vuarnettes

Summer/Fall 1982

Bad-girl band and singing group The Vuarnettes continue their bawdy brand of comedy and après ski entertainment.

❾ Cross Country Ski Association Winter 1984

The Sun Valley Cross Country Ski Association is founded to help promote the amazing trails and services for the 1983-1984 winter season. Nordic skiing takes off in popularity.

Harriman Philosophy Winter 1984 An interview with Averell Harriman highlights his philosophy in founding America’s first destination ski resort, along with his famous quote: “We didn’t run Sun Valley to make money. We ran it to be a perfect place.”

Natural Disaster Winter 1983 May 31, 1983, the Big Wood River rises to a reported 7.95 feet (the highest since 1915). Giacobbi Square burns but is rebuilt in an astounding six months to open just before Christmas.


Winner's Welcome Summer 1984 Returning Olympic gold medalist and Sun Valley’s own Christin Cooper returns to a heroine’s welcome that includes the renaming of Silver Fox ski run on Seattle Ridge to Christin’s Silver.

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1990s ❶ The Business of Skiing Winter 1995

Profiles on Sun Valley ski industry innovators Ed Scott, John Demetre, Bob Smith, Bud Feltman, Bobbie Burns, Chuck Ferries and Mike Brunetto. Brunetto, whose story is similar to so many of the other businessmen profiled, first came to Sun Valley in 1964 and worked for Union Pacific as a busboy in the Duchin Room at night so he could ski by day.

❷ Backcountry Skiing Winter/Spring 1996

An insider’s guide to the historic pursuit of backcountry skiing and the ski legends—Florian Haemmerle, Andy Henning and Victor Gottschalk—who pioneered routes down some of the Sun Valley area's most remote and formidable slopes.

❸ Board Mania Winter/Spring 1998

Boarding rises after Sun Valley Resort lifts restrictions imposed on snowboarders—such as their need to demonstrate proficiency on Dollar, before being allowed on Baldy or restrictions on certain runs.

❹ Expedition Inspiration Winter/Spring 1995

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New Publisher

Lodge Construction

Summer/Fall 1991 Michael G. Earls purchases The Valley Magazine, Sun Valley Magazine's competitor, in early 1991 and takes over as publisher with the Summer 1991 issue.

Winter 1993 Holding embarks upon a massive on-mountain day lodge construction project with local design firm Ruscitto Latham Blanton. Warm Springs Lodge replaces the North Face Hut in 1992 and Seattle Ridge (1994) and River Run Lodge (1995) are built.

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Sun Valley Magazine Again Winter 1994 Michael Earls changes the name of The Valley Magazine to Sun Valley Magazine after purchasing rights to that title from competitor Mike Reidel, thus merging the two competitors. The cover price is $3.50 per issue.


iconic events ❺ ❺ Grooming Champions Winter 1990

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) was founded in 1969 by Pete Lane, Jane Kneeland and Jack Simpson and was known through the years alternately as the Sun Valley Ski Team. So many Olympians, national and world champions have come out of this organization that it was featured multiple times in the pages of Sun Valley Magazine. In 1990, the annual budget totals $612,000 and costs for development team members $650 per year.

❻ Big Bad Wolf Summer/Fall 1993

A feature commentary on wild wolf status in conjunction with the work of Jim Dutcher and Karen McCall, including their study and filming of “The Sawtooth Pack” north of Ketchum.

❼ Hailey Renaissance Winter/Spring 1996

In 1996, Hailey is the largest city in the Valley and the fastest growing in the state, with new transplants like Bruce Willis and Demi Moore making an impact on Main Street.

❽ Junior Nordic Program Winter/Spring 1997

A profile of how head coach Rick Kapala trains and leads his Nordic junior racers to the top— three of the only eight junior skiers who qualified for the World Championships in 1996 were from the Sun Valley Nordic team.

❾ Hometown Hockey Winter/Spring 1998

From the Suns Hockey to the various adult leagues—A League, B League, the Sunsets (women’s league) and the Sun Valley Youth Hockey program—hockey fever sweeps the Valley.

Sun Valley Top Resort Winter/Spring 1996 After years of improvements by Holding—3 stunning new day lodges, 7 new high speed quads, new terrain and the most elaborate snowmaking system in the world—Sun Valley Resort is ranked the top ski resort in the nation in SKI Magazine.

Galena Lodge Saved Winter/Spring 1996 Teresa Heinz (widow of US Senator John Heinz and current wife of Senator John Kerry) successfully issues a “challenge gift” in order to save historic Galena Lodge from demolition.


Janss Pro Am Race Winter/Spring 1997 The first Janss Pro Am alpine race is held in honor of Bill Janss, who died of cancer on December 4, 1996.

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2000s ❶ Avalanche Awareness Winter/Spring 2002

After barely avoiding an avalanche, writer, ski guide and avalanche forecaster Anne Marie Devereaux shares avalanche awareness tips for the growing legion of local backcountry ski and snowboard fans. They include never skiing alone, always carrying beacons and shovels, and only exposing one person at a time when crossing, descending or highmarking.

❷ Crist Brothers Go Big Winter/Spring 2003

Big mountain skiing is the name of the game and few are better at carving up sick chutes and crazy couloirs than Sun Valley locals Zach and Reggie Crist. We tag along with the brothers as they evolve from X Games champs to ski movie stars.

❸ Living in the Round Winter/Spring 2005

The popularity of yurts as the ideal way to access Sun Valley’s sweet backcountry skiing stashes begins to really boom.

❹ Becoming the BMT Winter/Spring 2005

From humble beginnings (that actually included a contestant at the inaugural race participating on wooden skis) to becoming one of the most popular and well-respected Nordic races in the nation, the Boulder Mountain Tour celebrates 30 years of evergrowing popularity in February 2006. O n

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New Ownership

Dog Gone Travel

New Dollar Lodge

Summer/Fall 2001 Former editor Laurie Sammis takes over as publisher/owner of Sun Valley Magazine, assuring the future of the Valley’s longest-running and only nationally-published magazine.

Winter 2003 Dog sledding isn’t just for mushers anymore! Sun Valley Magazine looks at the local history and growing popularity of snow travel powered by pooches.

Winter/Spring 2005 The latest edition to Sun Valley’s impressive ski lodge collection opens to much acclaim (winter 2005-2006 season), as the new Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge welcomes in the next glorious era of skiing—and young skiers—to the Valley in style.

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❺ Undaunted Warriors Winter/Spring 2007

We honor the work done by Sun Valley Adaptive Sports as they partner with the US Department of Defense’s Military Severely Injured Center to help those injured fighting for our country bring joy and healing back into their lives.

❻ Kings & Queens of the Hill Winter/Spring 2007

A profile of the men and women who make up the core of the Sun Valley ski patrol, all longtime locals, who help make Baldy one of the safest ski areas in the country.

❼ Skiing with the Girls Winter/Spring 2008

From Gretchen Fraser winning the first-ever skiing Olympic gold medal for the US, to Christin Cooper, Picabo Street and Muffy Davis, to “vomen”-powered groups like the VAMPs and the DIVAS, we honor Sun Valley’s history of being home to great female skiers.

❽ Snow Science Winter/Spring 2009

Sun Valley has long been famous for its perfectly groomed runs. We pay homage to the snowcat drivers who spend winter nights creating Baldy’s quintessential “corduroy.”

❾ Backcountry Mecca Winter/Spring 2013

We celebrate Sun Valley’s long and proud history of backcountry skiing, covering everything from the first tracks made to the Pioneer Cabin in the 1930s, to the area’s impressive legion of backcountry yurt options.


Family Friendly

Las Vegas Connection

Going Big

Winter/Spring 2007 As the Valley begins to truly embrace its new role as a mecca for outdoor-loving families, we offer a few tips on how to make any family ski day in Sun Valley a great one.

Winter/Spring 2011 The “Quiet Kingmaker,” E. Parry Thomas, shares why he and the rest of the moversand-shakers of Las Vegas love calling Sun Valley their second home.

Winter/Spring 2012 Thanks to the new state-ofthe-art terrain park at Dollar Mountain, more and more local skiers and boarders are going big and making names for themselves in the high flying world of halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.

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THIS PAGE Former Olympian Reggie Crist jumps high. Reggie Crist is an Eddie Bauer, First Ascent athlete. OPPOSITE PAGE Bobbie Burns jumping on Exhibition in 1964.


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through the past 40 years

Sun Valley has always been a place of firsts. It was the first destination ski resort in America. The first chairlift was built here. Sun Valley is home to the nation’s first cross country ski school and has been home to the first turns of countless Olympic skiers.


he list of ski industry firsts that have taken place in Sun Valley also includes everything from the first tapered graphite ski pole and double-lensed ski goggles to the pages of Powder Magazine and the films of a former local ski bum named Warren Miller. That’s why Sun Valley has always attracted people looking for more than just the status quo. Ever since Averell Harriman first decided to create a one-of-a-kind resort nestled high in the Northern Rockies, Sun Valley has always attracted people who want more out of life. People in search of something unique, original and innovative. People who don’t just sit around and wait for their dreams to come true, but who chase after them with the passion and enthusiasm of ski bums hitting the slopes on a powder day. Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Sun Valley Magazine by saluting some of the innovators and pioneers of Sun Valley. People who made their dreams come true and, in so doing, helped make Sun Valley the magical and first-class community it is.

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Saving the Grande Dame of Skiing The Holding family BY Van Gordon Sauter

In the late 1970s, an exhausted, rundown and financially depleted Sun Valley Resort desperately needed a marriage. And the Disney Corporation was the ideal White Knight. Disney wanted into the booming ski industry sweeping the United States. It had dollars and marketing wizards and great skill running resorts. Sun Valley was tradition and class ‌ and a majestic mountain. Yes, Disney fronted those pesky mice and dwarfs and talking animals whose presence no doubt would unnerve Sun Valley Road and the Duchin Room. The Disney mandarins arrived in town, presumably bearing a hefty ring. But at a festive dinner, Disney brusquely closed the checkbook, barely said thanks for the roast beef and jetted back to LA still single! The Disney people decided not to merge their brand with another. So Sun Valley suddenly stood mortified and vulnerable in an America West where new, beautiful, lavishly financed ski resorts had arrived to great accolades and good business. The glitterati and ski enthusiasts were replacing Idaho in their Rolodexes with addresses in Utah, Colorado and Canada.

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Earl and Carol Holding

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THIS PAGE (left to right) Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge was opened for the 2005-06 season; Earl and Carol Holding enjoying a day on Baldy, with the Roundhouse in the background.

At that crucial moment, Earl and Carol Holding pulled the Sun Valley Resort, and with it the Wood River Valley, back from the cusp of irrelevancy and a future of doubt. A longtime senior executive of the resort says the Holdings were at their Santa Barbara condo when a national newspaper reported Disney’s rejection of Sun Valley. Carol Holding had been on a morning walk and was taking the paper back to the family condo when she noticed the article. Her reaction: When Earl sees this he will want to buy Sun Valley. And not long after, it was wheels up for Hailey. Thus, the Holdings became the third owners of Sun Valley. The first, of course, was the dashing and visionary Averell Harriman, scion of the Union Pacific Railroad fortune. He thought a ski resort would add revenue and elan to his passenger train traffic. Unfortunately, Harriman’s stay in Sun Valley was painfully brief. He was soon off to Washington and Europe as a key aide to President Roosevelt. And after the war, it was into diplomacy and politics (governor of New York) and a presidential run. He no longer had a management role in Union Pacific. The hard-core railroaders assumed oversight of the resort and found it distasteful. They built huge train engines, put down track and moved the commerce of a burgeoning nation. Coddling the rich and famous in a snow resort was, to them, bad and unseeming business. They consigned the resort to benign neglect and it quickly showed. To the rescue came the second owner, Bill Janss. An Olympic-class skier and son of a wealthy Southern California real state development family, Janss loved Sun Valley. Buying the resort was to him like buying Yosemite National Park. He was a visionary of skiing. He dramatically enhanced the mountain. His custom-

ers, employees and the town adored him. While he was great on the mountain, he knew nothing of marketing, renting hotel rooms, pricing dinners, promoting retail. Ultimately, he couldn’t afford to run and expand the resort. Sun Valley was tipping over. And then, at that auspicious moment, came the Holdings. Holding graduated from college with an engineering degree and was heading off to Iran for work on a dam project. But old friends offered him a quixotic job: fix a failing, run-down truck stop in the windswept Wyoming plains that was hemorrhaging money. Earl and Carol knew nothing of trucks, selling diesel, renting motel rooms, pushing fast food. But they learned. And as was their habit, they soon knew more than virtually anyone else in the business. They bought the business and migrated outwards into the oil business. They became billionaires. With Janss’ assistance, Earl upgraded the lodge and facilities and initiated a smart pricing mechanism for everything he sold. He ignored locals who were horrified that a Mormon oil baron owned Sun Valley. His new snowmaking equipment defined state of the art. New lodges opened, old ones were buffed up, a new age in Sun Valley had dawned. And today, back from a near-death experience, the “Grande Dame of American Skiing” is in a Renaissance, expanding its appeal to all age groups and outdoor activities. Harriman and Janss would be pleased. Tragically, Earl Holding is gone. His widow, a woman of grace and generosity, is engaged but not the face of the future. The role of Sun Valley in the lives of their three children and of the oil company itself is unknown. There is a slight unease in the Valley. These have been good years. Secure years. The Holdings gave the Valley its modern presence and authority. One can only hope the love and stewardship they invested will be sustained by others well into the future.

The Taylors, Dorice and Everett, of New York City, were the first names ever registered at The Challenger (now Sun Valley) Inn in 1937. They moved to Idaho a few years later and Doris became the resort’s longtime publicity director.

After starting at Sun Valley in 1969, Wally Huffman helped fulfill Bill Janss dream to create the world’s best snowmaking. He became the resort’s general manager in 1977 and also took over management of Utah’s Snowbasin Resort in 1984.

Tim Silva cut his teeth in Sun Valley as a lift operator in the 1970s. Nearly four decades later, he returned after a long stint at Northstar in Lake Tahoe to become the resort’s general manager and oversee Sun Valley’s next highflying chapter.

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An influential time

In 1964, the owners of Sun Valley Company, Averell Harriman’s Union Pacific Railroad, retained the Janss Corporation to determine what should be done with the struggling resort. The corporation was a successful family real estate development force in Southern California.

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The Forest Service snow ranger from 1963 to 1994, Butch Harper fostered the growth of skiing on Baldy and the local backcountry. During his tenure, the Idaho native designed avalanche-warning systems and oversaw the resort's expansions on public land, including helping Sun Valley grow from 33 to 62 runs. “Harper’s Trail” at Adams Gulch is named in his honor.

Andy Henning, who was in charge of Sun Valley’s Alpine Touring School with Florian Haemmerle and Victor Gottschalk, published the "Sun Valley Ski Guide" in 1948. Created at the request of Averell Harriman, who hoped it would generate interest in alpine touring in Sun Valley similar to its popularity in the Alps, Henning’s book was the first guidebook for high mountain ski touring, and still stands today as the area’s most comprehensive alpine touring guidebook.

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After beginning as a ski patrolman on Baldy in 1972, John Matteson eventually took over the reins of Dollar Mountain, which over the last decade has welcomed countless youngsters and newbies to alpine winter sports, while also becoming home to one of the hottest terrain park scenes in the country.

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Arriving as part of the Snow Park Technologies team that came to revamp Sun Valley several years ago, Brain Callahan stayed on board to become the resort’s terrain parks manager. During his tenure, the terrain park has gone from being essentially nonexistent to becoming one of the best parks in the country, ushering in the next generation of skiers and boarders to Sun Valley.

/ harper : courtesy butch harper / matteson : courtesy john matteson / callahan : hillary maybery

The Janss Years

zoning regulations that prohibited development on hillsides in Sun Valley and limited all development to only 15% of the land. Janss was also intent on adding a cultural dimension to the community. He and his wife, Anne, asked an old friend from Los Angeles, Glenn C. Cooper, who had recently moved to Sun Valley after the death of her husband, to help create cultural outlets that would transform the Valley into a place rich with cultural awareness and experiences. The Janss years were good for the resort and the Valley. The Sun Valley customer base was broadened. People soon began to see Sun Valley as a rewarding place to live an engaging lifestyle, not just a place to visit. That evolved into a large second-home community that has become a significant economic and cultural asset to the Valley. Most important, Janss, the skier, the mountain man, the planner, began to dramatically change the mountain. As one Sun Valley veteran said, “Mr. Janss was, for us skiers, a dream man. He gave us more runs, more lifts.” Janss lived in Sun Valley for years after he sold the resort to the Holding family in 1977 and was warmly regarded by the community. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 78. (Excerpted from Van Gordon Sauter’s book “The Sun Valley Story.”)

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Bill Janss

Bill Janss, a son of the firm’s founder, had been educated at Stanford and was a skilled skier. He had skied Sun Valley for years and was on the 1940 US Olympic Team (those games were canceled because of war). Janss possessed a winning personality, a broad range of cultural interests and a keen sense of product. As a young man back from serving as a pilot in World War II, he developed innovative and profitable cattle and feedlot operations in the Southwest and in Hawaii. He also invested significantly in the new Aspen ski resort and was participating in that community’s emerging cultural and intellectual endeavors. Bill Janss knew the business of mountains and the joys of skiing them. In 1964, a $3 million deal was reached and Janss became the second owner of Sun Valley. Among the primary goals of the new ownership was dramatically expanding and improving the mountain and making the resort more comfortable and accessible for the rapidly expanding number of middle-class ski enthusiasts. Unlike the pattern of other resorts, Janss did not sell land to developers. Instead, Sun Valley developed its own land, keeping strict control over the placement and style of development. While Janss was criticized for building condominiums, he was also instrumental in obtaining planning and

Dick Durrance A 17-time national skiing champion, Dick was a member of both the 1936 and 1940 Olympic teams. Considered one of America’s skiing pioneers, Durrance helped cut trails on Bald Mountain.


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Susie Patterson Born and raised in Sun Valley, Susie was a member of the US Ski Team from 1971 until 1979. Competed at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.


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Zach Crist 7-year US Ski Team member and 3-time Winter X Game winner, including gold in 2001.

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Chris Cook 2006 Games in Torino, Italy.




Betty (Bell) Weir 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway. At the Olympics, she was exposed to Nordic skiing and eventually introduced the first pay-to-use Nordic trails in Sun Valley.

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Sondra VAn Ert A teenaged national ski racing champion turned snowboarder, Sondra boarded in both the 1988 Games in Nagano, Japan, and the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Graham Watanabe 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, and 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada. Graham was also the first American to win a World Cup event in snowboardcross in 2004. Winter 2014 | 99

banks of snow created an intimate community of quietness—sucking up any traffic noise and elevated voices that could be heard from a block away. This one aspect made Ketchum a different place from then and now. There was a feeling that this was the end of the road with nothing but snow and mountains with a village tucked in between! Secondly, the housing that we all endured was as primitive as a backwoods shack in the remote outposts of Alaska—Lefty’s Cabins, Antlers Hotel, Tequila Flats, the Quonset huts for employee housing. The widescreen TVs, king size beds, hot tubs and granite countertops of today were nowhere to be found. Every ski bum that arrived into town was willing to be stacked like cordwood for sleeping—just for a chance to live the dream in world-famous Sun Valley. The overly cramped living conditions in substandard housing forced everyone to find a “living room”—a real place to spread out, lounge and entertain friends. So, we turned to the local establishments such as Louie’s, the Ore House, Boiler Room, Casino Club, bottom of Warm Springs Hut, Slavey’s and, of course, the Pio as our nightly ritual. Go home? Why would anyone go home since “home” was a singlewide bed upon which to crash? Every night we gathered at the watering holes to chew the fat about life. And, life consisted of pretty much four things – ski equipment, weather, ski conquests and, of course, relationships. Regarding ski equipment, the discussions were endless because of all the ski reps traveling through town distributing the latest and greatest; plus, the local businesses such as Scott, Smith, The Ski and others. Local rumors held that the pile of broken Scott boots was as high as the largest snowbank, Smith goggles were being built by hundreds of ‘expert skiers’ in Tijuana and that The Ski was filled with tumbleweeds to cut down on weight and costs. Talking about the weather in Sun Valley was a never-ending affair. That was before snowmaking! When is it going to snow? When is it going to stop snowing? And, was it really 28-degrees below zero as we huddled in those frozen lift capes on that slow single chair to the top? Ski conquests covered everything from: talking about Jean Claude ripping Limelight and navigating a dozen ski school classes like slalom gates; to Ted McCoy sailing off the rock at the bottom of River Run; to John Dondero conquering the Austrian Ski Team at the annual Sun Valley Ski Race; to Pat Bauman and Corky Fowler flipping into Christmas Bowl, and Burns jet-skiing through the moguls. Much of what happened on the slopes on Baldy happened right below the skis of the folks riding up the chair. In fact, many stars were born as they ripped the South Slopes under the chair, or in Christmas Bowl, or down Limelight, Holiday and Exhibition. And love, sex and relationships can be summed up by a visiting New Zealander who exclaimed after an extended visit that what happens in New Zealand in a month, happens in Whistler in a week, and happens in a NIGHT in Sun Valley! Lastly, this was the era of “free love” and, in keeping with the spirit of “free,” free skiing was offered as an extra benefit.

Ski media and innovators BY Jake Moe

Sun Valley has a history so remarkable and rich that it’s easy to understand why it is so compelling. Discovered by a European count. Funded by an international industrialist. Promoted by a PR guru from New York City. Visited by the beautiful people of Hollywood. Sun Valley attracted the top skiers from many nations to become ski instructors and was featured in world-famous films. All of these components created an American icon that inspired legions of subsequent resorts. But when I am asked what Sun Valley was like in the glory days, my answer is always the same: I love what Sun Valley has become because of all the improvements to the total experience that today’s Valley has to offer. However, Sun Valley from 1965 to 1975 was truly a “magical experience” for some very specific reasons. There are some fundamental differences between Sun Valley of today and Sun Valley of that period. First and foremost, when the first big blizzard came to the Wood River Valley every fall, the snow stayed until practically spring. Enormous stacks of snow divided each street in half and turned a bustling community of cars into a varietal European walking village. The 12-foot

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Dick Barrymore

powder magazine photograph : courtesy sun valley resort

Sun Valley: The Magical Years

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John Jay

/ miller & scott: courtesy sun valley resort / smith : courtesy smith optics burns & ferries : kiristin cheatwood

Bobbie Burns Each morning, a couple dozen spots were available to the “free-loaders.” All they had to do was meet early in the morning at the bottom of the mountain and for several hours these folks pretended to be Tucker Snow Cats by side-slipping slopes too steep for the cats to navigate. In exchange for their sweat labor, lift tickets were issued for the rest of the day. These low-riders would pay their dues and ski like crazy until the last trip to the top. And, if they were lucky, they got the chance to sweep the mountain with the ski patrol after the lifts closed. What a score— skiing at the famous Sun Valley for free and hanging out with the beautiful people at night. The Wood River Valley was a certified, card-carrying member of the '60’s generation, with sex, drugs and rock and roll on the menu—with the added component of escaping the city life and experiencing incredible skiing in the mountains as the cherry on the top. It is with this backdrop that a legion of fantastic skiers was created by the challenges of everything Baldy had to throw at them: enormous moguls, vast bowls in the deep powder, jumps with plenty of air time, steeps, ungroomed runs and the occasional downhill race. With super-stiff Warren Miller narrow skis, the skill level had to be very high to challenge the deep-snow winters of that era. In fact, one winter it was so snowy that the bowls only opened a total of nine days. The locals that ruled Baldy became famous! With the extraordinary talent ripping Sun Valley’s terrain every day, it became a natural for the national ski press and filmmakers to show up to capture that talent on film. Warren Miller had discovered the benefits of filming in the rich Wood River light many years before and was then joined by Dick Barrymore, Joe Jay Jalbert, John Jay and others. The concept of the international ski film sensation (K2’s “Performers Ski Film”) was birthed in Sun Valley and featured the stars from the area. That became the iconic film for skiing just as “Endless Summer” was for surfing. It is also this unmatched product of sun, snow, athletic excellence and unique location that prompted me to choose to start Powder Magazine in Sun Valley! All we had to do was walk out the front door and there was the greatest studio one could ask for in generating phenomenal and first-rate material.

The sport of skiing was revolutionized in 1958 when Sun Valley local Ed Scott invented the first tapered aluminum ski pole, which replaced the customary bamboo or steel poles. Scott’s design of exactly the right weight, strength and diameter created a superior product that swept the ski racing world and launched Scott USA (now Scott Sports), an international company that produces many kinds of sports gear. “It’s a Smith kind of day!” That was the mantra of skiers in the’70s and it meant that there was fresh powder and you needed your Smith goggles. Born in 1933 in California,

BoB smith began obsessing about better ski goggles while stationed in Germany as an Army dentist. Smith eventually moved to Sun Valley where his name became synonymous with great ski goggles. He passed away at his home in Idaho in 2012.

The first time Chuck Ferries was in Sun Valley it was for a mere three hours. Arriving by train with a one-way ticket, he was a 16-year-old with a dream to ski a big mountain. Just days before, he had lowered his suitcase and ski gear by rope from his bedroom window, running away from home in upper Michigan. He wound up spending that season in Aspen, but a couple decades later, after amassing an amazing skiing career, Ferries finally moved to Sun Valley with a family of his own in 1976. As the first American to ever win the “Super Bowl of skiing,” Austria’s legendary Hahnenkamm slalom in 1962, Chuck Ferries name will long live in skiing lore. A four-time member of the US Ski Team and a two-time Olympian as a skier, he also coached the US women’s team at the 1968 Games in Grenoble, France. Ferries’ impact, however, was as big for what he did off the slopes as he did on them. Among his many claims to fame, Ferries is credited with creating the first foamcore fiberglass ski for K2 Ski Company and for helping to save Scott USA, when the company was about to close. He was elected to the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1989. “Sun Valley is the best place in the world to live,” Chuck exuberantly laughs. “How could you possibly have a better life? I consider myself very, very lucky.” Excerpted from Julie Gallagher’s “Valley Profiles” article in the Winter 2012 issue of Sun Valley Magazine.

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Nordic Skiing in Sun Valley

Galena was home to the Valley’s first community during the mining boom of 1879. Various stores occupied the area over the next century until 1994, when the “Help Save Galena” campaign turned the lodge into a publicly-owned base for Nordic skiing and hiking. Tucked into the Boulder Mountains, Galena Lodge offers Nordic ski equipment sales, rentals, lessons and clinics, yurt rentals and a gourmet restaurant.

Rick Kapala When Rick Kapala sustained an injury during a pick-up football game in college, he was told he could no longer participate in contact sports. The news instantly put an end to the dream he’d long harbored of being an Olympic wrestler. But having grown up with a love for the outdoors and having learned the discipline and passion for an active lifestyle from wrestling, Kapala began Nordic skiing with some college buddies. Little did he know that the challenge and solitude of the sport would draw him in and provide him with a new future far from the wrestling mat. In 1987, after coaching in Alaska for a couple of years, Kapala moved to the Valley to take a position as the head coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s (SVSEF) cross country program. Kapala has long been considered one of the best Nordic ski coaches in the nation. His impressive resume includes being named US Ski Association Cross Country Coach of the Year three times, winning the SVSEF’s 2010 Jack Simpson Dedicated Coaches Award and having athletes he’s coached, like Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton, compete in the Olympic Games. Excerpted from Hailey Tucker’s “Valley Profiles” article from the 2012 Winter issue of Sun Valley Magazine.

Before becoming a member of the legendary 10th Mountain Division during World War II, Phil Puchner was a ski jumper and captain of the Dartmouth Ski Team. Puchner moved to Sun Valley in 1947 and helped cut runs on Baldy. He went on to become a World Masters champ in cross country and was in the inaugural class of the Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame.

After a snowstorm had made roads impassable, Louis Stur skied from Ketchum to Galena to take a woman running the lodge some much-needed medicine. In honor of Louis’ heroic efforts, the Boulder Mountain Tour ski race was founded. The “BMT” will be celebrating its 39th year this winter and now attracts nearly a thousand of the world’s best cross country skiers to “Nordic Town, USA” each January.

Bob Rosso came to Sun Valley in 1971 to ski for one winter. He never left, and there’s no doubt the community is a lot better off because he stayed. Rosso’s list of local accomplishments is as long and distinguished as the course for the Boulder Mountain Tour, which he helped found and serves as the president and chief of course for every winter. For nearly four decades now, Rosso has been the founder and owner of The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum. He also helped found Sun Valley Mountain Guides and has been on numerous nonprofit boards, including 20 years for the Blaine County Recreation District. Despite all these accomplishments, Bob still calls his wife and business partner, Kate, his one true love.

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photographs : kapala & puchner : kristin cheatwood

Leif Odmark was a member of the Swedish Nordic and ski-jumping teams before emigrating to America in the 1940s. He traveled to Idaho just to see the resort from the film, “Sun Valley Serenade.” Odmark became a local ski patrolman and then a ski instructor, before coaching the US team at the 1952 Winter Olympics. In 1970, he founded the Sun Valley Nordic Ski School and Touring Center—the nation’s first cross country ski school.

/ odmark: courtesy sun valley resort / galena : julie molema / bmt: nils ribi / rosso : travis bartlett

a long and rich history becomes modern

From the Archives

photographs : sun valley magazine staff photographer

celebrities and stars celebrate sun valley





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1 Stein Erickson ran the gates without a flaw at the Sun Valley Celebrity Ski Invitational, 1985.

2 Chuck Webb, Brooke Shields and Peter Duchin before the 1986 Duchin Cup.

3 Eric Estrada and Peggy Rowe greet host Jack Thornton at Evergreen Restaurant, 1985.

4 Robert Redford takes in the view, 1983. 5 Michael Keaton, Kiki Cutter and Clint Eastwood at the Duchin Cup, 1990.

6 Jane Seymour, David Flynn and Hart Bochner (r) at Evergreen Restaurant, 1985.

7 Jackie Kennedy Onassis skiing in the Winter of 1983. 8 George Hamilton at the Sun Valley Celebrity Ski Invitational, 1985.



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Stumbling through History

BY Mike McKenna

etchum Idaho, has a long and distinguished history … of partying. The small mountain town and its adjoining resort community of Sun Valley are steeped in Old West history, which means that even though they’ve known some rough and rugged times, they’ve still had plenty of reasons to celebrate.


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THIS PAGE Blanketed by fresh snow, Main Street in Ketchum (looking south) has that classic ski town look and feel. INSET Ketchum’s Main Street in 1930 (looking north), before the resort arrived and changed (almost)everything. The Griffith Bros. Grocery on the left, (now home to Cornerstone Bar & Grill) and the Lane Mercantile (on the right, now home to Enoteca Restaurant & Wine Bar) still stand and are two of Ketchum’s original brick buildings.

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• Housed in an old First Congregational Church on Leadville Avenue in Ketchum, Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant was a Sun Valley favorite for 35 years before moving to Boise in 1998. Did you know … that Louie donated the church to the Ketchum Historical Society in 1999 … and that Louie’s is still serving pizza at their restaurant in Meridian … or that the original church-turned Louie’s Restaurant is now at the corner of 6th Street and East Avenue, part of The Picket Fence annex? • Did you know … that Desperado’s, the Ketchum restaurant known for serving up “Mexican with Altitude,” turns 30 this year? • Did you know … that The Roundhouse on Bald Mountain first opened in 1939 … that its octagonal shape was modeled after railroad switching stations … or that it was closed and used for storage for three years in the late-‘90s?

ver the decades, the once dirt roads of the small town tucked into a skinny river valley in the Northern Rockies have seen folks rejoice in the discovery of precious mining metals and toast trainloads of sheep sent off safely to market. They have been stumbled upon by drunken cowboys and movie stars, echoed the sounds of countless cocktail glasses clinking together to seal deals for power brokers and politicians and, of course, have hosted more ski bums celebrating another great day on the slopes than anyone could possibly count. Ketchum is, after all, America’s original ski town. Home to the first destination ski resort in the country and the world’s first ski lifts and, since Sun Valley first opened with a star-studded soirée in 1936, has been one of the hardest partying towns you could ever cozy up to for a drink (or several).

The Early Days The first folks to stagger around the northern stretches of the Wood River Valley were fur trappers in the 1820s. The search for beaver didn’t bring too many folks to the region, but the search for gold and silver did. After silver was discovered near the headwaters of the Big Wood River in 1860, the Valley’s first town popped up at Galena (named for the silver and lead-ore mixed rock found there). Several hundred hardy folks came to Galena in search of fortune, including a fella by the name of David Ketchum. By 1880, Ketchum would become the first person to build a home along a stretch of the Big Wood River in what would soon become known as “Leadville.” By 1889, Leadville had a population of 2,000 and was home to some 13 saloons, four restaurants and numerous “female boarding houses,” as the bordellos were properly called. But when Leadville finally applied to be recognized as a legal town, the claim was rejected because there


were already too many towns with that name in the West. So the good, albeit obviously heavy drinkers of the community, decided to name the place after the colorful local known as David Ketchum. And there’s no doubt that when the official township was finally granted, the first thing the good people of Ketchum did was celebrate. It takes quite a thirsty clientele to keep more than a dozen bars open in such a small town. Even from its onset, Ketchum has never been much of a town for teetotalers!

Off With A Bang Everything was in place for the gala opening of America’s first destination ski resort. The brand new Sun Valley Lodge had been completed, chandeliers were hung, the bars were well stocked and a trainload of celebrities like Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert had safely arrived. Everything was perfect, well … almost everything. December of 1936 had been an unseasonably warm and dry one in the Wood River Valley, and there wasn’t much snow south of Galena Summit. And, as any ski bum can tell you, when there’s no snow everybody turns to their second favorite hobby, drinking—heavily. Clearly, there was some heavy drinking going on that night. For in the midst of the well-dressed crowd of Hollywood big shots, bankers from the Midwest and media members from as far away as the East Coast, a fistfight broke out. Sun Valley’s hard-partying ski town ways had officially begun with a bang!

Old School Sun Valley Eventually, Mother Nature answered the bell. Snow fell and Sun Valley became the nation’s first

opposite page (clockwise) The Casino gets hopping around 10 pm on any given night, here bartenders Gary “Coach” Moser, Matt Gorby and Dave Penn serve up thirsty patrons; Jan Hegewald mixes up a French 75 at the “Christy’s” Olympic Bar; Brewmaster Paul Holley at Sawtooth Brewery shows off some whiskey barrel-aged ales; Paige Lethbridge, co-owner of The Cellar Pub, displays a night’s worth of Jell-O shots; The Pioneer Saloon’s 10-foot long waterfowl Market gun is one of the bar’s countless Old West artifacts; Fresh clams are part of the mouthwatering aprés ski fare served at the Duchin Room.

photographs : bryan huskey

The corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Road has long been a staple of Ketchum’s nightlife and restaurant scene. Now home to B. Restaurant & Bar and its fine dining offerings, the history of that location is steeped in some hard partying times. Did you know … that before becoming B. the Roosevelt Tavern served up food, live music and a rocking rooftop deck each summer for 15 years … that the building was also once home to the Saltwater Grill, Bonzai Jack’s Sushi and The Beach … that the property has been owned by the Werry family (who also own The Casino Club) since 1936 ... and that it was originally home to Slavey’s Saloon, named after the patriarch of the Werry family, and arguably the favorite partying spot in Sun Valley for nearly four decades before it was closed?

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real ski resort. This, of course, means that Ketchum can also boast of holding the country’s first ever après ski parties. And one of the things that really makes this place special is that modern day skiers and snowboarders can still enjoy an après cocktail at the same place the original skiers did—in the Sun Valley Lodge. The Duchin Lounge (sometimes called the “Duchin Room” by locals) in the lobby of the Sun Valley Lodge hasn’t changed much since Ernest Hemingway first started hanging out there in the 1930s. There’s something alluring and mystical about the dark wood and deep red of the room. It was originally decorated by Marjorie Duchin, for whom it is named, although most folks mistakenly think it’s named after her famous musician husband, Eddy, or son, Peter. “It’s the quintessential hotel bar,” said Lenore Carroll, who’s been serving at The Duchin Lounge for a couple of years and has lived in the Valley for a decade. “It’s not your average bar. It’s an old school drinker’s bar.” But just because it’s old school, certainly doesn’t mean Sun Valley’s longest running après skiing staple is just for old folks. Not with popular drink specials like “Hot Buttered Rum,” made with fresh batter from the bakeshop, or the “Hemingway Special Daiquiri,” made with fresh lime and grapefruit juices and Heering Cherry liqueur, or “The Stumbling Islander,” described as “a Mai Tai on steroids” and nicknamed “The Stumbler.” The “Wrinkle Room,” as some locals have nicknamed the bar, is far from an accurate description, although it does help keep the place a bit of a secret. The staff describes the clientele of The Duchin Lounge as a true melting pot of everyone who visits or moves to the area. As bartender Kyle Ray explained, “Every night is like a living memory.” A bar hopping trip down Ketchum’s Memory Lane would never be complete without a stop at Michel’s Christiania. “The Christy” has offered up the quintessential ski town bar and lounge experience since 1959. After former US Women’s opposite page (clockwise) The Cornerstone’s craft cocktails and changing color Chroma bar are one-of-a-kind in Ketchum; Dillon Witmer tending bar at The Pio; Grumpy’s is famous for their massive schooners and the wacky stuff that lines the walls; Whiskey Jacques’ through the eyes of a beer pitcher; Lefty’s mugs are ready for their legion of regulars; “Big Bird” has been happily working (and drinking) at Grumpy’s for a couple decades now; A good beer selection is just one of the many things we love about The Sawtooth Club.

Ski Team coach and Lyon, France, native Michel Rudigoz bought the place in 1994, the old copper-covered, eight-seat L-shaped bar became known as “The Olympic Bar.” “Michel’s Drink,” as it’s known, is one of the most popular beverages to sip while pondering the views of Baldy across the treetops of Ketchum to the west. It’s a rather simple, classic French drink (commonly known as a “Kir”) that combines Chardonnay and Crème de Cassis. The “French 75” is another popular Champagne-based concoction that goes very well with an order of the house specialty of pomme frites, made from local Idaho potatoes that are so good they could give Oreo cookies and cocaine a run for being most addictive. Behind the side of the bar where Hemingway used to like to sit (he also had a regular table in the main dining room), the wall is adorned with the Olympic glory Michel was involved in. Photos of skiing greats like Sun Valley’s own Christin Cooper and Picabo Street hang on the wall beside souvenirs like signed skis from Italy’s Alberto Tomba. “It’s a good place for a local guy to take a girl if he wants to impress her,” bar manager Jan Hegewald explained. “But the really cool thing about the bar is that guys like Clint Eastwood will sit down and have a drink and share stories like everybody else and it’s not a big deal.” Jan also said he’s amazed that the longtime regulars can always offer up some new story of the old days. “If you want to hear some Sun Valley history, if you want to know how it was in the past, then this is the place,” Jan said. Time doesn’t seem to change much in The Pioneer Saloon either. Originally opened as a casino in the 1940s, “The Pio,” as it’s known and loved now, was really born in 1972. That’s why at the beginning of each ski season The Pio holds a three-day “Where were you in ’72?” party that serves as an annual reunion for locals. The rustic bar at The Pio was remodeled a couple of years ago, but none of its Old West charm was lost. The elk and buffalo mounts that have long hung on the walls have heard countless great and crazy stories over the decades. Dillon Witmer grew up hearing those stories and now manages the bar for the family-owned and run restaurant. One of his favorite stories is when his dad, Duffy, ran out into the street after some folks who ditched on a tab and as they passed an empty cop car, he yelled out, “Stop or I’ll shoot!” continued on page 126


Idahoans have long been affectionately referred to as “spuds” for our state’s unsurpassed ability to grow some of the best potatoes on the planet. Well, it turns out that spuds can be used for more than just making McDonald’s French fries or baked potatoes the size of school buses. Since 1988, DRinc (Distilled Resources Inc.) has been turning Idaho potatoes into some of the world’s finest vodkas. Their flagship brand, Blue Ice, was the first spirit federally certified as gluten-free and its numerous awards include being named America’s #1 vodka by Chicago’s Beverage Testing Institute. DRinc produces 38 brands of farm-to-bottle spirits, including the extremely popular 44° North line, from their facility in Rigby, Idaho. Gray Ottley, chief marketing officer of DRinc, which has offices in Ketchum, explained that the locally grown ingredients are the key to their success. “It all starts with the ‘ubertuber’ Russett potato,” he said, lauding the great quality of the raw materials that Idaho provides, including pristine water from the Snake River aquifer. “To create a top notch product, you need to have great raw materials and Idaho provides them.” As the DRinc motto goes, “It’s not bragging if you can do it.”

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Preview 2014 ov e rv i e w o f U P c o m i n g e x h i b i t i o n s Victoria Adams • Squeak Carnwath • Linda Christensen • James Cook • Raphaëlle Goethals • Morris Graves • Michael Gregory Jane Hammond • Jonathon Hexner • Jun Kaneko • Margaret Keelan • Judith Kindler • Lisa Kokin • Gary Komarin • Hung Liu • Lynda Lowe Laura McPhee • Cole Morgan • Kenna Moser • Gwynn Murrill • Ed Musante • Marcia Myers • Deborah Oropallo • Luis González Palma Robert Polidori • Joseph Raffael • Christopher Reilly • Rana Rochat • Jane Rosen • Brad Rude • David Secrest • Kiki Smith • Julie Speidel Jack Spencer • Mark Stasz • Therman Statom • Allison Stewart • Melinda Tidwell • Boaz Vaadia • Theodore Waddell

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A Thriving Art Scene

A Stroll Through the Gallery Walk BY Heather Linhart Coulthard

The Sun Valley gallery scene is a complete surprise to those not familiar with the sophistication and caliber of art housed within the galleries and studios that dot our streets and line our Valley. But for anybody who knows the history of the place, it is just another notch in the belt of firsts that helped establish Sun Valley as so much more than just America’s first destination ski resort. created the space for the galleries and artists to thrive in Sun Valley and Sun Valley Resort supported those efforts. Today, there are dozens of galleries in the Valley and hundreds of working artists with studios or gallery spaces. Each year, the Sun Valley Gallery Association hosts nine Gallery Walks, which are eagerly anticipated and free to the public. Locals and visitors alike take in thoughtprovoking exhibitions of newly installed art from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, enjoy wine, mingle with friends and browse for inspired pieces to add to, or start, their collections. Artists are frequently in attendance and gallery shows often represent world premiere exhibits and groupings. To help you navigate our vibrant arts scene, we’ve compiled a few gallery tips and highlights to take with you on your next tour of our incredible and diverse galleries.

The East Side of Town Gilman Contemporary has been recognized for the quality and variety of art they bring to their clients.

It all began in the late ‘60s when a woman by the name of Glenn Cooper (later Janss) came to Sun Valley to start anew with her five children after the death of her first husband. She had been living in Los Angeles and was known as a cultural tour de force there—nominated by the Los Angeles Times as “Woman of the Year” for her contributions to the arts; specifically, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While convalescing from a hip injury one winter, longtime family friend and Sun Valley Resort owner Bill Janss (he would become her husband years later) asked Glenn if she could help develop an art center for Sun Valley. She did, forming the Sun Valley Creative Art Workshops in 1969 and becoming instrumental in both the development of what would become the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in later years. That was nearly 45 years ago, but Glenn Cooper Janss essentially 112 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

we live in a rare and beautiful place that has such amazing community support and it is important to give back.” Nearby: Iconoclast Books is next door, so you can pick up a latté or something for your nighttime reading on your way home. And be sure to check out the high-end designer shopping in The Colonnade at Elle Rose, Sway or Davis. Don’t miss: Shows by emerging artists in the fall. Get there early before the margaritas are gone.

Center of Town / Town Square BROCHOFSKY GALLERies

Where: 360 East Avenue, Ketchum The Personality: Minette and John Broschofsky say they started collecting art in the ‘80s focusing on Western art—historic, traditional, modernist and contemporary. “Travels to find our treasures brought us to places like Santa Fe, Taos and Denver,” they add, “and we found ourselves really getting consumed by our interest in art and decided to open Broschofsky Galleries in 1987. Our son Rudi joined the gallery in 2006 after college and has been very instrumental in our shifting focus toward incorporating more emerging contemporary Western artists.” Shining Moments: “We’re amazed at the caliber of clientele in Sun Valley and their art sophistication is outstanding. The project that we enjoyed the most was working with a couple who wanted to put together a great collection ranging from historic to contemporary. For some of the contemporary pieces, they chose unique Andy Warhol pieces we had from the Cowboys & Indians portfolio.

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Where: 661 Sun Valley R0ad, Ketchum The Personality: L’Anne Gilman and the lovely ladies at Gilman Contemporary anchor the eastern side of Ketchum’s gallery scene. They exhibit artists who present an innovative vision to painting, sculpture and photography—with a special emphasis on photography. They also serve a mean margarita on most Gallery Walk nights. L’Anne says she “opened the gallery in 2007 after working in the field for almost 17 years in Chicago and here in Sun Valley. Feeling like a niche was missing for new and younger collectors, I opened the gallery with a mission to broaden the appreciation of contemporary art by representing emerging and mid-career artists with a strong focus on photography.” Shining Moments: “Outside of the fact that we are still going strong despite having opened just before the Castle Rock fire and the downturn in our economy just months later, I am most proud of being able to use our gallery and many of our shows to help benefit a number of local non-profits. I recognize that

Broschofsky Galleries features 19th-21st century fine American art.

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For historic works, we were requested to procure a group of Edward Curtis iconic photographs from his ‘The North American Indian’ project (1898-1928). Having a whole roomful of these incredible images, many of which we had only seen in books, has been one of our greatest thrills. We are proud to have put together this museum-quality collection.” Nearby: The Courtyard also houses Wood River Fine Arts and the venerated walls of Frederic Boloix Fine Art is less than a block away. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat—two great restaurants are within walking distance. Dashi (one block south, across Sun Valley Road) and The Ketchum Grill (2 blocks north) are two fine restaurants, both on East Avenue, that serve award-winning cuisine in the epitome of “Ketchum casual”—jeans or silk and jewels. Don’t miss: Screenprints from Andy Warhol’s 1986 suite “Cowboys & Indians” or original photographs from the Edward S. Curtis project “The North American Indian” (1898-1928). Wood River Fine Arts, featuring art of the American West.

Tour of Galleries 1. B oulder Mountain Clay and Art Gallery 208.726.0773 2. B roschofsky Gallery 208.726.4950 3. D ave Norton Fine Art 208.726.3588 4. F rederic Boloix Fine Art 208.726.8810 5. F riesen Gallery 208.726.4174 6. G ail Severn Gallery 208.726.5079

13. J ennifer Bellinger Gallery 208.720.8851 14. Lynn Toneri • RC Hink Gallery 208.726.5639 15. O CHI Gallery 208.726.8746 16. Stoecklein Gallery 208.726.5191 17. Sun Valley Center for the Arts 208.726.9491 18. Wood River Fine Arts 208.928.7728

7. G ilman Contemporary 208.726.7585 8. H arvey Art Projects USA 208.309.8676 9. J ack Burgess Gallery 208.720.4462 10. Kneeland Gallery 208.726.5512 11. Kirk Anderson 208.726.1113 12. Lipton Fine Arts LLC 208.720.6331




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Where: 360 East Avenue, Unit 2 , Ketchum The Personality: Wood River Fine Arts is the collaboration of four dear friends, Dave and Molly McGary, Sandy Gregorak and Tom Bassett. “The stars seemed to align in October of 2012 to make the gallery a reality,” says Tom Bassett, “when a phone call from the McGarys brought Sandy, the McGarys and I to Sun Valley as partners.” Shining Moments: Sandy and I are most proud of the fact that the gallery has been a tremendous success in its first year, including hosting the reception for the first annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour. That success strikes an even deeper chord since our partner Dave McGary passed away suddenly in October of this year. Seeing Dave’s excitement and pride in the gallery was truly a gift for us. Nearby: Grab a bite at Moose Girls Café or wander over to Town Square for a hot chocolate or latté at Starbucks (one of the few Starbucks locations that serves beer and wine). Don’t miss: Life-size sculptures by revered nationally and internationally-acclaimed artist Dave McGary.

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Frederic Boloix Fine Arts specializes in paintings, works on paper and sculpture by modern masters.


Where: 351 Leadville Avenue North (In the Galleria Building), Ketchum The Personality: Frederic Boloix states simply, “I’ve been in the art business for 25 years, specializing in modern masters Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, etc., and contemporary art. Frederic Boloix Fine Arts has had a presence in Ketchum for 20 years.” Frederic’s connections run deep and strong. And while his gallery may be tucked into a corner of the Galleria Building, it is an important stop on any gallery tour. Shining Moments: “I’m proudest of having featured a collection of paintings by Marc Chagall, which was a first for the state of Idaho.” Frederic was also instrumental in bringing artist Francoise Gilot (Picasso’s former lover) to the Valley for a cultural presentation and educational series. Pretty impressive for a small town in the middle of Idaho! Nearby: Just across the Galleria you will find Bellissimo, for unique and one-of-a-kind designer embellishments for the home, which is a type of art gallery for the home. And one of Ketchum’s most revered institutions, The Pioneer Saloon is just steps away, as is one of Ketchum’s newest restaurants (by one of its most established chefs), chef Scott Mason’s Enoteca Restaurant and Wine Bar. Don’t miss: Any show that features the arresting works of contemporary artist Salustiano (Seville, Spain)—whose work reportedly so captured actress Sharon Stone when she first viewed it in Los Angeles as part of “The missing peace, artists consider the Dalai Lama” exhibit that she commissioned a portrait after discovering that the piece she wanted to buy had already been sold.

Where: 400 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum The Personality: Noted for her large-scale landscapes, Lynn’s images now include dynamic watercolors of native plains and Rocky Mountain animals. R.C.’s flamboyant character stools and animal chairs from the surrounding territories and beyond are stampeding through the gallery.

Jennifer Bellinger Fine Art

Where: 511 East 4th Street, Ketchum The Personality: A professional artist for over 40 years, Jennifer Bellinger’s still life paintings are held in collections around the world. Her gallery represents the sculpture of Idaho artists like Dave LaMure, Jr., the furniture of Wes Walsworth and art jewelry by Michele Black.


Where: 511 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum (downstairs from the Sheepskin Coat Factory) The Personality: David Norton began collecting Western art in the early 1970s, specializing in the Taos founders (Society), and Maynard Dixon pieces. This led to a sizeable art collection and his interest spread to contemporary Western artists as well.

Gallery Gulch / 1st Avenue GAIL SEVERN GALLERY

Where: 400 First Avenue North, Ketchum The Personality: Gail Severn Gallery anchors the north end of Gallery Gulch, which is fitting since it stands as one of the longest running galleries in town—along with Kneeland Gallery at the south end of First Avenue. Gail Severn says she “started the gallery in 1974 in a small building called ‘Vargold Lane’ The original name was Images Gallery (the name changed in 1980). The gallery is 38 years old this year.” Shining Moments: “I am grateful for the longterm support of residents and visitors that enabled us to grow the gallery and build the


Where: 411 N. Leadville Avenue, Suite 3, Ketchum (next door to the Coffee Grinder) The Personality: A relative newcomer to the local gallery scene, Lipton Fine Arts opened in December 2012 and presents Modern Art, American Indian art and original works from wellknown artists Alexander Calder, Jean DeBuffet, 114 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Gail Severn Gallery represents young, mid-career and established artists working in all media.

building named after my father, Russell Severn. Being able to continue the arts tradition that my mentors, Bill and Glenn Janss, shared with me when I worked for them at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is a privilege. And to be a part of the early stages of building the strong nationally recognized arts community we have in the Valley—and the fact that we were named one of the ‘Top Ten Small Arts Communities in the Nation’ speaks to the caliber of arts in our communities.” Nearby: Java on Fourth is right next door, if you need a pick me up to combat all that wine (or margaritas from Gilman Contemporary). Grab yourself a Bowl of Soul or Keith Richards and keep going … you only have a half dozen more galleries to visit. Don’t miss: After touring the four exhibition spaces and framing shop, don’t miss a private tour of the two-acre sculpture garden. Harvey Art Projects represents the finest aboriginal art in America.


Where: 391 First Avenue North, Ketchum The Personality: Native Australian Julie Harvey says the gallery opened initially for a three month temporary exhibition of Australia’s most renowned aboriginal art center, Papunya Tula Artists of the Western Desert. That was 3 1/2 years ago! “As it turned out, that exhibition was so popular we have kept our doors open ever since”, Harvey laughs, adding “Harvey Art Projects is an organization dedicated to developing cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of the finest Australian aboriginal art in America. We are the only dedicated gallery in America working directly with Australian aboriginal art communities, which means we spend much time traveling to very remote regions of Australia to work with artists and bring back exhibitions to the US” Shining Moments: “Being able to bring the actual aboriginal artists on regular visits to Sun Valley as a way to represent their communities and talk about their work. We hold regular film screenings and artists talks in conjunctions with The Community Library in Ketchum.” Nearby: This is the heart of Gallery Gulch, with galleries and shops on all sides. For a welcome diversion, be sure to stop into one of the unique and more “artsy” shops nearby—Consign Design, or Esmeralda Gordon, Jewels of the Empress, on either side of Harvey Art Projects USA, or Holli Jewelers across the street.

photographs top to bottom : courtesy frederic boloix

Sam Francis and photographer Annie Leibovitz. Nearby: Grab a Grinder from owner Nikki Potts at the coffee shop next door, one of the first in Ketchum and a local institution, or step into Rasberrys for eclectic homemade cuisine.

/ heather linhart coulthard / courtesy gail severn gallery

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Friesen Gallery celebrates over 25 years as a premiere Ketchum gallery.


Where: 320 First Avenue North, Ketchum The Personality: Andria Friesen. “After working in the art business for a number of years I decided it was time to open my own gallery,” Friesen says of opening her gallery in Ketchum. “On careful consideration, I narrowed my choices to two locations, Sun Valley, Idaho, and South Florida. I opened in Sun Valley in 1986 and have had no regrets. We are now celebrating our 27th-year anniversary and I continue to garner memories from artists and clients that will last forever.” Shining Moments: Celebrating 27 years as a premiere gallery in Sun Valley and conceiving and publishing the book project: “Speak For The Trees,” which Andria said “was the privilege of a lifetime.” Nearby: Browse the stunning wearable art from hand-curated jewelry designers in the living gallery of Holli Jewelers next door or step upstairs to locally-founded SQN Sport and grab a few essentials (all made in the USA). Don’t miss: Any of the glass art exhibits, especially those of William Morris for the incredible intricacies with the material.


Where: 271 First Avenue North, Ketchum The Personality: Established in 1982, Kneeland Gallery was originally the Wood River Gallery and was located in a very small corner of the building which now houses PK’s Ski & Sport (across from Frederic Boloix Gallery). George and Diane Kneeland purchased it 31 years ago, and, as Diane says, “We never looked back.” They have not strayed from their original vision and continue to represent traditional paintings and sculpture, focusing on landscape, still life and wildlife subjects by emerging and established artists. Shining Moments: George and Diane Kneeland 116 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

were instrumental in founding and writing the bylaws for the Sun Valley Gallery Association and they also established the plein-air event that is hosted in Sun Valley every August for the past 22 years. Nearby: If this is the end of the line for you, finish the evening with a refreshing El Dulce Fuego and tapas at Boca. Or continue around the corner to Main Street Ketchum where you can choose from B. Restaurant, The Sawtooth Club, Cornerstone, The Pio or Enoteca. Don’t miss: The Plein-Air show every August, where visiting artists are invited to paint scenes of their choosing from around the Valley. Sometimes the paint is still drying at the gallery exhibit and artists are always in attendance.

Ketchum / North Ketchum OCHI Gallery

Where: 119 Lewis Street, Ketchum The Personality: The eldest of five boys, Denis Ochi wanted to follow in his father, Fred’s, footsteps and become an artist, but eventually realized that his true talent lay in promoting the work of others. He opened OCHI Gallery in 1974. Since then the gallery has assumed several locations in Boise and Sun Valley, representing the work of both contemporary masters and emerging artists. His eldest daughter, Pauli, now acts as director of the gallery and works to bring new artists to Ketchum. Don’t miss: The “Death to Day Jobs” exhibit of emerging local artists every spring—it features incredible work representing a real pulse of the Ketchum underground.


Where: 191 Fifth Street East, Ketchum The Personality: More a museum than a gallery, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) is the oldest arts organization in the Valley. One of only five accredited museums in Idaho, The Center produces multidisciplinary

projects connecting the visual arts, performing arts and humanities at facilities in Ketchum and Hailey. Nearby: Globus, for eclectic Asian cuisine, is less than a block away. Don’t miss: The music, lectures and other programming, especially the youth classes and activities or family days.


Where: 491 E. 10th Street, A10, Ketchum The Personality: The Gallery features work by Susan Ward and the clay artists of Boulder Mountain Clayworks. Local artists selling oneof-a-kind clay art as well as functional ware of the best quality are shown. Nearby: The Knob Hill Inn is across the street for a great bar and fine dining at the Grill at Knob Hill Inn (with much of the same talented team originally behind Warm Springs Ranch restaurant). Don’t miss: Supporting The Hunger Coalition through purchase of the painted bowls in collaboration with the community and Boulder Mountain Clayworks.


Where: 491 E. 10th Street, A3-L, Ketchum The Personality: Carved mantels, doors, and bronze sculpture. The gallery features work ranging in size and style from delicate carved leaves to large fireplace mantels and bronze sculpture.


Where: 491 E. 10th Street, A1, Ketchum The Personality: Iconic fine art images of the American West and Western memorabilia, along with a full collection of coffee table books, calendars and outdoor lifestyle shots.


Where: 115B Northwood Way, Ketchum The Personality: Limited edition fine art prints, notecards, postcards, stock photography. Studio visits by appointment and often open on Gallery Walk nights.

photographs : courtesy friesen gallery

Don’t miss: Be sure to hit one of the opening receptions with the aboriginal artists in attendance.

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Rodney Smith’s “Reed Standing in Boat on Frozen Lake,” archival pigment ink print at Gilman Contemporary

Local Art Galleries

Whether a passionate collector, a hands-on artist, or simply a casual gift buyer, Wood River Valley visitors and residents alike celebrate the arts. Boulder mountain clay and art gallery 491 E 10th Street, #A10 Ketchum, ID 208.726.0773 or 208.726.4484

Broschofsky Galleries The Courtyard 360 East Avenue Ketchum, ID 208.726.4950


frederic boloix fine arts Galleria Building 351 Leadville Avenue Ketchum, ID 208.726.8810

Julian Voss-Andreae, Slender Woman, Bronze Sculpture, 71” x 14” x 12”

Susan Ward, Lady in Red

The Gallery features work by Susan Ward and the clay artists of Boulder Mountain Clayworks. Local artists selling one-of-a-kind items of best quality are shown here. Orders for dinnerware can be placed and special orders for anything from serving dishes to lamp bases are encouraged. The Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm most days but Sunday. The Gallery is located across from the Knob Hill Inn, on Highway 75 north of town.

Rodney Smith’s “A.J with Wings,” archival pigment ink print at Gilman Contemporary

Russell Chatham, December, Oil on Linen, 12” x 16”

Established in 1987, Broschofsky Galleries features fine art with a focus on the West, historic through contemporary. Artists include Russell Chatham, Michael Coleman, Edward Curtis, Ewoud de Groot, David Dixon, Glen Edwards, Jan Grotenbreg, William Matthews, Gordon McConnell, Ken Peloke, Theodore Villa and Andy Warhol.

Established in 1994, Frederic Boloix Fine Arts specializes in 20th Century Masters and Contemporary Art. Over the past 20 years we have shown and represented works by masters Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Chagall, Francis Bacon, Françoise Gilot and by contemporary artists Gustavo Acosta, Salustiano, Rainer Gross, Julian Voss-Andreae, Martin Herbst and Julio Larraz. We also offer consulting services and expertise in building art collections.

Ralph Oberg “Enetering The Sawtooths 40” high X 48” wide

Wood River Fine Arts Featuring Fine Traditional Paintings and Sculpture by Dave McGary (1957-2013) In The Courtyard, 360 East Avenue Ketchum (208) 928-7728 (855) 928-7728

Dave McGary “My Spirit Dances Forever” 33” high

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Master Framing and Installation Services

Friesen Gallery Sun Valley Road at First Ave Ketchum, ID 208.726.4174 •

since 1974

Severn Art Services, for over 38 years the principal framer for art collectors and galleries. Specializing in quality custom and archival picture framing, featuring exquisite copies of vintage and contemporary frames for fine art, three-dimensional objects, and mirrors, of all sizes. We provide experienced installation and curatorial services for homes, collectors, and corporations. We also provide cost effective framing and care for prints, posters, personal mementos, and family photographs. Please visit us in our showroom, next to Gail Severn Gallery in the Severn Building at 400 First Avenue North, for consultation and frame selections. Also, contact us for your installation, conservation and restoration needs.

Art Hanging & Installation Hardwoods • Leathers • Specialty Mats • Plexiboxes

William Morris, Mazorca Urn, Blown Glass, 17.5” H x 17” Dia.

Friesen Gallery exhibits contemporary paintings, glass, and sculpture by internationally and nationally recognized artists: Adela Akers, Brian Berman, Martin Blank, Christopher Brown, Rachel Brumer, Ford Crull, Dennis Evans, Lawrence Fodor, Jeff Fontaine, Gregory Grenon, Steve Jensen, Richard Jolley, Mary Josephson, Rocky Lewycky, Holly Lyman, Ann Mallory, Dara Mark, Nancy Mee, William Morris, Trinh Nguyen, Chris Richter, Ross Richmond, Ginny Ruffner, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Rob Snyder, Sebastian Spreng, Laura Sharp Wilson, Barbara Vaughn and Brandon Zebold, among others. GAIL SEVERN GALLERY 400 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5079 •

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Gwynn Murrill, Deer 8, Bronze 77.5” x 74” x 38”, 3/6

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Celebrating 37 years featuring contemporary painting, sculpture and photography: Jenny Abell, Victoria Adams, Nicolas Africano, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, James Cook, Kris Cox, David deVillier, Raphaëlle Goethals, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Rod Kagan, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Robert McCauley, Laura McPhee, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Marcia Myers, Luis González Palma, Robert Polidori, Joseph Raffael, Christopher Reilly, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, David Secrest, Mary Snowden, Julie Speidel, Jack Spencer, Mark Stasz, Allison Stewart, Boaz Vaadia, and Theodore Waddell. Visit Severn Art Services for all your custom picture framing, art installation needs, packing and art shipping. Follow us on Twitter Gail_Severn. 120 | 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE


Works from Cowboys and Indians, 1986

Bill Barrett • Oscar Berninghaus • Albert Bierstadt • George Catlin • Russell Chatham • Michael Coleman Edward Curtis • Ewoud De Groot • David Dixon • Glen Edwards • Jan Grotenbreg • Tom Howard Jack Koonce • William Matthews • Gordon McConnell • Ken Peloke • Bert Phillips Theodore Villa • Andy Warhol • And More.

Broschofsky Galleries

360 East Ave. Ketchum, ID


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gilman contemporary 661 Sun Valley Road • Ketchum, ID 208.726.7585

Craig Mooney, Empty Street, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 30”



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Since opening our doors in 2007, we have been recognized for both the quality and variety of exhibitions we bring to the Valley. Presenting photography, paintings and sculpture from nationally and internationally recognized artists in a vibrant and relaxed setting. The gallery is both committed to encouraging the appreciation of contemporary art as well as giving back to the community that supports us. HARVEY ART PROJECTS USA

Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia

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Big Bird has been a fixture behind the bar at Grumpy’s for close to two decades now, because, as he explained, “I’ve almost paid off my bar tab from the ’80s.” The walls of the A-frame bar are covered in everything from license plates from across the country to a Jane Wooster Scott painting of the place, to the bandage-covered dog from the film, “There’s Something About Mary” (a gift from the Farrelly brothers), to Norm’s ashes, a popular regular who recently passed. Though the country is full of bars called Grumpy’s, Ketchum’s started serving ’em up in 1978 and claims to be the nation’s original. Every day of the year, the sign out front reads: “Sorry, We’re Open” Nobody except for maybe the staff at Budweiser’s world headquarters in Europe was sorry when Paul Holle and Kevin Jones opened the Sawtooth Brewery at the beginning of the 2011-12 ski season. Sure, Sun Valley Brewing Company in Hailey has been crafting beers since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, but besides a couple of flyby-night attempts, no one had successfully brewed commercial beer in Ketchum for as long as most diehard locals can remember. A shame, since the town had historically been home to several breweries back in its Old West days, including the one that provided the suds for celebrating when it was originally incorporated, just before the turn of the 20th century. “Ketchum needed a brewery,” Paul explained, when asked why he helped found one. And the theory has proven sound. The owners have been happily surprised at how well the community has supported the Sawtooth Brewery. Despite not serving food and being located in the Clarion Inn’s lobby, business is booming. Sawtooth has gone from two guys brewing 11 barrels that first year to 12 people producing 600 barrels of local beer a year now—and growing. “We go through a lot of beer,” Paul said about the 10 or so styles they craft. “The importance of supporting local beer is pretty easy to understand.” It’s pretty easy to understand why The Cellar Pub has quickly become so popular—and it’s not just because they sell Jell-O shots! Opened in 2000, The Cellar has the look and feel of the old TV show “Cheers:” You walk downstairs to enter and once you do, it

seems like everyone knows your name (or can at least slur something that sounds like it). The Cellar Pub is known for a solid bar menu, a family-friendly vibe and for serving Moscow Mules in traditional copper mugs. The pub has a strong local following, which is helped by the fact that there’s usually at least one of the handful of owners tending bar. It also helps that The Cellar’s motto is: “Enjoy Life. Go down more often!” “This place has the best people in town,” said Tom Wright, a Cellar regular and transplant from Boise. Like Grumpy’s, the Sawtooth Brewery and Lefty’s (see Web Extras), The Cellar Pub is a good place to start an evening (or afternoon) of partying in Sun Valley. But when it’s time to really go deep, to switch from beer to cocktails, nothing beats what Main Street in Ketchum has to offer.

The Ketchum Shuffle Even by sauce-loving ski town standards, Ketchum is a hard-drinking and partying scene. Spend some quality time in other ski towns like Telluride or Taos, Bend or South Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole or Big Sky, Killington or Sunday River, like I have and you’ll see some serious partying going on. But no place gets after it with the ferocity of Sun Valley. As Ted Carleton, the publisher of The Sheet, a weekly newspaper in California’s Sierra Nevada and a former Ketchum resident, has been known to say, “A lot of towns like Mammoth, Truckee and Aspen think they party hard, and they do. But no one’s in Sun Valley’s league. Those people can seriously drink.” Since it’s fair to say that après skiing in America was born in Sun Valley, it’s also fair to expect the community to set the bar fairly high for ski town partying. And as luck would have it, several bars capable of supplying such frivolous festivities line Ketchum’s historic Main Street. The second oldest building in town, originally built in 1884, once housed a grocery store. It’s now home to The Cornerstone Bar and Grill and offers a big city feel in the heart of the Idaho mountains. Cornerstone also offers a pretty impressive craft cocktail menu, which may explain why locals like to call the place “the Cougarstone.” The house specialties include the sinfully spicy “Hot Pedro,” “Eric’s Ultimate Manhattan” and Winter 2014 | 127

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the “Italian OO6”, the “sneaky cousin to the (Christy’s) ‘French 75,’” head bartender/mixologist Kaylee Kuhn explained. Legendary actor Steve McQueen played a fire chief in the film “The Towering Inferno,” so it seems only fitting that The Sawtooth Club survived the fire of 2008 that destroyed Whiskey Jacques’ next door. Only the north-facing wall of The Sawtooth Club had to be rebuilt. The late actor was known to hang out in The Sawtooth Club or, as it was formerly known, “The Yacht Club.” Legend has it that the driver of one of the best car chase scenes ever filmed (in “Bullitt”) was even known to hop behind the bar on occasion to pour drinks and tell stories. McQueen is the prefect example of a typical Sawtooth Club patron, a clientele that bartender Laura Speck describes as “a wide variety of awesome!” A lot of the stories about the bar nowadays include The Sawtooth Club Shot Ski and “Kissing the Moose.” Following the KISS acronym (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is helpful when you’re partying in Ketchum, especially if you want to catch some top-notch live music. Whiskey Jacques’ is the place and taking a cab home is the right move. Karin Martin, the owner of Whiskey Jacques’ made all the right moves when she rebuilt the live music venue and sports bar. The new place has higher ceilings and a much roomier feel, yet still maintains that dark-wood, mountain-town feel of the old Whiskey’s. The nearly 40-year-old venue is popular for pizza, and now with families during the early hours, but everyone who parties in Sun Valley winds up at Whiskey’s sooner or later. As bartender Billy Cook explained, “You see everything in this establishment: the good, the bad and the ugly.” The Casino Club has certainly seen its share of everything. Originally built out of logs harvested from Baldy in 1926, the Casino is more than just a bar—it’s a true landmark, it’s an institution … and it’s usually a foggy memory for anyone who was in there the night before. An actual casino before gambling in Idaho was outlawed in the 1950s, the Casino was once home to roulette wheels, slots, craps and blackjack tables. It’s been owned by the Werry family since 1935 and is now the place most Sun Valley revelers, from visitors to seasonal and lifelong locals, end their evenings. 128 | 40th anniversary issue

“If you want to meet a true local, this is the place,” Kellen Corrigan explained over cocktails at the corner of the Casino’s long, fish-hooked bar. “It encapsulates the whole attitude and feel of the community in general,” said Kellen, a transplant who came to Sun Valley from Massachusetts a handful of years ago. “It’s accepting of people who come here and want to let loose and enjoy themselves.” Known by a variety of nicknames like “the Casbah,” “the Cash Bar, “the Can’t Say No,” to name a few, the timeless watering hole really is in many ways the heart of the community—or at least the liver. And a strong liver it is. “We’re not here to run people out,” bartender Zack “Spinner” Settle said, referencing a sentiment shared throughout the nightlife spots of this small but famous partying Idaho community. “We’re here to welcome people.” The Casino is the perfect example of how you can put some prime and polish on Old West towns like Ketchum, but you can never truly tame their wild spirits.

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Tucked along the base of the “North Shore of Sun Valley” on the Warm Springs side of Baldy, Apple’s Bar and Grill is the consummate ski town bar. For over a quarter of a century, Apple’s has been a favorite spot of skier and snowboarders of all abilities, from groms enjoying their first day of “surfing Baldy” to the countless former ski racers and Olympians whose autographs can be found scribbled on the classic ski posters and photographs that paper the walls of the cozy bar and grill. Apple’s is also known for their annual dirndl and lederhosen-clad Hahnenkamm party each January celebrating the “Super Bowl of ski racing.” No day of carving turns at Sun Valley is truly complete without a stop at Apple’s for some “Ein, Zwei, Drei, G’Suffa!”

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Turtle Island makes the impossible seem possible. It is a resort that feels like coming home, a private island that becomes your very own nature sanctuary. Turtle Island is an experience, more than it is a trip. It is a village. A family. A place you want to return to, again and again. Turtle Island, in fact, is a little bit like Fantasy Island, with the enigmatic host and proclaimed Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Roark presiding over all of your dreams. Because they always seem to say “yes” on Turtle Island. Except that it’s not Ricardo Montalbán of Fantasy Island presiding over this remote island paradise in the beautiful Yasawan Island group of Fiji. No, here on Turtle Island his name is Arthur and he is Fijian; his

hospitality so genuine and his joy so infectious that you want to record his laughter and make it your ringtone when you get back home to your real life. And maybe you do—and, trust me, the winter is brighter because of it. Then, slowly and without even realizing it, you begin to live the very tagline that seemed like marketing before you experienced a week on Turtle Island but now is simply a part of your being:

THIS PAGE Turtle Island, the location for Columbia Picture’s remake of “The Blue Lagoon” (1980) starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, was the event that prompted Richard Evanson, the island’s owner, to open his stunning paradise as an eco-tourism resort to guests.

“Once visited, never forgotten.” Because Turtle Island is truly paradise found and as soon as you visit, you find yourself scheming for ways to get back. But how to explain it to the uninitiated? Perhaps it is best to start with your bure mama. Accommodations on Turtle Island are in “bures,” traditional thatched cottages built by Fijian craftsmen. Your bure mama is like having your own personal concierge, dedicated to you and only you. But she is so much more than a concierge. Your bure mama keeps your room tidy, your beverage fridge stocked and snacks ready (the dessert snack tray with brownies was heavenly). She brings you breakfast in bed (lobster, fresh fruit and mimosas), thoughtfully plans all your activiWinter 2014 | 131

ties like an afternoon of snorkeling, a full day of deep sea fishing, a private dinner for two at Vonu Point or a sunrise horseback ride with breakfast on the beach. She even suggests, perhaps, when to plan nothing at all … and just like Tinker Bell, she scatters hibiscus flowers like pixie dust in her wake. By the end of the week, we considered her family and would have loved to take her, and any number of the staff home with us to show them our world and share a slice of the mountains with them, just as they had shared their island paradise and culture with us. Turtle Island came about as an exclusive tropical resort almost by accident. It all started with Harvard Business School graduate Richard Evanson, an entrepreneur on the fast track to success who made his fortune in cable television. In 1972, Evanson was burnt out from the pressures of corporate life and took a hiatus from his business dealings to search for an escape from the world he had created in America. He found it in the Fiji Islands. He purchased Nanuya Levu, a 500acre barren, uninhabited island in the Yasawa Islands and the rest, as they say, is history. Shortly after purchasing Nanuya Levu, Evanson was approached by film producers who had searched the world for the perfect location to stage their remake of “The Blue Lagoon” starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. They wanted to use his island 132 | 40th anniversary issue

to film the movie. Evanson agreed and, after realizing how much he enjoyed having people on the island who appreciated its beauty as much as he did, he decided to open the property to guests in 1980 and Nanuya Levu was renamed Turtle Island. Turtle Island is not just about the pristine white sand beaches, the perfect temperature (a constant 80º to 86º F) or the clear azure waters teeming with fish dropped like coins through sunlight. There is no denying the breathtaking and postcard perfect beauty of the islands of the Republic of Fiji—a string of 333 ancient volcanic islands and lagoons carved from lava and coral and scattered across 20,000 square miles of the sparkling blue South Pacific. And the Yasawan Island group, arcing north up the western coast of Fiji, of which Turtle Island is a part, is one of the most remote and untouched of all the islands—with land-based tourism activities restricted until as recently as 1987, when a governmentsponsored ecotourism startup fund promoted responsible and sustainable travel (and Turtle Island is the proud recipient of more than six international ecotourism awards for their solar power, five-acre vegetable and herb garden and a reforestation program that has seen the planting of over 500,000 trees over the last 40 years). The island has also been called the most

THIS PAGE (clockwise) Devil’s Beach (top left) is just one of 14 private beaches on Turtle Island; The warmth and joy of the Turtle Island family (the staff) elevate the experience beyond any other resort; Private dine-outs or beach picnics are an indulgent luxury.

intimate and romantic private island destination in the world. And with only 14 bures, along with 14 pristine powdery white sand beaches scattered around the 500-acre island, privacy is all but guaranteed. Reserve your own private beach and your bure mama delivers you to it with a picnic of lobster and champagne. There are no rules and no schedule, the day is yours to unfold as you wish and how you wish. And the experience of Turtle Island is not just about the fact that every single member of the staff is smiling and laughing and happy to meet your every single


Turtle Island, Fiji

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how to get there: For over 60 years, FIJI Airways has been connecting the world with Fiji. Service is attentive and courteous and it’s an easy direct flight from Los Angeles. You board at night, dine, then sleep for 7-8 hours and arrive refreshed in the morning. www.fijiairways. com or 1-800-227-4446.

THIS PAGE (clockwise) An aerial view, as seen from the easy 45-minute seaplane flight, illuminates the sparkling blue waters and incredible living reefs for which Fiji is known; Spacious accommodations and the newly remodeled spa offer additional luxuries.

need. Or the fact that all the activities are included—everything from paddle boarding and kayaking to sailing, hiking, biking, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing. Truly it is like staying at the home (the fully staffed home) of your favorite family friend. We stuffed our wallet and ID in the safe and never looked at them again until boarding the seaplane back to Nadi. We unplugged and unwound and greeted everybody by first name. But the true beauty of Turtle Island reaches beyond the activities, the relaxed island attitude and the endless days of sunshine and tropical breezes. It is about the spaces in between: The laughter, the stories, the impromptu dancing and shared time together. It is captured in an afternoon with a hammock and the perfect picnic built for two in a deserted

cove with a private beach facing nothing but the Eastern Trade Winds. It lives beneath a sky thrown with stars and kissed by the ocean, observed from a swaying hammock at midnight. And it is the memory of our guide, Arthur, the Fijian version of Fantasy Island’s Mr. Roark, singing to himself while snorkeling amidst a perfect turquoise sea tossed with strawberry coral and teeming with fish of every shape and color. Because this sums up the experience of Turtle Island and the Fijian people. It is moments of pure joy strung together like a necklace of shells or tucked behind the ear like a hibiscus flower. And this is why your ringtone features the laughter of a man from the village of Matacawelu in the remote Yasawan Islands of Fiji. And it is also why you dream of returning as soon as you possibly can.

when to go: It truly is beautiful all year—the average summer temp is 88ºF, with the average winter temp only dropping to a balmy 83ºF, so you can’t go wrong. Fiji’s winter runs from June to September and is considered the dry season, bringing fairly steady trade winds. The somewhat warmer and more humid summer season runs October through April and can bring the occasional tropical storm or cyclone. The spring or fall solstice is a great time to book a trip, as is any full moon. room with a view: To really splurge, book the Vonu Point bure. Perched above the spectacular Blue Lagoon, it enjoys total privacy and breathtaking panoramic views (rumored to have been the honeymoon retreat for Britney Spears and Kevin Federline after their 2004 wedding). things to do: Scuba diving along Fiji’s famous reefs, snorkeling, sport fishing, horseback riding on the beach, mountain biking, sunset cruises, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding activities. Private beach picnics, romantic dineout meals, facials, massage and tours of the island provide more relaxing options. Fiji’s legendary surf breaks are not in the Yasawan group but are located further to the east and south, around Viti Levu and the southern Mamanuca island chain— although most of these are reef breaks suitable for experienced and expert surfers only. You can surf year round, but Fiji’s winter brings the most consistent swells.

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Signature Dishes Classic ketchum fare BY Jody Orr

Every foodie has vivid memories of the “best meals they ever ate.” If they’re lucky, they live within walking distance of the restaurants that made it happen. In Ketchum, it’s not unusual to experience such transformative and long-resonating meals. In researching the signature dishes that have helped define the local restaurant scene, I spoke to the masterminds behind the process and learned the difference between simply cooking and creating food that resonates forever after. Ketchum Grill’s Mushroom Strudel Chef/Owner: Scott Mason

Scott Mason was hunting for mushrooms in Oregon when I spoke to him, so it seemed only fitting that he chose Mushroom Strudel as one of Ketchum Grill’s signature dishes. Mason opened the Grill 138 | 40th anniversary issue

22 years ago, after training and cooking in kitchens in Santa Barbara, Paris and Alsace. The Grill is the culmination of his efforts; a place where he creates food that diners come back for season after season. “I had this mushroom mixture in the back of my mind and Anne (his wife and pastry chef ) was making Apple Strudel at the time. I thought I’d like to make it a

THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Ketchum Grill’s Mushroom Strudel is perfect for a cold winter’s night; Shiitake, hedgehog, domestic and portabella mushrooms are used in Ketchum Grill’s Mushroom Strudel.

Recipe Ketchum Grill

Mushroom Strudel Ingredients 3 lbs. mushrooms (any kind of mushrooms are fine but chanterelles, morels or shiitakes work just as well)

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1 large onion Thyme (to taste) Tabasco (to taste) Salt and pepper (to taste) 1 lb. cream cheese 8 layers of Filo dough 1 stick butter Part I: Mushroom Mixture • Chop 3 lbs. of mushrooms (roughly) to make a large strudel • Sauté mushrooms with onions and thyme (fresh or dry) • Add Tabasco to taste • Salt and pepper to taste • Add cream cheese to the mixture until it becomes a really thick cream sauce • Cook it more to give it shape using a large sauté pan on top of the stove Part II: Strudel • Use Filo dough (you’ll need about 8 layers and you can find it in the freezer section at the grocery store) • Melt butter and brush it between each layer of the dough • Lay the mushroom/cream cheese mixture in between each layer and roll it • Bake it until it’s golden and then let it cool overnight • Slice into rounds about an inch thick Instructions: Put herbs and bread crumbs or panko mixture on top of the exposed part so that it sticks to the strudel when you go to sauté it (brown it on one side and throw it in the oven for a short time) Mason serves the Mushroom Strudel with an onion marmalade or it can be served on top of a salad or with sautéed spinach.

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THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Cristina’s Spezzatino is a “stufato” (Italian for food cooked on top of the stove) that’s loaded with beef, potatoes, tomatoes, wine, pancetta, onions and kale; Globus’ interior is warm and cozy, yet clean and simple.

Cristina’s Restaurant’s Spezzatino

Chef/Owner: Cristina Ceccatelli Cook Cristina Ceccatelli Cook comes by her culinary credentials naturally—she was born and raised in Tuscany, surrounded by wonderful food and wine. She came to Idaho to see America and stayed for love, marrying Ketchum architect Steve Cook. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cristina’s in its current location, a quaint, salmon-colored bungalow rife with cozy elegance and food that is flavorful without being fussy. She loves comfort food, which is why she chose Spezzatino, classic Tuscan stew, as her signature dish. Spezzatino is a “stufato” (Italian for food cooked on top of the stove)—loaded with beef, potatoes, tomatoes, wine, pancetta, onions and kale—cooked at low heat, all day long, ensuring a rich, delicious outcome. Spezzatino can be customized to include elk, lamb or venison, giving it a definitive Idaho twist.

Globus Restaurant & Wine Bar’s Muc Chien (Calamari)

Owner: Wendy Muir Chef: Ryan Stadelman After managing Globus for six years, Wendy Muir bought the restaurant in 2005, after what began as a “world cuisine” bistro had slowly morphed into an Asian-themed eatery. In Wendy’s hands, that trend is changing. “My chef and I are trying to move it back to a global-fare restaurant. We still have Asian dishes, but we do some Indian dishes and others that make it more reflective of a world-themed restaurant.” Globus’ menu changes four times a year 140 | 40th anniversary issue

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savory thing instead of a sweet thing,” he said. Mushroom Strudel is a magical marriage of cream cheese, mushrooms and herbs rolled into layers of Filo dough, baked and left to cool. It’s then baked in breadcrumbs and herbs until brown and served warm with an onion marmalade, sautéed spinach or atop a salad. It’s tough to beat when accompanied by a glass of wine on a cold winter’s night in Sun Valley.

Recipe and includes the construction of seasonal salads that complement the weather. There are many local favorites, but Muir believes the Muc Chien (calamari) is a standout. This light and airy take on an appetizer that changed the way Americans looked at squid is gluten-free and delicious. Briefly washed in egg whites, breaded with cornstarch and seasoned with salt and pepper, it’s flash fried and joined on the plate with a sweet chili Thai vinegar sauce that makes itself right at home in your mouth. It’s a great way to start off any evening.

The Kneadery’s hiker’s delight Oatmeal & oatmeal pancakes

Owners: The Witmer family Since The Kneadery first opened in 1974, oatmeal has been a staple on the menu. The Witmer family (who also the own The Pioneer Saloon) knew a good thing when they saw one. They purchased the popular breakfast and lunch restaurant in 2004 and have maintained its home-cooked, rustic, family-friendly vibe ever since. Listed as the “Hiker’s Delight” on the menu, The Kneadery’s oatmeal has just the right amount of warmth, sustenance and flavor on cold Ketchum mornings and is the main ingredient in the oatmeal pancakes. Alyson Witmer, who bussed tables as a youngster with her dad at “The Pio” and learned the finer points of the restaurant biz at The Kneadery, is proud to be involved in this Ketchum fixture. “It’s great to see people of all ages come in

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Oatmeal pancakes “We have been asked many times over the years to share it (the oatmeal pancake recipe), but this is the first time we have. We hope this wholesome brunch item will become a household favorite, and tradition with your family for years to come,” said Alyson Witmer. Ingredients: 3 1/2 C. Oats 3 cups Milk (Preferable 2%, or Whole) 3 Eggs 1/4 lb. (One stick) Butter (Melted) 1 1/2 cups Flour 1/2 tsp. Salt 4 tsp. Baking Powder Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a big mixing bowl. This mixture may be frozen, but you must let it settle, and rise for a few hours first. Always leave a 2 inch gap from the top of the sealed container when freezing, to allow for expansion. Always mix the batter really well before using. Cook pancakes on griddle until golden brown. For an added treat, add any fruit to the pancake mix. (Serves 5)


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together and start their day at the breakfast table. Our customers feel very at home at The Kneadery. I think our staff and our food have a lot to with that, but it’s really the customers that have made The Kneadery the local favorite that it is,” she said. You’ll get most of your food groups covered in this old-fashioned oatmeal topped with raisins, seasonal fruit, walnuts and vanilla yogurt. For an extra hearty meal, the oatmeal can be included in their Famous Kneadery Pancakes. (See recipe on page 141.)

Vintage’s Sun Valley Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Owner/Chef: Rodrigo Herrera The diminutive and intimate setting at Vintage doesn’t prepare diners for the big flavors that come from the kitchen. Chef Rodrigo Herrera, who bought Vintage from founder Jeff Keys last summer, is a native of Mexico

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and learned about food as a child while picking produce alongside his father. “It was fun,” recalled Herrera. “It’s hard work, but it helps you understand the whole dynamic of food. From the farmer, to the broker, to the kitchen.” Herrera came to Vintage seven years ago after more than a decade in the industry. He said Vintage’s signature dish is the Sun Valley Pecan-Crusted Chicken, “We make it yearround and people come in just for that.” A tender, organic chicken breast is encrusted with pecans, roasted and served with a sour cream Dijon mustard sauce or tomato currant chutney. Herrera varies the side dishes based on what’s seasonal—asparagus in the spring or artichokes in the fall.

Roundhouse’s Cheese Fondue

Owner: Sun Valley Company/The Holding Family A scenic gondola ride up the mountain takes you back in time to 1939, when the The

Roundhouse first opened. The Roundhouse was the mountain’s first real on-mountain “lodge” and the restaurant and bar have gone through a facelift or two over the years, but continue to offer sumptuous fare in an Old World setting with epic views. This spring they’ll unveil a remodeled Averell’s, the downstairs bar that pays homage to the resort’s founder. Ordering fondue at The Roundhouse is a picture-perfect end to any day of making turns. In true Tyrolean tradition, fondue is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. “The biggest mistake that most people make with fondue is that they don’t get the right mixture of cheeses,” explained Todd Rubenstein, Director of Mountain Food and Beverage. That’s not a problem at The Roundhouse. Their fondue’s golden, gooey goodness is so filling it can do the job of two meals. With an expanded fondue menu this winter, they hope to do what they’ve always done—offer great food in a setting that’s nothing short of paradise.

cold pressed juices • smoothies entrees • to go foods • raw cacao cleanses • fasting • classes

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Apple’s Bar & Grill A cozy après ski location with a killer view!

For 26 years, Hank and Heather Minor have been bringing you the best après fun in town! HOURS: 11am-6:30pm CLOSED MONDAYS

AT THE BASE OF BALD MOUNTAIN IN WARM SPRINGS 215 PICABO STREET • 208-309-1004 or visit us on Facebook CALL FOR PRIVATE PARTIES AND FULL SERVICE CATERING YEAR ROUND THIS PAGE There is nothing more French than Michel’s Christiania’s Chicken with Morel Sauce—it’s a classic and locals’ favorite. Ooh la la!

Ski Waxing Hand Ski Tuning 20 Interesting Beers on Tap 150 Bottles on Hand Delicious (locally sourced) Food Great Wine Selection 703 N. 1st St, Hailey (208) 788-9184 Full Service Bike Shop all Year

Owner: Michel Rudigoz Executive Chef: Laurent Loubot Retro French décor and formidable food make Michel’s Christiania a favorite locals’ hangout and a tourists’ dream of upscale alpine chic with an accent. “The Christy” opened in 1959, and was purchased in 1994 by Michel Rudigoz, former US Women’s Ski Team coach and Lyons, France, transplant. Today, it maintains a truly French kitchen with the help of executive chef Laurent Loubot. After careers in Paris and New York (including cooking with Daniel Boulud), Loubot came to The Christy in 2008. He feels that the Poitrine de Poulet aux Morilles is one of their defining dishes. Last summer, Loubot and Rudigoz headed “north to a secret spot” and picked 50 pounds of morels, which they then dried and now incorporate into their dishes. Served with seasonal vegetables or Gratin Dauphinoise, Poitrine is classic French with all the richness you’d expect. It’s the pursuit of exquisite Gallic fare that makes the Christiania a Ketchum mainstay. 144 | 40th anniversary issue

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Michel’s Christiania’s Poitrine de Poulet aux Morilles

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Local chef wows Jackson Hole Thanks to local caterer Judith McQueen, Sun Valley was well represented at the firstever Jackson Hole Culinary Conference last fall. But what Judith thought was going to be a fun foodie conference turned out to be a whole lot more. Judith won the inaugural event’s Iron Chef-style cooking competition, but what she’ll really remember was having dinner with the conference’s keynote speaker, Charlie Trotter. The famous, selftaught chef and successful author gave his last public appearance at the conference, folThe late Charlie Trotter lowed by a dinner with Judith and a few others. Trotter passed away at his home in Chicago just two days later. Said to be acting odd and not looking well, Trotter’s last speech was still inspirational. He reminded the assembly that, “Generosity is the key to everything.” Judith shares her amazing experience with Kate Elgee for a special Web Extra story. Check out to read the whole story.

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Come experience why your friends are calling CavaCava “The best food experience in the Valley.”

Wine Spectator 2013 aWard Winning Wine LiSt!

Call for reservations: 208.727.1800

A place so nice, you’ll say it twice.


230 Walnut Ave. Ketchum, ID. 83340 208.727.1800

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Michel’s Olympic Bar is an icon in Ketchum that’s steeped in history.

There is no better place on the planet to eat than Sun Valley and its surroundings. To make sure your dining experience is exceptional, we present some of the Valley’s finest restaurants. american apple’s bar and grill Serving yummy eats and cold beverages at the base of Warm Springs for over 25 years. Enjoy a frosty pint and a great burger after a day of ripping turns on Bald Mountain. Bottom of Warm Springs, 208.726.7067,, $, ,  , L

cavacava CavaCava is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant with an open theater and a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining in our warmer months.

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Although classy, our atmosphere is relaxed and casual. CavaCava is available to cater your event. Whether it’s a dinner for two, or a wedding party of 200, let CavaCava entertain you! CavaCava, food so nice, you’ll say it twice. 230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.727.1800,, $$$, , , L, D

the cellar pub From traditional pub fare such as buffalo burgers or fish and chips to original dishes such as our flank steak salad, The Cellar Pub has something for everyone. 400 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, 208.622.3832,, $-$$, , , , D , yum

191 4th St., Ketchum; 111 S. 1st St., Hailey, 208.726.2882,, $, , B, L

ketchum grill For nearly 22 years, Ketchum Grill has brought your dining experience to the highest gastronomical level, and the best Idaho has to offer. 520 East Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.4660,, $$-$$$, ,  , D

the kneadery The Kneadery has been the locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years, with wholesome fresh food and a rustic Idaho atmosphere. 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.9462, $-$$,

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cornerstone bar and grill It’s Wild West meets haute cuisine at The Cornerstone Bar and Grill. A local twist on the city-style grill with an open kitchen, all in a historic building on Main Street, Ketchum.

pioneer saloon The Pioneer Saloon is renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, in a setting where natural woods, mounted game and period firearms help recreate an authentic saloon atmosphere. 320 N. Main St., Ketchum,

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java coffee and café Truly a great coffeehouse! Baking from scratch daily. Serving the finest Fair Trade and organic coffees. Sound like a local and order the “Dirty Hippie Burrito” and a “Bowl of Soul.” Wake up and live!

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roundhouse This charming, historical restaurant was first opened in 1939 and remains the only table service restaurant on Bald Mountain. Fine dining and impeccable service beckon guests to savor a leisurely dinner. Mid-mountain on Bald Mountain (River Run side), 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , ,  , L, D

the ram Modern steakhouse with organic and local Idaho products, full service. Live music with Larry Harshbarger on the piano. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2225,, $$, ,  , D

sawtooth club The Sawtooth Club has been the gathering place for Ketchum locals and visitors alike for more than 26 years. The Sawtooth Club is comforting and welcoming with rustic elegance. 231 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233,, $$-$$$, ,

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trail creek cabin A romantic hideaway since 1937, Trail Creek Cabin is a must-do Sun Valley dining adventure. The seasonal menu has a Western flare all complimented by a great wine list and a full bar. 1.5 miles east of Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road, 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , , , D, yum

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whiskey jacques’ Whiskey’s is the premier live music venue and sports bar in Ketchum, with eight HD bigscreen TVs and one projector screen. Whiskey’s kitchen is famous for their brick-oven pizza, awesome wings, refreshing salads and tasty grinders. The upstairs room is available for your private event. 251 N. Main St, Ketchum, 208.726.5297, whiskeyjacques;com, $-$$, , , , D,

asian fusion dashi Casual, local and independent, focusing on local, organic and sustainable products, dashi is at the top of the Ketchum dining scene. 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum, 208.928.7703,, $$-$$$, , ,D, yum


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sushi on second Established in 1994, Sushi on Second is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chef Zack Venzon is at the center of a talented crew of sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat. 260 Second St., Ketchum, 208.726.5181,, $$-$$$, , D, yum

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bakeries and delis johnny g’s subshack “The Subshack” was born in 1992 with killer sandwiches, toe-tapping music, cold beer and personal service. Only the finest quality meats and cheeses on delicious fresh-baked bread are used at Johnny’s. Take it to go, or stay awhile, you won’t leave Johnny G’s wanting. Corner of 4th and Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208.725.7827, $, , ,L

KETCHUMS‘ PREMIER MUSIC VENUE AND SPORTS BAR • Best Brick Oven Pizza in Town! • Spacious Upstairs Facility for Catering Events (holds up to 245 guests) • Two Decks with amazing Baldy Views • Full Bar and Nightly Drink Specials • Locals and Tourists Favorite Watering Hole! • Open Nightly 4pm to 2am

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shelley’s deli Shelley’s Deli offers fast, fresh, quality food that’s handmade with love. Fresh daily soup and salad specials complement a full sandwich board of local favorites like the Bacado or Godfather. Each sandwich starts with a fresh La Brea baguette. We roast our own turkey and beef daily, all of our soups and salad dressings are made from scratch and our desserts are all fresh-baked just for us. Come on in … It’s all good downtown. 14 East Croy, Suite A, Hailey, 208.788.8844, $, , ,L

wrapcity Wrapcity is fast, fresh and fun food! Located next to the Kentwood Lodge on Main Street, Wrapcity serves up creative wraps and salads, homemade soups and unique quesadillas. To complement a diverse lunch menu, Wrapcity also serves breakfast wraps all day with special breakfast creations on Saturdays and Sundays. Voted Best of the Valley, Gold, “Cheap Eats” 2012 & Best of the Valley, Silver, “Best Lunch” 2012. If you’re feeling hungry for breakfast or lunch, eat like a local and head over to Wrapcity! 180 S. Main St., Ketchum, 208.727.6766, $, , B, L

bars, pubs and grills lefty’s bar and grill Lefty’s has been a local and visitor favorite for 20 years, and for good reason. Lefty’s has a great casual dining menu including killer burgers served on fresh-baked bread, monster hot sandwiches, wings, salads and our specialty, fresh-cut French fries. For families, Lefty’s has all the foods kids love, at a price you’ll love. There is no better place to watch sports than Lefty’s, whose motto is “All the games, all the time.” Live music on the deck.  231 6th Street, Ketchum, 208.726.2744,, $, , ,L, D

power house Bikes, Beers and Burgers. Outside Magazine ranks Power House as one of America’s Top 10 best bars for cyclists. With over 150 bottled beers and 20 on tap, there is something to 148 | 40th anniversary issue

quench the most basic thirst and challenge the most critical palate. The menu showcases the virtue of less is more. A few of the popular offerings include mahi-mahi tacos, fresh-dipped corn dogs, steak chili and hand-cut fries. Drop off your bike or skis while you dine. 411 N. Main St., Hailey, 208.788.9184,, $-$$, , , L, D

eclectic world globus If your palate 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. 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum, 208.726.1301,, $$-$$$, ,  ,D

european cristina’s restaurant & bakery Cristina’s Restaurant, located in a charming, salmon-colored house in the heart of Ketchum, is a special place where people gather to enjoy the company of friends and to taste the fresh, uncomplicated flavors of Cristina’s Tuscan childhood. 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum,


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konditorei A Sun Valley tradition gets reimagined for a new era under the masterful hands of Executive Chef John Murcko. The new Konditorei offers a fresh take on the classic alpine café experience for breakfast and lunch. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2235,, $$, L, yum


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smoky mountain pizzeria grill Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill is a comfortable, casual, dynamic family restaurant in downtown Ketchum. Our extensive menu features unique pizzas and pastas, delicious salads, sandwiches, grilled steaks, hamburgers and more. You’ll also find a kids’ menu, an exciting selection of seasonal appetizers, entrées and desserts, daily lunch specials, an extensive beer and wine selection, TVs, catering and fast, friendly delivery service. 200 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, ID. 208.622.5625,, $-$$, , , L, D

il naso restaurant & wine bar Owner Sam Turner invites you to enjoy his warm, inviting restaurant. Il Naso is special whether you drop by to have a burger and beer at the wine bar, or to relax in the candlelit dining room. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff will help you choose just the right bottle to enhance your dining experience. Large parties welcome. 480 Washington St., Ketchum, 208.726.7776,, $$-$$$, , , D

“Ketchum’s Killer Meal without the Killer Price” Grill Open 11:30am - 10:00pm Daily Burgers, Salads, Wings, Hoagies Fresh Cut Fries and More HD Satellite TV Sports “All the Games, All the Time”

For Takeout Call: 726.2744 231 6th Street E, Ketchum at the corner of 6th & Washington

latin freestyle boca Boca’s “Latin freestyle” concept is one that pulls distinct flavors, colors and sensations of the Latin world, including Spain and Portugal, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico—without restrictions. Its dramatic interior re-design by Charles Stuhlberg Gallery combined with art on display from Gallery de Novo creates an atomosphere that is fun, vibrant and energetic.

131 Washington Ave. S., Ketchum, 208.928.7773, $$-$$$, , ,  ,D

regional northwest b. restaurant and bar B.’s menu features fresh, local produce prepared skillfully in an open kitchen. The wine list includes a great selection, but emphasizing “easily justifiable” great wines paired with fresh, light cuisine, and a full premium bar including 10 draft beers. B. features Ketchum’s most popular outdoor dining-cocktailing deck with a full bar, two fire-pits and the best view in town. 208 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.727.0000,, $$-$$$, , ,  , L, D,


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the grill @ knob hill The environment at the Knob Hill Inn is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated, with distinctively Northwest cuisine, and a variety of American and European classics. 960 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.8004,, $$$$$, , ,  , D, yum a blog abou t food

vegetarian/vegan glow live food cafÉ Glow is an organic, vegan, live food café. We support local farmers and use local produce when possible. The menu consists of energizing superfood smoothies, green juices, organic live vegan entrées, loose-leaf teas, and nutrient-dense decadent desserts. We offer custom desserts, party platters and classes. 380 Washington Ave., #105,
Ketchum, 208.725.0314,, $-$$,  , B, L


“Let us care so you don’t have to.”

CORNER OF 4TH & WASHINGTON • Sandwiches made with the finest quality of meats and cheeses. • Fresh bread made daily! • Fast and friendly service! • Affordable!

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Valley Eateries

At-a-Glance Guide to Restaurants

Dear Friends, In Nicholas Lander’s laudable book, The Art of the Restaurateur, he quotes the ultimate restaurateur’s restaurateur, the late Jean Claude Vrinat, as to the one essential factor in any successful restaurant: “restaurants must come from the heart.” Any restaurateur must possess three qualities: a love of food, a love of wine and a love of one’s fellow human beings. The restaurateur/members of the Wood River Fine Dining Association each present their own vision of what they want their restaurants to be. Certainly, in addition to providing what their customers want to eat and drink, each presents their vision in surroundings meant to enliven one’s dining experience. At their essence, the restaurants featured in this Guide provide not only great food and wine, but also a vital social role at the heart of living in the Wood River Valley. The restaurants featured in the Wood River Fine Dining Guide have embraced a ‘locavore’ approach, sourcing from within 100 miles for our local organic produce: potatoes, lettuce, herbs, dozens of squash varieties, dried legumes and edible, decorative flowers. We use local dairy—farm fresh milk, artisanal cheeses, and organic farm-fresh eggs. Although all of these items may not be found in every one of our restaurants, we all work to avail ourselves of local product wherever possible, including local organic lamb, local free-range chicken and farm-raised trout. Many of us even grow our own vegetables and herbs. Restaurateurs derive their professional name from the French verb restaurer: to restore. Each restaurateur in the Guide understands the inextricable link of trust between customer and restaurateur. Providing creative healthy food, delicious wine, and a lively environment in which to savor one’s meal is the chosen path of each restaurant listed here. At its inception, the Wood River Fine Dining Guide began with the idea that the best restaurants in Ketchum would provide information about each of their eating establishments so that customers could make informed choices about not only where to spend their money, but their valuable time as well. Our Association has become a family, a force, a significant contribution to our regional farm communities and the social heart of our community. We share ideas. We share customers. We share a friendship that comes of our work together. We share in giving back to our community and non-profit organizations. It is a great and exciting responsibility. Each of us possesses a passion about creating and presenting fresh experiences to our dining customers. WE are strong because we love what we do, and together we will strive to do what we love.

Sincerely, Roger, Jill, Paige, Erik, Meg, Cristina, Tyler, Wendy, Scott, Anne, Duffy, Bob, Jolie, Ellie, Michel, Tom, Mark, Whit and the Sun Valley Resort

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The Kneadery best breakfast in the northern rockies

the kneadery has been locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years. Established in 1974, The Kneadery 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, farm-fresh, cage-free eggs, seasonal fruit and top-quality meats. From the huge omelets 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 fills The Kneadery and the Pioneer Saloon for decades. Come see why so many have made The Kneadery Ketchum’s best restaurant for breakfast for more than 15 years.

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Gina Penn - 19 years. Gina is the heart and soul of The Kneadery; she is also the mother of two boys and a marathon runner. Jimmy Roberts - 19 years. Jimmy is responsible for cooking over 3,500 eggs a week. Milagros Ortega - 8 years. Originally from Lima, Peru, Mili has been “heating up” The Kneadery’s kitchen for years. Nancy Gove - 5 years. We scored “Mama Nance” after 18 years of great service at the Pioneer Saloon. Steph Rowley - 2 years. After 5 years of service at the Pioneer Saloon, Steph is our newest edition. Buck - 25 years. Buck has been eating at The Kneadery daily for 24 years—he swears by the pancakes.


Phone: 208.726.9462 Location: 260 N. Leadville Ave., 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 153

The Cellar Pub where valley folks say

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 shuffleboard. 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 www. and please like us on Facebook.


Phone: 208.622.3832 Location: 400 E. Sun Valley Rd., 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: 154 | 40th anniversary issue


The Cellar Pub offers Happy Hour daily from 4-6 pm and includes $1 off drafts, $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks and half-off wings. Check out our daily drink, shot and food specials. Tuesdays we offer $2 Kokanee pounders, Wednesdays we offer $1 Rainier cans and Thursdays it’s Man Night with $2 Bud and Coors bottles and $5 Chili bombs. Fireball whiskey shots are available every day for only $4! Open early Sundays during the NFL season. Come on down!

Cornerstone Bar and Grill among the best ski restaurants in america

Food and Drink to Civilize Your Soul

it’s wild west meets haute cuisine at Cornerstone Bar and Grill.

Longtime locals Meg and Erik Vorm welcome you to a Main Street venue as stimulating to the eye as it is to the taste buds. It’s a local twist on the citystyle grill, with an open kitchen featuring buffalo, nightly specials, and the famous mac and cheese. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill always serves up a night to remember, making it the new Ketchum tradition. menu highlights

“The best fondue EVER! And only at Happy Hour!” and “Incredible wine list! It exceeded even my expectations.” “Fresh oysters shucked to order,” are a few things you’ll overhear at Cornerstone. We love the Guest Bartender events for local charities, and, of course, Pirate Night!


Phone: 208.928.7777 Location: 211 Main St., Ketchum Hours: Apres Ski Happy Hour 4:30 - 6 pm every day, Dining 4:30 - 11 pm, Bar 4:30 - Midnight or later

Beverages: Full bar, wine list, beers Reservations: Reservations & Walk-ins accepted Type of Cuisine: Innovative American, Fine Dining, Seafood, Vegetarian, Locavore

Service: Full Bar, Exceptional Wine List, Children’s Menu, Private Parties Website: Winter 2014 | 155

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 Spezzatino of Beef and Tortellini in Brodo, 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 cookbooks, Cristina’s of Sun Valley and Cristina’s Tuscan Table, have garnered raves from sophisticated reviewers to legions of local regulars and Cristina’s Tuscan Table was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite 25 cookbooks of the year for 2008. Her new book, Cristina’s of Sun Valley Con Gusto! was published in November 2012. 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 St., Ketchum Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7 am to 11 am what i love

Kitchens are magical places and I love to take my customers on a journey with me to be transformed by a sense of adventure and creativity. Fresh ingredients and simple preparation are the foundation of my cooking. But…always remember, it is the people who bring any meal to life! I love to think that I have created a place that you will want to return to again and again.

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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


inventive, local, independent

focusing on local, organic and

sustainable products, dashi is a favorite in the Ketchum dining scene. The restaurant, opened by Chef Tyler Stokes, who has a creative, spontaneous, open-minded approach to food, has lead dashi to a reputation for creating food with passion, integrity and respect. The customer and the environment are very important at dashi as they use only the best local ingredients that have been produced with sustainable practices and strong animal husbandry. Dashi focuses on creating Modern American food with Asian influence and flavor with a strong commitment to Idaho and the local farmers here. The menu at dashi is dictated by the seasons and the inspiration that each one brings. The seafood at dashi is some of the best around and always very popular. The freshest, in-season, sustainable seafood is presented in sushi rolls, sashimi, salads

and composed entrées to highlight the quality and versatility of each individual fish. Local, organic and natural meats are featured, as well as local game—the Idaho elk always being a favorite on the menu prepared with the season. Dashi features homemade ramen noodles served with homemade stocks and broths and served with a creative take on traditional Japanese techniques. Enjoy the popular Pork Steamed Buns with Pickled Cucumber, Local Apple Salad, Lobster Summer Roll, Idaho Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Seared Foie Gras, Togarashi Fried Calamari and many other appetizers and salads to start. Then move on to an entrée of Caramelized Black Cod, Idaho Elk Tenderloin, Scallops or our always popular Wok BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Homemade Kimchee. Dashi always has fantastic daily specials highlighting the best products of the day. Everything served at dashi

is made in-house, including desserts and daily spun homemade ice cream. The atmosphere at dashi is modern, clean and “upscale” casual with large windows encasing the dining area with some of the best views of Baldy in town. The patio in the summer is one of the most popular in Ketchum. The quaint dining room is exciting and vibrant, set with white tablecloths and featuring local artists’ work and an always energetic staff ready to deliver the best service possible. The formal service and wine list is a strong point of focus and specializes in the best the Pacific Northwest and California have to offer as well as some Old World selections. The craft beer list is not to be overlooked and the selection is one of the best in town. Sake is also a must at dashi as they have an extensive selection of the finest, premium Japanese sakes to enjoy.

contact menu highlights

Don’t miss the local’s favorite Steamed Pork Buns. In fact, order two (or three) and make a meal of them as one local diner suggests. Another go-to starter is the Daily Sushi Special or Summer Rolls (containing wild Gulf shrimp, cucumber, mango, fresh herbs, butter leaf and peanut sauce). Our Wok BBQ Baby Back Ribs, smothered in hoisin and served with Kimchee, rice and scallions, are finger-licking good down to the last bite.

Phone: 208.928.7703 Location: 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum Hours: Dinner, 5 pm to 10 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Modern Asian/New American Service: Dine in, take out Website: Winter 2014 | 157

Enoteca scott and anne mason, owners of the hugely successful Ketchum Grill, have recently filled a gap in town with the much anticipated opening of their new restaurant and wine bar, Enoteca. Located in the historic Lane Mercantile Building, at the very center of town on the corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Road, Enoteca (think Italian wine library) serves traditional Italian food in an atmosphere that blends modern urban with mountain-town Italy to create a uniquely Idaho feel. At Enoteca you’ll find a beautiful assortment of Italian wines, regional Northwest selections and wines from local (Sun Valley second home )“Valley Vintners.” Local and Regional Beers are available on tap as well as unbelievable Apple Wood Fired Pizzas, House Cured Meats, Idaho Lamb and their own housemade desserts. Besides their creative entrées, one can order from a delicious selection of small plates, making Enoteca the perfect place to refuel after the day’s activities, après-ski with friends or to enjoy a romantic date night. Space is limited, so reserve in advance for the best options or walk in and grab a seat at the bar.

about enoteca

Nestled in one of Main Street’s most iconic buildings, Enoteca was once The Lane Mercantile, an upscale clothier nearly 30 years ago and, most recently, Starbucks. The renovated space is not recognizable as either of the former. In fact, the rustic industrial decór is just the kind of atmosphere to settle into for drinks, appetizers and the main dish and even feels cozy enough to stick around for dessert. Don’t miss out on the Idaho Lava Lake Lamb meatballs or the wood-fired pizzas Enoteca offers. Their extensive beer and wine selection will complement any entrée.


Phone: 208.928.6280 Location: 300 N Main St. (corner of Sun Valley Rd. and Main St.) Ketchum Hours: Open 4 pm daily Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional Italian Website: 158 | 40th anniversary issue

adelaide mason

restaurant and wine bar


• organic • sustainable • world cuisine

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Cider Glazed Wild Alaskan Salmon

if your palate 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 E. 6th St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 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:

about globus

Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman has helped propel Globus from its humble roots as a mere noodle shop to something decidedly more sophisticated. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Stadelman uses a broad spectrum of culinary influences and cooks with passion, creativity and refinement. This is apparent in all of his artfully presented creations, including his many gluten-free options. Winter 2014 | 159

The Grill @ Knob Hill northwest cuisine with a european influence come enjoy a meal at The Grill @ Knob Hill in the newly remodeled Knob Hill Inn. Restaurant owners and longtime locals Bob and Jolie Dunn, formerly of Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant, have created an environment that is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated. 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 complement a menu sure to please Sun Valley guests and locals alike. Menu highlights offer distinctly Northwest cuisine and a variety of American and European classics. Entrées include Idaho ruby red rainbow trout, fresh seafood, prime steaks, local lamb, wienerschnitzel and succulent fried chicken. Warm homemade popovers and honey butter grace each table. The diner also can choose from an extended bar menu consisting of smaller plates, “Felix’s” calamari, steamer clams, lollipop lamb chops and delicious pizzas, to name a few. Finish the evening with some classic Warm Springs mainstays—mud pie or homemade fruit cobbler. Our newly renovated Sun Valley hot spot utilizes natural materials and rich earth tones that harmonize with the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy lighter fare or dinner in the dining room, in the lobby by the fireplace or at the cozy revamped bar. Another new addition is the semi-private fireplace room that allows for additional dining for individuals or groups and access to an intimate outdoor patio. The location is ideal for holiday parties, company events, rehearsal dinners and weddings. The summer space is spectacular, with a covered and heated terrace and extensive lawn seating in the beautiful garden. With views of Baldy to the north, The Grill @ Knob Hill is one of the best outdoor spots in the Valley. contact

Phone: 208.726.8004 Location: 960 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Northwest Service: Dine in, takeout, private events Website: 160 | 40th anniversary issue

things we love

Outdoor dining in the garden or under the terrace, Cozy lobby bar with fireplaces, Refined and comfortable dining room, Warm and friendly staff, Small plates, Popovers and honey butter.

Ketchum Grill among the best ski restaurants in america

if you want to dine next to a celebrity,

you’d 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, ultrafresh ingredients and service that combine to earn Ketchum Grill a nod as one of the eight

best ski-town restaurants in America by Snow Country Magazine. The cuisine 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 moveOpen 7 nights weekfood, at with 5 p.m. ment to promote local, aseasonal a dedication to healthy, natural and homemade. Reserve Online

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!”

new restaurant!—enoteca

Welcome to Ketchum! It’s 4 pm and you’ve had a glorious day skiing. You might be tired, or you might be energized. That’s where the Ketchum Grill and Enoteca (KG’s long awaited offspring) can help! The last thing you want is to spend the night cooking and cleaning. Drop in at Enoteca (Italian for wine library) where you will find the best wines of Italy and the Valley’s best applewoodfired pizza, local beer, housemade prosciutto and salami. If the center of the universe is the corner of Sun Valley Road and Main Street—then that’s where you’ll find us—in the historic Lane Mercantile Building. Call for reservations at 208.928.6280.


Phone: 208.726.4660 Location: 520 East Ave., Ketchum Hours: 5 pm to 10-ish nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, 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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Michel’s Christiania 1959 “the christy” 2013

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 of the US 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 red 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 make “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. From the vineyards and maison bourgeoises of Burgundy, Executive Chef Laurent Loubot cultivated a love of classic French cuisine and fine wine. Laurent honed his culinary skills in France and New York before settling in Sun Valley. Chef Loubot’s innovation and exceptional attention to detail help make “The Christy” the place to dine in Sun Valley. He leads our culinary team nightly in creating Michel’s signature French cuisine! contact

Phone: 208.726.3388 Location: 303 Walnut Ave., 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: 162 | 40th anniversary issue

menu highlights

“Our A-List bartenders, Jan Hegewald and Jeremy Scherer, are busy every night mixing classic cocktails and their own special creations to complement the season. Try Michel’s fav: “Blanc Cassis” pairing white wine with a splash of Crème de Cassis liqueur. Enjoy a Blanc Cassis with our house-made pate de compagne appetizer! Bon Appétit!”

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.”

a bit of history


Phone: 208.726.3139 Location: 320 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 4 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American steakhouse Service: Dine in Website:

The Pioneer Saloon. . . or the Commercial Club, as it was called originally, was opened in the 1940’s as a gambling casino operated by Otis Hobbs. A few years later the casino closed and the American Legion took it over and it was used as a meeting hall. For a short time, the building was converted into a dry goods store. Around 1950, the building was reopened as a gambling casino by Whitey Hirschman, who named it Pioneer Saloon. Although never legal in Idaho, gambling flourished in Ketchum until 1953 when the law intervened. Whitey operated the Pioneer as a bar and a colorful antique store until the spring of 1965. In the mid ‘60s, the Pioneer was redesigned as a restaurant. The present version of the Pioneer Saloon dates back from 1972—hence, the phrase “Where were you in ‘72?”, the theme of our annual Pio Days celebration held each November. The Witmer Family have been the sole owners of the Pioneer Saloon since 1986.

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The Ram expertly prepared meals that entice all guests the ram offers a unique nostalgic look into the Sun

Valley Resort’s rich history. Established in 1937, The Ram is the longest continually operating restaurant in the Wood River Valley. A modern steakhouse serving exclusively USDA Prime Beef complemented by European-inspired starters, sides and salads. For your entertainment, live piano on the baby grand. Full bar service. The food is meticulously prepared and presented by our chef and his team, who labor with love to ensure that your Ram experience is one that you will remember and return for year after year. Not new to The Ram, but an all-time favorite, is Larry Harshbarger on the piano playing your Sun Valley favorites as well as popular show tunes and contemporary music. And, of course, your menu selection may be accompanied by a perfectly prepared cocktail from the Inn Lobby Lounge.

things we love

• The incredible food. • Larry Harshbarger on piano. • Playing your requests for the last 33 years. • Amazing Swiss Fondue. • Exhibition Kitchen—Watch the Chefs! • Hokey Pokey—Created here by the Ram Trio. • Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis dined here. • Summertime on The Ram Terrace— Larry, flowers and ducks on the pond! contact

Phone: 208.622.2225; reservations at 208.622.2800 Location: Sun Valley Village Hours: 6 pm to 9:30 pm nightly (closed Wednesdays) Outdoor Dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, liquor Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: European and American Service: Dine in 164 | 40th anniversary issue

• Carolers and Santa Claus during the Holidays! • The Service Staff – Many years of taking care of our guests here in the Valley. • The Wine List—Verticals, Old World, New World and Food Pairings. • Memories!


baldy’s original mountain restaurant

perched midway up Bald Mountain

on the River Run side, the Roundhouse was built in 1939 by Sun Valley’s founding father, Union Pacific Railroad Chairman Averell Harriman. He named the octagonal-shaped structure after the railroad switch houses of the day. In 1941, thousands of Americans and

ski enthusiasts worldwide became familiar with the Roundhouse through the classic movie, “Sun Valley Serenade.” Today, this restaurant is a culinary destination not to be missed. Serviced by the Roundhouse Gondola, the restaurant is now accessible for skiing and non-skiing clientele as well.

Offering eclectic selections from American/European cuisine, the Roundhouse is open for lunch and dinner, both summer and winter. An exquisite wine list with a broad variety of selections and delectable homemade pastries complete the unforgettable dining experience at the Roundhouse.


Phone: 208.622.2800 Hours: Lunch daily 11:30 to 3:30 pm; Dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Outdoor dining: Yes Beverages: Wine, beer, full bar, soft drinks

Reservations: Lunch recommended; Dinner required

things we love

Often called one of the Northwest’s most unique restaurants, the Roundhouse dining adventure begins with a moonlit gondola ride up above the “city lights” of Ketchum and Sun Valley. Once inside, guests are greeted by a huge roaring fire radiating from a four-sided fireplace. At that moment the scene is set for a magical evening dining at 7,700 feet.

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The Sawtooth Club downtown ketchum at its best originally opened in the 1940s when it was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, The Sawtooth Club has been a mainstay in Ketchum’s downtown scene longer than just about anyplace in town. For the last 26 years, this Main Street institution has been guided by the creative vision of owner and chef Tom Nickel. Always busy with a great mix of locals and visitors, The Sawtooth Club offers a unique blend of steakhouse classics and creative interpretations of American 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 we are committed to offering food that is both healthy and sourced from close to home whenever possible.” From the MesquiteGrilled Ribeye Steak brushed with savory gorgonzola butter, to the unique Chicken Senegalese, the famous Rack of Lamb, Wood Grilled Breast of Duck or the Cajun Shellfish Pasta, 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 todie-for baked brie en croute or a pound of fresh steamer clams with one of their handcrafted cocktails, 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 very best! contact

Phone: 208.726.5233 Location: 231 N. Main St., 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: 166 | 40th anniversary issue


“Don’t let the relaxed ambiance lead you to the conclusion that its forte is only steaks, though it does have the best in town!” — The Los Angeles Times “The favorite for mesquite-grilled steaks and seafood, and the place where locals hang out late at the long and welcoming bar.” — Life Magazine “They certainly deserve the honor as ‘The Valley’s Best Restaurant’”.— The Idaho Statesman

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 Chef Zach Venzon is 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?”, Citrus Sun and Galena Summit rolls. Julia Child, after reading their menu, wrote on it, “Bon Appetit to Sushi on Second,” which is framed in the entry. Also 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 Paprika Panko Crusted Alaskan Halibut with a Cilantro Créme Fraîche over curried rice, SOS Tiger Rolls, hot crispy won-tons filled with Crab, Shrimp and cream cheese served with a sweet chili sauce, Hawaiian-style Kalibi Baby Back Ribs, Seared Ahi Carpaccio with an Avocado Tartare and Grilled Washington Sockeye Salmon with an orange ginger glaze over a Shitake mushroom Bok Choy saute, to name a few. The full wine, champagne, beer and sake bar is fitted with a flat-screen 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, go to and please like us on Facebook. contact

Phone: 208.726.5181 Location: 260 Second St., 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:

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Trail Creek Cabin an unforgettable experience that inspires tradition

what is more romantic than a

horse-drawn sleigh through the snowy pines to a candlelit, 75-year-old rustic cabin with a roaring fire, roaming accordionist and a hearty meal? The unparalleled ambiance of Trail Creek Cabin has made an evening here a family tradition for years. Once seated in the cabin or the new adjoining yurt, diners

relax with a cup of hot soup and choose one of the Cabin’s many specialty drinks. Perusing the menu, diners will find an impressive variety of Western fare which includes wild game—appropriate for the Cabin which once hosted renowned author Ernest Hemingway—Idaho trout, lamb, duck, steak and baby back ribs. Seasonal fruit crisps or molten choco-

late cake, both served à la mode, complete the evening. While sleighs were the first mode of transportation to the Cabin, guests now find their way to this year-round restaurant on snowshoes or cross-country skis in the winter and on bikes or wagons in the summer. Driving also is an option, both winter and summer.


Phone: 208.622.2800 Winter Sleigh Ride & Dinner Reservations:

208.622.2019 Location: 1.5 miles east of the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road (1/2 mile past the Sun Valley Club) Hours: Nightly Dinner 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Beverages: Wine, beer, liquor Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Western Service: Dine in 168 | 40th anniversary issue

things we love

• Cooling off at the deck bar with cocktails overlooking Trail Creek. • Enjoying live music several summer evenings a week. • Biking or walking out for dinner on the Baldy View Terrace. • In winter, hopping a sleigh pulled by huge draft horses all decked out with jingling bells of the season. • Singing along with the accordionist, hot toddy in hand.

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