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the groomed bicycle path from the southern outskirts of Ketchum to Myrtle Street in Hailey. Kids, meanwhile, are anticipating the return of the Snowshoe Dance Competition on Thursday, Feb. 3. “Lots of kids jumped out last year in a free-form shake-up. It was a cool moment,” said Jim Keating, director of the Blaine County Recreation District. Back again this year: A $49
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Saturday, Jan. 29 Ski the Rails, 10 a.m. at Serenade Lane and the bike path. The path will be groomed for both classic and skate skiing and all the tunnels will be covered with snow. KSKI 104.7, KECH 95.3, KYZK 107.5, The Community School, Animal Shelter of the wood River Valley and Blaine County Recreation District volunteers will man four aid stations along the 12-mile route with snacks and beverages such as muffins and hot chocolate from Perry’s to keep skiers energized. And interpretive signs set up along the way will give skiers an opportunity to reflect on the valley’s history. Beginning at 11 a.m., a shuttle will take skiers from Myrtle Street to the Sun Valley Brewery where there will be dining and shopping specials, including beer specials and commemorative Ski the Rails Jytte hats. Up a Creek will start playing bluegrass-flavored music at noon. Shuttle buses will take skiers and dogs on leashes from the Sun Valley Brewery to Ketchum beginning at 9:30 a.m. The last bus north departs the Brewery at 2:45 p.m. The shuttle, returning skiers from the Brewery to Ketchum, will leave the Brewery at about noon, 1:10 and 2:45 p.m. It will travel south to Myrtle Street, then north on Buttercup Road to Ketchum. Skiers may jump onto the tour at any place along the bike path. For information, call the BCRD at 578-BCRD or visit www.bcrd.org Sun Valley Snowshoe Challenge, noon—This afternoon of snowshoeing includes 5K and 10K West Region Qualifier races for the USSSA 2011 National Championships on groomed Nordic track, packed single track and cross country at the Sun Valley Nordic Center’s White Cloud Trails. For more information, go to www.sunvalleyrunning.com A Kids Kilo Fun Race coordinated by the Wood River Community YMCA will be held for kids under 12. Register at www.woodriverymca.org or 208-727-9622. 15th Annual Galena and Trails Winter Benefit, 5:30 p.m. (see related article in today’s Weekly Paper)
Sunday, Jan. 30 Galena Loppett, 10 a.m. This fun, funky ski around the perimeter of Galena’ trails begins with the shooting of the rubber chicken at Galena Lodge, 24 miles north of Ketchum. The lodge will supply a doughnut and beer stop half-way around the 20-kilometer course. Costumes are encouraged. Call 208-726-4010 for more information.
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nine-day trail pass good for more than 200 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails managed by the Blaine County Recreation District and the Sun Valley Nordic Center. The passes, good for Jan 29 through Feb. 6, can be purchased at Sun Valley Nordic Center, Galena Lodge, Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Sturtevant’s in Hailey and The Elephant’s Perch. twp
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Nordic skiers are encouraged to spend the day skiing the Alturas Lake Ski Trail, which winds 16 kilometers along Alturas Lake Creek to Alturas Lake with spectacular views of the Sawtooth Mountains at every turn.
The trail is located 37 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75.
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Smiley Creek Lodge will hold an après ski buffet between 4 and 7 p.m. featuring pear hazelnut salad, Zupfu braided bread, Alpineair beef stew, spaetzle and chicken with cherry port sauce, Spitzbuben cookies and Kirschtorte. Cost: $16 per person.
Nordic Night of Music, 5 p.m.— The Ketchum Nordic Night of Music featuring Pimps of Joytime, Snowshoe Dance Competition, and Nordic Town USA Ski Sprints gets under way at 4th Street and 2nd Avenue across from the Ketchum Post Office.
Ski talk, 7 p.m.—Sun Valley’s head Nordic Coach Rick Kapala will make a free presentation on the evolution of Modern Cross Country Ski Technique from the days of wooden skis to the high-velocity dynamic sport it is today at 7 p.m. at the Community School Theatre on Dollar Road in Sun Valley. Kapala will use old-time video clips and modern footage to illustrate what is the biggest evolution in any endurance sport.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 Lunchtime Ski Clinics, noon—This hour-long skate ski clinic will be held at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters seven miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75. Clinics are designed for advanced beginners and beyond. Cost: $20 per person. Call 208-726-4010 for more information. Galena Lodge will hold a Twilight Ski and Dinner with skiing from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The ala carte menu will feature Idaho lamb stew, veggie stew, soups, lasagna, salads and more. A Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey will feature the work of grassroots filmmakers telling entertaining stories of backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 Guided snowshoe trek, 11 a.m.— Snowshoe Guide Kandis Larson will lead a free Wildlife Snowshoe Walks on the trails around Galena Lodge. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours. All Ages and abilities are welcome. Snowshoes can be rented at the lodge. Hall of Fame induction, 4 p.m.— Several alpine and Nordic athletes from the Sun Valley area will be inducted into the brand new Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. at the Ski Museum in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park, First and Washington streets. Alpine nominees are Chuck Ferries, Bill Janss, Christin Cooper, Bobby Burns and Nelson Bennett. Nordic nominees are Rob Kiesel, Kevin Swigert, Leif Odmark and Phil Puchner. Refreshments will be served. Ski talk, 6 p.m.— Peter Ashley will talk about his experiences as a ski racer, coach of the U.S. ski Team and vice president of the Nordic Division of Fischer Skis during a free presentation at The Community Library on Spruce Avenue in Ketchum.
Thursday, Feb. 3 Guided snowshoe trek, 11 a.m.— Winter Ranger Susan Kranz will lead a free snowshoe tour on the trails around Galena Lodge. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and is open to all ages and abilities. Snowshoes can be rented at the lodge. Skate ski clinics, noon—Galena Lodge Nordic Ski School instructors will hold a skate ski clinic from noon to 1 p.m. at the SNRA. Cost is $20 per person. Party at Perry’s, 5-8 p.m.—That is, chow down on Perry’s roasted chicken breast, home-style meatloaf, wild Alaskan salmon or baby back ribs. Ten percent of sales will go to the Ga-
The giant block party will feature sprinters going head to head in a circular track in quest of $2,000 in prize money (submit two-person team to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 Entry fee is $30 per team payable at the race.) Galena Lodge will serve chili and beverages. The Elephant’s Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports will have snowshoes for the Snowshoe Dance Competition. And the Brooklyn-based Pimps of Joytime, who played at Sun Valley’s Rhythm and Ride Bike Festival last summer, will serve up dance grooves with a blend of afrobeat, salsa, rock and roll and electronic.
Friday, Feb. 4 Skiers are invited to ski the Park Creek Nordic Ski Area nine miles west of Stanley, then meet up at the Sawtooth Hotel in Stanley for an après-ski party. SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour Pre-Race Expo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.— At the Wood River YMCA at the corner of Warm Springs and Saddle roads in Ketchum. Snowshoe Adventure—The Idaho Conservation League will lead a Snowshoe Adventure up Titus Ridge for a panoramic view of the Boulder, Pioneer, White Cloud, Sawtooth and Smoky mountain ranges. Call 208726-7485 for more information. Best of Banff Film Festival, 6:30 p.m.—This film festival, at the nexStage Theatre at 120 S. Main St. in Ketchum, will feature 14 different films shown over two nights. This year’s films include “A Life Ascending,” which features Canadian ski mountaineering guide Ruedi Beglinger; “Crossing the Ditch,” the story of two young Australians who kayak the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand amidst massive storms, strong currents and towering waves; and “Eastern Rises,” a humorous cultural film on fly-fishing in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, which may be Bigfoot’s home. Tickets are $12 in advance, available at Backwoods Mountain Sports, The Elephant’s Perch and Chapter One Bookstore. They’re $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will support the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center and the Satipo Kids Project, which funds school-age children in Peru to attend school.
Saturday, Feb. 5 36th SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour, 10 a.m.—One of the largest cross-country ski races in the country, this starts at Galena Lodge, with as many as a thousand racers racing 32 kilometers along the Harriman Trail paralleling Highway 75 to SNRA headquarters. Best of Banff Film Festival, 6:30 p.m.—At the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.
Sunday, Feb. 6 SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour Demo, 10 a.m. through afternoon— This will offer skiers the chance to try next year’s gear free or charge and get tips from top athletes on training and racing. The demo will be held at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.