What's happening this week
What to Do: Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Dear Citizens of NordicTown USA, the Sun Valley Nordic Festival is here! We live in one of the most amazing cross-country skiing Meccas in the world and the Nordic Festival events starting this weekend help us celebrate that with the rest of the world. Don’t miss any of the events like uphill races, lectures, clinics, a downtown jam and much more!
And if Nordic skiing isn’t your thing, definitely check out the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular, alpine racing at Rotarun or any of this week’s events at the Community Library!
Skin It 2 Win It Randonee Race!
This premiere Randonee Race will have teams of 1, 2 & 4 persons skinning from the base of Dollar Mountain to the summit where they will remove their skins and ski back to the start to hand off their baton to the next teammate. Racers will complete as many laps as possible in 5 hours. The distance is approx. 1.3 miles and 600 vertical feet.
This is a fund raising event for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center. Entry fee is $50/person and must be entered in advance. No registration day of race! Racers are encouraged to secure sponsors to cover entry fee and beyond. Hot drinks & food will be provided for racers. Awards will be same day at Dollar Lodge at 4:30. Prizes will be awarded for fastest lap, most laps completed, best costume, and most money sponsored.
Costumes are required!
When: Saturday, January 28th, 10:00 AM
Where: Dollar Mountain
Info: This is a fund raising event for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center. Entry fee is $50/person and must be entered in advance. No registration day of race! Racers are encouraged to secure sponsors to cover entry fee and beyond. Hot drinks & food will be provided for racers. Awards will be same day at Dollar Lodge at 4:30. Prizes will be awarded for fastest lap, most laps completed, best costume, and most money sponsored. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit
Don't miss the annual Galena and The Trails Winter Benefit this Saturday, the first day of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The Benefit is the community's annual celebration of our community trails and lodge supported by the BCRD. All support from the Benefit goes to the annual costs of supporting the trails and lodge facilities. For a full list of live action packages for this year's benefit, click here.
Buy your tickets now, they're going fast! Purchase your tickets online at bcrd.org.
When: Saturday, January 28th, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley
Nordic Lecture with Rick Kapala: Building a Bigger Engine
Join Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Head Nordic Coach Rick Kapala for a presentation on how to improve your physical capacities for Cross Country Skiing. We'll cover training physiology, workout design and training monitoring as key elements in managing your training plan.
When: Monday, January 30th, 7:00 PM
Where: The Community Library, Ketchum
Rotarun’s 2012 Arkoosh Cup
Ski racing takes over Hailey’s hometown ski hill on Saturday when Rotarun hosts children’s ski racing in the 46th Annual Arkoosh Cup. Racers age seven through 12 years old will compete on the larger race course. Children up to six years old will race on a smaller course at the hill.
The small, but challenging hill at Rotarun Ski Area will be studded with gates and timing equipment, inviting beginning and experienced racers to challenge themselves.
When: Saturday, January 28th.
Where: Rotarun Ski Hill, 25 Rodeo Drive, Hailey.
Info: The race registration fee for all divisions is $15, which includes a lift ticket. Race registration will be at the hill starting at 8:30 on race day. Racing will begin at 10:30. More information available at rotarunski.com.
Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular
One of the biggest freestyle competitions in the region, Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation are hosting the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular again this year! The event takes place this weekend and is the best way to check out Dollar Mountain’s now famous terrain parks! With over 130 young competitors already registered to compete, it should be quite a show!
When: Thursday, January 26th to Sunday, January 29th.
Where: Dollar and Bald Mountains, Sun Valley.
Info: The event kicks off on Thursday with the Halfpipe competition on Dollar’s brand new Halfpipe and continues Friday with the Slopestyle Comp. Saturday and Sunday will feature mogul and double mogul competitions. For more info call 208-726-4129.
Community Library Screening of “The Audition”
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, "The Audition" looks at the intense pressures young opera singers face as they struggle to succeed in one of the most difficult professions in the performing arts. The documentary takes you behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, where each year thousands of hopefuls compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage–and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career. The film covers the dramatic week leading up to the finals of the 2007 auditions, focusing on three very different tenor contestants: Michael Fabiano, a fiery 22-year-old grappling with his inner demons; Alek Shrader, a 25-year-old with movie-star looks who attempts to sing nine high Cs in the fiendishly difficult aria that made Pavarotti a star; and Ryan Smith, who at the age of 30, and with little formal training, is pursuing his dream of an operatic career.
Sun Valley Nordic Festival Lecture with Three-time Olympian Jim Galanes
Jim Galanes is an American cross-country skier who competed from 1980 to 1985. He finished eighth in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics. Galanes finished 14th in the 30 km event at the 1982 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo. His best World Cup finish was fifth in a 15 km event in the Soviet Union in 1984.
When: Wednesday, February 1st. 7:00 PM
Where: The Community Library, Ketchum.
Info: Hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps will be served. You can email Jim at email@example.com.