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Fabulous Weekend in Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho

This gets more interesting after the first piece of background information.  Hang in there. 🙂

First, some information about what  “Sun Valley” really is, then photos and a few comments about my wonderful days in Ketchum, Hailey and the Wood River Valley.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sun Valley, Idaho
City
Sun Valley, IdahoBald Mountain from Sun Valley Lake

Sun Valley, Idaho
Bald Mountain from Sun Valley Lake
Location in Blaine County and the state of Idaho
Location in Blaine County and the state of Idaho

Sun Valley, Idaho is located in USA West

Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley, Idaho

Location in the western United States

Coordinates: 43°40′50″N 114°20′34″WCoordinates: 43°40′50″N 114°20′34″W
Country United States
State Idaho
County Blaine
Founded 1936
Incorporated 1947
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Sun Valley is a resort city in the westernUnited States. It is within Blaine County in central Idaho. The resort is adjacent to the city of Ketchum and within the greater Wood River valley. The population was 1,406 at the 2010 census, down from 1,427 in 2000.[4] The elevation of Sun Valley (at the Lodge) is 5,920 feet (1,805 m) above sea level. The area is served by Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, approximately 15 miles (25 km) south. Visitors to Sun Valley are relatively close to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, accessed over Galena Summit on Highway 75, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.

Among skiers, the term “Sun Valley” refers to the alpineski area, which consists of Bald Mountain, the main ski mountain adjacent to Ketchum, and Dollar Mountain, adjacent to Sun Valley, for novice and lower intermediate skiers. Bald Mountain, or “Baldy,” has a summit of 9,150 feet (2,790 m) and a vertical drop of 3,400 feet (1,035 m). With its abundance of constant-pitch terrain, at varying degrees of difficulty, coupled with its substantial vertical drop and absence of wind, Baldy has often been referred to as one of the better ski mountains in the world. The treeless “Dollar” at 6,638 feet (2,023 m) has a moderate vertical drop of 628 feet (191 m).

The term “Sun Valley” is used more generally to speak of the region surrounding the city, including the neighboring city of Ketchum and the Wood River Valley area winding south to Hailey and Bellevue. The region has been a seasonal home to the rich and famous since first being brought to public attention by Ernest Hemingway in the late 1930s.

My days…

On Friday, February 10th, I drove from McCall, Idaho to Ketchum, Idaho, along the Payette River for part of the day.

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Highway 75, south of Bellevue, Hailee and Ketchum

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In August of 2015, I bicycled “Ride Idaho” with 300 other people.  On the first day of the week long ride, I met a wonderful group of people from Boise/ Sun Valley.  This weekend I reconnected with them and stayed at the home of Rhonda and Howie Schaff in Ketchum.

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The first night we had a group dinner with Claudia, Gary, Howie, Rhonda, Carolyn and Alex

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We skied Mt. Baldy.

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Christmas Bowl, where we skied most of the day

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Alex, Gary, Howie and Allen

 

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Howie outside of Seattle Ridge Lodge, at the summit
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Unusual lighting for a ski lodge:)
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Carpet…
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and a gigantic fireplace…

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Fresh rolls, which you don’t have to pay for if you eat them while waiting for your French onion soup.
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Our view during lunch
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Seattle Ridge Lodge…
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with granite counter tops in the bathroom and…a bathroom attendant. 🙂

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Fireplace in the River Run Lodge
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Painting over the fireplace in River Run Lodge, of the Life magazine cover after the lodge opened in 1936
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Carolyn, Howie and I skied at Billy’s Bridge on Feb.12.
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Rhonda Schaff
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Cross country skiing
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The sky!

After the weekend with Howie and Rhonda, Carolyn and Gary, Claudia and Alex, I had a wonderful evening with Jenny Wayman’s long-time friend, Robbie Cowan, in Hailey.

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Entryway to Robbie’s home
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Robbie Cowan
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Robbie’s home
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Kitchen
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Bathroom
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Entryway

 

Art work in Robbie’s home…

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Main hallway

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Robbie’s back yard
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Lawrence’s mandolin workshop over the garage

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It’s been a serious winter. 🙂

And back to Ketchum…

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Photos at Starbucks in downtown Ketchum, which I believe is the only chain represented in Ketchum.  No McDonald’s, Super 8, Applebee’s, Macy’s, etc.  It makes a significant difference in the feel of the community.

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