Sun Valley, ID – As fall approaches, Sun Valley Resort is preparing for the venerable Idaho ski resort’s landmark 75th winter season celebration. This milestone may well mark the resort’s most assorted winter season with special events attracting skiers and riders with everything from a 75th Season Rail Exhibition to the Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.nAlthough Sun Valley’s traditional ski season opening comes around Thanksgiving, commemorative events will kick off prior to the holiday season to mark when Sun Valley first opened on December 21, 1936.
Dollar Mountain, which is where it all began, will host an all new 75th Season Rail Exhibition Friday evening, Dec. 17. Seventy five seasons following the opening of the world’s first chairlift at this location, Dollar will now showcase an additional 24 new rails and jibs in its three new terrain parks – Old Bowl, Half Dollar, and Poverty Flats. The event is expected to draw star athletes anxious to ride the sun and flip for Sun Valley’s 75th.
The next evening, Saturday, Dec. 18, Sun Valley will stage an elaborate and traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony celebrating the arrival of the Sun Valley Carolers.
With the Village properly transformed with holiday glitter, attention will turn toward Sun Valley’s world famous outdoor Ice Rink where 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek will star in a very special 75th Ice Show Tuesday, Dec. 21, commemorating Sun Valley’s opening night.
Thursday, Dec. 23, the celebration continues with a Classical Christmas Concert which will be followed the next evening by Sun Valley’s traditional Christmas Eve Festival attracting thousands on the Sun Valley Lodge Terrace to enjoy the Torchlight Parade, arrival of Santa Claus and Nutcracker On Ice.
In addition to this special celebratory week, Sun Valley is planning myriad snow-style activities for all ages that will carry on through the end of the ski season, which will culminate with Ski Heritage Week Mar. 26, and finally the Ski Hall of Fame Induction Apr. 2, 2011.