SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL
January 28 - February 5, 2012
The 2012 festival will feature 9 days of activities, races, clinics and fun events along with a discounted, 9-day valley-wide Nordic trail pass, discounts on demos/rentals, lodging and dining which showcase and celebrate Sun Valley's well-deserved reputation as "Nordic Town USA".
Highlights of this year's festival include:
Ski the Rails & Hailey Music Celebration- a family-friendly "ski at your own pace" tour along the Wood River Trail. Join over 400 friends and family as they travel the old rail bed on a gentle 12-mile gentle downhill from Ketchum to Hailey, Idaho. Then grab some lunch and music!
Galena & The Trails Winter Benefit - A celebration of one of the communities gems, "Galena Lodge" and the vast community supported wilderness area trails around the lodge in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
Skin it to Win It! - Get your costumes and skins ready for this Randonee adventure on Dollar Mountain benefiting the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche center.
Alturas Ski and Apres Ski at Smiley Creek Lodge - Go "over the pass" and ski at one of the most beautiful locations in all of NordicTown USA. After a great day of skiing, come to Smiley Creek Lodge for an après-ski buffet.
Building a Bigger Engine -Join SVSEF Head Nordic Coach Rick Kapala for a presentation on how to improve your physical capacities for Cross Country Skiing.
Twilight Ski and Dinner at Galena Lodge - Ski on these wilderness trails at twilight and enjoy a fabulous dinner at the historic Galena Lodge, a valley gem from the original 1880's mining town. Kick off dinner with a pre dinner snowshoe around Galena Lodge with the Idaho Conservation League!
Ketchum Downtown Jam & NordicTownUSA Sprints - a celebration of all things Nordic featuring accompanying "foot-stomping, soul-stirring" live music by Tim Snider and Sound Society, both elite athlete and youth Nordic races with cash prizes on a circular course, bonfires, the 3rd Annual World Snowshoe Dance Competition and some great winter food and beverages by Galena Lodge. A can't miss event!
200K Trails Challenge - a non-competitive challenge to ski and experience all 200k of the area's world classic trails.
The Winterfun Classic - a 10k classic adventure on the groomed trails of Sun Valley Resort ending at the Sun Valley Clubhouse.
Swix Boulder Mountain Tour - The festival culminates with the renowned race with over 800 participants on the beautiful 32K course on the North Valley Trails. The Half Boulder Race will also be offered for a racer who want a little less of a challenge, and offers a special Parent/Child Combo entry fee.
Demo Days - at the Sun Valley Nordic Center with staff and industry representatives with information, product testing and demonstrations on the newest technology.
$49 9-day all access trails pass - Hit every trail in the valley with this all-access pass during the 9-day festival. A huge value!
Banff Film Festival - The inspiring international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects comes to Sun Valley for two nights!
Other great activities include: Nordic Hall of Fame Brunch at the Ketchum/Sun Valley Ski & Heritage Museum, Galena Training and Boulder Mountain Prep Clinics with Nicole DeYoung, Nordic Event Speakers at the Community Library & more. Full schedule at www.SVNordicFestival.com
The Sun Valley region has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but the Sun Valley Nordic Festival celebrates the area's status as "Nordic Town USA." Whether it is the 200k of meticulously groomed terrain in town or in the wilderness, some of the leading Nordic development & training programs in the world, the renowned Nordic events like the Boulder Mountain Tour, or the rich history of Nordic skiing, the area's status as a world class Nordic destination is unparalleled. The Sun Valley area also has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter recreationalists of all ages and abilities including incredible alpine and terrain park amenities, a rich art scene, and amazing dining and lodging options. We celebrate our Nordic world during the Sun Valley Nordic festival but we encourage a Nordic visit any day of the year at NordicTownUSA!