Friday, January 24, 2014

Nordic Fest offers events all week

Reggae, recreation and racing all part of the Sun Valley celebration


By EXPRESS STAFF

The highlight of the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival is the Boulder Mountain Tour race north of Ketchum, set this year for Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo by Mountain Express

    The fifth annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival offers events starting today, Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 2. Here is a listing of scheduled events—for the latest information, go to www.nordictownusa.com.

Friday, Jan. 24
- Opening-night welcoming celebration at Ketchum Town Plaza, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25
- Blaine County Recreation District ski free day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prairie Creek/Billy’s Bridge, north of Ketchum. This event is replacing the annual Ski the Rails celebration.
- Sun Valley Intermountain Junior National Invitational at Galena Lodge. (There will be limited parking, so people should use a shuttle from Baker Creek.) From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Galena and Trails Winter Benefit: The 18th annual Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn. Proceeds benefit the Galena Lodge and trails system.

Sunday, Jan. 26
- Sun Valley Intermountain Junior National Invitational, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Galena Lodge (There will be limited parking, so people should use a shuttle from Baker Creek.)

Monday, Jan. 27
- Skiers Special Breakfast/Brunch, from 8 a.m. to noon at Smiley Creek Lodge north of Ketchum.
- Ski Tour: Winter Wildlife of the Sawtooths (people must preregister). From noon to 2 p.m. at the Alturas Lake ski area, north of Ketchum.
- Snowshoe Tour: History of the Sawtooth Wilderness (people must preregister).  From noon to 2 p.m. at Park Creek Lake ski area in Stanley.
- Avalanche Awareness & Safety in the Backcountry, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Stanley Town Square.
- Skiers Special Dinner, from 5-7 p.m. at Stanley Sluice in Stanley Town Square.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
- Twilight Ski & Dinner, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Galena Lodge, north of Ketchum.
- Coaching Through the Ages presentation, at 6 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
- Local Stoker: SVSEF Gold Team, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the trail system north of Ketchum.
- Paralympic biathlon practice, at 10 a.m. at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.
- Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee Tasting, from noon to 4 p.m. at Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee in Ketchum.
- Sun Valley Alpine & Nordic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, from 5-6 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

Thursday, Jan. 30
- Local Stoker: Vamps Coaches, at 9 a.m. on the Harriman Trail (meet at Ketchum Town Square).
- Paralympic Biathlon Race, at 10 a.m. at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.
- Downtown Jam/NordicTown USA Sprints—Nordic and “fatbike” races at 4 p.m. at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts field in Ketchum.
- XC Party, from 5-8 p.m. at Perry’s restaurant in Ketchum.

Friday, Jan. 31
- Boulder Mountain Tour Expo, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum.
- Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center Incredible Raffle & Banff Film Festival, from 6-10 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

Saturday. Feb. 1
- 39th annual Swix Boulder Mountain Tour, at 10 a.m. on the Harriman Trail—from Galena to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
- Swix Half Boulder Mountain Tour, 11:45 a.m. on the Harriman Trail—from Baker Creek to the SNRA.
- Swix Boulder Mountain Tour awards ceremony, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn.
- Reggae in the Mountains, from 5-9:30 p.m. at Ketchum Town Plaza.
- Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center Incredible Raffle & Banff Film Festival, from 6-10 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

Sunday, Feb. 2
- Boulder Mountain Tour demo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.





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