Figure skating has lived at the heart of Sun Valley since shortly after the resort opened in 1936, and it’s there that the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club has trained athletes, held competitions and promoted lifelong love of figure skating since that historic time.

    That passion, and the friends it fosters, is what club President Jennifer Embree wants to continue building. She said the club’s focus is “offering as much to our members as we can, and to create some excitement about joining—it doesn’t have to be as a professional figure skater, but just to enjoy skating.”

    With 54 junior members and 57 parent members, plus collegiate, associate and professional members, the 75-year-old nonprofit club is one of the oldest and most robust nationwide, she said. Offering everything from subsidized club jackets, social gatherings and yoga classes to off-ice training, U.S. Figure Skating test sessions and seminars on judging and skating disciplines, Embree said, the club is more than just a pipeline to competition, though it also hosts one of the largest and continually growing competitions in the Northwest.

    “We’re trying to build relationships with each other as much as we can, at no cost to the kids, to help them bond as a group, and help them gain some knowledge and physical abilities,” she said.

    It’s even more affordable for novices, who can try the club for a year for $30—one-third the usual rate—and the club offers steeply discounted lessons for first-timers: $140 for 10 weeks of weekly instruction and twice-weekly rentals.

    “You don’t have to be so into figure skating—it could be something that you want to try. We have a lot of social events that get the kids together.”

    A Ketchum native, Embree, 51, is a hockey player who joined the club when her daughter began skating. She’s been on the board for four years and served as chair and president for three.

    “I’m just excited about the opportunities I and the board can offer to the kids.”

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