Picabo shines as Sun Valley’s
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
"Sun Valley is first in
more ways than one," Picabo Street said last week at the top of Bald
Mountain. "It’s always been a magnet for celebrities. It had the first
chair lift, which cost 25 cents to ride."
Street was in town for a
fundraising event for the Hailey Ski Team, to visit family and to shoot a
segment for the Fine Living Network. The show, scheduled to air before the
winter holidays, ranks Sun Valley as one of the 10 best places for a holiday
Fine Living is the fourth in
a series of shows from Scripps Networks that includes the Food Network, Home
& Garden Television and the DIY/Do It Yourself Network.
Street, a native of the Wood
River Valley and an Olympic gold medalist, said she is enjoying her low key
winter season. She’s engaged to be married, and has "nothing to do with
racing. I don’t have to be perfect or cater my decisions to my race
Instead, she is acting as the
host of the Fine Living show on Sun Valley. She spent two days shooting on Bald
Mountain and around the valley with a film crew.
"What would a winter
wonderland be without ice skating. It’s like stepping into a Christmas
Card," Street said at the Sun Valley Ice Rink.
Charles Segars, the Senior
Vice President of Programming, Production and Network Strategy of Fine Living
Network, chose Sun Valley to be included in the show for its low key family
appeal, fabulous mountain and romantic history. He called the show the
"Opposite of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.’ It’s all about
television you can use.
"The three most
important things are reconnecting to family and friends, making informed
decisions on money and having the time to spend the money.
"Sun Valley is a place
to bring family. It’s not just about skiing, skating and hiking. It has a
friendly warm town atmosphere."
Besides the mountain and the
ice rink, the crew shot scenes of snowshoing, cross-country skiing hiking,
sleighing and walking around town.
"There are good folks up
here. All the businesses were very friendly," Segars said.
"My favorite moment was
waiting for Picabo to ski down Picabo’s Street. She makes three turns for the
camera and then stops to help a woman with her binding. Then runs down the rest
of the run for the camera crew."
Segars said advance editors
visited many winter resorts before selecting the top 10 for this show.
"They have to find the
perfect holiday (location). It should be organic and natural where people live,
like they mean it. People are passionate about staying here. They’ll do
anything to stay here."
During the airing of the
show, a contest will be held. The winner will win the ultimate ski vacation for
one week for 14 people. Fine Living has already rented a home in the valley for