The Thanksgiving holiday weekend got a head start this week with snow falling determinedly in preparation for the opening of Sun Valley's Bald Mountain, 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. To buy an Early/Late season pass—which offers a huge discount on skiing in the designated early and late seasons—head to the ticket office at River Run Lodge by Sunday, Nov. 19, the last day the pass is available.
Before the big day, a few events take place including a Feast Day at The Community School in Sun Valley today; Blaine County Senior Connection noon meal, Thanksgiving dinner and birthday celebration at noon today; and a Thanksgiving Food Drive, sponsored by Silver Creek Alternative School and Hunger Coalition. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off until Monday, Nov. 20, at Atkinsons' Market, Albertson's and Silver Creek Alternative School, all in Hailey.
On Thursday, Nov. 23, the third annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. The 3.1-mile event for anyone willing to make the journey whether running, walking or pushing baby joggers sets off from Foxmoor Park in Hailey and follows a course through Deerfield, Hiwawatha Estates, Motherlode, into Old Hailey and back. Last year, some 175 folks participated and raised more than $2,000 for the Souper Supper hot meals program.
Registration is allowed on race day, at 9 a.m., but the organizers encourage online registration at active.com. The entry fee—$30 families, $15 individuals—will be discounted and it will make the check-in process easier. Day-of-race registration costs $40 for families and $20 for individuals.
A portion of registration fees will be donated to the Souper Supper Community Dining Room. The fee also includes event schwag and warm refreshments provided by Hailey Coffee Co. after the race. The race will be run rain, snow or shine. For more details, visit haileyturkeytrot.com.
Now that everybody has worked up an appetite, whether skiing, running or cooking, there are several places offering dinners.
- Galena Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner, 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 726-4010.
- Roosevelt Tavern and Grill, Thanksgiving Dinner, open 1 p.m. for après ski, and serving dinner starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 726-0051.
- Trail Creek Pub, Thanksgiving Dinner served until 6 p.m. Details: 726-3773.
- Sun Valley Lodge, Gretchen's, The Ram, Sun Valley Inn, Thanksgiving dinners will be served in all four restaurants. The Inn will serve a buffet with music by Leanne Leach & Trio. For reservations, call 622-2135 for buffet reservations; otherwise, call 622-2097.
Later in the evening, a Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, in Ketchum, from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
The collection at the service will go to start a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, said Rebekah Helzel, executive director of Advocates for Real Community Housing.
For details, call 726-1183.