Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Brush up on your skiing, boarding at January clinics

At Sun Valley Resort

Once again Sun Valley Company is offering special ski and snowboard instruction clinics for students and local adults during January.

Kids' clinics are part of broad range of ski and snowboard classes Sun Valley is giving in 2008, including popular Local Adult Clinics.

For the 31st consecutive winter, Sun Valley Company is providing the three-weekend, seven-session Sun Valley Ski & Snowboard School "Locals Camp K-6" (formerly the Blaine County Kids Program).

"Locals Camp K-6" is limited to students in kindergarten through sixth grade (beginner snowboard instruction for kids 6-and-older, only). Only the first 150 skiers and 100 boarders signed up are accepted.

The special discount program is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 12. The cost of $150 per person includes lessons as well as lift tickets for all seven days of the session.

All instruction is provided by regular Sun Valley Ski School instructors at substantial savings compared to the cost of regular children's clinic rates and lift passes.

Tickets for instruction and skiing are available through Friday, Jan. 11 only at River Run Day Lodge (622-2289). No late registrations will be accepted and grade eligibility exceptions won't be allowed. You must sign up in person at River Run.

A child must take part in the first day of lessons Jan. 12 to be eligible for the remaining weekend sessions Jan. 13, Jan. 19-20, Jan. 26-27 and finally Saturday, Feb. 2. Children are put in classes according to ability.

Morning classes start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 11:30 a.m. Register on the first day Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8:30-9 a.m. at Dollar Cabin. Afternoon classes go from 12:30-3 p.m. And you must check in Saturday, Jan. 12 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Carol's Dollar Mountain Cabin.

Parents are responsible for their children once classes end.

Local Adult Clinics

Also in January, the Sun Valley Ski & Snowboard School for the 27th consecutive year is offering Local Adult ski and snowboard clinics.

Clinics are separated into Adult Intermediate and Advanced Levels for Local Adults, as well as the Local Beginner Clinics.

The clinics for competent Baldy skiers/snowboarders are held for three consecutive Saturdays. They are Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. The cost of $120 per person does not include the price of lift tickets.

Baldy skiers/snowboarders have their initial meeting Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at River Run Day Lodge. Instruction is from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on each of the three days.

The Beginning Clinic skiers will join regular ski and boarding classes from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the same three Saturdays—Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Absolute beginners won't be required to buy a lift ticket for the first lesson only. Once again, the cost is $120, not including lift tickets.

Participants must register in person at River Run Lodge through Friday, Jan. 11. You must attend the first Saturday. No tickets will be sold on a single-day basis. Call River Run Ski School at 622-2289.

Sun Valley is also offering:

Nine weeks of the Mountain Masters clinics for intermediate/expert skiers Monday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, March 13. Featuring new coaches each week, the clinics meet at Lookout Restaurant and run Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Download registration forms for Mountain Masters and other clinics at

Masters Race Clinics, an intense program for good parallel skiers, cover five days a week from Jan. 7 through March 14. Three-day-a-week clinics are also offered.

All Mountain Freeride Team for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders (ages 6 through high school) meets each weekend from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at River Run Lodge. Limited space is available.

Sun Valley Nordic Center provides PSIA-certified instructors. The special clinics include:

One Hour Lunchtime Clinics include Learn to Skate Ski, Women's Skating and Classic Technique.

Masters Cross-Country Training with Three-Time Olympian Jon Engen includes technical development, training and special events. Call Engen at 726-5884.

Skate Ski University with Kris Thoreson features small groups, individual attention and video technique analysis.

Call 622-2250 for more details about Sun Valley Nordic Center, offering over 40 kilometers of trails.

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