Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrate the valley’s extremes

Sun Valley Guide magazine distributed today

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Matt Leidecker The Sun Valley Guide’s winter cover features Zach Crist skiing Thompson Peak in the Sawtooth Mountains.

There are three reliable signs that winter has come to the Wood River Valley:

Snow is on the ground—check.

Bald Mountain is open—check.

The winter issue of the Sun Valley Guide magazine is on the streets—check.

So, it looks like it's official: Winter is here.

With its Winter 2009-10 edition, Sun Valley Guide magazine celebrates the extremes of the season. The cover story, "Masters of the Steep," heralds the relatively unknown sport of ski mountaineering. Greg Moore explores the world of these dedicated thrill seekers as they play in the "ideal ski mountaineering range" of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Revisit one of the valley's oldest battles—backcountry skiers versus snowmobilers—in the feature "Peace in the Backcountry" by Jason Kauffman. Learn how these formerly bitter enemies have come together over the past 10 years to create a nationally celebrated winter wildlands-use agreement.

Speaking of extremes, the valley has been holding its breath, waiting to see what changes new the Sun Valley Resort general manager will bring to Baldy. And Tim Silva has not disappointed.

"To be successful, we need compelling products for all members of the family," he said. "Marketing to youth includes well-designed, built and maintained terrain parks, superpipes and other amenities."

Read an in-depth interview with the man who plans to bring Sun Valley Resort into the 21st century.

Other stories in the issue include an intimate portrait of the hardy souls that make Stanley, Idaho, their year-round home, a step-by-step guide to keeping your knees safe this ski season, and a new series celebrating the best books written about and by Idahoans.

Continuing its efforts to promote sustainable publishing, the Sun Valley Guide is printed locally at BLIP Color in Twin Falls. The magazine is printed on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, with inks containing no volatile organic compounds, at a printing plant that employs a comprehensive recycling program.

So, pick up your (guilt-free) copy of the Sun Valley Guide today.

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