Friday, September 3, 2010

Resortís 75th season highlights announced

Evan Lysacek to star in ice show; Dollar Mountain terrain park to feature 24 new features

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Resort isn't merely reveling in its rich history this 75th winter season. It will be leaping into the future.

Dollar Mountain, which was home to the world's first chairlift, saw its first terrain park last winter featuring a jump line, 13 rails, boxes and jibs. The resort has announced that Dollar will now showcase an additional 24 new rails and jibs in its three new terrain parks: Old Bowl, Half Dollar and Poverty Flats.

The mountain will host the 75th Season Rail Exhibition on the evening of Friday, Dec. 17. This event will mark the onset of the 75th anniversary celebration, though the resort's ski season traditionally opens around Thanksgiving.

The following night, Dec. 18, an elaborate but traditional tree-lighting ceremony will take place celebrating the arrival of the Sun Valley Carolers.

Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic gold medalist figure skater, will then star in the 75th Ice Show on Dec. 21, commemorating the resort's original opening day in 1936. The festivities continue Dec. 23 with the Classical Christmas Concert, followed the next evening by Sun Valley's traditional Torchlight Parade, which usually attracts thousands to Sun Valley Lodge's terrace to witness the snaking procession of skiers descending Dollar Mountain. Also in repeat of tradition, Santa Claus will make an appearance and Nutcracker on Ice will be performed.

In addition to the celebratory week, Sun Valley is planning numerous snow-style activities for all ages, yet to be determined. The events will continue through the ski season's end, culminating with Ski Heritage Week on March 26. Celebrations will wrap up with inductions into the Ski Hall of Fame on April 2.

To see the events as they're decided, go to or call (800) 786-8259.

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