Friday, November 26, 2010

Street People

In honor of the 75th ski season, please share a favorite Sun Valley memory or story:

"I liked being on top of Diamondback Ridge between Sun Valley's Whitecloud and Bigwood golf courses during the millenium in 2000. Sun Valley did a big fireworks show. What a sweet place to live—pretty cool."

Rick Kapala

Nordic ski coach

"Me and Kent Krietler in '82 cutting lift lines on the Christmas chair during powder days, double chairs and getting more face shots than anyone else on Baldy."

Hank Minor

Local skier

"My most favorite thing is skiing fast down Warm Springs from the top into Mid Warm Springs and laying it out and being a hero."

Heather Daves

Former pro ski racer

"In the early '90s on April Fool's Day it snowed 2 feet overnight and my husband, Pat, and I got up and went powder skiing. We got to the top just as they dropped the rope and we were the first ones in Easter Bowl, then we went over to Mayday Bowl just as they dropped the rope and opened it. We were the first ones in every bowl that day, wow."

Adele Savaria

SVSEF ski coach


"I'm a sucker for nostalgia and my last chairlift rides were memorable. My last ride on the Limelight double was with Dave Robrahn and he gave me a hard time for taking a picture to document it, so I said, 'If you think that's weird, I also have a picture of my last ride on the Exhibition single chair.' I also remember jumping off the Christmas double with a friend to retrieve a $100 bill we saw in the snow below us. It turned out to be a 10 spot."

Andy Berman

Local skier

"After so many incredible local days skiing, it's hard to single one out, but the one that really stands out was seeing my daughter gliding on a pair of skis for the first time."

Zach Crist

Professional skier

"My favorite memories that come to mind are when the Lane Parrish race was from the top of Baldy and many wonderful powder days in the bowls."

Gretchen Flint

Ketchum resident

"Cheeso's optimism. It's like my old friend Cheeseo used to say, 'There's no bad snow, just bad skiers.' After a marginal day in lousy snow, he would say, 'Wasn't that great?' If there was any new snow at all he would get on the coaches and kids to be out in it 'cause they needed to know how to ski in all conditions. That is why some of those kids are coaching today—he made hardened criminals out of them."

Jeff Enos

Ex-ski coach

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