Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Galena benefit is a Nordic rejoice

Event keeps Galena Lodge and trail system tops

Express Staff Writer

Galena booster Jenny Busdon and Elephant’s Perch co-owner Bob Rosso are a dynamic duo for the annual Galena & the Trails Winter Benefit dinner and auction fundraiser. Photo by David N. Seelig

This year Nordic skiers will have an entire day and evening to revel in their love skiing the Blaine County Recreation District trails and Galena Lodge. The 15th annual Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29. The benefit will end the day, which includes the BCRD Ski the Rails, a day of skiing on the Wood River Valley trail from Serenade Lane in Ketchum to Myrtle Street in Hailey. In addition, the benefit will kick off the weeklong Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

The 15th annual Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit will take place in the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature a three-course dinner with wine, live and silent auction and a raffle for a combined Sun Valley ski pass and a youth bike donated by Scott USA.

Live auction packages include trips to Las Vegas, London and Mexico, a ride with mountain biking champions Rebecca Rusch and Greg Martin and Nordic vacation packages. This year the event will also feature live music by Wood River Valley musicians All Night Diner.

In addition, the "5x7 Project," in which local artists and Nordic enthusiasts created art to be auctioned off at the benefit, will also be included in the evening's fundraising events. The benefit is the "Nordic party" of the season as well as an opportunity to raise crucial funds that support Galena Lodge and the valley's world-class trail system.

Tickets are $100. For details, call 578-5455 or visit

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