Friday, March 25, 2011

Skiing ‘road show’ coming to valley

Earl Holding, Muffy Davis to be inducted into Ski Hall of Fame

Express Staff Writer

Express file photo Sun Valley Co. owner Earl Holding, center-right, greets children during a celebratory event in Sun Valley in 2006. Earl’s wife, Carol Holding, hugs children to the left.

Bald Mountain's lifts will soon slip into spring slumber as the Sun Valley ski season draws to a close on Easter afternoon, April 24, but the season won't be culminating as usual.

This coming Monday, March 28, will kick off Ski Heritage Week, jointly presented by the International Skiing Heritage Association and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, in partnership with the local Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society's Heritage & Ski Museum. Events and parties beckoning back to earlier Sun Valley days are planned for the entire week.

However, the week was built around one event—the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

"We take the show on the road every year for this signature event," said Hall of Fame Chair Bernie Weichsel.

Weichsel said few people go to the museum in Ishpeming, Mich., so it made sense to bring the induction ceremony to skier hotspots. Last year was Beaver Creek, Colo. He said the Hall of Fame chose Sun Valley this year because of the inductees. Two of the six inductees—Sun Valley Resort owner Earl Holding and Paralympic skier Muffy Davis—began their careers in the skiing industry here in Sun Valley. Other inductees are former U.S. Ski Team racers Daron Rahlves and Bobby Cochran, as well as big-mountain skiers Glen Plake and the late Shane McConkey.

The induction ceremony and dinner on Saturday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Sun Valley Inn's Limelight Room requires registration and payment to attend, costing $250 per person. But the event has been sold out. Weichsel said capacity is about 500 people. The week's other formal events—many of which are dinners—require buying an access pass, but those have also sold out.

However, several events are free and open to everyone, including the Ishpeming Film Fest, showing historic skiing films and new productions every day in the Sun Valley Opera House (see the sidebar for the film schedule). Noteworthy films include the breakthrough 1931 German film "Der Weisse Rausch," meaning "White Ecstasy." The black-and-white film is part of New York's Museum of Modern Art's film collection. A film that Sun Valley can relate to is the freestyle flick "Performers," made in 1971. The film follows several Sun Valley locals and others, the K2 demo team, as they tour the country. They began their tour in Sun Valley with a wet-T-shirt contest.

In honor of the K2 Performers, Whiskey Jacques' saloon in Ketchum will hold a ladies T-shirt contest and men's cheeseburger-eating contest on Thursday, March 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the party starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes two raffle tickets—1970s attire encouraged. Contestants must sign up at Whiskey's by 8 p.m. March 30.

The week's other rambunctious event is Apple's Après Street Party on April 1 from 3-7:30 p.m. There will be live music, a hotdoggers tent and the same raffle to benefit the Bald Mountain Rescue Fund. Prizes will be offered by K2, Smith Optics, Scott, Eddie Bauer and other manufacturers.

For details on events all week, see the Express calendar at

Trevon Milliard:

SV Opera House to screen ski films

The Ski Heritage Week will present the Ishpeming FilmFest Sunday, March 27, through Friday, April 1, at the Sun Valley Opera House. All films are free. The selection of films for the festival is a celebration of some of the best ski films ever made, from the 1930s through 2011. An awards ceremony at the Sun Valley Opera House on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. will include film clips and filmmakers. In addition, a Barrymore film festival will take place for the Freedogger Party at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

Sunday, March 27

( 8:30 p.m. "Der Weisse Rausch"

Monday, March 28

(9 a.m. "Best of John Jay"

(11 a.m. Sun Valley Collection: "Sun Valley's 50th" and Union Pacific's "Sun Valley Skiing"

(2 p.m. "Ski Time" by Warren Miller

(4 p.m. "Ski the Outer Limits"

(4:30 p.m. "The Performers"

(8 p.m. "Ski Racer"

(8:30 p.m. "Legends of American Skiing"

Tuesday, March 29

(9 a.m. "Der Weisse Rausch"

(11 a.m. Sun Valley Collection: "It Happened In Sun Valley" and "Skifully Yours"

(2 p.m. "Sun Valley Serenade"

(4 p.m. "Last of the Ski Bums"

(9 p.m. "Gliding Through Time"

Wednesday, March 30

(9 a.m. "Ski the Outer Limits"

(9:30a.m. "Blizzard of Aahhhs"

(11 a.m. Sun Valley Collection: Union Pacific's "It's on Ice" and "Moon Over Sun Valley"

(2 p.m. "Ski Time" by Warren Miller

(4:30 p.m. "Sun Valley Serenade"

(6:30 p.m. Roger Brown's "Freestyle" (rough cut)

(7:30 p.m. Barrymore evening, "The Performers" and "Last of the Ski Bums"

Thursday, March 31

(9 a.m. "Ski Racer"

(9:30 a.m. "Legends of American Skiing"

(11 a.m. Sun Valley Collection: Union Pacific's "It's on Ice" and "Moon Over Sun Valley"

(2 p.m. "Der Weisse Rausch"

(7:30 p.m. "Ski the Outer Limits"

(8 p.m. "Ski Time" by Warren Miller

Friday, April 1

(9 a.m. "Ski Race"

(9:30 a.m. "Legends of American Skiing"

(11 a.m. Sun Valley Collection: "It Happened in Sun Valley" and "Skifully Yours"

(2 p.m. Best of John Jay

(4 p.m. "Sun Valley Serenade"

(6 p.m. "The FIS 100 Years"

(7:30 p.m. "Blizzard of Aahhs"

(9 p.m. "Winter Equinox"

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