Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SolFest 2013

The ultimate spring break offerings


Last year’s party people gather for SolFest. Courtesy photo by Mark Oliver

    Returning to springtime glory once again is SolFest, the ultimate ski and snowboard weekend made sweeter for the college crowd with a number of free events as well as a discount lift ticket for three days at $99.
    The weekend kicks off Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation presents the 511 Rail Jam, an urban ski and snowboard contest in the heart of downtown Ketchum with DJ Train lighting up the music until 11 p.m.
    Saturday, March 23, brings a unique bit of Sun Valley flavor with “A.P.R.E.S., the Game” a free-to-enter scavenger hunt that, in the spirit of the game “G.N.A.R.” mixes costumes with prescribed antics, feats of strength and daring to collect points in order to win prizes from sponsors like Scott and Smith Optics. Awards will be held at the free-to-attend A.P.R.E.S. party at Apple’s Bar and Grill at 4 p.m. with special musical guests, the all-request cover band, “El Stash.”
    Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. is the weekend’s main event with the free, all-ages show SolFest on Main Street, with musical performances by DJ Doc Rock and party band champions, Pool Party.
    With Main Street shut down and loud pumping music getting the night started, what more could there be might, you ask?  How about Brother Ali playing inside Whiskey Jacques’ right after?  (See related story on C1).
    SolFest comes on the heals of the US Revolution Tour in Sun Valley on March 17-22 where the brightest young stars of freestyle skiing and snowboarding compete. More information can be found at

The haps:
When: Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24.
Cost: Most events are free, but college students can show ID for three days skiing at $99.
Where: Bald Mountain and Ketchum.


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