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For the week of January 7 - 13, 2004


January ski clinics are designed for locals

Brush up on your skills at Sun Valley

Once again, Sun Valley Company is offering special ski and snowboard instruction clinics for Blaine County students during January.

The three-weekend, six-session Sun Valley Ski & Snowboard School kids' program is limited to students in kindergarten through the sixth grade (snowboard instruction for kids 7-and-older, only).

Open to all kids currently enrolled in Blaine County grade schools, the program is scheduled to begin its 27th season on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The cost of $125 per person includes lessons as well as lift tickets for all six days.

All instruction is provided by regular Sun Valley Ski School instructors at substantial savings compared to the cost of regular children's clinic rates and lift passes. You pay only $20 per day for teaching and lift passes.

Tickets for instruction and skiing are available through Friday, Jan. 9 at River Run Day Lodge (622-2289). No late registrations will be accepted.

A child must take part in the first day of lessons Jan. 10 to be eligible for the remaining weekend sessions Jan. 11, Jan. 17-18, Jan. 25-26 and Jan. 31.

Regardless of skiing ability, all registered participants must meet from 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Dollar Cabin. Children are assigned to classes according to ability.

The morning classes start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 11:30 a.m. Parents are responsible for their children once the classes end. If supervised or allowed, children may continue skiing on their full-day lift passes. The afternoon classes go from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Local adult clinics

Also in January, the Sun Valley Ski & Snowboard School for the 23rd consecutive year is offering local adult ski and snowboard clinics.

Clinics for competent Baldy skiers/snowboarders are held for three consecutive Saturdays. They are Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. The cost of $90 per person does not include the price of lift tickets.

The Baldy skiers/snowboarders have their initial meeting Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at River Run Day Lodge. Instruction occurs from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on each of the three days.

Beginning skiers will join regular ski classes from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the three Saturdays. Absolute beginners won't be required to buy a lift ticket the first lesson.

Participants must register in person at River Run Lodge through Friday, Jan. 16. You must attend the first Saturday. No tickets will be sold on a single-day basis. Call River Run Ski School at 622-2289.


Other clinics

Sun Valley Company is also offering:

  • Nine weeks of the Mountain Masters clinics for intermediate/expert skiers Monday, Jan. 12 through Thursday, March 18. Featuring new coaches each week, the clinics meet at Lookout Restaurant and run Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Masters Race Clinics from January through March, and Women’s Alpine Ski Clinics Feb. 2-4 and March 1-3.


Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center clinics (trail fees not included, rentals available) include the following:

  • Three-day "Learn to Skate," clinics Jan. 7 and 9, and

  • "Getting Maximum Glide—Beyond Intermediate Skiing," on Jan. 12, 14 and 16. Cost is $60.

The Boulder Mountain Tour preparation clinics are held Tuesdays through Feb. 3, and the "Lunchtime Workout," starts Thursday, Jan. 8 for $10 per session. Call 622-2250.



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