Sun Valley Nordic Festival to take place January 30-February 7

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 3:23 pm

Sun Valley Resort, also known as “Nordic Town USA,” will host its First Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival from January 30-February 7 of 2010.  The festival will have nine days of events, races, and clinics, as well as a 9-day Nordic pass for $49.  See below for a list of highlights we received from the resort:

· Ski the Rails – a family-friendly “ski at your own pace” tour along the Wood River Trail. Don’t forget the after party at the Sun Valley Brewery featuring live music and downtown shopping specials.
· Nordic Night of Champions – a send-off celebration for local Nordic skiers who will be participating in the 2010 Olympic Games.
· Downtown Ketchum Nordic Night & Concert – a celebration of all things Nordic at the future site of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Sol’ Jibe will supply some high energy dance music as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and the Elephant’s Perch hold some fun races. Enjoy the ice sculptures and bonfire and stay warm with some great winter fare.
· 200K Trails Challenge – a non-competitive challenge to ski all of our world class trails and be eligible for some great prize drawings.
· Sun Valley Nordic Sprint Races – featuring a 1.5K course and cash prizes.
· Sun Valley 5K Snowshoe Challenge – a fun 5K course and great prizes.
· Author/Olympic Skier John Morton – Behind-the-scenes observations from his experiences at seven different Olympic Games. Presented by the Community Library.
· 10th Annual “Best of Banff” Mountain Film Festival – enjoy award-winning films on mountain sports, culture and environment.
· Boulder Mountain Tour – The festival culminates with the renowned race with over 800 participants on the beautiful 32K course on the North Valley Trails. The first annual Half Boulder Race will also be introduced this year for racers who want a little less of a challenge, and offers a special Parent/Child Combo entry fee.
· Other great activities include: Guided Snowshoe Adventure, Avalanche Awareness Program, Showshoe With a Ranger, Boulder Mountain Prep, a ski/dining experience at Smiley Creek and more. for more details.