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Tourism, Transportation

Friedman Memorial Airport

Cradled in the arms of Idaho’s majestic Wood River Valley, the land on which Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is located has connected people, places, and services for more than 100 years. From as far back as 1916, photographs show early aircraft operating from a simple grass strip that would, eventually,  become SUN’s main runway. In 1931, the Friedman family, pioneering Idaho sheep and cattle ranchers, gifted the city of Hailey with the land on which the original airstrip was located. In return, the family asked only that the land remain solely for use as an airport. Within a year, in 1932, the airport gained recognition by the federal government as a designated airport. Since then, SUN has grown into a world-class commercial airport and powerful economic engine, thanks to the oversight, support, and investment by Blaine County, the State, and the FAA. On Aug. 1, 1960, SUN entered the world of scheduled commercial airline passenger service with the arrival of West Coast Airlines serving Valley with its fleet of modern, luxurious D-3 aircraft and helped usher in a new age of travel by air. The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority was formed in 1994, replacing the Blaine County Airport Commission. The …

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Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter

First Turns on Baldy

“My job is better than your vacation” says the sticker.  “At either end of the socioeconomic spectrum lies a liesure class,” says a good friend.  It’s true either way and in Sun Valley you find both ends of the spectrum passionate about the same thing: skiing/snowboarding. We all rise in the morning and look out the window, living the dream at the base of a ski mountain.  Visiting this area is an experience in authentic mountain towns. Frequently found shocking to many, real people live here who exude a sense of warmth and  hospitality that keeps people coming back.  All it takes is one visit, and you are hooked. That’s how we all ended up here and we take pride in who we are and where we live, wanting you to appreciate it as much as we do. Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain is predictably ready to rip thanks to its ice-cream headache inducing cold air and a massive snow making system. In a year like last year we had great skiing even with the widespread lack of cooperation from Mother Nature.  This year we have been blessed, conditions are ripening.  Before the mountain opens, the itch needs to be scratched. Prior to work, at lunch and after work every nutcase with a leg to stand on is hiking to ride Baldy’s 3300 vertical. You see this place has addiction problems.  This one is for exercise disguised as recreation.

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Magic Lantern Cinemas

The Magic Lantern Cinema is Sun Valley’s first digital, state-of-the-art movie theater! Locally owned and operated–for over 38 years the MAGIC LANTERN has been the valley’s most popular and comfortable movie going experience. Ketchum’s only theater with BIG screens and tempurpedic foam rockers for your comfort. And now…Digital Projection for a perfect image every time to go along with the latest in sound technology–you may not believe your eyes or your ears. And..Check out the two new deluxe SCREENING ROOMS downstairs and around the corner on 1st Ave. If you remember that space as two of the crappiest movie theaters you have ever been in, YOU ARE IN FOR A VERY BIG SURPRISE!!! For the most accurate information on current shows and showtimes along with details, previews and critic’s reviews, please visit our website.

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Sun Valley Visitor Center Wins American Architecture Award

Sun Valley Visitor Center Building Wins Major International Architectural Award­­­­­ _______________ Architect Susan Desko's Design Featured in Traveling Exhibition   Ketchum, ID, September 21, 2012 — The Sun Valley Marketing Alliance (SVMA) announced today that the Sun Valley Visitor Center, which was transformed last fall by Ketchum architect Susan Desko from a decaying, vacant bank building into a community gathering place, is a recipient of the highly prestigious American Architecture Awards for 2012.  The Awards are international in scope, and honor new and cutting-edge design.  They are organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.   A record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning, including ones from the most well-known firms around the world, were submitted for consideration.  Desko’s design was deemed one of the best by the jury, and will be featured in a traveling exhibition that opens in October at the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey.  The Visitor Center will be in the company of highly regarded designs for skyscrapers, major museums, university buildings, corporate headquarters, and even the High Line in Manhattan.   “We never dreamed that with such a small budget, …

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Guides and Outfitters, Recreation, Ski Snowboard and Bike

Sturtevants’ Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG) Guided Mountain Bike Trips

RIDE THE LEGENDARY SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS OF THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY Based out of one of the Valley’s Best Bike Shops, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG) offers mountain bike tours and instruction custom tailored to the skill and fitness level of your group. Terrain choices can very from double track fire roads with flat to moderate grades great for families and beginners, to epic single track adventures with challenging climbs and adrenaline loaded descents for the more fit and adventurous. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of mountains, meadows, and streams while experiencing the joy and freedom of traveling through it on two wheels.  Choose from 3,5, or 8 hour tours. Check out our MTB Ride Menu and BOOK ONLINE! Looking to explore on your own? SVMG offers scheduled and private group shuttle services from Hailey to north of Stanley and seemingly endless single track opportunities.  Come in to Sturtevants’ Bike Shop on Main Street in Ketchum to sign up for a scheduled shuttle or to book a custom trip.  Shuttle Schedule & Pricing Bike Rentals: Friends don’t let friends ride junk!  At Sturtevants Bike Shop you will find the Valley’s best (and biggest!) selection of highest quality rentals.  We rent mountain bikes, cruisers, tandems, kids, tag-a-longs so the …

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Apparel/Sporting Goods

Lost River Outfitters

For an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Guides and Outfitters, Ski Snowboard and Bike

Sun Valley Heli Ski

DUE TO THE RESURGENCE OF COVID 19, THE HIGHLY TRANSMISSIBLE DELTA VARIANT AND THE IMPACT THAT IT IS HAVING ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN IDAHO, SUN VALLEY HELI SKI WILL REQUIRE ITS 2021-2022 GUESTS TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION TO BE ELIGIBLE TO FLY WITH US. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND CONTINUED SUPPORT! Sun Valley Heli Ski is the oldest helicopter ski operator in the lower 48 states, with over 50 years of experience. Our Permit with the US Forest Service for 750,000 square acres gives us exclusive helicopter access to a massive playground with spectacular terrain, covering three mountain ranges. This is by far the most exclusive terrain of any operator in the lower 48 states, as well as most operators in Canada and Alaska.  Our 4 passenger A Star B-3E, the unquestioned king of helicopters for helicopter skiing, provides an intimate guest to guide raito of 4:1. It truly is your own Private Idaho. Our runs are 1,500 to 3,000 feet long and are for intermediate and expert skiers and riders. Our current team of guides has over 100 years of collective experience guiding and touring in our terrain. This is a testament to their level of dedication and professionlism. …

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Arts, Non Profits

Boulder Mountain Clayworks

Boulder Mountain Clayworks, nestled in Sun Valley, Idaho, is located within easy walking distance of Ketchum and has a view of Baldy Ski Mountain from the glaze room. The Studio is fully equipped for stoneware, porcelain and raku pottery. Boulder Mountain Clayworks has 2,000 sq. ft. With 12 wheels, a slab roller, pug mill extruder and plenty of room for handbuilding. The kiln room contains two large Skutt electric kilns, one for bisque and the other for high fire. The glaze kiln is a 16 cu. ft. Geil downdraft gas kiln. It is all wonderful. Boulder Mountain Clayworks was established July, 1997 to encourage the development of clay arts within the community by offering classes for children and adults. During the summer Boulder Mountain Clayworks offers weekend workshops with prominent clay and other media artists. These workshops are “hands on,” everyone works and has a great time! Boulder Mountain Clayworks also has communal studio space to share with other clay artists.

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Clubs and Organizations, Government, Non Profits

Blaine County Housing Authority

Blaine County Housing Authority (BCHA) is a public organization committed to community housing as first identified in the 1997 Ketchum-Blaine County Housing Needs Assessment, which prompted the creation of a housing authority in that year. BCHA’s primary goal is to promote various methods for providing housing at affordable sales prices and rental rates to people comprising the “working population”. These individuals and families are unable to purchase or rent reasonable quality housing within Blaine County due to market-rate housing price levels. BCHA and municipal officials feel it is essential to the economic health of the county that people working in Blaine County can become permanent members of the community via home ownership and/or rental. BCHA maintains affordable housing via rental agreements, deed restrictions, and ownership and leasing of land. By advising governmental staff and agencies on possible changes to zoning and land use policies, BCHA works with local governments and planning entities to encourage the development of and minimize constraints to affordable housing development. Wherever possible, BCHA provides housing within close proximity to the employment location of residents. In particular, housing opportunities are provided relatively close to employment centers, including the cities of Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey, and Bellevue. Locations …

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Guides and Outfitters, Recreation

White Otter Outdoor Adventures

Hello White Otter Guests, Fans, and Supporters! Yes, we are open for guided raft trips starting June 12! We cannot tell you how stoked we are to be back in Sunbeam, living outside, and enjoying the Sawtooth Wilderness. Nothing beats the “stay-at-home-blues” like a day on the river! To ensure the safety of our guests, employees and community, we are changing some of our operational procedures. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions. We’re happy to work with you to meet your wishes and desires. Here in Sunbeam we are lucky to live steps away from the river. This gives you the option to book private launches and trips. Our guides will meet and outfit you outdoors before walking to the river. We’re glad to work with you to accommodate your group’s needs. All bookings are completely refundable this year. WHITE OTTER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES – SUNBEAM, IDAHO Annually voted Best of the Valley since 2008  White Otter is undisputedly the locals’ favorite rafting company. We are the only company located at the put-in, which means no hot and crowded bus ride to and from Stanley. We love what we do, and it shows! OFFERINGS:  …