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Accommodations, Property Management

Habitat on Trail Creek

Habitat on Trail Creek is an affordable timeshare condominium complex located three blocks from downtown Ketchum, Idaho, and its friendly small-town atmosphere. The River Run Lodge and new gondola are just a mile away. In the other direction are the outstanding facilities at the Wood River Community YMCA where Habitat guests enjoy a free family pass to its many activities. Habitat offers spacious two and three bedroom condominiums featuring two full bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. HD cable TVs and free WiFi. Private laundry facilities, a heated single-car garage, hot tubs with a scenic overlook of Trail Creek, and a barbecue entertainment area all add to the enjoyment of a stay at Habitat.

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Hailey, Idaho Named Livability’s Top 10 Small Towns in United States

Hailey Named Top 10 Small Town for 2014 Livability Touts Hailey’s Healthy Lifestyle and Small Town Values   For Immediate Release (Sun Valley, ID) Hailey, Idaho, one of four towns which comprise the immediate Sun Valley region, was recently recognized by Livability as one of its Top 10 Small Towns. Hailey was recognized for not only great schools, low pollution, and high community involvement but also low crime, a high level of employment, and the greatest income distribution of any of the other towns which made the list. Livability says, “The people who live in Hailey enjoy a laid-back lifestyle filled with outdoor excursions to the nearby ski resorts, hiking/biking trails, and fishing holes.  The City of Hailey maintains several parks and trails including Hop Porter Park which hosts the Northern Rockies Music Festival.  The City is currently in the midst of improving its rodeo grounds by adding an ice skating rink, expanding the adjacent skate park and adding more parking spaces.” Livability goes on to recognize Hailey for its great dining scene as well as lively arts and culture community.  Located 15 miles from the city of Sun Valley and the ski areas of Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, …

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Bucket List, Summer

Finding Water in a Desert: A Guide to Sun Valley’s Swimming Spots

Sure Sun Valley might technically be considered a desert region, but believe me, there is no shortage of natural water sources. Keep in mind I’m still far from the highly acclaimed local status but if a fellow Out-of-Towner asked me, my top 5 spots thus far would have to be:

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My First Rodeo Sun Valley Style

July 4, 2014: For weeks I’d been hearing about how ‘hard’ Sun Valley goes on the day of America’s independence. “Just wait for the Fourth”, people kept saying. So after experiencing the 4th of July madness firsthand, I’m here to tell the tale.

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Biking, Summer

Ride Sun Valley: The Best Time on Two Wheels Anywhere!

The Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival brought some of the best racers and good timers out there to Sun Valley. Headlining the festival was the Scott Sports Enduro Cup presented by GoPro   And yes, all the way down there, way below, where the cars look like little ants, yep that’s the finish.   It began four years ago with a dream we had to put together a chemistry experiment of sorts.  Why wouldn’t the perfect organism of mountain biking, Sun Valley, thrive with a concoction of one part fun, one part silliness, and one part competition mixed with good food and great beer injected into its vein just around the time it ripens into the ideal host?   Mountain biking’s unknown paradise needed a festival and so we cooked one up.  This summer, the Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival elevated the health of the creature to an all time high, putting together the perfect elixir encompassing four nights and three days of riding, racing, live music, beer drinking and, most importantly, just generally goofing off. The weekend began with the Sheeptown Drag Races, a time honored underground event in the valley which was cooked up …

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Arts & Culture, Summer

DEATH TO DAY JOBS 3: A Preview and Not-So-Subtle Invitation to Come Out!

When some people think of Sun Valley, it’s any guess what comes to mind, but one image the might catch one unexpectedly by the scruff of the neck, is the very real and very rad young artist community which calls this place home.  Forget the image of Golden Girls meets Lawrence Welk in the mountains, we’ve got it going on. Being an artist in Sun Valley sounds about like nirvana, except living here has its challenges, like getting by.  Which is the theme of a now in its third installment art show, Death to Day Jobs which is about creating that escape from working the daily grind in paradise.  It’s about getting elevated to a higher level of paradise which sounds like a fantasy role playing game… but whatever.  The art and artists not to mention super fun group that comes out for this show each year makes it without a doubt the place to be.  All cozied up at Ochi Gallery on Lewis Street you will catch a beer buzz and revel in the hum of creativity, ironic eyeglasses, body ink, and people who look like the belong in the city, living life in the rad lane right here in Sun Valley.  So be there, tonight, July 3rd at OCHI Gallery on Lewis Street, 7:00 pm sharp!

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Biking, Bucket List, Summer

Coyote Yurt: Singletrack, Shuttles, and Backwoods Amenities

Sore legs, epic views, and cold beer. Three thoughts that command my attention as I reflect on a glorious weekend spent acquainting myself with Coyote Yurt in the Smokey Mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. This magical, remote place perched high above the valley is a dream come true for mountain bikers looking to ride endless single track from a base far away from it all, yet still fully supported. Think glam camping with all the beer you can fit in to a 4×4, comfy beds, and bottomless vistas.  The Coyote Yurt should be on your Sun Valley bucket list.

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Sawtooth Sandbox at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Added to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in the summer of 2014, the Sawtooth Sandbox provides a play space for children of all ages to safely explore the outdoors while their parents relax in the shade and enjoy the surrounding mountains and gardens. With picnic tables, sandbox toys, nets, and buckets the Sawtooth Sandbox is a perfect place to have a picnic and spend the afternoon out of the heat of the sun in the summer as children build sandcastles and catch water skippers in the stream.

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Thunderpaws Pet Shoppe

Thunderpaws Pet Shoppe is a locally owned, family business with two locations in the Wood River Valley.  We strive to provide the Wood River Valley with the highest quality pet food and supplies along with friendly and knowledgeable service to help you take the best care of your pets possible. We promise that we’ll only carry products that we would give to our own pet. Nothing from questionable sources for the pets we love! Ketchum – 171 Main St – (208) 726-7387 Hailey – 11 E. Croy St – (208) 928-4325

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Spring, Winter

Its the End of the Season As We Know It: Sawtooth National Gelande Quaffing Championships

Gelandesprung (v): German for a downhill ski jump in the style of Oympic nordic jumping, yet with fixed heels. Quaff (v): to drink rapidly with much vigor The legend of the Gelande Quaff was born back around the time snow was new.  On a dark winter evening as the boys huddled for one last round, tipping back cold beers honoring their mastery of the backscratcher into couloirs in tight neon stretchpants, the bar tender slid frosty mugs down the bar to eager hands.  It was a normal night until an order was called, the one who ordered got distracted, and the beer slid past only to leap off the end of the bar.  Fortunately, stationed at the end of the bar, there stood one lone, alert skier who snatched the beer out of the air, pounded it back and slamming it on the table proclaimed, “Gelandequaffing!!” and the rest was history. As the story goes, a new form of sport drinking was born.  It began to catch on in small mountain towns where long winters and poor odds lead to various devices of distraction.  Like most new sports, the development of rules and competition formats would follow as well as the kind of innovation that was tracking in freeskiing and snowboarding.  And today, after nearly a decade of progression Gelande Quaffing has evolved into a World Championship-level competition.  Getting an invite to the said World Champs stands as one of the more coveted mountain town trappings anywhere.