Blaine County, Idaho – Join the Wood River Land Trust, Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and University of Idaho for a community conversation with Dennis Becker, Dean of the College of Natural Resources. Dennis will share his expertise on how the Wood River Valley community can mitigate and respond to wildland fires with cross-sector solutions. Scott Boettger, President of the Wood River Land Trust says, “In 2013, when the Beaver Creek fire burned 114,000 acres in our backyard, only one structure was lost. Credit is due to our local firefighters, as well as our local zoning codes— restricting development on hillsides and up remote drainages better prepared us to fight the fire.” In light of Dennis’ research and Blaine County’s wildfire history, Planning Director Cece Osborn at the Wood River Land Trust will discuss the interface between our built environment, community efforts, and surrounding open spaces. Tess O’Sullivan, The Nature Conservancy’s Land Conservation Strategy Lead, will share information about the Conservancy’s statewide approach to building resilient forests that includes the use of prescribed fire. Solutions to wildfires are multi-faceted, reliant on regional coordination, and key to preserving our community’s natural resources. Join us in a community conversation at Ketchum …
Join the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center for a 2-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. Learn from the Friends of SAC instructor team of snow experts, mountain guides, and experienced avalanche educators. We invite everyone to join if you’re learning about avalanches for the first time or are a seasoned backcountry user ready for a yearly refresher. There is a $15 suggested donation, no preregistration required. You must attend the entire talk to register for the optional field session. You can register for an optional field session ($50 suggested donation) HERE
Skiing is not art, and skiers are not artists. Unless, of course, skiing is art and skiers are artists? Faction’s fourth feature film exhibits pure creativity through a series of freeski sequences—from the vibrant streets of Japan, to the powdery pillows of British Columbia, to the finely-manicured terrain parks of Switzerland and Italy. Each location provides a blank canvas for the team’s artistic expression. Because nothing screams “artist” like sending large cliffs and grinding the side of buildings. In co-production with Red Bull Media House. Tickets $12.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show
Join the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association for their 16th annual Sawtooth Forum & Lecture Series at the Stanley Museum, 5pm every other Friday June 30-August 25. June 30: Grizzly Bears and the Bitterroot and Central Idaho Wilderness presented by Steve Nadeau, Wildlife Biologist July 14: What Lies Beneath: How the Idaho Batholith Influenced the Yellowstone- Snake River Plain Supervolcanoes presented by Kathrine Potter, PhD July 28: Multiple Voices, Varied Spaces: Literature and History in the American West presented by Amanda J. Zink, PhD August 11: Seeking Beauty: The Wanderings of a Vagabond presented by Ed Cannady, Photographer and retired SNRA Backcountry Manager August 25: Advocates For Our Future: A Youth Perspective on Salmon Recovery presented by Lilly Wilson, Salmon Youth Protectors September 22 at The Community Library in Ketchum: The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind presented by Amy Gulick, Photographer and Author
Braydon Bringhurst sets out to climb every inch of mountain biking’s iconic trail: “The Whole Enchilada.” Husband. Father. Son. Friend. Professional mountain biker and filmmaker. From a young age, Braydon has loved the process of figuring out a challenge and proving to himself he can accomplish what he sets out to do. Inspired by his family and friends, many of whom are dealing with figurative mountains, in life both big and small, Braydon wanted to show the process of making it up what many would say is an unfathomable climb. Having worked closely with Dr. Craig Manning, a renowned performance psych, throughout his collegiate athletic and academic career, Braydon learned something he wanted to share with others: It’s just as much about the mental strength as it is the physical. With his wife and friends rallying behind him, and putting forth great efforts, we present to you ‘8600 FT.’ Braydon will give a short presentation following the film to discuss how he applied the mental skills learned through his work with Dr. Craig Manning to develop a fearless mind and accomplish his goal. A benefit for The Ketchum Bike Park Trust.
ICL wants YOU to be a Wilderness Steward! If you’re like us, you find yourself in Idaho’s beautiful backcountry on your days off. Recreate with purpose, and give back to Idaho’s public lands while doing what you love in the outdoors! ICL Wilderness Stewards hit the trail on independent patrols in some of central Idaho’s wilderness and Recommended Wilderness Areas to explore, clean-up, and help report data back to the U.S. Forest Service. Being an ICL Wilderness Steward means getting to do meaningful, rewarding work while learning new skills alongside experts in the field. Join us at TNT Taproom to learn about the program, meet previous stewards, and enjoy a beer or two!
Come join Sun Valley Heli Ski for 3 days and 2 nights of helicopter skiing and riding in Idaho’s Smoky, Pioneer, Soldier, and Boulder Mountain Ranges while learning and expanding your backcountry skills and knowledge. This trip is schedule for February 11 to 13. Guests will stay at the beautiful Smoky Mountain Lodge, the only remote fly-in lodge in the lower 48 states. You’ll spend your days skiing the legendary Idaho backcountry while learning basic backcountry, snowpack and avalanche skills. Separate clinics will be held in the evenings to review and enhance those skills. A private chef will prepare breakfasts and dinner, and lunch with be taken care of in the field with a view to help fuel those afternoon sessions. Only 2 seats left! For more information and to book call 208.622.3108 or email [email protected] www.sunvalleyheliski.com/heliskiing-backcountry-fundamentals