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Tough Times for Sun Valley

December 8, 2008

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It’s looking like a tough winter for Sun Valley.

First the terrible Castle Rock fire last year, then the fire along Main St. that destroyed Whiskey’s and damaged the Sawtooth Club, and now the dismal economy.  You can’t help feeling bad for the local merchants.  And as of today, the mountain is still not open.

At least the Sawtooth is reopening on December 13.

UPDATE:  Thanks to the west’s largest snowmaking system, Sun Valley will begin its 73rd season on Wed, Dec 10.

Not much snow!

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Sun Valley Dining Guide

February 16, 2008

Here’s a list of my favorite restaurants in Sun Valley:

  • Best of Ketchum: Riccabona’s ($$$$) (map). Formerly Felix’s, Steve Riccabona purchased the restaurant and has continued its tradition of welcoming charm, friendly and attentive service, and simply terrific food. If you’re looking for a great night out, Riccabona’s is not to be missed.
  • Best Date Night: Michel’s Christiania ($$$$) (reviews) (map). Fine French cuisine in an intimate setting, Michel’s is a Ketchum landmark. Best French onion soup anywhere! They also have a great bar if you just want a cocktail and light appetizers.
  • Best “gotta go” Tourist Spot: Pioneer Saloon ($$$) (website) (menu) (reviews) (map). Known for its prime rib and baked potatoes, the “Pio” is another Ketchum landmark. No reservations and very popular, so get there early or be prepared to wait at the bar. The portions are huge so come hungry! Full of neat memorabilia showing Ketchum history.
  • Best Comfort Food: CK’s Real Food ($$$) (website) (menu) (reviews) (map). CK’s is a relaxed eatery in Hailey serving regional northwest cuisine. CK’s uses local organic produce when in season, and also works with local ranchers for their meats. They feature a daily “slow cooked” entree that is not to be missed, literally melts in your mouth.
  • Best for Families: Rico’s Pizza and Pasta ($$) (website) (menu) (map). Simple — but good — pizza and pasta and very reasonably priced. Try their lasagna, some of the best around. Casual atmosphere, lots of families and very kid-friendly. This is a great place to go with the kids and not have a stressful dinner.
  • Best for Appetizers: Sun Valley Wine Co. ($$) (map). This is a terrific wine shop in the heart of Ketchum that also doubles as a wine bar. Couches and comfy chairs in front of a roaring fire, with a few tables to either side, this is the perfect late afternoon escape. Grab a bottle of wine from the extensively-stocked wine racks and order a tasty panini or antipasto plate. More likely than not, you’ll see the owner running around the shop; he clearly loves what he does!
  • Best Burgers: Grumpy’s ($) (reviews) (map). A local favorite for great burgers and beer. The burgers are huge, fast and fresh and the atmosphere is laidback and local. Paired with their classic schooner of beer (32 oz!), this is the perfect afternoon treat. Just don’t whip out your cell phone, Grumpy’s is a place to unwind and disconnect (they don’t even have a phone). Remember to order at the bar, there are no waitresses at Grumpy’s.
  • Best for Groups: Sawtooth Club Restaurant & Bar ($$$) (website) (menu) (map).
  • Best Lunch: Perry’s ($$) (map).

Dump at Sun Valley

January 6, 2008

SV logo Resort reported 19 inches overnight. Delayed opening due to avalanche control, first chair up around 10:15. Warn Springs parking lot full by 8:30am; we heard reports that the line on the River Run side was over the bridge…on foot!

We got to Warm Springs around 9:30, the crowd was as big as I have ever seen it. But boy was it worth the wait! Untracked runs down Frenchmans, knee-deep power, face shots…the works!

Bowls opened around 1:30pm…but I was on my way over to Dollar with Griffin 🙂

What a day!

Snowed In!

January 5, 2008

The strong winter storm that has been pounding California is heading inland, arriving Sun Valley mid-afternoon today. It started snowing at about 2pm this afternoon and it continues to fall. I’d guess 6+ inches so far today. We heard a report from a Boise TV station predicting up to 20 inches of snow in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. According to the National Weather Service:

SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS-BIG AND LITTLE WOOD RIVER REGION- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF … STANLEY … CLAYTON … HAILEY … KETCHUM … BELLEVUE

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST SATURDAY.

A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL SPREAD LIGHT SNOW INTO THE CENTRAL IDAHO MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON…THEN THE SNOW WILL INTENSIFY DURING THE DURING THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON WILL RANGE FROM 10 TO 20 INCHES FROM 6000 TO 8500 FEET ELEVATION… ABOVE 8500 FEET… MAXIMUM SNOWFALL COULD ACCUMULATE TO AS MUCH AS 3 FEET. WIND OF 25 TO 35 MPH ALONG RIDGE TOPS AND THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING SNOW AND NEAR- ZERO VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW.

More broadly, this From Weather.com:

The strongest in a series of storm systems is plowing into the West with its impacts spreading far inland to the Rockies this weekend.

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A foot or two of snow will fall in parts of the Cascades of Washington and Oregon. In the mountains of California, hourly snowfall rates could reach 6 to 8 inches. Snow accumulations between 2 feet (valley floors) and locally 12 feet (ridge tops) will bury the Sierra by the end of the weekend. White-out, blizzard conditions will make any travel through the Siskiyou and Sierra Mountains deadly.

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Snow and damaging winds will increase through interior parts of the West this weekend, impacting Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and the Colorado Rockies. Several feet of snow could fall at the higher elevations with wind gusts to over 80 mph.

Apparently I-84 is closed in Eastern Oregon due to high winds and flying rocks!

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Airline Security

August 11, 2006

Direct from the TSA’s website – new rules regarding carry-on baggage:

All liquids are banned, as well as most toilerties (including includes all beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency).

Exceptions:

  • Passengers traveling with infants may bring baby formula.
  • Prescription medicine that matches the passenger’s name.
  • Essential non-prescription medicines such as insulin are permitted.

Despite mixed reports I have heard, there does not appear to be a ban on carry-on luggage (as is the case in some foreign airports).  Also, TSA continues to allow laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items. 

It appears that there will be many more hand searches of bags (= longer lines), as well as additional bag checks at the gate immediately prior to boarding the plane.

Some cool resources: