Ski History Week takes over Sun Valley in March

BY KAREN BOSSICK

When the International Ski History Association kicks off its annual Ski Week March 23-27, Ketchum historian John Lundin will be there.

He will give the John Fry Memorial Lecture to open Ski Week at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn. His lecture “Early Sun Valley: Union Pacific, Averell Harriman and Alf Engen” is based on his book of the same name. And it will be open to the public.

Lundin’s book “Ski Jumping in Washington State: A Northern Tradition” will also receive a Skade Award at the annual ISHA banquet on Thursday.

ISHA is hosting its event in Sun Valley in conjunction with the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the North American Sports Journalists Association. The event was originally scheduled for March 2020 and postponed as the COVID pandemic began to spread across the United States.

The United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members, including Sun Valley’s Bobbie Burns and Alison Owen, Greg Stump, Kit Deslaurier, Johnny Spillane and others.

“It will be a busy and exciting week with lots to do, and many activities will be open to the public,” said Lundin.

Here is the schedule. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise stated.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 23

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The week begins with a welcome reception in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn. There will be a vintage fashion exhibition and the Lundin presentation on Early Sun Valley.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Films depicting early skiing and “The Jake Burton Story” will be screened at 7:00 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A historic Sun Valley welcome will be held at the Sun Valley Lodge Duchin Lounge.

All events of the first evening are open to the public.

THURSDAY MARCH 24

A Legends Breakfast Buffet will be held today and throughout the week from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Continental Room. Cost: $30.

9am-noon. ISHA will be hosting a Retro Skiing Day Trip from Warm Springs open to the public.

1:00-3:00 p.m. A film festival at the Sun Valley Opera House is open to the public.

3:30 p.m. “The Blizzard of Ahhs” will be presented at the Sun Valley Opera House, followed by a Q&A featuring filmmaker Greg Stump and Sun Valley’s Mike Hattrup, one of the film’s stars.

9 p.m.-11 p.m. A Legends of Snowsport evening will take place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Continental Room. $35 admission includes entertainment, appetizers and drinks.

FRIDAY MARCH 25

9:00 am Guided mountain tour departing from River Run.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ISHA Film Festival with films such as “Ski Bum” and “North Country” at the Sun Valley Opera House.

4:15-4:30 p.m. A Women in Industry Award will be presented to Cheryl Jensen for founding the Vail Veterans Program and SWAG (Sharing Warmth Around the Globe), on the terrace of Mount Dollar.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Party on the Hill includes a ski ballet demonstration on Dollar Mountain.

5:45-7:15 p.m. The premiere of the film “Spider Lives” will take place at the Sun Valley Opera House.

9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Inductee welcome party will be held in the Boiler Room. Cost: $75.

SATURDAY MARCH 26

8am-10am Skitalk.com Slope Day

4-4:45 p.m. Gorsuch 2023 Fashion Show at Baldy View Field near Sun Valley Inn.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. The man behind the ski passes Jim Niehues will be signing books in the Limelight Room.

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame Induction honors the class of 2019-2020 whose induction was postponed due to the pandemic. Cost $295.

9:00-11:00 p.m. Last Chair Afterburner Party, Sun Valley Hostel. $25.

SUNDAY MARCH 27

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Famous First Tracks at River Run Gondola offers ski enthusiasts the chance to ski with the Hall of Famers for $100.

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