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Sun Valley Resort to Celebrate Females This Week
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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

A Ski History Challenge, a chance to participate in the Muffy Davis Cup, a night of films about female athletes and a chance to learn how to become a junior ski patroller are among the events Sun Valley Resort has planned for a week’s worth of International Women’s Day activities.

The resort is partnering with the nonprofit organizations Higher Ground and SheJumps to celebrate International Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of women and demands inclusivity and a more equitable world for future generations.

Here’s the schedule:

WEDNESDAY, March 8

10:15 a.m.--A LAP FOR THE LADIES group ski will take place at 10:15 a.m. at Bald Mountain, which has been enjoying phenomenal corduroy and off-piste snow. Paralympian Muffy Davis, for whom the run Muffy’s Medals is named, will lead participants in a group photo and run from the top of Bald Mountain.

Higher Ground will lead a group from the top of Lower River Run at the same time for those not wishing to go all the way to the top. Costumes are encouraged.

THE WOMEN OF SUN VALLEY—A SKI HISTORY CHALLENGE will offer women to pick up ski history challenge cards at the River Run and Warm Springs ticket windows. Take selfies skiing or riding runs named after female athletes who have shaped the Sun Valley community and return those completed history cards to River Run Plana where DJ Marlene will be playing music from 1 to 3 p.m.

Completed cards will be entered into a prize drawing to be held at 2 p.m. Participants will also receive a 20 percent-off couple for Brass Ranch and Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports, good on March 8. And the two stores will host a Shop for a Cause with a portion of the proceeds on purchases made on March 8 donated to Higher Ground and SheJumps, a nonprofit organization designed to encourage the participation of females in outdoor activities to foster confidence, leadership and connection to nature and community.

Ski History Challenge cards will be available for guests to complete throughout the month of March and can be picked and dropped off at either River Run or Warm Springs ticket window. 

THURSDAY, March 9

6 p.m.—A WOMEN’S FILM NIGHT featuring six inspiring short films highlighting extraordinary female athletes will be held at the Sun Valley Opera House. Films are Approach 2, Nexus, Stepping Out Into the Alaska Range, Sonadora, The Avalanche Hunter and First Time Adventure. There also will be a panel discussion.

Admission is a $10 donation, which will support SheJumps and Higher Ground. It will include a chance to win raffle prizes from SheJumps, Higher Ground, Wild Rye, Pete Lane’s, Brass Ranch and Sun Valley Resort. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shejumps-international-womens-week-film-night-sun-valley-id-tickets-533958011787.

FRIDAY, March 10

6-9 p.m. COMMUNITY SKI NIGHT will be hosted by Wild Rye, a Ketchum clothing store, at Rotarun ski area in Hailey.

SATURDAY, March 11

SheJumps will host its annual WILD SKILLS JUNIOR SKI PATROL day camp at Sun Valley’s Resort’s Bald Mountain. Intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders ages 8 through 17 will learn mountain safety and first aid while working alongside the women of Sun Valley’s Ski Patrol. The event is sold out.

SUNDAY, March 12

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will get a chance to ski as someone with a disability would during the MUFFY DAVIS CUP, an adaptive ski training experience. Participants will get a chance to try out adaptive equipment from 10 a.m. to noon on Dollar Mountain. After lunch break, teams of four dressed in costume will get to show what they’ve learned in fun races from 2 to 4 p.m. Awards and apres to celebrate the adaptive programs provided by Higher Ground will start at 4 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Higher Ground with the team raising the most funds getting Muffy Davis on their team. To register go to https://www.sunvalley.com/events/detail/the-higher-ground-muffy-davis-cup/

5-8 p.m. A SUNSET SKIN up Bald Mountain will close out the week’s activities. Participants will skin up College Boulevard, have a fun ski down and enjoy generous swag from Wild Rye and Sun Valley Resort at the bottom. Participants will be required to have skins, skis or split boards, with adjustable bindings, a safety light and headlamp.

The Sunset Skin is free, but a $10 donation to SheJumps is suggested. Reserve your spot at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shejumps-get-the-girls-out-id-sunset-skin-up-bald-mountain-tickets-502897890127?aff=ALLEVENTS.

 

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