I flew over to Sun Valley to visit Briar and Shannon during the first weekend of March. Shannon’s parents had rented a slopeside condo for two weeks and I traveled to Idaho to visit my East Coast buddies during the start of their week long stay.
Shannon’s parents are longtime Sun Valley skiers who were excellent tour guides of the large, long and steep terrain on Bald Mountain. The sun may not have shined very much during my trip, fresh snow had not fallen in a week and a half so the mountain was firm but the groomers at Sun Valley I found to be some of the best. The amount of terrain they groom each night is stunning if you compare the acreage to skier ratio. My guides were so fast on their skis that I felt unable to film much, hence the choppy edit.
We rode the groomers each morning at high speed for a little wake up call. Briar, Flash and I adventured into the side country to check out “The Burn” which was a long, steep, flanking slope of the resort that took a quick duck of the boundary ropes to reach. The burned trees were spread apart enough to make any East Coast shredder drool. Shannon was kind enough to pick us up via car after a tiring lap down The Burn in thick snow. Another highlight on the slopes was the morning at Dollar Mountain across town from Bald Mountain. Dollar is a beginner slope that has been transformed into a really impressive Terrain Park. Briar and I got a sunny Tuesday morning trying to learn new features before we were eaten by them. There was a college event taking place so the parks were in great shape.
As seen in the edit, the TeamEight boards in a tuning shop downtown are some of Seth’s. I guess the US BoarderCross guys all have their boards tuned by a guy who lives in Sun Valley, who happened to have a few of Seth’s board out back that I had to check out.
Thanks Fallon family and Briar and Shannon for showing me around Sun Valley.