NordicTown USA thanks all those who raced, toured, volunteered, partied, and celebrated on our over 200km of perfectly groomed trails.
The 4th Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival brought an estimated 5500+ participants to Sun Valley area to celebrate all things Nordic over a festive 9 day period. A variety of over 20 events kept skiers of all ages busy from dawn to dusk celebrating the over 200km of impeccable trail, mountain culture and high caliber competition. The familiar events such as the BCRD Ski the Rails, the Galena & the Trails Winter Benefit, the Twilight Ski & Dinner at Galena Lodge, the Downtown Jam/NordicTown USA Sprints and the Banff Film Festival were surrounded by some new events such as the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, wine and coffee tastings, American Cross-Country Skiing National Masters Championship races, and Reggae in the Mountains. The finale of the festival centered around the 38th Annual Swix Boulder Mountain Tour- complete with an expo, 32km and 15km race, awards ceremony and demo day.
Also a cause for celebration is the United States Nordic Olympic and Paralympic Training Site designation. Elite athletes were en force throughout the festival, including around 20 adaptive athletes who have gave it their all throughout. But to see athletes of all ages and abilities from at least 30 states and Canada here is spectacular. As one festival-goer posted on Facebook, “Sun Valley sunshine + sparkling diamond snow = BLISS!”
Sun Valley Nordic Festival would like to thank the hosts for all the events: BCRD, Boise Curling Club, Frenchman’s Gulch Winery, Sun Valley Nordic, Friends of Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center, Galena Lodge, Boulder Mountain Tour, Ketchum/Sun Valley Historical Society, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Cross Country Ski Team, Elephant’s Perch, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Smiley Creek Lodge, Wood River Bike Coalition, Wood River Ability Program, Perry’s Restaurant, Mountain Niceness Productions, Clear Creek Rubbish, Sun Valley Garden Center, and Mobile Fidelity.
Sun Valley Nordic Festival would also like to recognize the amazing and tireless volunteers who make the festival possible. Go NordicTown USA!
Put the 5th Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival on your calendar now: