In a decision that could have wide-ranging economic and cultural impacts, the U.S. Olympic Committee has granted initial approval to Sun Valley to become the the nation's first Nordic Olympic and Paralympic training site. The USOC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is now crafting a memorandum of understanding to complete the deal.
Once the official Olympic rings start showing up at a number of sites in the Wood River Valley, the community could reap the benefits by playing host to thousands of skiers and boarders and their coaches.
USOC officials toured Sun Valley facilities the week of Jan. 29 as the region played host to scores of Olympic hopefuls during the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.