Just in time for the winter sports season, Sun Valley residents celebrated the official grand opening of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's newly remodeled Olympic training facility in Ketchum Nov. 22.
Earlier this month, Boise Weekly visited SVSEF's new facility, set at the base of Bald Mountain's Warm Springs lifts on Picabo Street, named after the 1998 Super G Gold Medal winner. For nearly half a century, another 35 U.S. Ski Team members and many more national and regional champions have also risen through the ranks of the SVSEF. In recent years, Sun Valley has served as a training ground for Morgan Arritola, Simi Hamilton and Andy Soule, who was the first American to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal in the sport of biathlon.
"We will have the best facility in the country for winter snow sports," SVSEF Executive Director Rob Clayton told BW. "Our main priority is to provide a high-quality training venue for Olympians and aspiring Olympians. We will see a higher level of competition here."
Friday's grand opening featured a ribbon cutting by Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, live music from Spike Coggins and a lot of partying to celebrate the completion of the $700,000 remodel, which will support more than 500 local athletes.
Additionally, SVSEF was named Nov. 22 as the 2013 Club of the Year and the 2013 Snowboard Club of the Year by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.