from the editor
A world of white is a
challenging landscape for an English girl.Having
grown up in the damp, 49-feet-above-sea-level climate of London, I have
found the transition to life in Idaho’s mountains an exciting, sometimes
terrifying one. From grappling with maneuvering a car in two feet of
snow to my first alpine skiing experience (sent down Baldy on a pair of
$10 yard-sale planks), it has not been an entirely graceful adjustment.
But adjusting I am, and recently discovering the joys of snowshoeing has
helped rein in my fast-blossoming fear of the white stuff. There are few
things as exhilarating to this city girl as creating my own path, albeit
deep-footed and horizontal, through a field of pristine powder.
Within this issue of the Sun Valley Guide, the words “creating my own
path” resound with meaning. Challenges abound in our isolated community
and, only sometimes by design, the stories in this issue reflect how we
have all created our own path through them. These range from the
experiences of early flatlanders, such as Betty Bell—who digs up
memories of Sun Valley Resort’s early days in Seventy Years of Sun, Snow
and Stories—to Greg Stahl’s investigative piece addressing the trials
and tribulations valley residents face today in this increasingly
out-of-reach real estate market. But what emerges at the end, is that
beyond the perceived hardships, this is a magical place to live. And we
need to remind ourselves of that from time to time, perhaps with a walk
through the pristine, white landscape that surrounds us.
This magazine also serves as a reminder. Overflowing with celebrations
of and tales about our community, the Sun Valley Guide is your guide to
life in the valley. Meet the family whose 50-year mission has been to
feed you. Learn how to telemark in tandem down Baldy. Enjoy the company
of one of the valley’s best-kept celebrity secrets. And, as always,
remember this is your magazine, and that we welcome your thoughts and
suggestions. Have a great winter.
Jennifer Tuohy, Editor
Bell—Among the topics
Betty is never asked to write about are art, music, entertainment,
business, elections, matters of the school, immigration and any how-to
kitchen thing. She enjoys writing about sports, and during the first
hundred of her three hundred years in the Wood River Valley she did some
of that. Though her grasp of sports has become ever more sketchy, she is
particularly well suited to write about the good old days.
has been traveling
voraciously in the Sawtooth, White Cloud, and Boulder mountain
backcountry since he moved to Idaho in 1973. Eighteen years ago, he
landed his dream job as a backcountry ranger and is now the backcountry
manager for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Ed is an avid reader,
photographer, skier, hiker, and mountain biker. The only thing he loves
more than the backcountry is his wife, Teri. Ed and Teri live in Hailey.
Phlipot believes that we
eat with our eyes. As a professional photographer with a passion for
culinary arts, Paulette’s main focus is food and beverage photography.
She moved to the Wood River Valley after receiving top national awards
in Canada and graduating from the Western Academy of Photography in
Victoria, B.C. When she’s not capturing the flavors of the Western
states she is home
celebrating the great tastes and healthy lifestyle of this community.
was during a dark night in a dreary autumn drizzle that Greg Stahl
grabbed a beer and slipped onto his neighbor’s back porch. With the
knowledge that no one really lived there, he uncovered the hot tub and
had an evening soak. He was surrounded by huge, dark, empty
condominiums, and he pondered how surreal it is to live among so many
enormous homes that sit idle for most of the year. His investigation
into local real estate and its effects on the community of the Wood
Michael Ames, Betsy Andrews,
Betty Bell, Dana DuGan,
Rebecca Meany, Sabina Dana Plasse
Timi Saviers, Terry Smith,
Greg Stahl & Megan Thomas.
Willy Cook, Paulette Phlipot,
Chris Pilaro, Rachael Anne Waring,
Kirsten Shultz & David N. Seelig
Ad production & web site designer
Rich Trevellian & Crystal Ward
Joscelyne Cameron, Erik Elison,
Colin McCauley & Gavin McNeil
Fabianna Ancajima, Randy Carroll,
Gayle Kerr, Rita Marie, James Mitchell,
William Pattnosh & Jerry Seiffert
Idaho Press Club Awards,
1st place General Excellence
1st place Serious Feature, Gregory Foley
1st place Light Feature, Jennifer Tuohy
1st place Photography, Chris Pilaro
Idaho Press Club Awards, 2004
1st place General Excellence
1st place Light Feature, Dana DuGan
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