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The Sun Valley Guide magazine is distributed free four times a year to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area communities.

Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper will receive the Sun Valley Guide with their subscription.

Photo by Chris Pilaro

From the Editor

What is so comforting about a chairlift? Beyond the dividends paid off in vertical feet, the lift offers something like life miniaturized.

Sometimes you ride in a pair, other times with friends and family. But the most interesting trips always seem to come when you ride on your own.

Like a confessional booth with a view, the chairlift brings a temporary and near-total privacy. Protective clothing and gear provide anonymity and in a ten-minute span, you may learn the life story of a complete stranger. What is said here, quietly rising over the action and comedy playing out below, stays here.

The chairlift is a reliable fixture in our winters. But who hasn’t experienced a malfunction? You might be stranded, dangling in a storm and caught up on your chairmate’s third marriage, when you begin to wonder when things will start moving again.

Change they say, is life’s one constant. In this issue of the Sun Valley Guide, we snap a shot of a world zooming by. Our photographers and writers duck into burned backcountry, define the Western sheriff’s changing definition and even take a sip of long-forgotten cocktails. In a changing destination, the Guide works to keep you up to speed.

Michael Ames


Karl Weatherly has published with Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, The New York Times, Powder, Ski, Skiing and many others. He is a two-time winner of national photojournalism awards and lives in Ketchum’s Board Ranch.

Van Gordon Sauter was the least successful anchorman in the history of commercial broadcasting. His ratings for the early news in Chicago were so abysmal, the company sent him to France to run the CBS News Paris Bureau, a decidedly off-air position. He later became the executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group. He lives in Gimlet.

Pam Morris

Michael Ames
(Jennifer Tuohy is on maternity leave)

art production manager
Tony Barriatua

Dana DuGan, Jon Duval, Deb Gelet, David Kirkpatrick, Greg Moore, Pat Murphy, Sabina Dana Plasse, Van Gordon Sauter,Della Sentilles, Muffy Ritz

Sun Valley Guide Photographer
David N. Seelig

CONTRIBUTING Photographers
Jim Grossman, Robbie Hilliard, Dev Khalsa, Thia Konig, Paulette Phlipot, Chris Pilaro, Tal Roberts, Kirsten Shultz, Roger Wade, Karl Weatherly

copy editor
Barbara Perkins

ad production & web site designer
Colin McCauley

business manager
Connie Johnson

marketing/sales director
Ben Varner

advertising executives
Alicia Falcocchio & William Pattnosh

Idaho Press Club Awards

1st place General Excellence: 2004, 2005 and 2007
2nd place: 2006

Magazine Writing: Serious Feature
1st & 2nd place: 2006, 2007

Magazine Writing: Light Feature
1st & 2nd place: 2006, 2007

Magazine Photography
1st & 2nd place, 2006

Online Publications
1st Place: 2007

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