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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 Karl Weatherly

Valley by the Numbers
compiled by Pat Murphy

Average snowfall, in inches, on the top of Baldy over the past six years: 217

Inches that fell in the 2007-08 and 1976-77 ski seasons, respectively: 232 & 31

Number of snow guns on Bald Mountain: 522

Maximum number of gallons of water each can spew per minute: 24

Number of snow guns on Dollar Mountain: 72

Number of traffic lights in Blaine County: 14

Number of books, videos and magazines in the Community Library: 125,000

Percentage of library funds received from donations, thrift store sales and Tour of Homes proceeds: 100

Years after the installation of Idaho’s first telephone (in Hailey in 1883) that cell phone service became available in the Wood River Valley: 110

Estimated number of hiking, biking and ski trail miles in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Ketchum Ranger District and Blaine County Recreation District combined: 1,466

Number of motor vehicles registered in Blaine County: 24,063

Number of motor vehicles registered in Blaine County in 1986: 16,407

Number of non-motorized horse trailers with bunks registered in 2005: 4

Head of sheep (not including lambs) that grazed in the greater Wood River Valley during the 2008 summer: 9,900

Average number that grazed the same area during World War I, when sheep supplied troops with woolen uniforms and mutton for food: 250,000

Percentage of felony cases prosecuted in Blaine County over the last six years that involved drug violations: 48

Former U.S. ambassadors (to Belgium, European Union and Eastern communist bloc countries) residing in the Wood River Valley: 3

People per square mile living in Blaine County in 1980 and 2007, respectively: 3.7 & 8

People per square mile living in Idaho in 2007: 17.7

Average persons per square mile nationwide, according to the 2000 census: 79.6

Idaho’s ranking by state in population density: 43

Newborns delivered at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center between January 1 and September 22, 2008: 233

Average births per month in that time: 25

Number of sets of twins delivered at St. Luke’s in 2007, setting a record: 5

Average annual snowfall, in inches, measured at the Ketchum ranger station and at Galena Summit in the past 30 years, respectively: 112 & 213

Yearly average between 1936 and 2006 at Chocolate Gulch, just north of Ketchum: 136

Average number of yearly visitors to the Wood River Valley: 230,000

Average number of visitors during July-August: 135,000

Number of gallons of aircraft fuel pumped into storage in 2007 by Friedman Memorial Airport for later sale: 1,390,399

Gallons stored for the same purpose in 2006: 1,905,486