Sun Valley Resort, SheJumps, and Higher Ground join forces to honor and increase visibility for girls and women in the Sun Valley community
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, is International Women’s Day, a global observance celebrating the achievements of women and a call to action for upholding inclusivity and creating a more equitable world for future generations. In support of girls and women of all ages in the Sun Valley community and in the outdoor recreation and ski industries, Sun Valley Resort has partnered with nonprofit organizations SheJumps and Higher Ground to host a number of events taking place Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12.
Sun Valley Resort kicks off International Women’s Day with “A Lap for the Ladies,” a group ski on Wednesday, March 8 welcoming all ages and ability levels. Participants will meet at the top of Bald Mountain to join in a rallying cry led by Paralympian Muffy Davis and a group photo before skiing or riding down College. For those not interested in going all the way to the top, Higher Ground will lead a lower mountain group from the top of Lower River Run at 10:15 am. Costumes are encouraged.
The celebration continues with “The Women of Sun Valley, A Ski History Challenge,” where women will take a selfie skiing or riding down runs named after impactful female athletes who have shaped the Sun Valley community. Participants will return completed history cards to River Run Plaza, where DJ Marlene will be playing music from 1-3 pm. Completed challenge cards will be entered to win prizes at the live drawing taking place at 2 pm. Participants will also receive a 20-percent off coupon for all Sun Valley for Brass Ranch and Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports on March 8th. Brass Ranch and Pete Lane’s will also host Shop For a Cause with a portion of the proceeds from purchases made on March 8 donated to support Higher Ground and SheJumps. Ski History Challenge cards will be available for guests to complete throughout the month of March and can be picked and dropped off at either River Run or Warm Springs ticket window.
On Thursday, March 9, The Opera House will host a women’s film night featuring six inspiring short films highlighting extraordinary women-identifying athletes in the outdoors. The ticket price is a $10 donation that will support She Jumps and Higher Ground and includes a chance to win raffle prizes from event sponsors, SheJumps, Higher Ground, Wild Rye, Pete Lane’s, Brass Ranch, and Sun Valley Resort. This family-friendly movie lineup includes Approach 2, Nexus, Stepping Out, Sonadora, the Avalanche Hunter, and First Time Adventure. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the first film starting at 6 pm. Purchase tickets here.
On Friday night, Wild Rye will host Community Ski Night from 6-9 pm at the local’s hill, Rotarun in Hailey.
SheJumps will once again host their Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol day camp at Sun Valley Resort on Saturday, March 11 at Bald Mountain. Girls will learn mountain safety and first aid while working alongside women in the ski patrol community. Intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders ages 8-17 who identify as female are encouraged to attend. This year’s popular event is already sold out and promises to be an awesome experience for the lucky participants.
Higher Ground’s Muffy Davis Cup, an adaptive ski training experience designed to simulate what it would be like to ski as someone with a disability would be followed by a friendly race, that will take place on Sunday, March 12 at Dollar Mountain. This fundraiser event begins with a training session for participants from 10 am-12 pm, breaks for lunch, and then continues with races from 2-4 pm. Awards and après to celebrate the adaptive programs provided by Higher Ground will start at 4 pm.
Festivities will close out on Sunday, March 12 with a SheJumps and Wild Rye hosted Sunset Skin up Bald Mountain from 5-8 pm. Spots for this free activity can be reserved here and a $10 donation to SheJumps is suggested. The group will skin up College and enjoy spectacular Pioneer Mountain views, a fun ski down, and generous swag from Wild Rye and Sun Valley Resort. Required equipment includes skins, skis, or split boards with adjustable bindings, appropriate boots, a safety light, and a headlamp. No instruction will be provided.