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Sun Valley, Idaho, has a reputation for world-class skiing and has recently made a name for itself as “Nordic Town USA.” In fact, the terrain and conditions are so desirable that members of the Norwegian Olympic Nordic Ski Team come to the valley to train. But visitors need not be Olympians, or even skiers for that matter, to enjoy all that the valley has to offer.
From Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, 2011, Sun Valley will hold the 2nd Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival — a nine-day event that features activities, races, clinics and entertainment. Visitors can take advantage of a discounted valley-wide Nordic trail pass; discounts on demos/rentals; and Nordic-themed cuisine.
The Ketchum Night Sprint Relay & Music Celebration, which is a celebration of all things Nordic, is a highlight of the festival. Visitors should expect live music, sprint races with cash prizes, ice sculptures, a bonfire and the 2nd annual World Snowshoe Dance Competition.
Other family-friendly activities include the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Nordic event speakers at the Community Library and a ski/dining experience at Alturas Lake and Smiley Creek.
The festival culminates with the Swix Boulder Mountain Tour race, which is expected to have 800 participants vying for more than $11,000 in prize money on the North Valley Trails.