Sun Valley's backcountry is home to some of the finest recreational opportunities and natural beauty you can find in Idaho. Unfortunately, this same area has also been home to two devastating wildfires. The first being in 2007, followed by a much bigger fire in 2013.
Both were ignited from lightning strikes and quickly burned through huge swaths of open land. What most don't realize is that the initial Castle Rock Fire actually spared Sun Valley from greater devastation by the subsequent Beaver Creek fire. The Fire That Saved Sun Valley is a short documentary that follows the story of these two blazes and how they've played an important role in these mountains. For local mountain guide Joe St. Onge, he never expected that the blaze would actually open up and enhance the recreational abilities for the area.
This week in 'Women in the Mountains' we sat down with Wild Barn Coffee’s Jenny Verrochi who masterminded an underground women’s naked ski event. Sounds cheeky and chilly! Will Beihoffer photo. On March 20th, you could see a full moon on top of Bluebird Backcountry’s West Bowl. Well, 22 full moons to be exact. It was all part of a women's event focused on one beautiful, singular goal: skiing butt naked in the backcountry. The cheeky idea came from Jenny Verrochi, who’s based in Boulder,
Earlier this month, Santiago Vega completed the first-known disabled ski descent of the Grand Teton with IFMGA guide Mark Smiley via the Ford-Stettner Couloir, one of the 50 Classic Ski Descents on North America. Vega was born with Fibular Hemimelia on his right leg and Poly-syndactyly on right hand. At 5 months old, Santi and his family began traveling from Santiago, Chile to Salt Lake City once a year medical treatment at Shiners Hospital. In Utah, Vega started ski racing at age 14 and
John Collinson’s upbringing was a little different than most pro skiers. He grew up in a closet in Snowbird employee housing with his older sister Angel, and didn’t do many things that most kids do. However, what he did experience was unfathomable, like summiting Rainier at 4 years old, summiting Everest at 17, and so much more. On the podcast, Mike Powell and Collinson talk about how he went from the closet to his sister's shadow, to pro skier, to social media influencer known for his