Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbonate Hill Climb with the Advocates

The Advocates’ 4th Annual Carbonate Hill Climb is a fun, family-friendly event that includes a race up the popular hiking venue, Carbonate Mountain, and a barbecue at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 28, 2012.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Hill Climb wraps up a month-long campaign that focuses on building awareness of sexual assault prevention in our communities.
“The Advocates’ April activities reinforce the 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign theme, “IT’S TIME … TO TALK ABOUT IT! CONNECT. RESPECT. PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE”, according to community education coordinator, Trish Tobias.

In 2011, The Advocates provided assistance to 63 women and 37 children affected by sexual assault. In general, 30% to 35% of The Advocates clients have sexual assault as part of their victimization. Throughout the month of April, The Advocates is running “Sexual Assault Myth Buster” ads throughout Blaine, Camas, Custer and Lincoln Counties. The ads also focus on educating people about the services The Advocates’ provides to help sexual assault victims.

April 28 Carbonate Hill Climb Event Timeline:

10 - 10:45 AM - Check-in and race day registration.
11:00 AM - Race starts. The course starts at Hop Porter Park, goes up the Carbonate ridge and down the switchbacks.
12 Noon - Barbecue, music and community information booths.
Race prizes will be awarded to the top three women, men, and 15 and under boys and girls.
In 2011, Eric Chizum and Maranda Stopol were the male and female winners. The top boy and girl divisions were won by Emmett Say and Shaelynn Dockstader.
Pre-register at Sturtevants, Elephant’s Perch, Backwoods or

Race pre-registration - $10 per person, $25 per family.
Race day registration - $20 per person, barbecue $5 per person.

The event is also supported in part by Albertsons and Modern Woodmen. For more information please visit The Advocates' website:

Thanks to the Hailey Chamber for all of this great information!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eye On: Sun Valley, Idaho

It's quite a surprise when you visit, or even live here, to realize how many industry wide brands actually hold their headquarters in Ketchum, Idaho. Recently TransWorld Business did a story on four of those brands.

"Hours from any large metro area, but mere minutes from endless backcountry, the town of Ketchum, Idaho, home to Sun Valley Resort, has become a hub for outdoor and snow industry brands looking to stay in touch with the activities and environments that fueled their passions for the sports they cater to."

For the entire story on Smith, Scott, Mtn Approach, and First Lite click the below link.

Eye On: Sun Valley, Idaho | TransWorld Business

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Upward Momentum Continues...

Our first quarter results are in! Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty has sold 30% more properties this past quarter than for the same quarter last year. The first quarter median sales price of all sales in our local MLS dropped 34% over last year, evidencing the impact of foreclosures and short sales on market values. YTD, Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty continues to hold the number one spot in our local market with a 28% share of the entire market volume – more than double that of our nearest competitor.

Is it time to buy? Absolutely. Several market sectors in our area have actually started to increase in value. Multiple offers on well priced properties are common. Website and other internet views have been consistently above 20,000 views per month, and now we’re seeing many of those views turn into email inquiries. 

Is it time to sell? Our active listings are down 10% from the same time last year. Depending on your market sector, it may be an excellent time to sell. When we see multiple offers on properties, it’s a sure sign that the pendulum is swinging back to a more balanced market. Sellers who have priced their properties well are having successful sales.

Buyers are starting to buy, sellers are ready to sell, and the team at Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty is here to help guide you through the process of buying or selling your next home in our beautiful valley.

*Statistics provided by Sun Valley Board of Realtors, 4/6/2012

Here are a few of our "Spring Best Buy's" submitted by the agents in the Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty office.

$1,095,000  |  207 East Canyon Run Blvd.  |  Warm Springs
A lot of house for the money! Five bedrooms plus a den and six and one-half baths on a large lot in a high end Warm Springs neighborhood. Home and yard are impeccable and low maintenance. Lots of extras including three fireplaces, his and hers master baths, double vanities in most baths, large jacuzzi, dog kennel, and central vac. Enjoy the huge deck this summer.

$774,000  |  109 Spruce Way  |  Mid-Valley
Extensively remodeled in 2006, including a brand new grand kitchen with silestone countertops, upscale appliances and farmhouse sink. Also, new hardwood floors, New Zealand wool carpet and gas fireplace. This is a must see home. Perfect condition. Lots of room to spread out, and geared to bring the outdoors in.

$525,000  |  16 Creekside Terrace North  |  Elkhorn
Now is the time to buy in Elkhorn Springs. This brand new condo and has a patio, underground parking, fabulous amenities and beautiful finishes. All heat and AC is included with your monthly HOA dues (amongst many other things). Come and visit this terrific unit to see what everyone is talking about. 

$159,000  |  1050 Snowflake  |  Hailey

Stunning landscaping and private, large lot make this Woodside home stand out from the rest. Well maintained home with two-car garage, huge redwood deck with hot tub, koi pond with water feature, and gorgeous, mature, landscaped yard. You have to see this to believe it! This is not a short sale or bank owned.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Time to schedule a spring trip!

Many people think of spring as a slow time of year in Sun Valley, but there are several events to look forward to that might prompt you to schedule a spring or early summer visit. Here is a list of events that we are looking forward to.

April 5-7: Janss Pro-Am Special

In this event ski and snowboard participants team with former Olympic, Pro Tour, and World Cup racers for three days of fun-filled, non-stop festivities.  Called "the best party on snow," it is the leading fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. All abilities are encouraged. Once again, the Janss Pro Am will center on a theme….This year's theme is "VINTAGE." For information please contact or go to

April 14 –15: Closing Weekend of Bald Mountain

Your last chance to ski the slopes in Sun Valley for the 2012 Winter Season. Come out to enjoy great skiing, music and street parties all weekend long! for lodging and lift ticket information. See you on the slopes!

May 25 – May 28: 15th Annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival
The 15th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival is comprised of presentations and workshops regarding the wellness of body, mind and spirit.  There are a variety of classes, workshops, speakers  and musical events to enjoy.  For tickets and schedule information visit:

June 30 – July 8: Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival
Returning for the second year is the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival Featuring the US National Championships MTB Cross Country.  It will be time to dust off your mountain bike and get to Sun Valley to enjoy this week long festival of cycling related events including races, rides, film/photo shootouts, consumer expo, live music and more. For more details and schedule of events visit:

Post Submitted by Katherine Schroder, with information from