Friday, November 30, 2012

December Visiting Artist: Alex duMauriee

Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty is proud to feature the work of artist Alex duMauriee during the month of December. We will have on display a variety of her work, as well as an artist reception on December 28 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm. Her artwork will be on display the entire month of December, so please feel free to stop by at your convenience.

From the artist:

The alchemic process of creating has been a dominant part of my life since childhood and has always demanded to be nurtured in one form or another. From lecturing on Creativity and Innovation, Intuitive Intelligence and Sabotaging Creativity, to designing high fashion accessories in NYC, copy writing, sculpting and painting, I have moved through many expressions of this creative life force that I know to be an integral part of being human. For all the years of sporadic art classes I am basically a self-taught artist. I remain fascinated by the “accidents” that morph an idea into something altogether other than my intentions or expectations to create a surprise even to me. My work reflects my need to experiment with style, palette and subject matter.

For more information on Alex and her work, please visit her website:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing: Luxury Website for the Ski Market

We are excited to announce the launch of!

The specialized website, which can be found at, provides detailed Ski lifestyle listing information and resources.  The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them.  It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ski-in and ski-out, base of mountain living and close proximity to mountains.

The website will also highlight notable sales internationally and feature area-focused sections, resort mountain descriptions and advanced search capabilities.

“This new site will enable us to showcase our Sun Valley ski properties to potential buyers from around the globe.  Buyers seeking a property in the mountains will discover the lifestyle that has made Sun Valley famous and be rewarded with the relative value in property prices that Sun Valley has to offer,” said Darlene Young, Managing Broker.  Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty clients also will enjoy this added avenue of exposure for their listed properties.  No other real estate company can bring together this level of comprehensive detail on a global basis.” 
Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty delivers comprehensive real estate services to buyers and sellers of top quality real estate in all price ranges. Our position as the perennial leader in the Sun Valley real estate market enables us to provide both buyers and sellers the resources needed to make informed decisions in today's real estate market.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 12,600 sales associates located in approximately 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Winter Wonderland Festival

Starting November 23 through January 4, the Sun Valley Village will be alive with decorations, activites, performances and celebrations.
Sun Valley welcomes visitors to experience the holidays from around the world, and will have 13 international displays as well as other activites and entertainment throughout the holidays at the Sun Valley Resort.

Daily, November 23 – January 4
Sun Valley Village Shop Windows

A free and interactive self-guided stroll through the Village. The theme, “Celebrating the Language of the Holidays”, honors the cultural diversity of holidays and festive celebrations around the globe. Participants will receive “passports” to be stamped inside at every window location, each bearing a holiday greeting in a different language. A special seasonal confection will be given out at the end of the stroll.

Village Light Display
Daily, December 1 – January 4
Sun Valley Village

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with an evening stroll through the Village illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights.

Sun Valley Carolers
Nightly, December 15 – December 30
For 37 years the Sun Valley Carolers have strolled throughout the Sun Valley Village enchanting guests with magical sounds of the season. Look for the Carolers decked out in their beautiful Dickens’ costumes as they sing around the Village and resort restaurants.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturdays & Sundays, December 8 – December 23
Lodge Dining Room

Sure to become a Sun Valley tradition, enjoy a delectable breakfast buffet with Santa as special guest. The perfect opportunity for the seasonal photo with Santa. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children, ages 12 and under. Children ages 3 and under, are free. Reservations: 208-622-2800.

Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, December 15
Sun Valley Inn

A free gathering in front of the Inn with complimentary refreshments, Sun Valley Carolers directed by Derek Furch, tree lighting and Santa arrives in his sleigh. Photos with Santa and ice carving demonstrations.

Gingerbread Village
Daily, December 1 – January 4
Boiler Room, Sun Valley Village

A 20 x 30 ft. gingerbread re-creation of the Sun Valley Village, Bald Mountain and the Snowball Express train will be displayed here through January 4. A fantasy winter wonderland replica of Sun Valley during its glamorous debut as America’s first destination resort.

Gingerbread Decorating Fun
Saturday, December 22 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Boiler Room, Sun Valley Village

Children will delight in the delicious task of building their own gingerbread houses while surrounded by the enchanting Gingerbread Village. All creations may be taken home. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $30.

5th Annual Classical Christmas Concert
Friday, December 21 | 7:30 PM (Doors open 7:00 PM)
Sun Valley Opera House

Sun Valley presents the 5th Annual Classical Christmas concert. This year’s concert welcomes a special guest artist who will join Sun Valley tenor John Mauldin, Leslie Mauldin, a soprano, and pianist and baritone Jed Moss. Also returning will be the Hatvani Chamber Ensemble, and, of course the Sun Valley Carolers.

Christmas Eve Celebration
Nutcracker On Ice
Monday, December 24 | 5:00 PM | Gather at the Outdoor Ice Rink

Enjoy a free performance of the classic Christmas tale of the “Nutcracker on Ice,” free hot chocolate, cookies, Fireworks and Dollar Mountain torchlight parade, arrival of Santa and free ice skating after the show.

Calendar provided by Visit Sun Valley.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

The Snow is Falling, Are You Prepared?

In preparation for the ski/snowboard season in Sun Valley, ID, which, by the way, is only 13 days away, we would like to share with you Warren Miller's list "How to Prepare for the Ski Season".

We have shared this list before, but it is a classic, and for those of you who didn't get to save the link before, here is your chance!

How to Prepare for the Ski Season

10. Visit your local butcher and pay $30 to sit in the walk-in freezer for half an hour. Afterwards, burn 2 $50 dollar bills to warm up.

9. Go to the nearest hockey rink and walk across the ice 20 times in your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, accessory bag and poles. Pretend you are looking for your car.

8. For ski boot simulation at home, put a pebble in your street shoes and tighten a C-clamp around your toes.

7. Buy a pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.

6. Go to McDonald's and insist on paying $6.50 for a hamburger. Be sure to wait in the longest line.

5. Clip a ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.

4. Drive slowly for five hours - anywhere - as long as it's in a snowstorm and you're following an 18-wheeler.

3. Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face. You'd almost believe you're skiing in front of a snowmaker!

2. Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take them off because you have to go to the bathroom.

1. Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday.

- List written by Warren Miller