A week of celebrating ski history goes to Sun Valley Resort in March. The skiing heritage week coincides with the 75th season of Sun Valley, the oldest resort in the country. It also serves as the launch for the new IshpemingFilmFest, a festival of ski films.
The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame take the ski heritage week to Sun Valley March 27 through April 3. The week features parties, reunions, skiing with legends, lunches, dinners, and awards. The highlight of the week is the annual induction ceremony of new members into the Hall of Fame and this year, a special tribute to the founders of freestyle.
The IshpemingFilmFest is a new attraction this year for Ski Heritage Week, an outgrowth of the new Ski and Snowboard Film Institute dedicated to preserving ski films. "It's geared toward the preservation of the very best ski films," Tom West, president and CEO of ISHA/Hall of Fame told OnTheSnow. The institute's goal is to preserve ski and snowboard films from the earliest ones made in the 1920s to present day.
Converting film to digital is a huge part of project. "You can stick them in a closet, but they don't last long," explained West. "The digitization project preserves the films forever." West credits a $100,000 grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digitizing the John Jay collection as part of the catalyst for the institute's endeavors. Jay invented the modern form of ski films.
The immediate goal of the institute is to select the first 10 films for the inaugural IshpemingFilmFest, the start of what will be known as the Snow 100 collection. "It's going to take place over time, accumulating the top 100 over a 10-year period," explained West. Independent filmmaker and ISHA director Rick Moulton is overseeing a committee of film and ski historians charged with selecting the best ski films of all time. To become eligible, a film must have stood the test of time for a decade.
The films selected for the IshpemingFilmFest will be recognized with The Jerrry, named for Jerry Simon who pioneered producing ski shows. This year's collection of inaugural films for the Snow 100 will be shown during the Sun Valley heritage week and inducted into the Snow 100 March 29.
"It's Happening in Sun Valley," the ski heritage week, is open to anyone. A $300 All-Access Pass provides admission to reunion receptions, film screenings, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A $595 Premier All-Access Pass adds on all ISHA events. Accommodations with lift tickets are available at Sun Valley Lodge and Inn for $74.50 per person per night based on double occupancy. Special lift ticket rates are available for one to four days for those staying in other hotels.
Sun Valley is known for sunny spring skiing.