On the Ice 

Olympic stars hit the rink in Sun Valley

Outdoor ice skating in the summer may sound like a wet prospect, but Sun Valley Resort is home to an all-seasons outdoors skating rink with Bald Mountain as its backdrop.

While kids and adults can have their day on the ice, they can also see some of the world's best figure skating stars on that very same ice. It's like watching the Olympics a couple of years early, in your own back yard and without any of those controversial judges.

In the past, Sun Valley Resort's ice rink has hosted super skaters like Peggy Fleming, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, and Dorothy Hamill, to name a few. This year, more gold medalists are set to perform.

On Saturday, July 4, catch 2009 U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Then on Saturday, July 11, Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano will take the ice. The season ends with figure skating power couples Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, as well as Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre, the 2008 U.S. bronze medalists.

As of press time, the schedule has yet to be completed, so for an up-to-date list, visit sunvalley.com.

All shows begin at dusk and can be seen either from the bleachers ringing the ice rink or the sunroom terrace of the lodge, complete with dinner and a dessert buffet. Prices vary from $32 to $62 per person. The professional skaters often practice on the ice during the day, and they can be seen from the porch of Gretchen's Restaurant at Sun Valley Lodge. Order lunch, sip some iced tea and take in the show for free.

For complete details or to make a reservation, visit the Web site or call 208-622-2800.

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