Next Stop: Chicago

White Sox & Chicago Bulls, Bike Hike Tour, Skydeck at Willis Tower, Rooftop Bar Hopping, Conrad Hotel, Vino Louden at Buddy Guys Legends.
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00:00-00:4 JON: Hi I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop, from the windy city.
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00:19-00:33 JON: Chicago Illinois, our nation’s 3rd largest city is well known for it’s many sports, it’s fun and enthusiastic locals, great food, a lively blues scene and so much more. but don’t our word for it, we’ll show you on Next Stop Chicago. The fun starts now!
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00:36-00:56 JON; There is no city more passionate about it’s sports than Chicago. You’ve got Da Bears, Da Blackhawks, Da Bulls, Da Cubs, and Da White Sox. Today we’re all about sports, we’re kicking it off here at US Cellular field for a White Sox game, the Twins are in town, then we are gonna head across town and catch the Bulls and the Celtics. Play ball!
01:06-03:15 JON: It’s the White Sox versus the Twins, it is game time. Ximena is going to take us around US Cellular and show us the fan experience. So I see lot’s of different vending options.
XIMENA: We have vegan, vegetarian options, we are trying to go green a little at the park.
JON: And you have pretzels and beer.
XIMENA: We actually have a coupon pretzel that is good for 4 people.
JON: Nice, I like that. So we are high above the field right now. This is pretty cool over here.
XIMENA: It’s our fundamentals track, it’s for children and they teach the kids to pitch, to throw.
JON: Ok, what about the adult who need to learn some fundamentals, what about the adults?
XIMENA: Oh, I don’t know, you might be on your own.
JON: Come on!
XIMENA: You can try it out, maybe they will help you.
JON: I love this, this is a little piece of old Comiskey, he actually stood under that shower on a hot day.
XIMENA: You never know, maybe, it’s possible
JON: It works! Chicago sports are amazing, are you a full Chicago sports fan?
AL: Die hard Sox fan, and I’m here just to have a great time and hope the Sox win all the time.
JON: You know Briana is a big White Sox fan because she organized a group of what, 100 people today?
BRIANA: I do it every year for my boyfriends birthday.
JON: We don’t have Chicago sports, describe to our viewers about Chicago.
BRIANA: It’s like where you are from, it’s who you are, it’s what you represent, it’s the town or the neighborhood you are from. I’m from the south side and definitely you recognize that, you represent, and White Sox is what you are all about.
JON: This is what it’s all about folks, it’s all about families coming to the ball park. Who is your favorite player on the White Sox?
O’BRIEN CHILD: Paul Konerko
JON: Paul Konerko? I like him too.
O’BRIEN DAD: Even from a young age these guys love the Bears, the Hawks, the white Sox, it’s great, it’s a great sports town, it really is.
JON: What a perfect day for baseball, and now we are off the the Bulls game. See all that traffic out here? We didn’t have to sit in that. We’re taking the metro transportation, it is very, very easy here in Chicago, it’s the best way to get around. It stops right outside our hotel, I’m going to make a quick clothes change and then it is go Bulls!
03:21-03:29 JON: Well here we are, it’s the house that Michael built. it’s the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, who are having an amazing season in hockey and tonight, it’s the Celtics in town taking on the Bulls.
03:42-04:25 JON: Bulls fans are rabid, we’ve got one of them right here, what’s your name buddy?
KEVIN: El Vicaro, they call me the number one and only, representing the matador nation.
JON: Come to almost every game?
KEVIN: Yes sir, I’m known as El Vicaro, the bull cowboy, wrapping you all with the rest of my big boys right here.
JON: You’ve been around since the Jordan days my friend.
HAYWOOD: Yes I have, everybody’s happy, they keep coming back again.
JON: Why are they so passionate about sports here?
HAYWOOD: Michael Jordan is one of who made it famous here, and I see a back up coming up right now with Gary Rowland, like I said shoe shine you have the best guys, the best in the west north south and the east you know and I’m the doctor you know, the master blaster.
04:35-04:54 ALLISON: I am a fan of Captain Heinrick and so we did a poster of Captain Kirk.
JON: In case you get hungry during the game you guys can dig into that. You know what I notice about Chicago? The girls are big big fans, more so than I think in other cities, why do you think that is?
ALLISON: it’s so fun to go to the games, Wrigley Field is beautiful, United Center is awesome, it’s always a good time.
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05:02-05:06 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, it will blow your skirt up!
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05:11-05:28 JON: The Chicago River is the only river on earth that flows backwards. Reversed in 1900 for sanitary purposes, it is considered one of the 20th centuries top engineering marvels. Every year the Saturday before St Patricks day, they dye this river green to celebrate St. Patrick. Sounds like a fun party!
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05:40-06:04 JON: Chicago has one of the most impressive skylines of any city in America. Today we are going high above the tallest building in the western hemisphere, Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, for a guided tour of the sky deck. There is 2,232 steps from here to the sky deck. Since Mike and I already worked out today, we are sending Josh up the stairs. See you Josh!
06:15-06:27 JON: Here is a fun little Willis Tower fast fact for you…the tower is 262 Michael Jordans tall, and 313 Oprah Winfreys tall, I guess it is about 320 Jon Olsons tall.
06:38-08:33 RANDAL: You are on the 130th floor of the Willis Tower, North America’s highest building, and we are on the sky deck level right now, we have beautiful views today, we into about 3 states that you’ll see, and I would like to point out some of the sights we are going go along the way. Yeah, this is our south shot, we are very proud of this because this is a developing area, it was going to be the site of a lot of the places for the Olympics that were coming up. It’s a very big neighborhood for us, we’re a whole pocket of communities of different ethnicities that everybody kind of comes together, we do have 17 miles of uninterrupted lake front there, beaches, parkways, bike trails. This is one of our best views here just for the fact you have so much different color, you have different contrasts, you have the green down in millenium park, you’ve got Buckingham Fountain over there in the pink, from the ground it looks like it’s monstrous, but from up here it looks like it is almost a water fountain, the view is…
JON: You can get a little drink out of it!
RANDAL: You can take a look, you have the Chicago River here, and this is an intersting thjing for us, many years ago we reversed the flow down to St Louis. but St. Louis got us back.
JON: How did they get you back?
RANDAL: They sent it back to us as Budweiser!
JON: Ha ha!
RANDAL: Sorry! We have a beautiful shot to the north, we have John Hancock Center, Trump Tower over here, you really get a nice perspective of height.
JON: Ok, I’m really glad that I am not afraid of heights, because we are actually standing outside the building right now.
RANDAL: We took, we built 4 glass balconies outside the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, and my parents ask me why the heck would you do that, and we really wanted to become experiencial, everybody has gone into experiencial tourism and everybody kind of wants that memory. Coming up in the tower has always been a memory, but what could we do to add to that? So we took and we put glass balconies 1353 feet over the west side of our building which is our best view down.
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08:46-08:49 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we ride around Chicago on 2 wheels.
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08:54-09:05 JON: In July 2004 Mayor Richard Daley dedicated Millenium Park as a gift to the people of Chicago. This park is an enduring tribute to Chicago’s long standing history of excellence with architectural and artistic excellence.
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09:12-09:54 JON: We love our Chicago home, the Conrad Chicago. What a great hotel. Now before this was a hotel…this place screams history.
CHRIS: As many Chicago landmarks do, we do as well. 1928 this was the McGraw Hill building.
JON: Really?
CHRIS: Yeah. They actually kept the skin of the building, gutted the inside and rebuilt the hotel, thus qualifying us for a historical landmark.
JON: You guys have also won some very prestigious awards.
CHRIS: Yeah, we are rated #2 in trip advisor in the city of Chicago, and that is out of 168 hotels, so…
JON: That’s amazing.
CHRIS: It doesn’t matter how high your thread count, it doesn’t matter what you serve your food on, if the service isn’t there, people aren’t coming back so, that it what we are all about, our people.
10:0011:04- JON: I personally have been very excited to meet Christine, the Marketing and Communications Manager, because you have developed a sleep menu, way more than just about pillows.
CHRISTINE: We started off with a pillow menu, and the success of that really bolstered the thought process for a sleep menu. This is a really cool product, is the anti red bull.
JON: Anti coffee too.
CHRISTINE: Anti red bull, and it really helps promote the onset of sleep, it’s all natural, or you can also rent a sound machine, which can plug into the sound pillow.
JON: We have stayed at a lot of big hotels around the world Christine, and one thing I like about the Conrad Chicago is that it is smaller it more warm, it’s more cosmopolitan, more cozy.
CHRISTINE: Absolutely. I think we have done a really good job with our rooms in terms of keeping them a little more residential, contemporary like you said, reminiscent of the guests home that they stay at, we want to make it an experience that is comfortable for them.
JON: But you also have great restaurants, including the restaurant here at the hotel.
CHRISTINE: Yeah, it’s a really great restaurant, we have a new Executive Chef, Darnell Reed, in fact he is waiting for you at Fox and Obel, I think he is going to cook up something great for you.
JON: Oh that would be awesome.
11:10-13:06 JON: You must be Darnell:
DARNELL: How are you, I’m Darnell, nice to meet you.
JON: I’m Jon Olson, I brought you a gift because I don’t like to come empty handed. You like rice Krispie bars don’t you?
DARNELL: Who doesn’t? Thank you.
JON: Ha ha! My pleasure, so what are we making and what are we shopping for?
DARNELL: New Orleans style BBQ shrimp, I have rosemary already, we need some fresh garlic.
JON: Heavy whipping cream.
DARNELL: There we go, that will work , thank you. Heavy whipping cream, and then we also need the shrimp obviously. I would like to have 5 pounds of gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined, 16 20’s.
JON: Man this shrimp is heavy, I don’t need a workout today.
DARNELL: Hey you owe me 2 bucks for the rice krispy bar.
JON: I’ve got your back.
DARNELL: OK. Just making sure.
JON: What a perfect setting. We’ve got the food, the store was an awesome store, we’ve got the ingredients, what are we going to make my friend.
DARNELL: Today we are going to be doing New Orleans style BBQ shrimp which is one of our terrace, featured terrace items. To begin, start with the olive oil, shrimp.
JON: There you go, sizzle stick.
DARNELL: Add the garlic, some rosemary, which is really the foundation you want to start with.
JON: That smells incredible.
DARNELL: And the next ingredient that I mentioned is the beer.
JON: One for the pan, one for the man.
DARNELL: the shrimp will cook before the sauce is ready, which is not a problem, we will plate the shrimp and finish the sauce and pour the sauce right over it.
JON: What a great day we had today at the Conrad Chicago and how awesome is this sleep menu, I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight. I’ve got my booties, my gloves, my mask, my sound machine and more, oh but first, Darnell I told you that I owed you 2 bucks today, I didn;t forget about it. Night night.
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13:14-14:27 JON: Bike culture is big in Chicago, right?
JEREMY: Absolutely.
JON: Jeremy you are going to take us on a tour today, right?
JEREMY: We are going to take you on a tour of the neighborhoods of the near north side of Chicago.
JON: Anything special we need to know about these bikes before we take off?
JEREMY: They are deluxe Schwinn beach cruisers, they are 7 speeds, hand brakes, comfy seats, they have an annoying bell and they are all individually named.
JON: Lulu.
ED: It’s Kelly for you my friend. Right turn, left turn. Now we all have to do it, if I am the only one doing it they think I am waving at a friend and I am not clear on the whole waving concept. So can we all practice a right turn together? Excellent. Ninth year in operation, we have never had anybody hit by a moving car, we have had a handful of you ride your bikes directly into parked cars, that’s on you. the reason we stop here is not so much the museum as the neighborhood we are in, Streeterville. Michigan Avenue is about a block over that way, the reason we named it Michigan Avenue in the first place is it is the road we built along the banks of Lake Michigan when we first built the city. Water tower place, bottom 8 stories were the first ever vertical shopping mall. You look to the top of the building, Oprah has the top 2 floors.
14:35-15:11 ED: We call Illinois the land of Lincoln, we are very proud of Abraham Lincoln here, so proud we are the only state in the union that still takes pennies in our toll booths. The worlds largest free zoo is the Lincoln Park zoo, and I know normally a free zoo, you are thinking it’s going to be like 2 goats, a three legged pig and an owl that got hit by a car…this is a world class zoo, which is membership supported, I definitely recommend checking it out when you have a chance.
JON: Bobby’s bike hike, what a perfect way to spend a great afternoon in Chicago. Lulu, I’m going to miss you, you were an amazing ride.
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15:18-15:23 JON: Up next on Next Stop, rooftop bar hopping, and Chicago’s own blues legend, Vino Louden.
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15:30-17:19 JON: I’ve been to Chicago before, and let me tell you, Chicago’s night life is off the charts. Tonight we are going to check out a couple roof top bars. I can’t think of anybody to talk about Chicago night life more than Nick here, you have been around night life your whole life my friend, you got started at a very young age though, didn’t you.
NICK: Yes 16 in Florida, I was there for about 4 years, then moved onto Vegas where I spent another 4 years, then just recently a resident of Chicago.
JON: Chicago night life versus Vegas, they are both happening places, what’s different?
NICK: Vegas is a night life aspect of it’s own, definately is a beast, there is definitely more of a culture and a diversity in this town that really shows like that neighborhood feeling. The building in front of us is the Jewelers Building and then I wanted to look to the right is the great view of lake Michigan and Millenium Park. The Roof has already been fortunate enough to get some great awards, it was voted top ten best hotel by Travelers Magazine, best roof top hotel bar by NBC Chicago.
JON: This is a hopping night life. You’ve been in Chicago your whole life, with a little stint in Vegas like Nick, describe Chicago night life.
CHEF STEIN: Chicago night life is interesting, because once it gets warm, people want to be outside, so we wanted to provide that environment. People like to drink, people like to eat.
JON: Lots of smiles going on here, lots of drinking going on.
CHEF STEIN: Just have a good time.
NICK: You can’t leave without getting one of our signature cocktails, this one is one of our definite crowd pleasers, this is a blood orange sidecar. Giving you a nice fresh sugar rim, give it a little bit of a shake, and now the key is to try and get in here and out of here without having just one.
JON: The Roof was awesome, let’s go check out another roof top bar.
17:26-18:30 JON: We are now at Vertigo’s sky lounge above the Dana Hotel, this is Matthew, another great location man.
MATTHEW: Yeah.
JON: Your bar is a little bit different though, because you guys stay open year round.
MATTHEW: It’s an indoor outdoor place whereas some places around town kind of focus on the outside, although everybody else closes their patios, we stay open year round because we like to embrace the cold weather.
JON: Celebrate the winters. Tell our viewers how about how you celebrate the winters, because this is cool, I love it.
MATTHEW: We bought some robes and some blankets, and at first the owners of the hotel thought it was a little silly, but when they saw everybody out here at midnight with the robes on, they got the picture.
JON: Ok, on of the things I noticed about this place that I absolutely love is the unisex washing stations but better than that…the hand warmers.
MATTHEW: Oh yeah, comedy at its finest late at night.
JON: Where did you get those things?
MATTHEW: Well you know the Dana Hotel and spa is an eco friendly place, it’s a green hotel.
JON: You guys get extra points for that.
MATTHEW: Thank you very much, we care.
JON: Cheers to Chicago night life, cheers to the very cool people of Chicago, and cheers to you.
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18:37-19:19 JON: Blues is king in Chicago, we are at one of the best places to see the blues live, the only way to see the blues, at Buddy Guy. I’m very pleased and honored to welcome a true Chicago blues, kind of a legend from what I am reading about you.
VINO: Thank you.
JON: Let’s talk about Chicago blues, take us back, why is Chicago such a deep rooted blues town?
VINO: I think because it is a combination of so many different types of music and styles from the south that came up here and just perculated like a good gumbo you know, it just all mixed together and it came out to be the Chicago blues you know, it got electrified here.
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19:45-20:12 VINO: The radio station that we had, we only had one per se black radio station here in Chicago, WVON, and they played everything. They had a DJ for gospel a DJ for R&B, and a DJ for blues, Curtis Mann all night blues band, and I used to sneak up with my little transistor radio, yes, transistor radio, and hold it up to my ear and I used to listen to those guys, I didn’t know it was called blues, I just knew I liked it.
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20:38-20:55 JON: Walking in here tonight I just felt like legends had walked this way, this is a good place to play.
VINO: Buddy cares about the music, he has good performers here, and he has a staff that knows how to handle the business.and stuff. There is some other clubs I like, but this is by far my favorite, Buddy Guy.
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21:24-21:52 JON: Thanks for spending your last half hour with us on Next Stop, from the gorgeous windy city of Chicago Illinois. We promised you at the beginning of the show a great episode full of fun and enthusiastic locals and we know we didn’t disappoint. Thanks to the Chicago office of tourism and the Conrad Chicago for your support and partnership of this episode. As always, thanks to our good friends and title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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Next Stop: Sun Valley

Paragliding, Skiing, Nordic Festival, Ketchum Tour, Sun Valley Resort, Impressive Snow Grooming, Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats at Whiskey Jacques

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00:00-00:05 JON: Hi I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop from the nations first destination ski resort.
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00:20-00:33 JON: Sun Valley is a year round world class resort destination. We’re here in the winter time, so in this episode we are rocking all things winter.From downhill to nordic skiing, from a cozy sleigh ride to stomping tunes, you’re gonna love this show.The fun starts now!
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00:36- 01:31 JON: It’s a gorgeous day on top of Mt Baldy, a gorgeous to ski. It’s almost always a nice day to ski up here, the weather here is pretty awesome, right Sonja?
SONJA: Absolutely. It’s so gorgeous up here, we have tons of sunny days.
JON: There is a lot of organized groups up here today, there’s a lot going on, but is seems like it’s organized, not chaos.
SONJA: Back here, all the ladies here, is a group called the DIVA’s. DIVA stands for de incredibly vomen alpine shredders!
JON: De incredibly vomen alpine shredders, ya? Gotta put a Y on the end of it!
SONJA: Ya!
JON: Ski lifts here are amazing, how many lifts are there, describe the terrain before we hit it.
SONJA: There is a variety of terrain. Most of the green runs, in other ski areas ski as blue runs, and then we have amazing just, pitches, that are consistent pitches for about 3,000 vertical square feet.
01:41-02:25 JON: This view is awesome.
SONJA: Isn’t it incredible? This ski area is surrounded by 4 mountain ranges. We are so lucky, we have the Boulders, the Pioneers, we are in the Smokies, and to the far north are the Saw Tooth Mountains which are just amazing.
JON: Sonja, I love this mountain, I love skiing it, but I always like to learn something new, what do you suggest?
SONJA: What would be really fun today would be learning how to synch ski, so synchronized skiing. You can either ski in the same pattern or do a figure 8 and the ticket to synch skiing is your pole swing, and pole touch. So if I am in front, when I swing my pole, you’re going to swing your pole.
JON: You make it sound easy.
SONJA: It is!
JON: OK, well let’s give it a try.
SONJA: OK
02:35-03:22 JON: It was an epic morning on Baldy,, but something was missing, snowboarders. They’re here at Dollar Mountain, the freestyle terrain park, that also doubles as one of the top teaching mountains in the world
ABBY: Dollar Mountain has been ranked one of the best teaching mountains in the world for a reason. We have various terrains starting from really mellow greens that gradually increase, we have amazing lifts, we start out with the magic carpet, and then we go to a quad detachable lift which is a very easy lift for beginners to get on and off. We also have amazing instructors that provide some of the best instruction in the world. Today a lot of these children that are riding the magic carpet are just guests on vacation, but also we have a couple events, we have a snowboarding event going on, and different racing events going on as well too.
03:30-04:39 JON: There is an event going on here today and people are just flying down this course, what’s this all about?
BRIAN: We are doing a snowboard event, the inter mountain series and it’s a border cross today.
JON: I would think it’s gotta be one of the fastest growing sports for kids though where there is a mountain, cuz they are all…no one is skiing anymore, just us oldies.
BRIAN: Yeah, and you know, the retention rate is, we’re trying to make it higher by giving us themselves places to learn. What we did is we attacked the youth market, put in a halfpipe, put in jumps, put in progression parks, put in beginner parks, put in a tubing hill and it’s pretty much the family fun zone right now.
JON: I think I am going to go join grandpa over at the tubing hill, because that’s more my style.
BRIAN: Yeah.
JON: As you can see from our day today at the Sun Valley resort, there is something for everybody, of all ages. I love tubing! And away we go, woo! Next Stop, Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski!
04:43-05:08 JON: If you enjoy a great day on the mountain like me, you know there is a couple of things you look forward to at the end of your ski day. We’re back at the Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski, a time to get together with friends and family, and share war stories from your day on the mountain. Some true, some probably not so true, like how I was totally ripping it on the half pipe. You also know that you work up one heck of an appetite, in just a few minutes we are going to board a horse drawn carriage for a sleigh ride to Trail Creek cabin, for a dinner fit for a king.
05:23-06:12 MATT: Trail Creek cabin was built back in 1937 and according to Sun Valley resort, by Averell Harriman, who is the founder of Sun Valley. Over the years this cabin has developed into a public venue used for sleigh rides in the winter months and in the summer months we have your regular drive out dining. We have a spectacular menu, one of our most popular dishes is an idaho white trout, it is farm raised in Hagerman Idaho.
JON: SO what is your favorite thing on the menu, what is the must try?
WENDY: We are known for our ribs, our baby back ribs so…
JON: I just saw some go by they looked incredible.
WENDY: My favorite is the trout.
JON: You like the trout?
WENDY: Yeah.
JON: Can I try it all?
WENDY: Yeah, just order a whole bunch of everything and just share.
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06:22-06:27 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, world famous Sun Valley Resort, and a ride on the beast.
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06:31-06:56 JON: The Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is located in the 58,000 square foot Sun Valley Club, located right in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge. This stunning facility features a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, and also has equipment repair and storage. Virtual indoor golf adds to the list of extras as this skiers shangri-la. The Sun Valley Club also doubles as the gold clubhouse in the summertime. The Sun Valley Resort is truly a year round resort.
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07:00-10:16 JON: When I knew we were coming to Sun Valley, I said please let us stay at the Sun Valley Lodge. I’ve stayed here before, I love this property, and thanks to Jack, here we are. The minute you walk in you feel a special sense of history, just right in the lobby.
JACK: History and comfort, feel like you are home.
JON: I like that. Sure. This place is a little though nicer than my home.
JACK: Very special place. When Averell Harriman founded Sun Valley he said it’s got to be roughing it in luxury.
JON: I love all the old pictures, you really feel like you are back in time when you are here.
JACK: A sense of history, we are very proud of our history, very, very proud of our legacy here and the history of Sun Valley, what it’s meant to not only the skiing industry but the state of Idaho.
JON: The lodge is a special place, you’ve got the lodge, you’ve got the inn, would you just, it’s a small part of the whole Sun Valley resort, but let’s talk about the lodge and the inn and the different rooms that are available, and some of the more famous people that have stayed here.
JACK: We right now have 148 rooms at the lodge, there is a standard room, a medium room, a king room and suites, and the inn there is also 4 3 bedroom apartments also, so we have a variety of accommodations here at the Sun Valley resort.
JON: Tell us about room 206.
JACK: 206 is famous for a reason, because it’s called the Hemingway Suite. Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time there, and he finished writing For Whom the Bell Tolls there.
JON: I love the property, I love the fact that you’ve got ice skating and hockey right off our shoulders here, and the pools, the heated pools.
JACK: Another thing that is very unique itself in the lodge is the bowling alley, built in 1936, a six lane bowling alley, we keep that history there, it’s a great family spot for the evenings.
JON: That’s a cool spot, I like it.
JACK: But the whole resort is more than just the lodge or the inn, there is 2600 acres here, we’ve got a lot to do here and it’s made for people that are active.
JON: All year round.
JACK: All year round. In the winter of course we have 2 different ski mountains. Dollar is where the first chair lift in the world was. And in 1939 we looked across the valley at this big mountain over there called Baldy and decided to put some lifts up there, so with the leftover, where the pile of timbers were, they built Roundhouse, and that was our first warming hut on the mountain and it’s still a great place to have lunch and even dinner, a lot of history there, it’s great, a 4 sided fireplace, wonderful views of the valley. One favorite pastime is the shopping area, people like to shop, and of course eat. Great restaurant.
JON: All the facilities on the mountain are just incredible, they are the nicest lodges, the ski lodges that I think I have ever seen. Everyone loves something free, you have free transportation to the mountains, and free ski storage, that’s unique.
JACK: Absolutely. For all the guests at the Sun Valley resort, it also free…we also pick them up at the airport, the Sun Valley airport 15 miles away.
JON: I didn’t know that, well how about that. I want to talk a little bit about the ice skating rink, because that is year round, it is one of what, two in the world?
JACK: That are uncovered, and open year round, it’s pretty special.
JON: You have lots of great shows during the summer time.
JACK: Yeah, it’s really amazing it can be 85 degrees and people are out there ice skating in their shorts and t shirts, but a real special occasion in the summer is when we have our ice shows, we have been having them for 74 years now and the greatest olympic and world champions have been here skating.
10:21-10:54 JON: You get a real sense of community here too, everybody knows each other and likes each other, it’s a really friendly place to be.
JACK: It is, it’s very friendly I think it’s one of the reason people keep coming back, and one of the reason why we all live here.
JON: There is something that I read about which is ride the beast. What is ride the beast?
JACK: Ride the beast is where one lucky guest can ride the grooming machine with the groomers.
JON: You know Jack, I always get to have all the fun on the show, so I think it’s time I share some of the wealth with one of our camera guys, think that is a good plan?
JACK: I think that’s great.
JON: I know Josh probably doesn’t want to do it, so Mike…ride the beast.
11:00-11:54 JIM: My name is Jim Wehan, and I have been grooming here for 31 seasons. On my left hand here there are 2 sticks, and that is my steering, there is one for each track, and everything else is on this joy stick on the right hand. Well, you start with a blade and you cut the snow first, and then that all goes underneath you and you till in the holes, cut the high spots, and the tracks chew it up a little bit in the process, then you get to the tiller back here and it chews up the snow and turns it into the fine powder, and in the back you have the comb and thats what makes the corduroy pattern, I like riding these snow cats I just think they are impressive machines, one of my favorite parts I think are the sunsets I get to see.
12:00- 12:14 JON: As Mike ends his day on the beast, I end mine chilling out in the heated pool at the Sun Valley Lodge. This resort is incredible. In fact, I challenge you to find any year round resort that has more going on than the Sun Valley Resort. For more information, go to sunvalley.com
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12:18-12:22 JON: Coming up, a nordic festival, a tour of beautiful downtown Ketchum, and we jump off a mountain.
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12:28-12:52 JON: There is a reason Sun Valley has sun in it’s title, the Wood River Valley is known for its dry sunny summers, and it’s mild sunny winters. Temps in the summer average about 77 degrees fahrenheit, and in the winter, about 33 degrees fahrenheit, with up to 200 inches of snowfall every year. The best part about the weather here in Sun Valley, they average up to 250 days of sunshine every year, so no matter what the season, it’s always a good time to visit Sun Valley.
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13:03-13:55 JON: And now for something completely different, we decided to jump off of Mt Baldy today.
CHUCK: We’ve got just about ideal conditions right now, we’re top of the limelight, winds coming in out of the north, and so what we are going to do I’m going to get your harness on you. We are going to lay the glider out right here where we are standing, when pulleying up into the wind you’ll feel quite a bit of pull.
JON: How about landing?
CHUCK: Landings easy. You know, it’s just like coming of…
JON: Oh forget it, we don’t need to even talk about landing, let’s just go. Let’s just do this thing.
CHUCK: Yeah, we’ll talk about it when we are up there! Sort of like stepping off a high speed chair lift, we’re going to come in and land real soft. And straight down the ski lift we go.
JON: Woo hoo, awesome!
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14:44-15:57 JON: On your next trip to Sun Valley, it’s highly recommended to pop into the Sun Valley visitors center. This is a really unique spot.
GREG: Yeah, it’s a pretty interesting structure.
JON: I’ve never been in one like this.
GREG: It’s an old bank that we tore apart this last fall, we wanted to create a place where all visitors and locals alike could come together, we are co tenants with the coffee shop here it’s sort of the place you start your adventure when you come to Sun Valley. What we have is really the ability on an ipad to control these screens to show people what they want to do, how to get out into the surrounding area, whether its art galleries, or for a hike, or white water river rafting in the summer, all year round there is a little something for everybody.
JON: Can we talk you into showing us around?
GREG: Oh yeah, let me take you guys around town, maybe take you to the ice skating rink, take you to some galleries, show you some local shopping, give you a flavor of Ketchum and Sun Valley.
JON: Sounds good, let’s go get some fresh air. Is this your dog?
GREG: That’s Buck.
JON: Hey Buck. Let’s take Buck on the walk. So what’s this place?
GREG: This is the Galleria, a great place to go shopping, a collection of shops, and there is a bakery with an amazing latte’s and cappucino’s and baked goods right down here in the middle.
JON: Your dog is cracking me up dude.
GREG: Oh man, well you know, you can tell why dogs ended up being mans best friend.
16:07- 16:33 JON: This is way cool.
GREG: Yeah this is a great local amenity, it’s open all winter long and totally free, this is the Atkinsons park and this is our ice skating rink. This ice skating rink is just proof of how much the community cares about this town and all the fun stuff we have here to do.
JON: That’s awesome. For more information on Sun Valley and Ketchum, go to visitsunvalley.com
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16:40-18:40 JON: Sun Valley is a nordic skiers paradise, and our timing is perfect, we are in town for the third annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. This is a really happening thing for this town.
TRAVIS: Yeah, absolutely, we get a great crowd out here, we’re hoping to have 500 out here by later tonight which in a town our size is a pretty good sized group.
JON: Really great to see all the kids out here, we just saw the kids race, the seniors are coming up, this is a great sport to start as a young kid.
TRAVIS: It is, we have an incredible program here in the valley, we start kids off young, you know we’ve got kids racing on the world cup today, and we have six year olds racing on this course today.
JON: Why is it so big here, why in Sun Valley?
TRAVIS: There’s a lot of reasons, a lot of big personalities involved in the sport in this town, and then also we’ve got some of the best skiing in the world.
JON: The energy here today is awesome, I’m excited for the finals. What’s your prediction?
TRAVIS: I’m still going to pick our hometown guys. Colin Rogers and Nicole DeYoung, nobody is faster in the last 100 meters than Colin Rogers, so he’s gonna smoke them.
ANNOUNCER: And they are off, here we go. A big win for Colin, across the line backwards.
JON: I’m with the champions, Nicole and Colin. Now you guys had some extra pressure on you, I was talking to the MC beforehand and I said who do you think is going to win, you can tell us, and he said ‘I’m going for the local boys, both Colin and Nicole’ You guys did it man!
COLIN: Yeah, you know it went alright. Matt was pushing really hard, we were really tight together, he pushed the pace early and I just tried to hang onto him and conserve a little energy.
JON: Now you are not from here, you came from Alaska, and you’ve been here for five years, how do you like Sun Vally?
NICOLE: Correct. You know, it’s great, I have to say I really like the sun.
JON: It’s called Sun Valley for a reason!
NICOLE: Exactly, yeah.
JON: We had a great time watching you guys win this thing today, congradualtions, have a great time tonight.
18:48-18:54 JON: The race is over but the party is just beginning, live music, snowshoe dancing, and a lot more. This was a very cool event.
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19:01-19:05 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, a cool local hang out, Whiskey Jacques, for our local band segment.
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19:12-20:31 JON: For our local Sun Valley music segment, we’re at Whiskey Jacks in downtown Ketchum. Now, I’ve been here before and this place did not look like this last time I was here.
THATCHER: We had a catastrophic fire, burned to the ground, and our boss, bless her heart, decided to rebuild and built this beautiful new bar. We’ve got a full game room in the back, we’ve got 8 high def tv’s, this is one of our popular sandwiches, the grinder, served with onion rings. Our most popular items are our spicy bourbon chicken wings.
‘JON: I’m digging into these.
THATCHER: Excellent, good fried, finish them off on the grill, sweet tangy sauce, and of course, our world famous pizza.
JON: Right now we’ve got a bunch of people dining here, this is going to change here in a few minutes, right?
THATCHER: Yeah, we go from a family friendly pizza establishment to a rocking night club.
JON: Our band tonight, tell us about these guys
THATCHER: We have Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, they come from Boise Idaho. They are a mix of bluegrass and rockabilly. They have their own little pzazz they bring to the stage, they call it progressive psychobilly. It’s bluegrass with a little edgier edge, so they got a lot of stringed instruments, they have percussions, they got a lot of foot stomping too.
JON: Sounds fun.
THATCHER: It’s good old hootenanny with these guys.
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21:33-21:52 JON: Thanks for tuning into Next Stop, from Sun Valley, a world class, year round resort destination. Thanks to Jack and your friendly and knowledgeable staff for helping make our trip fantastic. Thanks also to our good friends and title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? make good memories everybody.
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