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Snowstorm Doesn’t Deter Jazz Marchers
A long line of Second Line Parade participants turns the corner during a snowstorm at the 30th annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival.
Monday, October 21, 2019


The ducks swimming in the pond outside the Sun Valley Inn had to scram before Saturday’s early season snowstorm encased them in ice.

But the Second Line Parade at the 30th annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival went off anyway, with drummers banging on drums as they marched through the snow around Sun Valley Resort.

Nordic enthusiasts grabbed their skis and scooted them across fields as three to six inches of snow piled up. And an attendee at the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival built a snowman with eyes made out of flowers picked nearby at Sun Valley Resort.

The sun broke out about 2:30 p.m. revealing an enchanting wonderland.

Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center cancelled its Blazing Pumpkins fundraiser as the snow camouflaged the ranch’s riding paths south of Bellevue. And organizers quickly proposed an alternative—a Haunted Barn BBQ from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

The pumpkin viewing and s’mores will be free, said Molly Boomer, director of operations. A BBQ dinner and drinks will be available to raise money to pay for the ranch’s equine therapy, which is offered free to adults and children.

With the heated pavers at Sun Valley Resort not yet turned on, a mini snowplow pushed snow off walking paths in Sun Valley Village Saturday afternoon to allow easy traveling for those making their way between jazz venues.

“We’re just happy to have snow whenever we can get it,” said Sun Valley’s General Manager Tim Silva, who was taking a rare moment off work to enjoy a little jazz with his wife Leslie.

It’s not often you can embellish a snowman with flowers.

The snowstorm, though predicted, apparently caught road crews off guard, however. With no one plowing roads in Ketchum and Sun Valley, snow piled up quickly on Sun Valley Road and Ketchum streets, leaving big berms in the middle of streets dividing the two narrow paths that vehicles made.

But no one lost power, as some did from Shoshone to Twin Falls where some were in the dark and cold for 24 hours.

There were several slide-offs.

By 8 p.m. dropping temperatures had turned the snow parking lots and sidewalks into glazed and crunchy messes. And the mess remained to greet people Sunday morning, even on the highway south of Ketchum where a three-inch berm of snow stood in the middle of the highway.

Sepp and Sigi look ready to go skiing.

But people seemed to revel in the contrast of the snow against the fall colors. And, as afternoon wore on, dozens got out to walk dogs, walk themselves and take pictures.

Powder enthusiasts will have to wait a little longer for more snow—it’s expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s through next weekend.


While the ducks took cover, the buck outside the Sun Valley Inn seemed to wear his coat of snow with pride.




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