A Club Rich in Skating History
One year after the Sun Valley Lodge opened for its first winter season in 1939, the Sun Valley Skating Club was formed as a probationary member of the United States Figure Skating Association. It is one of the oldest Skating Clubs in the United States.
From 1942 to 1946, the Sun Valley Resort served as a convalescent facility for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Club was inactive during those years and resumed operation in 1947.
The ice surface from 1937 to 1955 consisted of a small 120’ by 60’ outdoor rink. Beside this rink, the resort also maintained natural ice in the winter on the Sun Valley Lodge lawn. In 1955, a larger outdoor rink replaced the smaller one. This is the outdoor ice rink we skate on today.
On May 8, 1949, the Sun Valley Skating Club, which then had 47 members, received its permanent membership with the U.S. Figure Skating. At that time, the President of the Club was W.P. Rogers. Six years later the Sun Valley Skating Club was incorporated and renamed the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club.
Through the efforts of Sun Valley Lodge, Union Pacific and Sun Valley Skating Club, the Saturday night Ice Shows were created in 1937 and continue to be an ongoing tradition. Today, our youngest skaters appear in the Saturday night Sun Valley on Ice Shows in a group number, and our Club hosts a snack bar every Saturday night to raise funds for Club programs.
The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club held its first test sessions in 1956 and its first competition, created by Herman Maricich, in 1966. The Club now hosts two annual competitions, the Sun Valley Winter Games and the Sun Valley Summer Championships. The Sun Valley Summer Championships features Excel, Solo Dance, National Qualifying, Basic Skills, and Showcase events and is the largest competition held each year in the Pacific Northwest.