Activity Options



Social guests can choose a maximum of 4 activities from the choices below (spa option counted as 1 of the 4 activities):

Savory Cooking: Friday and Saturday, 11:30am – Dollar Mountain Lodge (Limited to 25 people): Not your grandma’s spaghetti! Come experience a demonstration where you will learn how to prepare gnocchi with peas with wild mushrooms, fresh basil and tomato, pecorino. All without having to travel to Italy. You will get a sample of the food and will receive a recipe to prepare the dish at home.

Sweet Cooking: Friday and Saturday, 2:00pm – Dollar Mountain Lodge (Limited to 25 people): Add a little excitement and flame to your desserts. This demonstration will showcase the classic bananas foster flambé, with homemade vanilla ice cream. You will get a sample of the food and will receive a recipe to prepare the dish at home. It is sure to impress at your next dinner party!

Oktoberfest: An Exploration of History and Beer Styles Thursday, 3:00pm – Limelight Terrace: Fall means cooler weather, falling leaves and, in the beer realm, Oktoberfest.  Celebrated since 1810, Oktoberfest has become a time for the release and enjoyment of many fall beer styles.  In this comparative tasting we will explore five key Octoberfest-styled beers, explore the history of Oktoberfest, and delve into what makes each style unique. This session will have you shouting, “Prost!” for the rest of the season!

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Napa vs. The WorldFriday, 3:00pm – Limelight Terrace: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best-known grape varietals in the world.  Combine that with the famous region of Napa, California and you will find a true New World classic.  Akin to the Judgement of Paris in 1976, where Napa Cabernet Sauvignon reigned supreme, you will have the opportunity to compare 5 distinct Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world.  In this blind tasting you will be tasked to find which is YOUR favorite and see if you can identify the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in the line-up.  Fun and interactive, this session will empower you to be the ultimate judge! 

Warfield Distillery Tour & Tasting – Saturday, 1:30pm – Warfield Distillery (Limited to 50 people): An opportunity for a tour and tasting from Ketchum’s premier distillery. Learn about their brewing and distilling process and get a close look at the production facility. Warfield’s exceptional organic spirits derive their character from quality ingredients, patient distillation, and unspoiled Rocky Mountain Water. With Warfield’s beers, the goal with every brew is balance and drinkability, and their selection is an ever-evolving range. Meet at 1:30 pm at the Bus Loop between the Lodge and Inn.

Hiking – Friday and Saturday, 9:30-11:30am (Limited to 20 people): Hikes will be led by Senator Michelle Stennett, and former Representative Wendy Jaquet. These two long-time local ladies will give you a great tour of the area while enjoying Sun Valley’s beautiful landscape. Friday’s hike will be easy, and Saturday’s will be moderate. Water and light snacks will be provided.

Horseback Riding – Friday & Saturday, 9-10am and 2-3pm (Limited to 10 people:   Experience Sun Valley the way the original residents did….on horseback. This is a guided 1-hour ride over Dollar Mountain. Meet at the Sun Valley Stables twenty minutes prior to the start time. Wear comfortable clothing. You do not need to wear western boots or attire but long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your sunscreen! These rides have limited space.

Hemingway Tour – Friday 1:30 PM:  Join former Representative Wendy Jaquet on a walking tour. The presence of author Ernest Hemingway can be felt all through the Sun Valley area. It was a favorite destination and the final resting place of Hemingway. During his time here, he was a regular at many of Ketchum’s dining and drinking institutions, penned novels and short stories in its hotels, and enjoyed visiting many places that are still in existence today. Meet outside the Limelight A in the Sun Valley Inn at 1:00 pm. Some carpooling will be needed.

Gentle Flow Yoga - Friday 9-10 AM (Limited to 30 people): Focus on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Therapeutic in nature, you will learn techniques to help gain flexibility, strength and balance while immersing yourself in a relaxing class that moves at a perfectly slower pace allowing ample time to enjoy each pose. All levels are welcome, and mats will be provided.

Sacred Sound Meditation - Saturday 9-10 AM (Limited to 30 people): Sacred Sound Meditation is a practice using a combination of restorative postures, seated or lying down and listening to a crystal sound bowl. While focusing on the breath or a mantra, the meditation takes the listener to a higher consciousness state. This practice has been known to reset the nervous system, help ease stress, and create a deep healing space for the body and mind. The practice is an hour, no  experience with meditation necessary. Mats will be provided.

Bike Rentals – Thursday through Saturday 9 AM-4 PM: Rent a bike from Pete’s Lane in the Village for 4 hours to explore the beauty of Sun Valley on your own. Take a ride into Ketchum to see the various storefronts, or adventure into the hills for some scenic wonder. Choice between a cruiser perfect for the bike path, or a front suspension mountain bike capable of handling the trails. Bike helmets also will be provided by Pete’s Lane. Must have voucher with you to redeem the 4-hour rental.

Gondola Ride – Thursday through Saturday 9 AM-4 PM: Whether you are on the slopes or not, one of the best things to do in Sun Valley is a gondola ride up to the top of Bald Mountain. The ride offers stunning views of the entire valley. As you ascend you get a breathtaking birds-eye view of the Sun Valley region. At the top you are treated to panoramic mountain views. Last gondola ride down is at 4:30 pm daily. Sign up and ticket needed in advance.


The Spa at Sun Valley - Thursday through Saturday: Social guests can choose one of the following packages or create your own of equal value by talking to The Spa at Sun Valley. Please call them directly by August 15th to schedule your appointments. Reservations can be made by calling 208-622-2160, ext. 2160 or email Package options: Warm Springs (25-min scrub or wrap, and 50-min massage); River Run (manicure & pedicure, and 25-min facial or 25-min massage); Trail Creek (50-min massage or 50-min facial, and 50-min nail service).




Men and women have the opportunity to play golf together on two spectacular courses managed by Sun Valley, the Trail Creek Golf Course and Elkhorn Golf Course. Golfers will have the opportunity to play in either team scramble format or team best ball and individual stroke play format.

The team scramble format will have two flights, gross and net. Winners will be determined by a two-day (Friday and Saturday) team total. 

The team best ball format will have one flight, gross and net. Winners will be determined by a two-day (Friday and Saturday) team total. Additionally, those playing the team best ball format will be eligible for the individual stroke play tournament. Winners will be named in both the gross and net contests in 2021. There will also be day prizes at each course for men and women long drive and men and women closest to the pin.   

If you have an established handicap please enter it in the box titles “known handicap” when you register online. Handicaps will be verified prior to the tournament. If you do not have a handicap, please enter your estimated usual average score for 18 holes in the box titled “usual score”. A golf professional will assign a handicap for each player who enters a usual score. To manage the net component of the tournament, we need to calculate a team handicap for each team playing in the net format.

The tournament rounds begin on Friday morning and continue through Saturday and will be played on both the Trail Creek Golf Course and Elkhorn Golf Course. Pairings and course assignments will be available at registration. We do not accommodate requests to play a certain course on a certain day. If you are playing both days in the tournament, you will have the opportunity to play both courses. A boxed lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday.

 Important Event Info

In an effort to dedicate more to our scholarship fund we will not be offering practice rounds this year. You may schedule a practice round at your own cost on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at either course for $165 per round.

Tournament play will be on the Trail Creek Golf Course and Elkhorn Golf Course. Golf clubs are available to rent at your own cost through both courses.

  Elkhorn Golf Course


 Trail Creek Golf Course




Although this is a competitive shooting event, the rules that govern trap, skeet or sporting clays shooting events will not be strictly followed. The primary purpose is to have fun shooting with Governor’s Cup attendees and learn new shooting skills. However, the following are guidelines that will be followed during the event.

  -Safety is critical. Carry your break action gun in the open position and your automatic shotgun with the action open when not shooting. You must also follow the instruction of the Gun Club Manager, target pullers and scorekeepers at all times.

      -Shotgun malfunctions or shell misfires can occur while shooting. If this occurs keep your shotgun pointed toward the shooting field and alert the target puller or scorekeeper of the situation

Ammunition will be provided for this event and participants are encouraged to use it. However, if a participant chooses to provide their own ammunition, it must conform to the limitations posted or mandated at the Sun Valley Gun Club. The Governor’s Cup will not reimburse those who choose to use their own ammunition.

You are encouraged to bring your own shotgun as there are a limited number of “loaner shotguns” available. Also, as the shooting programs have different events, you are encouraged to bring your extra choke tubes if you have a shotgun that has interchangeable chokes.

In the event of a tie score for an award, there will be shoot offs.



In the event of a tie score for an award, there will be shoot offs. This is an exciting, two-day program with a local fishing guide. If you do not have an Idaho fishing license, it will be taken care of for you by the guide shop. You will receive personal instruction, gear, flies and a boxed lunch. These guided trips take place on several area streams including Silver Creek and the Big Wood River. Anglers of all experience levels enjoy this event. For beginners it is an excellent way to learn the art of fly fishing. For the intermediate and expert angler it is an opportunity to improve your skills in a beautiful part of Idaho.

Important Event Info

Participants will be guided by Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum. Transportation and lunch will be provided. 

Fly fishing participants will be sent additional information to fill out that will help best pair your level of experience with your specific guide.