Sun Valley Skating Part I

by Mary on September 14, 2014

Natalia Zeitseva and Jonathan Hunt at Sun Valley

Jonathon Hunt and Natalia Zeitseva at Sun Valley

What could be better than skating outdoors in the summer sunshine surrounded by a great old lodge and beautiful mountains? That’s Sun Valley. My husband and I were there for the ice show, the setting, and for me to skate and him to do yoga. One of my favorite memories is Jonathon Hunt teaching an adult Coffee Club group lesson in dark sunglasses. He led us through warmups used by the Ice Theatre of New York, lunges, swizzles and turns with big, balletic arm movements, to music that could have come from my favorite Pandora station. At our break I texted my husband, “I am in heaven.”

The photo is Jonathon and his pairs partner Natalia Zeitseva during the Sun Valley Ice Show on August 23rd. There’s also a video of their program from that night. I love their music, which is from the movie The Artist, and I could see skating to it. I often pick music with a similarly wistful quality.

Headlining the show that night were reigning Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.  Got a lotta photos of them to share, so….. their Scheherezade long program that they took to Sochi:

meryl and charlie scheherezade


meryl and charlie scheherezade (2)

meryl and charlie scheherezade (1)

And their exhibition program:

meryl and charlie (2)

meryl and charlie (3)

meryl and charlie (4)


meryl and charlie (6)

meryl and charlie (7)

More on the Sun Valley Ice Show and Adult Skating Week at Sun Valley in Part II (soon).

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purelytwins September 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Beautiful pics! looks like a great show!!


mary September 16, 2014 at 1:55 am



Marcia September 15, 2014 at 2:36 am

What a great show. I’d be in heaven too!
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mary September 16, 2014 at 1:57 am

I’ll bet you would! Put it on your list!


Eva September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

So jealous!! Did you get to meet any of the skaters?
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mary September 16, 2014 at 1:58 am

They did all hang around afterward to meet folks, I didn’t participate in that except to say hi to my own coach, it didn’t feel right at that moment. But I did get to meet some of the skaters later in the Coffee Club sessions and at the seminars for the adults.


Alejeather September 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm

That *does* sound like heaven! Sounds like I need to add Sun Valley to my bucket list!

I so want to see Meryl and Charlie perform before they fully retire… I’m worried I’m running out of opportunities. How exciting that you got to see them!


mary September 16, 2014 at 2:02 am

Definitely add it to your bucket list! Does Stars on Ice come to your city? I hope they will still be in it next year. I’ve been lucky in seeing them several times. I got to see them at the Detroit Skating Club ice show and at a meet and greet afterward a few years ago, that was really special.


Jo August 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos with us! These really capture how beautiful these skaters are.
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