Celebrating 65 years of value to the community at the Art Richards mountain, the Rotarun Ski Area continues to serve as a great place for the young, and young at heart to discover a lifetime’s enjoyment of snow sports in the Wood River Valley.
The Rotarun Ski Area is located out Croy Canyon, west of Hailey, Idaho. Shortly after the Second World War, the “hill” began to be used by people walking up and skiing down. Ann Janet Winn—1948 Winter Olympics-Switzerland participant—began teaching local children the skill of skiing. She started at the small hill at the Hailey Elementary School and later took students to locations west of Hailey to teach lessons. Then, in 1948 a group of local residents constructed a tractor-and-pulley rope tow out of used farm equipment, and the local Hailey ski area was born.
Wesley DeKlotz, known to most of us as Wes, of Hailey, Idaho, passed from this world on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Rotarun is just one of the many places that Wes had a huge impact on the Wood River Valley. As a Rotarun board member and LASAR ski coach and a lover of the outdoors, Wes wanted to make sure that the rest of the community had the opportunity to develop a love for skiing as he had.
In memory of Wes, the DeKlotz family is asking people to make a donation to Rotarun in lieu of flowers.