Sun Valley

Ski Resort in Idaho, United States

Introduction

Sun Valley is a ski resort in Blaine County in central Idaho, in the western United States. The elevation of Sun Valley (at the Lodge) is 5,920 feet (1,805 m) above sea level. The area is served by Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, approximately 15 miles (25 km) south.

Walking into the Sun Valley Lodge and gazing at the photographs of dignitaries and starlets who have graced the resort, it's hard not to feel like you're in a black and white movie. Harkening back to the golden age of the sport, it is the birthplace of the modern ski resort. Sprinkle some balmy weather, absence of crowds, plus a mountain that claims the most consistent pitch in the U.S. and you have a dream for intermediate skiiers. Step into Sun Valley, America's oldest purpose-built ski resort, and you can feel the echoes of an era when Hollywood stars, writers, socialites, and European nobility were lured here to ski and play. On December 23, 1936, the Sun Valley Lodge opened for its first winter season, complete with the world's first chairlift.

The village of Sun Valley is located a short shuttle ride from Bald Mountain and is home to the Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Inn and the Sun Valley Opera House. At the base of the mountain, the town of Ketchum provides a wonderful Old West counterbalance to the grandeur of the hotels in the village of Sun Valley itself.

Among skiers, the term "Sun Valley" refers to the alpine ski area, which consists of Bald Mountain, the main ski mountain adjacent to Ketchum, and Dollar Mountain, adjacent to Sun Valley, for novice and lower intermediate skiers. Bald Mountain, or "Baldy," has a summit of 9,150 feet (2,790 m) and a vertical drop of 3,400 feet (1,035 m). With its abundance of constant-pitch terrain, at varying degrees of difficulty, coupled with its substantial vertical drop and absence of wind, Baldy has often been referred to as one of the better ski mountains in the world.


Sun Valley info card

Resort Altitude5750m
Highest Lift9150m
Longest Run5km
Total Lifts18
Gondolas/Cable cars1
Chairlifts14
Drag Lifts3
Snow Parks1


Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The resort has become one of America’s most popular ski destinations, with thousands of people making the journey every year. There are plenty of excellent facilities available on-site and tourists can look forward to some delicious food and drink throughout the many bars and restaurants.

Perhaps the most unique selling point of Sun Valley is its great balance of beginner and expert courses, making it a wonderful destination for skiers and snowboarders regardless of their ability.

There are two distinct ski mountains. Bald Mountain, or “Baldy” as some like to call it, has mixed terrain and is considered the main ski area of Sun Valley. It has a modern lift infrastructure with 19 chairlifts, 7 of which are quads, and a well designed trail system. The vertical is 1,036 metres, so there are plenty of great wide cruisers that seem endless. There are also plenty of runs to entertain advanced skiers, including some backcountry powderhound territory on the back face of the mountain that has an easy traverse back to lifts.

The other skiing and snowboarding area is Dollar Mountain, a treeless beginners’ area that also has a tubing park.

BALD MOUNTAIN

Bald Mountain can be accessed at River Run on the south and Warm Springs on the north. During the winter, finely appointed day lodges, a total of 13 lifts, the Roundhouse Gondola and 65 varied runs await on either side of the mountain. Bald Mountain´s seemingly endless runs stretch 2,054 acres to the edges of the Sawtooth National Forest and slide another 3,400 vertical feet, top to bottom. During the summer, the world famous mountain is open to sightseers and adventurers, whether you want a relaxing day among the wildflowers, or a challenging journey through the rugged beauty of Idaho´s wilderness. Baldy, as it is affectionately called, offers nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails. Feel free to tackle the trails yourself, or take along one of our expert guides to point out all the little things that make the Bald Mountain experience so unique. River Run The River Run area of Bald Mountain is full of slopes covering all ranges of abilities. The most difficult runs, Olympic and Exhibition, are countered by an easier Olympic Ridge and Olympic Lane. From the top, intermediate skiers can choose Cutoff or Blue Grouse to Mid River Run to get back to the River Run Lift. From there it is a nine-minute lift ride back to the top. Advanced skiers can tackle the Rock Garden, Exhibition or Upper Holiday runs for moguls galore. Seattle Ridge Seattle Ridge Lodge overlooks all runs designated as slow skiing areas with the exception of the difficult Firetrail. Seattle Ridge runs are well groomed and served by the Seattle Ridge chairlift, a five minute ride from the bottom of the ridge back to the top. The Bowls The Bowls along the top of Bald Mountain range in difficulty from easiest (Broadway Face) to most difficult (Little Easter Bowl). Intermediate skiers can begin at the left of the mountain and move to the right as they feel more comfortable. The Bowls are easily served by the Mayday chairlift, a seven minute ride back to the top. Warm Springs Warm Springs, named for the warm bubbling water at the base of the lift, is a great area of the mountain for the intermediate skier who needs a little more time to move on to the advanced stage. Filled with more difficult runs, Warm Springs glows in the afternoon sunshine. The top of the area is home to Warm Springs Face and most difficult runs International and Limelight. Halfway down, skiers can decide which of the more difficult runs they want to venture on ranging from Brick´s Island to Cozy. Half Pipe The ski and snowboard half-pipe is located on the skier´s left side of Lower Warm Springs, below Race Arena. The u-shaped terrain features are about 425 feet in length, 40 feet wide, with walls about 18 feet high.

DOLLAR MOUNTAIN

Dollar Mountain, "the finest teaching mountain in the world," caters to the needs of beginners with 10 runs and 628 feet of supportive, nurturing vertical rise. Its day lodge houses a cafeteria-style restaurant and the world-famous Sun Valley Ski and Snowboarding School. Over 200 experienced instructors are available to hone your alpine, snowboarding or racing skills. Expert or novice, the options for quality skiing are nearly limitless to all Sun Valley guests. On Dollar Mountain, the "never-evers" are welcomed by this friendly, warm and sun-bathed mountain. Treeless terrain and instructors specializing in making the first steps on skis or snowboards a breeze, combine to assure the beginner of a fun experience.  New this season for Baldy will be exciting, themed adventure trails and 30 acres of glade skiing.  On Dollar, Sun Valley´s Terrain Park will be expanded to include 20 new rails and a halfpipe.


Snow conditions in Sun Valley

The season in Sun Valley runs from December to April and snow coverage is excellent, while the valley’s amazing sunshine adds to the great atmosphere.


Skiing in Sun Valley

There is more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2000 acres of terrain across both mountains. As well as this, there are 30 acres of glade ski and boarding terrain for skiers to enjoy and a terrain park with 76 rails and an enormous superpipe.

Perhaps the most famous runs at Sun Valley are the Red Tail Hawk trails. These cover wooded areas and provide a great challenge for intermediates looking to take their next step in skiing.


Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Sun Valley

Sun Valley is packed with amazing bars and restaurants, including the amazing Evergreen Bistro and the Pioneer Saloon, both of which provide excellent food and drink with brilliant views.

For a lively night, Grumpy’s is a great option and offers some great drinks at low prices, while the Cellar Pub is another popular place for visitors looking for somewhere to let their hair down after a day on the slopes.

Transportation - Get In


By air

The nearest airport is Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, served by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines. It is reachable from the gateway cities of Boise (ID), Seattle(WA), Los Angeles (CA), Oakland (CA) and Salt Lake City (UT). These cities are served by most major airlines and are met by Sun Valley’s two connecting carriers. Horizon Air now offers daily direct, non-stop flights between Sun Valley and Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle.


By bus or shuttle

Sun Valley Stages offer charter service to Sun Valley from Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls.

Sun Valley Express offers daily bus service to the resort from the Boise, Idaho airport.


By car

Sun Valley is located adjacent to the town of Ketchum on Idaho State Route 75, about two hours north of Twin Falls.

Transportation - Get Around

  • Mountain Rides,  +1 208-788-RIDE (7433)Operates a free, year round transportation busing system with fixed route service in and around the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum. Newly Expanded service to Hailey and Bellevue costs around $2 round trip.
  • Walk and bikeSun Valley is a walking village. Vehicles park next to the Sun Valley Lodge.

Everything in Ketchum is accessible by walking as well. There is a walking/bike path between the two cities, about 1 mile. Bicycle rentals abound.

Ski Area

The ski resort is split between two mountains: Bald Mountain (known as “Baldy” to the locals) and Dollar Moutain. Most of the 65 trails on Baldy are generously wide and slanted towards intermediate skiers. It’s consistently rated as one of the best ski mountains in the U.S. because of its steep and near-perfect gradient from peak to base — a vertical drop of 3,400 feet (1,036 m) to the edges of the Sawtooth National Forest.

Bald Mountain Skiing

Bald Mountain, located just over a mile from Sun Valley village, offers 2,054 acres (831 ha) of skiable terrain serviced by 19 modern lifts. Unlike many resorts whose vertical drop numbers seem fudged or are not skiable in a single run, Sun Valley's vertical drop is both legitimate and continuous. 11 of Baldy's 14 lifts rise over 1,000' and one, the Challenger Express Quad, has the highest vertical rise of any chairlift in North America.

In addition to being blessed with tremendous vertical, Baldy is renowed for the consistency of its pitch. It is perhaps the most perfectly-suited mountain for skiing in North America. There are almost no flats spots on any of the mountain's several faces, each of which is served by the resort's highly efficient lift network. The main drainages River Run Base, Warm Springs Base, Seattle Ridge, The Bowls, and Frenchman's. River Run and Warm Springs base areas, both along the river but separated by a high ridgeline, are the resort's two base areas.

River Run Base

On the bottom left of the trail map, River Run is Sun Valley's "main" base area. Located on the outskirts of Ketchum, River Run base is home to Sun Valley's Roundhouse Gondola, which whisks skiers up almost 2,000' in less than 8 minutes. From the Roundhouse, skiers can choose to either head up another 1,353' via the Christmas Express Quad to the summit or ski down one of the main advanced or intermedate pitches which run out into the green River Run beginner trail.

Warm Springs Base

Warm Springs, on the bottom right of the trail map, is home to one of North America's most impressive lifts. The Challenger Express Quad rises a staggering 3,142' in only 10 minutes.  Warm Springs Face and Limelight are almost always groomed and provide fast and carveable runs that allow skiers to rack up staggering vertical drop figures. It's not an exaggeration in the slightest to say that skiers can ski 50,000 vertical feet before lunch.

Seattle Ridge

Off to the lookler's left side of Baldy is a pod of terrain known as Seattle Ridge. A day lodge provides a convenient place for an on mountain lunch. Seattle Ridge's main skiing draw is its four beginner trails spread over 1,300'. Be forewarned, these four runs are steep enough to be black diamonds at many resorts. Mercifully for beginner skiers, however, snow conditions are almost always perfect and the snow is carveable despite the pitch.

The Bowls

Sun Valley's famous bowls are found on the bald spot of Bald Mountain. Sparsely treed and generally high intermediate in character, the bowls soak in Sun Valley's legendary sunshine and provide a totally different experience to the more densely treed lower slopes. When it snows, the bowls are a powderhound's dream because of their consistent fall-line. When it has not snowed recently, Sun Valley lets the bowls bump up and they provide a far sterner - and more exhausting -  test for expert skiers.  They comparable favorably in both pitch and length to the back bowls at Vail, but with a much more spectacular view.

Frenchman's

Sun Valley's newest pod of terrain, Frenchman's sits in the area between Warm Springs and River Run. Serviced by its own express quad, the trails in the Frenchman's area offer 1,500' of uninterrupted vertical.


Dollar Mountain Skiing

Much nearer, and just a short walk from Sun Valley Lodge, is Dollar Mountain, a treeless, sunny and beginner-friendly mountain. It is only 6,638 feet (2,023 m) high with 10 trails and 628 feet (191 m) of gentle vertical slopes. Its day lodge-Dollar Cabin-houses a cafeteria-style restaurant and a ski school. On the other side of this mountain, Elkhorn Face offers slightly more challenging novice trails spreading out from a steeper-pitched bowl.

One downside to Sun Valley is the distance between the two mountains. The fact that they are not interlinked means that if you're in a mixed-ability ski group it will be tough trying to meet up and ski together. But if you're happy to stick to your slopes then you will find calm, sunny skiing protected from north winds by the Sawtooth Range, so you get plenty of sunshine without the biting chills. Snow records in the region are okay-the average is 220 inches (500 cm) per season. That is not as much as most other Rocky Mountain resorts, but any shortfall in snow is augmented by a computer-controlled snowmaking system covering 78% of the resort's groomable acreage.


Sun Valley Beginner Skiing

Sun Valley's beginner skiing is concentrated on Dollar Mountain, but there are also great green trails on Bald Mountain, particularly Seattle Ridge. Sun Valley's expertly groomed beginner slopes and abundant sunshine make it a great place to learn to ski. Many novices start on less-intimidating Dollar Mountain before moving over to the big slopes of Bald Mountain.

Dollar Mountain Beginner Skiing

Dollar Mountain is totally treeless and great for novices and beginners, with plenty of practice slopes (as well as Sun Valley Ski School), and the New Bowl providing a good straight trail. Dollar Mountain's 637' of vertical drop makes it a perfect size for learning and improving skiers. It is far less imposing than Badly, whose steep pitches can be seen from Dollar Mountain.

Many beginners tend to cluster around the Dollar Express Quad near Carol's Day Lodge at the base of the hill. However, a second base area which services the Elkhorn real estate development provides an opportunity for beginners to explore a second pod of terrain.

Bald Mountain Beginner Skiing

The base of River Run on Baldy is groomed for those beginners wishing to move on. But be warned, what Sun Valley designate as easiest trails (36 percent of them) are actually pretty challenging and would be classified as blue or black slopes at other resorts.

Unfortunately, one noticeable drawback to Sun Valley is that if beginners head to Dollar and intermediates and abvoe head to Baldy, the two groups can't ski together.

The main pod of beginner terrain can be found at Seattle Ridge. The four beginner runs on Seattle Ridge maintain a sustained pitch from top to bottom that some beginners can find tiring.

Beginners who have become comfortable at Dollar Mountain should begin their progression with Upper College. This long green run affords stunning views across the valley to the Sawtooth Mountains beyond and is one of the easier beginner trails on Baldy.

Putting aside the fantastic vistas on Upper and Lower College, the most interesting beginner trail on the mountain from purely a terrain standpoint is Olympic Lane. To access Olympic Lane, take the Roundhouse Gondola up and ski the Roundhouse Slope down to the entrance to the trail. Beginners will enjoy winding through the woods on a trail that has enjoyable turns, dips and rolls.


Sun Valley Intermediate Skiing

The majority of Sun Valley's intermediate ski slopes are expertly groomed each night, but confident intermediates also enjoy the resort's famous bowls. 42 percent of the trails at Sun Valley are marked blue (“more difficult”). Sun Valley's world-class grooming makes this large network of intermediate runs one of the best in North America.

From Lookout Restaurant at Sun Valley's intermediate skiers can choose Cutoff or Blue Grouse to Mid River Run to get back to the River Run Lift. From there it is a nine-minute lift ride back to the top. Easier trails are Olympic Ridge and Olympic Lane, and from Seattle Ridge Lodge you can try all the well-groomed trails designated as slow skiing (the exception being the difficult Fire Trail). Catch the Seattle Ridge chairlift, a five-minute ride from the bottom of the ridge back to the top. Here you'll also find Gretchen's Gold-named after local girl Gretchen Fraser who captured America's first Olympic alpine ski medals (a gold for slalom and a silver for the combined in the 1948 St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games).

Perhaps the most ideal spot for intermediates is Warm Springs, named for the warm bubbling water at the base of the lift. This area is well-suited for intermediates who are happy being intermediates. The slopes enjoy get great afternoon sunshine. The top of the area is home to Warm Springs Face, and most difficult trails International and Limelight. Halfway down, you can decide which of the more difficult trails you want, but Hemingway is a good route.

The Bowls along the top of Bald Mountain tend to be difficult, but intermediate skiers can begin at the left of the mountain and move to the right as they feel more comfortable-try Broadway Face to start with. The Bowls are easily served by the Mayday chairlift, a seven-minute ride back to the top.

A handful of intermediate trails are available on Dollar Mountain as well, but intermediates will quickly tire of the limited offering. Besides, with Bald Mountain - one of America's best intermediate playgrounds - just across the valley, anything more than a few hours on Dollar Mountain will seem like a chore.


Sun Valley Expert Skiing

Sun Valley's expert skiing appeals mainly to skiers who enjoy Bald Mountain's moguls and high speed groomers. There are no double black diamonds but Sun Valley offers more than enough black diamond trails to please expert skiers. Moreover, with Sun Valley's 3,400'+ vertical drop, even its groomed advanced slopes are true leg burners.

Sun Valley's advanced and expert terrain may not appeal to everyone. The resort grooms much of its black diamond terrain nightly. Experts who will be the happiest at Sun Valley are those that enjoy high speed laps on very steep groomed runs or those that enjoy skiing the resort's many mogul fields.

Current and former racers love Sun Valley for just the former reason. There is no where in the United States that can match the variety of Sun Valley's long, steep groomers. In particular, the Limelight off the speedy Challenger Express Quad is a favorite for those looking to rack up huge vertical.

No trip to Sun Valley would be complete without a visit to its legendary bowls. Although Sun Valley's open snowfield will not induce panic attacks amongst veteran advanced skiers, they are both long and interesting. Advanced intermediates and improving advanced skiers will likely not struggle to ski any of the bowls when conditions are favorable. However, when there has not been a recent snowfall, the bowl become bumped up and much more challenging. Mogul skiers will very much enjoy all of these runs as they offer great long vistas across the valley. All of the bowls empty into a handful of drainages where the runs become more constricted by trees before finally relenting some 1,600' later at the Mayday triple.

Closer to the base, the moguls on Exhibition on the River Run side are tough as is Olympic. Also on River Run advanced skiers can tackle the Rock Garden or Upper Holiday trails for even more bumped up fun.

One trail we particularly enjoyed with the often-overlooked Fire Trail on Seattle Ridge. Because Seattle Ridge is almost exclusively beginner terrain, many experts miss this narrow little trail. Only two to three turns wide its entire length, it is worth skiing early on a powder day.

Heliskiing at Sun Valley

Out of bounds is not patrolled, but for adrenaline seekers heliskiing is available in the surrounding mountains, usually north of Ketchum. A great way to enjoy the pockets of good powder snow in the backcountry is by signing up for a day of heliskiing with Sun Valley Heli-Ski. Sun Valley Heli-ski is permitted to drop expert and advanced skiers and boarders in over 750 square miles (1,200 sq km) of terrain.

Ski lifts & pass

Sun Valley has one of North America's most modern and efficient lift systems. The two mountains combined have a total of 19 lifts—seven high-speed quads (including one rising 3,144 vertical feet/958 m in 10 minutes), one gondola, four triples, five doubles, three surface lifts—together a capacity of 26,780 skiers per hour.

On one of Sun Valley's rare frigid days, many skiers prefer the River Run base area because it is serviced by the Roundhouse gondola. The 8-passenger gondola provides a warm ride and unloads in a location that allows easy access to any of the resort's faces. The Warm Springs Base is popular with skiers looking to log vertical as the Challenger Express Quad rises 3,144' in only 10 minutes.

Dollar's lift capacity is about 5,000 skiers, while Baldy's is 21,780.  Lifts are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The season runs from Thanksgiving Day through to early April. Thanks to its more remote location, Sun Valley has virtually no lift lines. One notable exception is that there can sometimes be a wait getting out of the Warm Springs or River Run areas immediately when the lifts open. However, Sun Valley's lift lines are neglible when compared to almost any other western resort.


Challenger Season Pass

Price: $2450

Unlimited skiing/boarding on Bald and Dollar Mountains for the 2017 - 2018 Winter season

Receive 50% off single day window-rate lift tickets at all Mountain Collective™ resort (unlimited, passholder only).

QTY: 2 (two) — 50% off family & friends discount winter lift tickets for the 2017-2018 winter season - no blackout dates.

Unlimited skiing/riding at Snowbasin Resort in Utah - no blackout dates.

Discounted hotel rates at Grand America and Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (on a space available basis).

50% off summer single ride daily lift ride passes - unlimited OR 50% of Summer Lift Ride Season Pass for summer 2017.

* Pass Prices include state & local option taxes


Young Adult
Challenger Season Pass

Price: $1450

Valid for ages 29 & Under

Unlimited skiing/boarding on Bald and Dollar Mountains for the 2017 - 2018 Winter season.

Receive 50% off single day window-rate lift tickets at all Mountain Collective™ resort (unlimited, passholder only).

QTY: 2 (two) — 50% off family & friends discount winter lift tickets for the 2017-2018 winter season - no blackout dates.

Unlimited skiing/riding at Snowbasin Resort in Utah - no blackout dates.

Discounted hotel rates at Grand America and Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (on a space available basis).

50% off summer single ride daily lift ride passes - unlimited OR 50% of Summer Lift Ride Season Pass for summer 2017.

* Pass Prices include state & local option taxes.


Freedom Found Pass

Price: $1500

Unlimited skiing/riding Opening Day through December 15th, 2017 and March 19, 2018 through the end of season.

15 days of regular season skiing/riding on Bald and Dollar Mountain between 12/16/2017 and 3/18/2018.

No restrictions, blackout dates or per week limitations.

50% off full day window rate on any additional days with no black outs.

 

* Pass Prices include state & local option taxes.


15 Day Pass

Price: $1350

Up to 15 days of skiing/riding on Bald and Dollar Mountain.

15 days with no restrictions, blackout dates or per week limitations.

50% off full day window rate on any additional days with no black outs.

May only be combined with the Early/Late Pass and/or Dollar Season Pass.

* Pass Prices include state & local option taxes.

Activities & Things to do

Skiing & Riding

With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and boarders something special on not just one mountain, but two. Bald Mountain’s consistent pitch, lack of lift lines and variety of terrain have earned it a reputation as one of the world’s finest ski mountains. Thirteen chairlifts and 65 varied runs await skiers and boarders on both sides of Baldy. Adding to the Baldy adventure are themed Adventure Trails for kids, with 30 acres of glade ski and boarding terrain for all. Meanwhile, Dollar Mountain is the perfect place to get introduced to downhill sports and features two new high-speed quads, a full-featured terrain park with 76 rails and the Wundercarpet, an effortless uphill transporter.

Golf

18-hole Trail Creek championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., spans a sweeping 6,968 yards. The alpine links–style nine-hole White Clouds course offers 3,600 yards of play, with 360-degree views of the Wood River Valley. The Sun Valley Club is open to the public and includes a restaurant, bar, wraparound terraces, a pro shop, locker rooms, club storage and club rental, and overlooks a 25-acre practice facility and the 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course.

Nordic Skiing

Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Our trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.

Sleigh Rides

Embrace winter’s romance with one of our most popular activities: a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy hills. Sun Valley offers one hour tours that will pass by memorable spots like the Hemingway Memorial and Trail Creek Cabin. For a longer, more memorable night, take the sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for dinner with the family. Round-trip scenic rides are available Fridays and Saturdays  (additional offerings during peak season). Private bookings are also available.

Hiking & Running

One thing you’ll never run out of in Sun Valley is options. With nearly 400 miles of singletrack and 30 miles of paved, car-free trails ranging from fast and smooth to technical and challenging or just plain striking, we’ve got trails for whatever you’re seeking. Challenge yourself at events like the Dollar Mountain 10K Trail Run, the Backcountry Run and the Harriman Trail 10-Mile Run. Not sure where to start? Expert staff, a full selection of gear and good advice are all readily dispensed at Pete Lane’s Outdoor Adventure Center.

Biking

Summertime is trail time. Pedaling in Sun Valley means easy access to more than 30 miles of paved, car-free bike paths, plus hundreds of miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. A trip to world-famous Bald Mountain is as easy as a gondola ride; from the summit, you can stroll the meadows or challenge yourself to a full day on the trails. If you need gear to rent, Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports is ready to help, offering equipment, guided tours, rentals or just some local savvy.

Fitness & Swimimg

All Sun Valley lodging guests are extended free and unlimited use of three swimming pools, a jacuzzi and two fitness centers. The Sun Valley Lodge pool is glass enclosed and is heated year-round. A luxurious marble-appointed locker and shower room is adjacent to the pool where you can also order cocktails or enjoy lunch at the Poolside Café.

The Sun Valley Inn pool also is glass-enclosed, heated and is attached to the hotel for convenient access year-round.

Both pools are adjacent to well-appointed fitness centers.

Bowling

The Bowling Alley and Game Room in the Sun Valley Lodge is one of the Northwest’s oldest bowling alleys. Full of 1950s soul, it’s a favorite across generations. It’s open year-round and is now bigger, better and high tech. The newly renovated bowling alley sports six lanes that are now regulation length, more video games, plus a new bar and food service. A new party place awaits in the basement of the Lodge!.

$40 per hourMonday - Thursday, 3 pm - 10 pm
$40 per hourFriday, 3 pm - 4 pm
$40 per hourSaturday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm
$60 per hourFriday - Sunday, 4 pm - 10 pm
Prices include shoes. Up to 6 people per lane.

Ice Skating

On the ice, the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink has some of the best views in the valley. Come watch Olympic and world-class skaters — take a lesson, get an autograph or just watch them perform. One of the few year-round outdoor ice rinks in the country, ours is home to the celebrated Sun Valley ice shows. The indoor rink is full-size and is the summer home of the Sun Valley Figure Skating School and open hockey. In winter, the Sun Valley Suns call this rink home, with games every Friday and Saturday night.

Horseback Riding

Sun Valley’s legendary Western heritage is no better experienced than with a visit to the fabled Sun Valley Stables and Western Horseman’s Center.  Trail rides and wagon experiences are fun for the entire family, from the beginner to experienced rider.  Private and group events are available.

Sun Valley Stables also provides western horsemanship lessons and training programs for children and adults from beginner to intermediate-level riders.

Fishing

Idaho in general is a mecca for fly-fishing. Nearby walk and wade options include the Big Wood, Big Lost, Little Wood, Copper Basin, Silver Creek and the headwaters of the Salmon. You will find a variety of fishing guides in the area who offer Walk and Wade trips.

River Rafting

Idaho is the Whitewater State. A number of river rafting companies offer 1 to 5 day trips on the Salmon River of No Return just north of Sun Valley.


Events

  • Wagon DaysKetchumFirst week in SepWagon Days spans four days of Old West entertainment with street theater, dances, live music, food, antique shows, arts and craft fairs, and the highlight: the Big Hitch parade, the longest non-motorized parade in the Northwest. With more than a hundred museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. Featuring giant ore wagons pulled by a sixteen-draft mule team.
  • Sun Valley Writers Conference (Late August), +1 208 726-5454An annual meeting of discerning readers and writers who come together to consider ideas set forth in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, and filmmaking. While covering a great breadth of subjects, the conference is always anchored by important literary figures and frequently includes policy makers who have authored respected books.
  • Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Fair12-14 Aug 12.
  • Sun Valley Music FestivalIn August. Northern Rockies Folk Festival presents regional folk and western bands in Hailey city park. Free.
  • Sun Valley Wellness Festival (May). Provides education on health and wellness though programs and events. Past keynote speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Dr. Marasu Emoto, Mariel Hemingway, and Debby Ford.
  • Sun Valley Ketchum US Half Marathon (Half Marathon = 13.1 miles, 12K, 5K & Kids MaraFUN). Memorial Day WeekendExperience one of the most scenic and traffic-free courses imaginable. The US Half Marathon, Sun Valley Ketchum runs primarily along the Sun Valley and Wood River paved path and trail system.
  • Camp Fideaux.
  • Food & Wine Festival.
  • Center for the Arts Wine Auction.
  • Ketch’em Alive.

Sights & Landmarks

  • The Community Library415 Spruce Ave+1 208 726-3493VariesOne of the only privately owned and operated libraries in the country. Free Internet. 
  • Sun Valley Serenade (1941 film), 1 Sun Valley Rd.The film is shown several times a day at the Sun Valley Opera House. Scenes were shot at Sun Valley in March 1941. 
  • The Hemingway Memorial (dedicated in 1966) (Off Trail Creek Road, 1 mile from the Sun Valley Lodge).
  • The world's first chairliftsInstalled on Proctor and Dollar Mountains in the fall of 1936. The chairlift design was adapted from banana loading equipment used on banana boats in the tropics. The single-seat chairlifts were developed at the Union Pacific headquarters in Omaha in the summer of 1936. The chairlift went on to replace the primitive rope tow and other technologies used at ski areas at the time.
  • Ore Wagon Museum500 East Avenue; KetchumThe last remaining examples of the unique, massive ore wagons from the town's mining days. To see the wagons up close, get a key from city hall across the street. Free
  • Sun Valley Museum of History (Ketchum Ski & Heritage Museum), First Street & Washington Ave, Ketchum (in Forest Service Park),  +1 208 726-8118, e-mail: W–Sa 1PM–5PMLocated in historic 1933 buildings, the museum showcases exhibits that detail the region’s cultural heritage: from the first inhabitants, to miners and ranchers, to destination skiers, to artists and athletes. 
  • Trailing of the Sheep.
  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony,  +1 208 622-5607A free outdoor Symphony that features nationally known classical musicians. Concert in August at the brand new symphony pavilion at Sun Valley Resort. Free.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Sun Valley, and particularly downtown Ketchum, are renowned for excellent restaurants. An eclectic mix of upscale offerings and homey western fare is highlighted by the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn's world class restaurants.

The bars are said to "wail" by some boarders, but gourmands will not be disappointed. In Sun Valley Village, the Sun Valley Lodge dining room has elegant dining and the bar serves some of the finest wines around. The Ram, attached to the Sun Valley Inn is a casual venue with a pianist. Gretchen's, also in the Sun Valley Lodge, is quiet, family-oriented, and cozy for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner.

Restaurants to savor in Ketchum include Evergreen Bistro with gourmet dining; Chandler's likewise; Sushi on Second for Japanese; and Globus for Asian cuisine. The cheery Pioneer Saloon is famous for its steaks, prime rib, and mounted elk and moose on the walls, and is a very popular eatery and watering hole. There are about 20 other bars in the area for après-ski chilling out, including the Duchin Room in Sun Valley Lodge, where the older crowd dance to live music courtesy of the Joe Foss Trio who have been doing it for over 20 years. The younger crowd hang out in Ketchum at Apples, and at the Western-themed Whiskey Jacques as well as Grumpy's for beer and burgers.


Village Station

The Village Station will be a new family friendly restaurant in the space of the former Bald Mountain Pizza. Scheduled to open mid-December, the Village Station will feature specialty pizzas, pasta, fresh salads, burgers, flatbread sandwiches, and an extensive craft beer selection. Catering services will also be available.

With three large-screen televisions, full-service bar, and outdoor creek-side patio, the Village Station will have a relaxing, yet vibrant atmosphere for watching games or visiting with friends.


The Ram

The soft piano melodies played by Larry Harshbarger enhance the warmth of the Ram, located in the Sun Valley Inn. A modern steakhouse featuring a gourmet menu and stocked with locally sourced Idaho foods, the Ram serves up European and American cuisine in a comfortable bistro atmosphere. From salmon with lobster risotto to USDA Prime steak so tender you can cut it with a fork, the Ram puts time and love into its imaginative, alluring dishes.


Poolside Cafe

Enjoy summer fresh salads, sandwiches and flat breads, as well as a full range of cocktails and beverages Choose from light fare such as watermelon salad or spa caesar to heartier fare like the Lodge burger or wild shrimp tacos and flatbread pizzas. Located in the Sun Valley Lodge.


The Chocolate Foundry

No matter how sophisticated your sweet tooth is, the Sun Valley Chocolate Foundry has something to offer you. A knockout hit with kids thanks to clusters, fudge, Jelly Belly candies, licorice and frozen yogurt, grown-ups will love the chocolate shopping experience thanks to a global selection representing some of the world’s finest.


Elkhorn Clubhouse Grille

When summer hits, hit up the Elkhorn Clubhouse for lunch or early dinner, and recharge with a little Valley R&R. Dine inside for a touch of classic clubhouse ambience, or grab a table on the patio and breathe in the pristine Dollar Mountain view surrounded by the Elkhorn golf course. Either way, the seasonal, locally focused fare will treat you right with signature plates like legendary crab cakes, lamb sliders, and fresh, inventive twists on classic sandwiches and salads.


Trail Creek Cabin

Trail Creek Cabin is Sun Valley’s destination for romantic dining in a rustic, early-Western atmosphere. Originally built in 1937, this mountain-style log cabin-turned-restaurant sits right next to the rushing waters of Trail Creek, with a jaw-dropping view of Bald Mountain in the distance. Accessible by sleigh or car, Trail Creek Cabin is the perfect winter backdrop for Chef Adam Fisher’s seasonal menu which includes Hagerman Valley Idaho Ruby Trout, Buffalo Tenderloin and Trail Creek New York Strip.


The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse, Sun Valley's first on-mountain restaurant, is among the best alpine restaurants in North America. Sun Valley's founder, Averell Harriman was smart to enough to enlist the help of his friend Austrian Count Felix Schaffgotsch in selecting the location for the resort that would be come Sun Valley. Schaffgotsch had grown up skiing in Europe and was intimately familiar with the wonderful on-mountain huts that dotted the Alps. Built by hand just 3 year after the first chairlifts, the Roundhouse emulates the best of the European high alpine huts that Schaffgotsch grew up enjoying.

The entire restaurant oozes with old world charm. Although intentionally dark and small on the inside, the Roundhouse's octagonal shape allowed for large windows to be built that afford long views from 2,000' above the valley floor. The food is typical American alpine cuisine with a European flair and is served by a lederhosen -clad waitstaff.

Non-skiers can buy a one-trip gondola ticket which allows them to experience lunch at this most historic of American ski restaurants.


Warm Springs Lodge

Located at the base of the Warm Springs run on Baldy, Warm Springs Lodge is perfectly positioned right next to the Challenger lift, which takes you to the top of Baldy in just 10 minutes. Open for breakfast and lunch, it has a traditional Idaho potato bar and warm-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies that can be enjoyed on the sprawling, open sun deck or tucked inside when temps get low. If you feel like relaxing a little longer before heading back out on the hill, there’s live music regularly.


Konditorei

The Austrian-inspired Konditorei warms you by the fire with fresh-baked pastries, locally roasted, fair trade and organic coffees, and the kind of Old World hot cocoa that’s equal parts steamed milk and melted dark chocolate. And if you’re seeking something beyond continental café fare, Konditorei offers classic dishes to bring you to an alpine state of mind in the chalet-inspired dining room.


Sun Valley Club

The Sun Valley Club has all the trappings of an exclusive golf club, without any of the barriers: Everyone is welcome at the table. Among the most popular places in Sun Valley to eat, drink and relax, the wraparound terrace offers stunning views of Bald Mountain, Dollar Mountain and the 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course. Open year-round, the club serves as a luxurious Nordic and snowshoe center in the winter and a golf clubhouse in the summer.


River Run Day Lodge

Located at the Base of Bald Mountain,the River Run Base Lodge offers upscale ski food in a beatiful log-constructed structure on the river.

Shopping


Brass Ranch Village

Located in the heart of the Sun Valley Village, the Brass Ranch offers a great selection of unique resort sportswear. Specializing in on-trend and classic apparel and accessories for men and women, there is something to meet your every need.

Some of our featured summer designers : 7 for all Mankind, Bogner, Carolina Bucci, Frye, Lacoste, Majestic, Manas Shoes, Marc Jacobs, Moncler, Paige, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, Smashbox, Taylor & Tessier, Trina Turk, Vince, Waterman, Woolrich, Zadig & Voltaire


Brass Ranch River Run Plaza

Located in the River Run Plaza, just steps from the Gondola. The Brass Ranch River Run offers summer sportswear for men and women, as well as a wide selection of Sun Valley logo wear and gifts for the entire family.

There is also a great selection of skiwear on sale for men, women, and children from brands such as Arc'teryx, Bogner, Burton, JetSet, Kjus, Moncler, and Mountain Force.


Sun Valley Club Pro Shop

A proper golf pro shop is for more than just equipment and clothes shopping, and the Sun Valley Club Pro Shop knows that. We don’t just offer top-of-the-line equipment and apparel from brands like Nike, Peter Millar, TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, FootJoy, Lija and Fairway & Greene, but we also know the courses here. We love to talk and can be counted on for solid advice on the 18-hole Trail Creek course, the 9-hole White Clouds course and the year-round indoor Virtual Golf at the Sun Valley Club.


Panache

Just because it’s a small town doesn’t mean Sun Valley can’t do style shopping right. Panache is a modern women’s boutique, offering carefully curated apparel from a range of brands, including Brunello Cucinelli, Diane von Fürstenberg, Velvet, Juicy, Joie, TSE, Goldsign and more. We blend current urban trends with classic mountain ease.


Towne and Parke Fine Jewelry

A long-standing Sun Valley shopping tradition, Towne and Parke offers a full range of jewelry including diamond, precious and semiprecious stone jewelry, plus watches, charms, gifts and Waterford Crystal.


Pete Lane’s Bike Shop

Right in the heart of the Village, at Pete Lane’s Village Bike Shop you can rent cruiser-style pathway bikes and mountain bikes, or shop a range of road, mountain and city bikes from Norco, Kona, Turner Intense and Linus. If your own bike needs a little love, we offer while-you-wait tuning service, as well as a wide range of parts and accessories that’ll keep you rolling while you’re here.  Don’t forget to visit our Outdoor zone upstairs which has everything from long boards to stand up paddle boards, to trekking poles, to hiking accessories


River Run Custom Boot Fitting

Nothing sours a day on the slopes faster than sore, cold feet. Pros and experts agree: One of the easiest ways to improve your experience and performance on the hill is to make sure your boots fit properly.

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