Sun Valley is the US’s first destination ski resort, home to the world’s first chairlift and a second home for the rich and famous. A destination that deserves to be on the bucket list of every solitude seeker and adrenaline junkie. Free flowing cascading rivers, erupting with inviting natural hot springs, trail through miles of rugged mountains. Surround yourself with beauty as you soak up the mountain sun on the groomed wind-free slopes of Bald Mountain. Explore the gallery lined streets of Ketchum, an authentic Old West town at the base of Baldy, inspired by Ernest Hemingway in the late 1930’s. Step back in time into the history of this ski town at the historic and famous Sun Valley Lodge and stroll through the enchanting village of Sun Valley.
The first ski resort in the US, Sun Valley truly is a skier’s paradise. With two mountains, 2000 acres of terrain, 3400 vertical feet and the largest fleet of snow-making machines in the US, visitors can be sure of an exceptional winter wonderland experience. Baldy offers wind-free and crowdless slopes with 13 chairlifts and 65 varied runs. Themed Adventure Trails for the kids and 30 acres of glade ski and boarding terrain add to the adventure that awaits all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Dollar Mountain is ideal for families and kids with gentle treeless slopes and a warm welcoming day lodge to warm up with hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. A full featured terrain park with North America’s largest super pipe, a magic carpet and a tubing hills makes for hours of endless family fun. With over 200 km of Nordic trails, cross-country skiers can explore the valley through tree lined trails alongside scenic rivers of bubbling hot springs. On the doorstep of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area the winter outdoor activities are endless with backcountry skiing, helisking, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
Summer in the Sawtooths
Long days, sunshine, blue skies and warm weather makes summertime in Sun Valley pure paradise. Escape to the mountains for endless summer activities or simply to slip into the solitude of the wilderness. Winter trails open up for biking and hiking on rugged mountain trails or paved scenic paths. The iconic waters of Silver Creek draw visitors from far and wide for world-class fly-fishing. Tee off on one of the three golf courses nestled in the valley, surrounded by fantastic views of the mountains. Head north on the scenic byway over Galena Summit to the Sawtooth Wilderness Area with 200,000 acres of natural beauty. Fly-fish in the headwaters of the Salmon River or experience some of the best white-water rafting in the US. Pristine mountain lakes with sandy beaches surrounded by forests and wilderness invite you to play in the waters.
There is so much to do in Sun Valley, it’s often hard to choose. At the end of a day exploring the trails, lakes and rivers there is no better way to relax than at one of the weekly outdoor concerts in the park, or picnicking at a Sun Valley Summer Symphony Concert. Meet local artists at a weekly gallery walk, attend the Sun Valley Wine Auction or enjoy some bluegrass at the Northern Rockies Music Festival. An all-time favourite is the classic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy hills of Sun Valley for a cozy cabin dinner.
Sun Valley truly is a unique, one-of-a-kind vacation destination.