Sun Valley Idaho is a place of contradictions – it finds the perfect balance between being low-key and up-market. It has European influence mixed in with the cowboy Wild West. Roughing it in style is what attracts Hollywood royalty to hang out in Sun Valley.
Sun Valley certainly has plenty of experience when it comes to operating a ski resort. It has a long history including the invention of the first chairlift, and a pioneering role as the first modern ski resort in the US. Warren Miller also put this mountain on the map during his evolution from ski bum to ski film producer. His famous films seem to feature Sun Valley nearly every year.
Ski and Snowboard Terrain
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.
Where is Sun Valley?
The term “Sun Valley” has a variety of different meanings. Amongst skiers, “Sun Valley” refers to Bald Mountain, and some may include Dollar Mountain in this definition as well. Some think of “Sun Valley” as the town of Sun Valley, whilst for others the term “Sun Valley” means the region surrounding the city including Ketchum and Hailey. In case you’re confused, this is the important low-down. Sun Valley is in central Idaho, approximately 2.5 hours from Boise by road. Bald Mountain is 2.5 kilometres west of the Sun Valley village, and the town of Ketchum lies at the base of Bald Mountain.
Sun Valley Accommodation
There are lots of accommodation options in Ketchum, Hailey and the Sun Valley village, with a free bus system to transport skiers and boarders to the slopes.
Sun Valley Accommodations Listings
Get to Sun Valley to rip up the slopes. Move over Arnold Schwarzenegger!