SUN VALLEY RESORT GUIDE
Images courtesy of Sun Valley
Sun Valley Resort Overview
Bask in the sun, soak in stunning views and leave the crowds behind while skiing top-to-bottom burners at Sun Valley. You will dine well in Sun Valley's upscale mountain lodges and revel in the town of Ketchum, where the old west meets European luxury. Those are just a few of the reasons celebrities flock and many Olympic skiers call this place home. Sun Valley was America's first destination resort, built in 1936 by the Union Pacific Railroad. It was also the first resort to have chairlifts. It remains privately owned by the Holding Family (same as Snowbasin) and they continue to invest generously to make the resort plush and posh.
Bring your sunscreen, the aptly named resort averages sunshine 80% of the time. Annual snowfall of 220 inches lags that of most Western Resorts. Not to fear, you will still earn your turns at Bald Mountain with 3,000 vertical feet and an abundance of bumps and trees. A short ride away, Dollar mountain is dedicated to beginners and park junkies.
Only knocks, there is no ski-in, ski-out lodging and the resort is not the easiest to reach. Once there though, Sun Valley is easy to navigate and it is hard to match the relaxed vibe, while experiencing thrilling terrain and vibrant outdoor, art and après scenes. Sun Valley is an Epic Pass partner with 7 days on the Full pass and 2 days on the Local. Sun Valley will join the Ikon Pass and return to the Mountain Collective for the 2022-23 season.
Snow-Making & Grooming