Backcountry & Heli-Skiing
As the birthplace of heli-skiing in the lower 48 states, Sun Valley has a long tradition of flying visitors to a powder paradise at top of the Rockies. With the fun meter pegged to 10, most of the skiing takes place in the 7,000 to 10,000 foot mountain ranges which encircle Sun Valley. Skiers are dished up a variety of terrain to suit everyone with decent skill, including mellow glades, 33-degree cirques, 40-degree chutes, and steady 2,000+ vertical-foot descents into vast bowls of flawless powder. Excessive high five and adrenaline alert!
Take thirty seconds from the top of Bald Mountain and as far as the eye can see lies limitless backcountry ski terrain. In one of the most remote mountain regions in the west, chances are you will never cross a track or see another human as you plod through the mountains earning your turns. The mountains around Sun Valley are dotted with a network of well-equipped huts and Mongolian-style yurts which offer warm, cozy shelter at the end of a day of backcountry touring. The huts and yurts are strategically placed at the doorstep to some of Idaho’s most spectacular powder stashes and inviting alpine terrain. Tour hut to hut or use any as a base to probe deeper into the surrounding mountains. Operated and maintained by local guiding companies, the huts and yurts are also available for rent by independent skiers and snowboarders.