Visit the Garden of Infinite Compassion at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and touch the prayer wheel that was blessed by the Dalai Lama.
Stroll Sun Valley’s numerous galleries on a gallery tour as you hobnob with private collectors, patrons and artists. Gallery walks occur one Friday almost monthly, which is where you will find the free Chardonnay and brie. Or grab a map and take your own tour.
Take a paragliding flight off of Baldy with Fly Sun Valley and see all the valley from the perspective of an eagle. Afraid of that much air under your wings? Take the gondola to Roundhouse for a glass of wine and fondue with the most spectacular view of the valley anywhere.
Lore Lusting. The pictures hanging in the hallways of Sun Valley Lodge tell a story of quintessential cool (Ernest Hemingway at his standup desk putting the finishing touches on For Whom the Bell Tolls, JFK and family laughing on skis under a mid-winter sun, Marilyn Monroe dancing the foxtrot to the Glenn Miller Orchestra.) Go get inspired by the stories and the lore, before visiting Hemingway’s watering hole(s) or grave and the Sun Valley Museum of History.
Burn it up and bump it up on Baldy until you can hardly feel your quads and the dogs start barking. Then make one final turn at the base of the mountain into River Run or Warm Springs Lodge for the best Bloody Mary ever concocted and then head into town and sip on a famous Wolf-a-rita at the Pioneer Saloon, still in your ski boots of course.
Hop in a helicopter and head out to get some of the lightest powder in the Rocky Mountains while Heli Skiing with Sun Valley Heliski Guides in the land where American heliskiing began. With the largest permit area in the US, covering three mountain ranges and over 750,000 skiable acres for all abilities, this the ultimate place to check this off your life list. Oh yeah, they can even pick you up on top of the resort, which really is a 007 way to fly. So get your Hot Laps and Cold Smoke on this winter.
Skate Under the Winter Sky. Drop into the outdoor Christina Potters Ice Rink for a family game of hockey, an impromptu figure skating contest, or giggle inducing round of sharks versus minnows. When ice freezes to create a two acre rink for outdoor play, it’s not sublimation, but it is sublime. (Pardon the geeky science joke..)And note that Sun Valley Resort’s Ice Rink is open year-round!
Go Out of Bounds. Experience the freedom of the hills in the Alps of America, with five distinct ranges emanating from within striking distance of the resort. Venture north to the Boulder, Smoky or Sawtooth Mountain Ranges and feel the pristine mountain air whistle through your hair as you drop into empty fields of untouched powder. Hire a guide from Sun Valley Trekking or Sawtooth Mountain Guides and let them show you the goods that will make you feel like you just stepped into the pages of Powder Magazine.
Catch Santa while he is in a Sun Valley state of mind. Whisper in the Big Guy’s ear, sip a hot chocolate or toddy and then catch the Nutcracker on Ice. The fireworks and torchlight parade down Dollar will put you in the festive spirit and engulf you in the holiday wonder which has made us famous as Saint Nick’s favorite stop every year.
This is not a comment on your inner hirsute tendencies, but a call to embrace your inner winter DNA and Mongolian yurt dwelling desires. Push off for Galena Lodge or one of Sun Valley Trekking or Sawtooth Mountain Guide’s backcountry or front country yurts with kids, crew, or long lost pals for a night or two reveling starlit nights with only the sound of the fire and laughter of tales filling the air. Consider a moonlit cross country ski or snowshoe followed up with a gourmet dinner in the cozy sanctum of Galena Lodge.
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