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15 Things You Must Do in Sun Valley This Winter

Sun Valley, ID is America’s ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN PLAYGROUND with near limitless opportunities. We've narrowed down the list down to highlight our top 15 things you must do in Sun Valley this winter. Whether you are up for a grand ...

Take a Wellness Weekend in Sun Valley

Wellness is the pursuit of a healthy life, nourishing both mind and body. Call us biased, but there’s no better place to restore a healthy outlook than Sun Valley. Between relaxing spas, ...

8 places to Catch Up on Work in Sun Valley, Idaho

In our hyper-connected world, it's hard to unplug. While we hope that getting away from it all is exactly what you do on your next trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, sometimes other responsibilities beckon. ...

The Top 10 Misconceptions About Sun Valley, ID

Misconceptions and wives tales about Sun Valley are as plentiful as the sunny days out here. Some of the stories are worth their weight in tabloid gold while others are just flat ...

Spring Break in Sun Valley, Idaho

We have a few reasons why you should pull the trigger and venture to Sun Valley, Idaho this Spring Break. 

Couples Weekend Getaway to Sun Valley

Let’s just say it like it is. We’re a couple of California kids. We wear flip-flops year round, drive with our sunroofs open most days, and warm walks on the beach are a nightly ritual for us - ...

Sun Valley: Home to Unassuming, Badass Lady Shredders

Sun Valley is full of badass women, who are ready and willing to introduce you to all sort forms of lady shred adventures from backcountry ski touring wine & cheese picnics to awe-inspiring ...

Three, One-of-a-Kind Winter Dining Experiences

When it comes to dining in the mountain oasis of Sun Valley, Idaho, good food isn’t hard to find. Outside of the stunning mountains, small town charm, and seemingly endless outdoor activities, Sun ...

Dine Around Sun Valley

Bobby and Alli here from Traveling Newlyweds, letting you in on a little secret. We may talk about how we came to Sun Valley to ski… but we really came to eat. The food in this little ...

Ice Ice Baby: Ice Skating & Hockey in Sun Valley, Idaho

When you think of winter activities Northern Rockies, skiing predominantly dominates the scene. While downhill and cross-country skiing pursuits take center stage, the ice skating and ...

Ditch the Car for Your Sun Valley Visit

If your ideal vacation includes sitting in traffic or getting lost trying to drive around a new town, then Sun Valley may not be the right place for you. You see, we don’t like to waste a lot of ...

Your Guide to Snowmobiling in the Sun Valley, Idaho Area

Need for speed? Craving the sights of jagged snow-capped peaks? Enjoy the smell of two-stroke cold-smoke? Sun Valley sledders do too. With the enormous and vast swath of backcountry terrain ...

A Dozen Family Fun Activities for the Winter

It’s school vacation time and you’re lucky enough to be in—or at least a short, scenic drive away from—Sun Valley.  So what do you next? Pretty much whatever you want. This is America’s...

Skiing & Snowboarding Sun Valley On a Budget

Believe it or not, many of the mountain lifestyle luxuries can be experienced while on a budget. This guide dishes out the inside tips of how to keep costs down while capitalizing on skiing ...

The Fab 5: Winter Family Activities in Sun Valley

The best Fab 5 you’ll ever find is right here in America’s Original Destination Mountain town, Sun Valley. That’s especially so if you’ve got an active family and like to do really cool and ...

Your Guide to the Holidays in Sun Valley, Idaho

Imagine yourself enjoying a savory cup of hot cocoa under the stars after an evening of night skiing on Dollar. Or strolling the snow covered streets of Ketchum & Sun Valley admiring the festive ...

Sun Valley's Backcountry: A Short Guide to Long Runs

Sun Valley is a gateway to endless, powder-filled backcountry terrain with awe-inspiring views. Accessible by helicopters, hut systems, snowmobiles, and by human powered means, enthusiasts will revel ...

Kid-Friendly, Adult Approved Winter Activities in Sun Valley

Winter can be a challenging time of year when it comes to entertaining the kids. Sun Valley, Idaho rolls out the red carpet when it comes to delivering kid friendly, adult approved winter activites ...

Off-Mountain Winter Family Fun

While Bald Mountain may be the hub of activity during the winter in Sun Valley, there are still lots of entertaining options to be found off the mountain, too.When your family needs a break from the ...

Experience the Magic of Galena Lodge

I envy all those who get to experience the magic of Galena Lodge for the first time. Located 23 miles north of Ketchum, Galena Lodge is the last remains of a once thriving mining town. The miners have...

The Dark Skies of Sun Valley, ID

The Sun Valley, Idaho area is blessed with small town vibes and a big heart, endless outdoor activities for every season, and some of the best Dark Skies in the entire world. In fact, the skies are so...

How to Plan the Perfect Sun Valley Wedding

Sun Valley, with its rustic elegance and tangible charm, is an idyllic setting for a wedding celebration. From a luxurious ceremony for 500 to an intimate dinner affair for 20, Sun Valley has the ...

Après 101: An Insider's Guide to The "What Comes After Skiing" Culture

Après is hands down every ski town's favorite French word.  In Sun Valley it is taken quite seriously and the options to properly revel in the glory of a day in the mountains can be an ...

Mountain Collective Road Trip

 Ahh, the coveted Mountain Collective Pass, your golden ticket to skiing some of the best resorts in the world, two days at a time for one mighty reasonable rate. The perks associated ...

10 Ski Experiences You Can Only Have in Sun Valley

From tailgating in the same parkign lot that Warren Miller used to hang to sharing the half-pipe with a gold medalist there are a variety of unique experiences that Sun Valley offers. Check out our ...

Art in the Sky

Imagine casually carving turns down Baldy when all of a sudden you spot the moon streaking across the sky. No, you're not hallucinating from the lack of oxygen but rather catching a ...

9 Off Mountain Winter Activities to do in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley is a mecca for the alpine skier or snowboarder: epic vertical decent, uncrowded trails and brilliant blue skies. But don’t be tricked into thinking the mountain is the only place to spend...

How to Get to Sun Valley, Idaho

Non-stop flights to Sun Valley, Idaho from 7 major cities! Yes, you read correctly, Sun Valley does have an airport and it is served via United, Delta, and Alaska Airlines. While getting to ...

How to Beat Cabin Fever in Sun Valley

When the weather is too cold to recreate outdoors and not yet snowy enough to ski, cabin fever can challenge Sun Valley residents and visitors alike. Beat the shoulder-season blues with this holistic ...

Idaho Ski Resorts Listed by Vertical Drop and Snowfall

Idaho Ski Resorts  Ski season is almost here, and Idaho is the place to be if you love cutting through fresh snow on a pair of skis or a snowboard. The state is home to 18 ski resorts, each with ...

Host a Meeting or Event in Sun Valley

Looking to have a meeting or event in Sun Valley? Your guests will thank you. With excellent meeting venues both indoors and out, and a town filled with great food, fun activities, and the beauty of ...

S.A.A. - Spring Activity Anxiety

An intertwined combination of spring & winter can lead to a potentially chaotic outbreak of Spring Activity Anxiety. Symptoms most commonly associated with S.A.A. include: severe ...

Destination Sun Valley: A Mountain Collective Experience

With the recent addition of Sun Valley to the Mountain Collective pass, skiers and snowboarders across North America have been pulling the trigger and venturing out to explore a place they've...

5 Reasons why Sun Valley is Nordic Skiing Nirvana

The toughest thing about writing this post is to keep the list to five! One trip here is all it will take for you to understand our dilemma. In no particular order, here are our top 5 Reasons why Sun ...

The Ultimate Guide to Snowshoeing in Sun Valley, Idaho

Your ultimate guide to snowshoeing in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. From renting snowshoes and wear to the best snowshoe trails to take we cover everything you'll need to know for snowshoeing in the ...

El Niño Winter Stoke

El Niño or as Chris Farley referred to in simpler terms as, "The Niño", brought about a mixed bag of early season predictions from meteorologists far and wide. Skiers and boarders ...

A Winter of #SeekSunValley in 80 Instagram Photos From Our Fans

Sometime around December 1, we started asking our fans and followers what it was that they sought. Adrenaline, adventure, camaraderie, serenity, pristine beauty, family: the things that make a life ...

Cornucopia of Awesomeness- March Madness in Sun Valley

March in Sun Valley is the best. The short, cold days of winter slowly fade away as the sun climbs higher in the sky.  The daily routine slows down dramatically with the timing of snow ...

20 Things You Didn't Know About Sun Valley

A smattering of things you might not have know about Sun Valley, Idaho. 

12 Characters You'll Meet on the Slopes of Sun Valley

This group represents the majority of people you’ll meet in Sun Valley. They come from all walks of life, each with their own story of how they ended up here and what they do in order to stay. ...

Hot Laps in the Cold Smoke

Earning turns the old fashioned way, one slogging skin track at a time, is how the original skiers to Sun Valley carved their way across the landscape, but today there exists a magic carpet ride ...

Its the End of the Season As We Know It: Sawtooth National Gelande Quaffing Championships

Gelandesprung (v): German for a downhill ski jump in the style of Oympic nordic jumping, yet with fixed heels. Quaff (v): to drink rapidly with much vigor The legend of the Gelande Quaff was born back...

Rites of Spring - Stalking Steelhead

Idaho is a landlocked state but what few realize is that it's connected via one of the longest river systems in the US to the Pacific Ocean.  For millennia, a certain species of traveler, the ...

The Best Day of Hockey. Ever. The Idaho Pond Hockey Classic

It may just be the single most indelible moment in all of Ketchum, Idaho's sports history,” it was said of Team USA's improbable silver shovel run at the 2014 Idaho Pond Hockey Classic . “One that...

The Rodeo on Snow - Baldy Banked Slalom 2014

As snowboarders we live for days like Saturday that remind each and every one of us where the soul of snowboarding lives and where it always has.  It was the third running of the Baldy Banked ...

Sawtooth Mountain Guides: Punch Your Ticket to the Winter Goods

Regardless of old man winter’s fickle temperament and unpredictable generosity, you can always count on the good folks at Sawtooth Mountain Guides to sniff out the stashes and pave the skin track to...

Sun Valley Drops the Rope, Turkeys Take Wings as Opening Weekend Goes Off

In keeping with the time honored tradition of mixing up turkeys and stem christies with a side of gratuitous method grabs, Sun Valley dropped the ropes on both Baldy and Dollar once again ...

A Look at Sun Valley Progression - Through the Lens of Tal Roberts

Sun Valley had long been off the radar of the freeski and snowboard movement, the youth and creativity that once defined the original zip code to hang your ski bum shingle had all but evaporated. ...

Rain or Shine Closing Weekend Will Always Go Off

If there are two truths to be said about Sun Valley over the years, one is never trust what the weather man tells you. The second: if you give any local a reason to dress up, they most definitely ...

Orage Masters, This Really Did Happen In Sun Valley

The Orage Masters mascot for 2013. Surreal entry to a surreal event. photo: G Randolph They call it the anti-comp.  "They" being more specifically the French Canadians and their ...

Profile - Olympic Halfpipe Coach and Local Shred - Ben Verge

If you don't know the coach for the US Olympic Halfpipe Rookie Team, Ben Verge, it's really no surprise. He for the most part has lived a skiing career in Idaho off the beaten path or radar of anybody...

Film, Parties, Food, and Fun - Taking in The Sun Valley Film Festival

It's the budding of spring and you can feel Sun Valley kickstarting back to life, switching gears, and you can almost hear the creative juices flowing.  It's not just the longer days and warmer ...

The Pioneers of the Air - A Day With Fly Sun Valley

One way to get a spectacular view of Sun Valley and the surrounding mountains is to hike or ride the lifts to the top of Baldy. But an even better way, as we found out, is to run off the top of the ...

The Future Strikes Back. Again! Sun Valley's Kinder Cup Ski Race

Since most people still kicking today in Sun Valley can recall, the Kindercup has played a vital role in the ski and snowboard community.  Each March every little grom who has been ripping around...

Crossing it up at Galena Lodge - Where Good Skiing meets Good Food

Twenty-three miles north of Sun Valley, tucked at the base of Galena Summit and nestled beneath the Boulder Mountains, sits a snow seeker’s manna. Constructed during the 1960s using vestiges of ...

Williams Peak Yurt

While the Sun Valley Resort is well-known for its immaculately groomed runs and glitzy Hollywood skiing history, a lesser-known aspect of the area is the limitless access to backcountry skiing in the ...

Dudes in Dresses and Flying Porta Potties... Groover'ing it at the Sawtooth Winterfest

Waking up to several inches of new and long-awaited powder is pretty exciting. But despite the fresh snow in Sun Valley on Saturday, we headed north to enjoy the Annual Stanley-Sawtooth ...

Winter, Waders & The Renaissance Women of Sun Valley

In the town that Hemingway made famous for his purely manly pursuits, some of it has apparently worn off on those that appreciate his connection to nature but don't necessarily need to smell like the ...

Put on the Skis and Saddle up! Ski what? Ski Joring!

We live in ski towns… but long before any town in this area ever saw a two planker, they were undoubtedly cowboy towns. Mining, sheep herding, farming and ranching ruled, and it wasn’t until the ...

A Day in the Life: The Sun Valley Nordic Festival

Photos: Ray Gadd If there was a word to describe Sun Valley, it would have to be a compound word.  Something like skiuntilipartymysoxoff might be a start. Most people think of the area in ...

Sun Valley's Lifestyle Coach, Ambassador of Stoke

It was 1998.  He awoke to his beard on fire, his mangy head of hair smelling like a dog had been roasting in the oven.  Running for the door he was greeted by an oppressive Appalachian mist ...

Living the Dream

The saying, "my life is your vacation" gets thrown around a lot in ski towns far & wide. Many of us here in the Sun Valley area take that saying to heart on a daily basis. Whether ...

Banks, Chili, Snowboards -The Money Shot - Sun Valley's own Banked Slalom

Most great stories start out with "it was a cold day" which is precisely where this one begins.  "It was so cold that...." typically comes next, but while it was cold enough to freeze the roots ...

The Sun Valley Safety Meeting

The most electric mornings in a ski town are those which are pronounced by the percussive thumps followed with rattling windows of snow control bombs being set off on the mountain above.  ...

5 Free in 5B... in Awesome Vintage Gear

Dear Young Folk of Sun Valley, Can’t afford a daily lift ticket (or has the corporate pass already been snagged)? Feeling confused about what to do on a beautiful Saturday? Even if hitting the ...

Avalanche Country. Predicting a Natural Predator's Behavior

Sun Valley is in the heart of avalanche country and as more of us venture into the unknown beyond the area boundary, the more important knowing the conditions becomes.  The Sawtooth National ...

Bowling For Sun Valley, Santa, and Ski Garages

Photos: Josh Wells, Mark Oliver, Tal Roberts, Tim Carter The text came in late at night, intel from reliable sources that the Sun Valley Ski Patrol would be dropping the ropes on the Mayday ...

48" in 72 Hours- Pineapples and Powder Strike Sun Valley.

We all sat transfixed at our computers, televisions, iPhones or other preferred winter weather feed with jaws agape for three long days last week. Productivity was down. Stoke was conservatively ...

Sights and Sounds of the Mountain Wakening

The mountain comes to life around here with a thousand hands lifting and pulling. With the largest automated snowmaking system on the planet and one of the most insane grooming operations in the ...

First Turns on Baldy

"My job is better than your vacation" says the sticker.  "At either end of the socioeconomic spectrum lies a liesure class," says a good friend.  It's true either way and in Sun Valley you ...

Dreams of Yurts and Heli-Drops

Sun Valley offers something pretty unique. It’s one of the very few resorts where you can ski the resort and heli-ski all in the same day. Sun Valley Heli-Ski is right in Sun Valley Resort's ...

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