Sun Valley Ski Resort, which opened to the public in 1936, is America’s oldest ski resort and is considered the birthplace of destination skiing. Located in the Ketchum Valley, Idaho, Sun Valley Ski Resort boasts a 3,400 vertical foot drop and 2,154 acres of varied terrain on 80 trails. It has been rated as one of the top 3 resorts in the western U.S. overall, with excellent lodging, top-notch service, plenty of high-speed lifts, great snowmaking system, and superior grooming. Getting to Sun Valley Ski Resort is difficult and therefore it keeps the crowds away. But once you arrive, you’ll be glad you made the trek.
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Sun Valley Ski Resort features two mountains: Bald Mountain (also known as “Baldy”) and Dollar Mountain. Bald Mountain has 65 trails and is the more difficult of the two. It has a consistent pitch and variety of terrain including glade skiing, earning it a reputation as one of the world’s finest ski mountains. You’ll find top-to-bottom fall-line skiing at Sun Valley Ski Resort that will get those legs burning. Dollar Mountain is more of a beginner mountain featuring high-speed quads, a tubing hill, a full-featured terrain park with 76 rails and North America’s largest super pipe, and the “Wundercarpet”, an effortless uphill transporter.
Sun Valley Ski Resort is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. It has an adorable village with fine-dining excellent fine-dining restaurants and impeccable service. All of this makes Sun Valley Ski Resort a ski destination that every skier should have on their bucket list.
Sun Valley Ski Resort Notable Trails:
- Lefty’s - This ungroomed blue is a prime powder-day spot.
Sun Valley Ski Resort Tip:
- Checkout Ernest Hemingway’s gravesite in nearby Ketchum.
- If you are not up for skiing one day, Sun Valley Ski Resort allows you to swap part of a multiday lift ticket for an ice skating session or a massage.
- Check out the Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum for dinner.