Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

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Sun Valley Resort in Idaho and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sun Valley Resort has two mountains areas – Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Searching for the perfect location to build a winter resort, Count Felix Schaffgotsch, under the hire of Union Pacific Railroad chairman […]

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Sun Valley Resort in Idaho and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams.

Sun Valley Resort has two mountains areas – Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Searching for the perfect location to build a winter resort, Count Felix Schaffgotsch, under the hire of Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman came upon the Ketchum Valley. Seven months later, in 1936, Sun Valley Resort opened to the public.

Dollar Mountain hosts easier terrain so it is perfect for a day of leisurely skiing or for those trying the slopes for the first time. Dollar Mountain is also home to a Super Pipe and a Terrain Park, filled with Jibs to test your skill level. Bald Mountain provides terrain for all levels of skill, from beginner slopes, to a vast intermediate network of trails and finally advanced terrain, which includes several bowls for skiing or snowboarding.

Travel to Sun Valley Resort is easy; you can choose the smaller Sun Valley airport located only 14 miles (23 km) from Sun Valley which offers a convenient alternative to flying to the Boise airport which is approximately 155 miles (250 km) from Sun Valley Resort. Keep in mind that due to the location of the Sun Valley Airport, delays may be possible in which case you will be routed to Boise, and then a bus will meet you for transport to the Sun Valley Resort.

Over the years, many celebrities have visited Sun Valley. In 1941, the movie Sun Valley Serenade starring Sonja Henie and John Payne was filmed there. Haven’t had a chance to see it? Don’t worry it runs continuously on local TV. Also, Noted ski film producer Warren Miller while in his early twenties wintered in Sun Valley from 1946–49, first living in a trailer in the River Run parking lot.

While Sun Valley Resort does not technically offer Mountainside Lodging options, we feel that due to the “free” bus service that is offered from River Run Plaza or the Warm Springs area of Bald Mountain, Escape2ski has classified it as such in our Mountainside Lodging listing. Dollar Mountain also offers a “free” shuttle service to and from the Sun Valley Resort.

Sun Valley Resort is filled with history but also boasts a number of modern day amenities for everyone in the family. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy bowling in the Sun Valley Lodge a movie at the original theatre, skating on the outdoor ice rink or a sleigh ride to the Trail Creek Cabin. Sun Valley Resort also has a good selection of dining options, everything from family-friendly fare to more upscale cuisine.

In Escape2ski’s opinion, Sun Valley Resort will leave you with truly a wonderful experience from fun filled days on the slopes and evening activities for the entire family and of course the view from the summit of Bald Mountain on a clear day is nothing less than spectacular.

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
3400 ft / 1036 m

Base Elevation:
5750 ft / 1753 m

Summit Elevation:
9150 ft / 2789 m

Skiable Area:
2154 acres

Average Snowfall:
220 in / 559 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 121

Beginner: 44 (36%)

Intermediate: 51 (42%)

Advanced: 24 (20%)

Expert: 2 (2%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: Yes

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Sun Valley ID , 14mi / 23km

Nearest Major City:
Boise ID, 155mi / 250km

Nearest Town/City:
Sun Valley ID, 3mi / 5km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 23 to Apr 8

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 18

Gondolas: 1

Express Quad Chairs: 9

Triple Chairs: 3

Double Chairs: 2

Surface Lifts: 3

Lodging

Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Friedman Memorial Airport  (SUN)
Distance: 14 mi / 23 km
Ranking: Possible Weather Closures

Boise Airport  (BOI)
Distance: 151 mi / 243 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-786-8259

Direct Phone: 208-622-4111

Snow Phone: 1-800-635-4150

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Airport Transportation