sun yes, but snow is a dice roll

by: papi6022 - Dec 16, 2009

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: great lifts, no lines, great town

    Cons: limited snow, hard to get to

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009

Full review

Sun Valley is in a beautiful location, but after a dozen visits in as many years I've come to realize they have a snow problem - or lack thereof. They just don't get the big storms Colorado and Utah receive and the results can be disappointing for a western resort that's so hard to get to. To their credit the owners have installed a lot of state of the art snowmaking which helps, but it doesn't cover what many advanced skiers/boarders would like as the best terrain: the bowls and most advanced runs, and there's no off piste, hike to areas for the adventurous. This is not the place for powder seekers. It's a nice sized resort that otherwise will satisfy intermediates on the groomers that have snowmaking. The town of Ketchum/Sun Valley is delightful and really feels "western", with some fake stuff thrown in, but is much more interesting than purpose built resorts like Vail and Beaver Creek - but those places get more snow. Before you contemplate going here check the conditions, if it's good by all means visit Sun Valley, at least once, it's got a nice sense of history and you'll almost have it all to yourselves.