Nordic ski trails and amenities are open and ready for skating this season at Sun Valley Resort, with more than 40 kilometers of expertly groomed Nordic trails around a new 58,000-square foot Nordic lodge. The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) also offers more than 130km of groomed Nordic trails highlighted by the rustic Galena Lodge in the beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
The entire system begins with the BCRD Nordic trails and amenities north of Ketchum/Sun Valley.Visitors first can experience Galena Lodge, a rustic day lodge dating back to the 1880s and nestled in the Boulder Mountains just below Galena summit. Avid Nordic skiers and families alike (kids 12 and under ski free) will love the friendly atmosphere, yummy food, snowshoe and sledding opportunities, yurt lodging, and ski rentals.
Enjoy the trails around Galena Lodge or, just to the south, take a glide on the Harriman Trail while enjoying breathtaking views of the Boulder Mountains. Then escape into the many adjoining wilderness trails. Home of the world famous Boulder Mountain Ski Race, this entire trail system boasts more than 130km of trails managed by the BCRD in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
The system continues at the Sun Valley Resort. This winter, the plush new Sun Valley Club will become home to the Sun Valley Nordic Center. The spectacular 58,000-square-foot.facility promises to rival any in the West. Located just one mile east of the Sun Valley Resort, the Sun Valley Club will provide Nordic skiers of all abilities: luxurious amenities including a restaurant, lounges, bar, locker rooms, equipment rental, and ski storage. Cross-country skiers also have access to Sun Valley Resort's myriad recreational, dining, shopping opportunities, and village ambiance. Glide over meadows and through forests at an elevation of 6,000 feet. The Sun Valley Nordic, PSIA certified instructors provide a positive learning environment for students.
The entire system concludes at Quigley Canyon just 12 miles south of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and bordering Hailey, Idaho. Visitors and families can enjoy 13 kilometers of beautiful trails and active winter fun for families groomed by the BCRD only minutes away from the center of town.
With 300 days of annual sunshine and situated in the beautiful Wood River Valley, the Sun Valley area is the perfect backdrop for Nordic skiers and all types of winter fun of all levels and interests. With the partnership between Sun Valley Resort, the BCRD, and the U.S. Forest Service, Nordic enthusiasts will discover a diverse and extensive Nordic destination, all for a great value.
Sun Valley Resort is partnering with the BCRD to offer passes that enable visitors to access both the Sun Valley and BCRD trail systems. The first pass is a 2-day pass, good for one day of skiing in both systems and is priced at $28. The second pass is a 3-day pass, good for one day on the BCRD trail system and two days on the Sun Valley Nordic trails, and is priced at $40. Users also can access both trail systems during the year through a combined season pass priced at $420. All three of these combination passes can be purchased now by calling the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center at (208) 622-2250.
The Sun Valley Company also is offering special, extended Nordic packages beginning Jan. 4 through March 29, 2009. The one-night package includes lodging, ski rental, trail fee and one Nordic ski lesson. The package costs $132 per person double occupancy and can be booked for multiple days. A two-night package also is available and includes lodging, three days of Nordic skiing on both the Sun Valley and BCRD trails, three days of ski equipment rental, and one Nordic ski lesson.
Also available for booking multiple, this package is available for only $242 per person double occupancy. You can book either package by calling (800) 786-8259 or online. Call (208) 788-2117 for more detailed information about the BCRD Nordic Trail system or call Galena Lodge at (208) 726-4010 for more information on rentals, lessons, and dining.