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Sun Vally is a great mountain. It’s never crowded, usually has good snow and the people are very nice. The town of Ketchum is wonderful and great restaurants. ... Full Review
Advanced skiers will love this place. Intermediate snowboarders (like us) will likely hate it. Coming downhill on greens almost always requires some amount of traversing a catwalk. The catwalks at Sun Valley are narrow, long and have high exposure, very unforgiving on snowboards. My wife and I love other west coast mountains (Whistler, Heavenly, Bachelor, etc) but absolutely hated Sun Valley. Two days was all survival skiing only, no fun. Unless you can catch a storm, the snow is hardpack (again easier for skiers than snowboarders). Overall, cannot recommend this resort for snowboarding. There is a reason that skiers are 10 to 1 snowboarders here. ... Full Review
Great place , deserves a few more lifts to increase capacity ... Full Review
I enjoyed my visit but not a real skier’s mountain. Disappointing terrain and powder only lasts a day after a storm because it gets too much sun (hints the name) and makes it hard snow. ... Full Review
Sun Valley is a world class resort! The mountain is awesome, but so is the town! All the people, locals and tourists, are super friendly and welcoming. Gorgeous scenery and the best lodges of any resort we have been. ... Full Review
I’ve skied all over the world and everything at Sun Valley and Ketchum is first class. Great “real” town (not fake ski village) with really good restaurants and lots going on. Skiing is excellent on Baldy but it’s not a beginners’ mountain. It’s a skiers mountain with a huge vertical drop and tough terrain that is perfect for level 6 or higher skiers. Snowmaking is prevalent to make up for the historical early season lack of snow (although this year the snow was great). Novices will better enjoy Dollar Mtn. but there isn’t much terrain diversity or vertical on Dollar. But for families there is a ton to do other than ski: tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and a free bus service that takes you anywhere around Ketchum and Sun Valley. Bottom line: our entire experience was simply first class.
Special note on the Sun Valley Ski School - It’s on the expensive side, but worth it. Really professional and friendly staff and an excellent program for kids. Our 8 and 10 year-olds LOVED their experience with Sun Valley Snow Sports at Dollar Mtn.
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Have always wanted to ski Sun Valley. I think I just came too early in their season. More snowmaking on open trails than I've ever experienced this far into the season in the Rockies. It looks like this place would be a blast to ski with good coverage, but this visit was subpar. ... Full Review
I live less than a minute from Pebble Creek Ski Area, but given the choice of lower rates, no travel and 90 min lift lines we spend our time at Sun Valley. Great terrain and we get more vertical ft in a day than you can get in a month standing in line at Pebble. Honor student rates make it affordable. I’ve skied all the Utah resorts- and most in Canada- I have never skied a better hill with better on the snow time. I LOVE skiing sun valley. The powder gets skied out quickly, so then you have to turn to lots of vertices feet on groomed runs- aw gee, what a sacrifice - NOT. Wish I was closer than 2 hours, but the drive is certainly worth it. ... Full Review
I love Sun Valley because of its history - you can feel it when your there. On a good year the groomers are the best on earth, and the back side is challenging but fun. The bad years are still ok, or they would be if it wasn’t so expensive for everything, or if the services were better. There is a lot of miscommunication among staff and management. And they use a LOT of dated systems from ticketing, to ski rentals. I feel bad for the staff because their sales clients and IT infrastructure seem particularly, uhm, marginal. ... Full Review
Still waiting for a powder day! Another poor snow season!... Full Review
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