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Related Regions: Idaho, United States, North America

Overview

In 1935, Count Felix Schaffgotsch was commissioned by Union Pacific Railroad to begin a search for the perfect North American ski destination. After months of exploring the western United States the count found Ketchum Valley and was overwhelmed by the area’s terrain features and charm. After just seven months of construction, Sun Valley opened to the public for the winter of 1936.

Sun Valley Resort is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is a ski destination that every skier should have on their bucket list.

 

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Elevation

  • 9150ft
    Summit
  • 3400ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 5750ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 9
  • 0
  • 3
  • 2
  • 3
  • 18
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    36%

  • Intermediate Runs

    42%

  • Advanced Runs

    20%

  • Expert Runs

    2%

  • Runs

    100

  • Terrain Parks

    7

  • Longest Run

    3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    2054 ac

  • Snow Making

    645 ac

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Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner's dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes.

Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

 

 

Sun Valley Resort has been welcoming skiing enthusiasts since the winter of 1936 when the lifts started turning. The resort was the first ski area in the world to install chairlifts. Developed in Omaha, Nebraska at Union Pacific’s headquarters, the Original Proctor Mountain Ski Lift is based on a banana loading conveyor used for loading the fruit onto ships.

To enjoy the total Sun Valley experience, one must stay at the famed Sun Valley Lodge. This is where filmmaker Warren Miller slept in his trailer in the parking lot, stole oyster crackers from the kitchen, and began his amazing film-making career.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/22/201804/14/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    149
  • Projected Days Open
    137
  • Years Open
    82
  • Average Snowfall
    220"

Best Sun Valley Hotels

4
Elkhorn Rd Sun Valley, 83354
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
1382 Old Dollar Rd. Sun Valley, 83353
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
661 Wildflower Sun Valley, 83353
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Sun Valley Reviews

Tom
8th March 20185
excellent ski terrain (Picabo Street can't be wrong). The town has great restaurants and a friendly, relaxed, and cool feel. Should definitely...Full review
perice.houle
6th March 20185
This has to be one of the best mountains to really advance your skiing skill. As a local I will warn you...Full review
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