Sun Valley, America’s Original Destination Ski Resort

Newsroom Resort Features Sun Valley, America’s Original Destination Ski Resort

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Sun Valley Resort, recognized by SKI Magazine readers as the num. 1 North American resort for 3 consecutive years, offers world-class amenities and lodging at the base of 3,400 vertical feet of sustained terrain. Now in its 87th year of operation, Sun Valley possesses a uniquely rich history that underlies its status as North America’s first destination ski resort. Sun Valley’s rich history is also reflected in the warm atmosphere of its village amenities. Whether returning from the mountains to the cozy comfort of the historic, newly-remodeled Sun Valley Inn or the classically contemporary rooms of the Sun Valley Lodge, guests are close to the slopes.  

A storied history at Sun Valley Resort

A stay in Sun Valley is an all-encompassing experience. It’s felt in the charming dining room of The Ram, Sun Valley’s original, European-styled restaurant, and in the breathtaking views surrounding every table at The Roundhouse, America’s original on-mountain dining experience. Experiencing Sun Valley is to walk the path of its storied legacy, which has ranged from Ernest Hemingway’s legendary writing retreats at the resort, to Marilyn Monroe’s residency while filming Bus Stop, to its legendary status as the birthplace of the modern chairlift. 

Person skiing down groomed ski run at Sun Valley
©Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley’s history is also tied to the notably challenging terrain of its iconic Bald Mountain—a favorite among devoted skiers and snowboarders. Yet Sun Valley is perfect for first-timers, too, particularly at Dollar Mountain, which features “terrain that teaches,” as Sun Valley Resort calls it.  Additionally, Sun Valley’s legendary SnowSports School connects first-timers with skilled instructors that offer individually tailored lessons. Instructors can also act as guides to the resort, giving all skiers and riders an insider’s perspective on the best ways to hit the slopes. Private Lessons with a SnowSports instructor accommodates groups of up to 5. The resort also offers an Alpine Au Pair program for children ages 3-5, engaging the younger members of your party in a fun and safe environment. 

A bright future ahead at Sun Valley Resort

While its fabled history is a foundational part of Sun Valley’s identity, Sun Valley is committed to innovation and planning for the future of the resort. With forward-thinking in mind, Sun Valley recently announced a multi-year revitalization project that will improve lift quality, efficiency, and sustainability, and provide multiple options for accessing the mountain from the Warm Springs base area. Also, with the future of the resort in mind, Sun Valley welcomes IKON pass holders and The Mountain Collective pass holders for the first time this season.  

Two skiers taking a break from skiing while looking at Sun Valley Resort views
©Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Resort is a can’t-miss destination—with fully-immersive amenities that inspire unmatched mountain experiences—while also located within driving distance of other IKON and Mountain Collective mountains. Sun Valley is a perfect standalone getaway or an incredible addition to any mountain road trip. Start planning your trip at

Hero image courtesy Sun Valley Resort (Photographer: ©Hillary Maybery)

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