Averell Harriman, chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, had a vision in the 1930’s. He hired Austrian Count Felix Schaffgotsch to travel the western states and find the perfect place to create a ski resort destination. Count Felix arrived in the once prosperous mining town of Ketchum on January 16, 1936. Within three days of his arrival, and after skiing the local mountains, the Count wired Harriman and declared that “Among the many attractive spots I have visited, this combines the more delightful features of any place I have seen in the United States, Switzerland, or Austria for a winter ski resort.” In less than a year, the luxurious Sun Valley Resort was completed and the doors opened to international publicity on December 21, 1936. Soon after, the first chairlift in the world was developed in Sun Valley. When "America’s First Destination Ski Resort" opened, celebrities flocked to the area. The likes of Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Ingrid Bergman all came to play in this new winter wonderland, and many celebrities still come here today. Ernest Hemingway made Sun Valley his home, where he finished For Whom the Bells Toll in Suite 206 of the Sun Valley Lodge.
The Sun Valley area, located in central Idaho, is internationally famous for its world-class summer and winter recreation and cultural attractions. It is full of charming yet sophisticated shops, restaurants, galleries and theaters, as well as breathtaking views with every step. It’s the perfect combination of urban chic and small town life on the edge of the great outdoors.Sun Valley is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages boasting 250 days of sunshine a year. In our winter months choose between miles of groomed cross country trails, snowshoe hikes through the mountains, backcountry ski with a local guide, on foot or in a helicopter, snowmobile, ice skate at the infamous Sun Valley Lodge, downhill ski our world class slopes, or enjoy a day tubing with the kids. In the summer months, with the long hours of daylight, opportunities range from mountain biking and cycling, scenic hikes and overnight backpacking trips, golf, fly-fishing, rafting or kayaking area rivers, trail rides, paragliding, tennis, or rock climbing. Live music, theatre and concerts are abundant throughout the summer in a variety of venues, as well as a variety of excellent cuisine in the local restaurants.
Bald Mountain: “Baldy” is considered by serious skiers as the country's single best ski mountain, with 13 lifts and 66 runs. The high speed gondola, seven detachable high-speed quads, two triples and three doubles send skiers up 3,400 vertical feet to a summit altitude of 9,150. Bald Mountain, with both its absence of lift lines and light and fast snow, has terrain for everyone, including bumps, bowls, groomers, tree skiing, and easy rollers. Dollar Mountain: Sun Valley's Dollar Mountain, with its lack of trees and perfectly groomed slopes, are ideal for learning to ski and snowboard. Dollar has gentle terrain allowing beginners to progress to more difficult runs as their skills improve. It also has a superpipe, 3 parks, two cross courses, 76 rails, and a tubing hill. Nordic Skiing: The Sun Valley area also boasts 200km of expertly groomed Nordic trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Nordic skiers.
Dates of Season:
Thanksgiving Day to Mid-April*
Trails & Terrain:
•Terrain: 2,054 acres
•80 marked trails with bowl and tree skiing
•Terrain Difficulty: 36% Easiest, 42% More Difficult, 22% Most Difficult
•Longest Run: 3 miles
•Average Skier Day: 3000
•Total Lift Capacity Per Hour: 29,717 (more per skier per hour
than any other ski area)
•Average Sunshine is 120 days out of 150-day ski season
•Largest Snowmaking system in the world
•Snowmaking Acreage 645
•Terrain Parks: 3 Parks, two Cross Courses, 76 Rails, Superpipe (437 ft long, 22 ft high), tubing hill
•Treeless and groomed slopes with beginner to intermediate runs.
Nordic Skiing- Sun Valley is commonly reffered to as “Nordic Town USA”
•Over 115km of terrain north of Ketchum and Sun Valley
•25 miles of groomed trails in Sun Valley
Snowfall & Temperatures:
•Average Snowfall: 200 inches annually
•Average High Temperature: 32 degrees
•Average Low Temperature: 13 degrees
•Summit Elevation: 9150 ft
•Base Elevation: 5750 ft
•Vertical Drop: 3400 ft
•Summit Elevation: 6638 ft
•Base Elevation: 5750 ft
•Vertical Drop: 628 ft
HOW TO GET THERE:
Friedman Memorial Airport: Hailey, ID (15 miles to/from Sun Valley) Boise Airport: Boise, ID (2.5 hour drive to/from SV)
Magic Valley Regional Airport: Twin Falls, ID (1.5 Hour drive to/from Sun Valley)
Those driving from Salt Lake City, Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls or Pocatello can pick up an Avis Rental Car at the airport and
it can be dropped off at Sun Valley Resort with no drop-off charge. For the return trip, Avis cars may be picked up at Sun Valley Resort
and be returned to the airport with no drop-off charge. Avis cars can also be rented at Sun Valley Resort for day trips. Contact Avis
directly for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cars from Avis, Hertz and Budget may be rented and dropped off at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.
Sun Valley Express Shuttle to/from Boise:
Check http://secure.sunvalleyexpress.com/entry_rates.html for current times and rates.