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Sun Valley Resort

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Sun Valley for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 


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Friedman Memorial Airport
Airlines operating from Friedman include SkyWest and Horizon Air.


Boise Airport
Airlines operating from Boise include Delta, Frontier, Horizon Air, SkyWest, Southwest, United and US Airways Express


Twin Falls Airport
Airlines operating from Twin Falls include Allegiant Air, Delta and SkyWest.



From Boise Airport:
Head east on I-84 41 miles to the second exit for Mountain Home. Turn left on Hwy. 20 (a good spot for rest or refreshments). Continue on Hwy. 20 for 84 miles to the Hwy. 75 junction. Turn left on Hwy. 75 and continue for 25 miles to Main Street in Ketchum. Turn right (east) on Sun Valley Road. The Resort is one mile ahead.  Total: 151 miles


From Boise in inclement weather:
Take I-84 east 87 miles to the Bliss Exit. Take Hwy. 26 toward Gooding and Shoshone, about 27 miles. Turn left on Hwy. 75 at Shoshone. Continue 54 miles to Ketchum. Turn right (east) on Sun Valley Road. The Resort is one mile ahead.  Total: 169 miles


From Twin Falls Airport:
Take Airport Road east. Road turns into Washington, then Shoshone Street. Continue through downtown Twin Falls to the Five-point Intersection. Turn left on Hwy. 93 (Blue Lakes Blvd.).  Continue to the Perrine Bridge which crosses the Snake River Canyon. Continue on Hwy. 93 which will turn into Hwy. 75 at Shoshone. Continue 54 miles to Ketchum. Turn right (east) on Sun Valley Road. The Resort is one mile ahead.  Total: 85 miles


Local Bus Service

There is very good free local bus service connecting Sun Valley Resort, Ketchum, Dollar Mountain and both the base areas at Baldy. For routes and schedules look here.



Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Sun Valley Condominiums




Condominiums with fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas, amenities including the world-famous Sun Valley Ice Shows.  Guest will enjoy the heated Lodge pool and sauna, bowling alley and game room and the Sun Valley Salon & Day spa.

Extra person charges may apply


$339 and up



Sun Valley Lodge



The 148 room luxury hotel has an adjoining glass enclosed outdoor pool and Sun Valley's famous outdoor ice rink and Terrace, along with salon, spa and exercise room.

Extra person charges may apply

$189 and up


Best Western Kentwood Lodge




Convenient location offering a choice of a standard well-appointed guest room with a mountain view, a deluxe room with balcony and spa or an over sized kitchenette suite. All rooms include a microwave, refrigerator and high-speed Internet access. Hotel has a pool, hot tub and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply


$109 and up






Lodge Dining Room




Duchin Lounge


The Ram





Alpine Rental Equipment Rates


Additonal shops for rental, repair and purchase include Sturtevants, Formula Sports, and PK's.


Nordic Rental Equipment Rates

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Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley, the oldest destination ski resort in the US, was the home of the world's first chairlift (and reportedly the first hot tub!). Long a favorite among the Hollywood clique, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Judy Garland, Paul Newman, Brooke Shields, George Hamilton, Clint Eastwood and Marilyn Monroe are among past and present fans of Sun Valley. Built on a reputation of high class, Sun Valley continues to be known for its ambience and classic ski center feel but it also features excellent skiing and snowboarding. The resort features two mountains, Dollar and Baldy, which is considered by many to be one of the best skiing mountains in the US. Dollar, on the other hand, is a beginner's paradise with gentle, sunny slopes, groomed to perfection.Eighteen lifts (including seven high-speed detachable quads) give Sun Valley a staggering uphill capacity of 28,180 people per hour, keeping lift lines virtually non-existent. When it is for lunch, dinner or a quick snack between runs, you'll notice one more contrast to most resorts: Sun Valley's on-mountain menu. Fresh offerings such as mesquite-grilled chicken, salmon, swordfish and prime rib are among the offerings and meals are served in a unique cluster format, offering a variety of dining choices.

Snow making percent30% est
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad9
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person0
Lifts-Coggle train0
Lifts-Total number of lifts21
Lifts-Total lift capacity29,717/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only0%
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Runs-Steepest run42 deg
Runs-Longest run2 miles
General-Base elevation5750'
General-Vertical drop3400'
General-OwnerEarl Holding Estate
General-Mountain rangeSawtooths
General-Annual skier visits300,000-400,000
General-Back country accessLimited
General-Total area in bounds2054 acres
General-Snow making coverage600 acres est
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Great fall line runs, excellent lift system, first-class infrastructure

Cons: snowfall can be sketchy, expensive, relatively remote,

Sun Valley doesn't need much of an introduction. The classic profile of Baldy from the River Run side is as recognizable as the profile of Lone Peak, that barn in Steamboat, or the tram docking at Snowbird or Jackson. Baldy is a beautiful natural ski mountain: it's 3400 feet of nothing but fall line on several aspects, with some south- and east-facing bowls.


The layout of Sun Valley may seem a little confusing if you've never been before, but it's not really that complicated.  The incorporated resort town of Sun Valley--the original resort--is a couple miles east of the town of Ketchum; and Bald Mountain (the main "Sun Valley ski area") is just on the western edge of Ketchum. (In fact, Ketchum is one of a very few places in the U.S. where lifts that serve a major mountain run right from the edge of town.) Dollar Mountain, a ~600 vertical foot, treeless, dedicated teaching mountain, is between the town of Sun Valley and the town of Ketchum. 


Sun Valley takes pains to create a smooth, no-hassle ski experience. The lifts are modern, fast, and well located. The on-mountain facilities are all brass, hardwood, and subtle refinement -- in other words, the on-mountain restaurants smell more like money than corn dogs.


The mountain has one of the skimpiest annual average snowfall totals of any major ski area in the Rockies, but they make a lot of snow and groom it constantly. One side benefit is that, if there is a major dump, you can put together these long, thigh-burning powder and chop runs through 3000+ vertical feet of perfectly smooth and consistent fall line terrain.


The place is always uncrowded due to its remote location, and although the skiing can be challenging to an advanced skier, there is nothing extreme on the mountain.  


Sun Valley resort is shot through with a certain type of glitzy history. There are pictures in the lodge that capture festive moments from days gone by: Gary Cooper tossing olives into Hemingway's mouth during a cocktail party (not that there's anything wrong with that), shirtless dandies from the 30s working on their melanomas on the sunlit slopes of Dollar mountain, and similar Hollywood-goes-to-the-Sawtooths vignettes from the golden age of film. 


One thing that makes Sun Valley so appealing is how comfortably the history nestles in alongside the modern lifts, grooming, and amenities. 



Pros: Weather, On Mountain grooming, Lodges, Lack of other people, biggest producer of man made snow anywhere.

Cons: Natural Snow depth, airport location

Sun Valley owner Earl Holding recently passed away (2013) but he wanted to leave a legacy in the Sun Valley resort.  The millions he invested into the on mountain lodges, manmade snow making equipment, gondola lift, Nordic center, hotels, symphony hall and concert pavilion, and Dollar Mountain (smaller mountain in town with snowboard super pipe and children’s programs) are unprecedented in today’s resort world.  Not driven by an economic return, millions have been spent from pride of name and family.  The locals won the lottery when Earl purchased the resort in the 70’s and for years have enjoyed top level amenities without crowds and the normal profit driven mentality that would normally management decisions.  Like they say “A Kingdom is OK as long as you have a good King”, in the case of Sun Valley even the Dogs have eaten well off the masters table.

The local town of Ketchum offers a mountain lifestyle for those looking to get away any time of year.  The Valley is hard to access compared to other more crowed resorts; there are both benefits and drawbacks to that of course.

The age of skiers is older there, I think due to the expert way the mountain is groomed daily and is easy on the body to ski, and the weather, and good light.  The skiing is fast, steep (although you don’t realize it from the way they groom the mountain, and early (no night skiing).  First class food and lodges add a classy feel to the resort and complements the historical luxury ambiance.

If you get a chance visit Sun Valley, you may end up staying for longtime; it’s been 7 years for me


Pros: Not crowded

Cons: Not a powder mountain

A ski instructor that I shared a chair lift ride with (3000 vertical in 10 minutes) told me that you can ski as fast as you want and as long as you are in control the the ski patrol won't bother you. With the lack of crowds and long, perfectly groomed blues and blacks, Sun Valley is the King of high speed cruising.


Pros: plenty of varied terrain,never crowded,super service

Cons: The snow can be great but isn't consistent, pricey

The ski resort is wonderful - although we were told it was an off year for snow, we had a great time (it did snow 7-8 inches while we were there). A lot of grooming each night and plenty of varied terrain. (Only 1 complaint - one day it was so foggy at the top there was ZERO visibility - just wish they had let us know before we bought tickets as we had never skied Sun Valley before so were not familiar with how the fog affected the area. 

Chairlift 2 goes directly overhead so the not so advanced (myself included) can watch and see how it should be skied. Crowds are not that much of an issue, of course over peak weekend periods it can be a bit of a wait at the bottom but once everyone spreads out across the mountain it's not bad at all. The ski area also has many lodges on the mountain- most with great views of the surrounding Sawtooth Mt. range. There are continuous shuttles running to and from the Sun Valley lodging area as well as the town of Ketchum so getting to and from isn't an issue. The lodging at Sun Valley is hideously expensive and seems a bit 'corporate' for my liking, we like to 'rough it' in Ketchum.


Pros: Weather, fall line runs, snow quality, high end experience

Cons: Pricey and possibly 'too' exclusive

We loved Sun Valley. Beautiful terrain, nice snow quality, high end facilities and lifts, good grooming, no lift lines. There isn't much 'bad' to say about the place. It is an expensive place to visit and some might like a more alpine/above treeline experience. I understand that some years it doesn't get a lot of snow, but it was very good when we were there. The prices probably scare away a lot of young people which to me, makes a place a bit boring, especially for nightlife and fun. The on mountain lodges are so nice you almost feel like you should be taking your ski boots off at lunch! 


Pros: Consistent pitch, great lifts, long steepish runs, minimal crowds, good for going fast and getting a lot of vertical.

Cons: Not a lot of snow, powder not great, expensive but not as bad as many Colorado resorts

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