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It looks like I'll be spending a week at Eden, UT probably 12/21-12/28.   We already have a Worldmark condo for the week, and will ski Snowbasin, Powder Mt, maybe Beaver Mt, maybe Park City, maybe a day or two at BCC or LCC.  We'll be visiting some family near Logan but I I hope to meet up with some Bears as well. 

 

After that we are thinking of going to Sun Valley around New Year's, 12/28/12-1/1/13, before heading back to the Seattle area.  Any recommendations for places to stay, hopefully not expensive?    Advantages to staying in Sun Valley vs. Ketchum?   Does it makes sense to save a few dollars and stay in Hailey?

 

 

thanks in advance.

post #2 of 6

Probably depends on how many people. If more than two, I would look for a condo on VRBO.

 

If you are looking for less expensive hotel/motel/ lodge the Lifttower lodge in Ketchum may suit you. The Tyrolean might not be too bad either, but we are talking holiday rates.

 

The only disadvantage of staying in Hailey is less choices for restaurants and nightlife. It is only a twenty minute drive in most conditions from downtown Hailey to River Run (the place to park if you are driving to skiing) or Ketchum. The Airport Inn in Hailey is probably currently the least expensive motel in the Valley. Basic but OK. Other choices are the Americinn or the Wood River Inn.

 

There used to be more inexpensive places in Ketchum, albeit somewhat on the shabby side, but they have pretty much all been torn down or converted into something else.

post #3 of 6

Not sure what is expensive to you and, as Bill points out, you will likely be paying holiday rates.  Best Western has two Ketchum properties and I have stayed in both.  The Tyrolean is older, comes with a free breakfast buffet, and is really close to the River Run Base area.  The Kentwood is a nicer, generally more expensive, has underground parking, an indoor pool (Tyrolean is outside), and is right in downtown Ketchum.  Either are fine but not deluxe in any way. 

 

I really like to stay in Sun Valley village because it is a cool and historic place.  As you probably know, it is actually further from the main mountain than the Ketchum properties but all of the area is services by a fine bus service.  It will undoutedly be more expensive. However, look at packages that combine lift tickets and lodging and the difference may not be as significant.  As Bill points out, lots of condo options if there are more than two of you.

 

I have stayed at both the AmericInn and Wood River Inn in Hailey.  Both are good, middle-of-the-road properties probably on par with the Kentwood.  However, I prefer to stay in Ketchum/Sun Valley if the price is not prohibitive since you are more in the middle of things and you don't have to drvie 20 minutes each way to do anything (although, in fairness, there are a number of dining options in Hailey).

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I really like to stay in Sun Valley village because it is a cool and historic place.  As you probably know, it is actually further from the main mountain than the Ketchum properties but all of the area is services by a fine bus service.  It will undoutedly be more expensive. However, look at packages that combine lift tickets and lodging and the difference may not be as significant. 

 +1. We stay in the lodge and they have great ski and stay packages--the last few years it's been about $269 for 2 people, lodging and lift tickets, which I find very reasonable. And the amenities are great--free ski storage at Baldy base, the hot pool, the bus right out the front door, etc etc. But, I wouldn't be surprised if that was not offered during the holidays. They usually announce winter packages around now, but I just looked and they still haven't. I've also stayed in various motels around town (Clarion Inn, Best Western Tamarack) and they are perfectly fine, as already stated. In fact I'm doing that this weekend. It IS nice to be right in town--you can literally walk to everything.

 

 

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 Advantages to staying in Sun Valley vs. Ketchum?  

 The only downside, to me, is that you need to pay attention to bus schedules for getting back to the lodge at night if you don't have a car. They only run every half hour at that point. It's not a huge deal, and I love the lodge enough during ski season that it's worth it. But it sounds like maybe you'll be driving? So then it's a non-issue. It just depends then if you want to walk to dinner/nightlife, or don't mind driving in the whole mile or two from SV.

 

Besides the motels, I've found very inexpensive VRBOs. It's really not an expensive place (though again, during the holidays, it's probably different, as it is everywhere).

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Another vote for the Sun Valley Lodge, if you can get in there over the Holidays.  You will pay more, but you will remember it for a very long time; the place is special.  

 

Did you know that Paradise on Mt. Rainier was on the short list for becoming Sun Valley?  They would have had more snow, but maybe a different name would have been needed.

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Did not know that about Rainier.  I do know that when they were developing Alpental and budgeting about 2 and a half million (in 1965), Bill Janss put Sun Valley on the market for about the same price.  Considering the cost overruns and challenges of getting Alpental built, the buyers of Sun Valley (Bill Janss gained full control in 1968, later sold it to Earl Holding in 1977) made out like bandits.   

 

But I digress.  Thanks for the suggestions.  I'm checking out a few options on VRBO. 

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