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Short trip to Sun Valley in Feb, lodging?

post #1 of 12
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Where do you suggest a mature couple stay while in the area - Ketchum or Sun Valley? Are there multiple hotels/lodges? Is there a significant base area with shopping and dinning or will we need to drive to town to shop or eat.  We will be there for a three ski day trip in February. 

 

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Where do you suggest a mature couple stay while in the area - Ketchum or Sun Valley? Are there multiple hotels/lodges? Is there a significant base area with shopping and dinning or will we need to drive to town to shop or eat.  We will be there for a three ski day trip in February. 


If you want to take advantage of the excellent service by Sun Valley Resort, they have a lot of lodging options.  Easy to take the shuttle bus to one of the base areas if not staying at Warm Springs.  The Sun Valley Inn is a favorite of a couple I know.

 

My friends and I (all over 55) have been very happy at the Best Western Tyrolean.  We are in rooms that were renovated in the past year.  Free town bus has a stop right across the road that runs every 15 minutes on a set schedule.  The next stop is the River Run base.  It's a 0.5 mile walk into the main area of Ketchum that has quite a few good restaurants for dinner and plenty of little shops.

 

Are you planning to have a car?  Flying into which airport?

 

Have you read the EpicSki Unofficial Guide to Sun Valley?

post #3 of 12
You can't go wrong either way. I love to stay at the Sun Valley Lodge (nicer, pricier) or Inn (very comfortable but not recently remodeled, less expensive than the lodge), which is a mile outside of Ketchum but a very short bus ride or a nice walk. They have good packages and when you stay there there are perks, like free ski storage at the mountain. If you are flying in they do free airport pickup, and you won't need a car at all. But staying in town in Ketchum is also nice, since then restaurants and such are right at your door. Both Best Westerns in Ketchum are good, and I hear the Knob Hill Inn, which is a boutique hotel, is very nice.
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Sorry to thread jump, but I'll be in Sun Valley next week, renting a house outside Ketchum. Can't seem to get a good recommendation for ski rental shop, most places seem expensive and want to deliver them to your place.

 

Anything approaching 'regular' ski rental places?.

Thanks.

post #5 of 12
Pete Lane's right at the base is easy. I've demoed there many times. Sturtevants seems like it would be a "regular" rental service; it's a shop on Main St with a separate building for their rentals.
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Originally Posted by Furball View Post
 

Sorry to thread jump, but I'll be in Sun Valley next week, renting a house outside Ketchum. Can't seem to get a good recommendation for ski rental shop, most places seem expensive and want to deliver them to your place.

 

Anything approaching 'regular' ski rental places?.

Thanks.


I've rented from Pete Lane's, PK's, and Sturdevant's for my kids.  Sturdevant's (in town) and PK's are a bit cheaper, but ultimately I found the convenience of Pete Lane's won out.  Rentals from them also include overnight ski storage at the river run base, which is convenient.

 

The cheapest option I've found is Sturtos, down in Hailey.  I really liked them, but given the location I've only used them when staying with friends in Hailey.  If your timing works you could rent from them on the way to Sun Valley and then return on your way back home.  and obviously swapping demos or anything like that isn't nearly as practical with them.

 

Bob

post #7 of 12

And to respond to the OP's question while I'm here:

 

There are really 4 "areas" to stay in for Sun Valley, although they are all within a 10-15 minute drive at most from one to the other and there is a free bus service connecting them all.

 

There's the actual Sun Valley resort.  This is a couple of miles east of Ketchum, and includes the main Sun Valley hotel, various condos, and houses, as well as the resort mall (not sure what it's really called, but it feels like a small outdoor mall), ice skating rink, outdoor pool, etc.  Dollar Mountain, which is the beginner hill and also home to the main terrain park, is adjacent to the original resort.  Dollar is where you'll ski if you are a beginner or I suppose if you are a snowboarder who likes terrain parks.

 

In the middle is Ketchum proper.  Ketchum is where most restaurants, shops, the grocery stores (2 now that village market opened in addition to Atkinson's), etc. are.   There are condos that are in central Ketchum as well.

 

A mile or two west of Ketchum is Baldy, which is the main ski mountain. It has two bases, River Run on the south side and Warm Springs to the north. Warm Springs has more condos / houses walking distance to the base, River Run has some but fewer and not quite as close.  There's also free parking at the River Run base (not sure about Warm Springs).

 

Basically, you'll stay in one of those 4 areas, and to me the tradeoff boils down to "walk to ski" vs. "walk to bars/restaurants" vs "resort hotel feel".  Since I'm usually there with my family, we tend to prefer condos walking distance to Baldy, and we like the River Run side better (no real reason for that).  But it really depends what you want to optimize for.

 

No matter where you stay, you'll only be a few minutes drive / bus ride (at most) from any of the other locations.  The area is all flat for driving around, parking is free and plentiful, and traffic's not an issue, so where you stay matters a lot less than at someplace like Lake Tahoe where parking is expensive and rush hour is a real thing getting from Truckee into Squaw, for instance.

 

Bob

post #8 of 12
Sun Valley Lodge/etc is a mile from Ketchum, not 2. Sounds nitpicky to bring up except that it's the difference between being an easy 15-20 minute walk between the two (we stay in the lodge and walk to dinner in Ketchum each night), and being more of a trek if it were 2 miles. It's also a mile from the stoplight in Ketchum to Baldy, less if you're walking or staying on the Baldy side of Main St.
post #9 of 12
I'll take your word on the distances. I must have mentally rounded up because I think of river run to downtown Ketchum and downtown to dollar as both being in the "definitely too far to walk in ski boots" category :-)

I've walked from the condos near river run to downtown for dinner, and it's doable but the lack of great sidewalks and general cold/snow make me not a great fan. Never stayed at the resort, just driven over there, so I didn't realize it was that walkable.

Bob
post #10 of 12
Between the lodge/inn and Ketchum, there is a paved bike/pedestrian path that runs along Sun Valley Rd. that they keep clear. You walk by the sleigh horse pasture and the town sledding hill, and get a great view of Baldy; it's a really nice walk and something I look forward to at the end of each day.

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ultimately I found the convenience of Pete Lane's won out.  

 

 

I see this the same way, for approx. $10 more a day I get the option of swapping for a new pair, plus no special drop off routine on the last day, just ski to the bottom and drop em off. Also if there's any problems, the remedy shop is right there.

 

After all, it is a vacation, so any oft these little xtra convienences add to the fun factor.

post #12 of 12

At the end of the day you can grab the skis you want for the next day, and store them for free about 10 steps away in the storage hut (which could get you going slightly faster than if there was a fussy person ahead of you at the demo counter. wanting to talk about ski choices or whatnot). 

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