We are thinking of a family trip to Sun Valley from NYC in late March. Never been. Don't find much recent discussion of it here. Particularly looking for ski in/ ski out accommodations if we can swing it. Any suggestions about the skiing at that time of year and good places to stay, etc. welcome. The other possibilty is Jackson Hole. Thanks in advance.
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Not much in the way of true ski-in, ski-out. Condos at Warm Springs range from across the street to a few blocks or more. The bus systemn is good if you are further away.Skiing is usually good that time of year,as long as you are not looking for powder.
Yes very nice place iif you are looking for groomed long runs and family atmosphere. They consistently get ranked high for their manicured runs. If you are looking for powder, then you may want to look elsewhere as they, on average, get the least snow of any major ski area in the west.
I was there in early April last year. Even though it was a low snow year, we had a blast. Even though everyone is talking about the groomers, they are all relatively steep. The off piste skiing in the bowls & elsewhere was way better than I expected, if you enjoy a few well formed moguls. It is shaping up to be a good one snowwise this season. We stayed at the Sun Valley Inn, which is not slopeside, but has frequent shuttle service. The town is great with a fun apres scene.
Not a lot of ski in/ski out in Sun Valley aside from a few developments on the Warm Springs side of the mountain however the free buses are pretty efficient and the parking is free (at River Run or Dollar at least).
Sun Valley typically skis nicely in the late spring since it is predominantly shaded and north facing with some more south facing aspects in the bowls (or what they call bowls). Moreover, you wouldn't typically plan a trip to Sun Valley if you want deep powder anyway. Steep groomers, long consistent pitches, bumps etc with fast lifts and as much vertical as you can handle are more of its calling card.
Thanks for the good info. I'm settled on SV as the place to go, but trying to figure out a good place to stay there with my wife and young son. FYI, we are there to ski not party. Please share your knowledge with a first timer. Also, traveling from NYC does flying into Boise make sense?
The Sun Valley properties themselves have good faciliites for families and usually offer good package deals but they are a shuttle to the ski hill. They have regular hotels and condos (including some condos fairly close to the beginner hill at Dollar Mountain. If you want to be close enough to walk to the main hill (Baldy) you will need to stay in the Warm Springs area where there are a number of smaller properties, townhouses etc. I don't have any experience there to recommend any.
Boise is about a 3 hour drive from Sun Valley--the Hailey/Sun Valley Airport is about 20 minutes but more prone to closures. Twin Falls is a smaller airport and less prone to closures about 1 1/2 hours away.
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