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Sun Valley Ski Resort

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This web cam image shows Bald Mountain with its bowls.
This web cam image shows Bald Mountain with its bowls. © Sun Valley

Sun Valley Resort in Idaho features more than 800 hectares of skiable terrain, distributed over two mountains, Dollar and Bald Mountain. While most runs are for beginners or intermediate skiers and snowboarders, pros will also find a challenge or two for themselves. With 555 snow making machines, perfect snow conditions are guaranteed all through the season.

For beginners and returners, there is a number of easy green slopes like Southern Comfort or Christin's Silver around Lookout Lift. Another great option is L. College Run from Lookout Express's top station. On Dollar Mountain, beginners can get off at New Bowl top station and take the runs Sepp's Bowl, New Bowl, or Old Bowl.

More advanced skiers and snowboarders will also find several good runs on Bald Mountain. From Christmas Lift top station, blue slopes like Christmas Ridge, Christmas Bowl, or Wolverton are at your disposal. Further worthwhile runs can be found around Greyhawk and Challenger Lift. Shorter blues are located around Frenchman's and Flying Squirrel. On Dollar Mountain, experienced skiers get their money's worth on the runs Sheepherder and Face of Dollar.

The bowls on Bald Mountain are a real highlight for back-country skiers. The areas of Lookout Bowl, Easter Bowl and Little Easter Bowl offer unique deep snow slopes for pure powder pleasure. Furthermore, you can do heli-skiing here, which takes you up to more untouched slopes. But even groomed runs like Limelight along Challenger lift, or the Olympic run have a lot to offer for athletic skiers.


Interesting facts

  • It is among the 3 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Idaho.
  • Elevated between 5751 ft and 9150 ft, the Ski Resort is the highest elevated Ski Resorts in Idaho. The vertical drop from summit to base is 3399 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 1227 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
  • Average snow depth during the season is 77 " at summit elevation and 53 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 91 " at summit elevation and 65 " at the base. This makes Sun Valley the ski resort with the best snow conditions in Idaho.
  • Sun Valley features 57 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 57 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 15 sunny days.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowmaking Share
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
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On Mountain Dining

At Sun Valley, nobody has to ski on an empty stomach. Go to Roundhouse at the eponymous top station for authentic Swiss cheese fondue. Apart from numerous other delicacies and hot beverages, this place also features a great mountain view.

At Seattle Ridge Day Lodge, you don't only get a breathtaking panorama, but also yummy steaks and burgers as well as fresh salads. Taco lovers will get their money's worth at Lookout Day Lodge.


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You should definitely pay a visit to the neighbouring town of Ketchum. Winter sportsmen in particular will enjoy a visit to Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage 6 Ski Museum.


Après-Ski and Nightlife

If you want to end your ski day with a drink before finally heading down the mountain for good, go to Avarell's at Roundhouse top station. They also sell fondue and handmade Bavarian pretzels.

Later in the evening, Duchin Lounge is a popular hangout at Sun Valley. The best jazz acts of the region get on stage here. Furthermore, you get to choose from an exquisite wine menu, diverse beers and delicious cocktails. If you like, you can even hit the dancefloor.

Dining and Restaurants

If you are looking for fine dining, Sun Valley Club, one of the most popular restaurants in town, is the place to go. It belongs to the local golf club.

For those with a sweet tooth, Chocholate Foundry is an absolute must. You will find everything your heart desires, from jelly beans to chocolates from all over the world and frozen yogurt. If that is not enough, A la Mode serves you further sweet delicacies, such as gourmet hot chocolate or delicious ice cream.


Getting here

You get a flight to Friedman Memorial Airport, which is around 22km/14mi from the ski resort. You can rent a car or make use of a shuttle service.

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last update on Feb 14, 2024
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Sun Valley Company
1 Sun Valley Rd.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Phone+001 (800) 786-8259


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Mountain Stats

Elevation5751 ft - 9150 ft
Opening DayNov 25, 2023
Closing DayApr 14, 2024
Capacity 24500 Persons/Hr.


Total 17

Skiable Terrain

2054 acres
Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 2054 acres
Number of Slopes 120

Weather (9150 ft)


1 day adult $189
1 day child $105
All rates & fees