Endless sunshine, endless runs Karen Anderson, Senior Ski Specialist

"Whilst walking across the bridge to the base area at Baldy I glanced into the river and spied a great big moose, about 15 metres away; up to her oxters in freezing water and happy as larry! No-one else batted an eyelid. Sun Valley is that sort of a place: close to nature, very understated and very unspoiled. That’s reflected in the town of Ketchum too where you’ll find bars, restaurants and galleries to rival the best; but it’s the sunny views, the quiet slopes and the genuinely friendly welcome that really made Sun Valley stand out for me."

Sun Valley opened to the skiing public way back in 1936 as the USA’s very first destination resort, and became an instant success with the worldwide skiing glitterati. Sun Valley is an extraordinary ski destination – the sun shines, the slopes are empty, the snow is bountiful and the pitch is perfect, plus it has a lively mountain town to rival even the legendary Aspen!

Bald Mountain is a pyramid-shaped mountain with a 3,400ft vertical and over 2,000 acres of awesome Idaho ski terrain to explore, with over 120+ trails ranging from expert to beginner. This is big mountain skiing where you have the space and time to choose your line and stick to it, all the way from peak to creek. Nestled against the base of Baldy is the vibrant little mountain community of Ketchum, where you’ll find a cosmopolitan mix of smart galleries, friendly cafes, quirky shops and real sense of belonging. It’s a bit like a hybrid of Aspen and Banff, with a hint of Revelstoke - a little bit of Main Street, USA, added to a healthy dose of classic mountain town, mixed in with a touch of European style.

Skiing in Sun Valley

The skiing in Sun Valley is spread over two mountains – Bald Mountain (affectionately known locally as ‘Baldy’) and Dollar Mountain. The experience is dominated by the sheer size of Baldy, but the much smaller Dollar Mountain is certainly the place to go to start the adventure, or to practice your park skills. Baldy is accessed from the River Run Plaza on the edge of Ketchum, or from further up the valley from the Warm Springs base – both offer lifts that rise all the way to the summit. From the summit at The Lookout the trails back down the front face of Baldy to the valley are fall-line and pitch perfect – very strange for the first time when you ski down and your destination is always in sight. Great for practicing rhythmic turns – tight or lazy depending on your mood or time of day.

The summit of Baldy forms a natural high alpine amphitheatre curving around a ridge. Off the ridge you’ll find one blue and seven black diamond off-piste bowls with skiing above and below the trees. This is a real powder playhouse! As an improver you’ll be able to ski from summit to valley on nice cruising trails down the ridge lines, or play all day in the family zone off the Seattle Ridge. Intermediates get to crank and spank all over the mountain with ‘Christmas Bowl’ offering a great fall-line experience that steepens at the end – a wee sting in the tail for the unwary. The fast cruising here is legendary, with so many summit to valley trails offering you the chance to let ‘em run fast and hard, or tone it down for some lazy wide turns, Sun Valley has the terrain to tick the boxes. Baldy is stacked with secret stashes for experts, from the numerous glades dotted around the front face, or the tight steep bump runs like ‘Inhibition’ to fast flyers like ‘Olympic’ or ‘Limelight’ – you will not be disappointed!

The Cold Springs Canyon project is slated to start soon and should add a further 380 acres of terrain with a wide open bowl, tighter tree-lined sections and some steep chutes, plus some gentler groomers. The old Chair # 4 will be replaced with a new detachable quad. Watch this space!

Getting to Sun Valley

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London indirect to Boise, Sun Valley and Twin Falls and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our Sun Valley ski holidays include a shared scheduled shuttle transfer from Boise airport, but the area is perhaps best explored with the flexibility of a self-drive car, SUV or minivan. We offer ‘Gold option’ car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra driver fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.

Important information
Season End November-Mid April
Ski Area 2154 acres
Annual Snowfall 15ft
Number of Lifts 18
Ski Range 5750-9150ft
Blue Runs 36%
Red Runs 42%
Black Runs 22%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Distance from airports
Sun Valley 15mins
Boise 2hr45mins
Twin Falls 2hrs