Sun ValleyUnited States
Surrounded by national parks and five major mountain ranges in the northern United States, Sun Valley is the largest ski resort in the state of Idaho. Split between Bald Mountain, Dollar Mountain and two small and picturesque villages – Sun Valley and Ketchum – between the two, the station was handpicked by Felix Schaffgotsch, one of the most influential men in the region in the early 20th century, to build the perfect ski resort. The resort welcomed its first visitors in the winter of 1936 and was one of the first places in the world to install cable car lines. With a skiable area of more than 10km², 120 slopes connected by a system of 18 lifts, the resort spreads across peaks almost 3000 meters tall, which provides long seasons, beautiful landscapes and infinite variety of terrains and different activities for a total ski experience. Representing real mountain culture, the city has a long list of authentic restaurants and attractions. Whether its for a quick break in the middle of the day, or a longer meal, there are many delicious options, whether you are on the slopes, at the base, or in the village.
Northern Hemisphere December to April
Base - 1744 m
Top - 2780 m
78 SKI RUNS
In the village: Open from early morning until lunch, Konditorei specializes in confectionery and quick and natural snacks, omelets and vegan options. Next to the Sun Valley Golf is the Sun Valley Club, an excellent casual restaurant for a very relaxed lunch with beautiful views of the region with a focus on healthy options and Tex-Mex cuisine. Since 1937, the classic restaurant The Ram has welcomed guests in a piano-bar-style dining room, while the menu options travel between European and American traditions. On the mountain: Excellent for a lunch stop at Dollar’s Mountain, Carol’s is also one of those places that serves a little bit of American cuisine. At the base of the Challenger lift, the Warm Springs Lodge restaurant and bar has been a great choice since it was built in 1992. With a varied menu ranging from burgers and pizzas to healthy bowls of salad.
WHAT TO DO BEYOND SKIING
The station has numerous trails for all skill levels, as well as areas for Nordic and snowshoe walking, heli-skiing adventures, fun tube races and even sleigh rides. Open daily, The Bowling Alley offers bowling alleys, foosball and video games for the whole family to enjoy.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
The Chocolate Foundry is an artisanal chocolate shop in the heart of Sun Valley Village that kids love! In addition to an extensive variety of chocolates, it also has gummy candies, gelatinous sweets, licorice, ice cream and always surprises with new items every day. Book the movie theater at Sun Valley Mall and enjoy star-studded movies while enjoying a selection of sweets and lots of popcorn to amuse the kids!
In Sun Valley you can find a variety of clothing brands such as Brunello Cucinelli, Diane von Fürstenberg, Velvet, Juicy, Joie, TSE, Goldsign and many more. At the Sun Valley Club Pro Shop you can find everything for golf professionals and The Toy Store, a store with a variety of toys and games for you to take away.
If you're looking for some fun after a day on the slopes be sure to visit Apple's Bar & Grill, known for its homemade lunches like the Sesame Ahi Sandwich and its friendly, casual atmosphere. Situated at the base of the mountain, River Run offers live music, an outdoor fire pit and a mix of delicious food such as pizza, sandwiches and a salad bar.