Sun Valley Skiing & Snowboarding
Named for its copious amounts of sunshine, Sun Valley Resort is the oldest ski resort in the United States. With over 90 years in the skiing business, Sun Valley resort continues to draw in skiing enthusiasts, locals, celebrities, and high-profile personas with its winter activities. The secret? Sun Valley’s Wild West aura combined with the classic European skiing village scene makes for a truly American ski resort.
This famous resort is all about fresh powder turns, stunning mountain views, expertly groomed trails, and scenic runs along America’s longest fall lines. The resort is serviced by lifts known for their per-hour lift capacity – the highest in the country. Looking to tear down crowd-free, wind-free groomed trails? Sun Valley offers just that. With an average annual snowfall of 220 inches, Sun Valley pow days await you. The resort has diverse terrain spread across two different mountains. Bald Mountain is considered one of the best ski destinations in the world with its 13 lifts and 65 runs, while Dollar Mountain is a great place for beginners to learn.
Sun Valley Resort Mountains Stats
Sun Valley has a vertical rise of 3400 feet and skiable terrain of 2054 acres.
The resort features a total of 78 trails: 36% for beginners, 42% for intermediate skiers, and 22% for expert/advanced skiing. Sun Valley has 18 lifts.
The average annual snowfall is 220 inches.
Getting to Sun Valley
You can easily reach Sun Valley by flying to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. From there, it is a 12-mile drive to Sun Valley. Rent a car for the short drive, or take a shuttle with Sun Valley Shuttle company. Ketchum is a compact, walkable town so a rental car is not always necessary.
Where to Rent Gear in Sun Valley
Sun Valley has several great ski shops for gear rental, including Black Tie Ski Delivery, and PK’s Ski Shop. Booking on TripOutside gets you an extra 10% off with Black Tie Ski! TripOutside also allows you to compare rental prices at local shops and book online.
The best time to visit Sun Valley ski resort is December through February for the best snow conditions. Apart from being a world-class winter ski destination, Ketchum is the gateway to warm-weather adventures in the surrounding Sawtooth mountains. June through September is the perfect time to visit for a Ketchum / Sun Valley summer adventure.
Sun Valley Ski Resort
Sun Valley has something for everyone regardless of ability. The slopes of Sun Valley enjoy a nearly lift line-free existence all winter long, not to mention a nearly cloud-free one. Plus there’s a 26,000-square-foot family center with everything from lessons to rentals to lockers. The mountain tops out at 9,150 feet and offers more than 3,100 feet of vertical within 2,054 skiable acres. The downhill terrain is diverse with 22% rated for advanced/expert skiers, 42% for intermediate, and 36% for beginners.
Combined with an amazing town, world-class skiing, award-winning restaurants, and breathtaking natural beauty, Sun Valley is a perfect choice for your next Black Tie Ski vacation.
Click here for the interactive Sun Valley trail map.
Base Elevation: 5,750 ft
Summit Elevation: 9,150 ft
Total Acres of Skiable Terrain: 2,154
Vertical Rise: 3,400 ft
Number of Trails: 121
Annual Snowfall: 220 inches
Longest Run: 3 miles