Some call Sun Valley the ultimate in "destination" skiing. It has a rich winter sports history and was literally the nation's first destination skiing - it was the birth place of American ski vacations. They have plenty of experience operating ski terrains.
Sun Valley was the brainchild of businessman and statesman W. Averill Harriman, chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, and who grew up skiing in the Swiss Alps, sent Count Felix Schnoffgotsch of Austria to comb the Western United States for the ideal location for a world-class ski resort and he found it in Ketchum, ID.
It boasts the worlds FIRST ski lift with + 2,000 ski able acres, with 44% of the terrain designated as intermediate, Sun Valley truly has some of the best groomers in North America. Warren Miller also put the mountain on the map as a ski film producer.
In a little walk down memory lane, a long-time Austin Skiers member Chris Vrba provided a pic of her mother & dad at Sun Valley. This pic was taken from a family album when Chris was one year-old. That being said let's day this is circa ~1950. This is Captain William F. Mable and his wife setting out for a day of skiing. Do you notice the contrast in the attire then and now?
Sun Valley is a complete walking village, where automobiles are unnecessary. Condominium units are located within easy walking distance of the Sun Valley Village, but complimentary bus service is also available. The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority system provides free transportation in Ketchum and Sun Valley, including continuous round trips from the Village to both Dollar and Bald Mountains and to the town of Ketchum and Elkhorn Springs.
This Idaho ski resort certainly lives up to its namesake and is a top-of-mind choice for fair-weather skiers. Sun Valley Resort skiing is spread across two mountains: Bald Mountain ("Baldy") and Dollar Mountain. Baldy, which earned its nomenclature after several forest fires, offers expert skiers and snowboarders more challenging terrain, including perfectly spaced glades and wide-open bowl skiing. According to "Powderhound," while they may have trails marked green, blue and black they're really for the intermediate skier with little to distinguish the degree of difficulty. The black runs provide some challenge if they haven’t been groomed in a while, and the largely treeless upper bowls are popular with advanced riders. Sun Valley also offers tree skiing for advanced riders.Dollar Mountain is more suited for beginners and early intermediates, thanks to its gentle, meandering groomers.
There are several adventure trails - "The Flume" is a fun-filled adventure through a natural "flume-like" path - essentially a "swale" carved into the terrain. The trail is named after the 'Guyer Hot Springs Flume," which was a man-made trough carrying timber from Warm Springs logging sites to Frenchman's stoking the furnaces in the Philadelphia smelter. It is recommended for only the advanced riders/skiers. On the other end you can try the Red-Headed Wood Pecker Trail on a fun tour through the Lodge Pole Pines. It's a great way for kids to explore the wooded mountain areas. "Foxy Forest is for the young skier/rider wanting to explore the lightly forested area adjacent to the Upper Can Can Ski Run.
If you want to race they have a public NASTAR racing is available most Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Group racing is available.
If you are one for adventure check out the Sun Valley Heli Ski, which has been operating since 1966 and currently has over 100 years experience on the current team. It is steeped in tradition having pioneered American helicopter skiing having set the standard for over 5 decades! It covers a vast territory - three mountain ranges providing unparalleled access to Idaho’s legendary powder and terrain for all abilities.
Check out this VIDEO about Sun Valley skiing!
Places to Dine & Après Ski:
While the Sun Valley Village resort and the town of Ketchum are rather small and offers a limited amount of après skiing opportunities. However, check out the Konditorei, which is Austrian-inspired. If you're inspired to try other than continental cafe fare, they offer classic dishes to bring you to an alpine state of mind in the chalet-inspired dining room.
Each condo each has a cozy gas fireplace, a living room with plush sofas and chairs, a large flat screen TV, Free WiFi, a fully-equippedd kitchen stocked with culinary staples, plus a dining table that seats six. Bedrooms offer plush bedding and lodge-like furnishings, and deluxe bathrooms featuring a large marble bath. The Lodge Apartments were built to suit the luxury ski lodge standard of Sun Valley's early years - woodsy, spacious, warm and basically timeless.
Air Schedule: Southwest Airlines
MAR 7 Flt3499 AUS/DEN. 6:00am/7:10am
You must be a current Austin Skiers member to join a trip.
NOTE: Prices and air subject to change
Registration will open on August 23
Trip Chair: Sylvia Blair
Assistant Trip Chair: Chris Vrba
Full Trip Price: $1,622
(air, lodging & ground)
Single Supplement: $708
Ground Only Prices: $983
Ground transfers from/to airport $75 round trip (additional cost for Ground only participants)
3 of 5 days - $216
4 of 6 days - $280
5 of 7 days - $343
6 of 8 days - $391
*Kids 12 & under ski free with paying adult.
*No Senior discounts apply
NOTE: EPIC Pass Guests purchasing their 2019-20 EPIC Pass product from Sports America will receive a $50 discount off their land package, $50 off for purchasing the Full Pass and $30 for the Local Pass or any other EPIC product. This applies toward any trip offered by Sports America this season. For EPIC purchase see this LINK. Make sure to check the limitations and other resorts access before purchasing your EPIC pass.
*Information about racing will be forthcoming
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