Austin Skiers

sun valley, IDaho

  March 7 - 14, 2020

Texas Ski Council Trip - Final Showdown

Last Minute Opening for a couple or single supplement Full Trip  !!!

Breathtaking Scenery - 

Fabulous Skiing!!

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.

The Skiing:

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.

The Village Station train station-inspired décor pays tribute to Sun Valley’s history as an early destination on the Union Pacific railroad line. They have a wide selection of cocktails and craft beer on tap, as well as a crowd-pleasing menu of classic American favorites—hearty cheeseburgers, chicken wings, pizza and family-style salads. They also boast four big screen televisions and ample seating. And then there is Kretchen Restaurant that is located adjacent to the Lodges lobby.
Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and full bar service. Sun Valley’s own Gretchen Fraser is the restaurant’s namesake, the first American to win an Alpine Olympic Gold Medal.

                                                                                                                                                There are other places to enjoy dining - so check out the Sun Valley Resort website for more information. Check out ":Apres Ski 101:" An Insider’s Guide to The “What Comes After Skiing Culture." For even more information about what to do after you have concluded your day of skiing, check out the best après skiing in Sun Valley." From On the Snow here are 5 Sun Valley Hot Spots to Eat and Party!!!

The Town of Ketchum has a very good array of restaurants and bars to choose that include the Pioneer Saloon (somewhat touristy). It’s a western themed pub and the restaurant out the back is renowned for its steaks and spuds (it is Idaho after all!). They don't take reservations. The Warfield Distillery & Brewery distils gin, vodka and whiskey, and the bar serves up creative drinks. The distillery has pretty funky décor and they have nice meals too. Enoteca on the corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Rd is a respected wine bar and restaurant. The Sawtooth Club offers a large range of very well priced meals. 

Located in the heart of Sun Valley we are staying in 2 bedroom, 2 bath suites at
The Sun Valley Deluxe Apartments.The Deluxe Lodge Apartments (condominiums) are located in the heart of Sun Valley adjacent to the Sun Valley Lodge with all the privileges – 5 minute walk. You will have all the privacy and comfort of an apartment while letting you enjoy the benefits of being so close to everything happening at the Lodge. Catch an ice show, take a dip in the heated pool/hot tub/sauna (community), or roll some balls down the lanes at the Lodge's own bowling alley. Other desirable features accessible at the Lodge include access to a full-service salon and spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, perfect to balance your mind and body, while keeping up with your workout routine. A friendly concierge staff is on-hand to assist you and your guests with whatever you may need throughout your stay. When it comes to shopping or dining, there are a myriad of retail stores, restaurants and services in the village, all reachable in under 10 minutes by foot.

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.

TSC Activities:
All TSC participants in the trip will receive TSC credentials. Be sure to wear them for all TSC activities. The TSC Traditional activities will include welcome reception, farewell dinner and TSC Racing. Each club will have their own racing coordinator.

Air Schedule: Southwest Airlines 

MAR 7         Flt#2825       AUS/LAS         7:00AM/7:55AM
                    Flt#4713       LAS/BOISE     11:15AM/2:05PM   

MAR 14.      Flt#5877       BOI/SJC           4:10PM/4:55PM
                    Flt#5113       SJC/AUS           6:45PM/11:55PM

You must be a current Austin Skiers member to join a trip.

NOTE: Prices and air subject to change

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OPENING for a COUPLE or Single Supplement

Registration will open on August 23

at 12 noon

Trip Chair: Sylvia Blair
Assistant Trip Chair: Chris Vrba

Full Trip Price: $1,622
(air, lodging & ground)

Single Supplement: $708
(additional cost)

Ground Only Prices: $983

(lodging only)

Ground transfers from/to airport $75 round trip (additional cost for Ground only participants)

Lift Tickets:
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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* Many credit cards provide free trip insurance with payment of a trip.  This could save you 6-8% on your trip. Check with your credit card provider regarding the scope of coverage. 

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