Uncover the perfect ski holiday at Sun Valley, Idaho


Sun Valley, Idaho, luxury ski resort

Sun Valley and the town of Ketchum under a full moon. Pic courtesy Sun Valley Resort – © Tal Roberts

Choose your getaway timing

December is the perfect month to head to Sun Valley for a White Christmas. The snow season is well underway in Idaho so there is usually an abundance of powder ready for your visit. It is also holiday seasons decorations and lights make the getaway to Sun Valley even more spectacular. Flights and accommodation are cheaper and more available before Christmas. January-March are also amazing.

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Dinner at the Trail Cabin before Christmas is a wonderful experience. Image by Helen Hayes

Plenty of accommodation to choose from

Your perfect ski getaway should include the best accommodation for your needs.

Sun Valley Resort is for those wanting luxury, olde-world style and glamour and easy access to the slopes. Hollywood, celebrities, the rich and famous all make Sun Valley their home away from home.

The Limelight Hotel in nearby Ketchum is the latest, modern luxury hotel blending style, comfort and a central location to both Dollar and Baldy Mountains with the charm of this small-town location.

Apartment or condo-style vacation stays are plentiful and offer the ease of self-catering; great for families or small groups of friends.

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The Limelight Hotel in Ketchum

Epic Skiing or Boarding on your Perfect Getaway in Sun Valley

The Slopes

Sun Valley is a magical place to ski or board whether you are a first-timer or a veteran advanced powder junkie. The resort is famous for no lift lines and no clouds. And for its snowmaking so if the snow gods have not been kind, no worries, the snow cover will still be spectacular. The sun is nearly always out – and so will you be. Sun Valley is part of Epic Pass- incredible value for skiers and boarders around the world.

Bald Mountain is the main game. ‘Baldy’ is for skiers of all levels with a great variety of terrain, all downhill with no flats or plateaus. Go fast or slow but go downhill.

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A skier rides down Bald Mountain overlooking Sun Valley and Ketchum

Downhill, cross country, ice-skating

Dollar Mountain is where skiing learned to ski and the best place for new skiers and boarders to do the same… It has the world’s first chair lift along with four more, beginner-friendly, treeless, sunny slopes and plenty of vertical to keep everyone smiling.

The dedicated Ski & Snowboard program available in Sun Valley offers endless opportunities for group or private lessons to learn, advance your technique and get the most out of your perfect winter getaway in Sun Valley. Higher Ground is the adaptive snow sports provider in Sun Valley and provides on-snow opportunities for people of all ages with cognitive, physical, and developmental disabilities.

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Snowboard fun at Sun Valley

The Day Lodges

The Sun Valley mountain lodges are palaces in the snow. River Run at the base of Baldy is a dedicated mini-village for everything ski-related you need, and then some. Tune or wax your skis, buy that special beanie or your new snowboard or stash your kit before heading off for the day. Relax here for après by the roaring open fire with a local beer, wine or enjoy wood-fired pizza or try the sushi. Live entertainment ups the energy on Friday and Saturday afternoons

Seattle Ridge Day Lodge is the place to stop for lunch with a side of breathtaking views of Wood River Valley nearly 9,000 feet below.

Warm Springs Day Lodge, fully renovated in 2018 is the local’s pick for the famous freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, best eaten on the sun-drenched patio or while listening to the live entertainment inside

Carol’s Dollar Mountain Day Lodge is the family-friendly venue an easy walk from the village, with something for everyone. Great for breakfast or lunch, inside or outside on the heated patio.

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Seattle Ridge is one of the luxury on-mountain lodges at Sun Valley

Must-Dos Off the Slopes

Explore Ketchum. This small town is full of wonderful surprises, great dining, entertainment and has a cool western feel.

Apres Ski. The “Pio” to locals, the Pioneer Inn is classic authentic western saloon and great place to meet the locals. Grumpy’s for beer-can lined walls, an authentic local feel and celerity-spotting opportunities or the Warfield Distillery & Brewery for craft cocktails, local brew and excellent locally sourced pub grub.

Carol Singers and Sleigh Ride Dinner. Christmas in Sun Valley comes complete with roving carol singers around the main venues but for the full experience rug up and don’t miss a sleigh-ride dinner at the Trail Cabin. A rustic hideaway reached by horse-drawn sleigh and featuring north-western fare and the best carol singers around.

Famed author Ernest Hemingway has tributes of booze, flowers and coins left on his simple otherwise unadorned grave site near Ketchum. He wrote “The Sun Also Rises” during a lengthy stay at the Resort and committed suicide in 1961 after a full life of writing, hunting,  boozing & womanising.

Trawl the treasure at the Gold Mine: a community-run op shop in downtown Ketchum and is legendary for finds of expensive ski wear and clothing at a fraction of the cost, discarded by wealthy locals and celebrity visitors

Get Up and Go: To Sun Valley Idaho.

  • You can be in Sun Valley the same day! Depart Sydney to LA, and fly into Hailey ( SUN) arriving the same date. You’ll be ready for those slopes the next day.
  • Hailey (or officially Friedman Memorial) Airport ( SUN) is located outside Ketchum and provides direct flights to Boise and beyond.
  • Boise Airport ( BOI) is a two-hour drive from Sun Valley and has direct flights ( also approx. 2 hours ) from LAX.
  • For more information on your perfect ski getaway to Sun Valley Idaho go to: greatamericanwest.com.au; VisitIdaho.org and SunValley.com