Located in the Rocky Mountains of central Idaho is the outdoor adventure paradise of Ketchum – home to Sun Valley, 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. The secret? Sun Valley’s Wild West aura combined with the classic European skiing village scene makes for a truly American ski resort.
Sun Valley Ski Resort is one of America’s iconic ski destinations. 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 stretches across two 12000-ft mountains – Bald Mountain and Dollar.
Bald Mountain offers over 100 varied runs across 2000 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest, 62% of which is intermediate or advanced. Skiers and boarders alike rave about the consistent pitch and diverse terrain of “Baldy”. Baldy’s impressive 9150-ft summit, and 3400-ft of vertical drop makes it a popular choice for experienced skiers. Don’t miss the Warm Springs trail – rated the best blue run in North America. Or hop on the Limelight and Inhibition trails – Olympian-approved trails. Bald Mountain’s 5 lodges offer spectacular views and exciting an exciting apres scene complete with live music. Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s paradise marked by smooth, easy, and groomed terrain. Great for family skiing, Dollar’s terrain is 78% beginner. Kids will love the easy slopes, and gentle treeless runs.
Summer in Ketchum is all about mountain biking the area’s 118 miles of trails, including Bald Mountains 3400′ vertical, paddling the mountain streams and lakes, and hiking the hundreds of miles of trails in the Sawtooths. Ketchum has plenty of bike shops and other outdoor adventure providers, as well as some of the best restaurants, bars and shopping that Idaho has to offer. The town of Ketchum has everything you need for your next outdoor adventure.
Sun Valley is an extremely bikable town, and a top notch mountain biking destination. Flowing singletrack shares the terrain with advanced technical trails across the Ketchum and Sun Valley area. More than 118 miles of trails means you’re in for quite a ride. White Cloud, Corral Creek, and Adam’s Gulch trailheads feature smooth, flowing mountain bike trails, great for beginner and intermediate riders, or someone looking for a great workout with incredible views. The best thing about these trails is that you can ride right out of town. Greenhorn Imperial and Fisher Creek are a bit further outside of town, and are known for their high-speed descents and backcountry meadows. Looking to challenge your skills with technical, advanced terrain? Head up to Bald Mountain for the lift-serviced, high altitude riding at the resort. The Galena Lodge trail system north of Ketchum is a great place for the whole family – with trail options for everyone from beginners to expert, all laid out with fantastic flow and even better views.
Although Ketchum’s biking scene leans toward mountain biking, road biking is also quite popular in this Idaho town. Ketchum’s many miles of paved paths link the town to Galena and Stanley Basin to the north and Hailey and Bellevue to the south. Take the north road for the mountains, and the south for the farm country. Cruiser or electric bikes are an excellent way to explore the Ketchum area and the many bike paths that cross the town, like the Wood River trail – a paved path that extends over 30 miles through the communities of Hailey, Bellevue and Ketchum.
Just 2.5 hours from Boise, Ketchum is a great road trip option. Or fly into the centrally located Sun Valley airport to skip the commute.
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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.