Sun Valley, known for its spectacular ski resorts, has so much more to offer than downhill. If your ambition is to be one with nature and experience the active Wild West backcountry life, then a visit to Sun Valley needs to be on your travel agenda. In addition to skiing, backcountry fun is what put Sun Valley on the map. Here are some excellent things to do, even if you’re not in the mood for the slopes.
Hiking Trails Bring Nature Front And Center– Sun Valley has hiking trails that will suit anyone’s physical fitness and abilities.
Paragliding For A Bird’s- Eye View-If you have ever wanted to fly like a bird, paragliding is the next best thing.
Casting For Fish–The tug is the drug. It’s the mantra of anglers worldwide.
Garden Walks– Offers wildflower walks throughout the spring and summer months.
On- And Off-Trail Snowmobiling– The exhilarating rush of zipping along a snow-covered trail surrounded by woodland scenery will remind you why you are on vacation.
Sports Target Shooting– Wide-open spaces give you ample room to learn or practice your marksmanship skills.
Birding– Grab your camera and binoculars for a hike.
Zen Spa Treatments-Skiing or no skiing, taking care of yourself is a wonderful gift.
Camp In A Yurt-This is certainly something you can humble-brag about.
Eating In Sun Valley-There are a multitude of options for dining in Sun Valley, and from luxurious fine dining to brewpubs, you will surely find a great spot!
Thursday, February 27th – Saturday, February 29th
A reimagined classical music experience
Experience a transformed performance space in the Argyros, into an intimate setting for classical music complete with:
- Eclectic musical selections
- Unconventional seating
- Unique staging
- Atmospheric lighting
- An ever-shifting soundscape
Evening-length programming, including:
- Three acts, each around 30 minutes
- Two 20-minute intermissions
- An in-theater bar with wine, beer, and light bites available for purchase
What is the Festival’s Winter Season?
A new, reimagined classical music experience…and so much more! Here’s a taste from last year’s season.
While Sun Valley doesn’t quite have the international fame of Aspen, Vail, or Jackson Hole–it should. Those in the know consistently rank Sun Valley as one of the top ski resorts in the country. Sure, it can’t compete with the acreage of Park City or the luxury of Beaver Creek or the epic expert slopes of Jackson Hole, but Sun Valley is worth visiting for reasons that go way beyond skiing.
For a main street with three stoplights, Ketchum has quite the happening creative scene, anchored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, a multimedia space with exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and more.
Fancy and Freaky Festivals
The vibrant arts scene in Sun Valley doesn’t end with fine art. Perhaps the biggest annual happening here is the Sun Valley Festival, a series that brings world-class classical music
Old-School Vibes, Cheap Eats, and Hip Restaurants
Sun Valley has a surprisingly varied dining scene, from authentic street tacos to the steakhouse of your wild west dreams to hip restaurants that wouldn’t be out of place in San Francisco or New York.
A Wilderness Wonderland
Although Sun Valley’s most famous sport is skiing, there are tons of ways for non-skiers to explore this breathtaking scenery. Nordic and cross-country skiers can explore 25 miles of trails.
Hot Tubs and Hot Springs
All that outdoor exertion means that you get to treat yourself at the end of the day with a long soak in hot water.
There are so many reasons to visit Sun Valley that it’s easy to forget the reason this place exists: Sun Valley Ski Resort.
Though Sun Valley is a dream destination for skiers and snowboarders, it’s so much more than that. This little town will surprise and delight you, even if you’ve never put on a pair of skis before.
Thanksgiving Package | November 26 – December 1, 2019
Make Sun Valley a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Join us for the opening day of the season, then enjoy a spectacular buffet with all of the traditional favorites, along with innovative twists on classic holiday dishes at the Sun Valley Inn.
Lodging rates at the Sun Valley Lodge start at $335/night and Sun Valley Inn start at $265/night Lift tickets are $59 for a three-day adult; $35 for a three-day child, and kids under 12 years old ski for free! Thanksgiving buffet tickets are $73 per adult, $50 per child, and kids under 3 years old eat for free! Offer Valid | November 26 – December 1, 2019
Our very own Rachel Wolfe and her boys…6-year-old boy is the youngest ever to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks
KETCHUM, Idaho (CBS 2) — Cody Lloyd of Ketchum is just 6 years old. And he’s already setting records in Idaho’s mountains.The 6-year-old, along with his older brother, Thijs, (who’s a whopping 8 years old by the way) have successfully climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks. What can take many Idaho outdoor enthusiasts months and even years, these youngsters finished the challenge in just a few weeks.
According to IdahoSummits.com, which tracks mountain climbers who have summited Borah, Leatherman, Church, Diamond, Breitenbach, Lost River, Idaho, Donaldson and Hyndman, Cody is the youngest ever. “We just started with the easiest one,” their father, David Lloyd told CBS 2 this week. “I thought we’d get one, maybe two and it would get out of their system but one weekend just came after the next and they were just motivated.”
FRI, AUG 9TH – MON, AUG 12TH
This summer we celebrate the 51st edition of the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival. Join us in beautiful Atkinson Park in downtown Ketchum as we welcome 130 professional artists and craftspeople to the Wood River Valley. This festival is a juried, outdoor, fine arts and crafts show that is completely free and open to the public. This event typically has food trucks, artist demonstrations, music and a kids’ activity area. The rigourous jury process used to select artists and craftspeople to exhibit their work ensures the residents and visitors to the show will see truly exceptional work in all different categories. According to the Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook, the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival in 2018 ranked #4 in the country for Fine Crafts sales and #20 in the country for Fine Arts sales.
Plan your visit to Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and the Wood River Valley to conincide with the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Fesitval to see for yourself what makes this such a special event!
Come for the great outdoors, stay for the great pasta, prime rib, and local fish in Idaho’s glitziest getaway
Sun Valley, Idaho, has been a clutch winter travel destination since the 1930s. But with fewer than 25,000 full-time residents in the whole of Blaine County, the local restaurant industry relies almost exclusively on tourism dollars year round. Ernest Hemingway was famously a fan of the summer fishing season, and today, the appetites of vacation homeowners like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill and Melinda Gates are more than enough to maintain a food scene that’s surprisingly vibrant considering the low headcount. In Sun Valley as well as the neighboring towns of Ketchum and Hailey, winter and summer visitors can fill up on mushroom poutine and Korean fried chicken, as well as plenty of local goodies like trout, salmon, beef, elk, and bison.
1. The Ram
3. Michel’s Christiania
4. Town Square Tavern
6. The Kneadery
8. Pioneer Saloon
10. Warfield Distillery & Brewery
11. Tundra Restaurant
12. C.K.’s Real Food
13. The Smokey Bone BBQ
Get a glimpse of what spring break in Sun Valley, Idaho is all about. Sunny corn snow skiing, pond skimming, gelande quaffing and Après ski live music are just a few of the not-to-miss happenings as we close out the winter season.
Also, get out to the remodeled Warm Springs Day Lodge for the Baldy Bash with killer spring skiing and riding, a street party with live music by Andy Frasco and Casey Kristofferson, and a barbeque on the patio.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Come for the skiing and stay for the party!
Sun Valley, Idaho
By March, the ski-mad crowds have thinned out from Idaho’s premier ski resort, but assuming global warming hasn’t completely ruined the season, you’ll still have loads of snow on the mountain. That means ample opportunity for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even cold weather fly fishing. It’s also prime time to spend a night at Idaho’s Dark Sky Reserve, where the best stargazing in the northwest seems especially bright on a cold, clear night.