The area surrounding Sun Valley offers visitors an endless variety of winter activities and spectacular scenery. Among the many sporting diversions available, you may favor skiing, snowshoeing, or ice skating.
Known as the "American Shangri-La” and as the nation's first destination ski resort, Sun Valley offers world class downhill skiing and snowboarding on one of the country's largest and best mountains. With 250 days of Rocky Mountain sunshine a year, your best days of skiing await you at Sun Valley.
Sun Valley is also one of the best places to learn how to ski. Dollar Mountain has high speed quad lifts, snowmaking and a ski school tradition of excellence. As the first destination ski resort in the country we’ve grown used to the idea that not everyone grows up with a world class ski mountain in their backyard. Bald Mountain is diverse enough for any intermediate to expert skier.
For the adventurous, backcountry trips with Sun Valley Heli Ski to three mountains offer unparalleled access to Idaho's legendary powder and terrain. But don’t get the impression that heli-skiing is only for the super advanced - there are plenty of inviting powdery slopes for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Sun Valley Heli Ski's world-class guides will take you to some of the lightest and deepest powder in the lower 48 and keep you safe while giving you a day with friends and family that you'll never forget.
Besides offering world class alpine skiing, Sun Valley is home to some of the most extensive and beautifully maintained Nordic trail systems in the nation. This is where the Boulder Mountain Tour, one of the nation’s pre-eminent cross country ski races is staged. Whether you’re an experienced Nordic skier, a world class athlete or a classic tour skier, you will be challenged by more than 200km of immaculately groomed trails.
Nordic ski trails in the Sun Valley area are open from mid-November to late April, depending on snowfall. Ski rentals, instruction, guided tours and other activities and services are offered by both Galena Lodge and the Sun Valley Nordic Center.
Sun Valley is home to year round ice! The rink is located just outside the Sun Valley Lodge and has skate rentals available in all sizes. Join a pick-up game of hockey or broomball at the natural ice rink at Atkinson's Park in Ketchum.