Sun Valley Idaho is a place of contradictions – it finds the perfect balance between being low-key and up-market. It has European influence mixed in with the cowboy Wild West. Roughing it in style is what attracts Hollywood royalty to hang out in Sun Valley. Sun Valley certainly has plenty of experience when it comes to operating a ski resort. It has a long history including the invention of the first chairlift, and a pioneering role as the first modern ski resort in the United States.
There are two distinct ski mountains. Bald Mountain, or “Baldy” as some like to call it, has mixed terrain and is considered the main ski area of Sun Valley. It has a modern lift infrastructure with 19 chairlifts, 7 of which are quads, and a well designed trail system. The vertical is 1,036 metres, so there are plenty of great wide cruisers that seem endless. There are also plenty of runs to entertain advanced skiers, including some backcountry powderhound territory on the back face of the mountain that has an easy traverse back to lifts. The other skiing and snowboarding area is Dollar Mountain, a treeless beginners’ area that also has a tubing park.
Elevation: Summit 9,150 feet | Base 5,920 feet