More than sixty years ago, Sun Valley was created as the first destination ski and summer resort. Now, this world renowned ski area boasts luxurious amenities and a refined style have become the trademark of Sun Valley. Skiing is available on Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, considered by many to be the finest teaching mountain in the world. Off slope winter activities include Nordic skiing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, as well as fine art and cultural experiences. Summer brings fantastic fishing, horseback riding, hiking, river rafting and much more.
Count Felix Schaffgotsch was instructed by Averell Harriman, then Chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, to travel to the West and look for a site for a ski resort comparable to those in Switzerland and Austria. The Count investigated areas in Wyoming, California and Colorado and was heading home when it was suggested that he look at Ketchum, Idaho. He did this and less than a year later the Sun Valley Resort opened. Sun Valley’s outstanding Alpine skiing on Baldy is enhanced by the many miles of groomed trails for cross country skiing and racing. Snowshoeing is also a popular activity. Baldy Mountain is considered the best single ski mountain in the U. S. Sun Valley has 18 lifts (1 surface lift, 5 double chairs, 5 triple chairs, and 7 hi-speed quads). The uphill lift capacity is 28,180 per hour. Seventy-eight runs are offered with the longest run being 15,840 feet. Sun Valley has 2,054 acres of skiable area. The mountain’s top elevation is 9,150 and base elevation 5,750 for a 3,400 feet of vertical terrain. Two championship ice skating rinks are popular both summer and winter. They offer alpine skiing, cross country skiing, women and children’s programs and snowboarding. Their average annual snowfall is 220 inches.
In the summer, there are five golf courses in operation, including two 18 hole, par 72 courses. Eighty-five tennis courts are available and trails for biking, mountain biking, in-line skating, running and walking through four communities (over 30 miles). Many miles of mountain trails have been groomed for hikers and horseback riders. Fishing is excellent in nearby mountain streams and lakes.Culture Experiences, Fantastic Fishing, Luxurious Amenities, River Rafting, scenic