Sun Valley

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Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Overall

4.9

Idaho is home to Sun Valley – the most famous, historic ski resort in the country. Sun Valley is the “original,” home of the world’s first chairlift in the country, on Dollar Mountain in 1936. This is the resort that produced so many Olympians and invented the ski week concept as movie stars, musicians, skaters and skiers arrived by train for days of winter play.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Sun Valley vs
Sun ValleyBogus Basin
beginner36 %22 %
intermediate42 %45 %
advanced20 %33 %
expert2 %-
total runs80 91
ski area2,054ac 2,600ac
summit elevation9,150ft 7,581ft
total lifts18 7
child lift ticket$78 $10
adult lift ticket$149 $62
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall115″ 55″

Sun Valley Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 20 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
CConnor
advanced skier
I love Sun Valley! It is great for all levels of skiiers. Enjoy some world class groomers or primal backountry trees. The food is phenomonal and the night life a blast. 5 out of 5!... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Sun Valley has two mountains, Dollar and Baldy. Dollar is fun if you're looking for not as steep terrain and and killer parks. Not as large but still pretty fun, the halfpipe is very well maintained. Baldy is the steep mountain that is more well known. If you can time a powder day you will be beyond stoked. It has lots of steeps and the trees can... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
NBNathan B.
advanced snowboarder
I love going to Sun Valley to ride one of the best resorts out there can’t wait to return to the slopes hopefully this season! Yay! Com on im not a robot... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 23, 2017
EHEric H.
Sun Valley is my favorite ski resort to visit. 3000 vertical feet steep laps, no lift lines, elegant but not expensive, great restaurants, fun bars, and the most authentic ski town I have ever visited. On top of that, the Sun Valley Lodge is my favorite hotel in the country.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 16, 2017
JDJeff D.
I love the convenience of drop off and the fact that there are barely ever any lift lines. The lodges are beautiful and the ski terrain offers so many challenges. The place is fantastic!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
JDJeff D.
Our favorite family resort! It so easy to drop off my wife and kids and park only a minute away! It takes the stress out of a dropoff. Plus the skiing is great and less crowded than most resorts.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2012
CCathy
Sun Valley is just all around a great resort. The beauty, resort, town, food, people - all make for a great vacation!
Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 18, 2012
JJohn
Sun Valley offers beautiful settings, up to date lifts, wonderful lodges and all types of skiing challenges for our whole family.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Feb 04, 2012
PPaul
We love Sun Valley. We used to own a condo there and spent 2 weeks there every spring and 1 week each summer. We are enjoying being able to share Sun Valley with our teenage children.
Superb!

5 / 5

May 22, 2011
KKarl
I have been skiing Sun Valley since I was a year old. It is just that kind of place that once you start going its hard to break the habit. There is something so romantic about the town, the mountain, and the resort...the way Baldy gracefully looms above quiet town below. Or now from the deck on the new Dollar lodge she looks like a Mom smiling down... More
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