Sun Valley

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Sun valley
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
Have your say on Sun Valley
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 30, 2010
MMark
The variety of terrain, the excellent restaurants in the area, and the ski valet services available on the mountain.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 02, 2010
DDaniel
This resort is lovely. It is out of the way and very laid back. It has multiple mountains to ski.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Feb 22, 2010
JJamie
Just a fun place to be. Beautiful views of the mountains and lots of celebs on the slopes. Difficult skiing yet you can find enough to ski together even with young children.
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 28, 2009
KKarl
Long, long runs at a great pitch, good snow, great lifts, and a fine town.
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 09, 2009
KKcapps
This is the oldest resort in the nation and had the first chair lift. The tradition is unbeatable and the setteing is perfect. The lower altitude has less of an effect on the head and the snow making system suppliments below average snow. The temps are usually much warmer than most resorts and the sun is usually out.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 25, 2009
PPat
HARDER THAN SNOWMASS, BUT JUST AS NICE. HIDDEN AWAY,NOT TOO CROWDED. LOT OF SKI AREA. GREAT SNOW ALWAYS. EXCELLENT TOWN YOU CAN WALK TO, ICE SKATING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR. FREE PROFESSIONAL CHRISTMAS SHOW. GREAT DINING. 2ND BEST TO SNOWMASS.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 19, 2008
CClara
This area has everything that anyone could want, lodging, scenery, food, and the best mountain
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 29, 2006
VVinh
I like Sun Valley because its lifts are great, and it's so close to the shopping center
Very Good!

4 / 5

May 16, 2006
RRick
The mountain is great, but the restaurants and bars in town are excellent and easy to gte to. Plus, the people are friendly and helpful.
Average!

3 / 5

Dec 28, 2004
AAndy
Long runs but doesn't have the bowl skiing that Vail does.
Other ski resorts in

Idaho

Bogus Basin
22% 45% 33%
Lookout Pass
9% 50% 41%
Sun Valley
36% 42% 22%