Sun Valley Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 45 Beginner
  • 52 Intermediate
  • 25 Advanced
  • 3 Expert
Ranked in the Top 5 of Ski Magazine's Resort Rankings for the 2011-12 season, Sun Valley is celebrating it's 76th winter season. This year, Sun Valley has added four gladed trails, 6 Adventure Trails and on Dollar Mountain, a halfpipe and 25 new features including, jibs, rails, boxes and cross course. Regardless of ability, from wee beginners to world ... class athletes, Sun Valley promises one of your most memorable ski vacations.

Total lift capacity at Sun Valley is 29,717 skiers per hour combined with a daily average of less than 3,000 skiers, virtually assures no lift lines on the mountain. Sun Valley’s 120 days of sunshine, combined with perfectly groomed slopes with over 80 runs on Bald and Dollar mountains invite enthusiasts to experience unforgettable days in the Idaho Rockies. More skiing in more sunshine on one of the world’s best ski mountains! Sun Valley, perfect snow, perfect weather!
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Sun Valley Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Sun Valley Operations


Plan to Open 11/24

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 19

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 122

Weekend Hours


Sun Valley Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

5,750 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

3,400 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

9,150 ft

Sun Valley Ski Pictures and Photos

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Sun Valley Trail Map

Sun Valley Reviews & Tips (72)

Sun Valley is a fun resort; the slope rating is tougher than other resorts (SV blues = Vail blacks). Snow was hard-packed and even icy in spots. Third day it softened a bit, but lots of groomers. Snow was too hard to ski on the un-groomed runs. Lifties super friendly, Roundhouse a must-do (fondue, what more needs to be said?). Base area lodges have music apres-ski, fun atmosphere. Was not busy on the mountain, no waits at any of the lift lines! Ketchum is a cute town with great restaurants for its size, and easy to get around thanks to compact city design and free bus service.
Sun Valley review written Feb 25 2015 - 09:48 AM
Molly Advanced Skier
Sun Tan Lotion. They call it Sun Valley for a reason. We had 3 beautiful days of sun and fantastic Skiing. Perfect weather, excellently groomed trails on Baldy, the ski school at Dollar is top notch, and you won't find nicer staff anywhere.
Sun Valley review written Feb 19 2015 - 01:37 PM
Owen Intermediate Skier
Snow came in almost every night - total trinkets - Bright blue skies all day long. Liftopia worked out great, lunch vouchers are valid even at RoundHouse, the mid-mountain deluxe restaurant. All runs were open this Christmas and the only line for a lift was Seattle for 3 minutes max. Super friendly lift and gondola operators make everyone feel welcome. Lots of very happy skiers and boarders of all ages all over Baldy. Great après at the Lodges or a Lefty's in town - always a good Sun Valley crowd out and about mixing with the visitors in this Classic Western Ski Town.
Sun Valley review written Dec 29 2014 - 12:05 PM
Sloat Intermediate Skier
Great spring trip (late March) with some powder and a good selection of runs open. Liftopia was great and convenient Except for when we wnated to do a half day. Tough airport to get into and out of with unwarranted cancellations of flights. Still a great experience and a fun mountain.
Sun Valley review written Apr 08 2014 - 12:49 PM
Ron Advanced Skier
addendum:We were there the end of Jan and the beginning of Feb.
Sun Valley review written Mar 04 2014 - 08:15 PM
jill Intermediate Skier
Make sure you check the board to see what has been groomed. We were there for some USSA races, Holiday bumps were great, and Limelight had been groomed. Except for Holiday I never skied the same run twice. I love Sun Valley, lots of runs, lots of variation and the snow was great the entire day 22 Feb 2014.
Sun Valley review written Feb 24 2014 - 03:21 PM
GaryL Advanced Skier
Skied Sun Valley on Monday February 10. We had blue bird skies and decent snow but they need more. Some runs and lifts were closed due to lack of snow. Glad I paid the discounted rate through Liftopia and not full price at the hill. There is a variety of terrain but nothing super steep. The day lodges were beautiful with good food. The view from the Seattle Ridge lodge is fantastic and a great way to enjoy lunch.
Sun Valley review written Feb 15 2014 - 01:45 PM
Colleen G Advanced Skier
Be in shape! I've been coming back every year since I lived here and no matter how you train, if your going for vert. your legs will burn! Great town, great mtn., great restaurants (Rico's, Pioneer, BK's, Rickshaw, my favs). Liftopia offers are a gift, had 2 weeks straight of amazing skiing thanks to them. At regular prices I would have only gotten a week. And don't let a low snow year deter you... this is the best grooming and snow making on the planet!
Sun Valley review written Jan 29 2014 - 08:08 PM
BakerBum Advanced Skier
Even with the lack of snow, the opened runs were fantastic! If you love hard snow as we do, Limelight was wonderful, as was Greyhawk! The food was wonderful at all the lodges; staff extremely friendly and helpful. A very positive Sun Valley experience. Buy your tickets thru Liftopia! Great savings over the everyday price.
Sun Valley review written Jan 29 2014 - 05:17 PM
Valskis Advanced Skier
Don't forget to follow the sun! Warm up on Seattle ridge before you hit the long runs down Warms springs and River Run. Great taco bar at The Lookout. Definitely got two days of leg burning with my Liftopia deal!
Sun Valley review written Jan 10 2014 - 05:47 PM
Liz Advanced Skier
Sharpen you edges. Good family fun, but marginal snow conditions. Liftopia, please be aware of conditions. Liftopia, thanks for the good service.
Sun Valley review written Jan 01 2014 - 04:45 PM
Linda J Intermediate Skier
Sun Valley was a great experience. The Liftopia package we bought a 5 out of 7 with a $15 lunch credit every day was the best. The food on the mountain was spectacular and the food credit coupon covered the cost of the most expensive meal. We went over Christmas week, they did not have a lot of snow but the snow they made was decent. There were no lift lines, easy to get around the mountain although a number of lifts and trails were closed. The staff were so nice and helpful and were vigilant about slowing down fast skiers in slow zones. They had wagons to use for pulling your skis out to your car. We made it to Dollar one day, very beginner and intermediate trails and a bit crowded but still a nice place. The staff will tell you that the greens at Sun Valley are like blues anywhere else and they are..more of a dark green/light blue :) Restaurants in town were great, we ate at Ketchum Grill, Michel's Christiana, Cornerstone, Rico's. Sun Valley Lodge has a lot going on, eat at Baldy's Pizza and get a free movie pass to whatever is playing at the Opera House there in the village. They also show a free Sun Valley Serenade movie every day at 4:30 except Friday. Take a sleigh/wagon ride from the Lodge to the Trail Creek Cabin for dinner, lots of winter fun in the summer sun!
Sun Valley review written Dec 30 2013 - 09:31 AM
Jackie Intermediate Skier
great place to rack up vert. 2013/14 there will be NO WARMSPRINGS PARKING,thats o.k.,river run is actually way better for family drop off anyway.
Sun Valley review written Nov 22 2013 - 07:30 PM
ward Advanced Skier
Brought my kids to Sun Valley, dollar mountain is much smaller and geared more to beginner skiers. Dollar mountain has great snowboard runs including a world class half pipe. As a bonus lift tickets are only 40.00 vs 100.00 at the big mountain.
Sun Valley review written Mar 28 2013 - 09:12 AM
Michael Roberts Intermediate Snowboarder
What a place!! If they get huge snow as in Eastern Idaho, a winning combo. The mountain is amazing. Warm Springs is the place to hang out. Hard to do the math, but I am guessing we got in excess of 40,000 vertical feet in 1 day. Love the bowls. Park at Warm Springs. Liftopia is the real deal!!
Sun Valley review written Mar 20 2013 - 03:56 PM
Chris M. Advanced Skier
The amenities @ the day lodges @ River Run and Warm Springs positively differentiate Sun Valley from other ski destinations in the West. The Liftopia lift ticket + food are a great value. Best lunch @ the Round House. Also a good central location to get elsewhere on the mountain after lunch. Be sure to lift your poles high when getting on the Christmas Lift. I broke a pole on that lift because it is too low. Expensive to replace poles at the base lodges.
Sun Valley review written Mar 04 2013 - 08:56 AM
Debbie Advanced Skier
Sun Valley review written Feb 27 2013 - 09:24 PM
BOB Advanced Skier
Go with someone that knows the area because it's huge. We skied from OB to OB and top to bottom >SPECTACULAR!! On mountain services are second to none!! Go, you'll be hooked!! You have to got to The Pios and Michel's Christiania in Ketchum. Go early to Pios(it gets crowded very early) and Michel's Christiania is a 5 star dining experience and make it a point to visit the original lodge to look at the memorabilia of the early days of Sun Valley(it has quite a history!)
Sun Valley review written Feb 25 2013 - 08:29 AM
Bill Harris Advanced Skier
Three dollar taco bar at Lookout is the best food deal on the mountain!
Sun Valley review written Feb 20 2013 - 02:48 PM
Sallie Advanced Skier
Facilities and staff were incredible! Greens are much steeper than at other western U.S. resorts but were well groomed most days. We did not have any snow fall for prior 30 days before our arrival so the hard pack was REALLY hard pack. Recommend College and Seattle ridge for intermediate skiier as well as the Blue bowls, they were wide open, easy and fun!
Sun Valley review written Feb 17 2013 - 10:02 AM
Steve Intermediate Skier
Just returned from 3 days at Sun Valley. Not much snow but the coverage was excellent. It was hard and fast but softened up as the day rolled on. A light dusting overnight softened it up just right. Lots of long and steep groomers and plenty of killer bump runs. There isn't much in the heart stopping extreme department but a fun mountain overall. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall steepness of the whole mountain. Not a hill for beginners. The food was great and not overly expensive. Best bang for your buck was the tacos at the lookout lodge on the summit. The guys at Sturtevants set me up with great demo gear and were very friendly. Sun Valley is definitely worth a visit.
Sun Valley review written Feb 12 2013 - 10:13 AM
Pat Advanced Skier
Great mountain with spectacular views. The green runs at SV are much steeper than greens I've seen at other resorts. They are more like blues in my opinion. The runs were very long and conditions great. All in all it was a wonderful first time experience.
Sun Valley review written Feb 05 2013 - 08:56 AM
Jayne Intermediate Skier
My junior/high school mates and I have gone to SV every year for the past 16 years. This year I was surprised to find tasty, affordable food for lunch. First $3 tacos at the Lookout Lodge and next Red Bean and Rice soup at River Run lodge. Can't beat the slope and grooming on Baldy.
Sun Valley review written Feb 04 2013 - 08:27 PM
Rob Benedetti Advanced Skier
Sun Valley is probably the best ski area in the USA. Most vert in the least amount of time. Food ain't bad either !!!
Sun Valley review written Jan 22 2013 - 12:08 PM
Raybo Advanced Skier
Use the Warm Springs parking. Easier,faster,less walking, and you ski almost to the car.
Sun Valley review written Jan 04 2013 - 02:12 PM
Lee Intermediate Skier
The 2 out of 3 lifttopia pass for my daughter was great and was well worth ordering on line! Enjoyed the spring skiing at Sun Valley very much..snow coverage was excellent everywhere including the bowls which are south facing and have no snow making. Skied off of the River Run detachable quads that have south facing exposures in the morning after 10:30 when some of those runs start to soften up ... gradually working over to Seattle Ridge by mid day for a top of the line lunch, Baron of Beef, with some nice cruising runs then at about 1:30 multiple runs down the bowls which face south that had about 1 to 2 inches of corn on top... the bowls close at 2:45 that leads us back to 3000 vertical foot runs down warm springs..., limelight and International. Finally back down the River Run side for soft bumps on Exhibition and a PBR and live music at the River Run lodge outside in the sun! 5 terrific spring skiing days! No crowds during easter week and due to the outstanding lift system... major vertical ski days everyday!. Best day was 25 runs and 60,000 vertical feet of skiing starting at 10:30! Oh ..did I forget the marble bathrooms in all the lodges? Can't go wrong @ SV especially if you buy your lift tickets at Liftopia!
Sun Valley review written Apr 08 2012 - 10:26 AM
dan Advanced Skier
Over the years my opinion of Sun Valley has evolved. I skied here before the advent of snowmaking and came to realize why they call this "Sun Valley" It is very sunny and over the decades has had problems with thin snow years. With the development of industry leading snow making technology combined with high-speed detachable chairllfts, SunValley has become on of the most consistant quality ski areas in the West. One dosen't need to worry about coverage or bad weather ,Sun Valley has generally very good conditions. The overly fancy lodges are pretentious and the area crawls with people more money than sense, yet the skiing is consistently good. With the changing climate patterns, Sun Valley is a place you can rely on. John C.
Sun Valley review written Apr 06 2012 - 03:04 PM
John C. Advanced Skier
Loved Sun Valley! Saved a lot of money with Liftopia and it was really easy. Didn't even need to print out the confirmation letter -- just let them know the confirmation number on the email. I recommend the wok bowl at the River Run lodge for lunch. A mid morning cocoa break at Seattle ridge was also nice.
Sun Valley review written Mar 31 2012 - 12:03 PM
Peter Marsh Advanced Skier
You can check in to pick up your lift ticket with the bar code on a smart phone-no need to print out the voucher.
Sun Valley review written Mar 27 2012 - 06:09 PM
TS Advanced Skier
It is true. Liftopia tix are redeemable at warm springs. For those of you who have bought them in previous years, you know they only worked at river run. I appreciate this change!
Sun Valley review written Mar 24 2012 - 06:56 PM
Lance Advanced Skier
Use liftopia. It saved us $20.00 per person. Kneadery was great for breakfast! Dinner was great but a bit crowded at Ketchum Grille
Sun Valley review written Mar 11 2012 - 02:36 PM
Karla Intermediate Skier
Very long runs which are exhausting. I was there the second week of March and they need snow badly, but they do a great job grooming. Spring skiing at its best with clear sunny days. Cheese fondue at Averill's is a must! Took two ski lessons with a very patient instructor. They helped a lot! Liftopia is the way to go! It was very easy to use, but be sure to ask about start and stop days, so you don't end up missing a day. Not a place for beginners. I am a casual skier , so I had some trouble keeping up. The runs are fast!Ez
Sun Valley review written Mar 08 2012 - 07:43 AM
Claire Intermediate Skier
32nd Boys Week Out. Excellent time as usual and really enjoyed the powder dump on Tuesday night (2/28). Needed the snow. This year the Liftopia tickets could be redeemed at Warm Springs which was much more convenient. French Onion soup at Seattle Ridge .... Do it. A shout out to Sturtevants at Warm Springs. Swapped out skies each day as conditions changed.
Sun Valley review written Mar 06 2012 - 01:22 PM
Ralph Advanced Skier
Couldn't have time it better. Friday was clear sunny and absolutely stunning views! Snow was a little icey iwth scraped powder on top, very fast and long steep groomed runs... You be taking a couple of breaks a day. Saturday clody with fresh snow.., Long runs short lines and tired legs! If you are staying for a while check out the condo rentals to save some money on food and lodging.
Sun Valley review written Feb 20 2012 - 04:24 PM
Dave Advanced Skier
Have the prime rib sandwich at the Seattle ridge lodge
Sun Valley review written Feb 16 2012 - 01:55 PM
Charlie Advanced Skier
Skied 1 day, 2/13, they need snow bad, but still really enjoyed Sun Valley for my 1st trip there. Loved the looong fall line runs & short lift lines. What a place to gobble up BIG vertical. Because of the steepness & weather of late, most runs were on the crusty (icy) side. Like many reviews say, if it's your 1st time there, just disregard the Green/Blue signs. There really is nothing on Baldy for a true beginner & if you are a lower intermediate, stick to the Green runs, at least under these snow conditions. Liftopia ticket was a breeze to use and very nice $20 off. I can't wait to come back with better snow conditions & go for 50-60K of vertical in a day!
Sun Valley review written Feb 16 2012 - 09:01 AM
Tom T Intermediate Skier
It was my first trip and I am definitely going back! Even with less than stellar snow, the lack of lines, great terrain, and general feel of the mountain (as well as Ketchum) made this a memorable week. There are better runs on the Warm Springs side but the food at the River Run Lodge has a lot more choices. Whiskey Jacques, Rickshaw, and Pioneer Saloon are all great places to eat and drink off the mountain.
Sun Valley review written Feb 14 2012 - 10:38 AM
Jim Advanced Skier
Just got back from a week and great snow! Great long cruising runs. They need snow, but no objects to hit on groomed runs. Some grass, bushes, rocks on bump runs and bowls, but overall excellent. Best of all, no lift lines!
Sun Valley review written Feb 12 2012 - 10:08 AM
Bruce Advanced Skier
Liftopia is the way to go. Just got back from 7 days of skiing Sun Valley. I gave the ticket agent the number she needed from the liftopia email on my iphone and my Id. Presto, I had my lift ticket. I did this three times and never a problem. Sun Valley's amenities are awesome. I never had to buy a drink with lunch as they have free water stations everywhere. Great place with sweet views. I'm in my mid forties and felt like a kid here, as there were a lot of AARP members. Met one guy who is 84 and skies 100 days every year. Something to look forward to. The slopes were empty with no lift lines even on the weekends. Skied every run. You can ski bumps from the top to almost the bottom. Sun Valley is worth the drive from Boise.
Sun Valley review written Feb 01 2012 - 02:33 PM
CSY Advanced Skier
Hit Sun Valley this weekend with some buddies and we all utilized the Liftopia. Great way to go. But, I didn't print off the reservation so it tool me a bit longer as i had to go into the lodge and show my ID so they could look it up on the internet. So, make sure you print off your slip and you are good to go...takes about the same amount of time to get your ticket as if you were paying via debit...just cheaper. Will be using this many more times in the future.
Sun Valley review written Jan 30 2012 - 06:12 PM
Scott Newberry Advanced Skier
Great deal with Liftopia , otherwise 89USD for a ticket is expensive. Great skiing and lots of off piste but with grass and rocks showing, one needed to pick your way down ! They do need more snow but we never saw a lift line line, even at the weekend ! Every one was very friendly ! Roundhouse is a must for lunch or dinner.
Sun Valley review written Jan 30 2012 - 08:34 AM
Sally Advanced Skier
Just returned from a three day trip to Sun Valley. Due to their extensive snowmaking capability we enjoyed very good snow conditions on most of the runs. Due to the drought conditions current affecting the western United States, I doubt this would be the case at virtually any other western ski resort at this point in the 2011/2012 season. One qualification: if you are a skier and enjoy bumps, your options will be limited as most of the runs serviced by snowmaking equipment are regularly groomed. Love the resort and the town and the Liftopia discount is great.
Sun Valley review written Jan 09 2012 - 01:23 PM
Kevin Advanced Snowboarder
Good Tip- Bought 3 of 5 ticket on Thursday for starting on Friday. Liftopia prices went up on Saturday. I didn't plan on skiing until Sunday so I thought I would then need to ski 3 straight days. AT THE LIFT THEY TOLD ME THE 3 of 5 STARTS THE FIRST DAY IT IS SCANNED AT THE LIFT. Good to know when the prices are higher when you plan to ski but the prices are less before that time.
Sun Valley review written Dec 18 2011 - 03:14 PM
Pat Advanced Skier
As always, this is the best mountain I've ever been on, but can be expensive with the old money mentality. Liftopia was great and makes it affordable as well as quick and easy.
Sun Valley review written Apr 19 2011 - 03:20 PM
Jen Intermediate Skier
Lot's of old money skiing, but slopes generally empty. Awesome nordic trails. Liftopia tickets redeemed w/o problems.
Sun Valley review written Apr 01 2011 - 10:08 AM
monika Intermediate Skier
Excellent week, highlighted by the 2+ feet of snow Monday. Great mountain - steep & long runs, world-class bowls and short lift lines. Liftopia worked great. In fact, I ski all over the west but have never been to SV, but the Liftopia savings made me give it a shot, and I'm sold. I'll definitely be back!!
Sun Valley review written Mar 25 2011 - 02:42 PM
Devin Advanced Skier
Sun Valley was awesome the second day we got 25 inches of snow it was crazy they didnt open the lifts till 10:30 that sucked but for our safety. Lift lines were small but monday we found out quick that spring break started up with lift lines at river run all the way to the bridge!! Liftopia was great Peace out!
Sun Valley review written Mar 23 2011 - 09:35 PM
Monte Intermediate Snowboarder
Liftopia was great, tickets were in a convenient location. The mountain was tough but I think beginners could still enjoy themselves especially at Seattle Ridge. Stay at Krystal Villa and you can walk to the lodge.
Sun Valley review written Mar 21 2011 - 09:32 PM
Jenn Beginner Snowboarder
This is a hard mountain for your beginner friends. There really is not much actual beginner terrain. For the hard core, it's a blast. And the gondola makes it easy to meet the beginners for lunch at the Round House without stressing them.
Sun Valley review written Mar 20 2011 - 11:45 AM
YGS Intermediate Skier
Got 2 3 of 4 Day Liftopia tickets, redeemed at the River Run Lodge, with IDs as instructed. No problems, the ticket agent was happy to accept the printed receipt. Saved $80. Mar 12-14: 2 fabulous spring days and 4-8" new snow the 3rd for early-morning freshies. Dined at Ketchum Grill, Vintage, and one lunch at the Round House where Tim the accordian player adds a great Bavarian flair. Got sandwiches for the road at Perry's when leaving (sadly as it was snowing hard).
Sun Valley review written Mar 16 2011 - 02:26 PM
Nick V Advanced Skier
Liftopia, awesome way to save money on lift tickets. Will most definitely use them for my ski vacations. Very convenient for ticket pick up for one of my favorite places to ski.
Sun Valley review written Mar 09 2011 - 08:52 PM
Angelica(intermediate/advanced) Advanced Skier
Some of the best bump runs I've found in North America. Start in the bowls with first tracks and finish 2500' vertical later in knee high bumps - doesn't get any better!
Sun Valley review written Mar 04 2011 - 04:01 PM
Dr Bump Advanced Skier
Do not hesitate to utilize Liftopia. My ticket was ready at the River Run ticket window, and you save about $16. This was my first time to ski Sun Valley (SV). I drove over from Boise, a bit more than 150 miles. I started at 0600, and was on the mountain at 0930. I lucked out because the day was clear, and the roads were dry. The speed limit on the 86 mile stretch of Hwy 20 between Mountain Home, and the Hwy 20/Hwy 75 junction, is marked 65 mph, but one can safely set the speed control at 70 mph, or more (if you want to risk a ticket), so the distance goes pretty fast. However, I wouldn't desire to drive this stretch during a snowstorm. It is flat ranch country, in a wide valley, and I bet the snow can really drift. Watch your speed when going through the several small towns going up on Hwy 75 to Ketchum. I went by two tourist turkeys getting writen up by the local police. One driver had his passenger seat wife beating on him after the police turned on his lights. This was funny! Today (3/1/11)was just about the perfect ski day; great snow, no wind, sunny, and temp in the high 20's, low 30's. It was 40 F at the bottom of Warm Springs at 3:00 PM. I skied about every run on the mountain at least once. Lots of long steep runs (e.g Limelight)that were groomed nicely, but the sides had plenty of bumps. It wasn't crowded at all. I only saw a few boarders. I also noticed very few skiers, other than myself, who were droping into the bowls. The bumps were only knee high, nice spacing, although the snow was pretty hard, until the sun warmed them up. When I went into the Seattle Ridge, and Warm Springs lodges, and saw all the folks without their helmets and hats, I understood why I didn't see very many folks in the steeps and bumps. Almost everyone was "old" (except for most of the staff)! I am 61 myself, and have been skiing for CO for 38 years, and am pretty good, albeit certainly not an "expert" skier. I run marathons, and up to Ironman 70.3 races, so I am in great shape for my age. I usually ski in CO and UT with my two sons (both very good and agressive skiers in their 20's) and their skier and boarder friends. I am obviously a member of the "older generation", but it really hit home today. I'm not a kid anymore, but I certainly felt like one today! TRUST YOUR TRAINING & JUST DO IT at SV! Oh yes, I skied Snow Basin, UT on Sunday (2/27/11), and one can certainly see the similarity in the lodges'design, construction, and furnishings- very nice!! SV and Snow Basin are first class resorts. SV has the better overall mountain, but the Snow Basin terrain would be better on a powder day.
Sun Valley review written Mar 01 2011 - 08:57 PM
Dawson Smith Advanced Skier
I've lived in Idaho for a lot of years and have visited this very high priced resort only 5 or 6 times - Spending money on this resort makes me feel like I am supporting high priced tickets. Clearly the decision makers at Sun Valley don't agree with me as there are few if any bargains to be had with this place, but Liftopia is making inroads and I hope to be able to ski Sun valley in the future - love the long runs.
Sun Valley review written Feb 20 2011 - 01:38 PM
William Advanced Skier
Great resort, good weather, good people, and good turns. Only issue was wife was hurt and there was no way to get credit for the day she could not ski. Otherwise good deal.
Sun Valley review written Feb 19 2011 - 08:47 AM
Dennis Advanced Skier
I had a great week in Sun Valley. My ski instructor helped me work out some really bad habits. The instructors there are excellent (Thanks Terri Walls!) Then I was rewarded with 6 inches of new snow on my last day! Saved a bunch using Liftopia!
Sun Valley review written Feb 18 2011 - 05:21 PM
heyjoelle Intermediate Skier
I had a great time at Sun Valley. All the staff were more than helpful. Great place to ski. Saved lots of money using Liftopia. Thanks
Sun Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 01:53 PM
Frank Advanced Skier
No tips needed. Smooth transaction and lots o money was saved. I'm a convert to Liftopia!
Sun Valley review written Feb 11 2011 - 02:04 PM
Christopher Advanced Skier
keep up the god work. sun valley was great!
Sun Valley review written Feb 11 2011 - 12:20 PM
ken Advanced Snowboarder
Awesome place which was made even better due to the great price received from Liftopia!!!! $39 bucks to board @ Sun Valley.... Are you kidding!!!!!!
Sun Valley review written Feb 04 2011 - 03:59 PM
Tom Advanced Snowboarder
Not a complaint, but it would be nice if tickets could be picked up at both the River Run and Warm Springs Lodge. I called and was able to pick them up at Warm Springs, but it took about 30 minutes for the staff to figure it all out and transfer the info from River Run. No problem, but it would be nice if both lodges were up to speed and could get you the tickets. Thanks so much! :)
Sun Valley review written Feb 04 2011 - 03:57 PM
Jamie Advanced Skier
Liftopia is the best no hassle discount ticket deal in the USA. Was here for the 50th and now the 75th. Hasn't changed a bit, still the best in the west.
Sun Valley review written Jan 30 2011 - 06:27 PM
Rootin Tootin Advanced Skier
Sun Valley did not disappoint - plenty of sun, light snow, fabulous staff, well groomed slopes and no lift lines! Liftopia ticket sales were easy and pick up was fast at the ticket office.
Sun Valley review written Jan 20 2011 - 11:20 PM
Randy Advanced Skier
We have enjoyed skiing at Sun Valley for so many years, it is hard to think of any one tip: 1-If you have skied other great mts and experienced big crowds-Not so here! And, fast lifts with very helpful staff. 2-Set aside at least one day during your 'week' to enjoy Ketchum and the Lodge at Sun Valley, they are steeped in historic treasure. (E. Hemmingway is buried there, the Union Pacific Railroad owner/developer was a great statesman)
Sun Valley review written Jan 09 2011 - 02:25 PM
Phil Advanced Skier
We have been fortunate to ski at Sun Valley for many years, including the Fiftietth and now the 75th. Wow every year it gets better. Big mountain, small crowds, great personal service. and well groomed slopes where you want it, or not. Adding the savings of Liftopia is great, thanks.
Sun Valley review written Jan 09 2011 - 10:21 AM
Phil Advanced Skier
there are many people to help with the equipment. first class resort. park at lower parking lot at river run plaza and take the free shuttle to the lodge. they help with loading and unloading the equipment. will definitely return to sun valley
Sun Valley review written Jan 05 2011 - 05:35 PM
mike Intermediate Skier
Great skiing in Sun Valley! Just be aware that their greens are really blues. My six year old handled it well but could have been tough for a new skier.
Sun Valley review written Dec 28 2010 - 06:47 PM
Katie Advanced Skier
This year's early snow make pre-Xmas skiing an amazing experience. We were able to redeem our tickets at any SV lodge and that was a surprising convenience. It's going to be an awsome ski season. Go and do it...with Liftopial tickets to make it even better.
Sun Valley review written Dec 27 2010 - 03:39 PM
Chuck Intermediate Skier
I took my kids and they had a great time. Great mountain with very long runs. 13 inches of powder our fist day up. Thanks Liftopia.
Sun Valley review written Dec 26 2010 - 09:59 AM
Ray Arguello Advanced Skier
Sun Valley was the best!! New snow almost every morning! They said it was the best opening conditions in decades... and we hit it on the MONEY! Speaking of money... Liftopia is the BEST! We saved $15 per ticket every day. The ticket sales manager, Jennifer, said we were the only ones using it and that it was the best deal EVER. Its easy too... we went online every evening and ordered our tickets... went to the ticket counter and said our names and booking number and whola... lift tickets for $42 a day. The regular price while we were there was $57. Do it! By the way... if you're skiing in Sun Valley in January tickets are $39!!! I'm coming back then. Our tip: KEEP FINDING THESE JAMMING DEALS! Thanks Liftopia! Larry
Sun Valley review written Dec 11 2010 - 05:14 PM
Larry, Cathy, Steve, & Dru Advanced Skier
We had a great experience. Sun Valley was awesome as usual. Skiing early, the whole mountain is not open but you don't have to contend with the crowds either. Liftopia was so easy to use also. We highly recommend using it. We will use it again.
Sun Valley review written Dec 05 2010 - 06:24 PM
Dena Intermediate Skier
Had a couple of great meals in Ketchum at Ciro Restaurant - fantastic seafood specials, great pizza, & very reasonable prices. Engaging staff & cool place. Go!
Sun Valley review written Dec 02 2010 - 04:43 PM
Lisa Advanced Skier

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