Bucket List

Below is a sampling of the most memorable and iconic Sun Valley experiences to check off your list!

  • Hop in a helicopter and head out to get some of the lightest powder in the Rocky Mountains while Heli Skiing with Sun Valley Heliski Guides
  • Wake up with the sun for an early morning hike out Adams Gulch
  • Conquer the whitewater and raft the Payette or Salmon Rivers
  • Play ‘Nanook of the Sawtooths’ and stay in a yurt 
  • Mountain bike on Fisher Creek at dusk or Corral Creek at sunrise
  • Visit the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's Prayer Wheel in their Garden of Infinite Compassion--its been blessed by the Dalai Lama
  • Take in a moonlit ski or snowshoe and a savory dinner at Galena Lodge
  • Participate in world-class Nordic skiing and enter the Boulder Mountain Tour
  • Don a costume and tele-ski in style at the Hawaiian Nationals
  • Take up ice hockey with free equipment at Christina Potter's Ice Rink
  • Take a picnic to the Sun Valley Pavilion and enjoy a Summer Symphony evening
  • Go for a swim in the cool, clear waters of Redfish Lake
  • Take the long way; hike up Bald Mountain and ride the chairlift down
  • Get vertical and climb a peak in the Boulder, Sawtooth, White Cloud or Pioneer mountain ranges
  • Get a bird’s-eye view and take a tandem paraglide flight off of Baldy
  • Get your backcountry groove on and ski the Cross at Galena Pass
  • Catch the otherworldly beauty of the spring flowers at Craters of the Moon
  • Witness a natural wonder and fly fish during the brown or green drake hatch at Silver Creek
  • Pretend you are an outlaw or the sheriff at one of the area's ghost towns like Custer or Bonanza
  • Head to the Stanley basin and enjoy some quality beach time at Redfish, Stanley, Alturas, or Pettit Lakes
  • Work on your short game on the world-class putting course at the Sun Valley Golf Clubhouse 
  • Find your own masterpiece in the local art galleries during a Friday night gallery walk
  • Put on some skates and carve figure eights at Sun Valley’s year-round ice arena
  • Get literary and check out the local stomping grounds and resting place of Ernest Hemingway
  • Put your ego to the test and golf the nine-hole course at White Clouds
  • Soak in Frenchman’s Bend hot springs in a snowstorm
  • Go for some classic “star”-gazing of the celebrity photos in the Sun Valley Lodge
  • Get some ten-pin glory and bowl at the Sun Valley Lodge
  • Reenact your favorite scene from the Sound of Music and dance through alpine meadows of wildflowers
  • Ride the gondola for views and a cocktail at Averell’s at the Roundhouse 
  • Celebrate history and watch the “Big Hitch” turn the corner during the Wagon Days parade
  • Spot the black sheep among the thousands of wooly walkers during the Trailing of the Sheep parade
  • Live the mountain bike culture and spend your week at the Ride Sun Valley Festival
  • Take a guided mountain bike tour of some of Sun Valley’s world-class singletrack trails
  • Take the boat across Redfish Lake and discover the place locals call “Shangri La”
  • Travel back in time and tour the Ketchum Sun Valley Ski and History Museum
  • Immerse yourself in the world of mini-golf and enter the Ketchum Wide Open
  • Truly discover the spirit of the holiday and attend all the Sun Valley Christmas activities
  • Saddle up and head ‘em out on a trail ride in the local mountains
  • Get vertical with a guided rock climbing excursion to one of the various local crags
  • Feel the glow of a great day skiing with the quality après Sun Valley is famous for