It’s not tacky, dated sweater fashion that’s being celebrated when Sun Valley is hailed as “Nordic Town USA.” This is some of the best and definitely most immaculately groomed Nordic ski terrain in the US.
With 200 km+/- of networked trails, linking the south valley to the north as well as several spur Nordic track networks, it's one of the most expansive and convenient trail systems anywhere.
Sun Valley is such a (freakishly aerobic) Nordic mecca that the US Olympic Committee designated it the country's first Nordic Olympic Training Site and Paralympic Training Site for the world's best athletes.
Need gear, lessons, a shoulder to cry on? We've got a wide-ranging line-up of specialty retailers and XC skiing fanatics who offer rentals, instruction, guided tours and other activities at Galena Lodge and the Sun Valley Nordic Center.
You can Nordic ski out your door from anywhere in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District’s (BCRD) 160 km network of trails throughout the Wood River Valley, including the free 30km Wood River Trail and the pass-accessed North Valley Trails, Croy Nordic and Alturas Lake systems.
Want to immerse yourself in a cold bath of all things Nordic? Check out the Sun Valley Nordic Festival, the coming together of an unashamed cult of the skinny ski at the end of January each winter.
And if maneuvering with a slightly larger footprint is your preferred way to travel on snow, there’s always snowshoeing on dedicated trails and across the great white landscape.
Blaine County Recreation District
The BCRD manages the historic Galena Lodge and it's surrounding 50 km of groomed Nordic trails in the winter. In addition, they groom a total of 160 km of trails spanning much of the Wood River Valley. Check out their trail map for insights on what is available and what has been groomed.
Galena Lodge & Trail System
In the winter, Galena Lodge provides a warm and inviting home base for skiers and snowshoers to enjoy between forays into the winter wonderland. BCRD maintains and grooms over 50 km of groomed Nordic trails surrounding the lodge and 25 km of packed snowshoe trails.
Ride n' Glide Galena Bus Route
The Rid n' Glide bus route operated by Mountain Rides offers transportation from downtown Ketchum to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Baker Creek, Prairie Creek, and Galena trail systems.
The route runs weekends, Thanksgiving through the end of February and is free for the 2020/2021 season.
This is a great way to avoid the often crowded trailhead parking lots!
Sun Valley Resort Nordic Center
Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Our trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.
Winter Recreation Parking Map for Galena Summit
Backwoods Mountain Sports is an outdoor shop run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
Sun Valley Nordic Festival
“Our Race, Your Backyard” is the rallying cry for the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour, February 1-7, 2021. Skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in our virtual BMT this year by skiing a trail and distance of their choice in their home state or favorite place.
Course distances are 15k and 30 kilometers. Courses will be suggested at various areas and resorts at 10 regions throughout the United States and Canada. We are asking racers to self-time and submit their times via email to [email protected] We will post daily race updates via our BMT leaderboard and ask you to “Rock the Boulder” by sharing your photos we will be posting to the BMT Photo Wall and our social media sites.
Prizes will be awarded each day in many categories, including Best Costume, Oldest/Youngest Racers, Pacesetter, Team Spirit, Best in Snow and Best in Show (canine category). The week-long festival culminates with a virtual awards celebration and recognition of our participants that will be broadcast on Vimeo.