Sun Valley in the Winter

Winter will prove to be a challenging time amidst the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is up to us to work on a collective front so that we can slow the spread of COVID-19,  avoid a shut down, and maintain the unique nature of this place we cherish. In order to do this, we ask that you: wear a mask, keep your 6 feet of distance from others, limit gatherings to ten or less, wash/sanitize your hands, and stay home if you are feeling sick. 

 When You're Ready

Sun Valley isn't just a ski town, it's a place with a unique culture born from its rich history and the contributions of the people who have called it home. The result is a ski vacation destination that isn't driven by the trends of the day, but instead is defined by its innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and adventurers. We're here because we love it here — come for a Sun Valley ski vacation this season and see why.

We have ample activities and things to do in addition to skiing this winter in Sun Valley. Take you pick from snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, ice/hockey skating, indoor workout classes, spas, art galleries, classes and so much more.

Sun Valley Resort 2020/2021 Operations & Updates

Sun Valley Resort does not plan to implement a reservation system or visitation limits for Sun Valley Season Pass holders or Epic Pass holders on Bald Mountain or Dollar Mountain this 20/21 winter season. If necessary, they will manage peak day access for both Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain through day-ticket restrictions.  Lift tickets will go on sale in early October, and this year we encourage all guests to pre-purchase their lift tickets online. Face coverings will be required in lift-lines, on the lifts and in lodges or close quarter situations where physical distancing is not possible.

The Sun Valley Resort is fortunate to be off the beaten path, and to have significant slope and lift capacities contributing to a relatively uncrowded resort.

New Terrain: The 2020/2021 season will cut the ribbon on a 380 acre expansion of skiable terrain on Bald Mountain and replacing the old Cold Springs lift with a state of the art express quad lift. We're looking forward to another amazing season on the mountain.

#1 Ranking from SKI Magazine: for the 2020/2021 season, Sun Valley is proud to announce the #1 ranked ski resort in the west by SKI Magazine.

Upcoming Events

Various Locations
Feb 1 – Feb 7 all-day
Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour @ Various Locations
12:00 am
Your trail. Your choice. Your Boulder. While many of the hallmarks of the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour remain in place, there are a few key changes this year in response to the Covid pandemic and desire to keep racers and the community-at-large as healthy as possible. The first is the date. Instead of one day, participants can ski any day and any style between Monday, February 1 and Sunday, February 7. The second is the place. BMT organizers are encouraging racers to use their imagination to create and complete self-supported 15 or 30-kilometer races. To this end, many ski areas and organizations have established courses in conjunction with the BMT. Course partners are located throughout the United States. They include Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Utah, Tahoe XC, Calif., Mount Bachelor, Ore., Meissner Nordic Community, Bend, Ore., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont, Washburn Ski Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, Mt., Sun Valley Nordic Center, and the Blaine County Recreation District. “We appreciate everyone rallying to make the Boulder happen. The response has been amazing. We want to emphasize you can ski anywhere. It doesn’t have to be an official course. It is whatever and wherever makes ...
Various Locations
Mar 17 – Mar 21 all-day
Sun Valley Film Festival - 10th Anniversary! @ Various Locations
12:00 am
The Sun Valley Film Festival brings together over 4,500 festival goers for five unforgettable days where industry insiders and movie lovers alike gather to celebrate the art of filmmaking in a majestic setting. A combination of cutting-edge content and unprecedented access in Sun Valley’s cinematic setting makes SVFF a “can’t miss” in this year’s lineup of destination festivals. Exclusive Screenings From documentaries to narratives, shorts and episodic work, SVFF provides an insider look into the gems of the independent circuit. See films on the big screen—as they were meant to be experienced—in an intimate, authentic setting with fellow film lovers. Engage in exclusive Q&As with working artists and the breakout storytellers of tomorrow. Panels and Labs SVFF’s panels and labs are a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the industry with names you know and those that you will know. Opportunities include Coffee Talks, the Screenwriters Lab, Salon and more. These are your chance to hear war stories from the best and the brightest in visual storytelling. Parties and Gatherings Main Street comes alive with non-stop celebrations and gatherings throughout the five day event. Festival HQ is an immersive lounge where guests are invited to connect, grab ...
Various Locations
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference @ Various Locations
12:00 am
SVWFC 2021 will take place on 25 – 28 June. While these 2021 dates are confirmed, health and safety factors in the upcoming months will determine if the physical component is appropriate.  We are optimistic toward both a physical and virtual program and are excited to have the event take place, as we had planned in 2020, in downtown Ketchum at the Argyros Performing Art Center, the Limelight Hotel, and the Forest Service Park. Announcing 2021 Featured Speaker: James Nestor Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020 A Goodreads Award Finalist for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put a new spotlight on respiratory illnesses and the breaths we so often take for granted. In Breath, author and journalist James Nestor lays out his ten-year personal investigation of breathing in a spellbinding, comedic, and riveting fashion.
Festival Meadows
Jul 9 – Jul 11 all-day
Ketchum Arts Festival @ Festival Meadows | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
  The Festival is held at the Festival Meadow located on Sun Valley Rd and admission to the Festival is FREE! Hours for the Festival are 10 – 6 Fri and Sat and 10 – 4 Sunday Over 100 Arts and Crafts from Idaho Artists Food and beer booths Free kids activity tent The neighboring Catholic Church graciously allowed the use of their parking lot for the event when they do not need it for Church functions. Click here for    Festival Map and List of Artists  

Use this calendar to find out what is happening in and around Sun Valley, Idaho and the entire Wood River Valley, including Ketchum and Hailey, plus...

Skiing & Snowboarding

Ranked the #1 Ski Resort by Ski Mag, Sun Valley is the place to be. We have it all – Bald Mountain’s vertical lines, Dollar Mountain’s family-oriented terrain, and limitless backcountry access.

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Nordic Skiing

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.

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Ice Skating & Hockey

Year-round ice. It’s not just for cocktail drinkers. Ice-skaters and hockey fans can lace up, too, no matter the season. Catch a Sun’s Hockey game or lace up your own skates this winter.

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Welcome Epic Pass Holders

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 The Sun Valley Resort will once again be in a partnership with the EPIC pass! While there is an affiliation, the Resort is not required to uphold the same reservation requirements that Vail owned resorts are required to do. For more information on Sun Valley's 20/21 resort operations, check out their site.

We've compiled everything you need to know from information on the pass offerings to special Epic Pass deals and specials. Hit the button below for all of the details.

Sun Valley Epic Pass Partnership

Plan Your Vacation or Call 1.866.265.4197

Getting Here

Getting here is easier than you think. With nonstop flights from 6 major cities, Sun Valley is closer than ever.

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Places to Stay

Book your perfect accommodations, from luxury resorts to cozy condos and expansive campgrounds.

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Dining & Nightlife

We value local, sustainable and organic food here in Sun Valley, and our menus show it. Learn more about our eclectic range of cuisines and nightlife.

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As the sun sets on 2020 we would like to wish you a happy New Year! // 📸: @wyattncaldwell #seeksunvalley #sunvalley #idaho #winter #sunset #newyear ...

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Wondering what to expect this winter in Sun Valley? Well do we have a blog for you! Check the link in our bio // #seeksunvalley #winter #backcountry #dinning #sunvalley ...

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Is Sun Valley at the top of the list for your next trip? We made a list if you need a few more reasons at the link in our bio. // 📸: @oliverguyphoto #seeksunvalley #bucketlist #skitrip #winter #skiing #sunvalley ...

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Do you know what the snow is telling you? Get more avalanche and winter preparedness information at the link in our bio // #seeksunvalley #winter #avalanche #winterready ...

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Who else is absolutely stoked for the season? Check the link in our bio for more about the Thanksgiving weekend and opening day! // 📸: @schirfphoto #seeksunvalley #sunvalley #skiseason #winter #thanksgiving #openingday #winterhike #snowdog ...

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Sun Valley is ranked #1 overall by @skimagazine heading into it’s 85th season! Top that off with a 380 acre terrain expansion and a brand new lift to make this season the one to cross @sunvalley off your bucket list! // #seeksunvalley #skimagazine #resortguide #wearenumberone #sunvalleystoke ...

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That time of year when the temperatures drop and the seasons clash! Soon enough we’ll be sliding on snow!! // 📸: @sdondero #seeksunvalley #winter #fall #firstsnow #fallcolors #contrast #barn #countdowntoskiing ...

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