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

Sun Valley Nordic Festival, featuring the Boulder Mountain Tour @ Various Locations
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The 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour has changed from an in-person event in Sun Valley to an in-person ski-where-you-are event, taking place February 1-7.  All participants will take part in a 30k or 15k race of their choosing during the Boulder Tour Ski Week and submit their times online. More details on schedule to follow, including details for our virtual awards show!  
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 ...
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  
Sun Valley Resort
Jul 17 – Jul 20 all-day
Sun Valley Writers' Conference @ Sun Valley Resort
12:00 am
We are still formulating our plans for the 2021 Conference. Our highest priority is the safety of our attendees, writers, and staff. While we do not yet know exactly what shape SVWC will take next year, we do know that even with optimistic planning, the experience must differ from years past. We anticipate that we will have to reimagine any sort of in-person gathering in order to safely host our writers and attendees on the Sun Valley Resort campus and we are making preliminary plans for next July with a scaled-back program and limited attendance. We are also consulting with legal and medical advisors and reaching out to writers. Just as soon as we have a better sense of how we can proceed, we will provide more information about our plans and any options to purchase passes. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate any converted 2020 passes in 2021. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] or call 208.726.5454. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this challenging situation and please stay well.  Pass Cancellation Policy: If your plans change and you are no longer able to use your pass, you may request a cancellation up until May 15 ...

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


 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

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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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Explore Flights

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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Time seems to blur down by the water. // 📸: @joshwaitman #fall #seeksunvalley #river #gowiththeflow #fallcolors ...

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No matter how you cruise the trails, there is sure to be colors exploding everywhere // 📸: @elisabethontheroad #horsebackriding #trails #fall #fallcolors #seeksunvalley ...

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Anyone else cramming in the last few hikes before the snow arrives? // #fall #hiking #sunset #peak #fallsnow ...

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Fresh snow up high has us running straight into the next season! @tuckerpatton #freshsnow #fall #winter #trailrunning #winteriscoming ...

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