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Ski Experience Near Sun Valley

Skiing in Sun Valley with its post-War boomtown architecture and longstanding worldwide great reputation could place you at the ultimate ski resort. Idaho is ski heaven, and that fact will come as no news to any winter sports enthusiast. The snow can get a bit heavy every once in a while, but it's bone dry as compared to most of the resorts closer to the Pacific. The occasional Arctic blast will see nighttime temperatures in the -30 degrees F. range, but most of the time, it will be far more comfortable, especially in the bright Idaho sunshine. The 220 inches of powder will very rarely ever experience a mid-winter thaw.

Ski Levels

Dollar is a superb beginners and children's mountain and Elkhorn is just a bit more challenging than Dollar. Head for the River Run Lodge for their superb ski school. The kids will be bused to Dollar. In addition, the fun terrain park is used by beginner skiers who have some very entertaining terrain waiting at Dollar.

If you're in a mixed ability group, you'll find yourself about a 20-minute bus trip away from the rest of your friends. You might want to head for Warm Springs terrain, which features a great selection of intermediate terrain and when you want to get totally wild, you can try out their new 425-foot-long monster superpipe with 18-foot-high walls groomed by a Pipe Monster to competition superpipe standards.

Bald Mountain, or Baldy, is an extremely challenging set of slopes that are best advised for high-intermediates on up. Baldy is packed with extremely difficult and very long runs such as Limelight, Seattle Ridge Trail, Fire Trail, and Exhibition Plunge. Just about as long (but a little bit easier to handle) are Grayhawk, Cozy, Hemingway, and River Run. Upper and Lower College are the closest you can get to easy runs on Baldy, and they'd be ranked a mid intermediate anywhere else.

When you're up for a touch of adventure, Sun Valley Heli-Ski will helicopter you deep into the backcountry where you can experience skiing far from the crowds. Another opportunity to get above it all is by paragliding with Fly Sun Valley. Then when you come back down to earth, head straight to Smiley Creek Lodge, rent a very powerful snowmobile, and explore magnificent snow-filled valleys and meadows. Year-round ice skating can be found at the Sun Valley Resort outdoor rink.

Après Ski

Your Sun Valley ski vacation can be filled with great indoor fun as well. The Boiler Room has side-splitting live comedy shows. Head to The Casino for some great billiards action on their large selection of tables, but you might want to note that gambling in Idaho is illegal, and The Casino is just the name of the place.