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If you're looking for the world's best ski mountain, you just may have found it in Baldy.
What makes up a perfect ski day? First a mountain with perfect pitch, consistent vertical from its 9,150 ft. peak down to the 5,750 ft. base. No flats, no plateaus - all downhill on a variety of slopes rated to your liking and ability.
There's a place for crowds but it's not on a pristine ski slope. Sun Valley's lift capacity is 29,717 skiers/riders per hour and the average skier day is only 3,000. Lift service is waiting on you - you're not waiting in long lines.
Sun Valley was aptly named because its brilliant sun shines 80 percent of the ski season in an azur blue sky. After all, it was "winter sports under a summer sun" that put Sun Valley on the map nearly 75 years ago.
And since that time, Sun Valley has continued adding mountain amenities to take the winter vacation to all new heights. New on the scene is the Roundhouse Gondola and launching of the new Dollar Mountain Terrain Park - soon to be another world class act in Sun Valley.
The Red Tail Hawk trails are named after this prodigious bird of prey, indigenous to the Bald Mountain area and prolific hunters on the slopes of the mountain, year-round.
The trails meander through the lightly wooded area on the skiers left of the Lower Warm Springs ski run. The Red Tail Hawks are presented as great experiences for Kids who are proficient skiers on Lower Warm Springs and would like to try trail skiing.
These adventure trails area is located in the wooded area on skiers' right of the Lower Warm Springs ski run. The entrance of the trail is immediately below Lift #9 at the point that Machine Road switchbacks to the Lower Warm Springs run and adjacent (across the run from) the Top Half Pipe Road. The Trail area is in two segments.
The Upper Section of the trail may be accessed from the skiers right of Warm Springs, immediately below the first Machine Road switchback and below the base of the Flying Squirrel lift. The trail descends gently through the trees following the natural contours of the lightly forested stand of trees, making several turns over the distance of approximately 400 feet. The trail emerges onto the skiers' right of the Warm Springs Run approximately 50 feet uphill from the point at which Machine Road again emerges onto the ski run.
The Lower Section of the trail starts from the tree line on skiers' right of the Lower Warm Springs run immediately below the continuation of Machine Road and continues, as segment one, through the lightly forested area between the road and the ski run. The trail descends gently through the trees following the natural contours of the lightly forested stand of trees, making four turns over the distance of approximately 250 feet, emerging onto the skiers' right of the Lower Warm Springs run onto a bench which begins access to the main run.
The Huckleberry Bear Adventure Trail is named after the Black Bears often seen wandering in the vicinity of the Olympic Ridge ski run, mostly during the summer months. The Black Bear gains its whimsical 'Huckleberry' name after what is likely one of his delicacies, the Huckleberry, Idaho's state fruit.
The trail laces through a lightly wooded stand of trees over the distance of about 200 feet, exiting to the skiers left of the Olympic Ridge ski run. Huckleberry Bear offers a wooded yet relatively open treed experience for the young explorer.
This adventure trail area is located in a wooded triangle which is bordered by the Olympic Ridge ski run and Olympic Lane as it descends adjacent to the ski run. The trail is accessed via a natural opening in the tree line on skiers' right of the Olympic Ridge ski run, approximately 50 feet below Olympic Lane.
The trail descends through a lightly wooded area of mature trees which are generously spaced and winds through the trees following the contour of the gentle slope. The length of the trail is approximately 300 feet, consisting of four to six sweeping turns, emerging from the stand of trees on a bench approximately 50 feet to the skiers' right of the Olympic Ridge ski run.
The Foxy Forest trail offers an extended trail experience for the more accomplished young skier/rider. Named 'Foxy' referring to the Red Fox, indigenous to this particular part of Bald Mountain…
A foxy adventure is sure to be had as young skiers/riders descend a serpentine path through a lightly forested area adjacent to the Upper Can Can Ski Run. The Foxy adventurer can expect to experience an exciting and fun filled tour.
This adventure trail area is located in the skiers' left hand side of the wooded area between Lower College, Upper Can-Can, Upper French Dip, and Lilly Marlane. The entrance to the trail is on the skiers' right of the Upper Can-Can ski run, approximately 100 feet below the Lower College ski run. The trail follows the natural contour of the slope, through the generously spaced trees, winding down the slope, back and forth, as it descends downhill towards Lilly Marlane. Approximately 100 feet above Lilly Marlane the trail turns to the skiers left and exits the wooded area on the far skiers left of the bottom of Upper Can-Can. This exit is protected by mature trees and offers an opportunity to stop and proceed the additional 50 feet down the left side of Upper Can-Can to the Lilly Marlane Road.
The Flume adventure trail offers an exciting and fun filled descent through a natural 'flume-like' path, a 'swale', naturally carved into the terrain. The Flume trail reminds us of the rich mining history of the Wood River Valley during the late 1800's. The trail is named after the Guyer Hot Springs Flume, a man-made trough that carried timber from Warm Springs logging sites to Frenchman's, stoking the furnaces in the Philadelphia Smelter at the confluence of the Big Wood River and Warm Springs Creek.
The Flume adventure is for the most accomplished rider/skiers, and offers the excitement of a flume ride as it twists and turns, descending into Frenchman's.
This adventure trail is located in the area bordered by the Au Jus ski run, Lilly Marlene, and the French Connection Road. The entrance to the trail is approximately 25 feet down run, towards Au Jus on the access trail, leaving Lilly Marlene. The trail winds down a gentle swale, side to side, which has its high point at the intersection of Lilly Marlane and the Au Jus access trail, and its low point at the intersection of the swale and the French Connection road, approximately 25 feet from the skiers right of the Au Jus ski run. The total run length is approximately 300 feet.
The Red-Headed Wood Pecker trail is a fun and exciting tour though a large stand of Lodge Pole Pines, the beautiful habitat of the Pileated Woodpecker, a majestic creature indigenous to Bald Mountain. Standing more than 24 inches tall, this incredible bird ushers the young adventurer through a winding path with a distinct forested feel.
The Red-Headed Woodpecker trail is a great way for kids to explore our wooded mountain areas and maybe see a Red-Headed Woodpecker or two.
This adventure trail is located in the area bordered by the Broadway ski run and the lower third of Christin's Silver ski run. The trail is entered from the tree line at the skiers left of Christin's Silver, approximately 300 feet above the low point of the stand of trees. The trail follows the natural contour of the slope and winds through woods with a gentle descent and five to six turn, emerging from the wooded area on a bench, between Broadway and Christin's Silver ski runs. This trail can be easily extended uphill and can be bisected into two contiguous segments, exiting and re-entering onto Christin's Silver.