Sun Valley Celebrates the Great American Solar Eclipse

*UPDATE: Eclipse tickets on Bald Mountain are sold out as of 5/31/17

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s happening here in Sun Valley. On the morning of August 21, Ketchum and Sun Valley will experience a total solar eclipse, dubbed the “Great American Eclipse” because it will be visible only in the U.S. It can be experienced in its totality in very few locales – Sun Valley being one of them. The path of totality is a narrow band, 70 miles across, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.  A full schedule for the celebration is set and if you haven’t made your plans to be here yet, it’s time! You really don’t want to miss this.

In Sun Valley, the partial eclipse will begin at 10:12:37 a.m. and the total eclipse will begin at 11:29:38 a.m. It will last more than one minute and marks the first total eclipse of the sun in nearly 40 years. This truly is a big deal.

Sun Valley is directly in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse. There is no better place to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event

For eons, people have been mesmerized, intimidated, and in awe of the biggest show in the sky. While ancient people were often brought to their knees by this unusual and frightening event, spawning countless myths, legends, and superstitions, modern science has taken away the fear if not the wonder.  Practically speaking, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, gradually blocking the sun’s rays from reaching Earth. For those standing in Sun Valley, directly in the path of the eclipse, after about an hour the moon will completely block the sun from view, casting the earth into twilight. After a few minutes, the sun will slowly start to reappear. Imagine sitting in an open meadow or taking a chairlift up Baldy to watch this amazing spectacle. There is really no bad place in Sun Valley or Ketchum to witness the spectacle. Now all you need to do is get here!

The most amazing place to witness this amazing phenomenon will be at the summit of Bald Mountain. 

Once you do arrive, Sun Valley will host all our visitors in style with an eclipse party like no other. The action, not surprisingly, centers around Bald Mountain, elevation 9,150. On August 21, with a special eclipse lift ticket, you’ll be able to ride up the chairlift or gondola for this mind-blowing experience. Lifts will be operating from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets are limited.* Three options of tickets are still available: a green ticket that will get you to the summit via the River Run and Lookout Express lifts ($150), a gold lift ticket that will ferry you to the top of the mountain via the Roundhouse Gondola to Christmas lift ($175), or the very special Black Diamond VIP ticket ($295). For those of you who want the VIP experience, ride the gondola to the Roundhouse, where you will enjoy food and beverages on the beautiful wraparound deck before, during, and after the eclipse. There will be a buffet, Mimosas, and a Bloody Mary bar. You can enjoy the show from there, or continue to the summit on the Christmas Lift. The VIP ticket comes with priority parking and priority access for uploading and downloading the gondola and lift.
*UPDATE: Eclipse tickets on Bald Mountain are sold out as of 5/31/17

Sun Valley is smack in the middle of the path of totality, making it one of the best places to experience the eclipse

All tickets come with a pair of commemorative Sun Valley Solar Eclipse viewing glasses (a great souvenir and also required for safe eclipse viewing!). And once you get up top, stay a while. Live entertainment from the Emily Stanton Band, no-host bars and a barbecue will make this a true party at Lookout Day Lodge. Important: please be aware that downloading on lifts and the gondola is only available to those who purchased event tickets. Also, there will be no mountain bike lift service on August 21.

Join the people flocking from all over the country and the world to Sun Valley for the eclipse. During peak summer months, flights to Sun Valley originate in Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland, making getting here easy. And where better to watch the eclipse than the town that enjoys 250 days of sun a year?

All answers to your burning questions about the event can be found HERE.

This is the event of the year, the decade, and a lifetime. Come to Sun Valley, pop on your commemorative glasses, and turn your face to the sun!

Sun Valley has always been known for its stargazing with some of the clearest skies anywhere. At no time will this be more important than on August 21. The eclipse countdown has begun in earnest and it’s time to make sure you’re here to experience this celestial event in its totality!

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