Skiing & Riding

A (Spring) Break For Families

March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month.

This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that right: Kids. Ski. Free -- during all 31 delightful days of the month. Finish out this glorious winter season in style at the one of participating resort properties, indulge in luxurious accommodations, and get a free lift ticket for each child 12 and under with a paid adult lift ticket. Please call 800-786-8259 for all the great details on this amazing package.

Join us on the slopes for a spring break in Sun Valley! In March, kids can ski free when you stay at the Resort! It’s a win-win

Rooms at the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn are beautifully designed to welcome the whole family with spacious and flexible accommodations. At the Inn, the freshly remodeled Inn Apartments are specially designed with families in mind. Each apartment has three separate bedrooms: one with a king, one with a queen, and another with twin beds. Perfect for everyone! These rooms also feature two large marble bathrooms and a full kitchen. Stay a while! The Inn also features Junior Suites and Parlor Suites, both offering extra room and lots of special amenities. Of course, lovely traditional and deluxe rooms are also available. The elegant Lodge also offers many different room types from large Lodge King Suites (some with a working fireplace!), to Two Queen Suites, Terrace Suites, and even Lodge Celebrity Suites. All are beautifully appointed, luxurious, spacious, and ready for your visit!  A reservations expert will help you book just the right configuration for your family.

The spacious newly renovated suites and rooms at the Sun Valley Inn were designed with families in mind

If you are here for a ski vacation, though, your first (and second, and third) stop will be Sun Valley’s pristine slopes. With fantastic snowmaking, award-winning grooming, and the best mountain vibe anywhere, it has been a super season that only gets better and better. Dollar Mountain went Live this winter, offering the entire family terrain that teaches, parks for everyone, and an incredibly welcoming and festive atmosphere for all generations. Baldy’s perfect vertical will probably also call during your stay. All kinds of terrain, appropriate for advanced beginner to expert skiers, will thrill and challenge the entire group, whether tastes run to wide open groomers, bumps, bowls, or pop-up parks. There is a reason Baldy is one of the most legendary ski mountains in America. Comes spend some time on its slopes and you will quickly see why.

Need a little inspiration?  If your break falls toward the end of March, you couldn’t find a better way to celebrate mountain culture, Sun Valley’s long and illustrious history of ski racing, and the very best of the best in the sport than by watching the 2018 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships, returning to Sun Valley from March 21 – 26.  Top competitors will be vying for titles in Alpine Combined, Super G, Slalom, and Giant Slalom on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain and the action will be electrifying. This event is free for spectators and even offers options for a VIP experience that will get you closer to action in to special events that support the event’s co-host with Sun Valley, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF). For more information on this epic event, please click HERE.

If you are looking for some inspiration on the slopes, or just want a front-row seat to some of the best ski racing action in the world, don’t miss the 2018 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships, returning to Sun Valley from March 21 - 26

There’s more to the event than just ski racing, though. The mountain will also be alive with après parties, live music at Warm Springs Lodge, dancing, and concerts. March will definitely not go out like a lamb slopeside!

Then, when you have seen the best of the best, be sure to book a lesson with Sun Valley’s SnowSports professionals to help you reach your full potential. No matter if your family includes both brand-new beginners and experts, the excellent cadre of instructors will work with everyone to ensure the best experience possible. From social group lessons to specialty private instruction, the options are almost limitless. Many families also opt for the “Family Affair” lesson that allows you to build a unique all-day private lesson experience, customized just for you. To book your lessons and discuss the many possibilities, please call 208-622-2289.  Before you know it, you will be skiing or riding like the pros!

Sun Valley’s outstanding SnowSports professionals will help your entire group get the most out of spring break on the slopes

And there are even more ways to enjoy spring break in Sun Valley. For bigger ‘kids’ who are in college, break in Sun Valley is filled with hours of awesome skiing and riding, parties on the decks on the River Run and Warm Springs lodges, live music, lunch on the Roundhouse deck … it’s fun from dawn until well into the night! College students can enjoy very special lift ticket pricing with a “College Six-Pack” to help get the most of the week away from the grind. There are also special Demo Days on March 10 and 11 that will help get the entire family into the latest and greatest gear at great prices.  Special events like closing weekend on Dollar (tentatively scheduled for April 1) also includes favorite events like the Cold Bowl Pond Skim, costumes, music, dancing, and celebrating the amazing mountain lifestyle.

Kids of all ages love spring break in Sun Valley! College students enjoy special lift pricing and the time of their lives

Even though skiing and riding are most likely why you’ve come, the family fun continues off the slopes. From an evening at the retro Bowling Alley, to an afternoon spent skating at the iconic outdoor ice rink, to catching a first-run movie at the Opera House, the Sun Valley Village offers so many ways to enjoy the break. Not sure the best way to choose your activities? Try the Fun Pass.  This allows you to enjoy six out of eight favorite activities in whatever order you like and at your own pace. Try everything out and see what you may want to repeat! The Fun Pass includes:

  • Ice Skating | One session + skate rental
  • Bowling | 1/2-hour + shoe rental
  • Opera House | Movie Admission
  • Gondola Ride | / foot traffic / roundtrip
  • Virtual Golf | One hour
  • a la Mode | One hot chocolate
  • Sleigh Ride| daytime
  • Snowshoe Rental | 1/2 day rental

The passes are available for purchase at the Sun Valley Guest Information Center Office and River Run Brass Ranch or by phoning 208-622-2135.

Fun on the mountains is a huge part of spring break, but families can also enjoy so many other ways to play, including rolling some strikes at the retro Bowling Alley

Hungry? Make sure to stop at the brand new Village Station for delicious, family-friendly fare like pizzas, pastas, fabulous appetizers, and entrees. Parents can enjoy a selection of regional craft beers or a specialty cocktail all while enjoying a game on one of the big screen televisions. For something sweet, a visit to the old-fashioned Chocolate Foundry is a must.

There’s no better place for a family to spend a fun-filled, experience-filled spring break than in Sun Valley. Take advantage of everything the resort offers, from top snowsports instruction, excellent skiing and riding conditions, activities to keep the whole group happy, and special events – not to mention the extraordinary stay and play “Kids Ski Free” package. It’s all happening in Sun Valley and it’s all happening in March!

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