Skiing & Riding

Opening Day is Reason to Celebrate

The excitement in town is tangible. From coffee shops, to burger joints: from offices to the aisles at the grocery store, all anyone is talking about is opening day on Thursday. Opening day is much more than just the first day that the lifts kick into gear on Baldy ushering in the snow sports season to come. It is a day filled with tradition, with optimism, and one that unites the entire community.

Photo: Avery Ardovino
The view on Bald Mountain is looking beautiful and wintry, just in time for opening day of Sun Valley’s 81st season

The temperature dropped last week, causing an inversely proportionate rise in the level of excitement among skiers, snowboarders, and those who love winter! Runs on Baldy glow white with snow in the dawn and dusk and anticipation is in the air.

This year, Sun Valley celebrates its 81st season as the nation’s original and premiere destination winter resort. And the buzz surrounding opening day extends well beyond the mountain. One of the best ways to get into the spirit of the snow sports season is through après ski.  This week, after you make your first turns of the season, head into River Run for some great music. On Friday, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Tylor and the Train Robbers will perform their signature honkytonk/Americana sound sure to set your toes tapping.  Then, on Saturday, again from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., valley favorite Old Death Whisper takes the stage at River Run and will rock your weekend.  All performances are free and the bar at River Run (a.k.a. Mahogany Ridge) is considered one of the best places to hang out in the valley.

There will be music to enjoy all weekend throughout the Resort. The inimitable Larry Harshbarger will tickle the keyboards as only he can at The Ram Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. On Thanksgiving evening, as well as Friday evening, the popular Jimmy & Paul will entertain at the Duchin Lounge at the Sun Valley Lodge. Alan Pennay will light up the Duchin on Saturday night, and Joe Fos plays his incomparable jazz on Sunday.

Tylor and The Train Robbers will kick off the après ski season this Friday at River Run

Another great off-mountain activity is daytime wagon rides. Offered both Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., these 15-minute horse-drawn wagon rides wind around scenic Sun Valley. Wagons depart every 15 minutes at the Baldy Circle in the Sun Valley Village. The route starts out Lake Street, around the Sun Valley Pavilion, then passing by the iconic Sun Valley Lodge, and ending at Baldy Circle. Free for all, fun for the whole family!

PHOTO: opening day 16 2.  Caption:  Wagon rides are fun for the whole family and they will be offered both Friday and Saturday at the Sun Valley Village

After a bountiful feast and some turns on the hill, your family may crave some down time. Stay inspired for winter while relaxing by taking in Warren Miller’s epic film, “Here, There, & Everywhere” at the Sun Valley Opera House on Friday starting at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5.50.  The popular film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, will also play at the Opera House on Thanksgiving Day at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, enjoy a screening of “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” at 7 p.m.

Though we don’t do Black Friday in the same crazed way as much of the rest of the country, this weekend is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping. The Sun Valley Village boutiques and River Run Plaza will offer extended holiday shopping hours over the weekend. If you are looking for a truly unique and thoughtful gift for your loved ones, you are sure to find it here.

You may also find some time to enjoy Sun Valley’s luxurious Spa and Fitness Center, to bowl with your family at the Lodge’s retro Bowling Center, or to take a swing at virtual golf at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. There is so much to keep you and yours busy and happy.

It will be a great season to come, from the Prospector Progressive Park on Dollar…

… to the steepest steeps on Baldy

It will be an exciting season on Baldy and Dollar, as the snow continues to fall and more and more terrain opens. This year on Baldy, additional glade skiing beckons, Adventure Trails offer fun for the whole family, and our top SnowSports School professionals are there to help you have the best experience possible in group or private lessons. On Dollar, the Terrain Park will delight and challenge skiers and snowboarders alike, and the Prospector Progressive Park is a super way to learn.

Welcome winter!  Let it snow!

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