Skiing & Riding
Spring Break in Sun Valley
Vacation in the mountains
By Kitt Doucette
Where are we going for Spring Break this year? It’s a great question to ask and an even better one to answer.
Sure, there are the traditional options like Hawaii and Mexico, but consider this;
Do they have days on end of crystal clear, piercing blue, Idaho mountain skies?
Can you ride corn snow so soft and smooth that it often gets compared to butter?
What about soak in a hot pool at a historic lodge and sip on a cold local beer with beautiful snow covered peaks all around?
I think not.
There’s really only one place to go for spring break where the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes. Sun Valley, Idaho.
Springtime in the mountains of Idaho is absolutely magical. The days get longer, the sun rising higher in the sky. Temperatures increase as old man winter starts to release his grip and the serious business of shredding winter’s powder gives way to the more lighthearted dance of spring skiing.
Sun Valley’s unique and spectacular combination of abundant sunshine, Bald Mountain’s legendarily soft and smooth corn snow, iconic lodges, multiple hot pools, fantastic live music and daily celebrations of all things snow, sun and fun make it such a spring break slam dunk. It truly is the best of both worlds when so much winter fun happens under a summer sun.
It’s not just Bald Mountain either. Nearby Dollar Mountain has a world-class terrain park that attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the country to sample its perfectly sculpted features and creative lines. It’s also one of the best places in the country to learn how to ski or snowboard, no matter what age you are. The highly respected Sun Valley Snow Sports School has been instructing students in the sacred arts of ski technique since 1937 and spring is a great time to learn thanks the pleasant sunshine and mild temperatures. If cross-country skiing is what your after, there’s advanced trails that test the best Olympic Athletes who come from all over the world to train at Sun Valley’s Nordic Center and other trails so mellow you’ll see local toddlers taking their first steps on skis.
There’s no shortage of other activities to keep everyone entertained away from the slopes, trails and terrain parks. Sun Valley’s pedestrian village is a perfect place to spend a sun drenched afternoon shopping. The Lodge’s celebrated outdoor ice rink is open to the public every day and boasts some of the best views in the valley. Sip on a hot coco and watch Olympic skaters train, or take a skating lesson from one of the local pros. There’s also the amazing Spa at Sun Valley, where a full list of luxurious treatments are available daily. Try the Sun Valley Signature Spa Package and treat yourself to four hours of ultimate relaxation including a poolside lunch while enjoying a pedicure or manicure.
Do something a little different for spring break this year. Head to the hills, Sun Valley is calling. Where the sky is blue, the snow is soft, the sun is shining and springtime is a cause for celebration. With stay and ski free deals happening all season long and direct flights from major cities across the west, it’s never been easier to say yes to spring break in Sun Valley. Plus, for the entire month of March, if you stay three nights at Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, your fourth night is free and every night thereafter is 25% off.
For more information and events, check out these websites with the latest and greatest happenings around Sun Valley.
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