Skiing & Riding

Spring into Spring Break

There are arguments to be made for the primacy of nearly any month in Sun Valley, but March has much to recommend it. Think two words: spring break. A late season vacation in the Idaho mountains means warm, sunny days under bright blue skies; snow that turns into delicious corn on the slopes by mid-morning; après ski on the deck of a sophisticated mountain lodge; and fun whether you are in kindergarten, college, or just lucky enough to have a vacation coming your way.

‚ÄčIt’s looking like endless spring in Sun Valley with bluebird skies, epic ski conditions, and so many ways to soak it all in

This spring break in Sun Valley promises to be even more epic than usual. With the snow stake atop Baldy tallying up nearly 300 inches, yes 300 inches, of snow for the season, the number of trails and quality of snow open late into the season promise to be unusually high. What does this mean for you? Skiing and riding through glades, over bumps, down steeps, hidden pockets of powder and crud, and, of course, Sun Valley’s legendary groomers. With longer days, warmer days, and the smell of spring in the air, there really is no better time to hit the hill.

Another great day in the snow can be found on Dollar Mountain where the whole family can play and enjoy. With the perfect combination of a gentle hill for those starting out in skiing and riding and a world-class terrain park boasting one of the nation’s only Superpipes, it’s easy to spend hours enjoying everything Dollar offers. A note to parents: you can sit on the deck at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge and have a clear view of all the action. Indulge in a beer or a glass or wine and turn your face to the sun while your mini-shredders get in those last few runs.

One great way to get the most of spring skiing is to work with one of Sun Valley’s outstanding SnowSports instructors. You, too, will be smiling this broadly!

Starting on March 16 and running through March 19, if you want to be truly inspired, be sure to check out the USSA Freestyle & Freesking Jr. National Championships. This major competition brings together the top junior athletes from each division and consists of showdowns in moguls, dual moguls, aerials, halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air. Events will take place both on Baldy (moguls) and Dollar and are sure to be an eye-popping extravaganza of skill and daring. Be sure to catch at least part of the action.

If you are lucky enough to be here mid-month, be sure to take in some of the eye-popping action of the USSA Freestyle & Freesking Jr. National Championships

Cross country skiing is still going strong thanks to snowstorm after snowstorm and some cool temperatures early in the month. Whether you are a seasoned pro, or are new to classic or skate skiing, the excellent staff at the Sun Valley Nordic Center will get you outfitted and can provide instruction to individuals or groups. Don’t forget to also try the biggest new trend on snow – fat biking or enjoy a leisurely snowshoe.  They are all beautiful ways to get outdoors.

No matter where you choose to play, be sure to enjoy some of what makes spring break spring break, namely great food, beverages, and music! There is nothing as enjoyable as a full day of skiing or riding followed by pulling up a chair on the deck of River Run, Warm Springs, Seattle Ridge, or Dollar to enjoy some refreshments. To make the experience even more fun, live music will be offered après ski many afternoons this month.  At River Run, favorites like Old Death Whisper and Bread & Circus will get the crowd to its feet – even in ski boots! For a full listing of après ski events, please click HERE.

Dollar Mountain is the epicenter for terrain park action in Sun Valley, providing countless ways to play

For off-slope action, the Sun Valley Film Festival returns from March 15 – 19 bringing dozens of original feature films, shorts, world premieres, documentaries, and works-in-progress to Sun Valley. Intimate venues to interact with industry insiders and big name stars like Geena Davis and Allison Williams abound. The Festival also throws a pretty great party and there’s sure to be some of the best nightlife of the year when the Festival is in town. To learn more about this event and for tickets, please click HERE.

March is also the season for sales and is the best time to preview next season’s hottest styles. On March 17, Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports in the Sun Valley Village will host a Nils Skiwear sample sale. View next year's trends from 3 – 7 p.m. and save up to 30 percent. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will add to the merriment. On March 18, the shopping action moves to River Run Plaza. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Brass Ranch hosts a Cordova Trunk Show. Pre-order these one-of-a-kind one-piece catsuits from the beautiful 2018 line while noshing on hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine.

What goes together better than fine champagne and the finest spring skiing and riding? Really, I can’t think of anything

Also on March 18, don’t miss a bubbly good time. From 1 – 5 p.m., premium champagne vintner Veuve Clicquot returns to Baldy for the Clicquot in the Snow event. This spirited afternoon features live music, a photo booth, and of course, delicate champagne by the glass or bottle.

For an upbeat night and a change of scene, don’t miss North Coast Hip Hop Improv at the Opera House on March 20. This premier comedy team will perform from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and are sure to delight. The premise? An audience member provides a suggestion and North Coast runs with it, performing a fully improvised “Hip-Hopera.” Every performance is completely new and will leave you cheering. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $25.

No trip to Sun Valley is complete without a turn or two on the iconic outdoor ice rink. It’s fun for the whole family

Fun for the whole family also includes bowling at the Sun Valley Lodge, ice skating beneath the sun or stars, horse drawn sleigh rides on Saturdays and Sundays, sledding, movies, and so much more. You can go from morning until late at night if your energy levels permit!

To get the most of your spring break experience, don’t miss the Stay and play package valid now through April 3. With this, your family can play on the slopes and stay at the Lodge or Inn while saving 25 percent on lodging and lift tickets, and the Sun Valley Winter Fun Pass. Kids under 12 ski for free with a paid adult lift ticket and a three-night minimum stay. The Bluebird Package will also let you enjoy spring skiing and riding in Sun Valley’s gorgeous conditions starting March 31 and lasting through closing day. This, too, saves you 25 percent on lodging and lift tickets with kids under 12 skiing free. To reserve your vacation, please call: 800.786.8259

Bring on the sun; bring on spring break!

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