March in Sun Valley is coming in like a lion with significant snowfall falling over the past week and more predicted through the weekend. The month will also not go out like the proverbial lamb, because the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships, a world-class event, is coming to Baldy’s storied slopes from March 21 to 26. You won’t want to miss a minute of this celebration of amazing ski racing and mountain culture.
The action returns! Sun Valley last hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2016. It was so great,...
Now that the temperatures have begun cooling down and the summer crowds have started to scatter lots of folks will tell you it’s the best time of year to be in Sun Valley.
This is especially true for people who like to play golf. The annual “Aspen Glow Stay and Play Golf Packages at Sun Valley begin the day after Labor Day and runs until September 27th. In case you were in need of a good excuse to take advantage of these packages, here are four great reasons.
#1: It’s a Smoking Deal!
By taking advantage of the Aspen Glow Stay and Play Packages parties of two can not only stay at the new Sun Valley Lodge for what it normally costs, but can also play one of Sun Valley’s three world-class golf courses for free.
“You pretty much either get a free room or a free round of golf, however you want to look at it,” said Mike Wrobel. “ A lot of semi-local people from Boise, Twin and Idaho Falls take advantage of it. There are a lot of return people each fall.”
Of course, a lot of people in the fall isn’t quite the same as a lot of people during the height of the summer or winter seasons. Even the busiest autumn days seem quiet in comparison.
#2: The Conditions Have Never Been Better!
Mike Wrobel has been with Sun Valley Company for 20 winters now, primarily in the race department. He’s also been working at the Sun Valley Clubhouse for nine years. Earlier this week Mike said that the mild and wet spring coupled with plenty of precipitation throughout the summer and the area’s famous abundance of sunshine has been really good for all three Sun Valley course: Trail Creek, White Clouds and Elkhorn.
“The golf courses have never been in better shape,” he said.
David Kurtz, Sun Valley’s assistant golf pro, said Mike’s sentiments have been backed up by lots of folks, especially by those who’ve been playing locally for a longtime.
“Everybody keeps talking about how great the courses are playing. That they’ve never been in better shape,” he said.
#3: The Weather is Great
While the days grow shorter and the leaves on the aspens, willows and cottonwoods begin to blaze in gold, the temperatures in the mountains of Idaho can be downright perfect to do stuff like play golf, sleep in or go for a stroll at dusk. They views aint too shabby either!
The average daily highs in Sun Valley in September are 67° with lots of sunshine and very little rain.
“Fall is tough to beat here,” Mike said.
#4: The Après Golfing is Great!
With less people around it’s a lot easier to get seats at your favorite restaurants, bars or coffee shops. So it’s easy to find a nice spot to sit back, relax and reflect on your round.
One of the best and tastiest spots in the Wood River Valley to sit outside is the patio of the Sun Valley Club. It overlooks Baldy, Dollar and the Trail Creek course. It’s also surrounded by the Driving Range and Sawtooth Putting Course, which is extremely popular with people of all ages and all golfing abilities—or lack thereof.
“The putting course is very popular, especially for families and after work for locals,” David said. “It’s a great way to introduce kids and other people to the game.”
Taking advantage of the Aspen Glow Stay and Play Packages are also a great way to introduce people to golf in Sun Valley and all the area has to offer golfers both on and off the greens.
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