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Feb
2017
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Winter

The Joys of Presidents’ Weekend

The Presidents’ Weekend holiday is nearly upon us, and for many lucky families, the whole of Presidents’ week as well. In Sun Valley, this means non-stop activities for the whole family, from the slopes to sleigh rides.
 
Of course, most people come to Sun Valley for the weekend and for ski week to ski or ride and this season conditions simply couldn’t be better. Winter storm after winter storm blanketed Baldy and Dollar in deep snow, allowing people to explore runs and areas of the mountain that aren’t always accessible. There are endless places to play. It’s been epic and the stoke is real!


This season has been made up of one glorious, amazing day on the mountain after another, courtesy of Mother Nature. Come play in the powder!

To get the most out of your ski vacation, it is a great idea to book some lessons early in your stay. For families, one of the most popular lesson options is the “Family Private” offered through the SnowSports School. This flexible lesson allows your family to build a unique day that works just the way you want it to. For instance, when you book an instructor for the day, each family member can get the experience he/she wants or needs. Maybe Dad wants to get first tracks on Baldy with an early-up and some fresh tracks. Mom may then want to focus on bump or crud skiing since the snow is so great. Then she and Dad may settle in for a wonderful lunch at River Run Lodge or Warm Springs Lodge while the kids get some special attention, skiing on Adventure Trails, in the glades, or in the basics. Instructors work with you to design a one-of-a-kind day sure to get your vacation started right! Group lessons are also available for every ability level and are a terrific way to take your skills and confidence to the next level. Please call 208-622-2289 to book your perfect experience.


One of the best ways to get the most of your Sun Valley vacation is to work with one of our top SnowSports instructors. You will be all smiles, too!

Another way to get the most of your trip to Sun Valley if you’re flying in from Seattle or Portland on Alaska Air is to enjoy a free half day of skiing or riding on us! Your boarding pass from these cities buys you a half-day on the mountain on the day you land. Also included is a free sport package rental at Pete Lane's Mountain Sports the day after arrival and 50 percent off an adult group lesson the day after arrival. If your tastes run to cross country, your boarding pass may also be exchanged for a free Nordic Day Pass. For more information, please click HERE.

If you’re traveling with young people or those young at heart, chances are some terrain park action is in your plans. Of course, the terrain park at Dollar challenges and delights with jumps, a Super Pipe, rails, and jibs. This year on Baldy, enthusiasts can also find some ‘pop-up parks’ at the top of Warm Springs and on the bottom of the Broadway Run on Seattle Ridge.


The terrain park on Dollar offers plenty of thrills with jumps, jibs, rails, and a pretty spectacular SuperPipe
 

And if that isn’t enough time on your skis or board, over Presidents’ Weekend, a very special evening of Night Skiing will be offered on Dollar on Sunday, February 19. This event is back by popular demand and is fun for young and older. Lifts on Dollar will run from 5 – 9 p.m. and pricing is $29 for adults and $19 for children 12 and under. Make a night of it by enjoying food at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, take a break with a hot chocolate, and just have a blast skiing or riding under the stars.


Fat biking is a trend that is catching on quickly. As part of the Lift Exchange Program, you can give it a try

Even the most enthusiastic shredders may want to take advantage of all the exciting activities off the slopes, too, and with this in mind, Sun Valley has two great offers. The first is the Lift Exchange Program. If you purchased a multi-day (three or more days) lift ticket and changed your mind (sore legs do happen!), you can trade it in for another amazing experience. Choose from the following options:

  • Hit the lanes at the Sun Valley Bowling Alley. This retro space is filled with fun. Exchange your ticket for one hour of bowling including shoes and a lane for up to six people. You will probably want to stay and play the many other games available (both video and old fashioned) while noshing on delicious snacks and maybe sipping a beer. It’s a great time!
  • Try your skill at the biggest trend on snow: fat biking. This fun sport lets you explore the trails at the Sun Valley Nordic Center in a whole new way. Helmets are included and rentals are based on availability. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Sun Valley Clubhouse.
  • Maybe spending the afternoon shopping sounds like the perfect respite. With your exchange, you can take $40 off your must-have purchase at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports, Brass Ranch, or Sun Valley Signatures & Gift Shop.
  • Perhaps just what you need can only be found at The Spa at Sun Valley. Use your exchange to take $40 off any services in this beautiful facility offering the finest in facials, massage, body treatments, and much more. Luxuriate by enjoying a steam, a sauna, and the other amenities of the wonderful locker room. With your treatment, you may also use the fitness facility and outdoor pool at the Lodge. Advanced reservations are necessary and may be made by calling 208-622-2160.
  • In a similar vein, you can enjoy a Day Pass at The Spa even if you want to forego a treatment. Spend your day indulging, relaxing and unwinding. A Day Pass includes the use of the fitness center, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and luxurious locker room facilities with steam, sauna and experiential showers.
  • Maybe a different type of on-snow fun is what you crave. Why not give Nordic skiing or snowshoeing a try. Hit the Sun Valley Nordic Center for a cross-country ski or snowshoe day pass and complete equipment rental package.
  • You can also use your day off to prepare for your next day on the slopes. Get an edge on the mountain with a $40 credit towards a ski tune-up at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports at River Run or Warm Springs.

The Exchange program is available between December 17, 2016 and April 10, 2017 with some blackout dates. Please call the Recreation Center at 208-622-2135 or the River Run Ticket Desk at (208) 622-6136 to exchange tickets before undertaking other activities.


The Sun Valley Bowling Center is fun for the whole family and a great way to spend an afternoon. It is one of the options on both the Sun Valley Fun Pass and the Lift Exchange Program

A Sun Valley Fun Pass is another way to way to get the most out of your time in paradise! For only $69 per person (plus tax), you can enjoy six out of seven popular activities. Think of it as a sampler of everything you should try while you’re here. Passes are available at the Sun Valley Recreation Office in the Village and more information is available at 208-622-2135. Activities include: ice skating (including rental), bowling (a half-hour and shoe rental), movie admission to the Opera House, a roundtrip gondola ride, snowshoe rental for a half-day, one hot chocolate beverage at a la mode in the Sun Valley Village, or a daytime sleigh ride.

And speaking of daytime sleigh rides, this activity is a favorite for the entire family. Daily horse-drawn sleigh rides leave the Sun Valley Village every half hour starting at 11 a.m. and running through 2 p.m. Reservations are not needed, just show up! This one-hour scenic tour winds over the river and through the snow, departing the Sun Valley Nordic Center and traveling across the Trail Creek Golf Course, to the Hemingway Memorial and Trail Creek Cabin. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 18 and under.  For questions, please call the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 208-622-2135 and be sure to bring a camera.


One of the most peaceful ways to spend an hour in Sun Valley is riding on a horse drawn sleigh through beautiful scenery. This popular activity is available over Presidents’ Weekend
   
If you need a break from all the action, Warren Miller’s newest adventure movie Here, There, and Everywhere will enjoy a special screening over President’s Weekend at the Sun Valley Opera House.

Presidents’ Weekend and week is one of the best times of the year in Sun Valley. Days are growing longer, the skiing and riding and Nordic conditions are amazing, and there is so much else to do, too. Come spend this mid-winter with us and have the time of your life!


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