It’s beginning to look a lot like ski season. Baldy’s slopes are clearly delineated in delightful winter white, the forecast this week looks wonderfully snowy (more than a foot of snow expected!), and anticipation fills the air. In just a week, at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, the lifts at the base of River Run and Dollar will spring into action, carrying the lucky first skiers and boarders to the start of what is sure to be an amazing year. This year, Sun Valley celebrates its 82nd season as America’s premiere destination ski resort...
Skiing & Riding
As most locals know, you can score sweet deals on flights to Sun Valley every now and again, you’ve just got to be paying attention. Thanks to Alaska Airlines, this weekend is one of those times
Plane tickets to Sun Valley from Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles are all on sale until midnight Monday, November 21st.
And the timing couldn’t be better, as temperatures have finally dropped and it once again feels and looks like winter in our romantic and cozy valley. The slopes of Baldy and Dollar are turning white, and the smiles of skiers and snowboarders are getting bigger everyday.
More good news! Alaska Airlines also just announced that planes traveling to Sun Valley on their sister carrier, Horizon Air, will now be equipped with new navigation performance equipment that will reduce diversions due to inclement weather by 95%!
This weekend’s airline ticket sale covers much of the ski season, from December 17th through March 21, which makes this an ideal opportunity for folks to escape the noise, traffic and crowds of the Big Cities for some time enjoying the quiet tranquility of the mountains—except during powder days and while après skiing, of course, when folks are anything but quiet.
Sun Valley’s 81st season promises to be a very good one.
Baldy will now be home to several “Adventure Zones,” which are pocket terrain parks scattered around the mountain offering rollers, berms and small rails for all abilities.
Dollar Mountain will also be adding new jibs in the Railyard Terrain Park. Terrain Park Manager Nate Sheehan and his talented Parks and Pipe team will be changing up the terrain parks weekly, keeping everyone from the little shredders to some of the best pros in the business stoked and steadily challenged
Good Times to Visit Sun Valley this Winter
Christmas and New Years are always enjoyable and very memorable in Sun Valley. From the Village Tree Lighting and the legendary Ice Shows to the Torchlight Parade and fireworks on Christmas Eve, the holidays are magical in Sun Valley.
As many longtime Sun Valley fans will tell you, January can be the best month of the year on Baldy and Dollar. The crowds are gone. The snow is here, and bluebird days get so nice it can almost feel more like June than January. That’s why you might see folks on the sun deck at River Run or Seattle Ridge make a toast to “June-uary.”
Nordic skiers take over the area on February 2-5th for the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival and the famous Boulder Mountain Tour. It’s an easy weekend to see why we’re called “Nordic Town USA.”
The Sun Valley Film Festival runs from March 15-19th this year and has quickly garnered a reputation for being one of the best in the business.
Sun Valley is also an ideal place for spring break. Averaging 250 days of sunshine a year, Sun Valley usually lives up to its name. Besides great spring skiing, there’s also lots of fun stuff for families to do off the slopes, too. The bowling alley and heated swimming pools at the resort are lots of fun. There are sleigh rides and even fat tire winter mountain bikes for rent. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are a lot of fun as well.
No matter what you want to do when you visit Sun Valley, if you’re looking of for a good excuse—and a great deal on some airline tickets—this weekend is the perfect time for you to book a trip to America’s original destination ski resort and one of the prettiest mountain towns in America.
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