Sun Valley is rightfully known for consistent, perfect vertical on our slopes; the best cross country skiing in the country; hiking and mountain biking and rock climbing. But Sun Valley is also famous for its thriving arts scene. Local galleries feature top artists that draw collectors from near and far. Renown speakers and performers grace stages and podiums year-round. The calendar is dotted with star-studded film festivals and conferences. The arts scene in this little town in the Idaho mountains offers so much that visitors are often surprised by the breadth and...
Skiing & Riding
The cool thing about Ski Magazine’s annual resort rankings is that they’re not just about the ski areas, but they’re also about the surrounding mountain towns that help make them so unique.
Sun Valley was named the #2 Top Overall Ski Resort in the West in the hallowed magazines annual rankings for 2016, which were announced this week. And while the overall title may have eluded America’s original destination ski resort, Sun Valley took home 1st place in five different categories: Grooming, Lifts, Family Programs, Character, and Overall Satisfaction.
“This is a really a community wide recognition. Something we all can be proud of,” Sun Valley’ s director of marketing and public relations Jack Sibbach said.
Sun Valley also took home 2nd place in Service, On-Mountain Food, Dining, and most impressive, Terrain Parks. It looks like folks are really starting to notice and appreciate all the terrain park magic that’s been going on at Dollar Mountain the last few winters.
More than 700 folks who voted on the survey also made comments specifically about Sun Valley. And in a world full of complaints, it’s awfully nice to hear some kind words about our beloved ski mountain and community. The strengths of Sun Valley shine through throughout the responses.
“Superb ambiance, service, sense of community, friendliness of locals and total lack of crowds and lift lines. The greatest ski mountain in North America.”
“Sun Valley still retains a ski resort feeling. No sprawl and malls.”
“We love the people. We have never met locals at any resort that compare to the wonderful people we have met in 25 years visiting Sun Valley.”
“Sun Valley represents a nostalgic, but very updated ski resort. Best of both worlds.”
“The sun shines most days and the groomed slopes are excellent.”
“Best skiing in North America.”
“The best cruising mountain on the planet!”
“I love how beautiful Sun Valley area is. Mountain vistas in every direction. Variety of activities for snow lovers on and off Baldy … Warm and friendly people in all the communities surrounding Sun Valley.
“Sometimes I feel like I have the whole mountain to myself, and no lift lines ever!”
“Awesome grooming, friendly staff, no lift lines, just a little difficult to get to so you don't get crazy traffic and crowdedness.”
“Everyone who goes to Sun Valley loves it!!”
“People watching, sheer gorgeousness, great long slopes and LOTS of variety and challenge.”
“Iconic, spectacular mountain and town.”
Of course, these comments go on and on like an Allman Brothers song, this is just a sampling from the first 100 responses, but you get the gist. From the slopes to the seats at the restaurants and bars to the culture, history and familial sense of community, people love Sun Valley—and for good reasons.
The annual Ski Mag rankings aren’t just great at getting us skiers and boarders fired up for another season, but they also give locals and those who love the community of Sun Valley a reason to celebrate. Start warming up the wax and breaking out the boots and jackets, another epic season is on its way!
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