The history of ski racing in Sun Valley is as rich and as impressive as anyplace in the country. And the future is looking pretty bright, too. It is as if the slopes of Baldy and Dollar were blessed by the ski gods, Ullr and Skadi, to groom the fastest and strongest skiers and snowboarders to ever ride on snow. Sun Valley has been home to the best in the alpine sports scene since shortly after inventing the world’s first chairlift back in the 1930s. It’s a tradition that’s staying strong and is proudly on display as Sun Valley hosts events like last weekend...
It’s okay to admit it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We know you love to go bowling … and we do, too, especially at the newly renovated alley in the Sun Valley Lodge.
It’s estimated that 52 million Americans go bowling every year. It’s a fun and easy game that just about anybody of any age and any athletic ability can enjoy. Plus, bowling rather famously goes well with beer (see: ”The Big Lebowski,” or Homer Simpson).
Unfortunately, due in large part because bowling leagues aren’t nearly as popular as they once were, numerous alleys all over the country—including right here in the Wood River Valley—have closed. That’s why so many folks are thrilled that the bowling alley in Sun Valley has not only re-opened, but that it’s better than ever.
Originally installed in 1940, the Bowling Alley in the basement of Sun Valley Lodge is one of the oldest in the Northwest and was part of the original design of the building. And until the recent remodel of the Lodge, it really hadn’t changed much since then.
The lost-in-time feel was part of the bowling alley’s charm, although it had become a bit too dated and was in need of a facelift. So that’s exactly what has happened. The remodeled bowling alley still has the original six lanes and much of it’s `50s era appeal, but the lanes are now regulation length and the Old School ways have been replaced by high tech methods. The video arcade has modern games, there is a bar and food service, plenty of TVs, cozy booths for each lane and it is much brighter. It’s dramatically different in look, while it still manages to keep in touch with its historic vibe.
“They did a really good job,” Amber Morgan said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Amber and her husband, David, have two young sons who’ve been bowling in Sun Valley twice recently and the whole family really enjoys the new alley.
“Bowling here is awesome,” said eight-year-old Simon.
“This is fffuuuuunnnn!!!” six-year old Sawyer said with a big smile.
Great for birthday parties or for an hour or so of quality family fun, it’s tough to not have a good time when bowling with kids and friends at Sun Valley. Both my boys had bowled in the old lanes, but like the new and improved Sun Valley Bowling Alley better than the old version.
“This is much better than it used to be,” said seven-year-old Jack.
“I love it, when can we come back,” said five-year-old Sammy before we’d even finished playing a game recently.
The Sun Valley Bowling Alley is located in the basement of the Lodge, and can be reached through the elevator just down the Wall of Fame from the lobby. It’s open from 3 pm to 10pm weekdays and 11am to 10 pm Friday through Sunday, with lower rates before 4pm.
Up to six people can play per lane and you can reserve a lane or even the whole room for parties. For more information, 208.622.2135 or check out the webpage.
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