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...
When the doors of the elevator open to the Sun Valley Bowling Alley and Game Room, the oohs and aahs begin immediately. This fully re-imagined space in the lower level of the Sun Valley Lodge is a throwback to a colorful, comfortable and maybe slightly slower time. Think 1950s retro (leather banquettes, diamond-patterned walls) meets the modern day. Everything is brand new, sparkling clean and old-fashioned fun like bowling and pinball mix comfortably with popular video games. Add libations from the bar, great snacks from the kitchen and you have a memorable way to spend some quality Sun Valley time. This is one of the Northwest’s oldest bowling alleys and it's a favorite no matter if you’re five or 85. Open year-round, this new bigger, better and beautiful center has to be experienced to be believed.
Bring the whole gang to the new Sun Valley Bowling Alley and Game Room for some good, old-fashioned family fun
With friends visiting from Tennessee with two teenagers, a trip to the Bowling Center was high on the to do list. Our group of seven (four teens, three adults) showed up shortly after opening at 11 a.m., traded in our shoes for some of the cleanest bowling shoes anyone had ever seen and took Lane 1 by storm.
Quickly, everyone’s strengths and perceived strengths became apparent. Edward, 17, approached his game with unbridled confidence. His aim may not have always been true, but his conviction never wavered. Catherine, 15, took a more deliberate approach to racking up the points, rolling steady and a little slower. It turns out that my two daughters, 14 and 16, are vastly different bowlers, with one showing some great natural talent and one not showing some great natural talent. I won’t say who was who. The adults, however, proved our mettle and skill, placing 1st, 2nd and 4th in final standings. In this case, I am fine to admit the fourth place was mine. Automated scoring kept us honest.
The welcome is warm, the food is tasty and the fun is simple and authentic whether you are a pro bowler or a complete novice
But it really wasn’t about the bowling. In fact, it was hardly about the bowling at all. Which was a good thing since only one of us broke 100 (go, Mike!). What it was about was spending a few hours with friends and family. After all, where can you bring four teenagers and keep them happy and laughing with their parents for nearly two hours? Magic!
Factor in tasty food and call it lunch. The menu is simple, flavorful and very family friendly. Choose from hot dogs, the best fries in town, macaroni and cheese tater tots and even fish tacos. The selection has something to please everyone and is easy to snack on when it is not your turn.
Children of all ages were enjoying the Bowling Alley when we were there. A family in the next lane with small children used bumpers and a special ball-rolling device to ensure success for their very young daughters who shrieked with delight every time a pin dropped.
The games in the arcade area of the Bowling Alley provide additional fun, even if you have two left feet!
Before we left, the big kids had to, of course, play a few arcade games. The favorite by far was Dance, Dance Revolution, where two people follow fast-moving dance moves that scroll by on the screen. It is as fun to watch as I imagine it is to do.
Sun Valley’s Bowling Alley was a big hit for the Tennessee guests. “I only wish we had had more time to play Foosball, vintage pinball and pool,” said Mike. “It is a great place to spend time.” His wife Adrian added, “it is so family-friendly and you can tell the Resort made a huge effort to make this space welcoming and beautiful. I have never been to a more appealing spot to bowl – it is pristinely clean, bright and wonderfully cheery.”
Come get your game on in Sun Valley
The Bowling and Game Center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and pricing is different before and after 4 p.m. Shoe rental is included in admission and each lane can handle up to six people.
Whether it’s a strike, spare or gutter ball, it’s great to bowl. Bring the whole gang out and enjoy this amazing new space.
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