The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
10 …9 … 8 … the countdown to 2016 is underway and it’s not too late to plan the perfect way to ring in the New Year. The night in Sun Valley will glitter as brightly as all the freshly fallen snow no matter if you choose to spend it with family, friends, or someone special.
For my family, the highlight of New Year’s Eve 2015 will be night skiing on Dollar Mountain. This is indeed a rare treat and something my children and I are really looking forward to doing. From 5 to 9 p.m. on the 31st, the lights will shine and the lifts will run, inviting skiers and riders to enjoy the amazing conditions and epic terrain park. To sweeten the deal and keep the party going, there will be s’mores, food, and music. The cost is $29 for adults and $19 for children and it promises to be a memorable night under the stars.
Night skiing on Dollar will be a great way to celebrate the end of 2015
Also for the children, and the child in all of us, Sun Valley is offering other family-friendly ways to end 2015 and welcome 2016. Happening now through January 2, the Boiler Room in the Sun Valley Village is transformed into a Kids’ Game Room each evening from 3 to 8 p.m. Families are invited to take a break from the mountain and come play on PlayStations, a Wii, ping-pong, foosball, board games, and crafts. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is $10 per day for children (no charge for adults when accompanied by a child). Please call 208.622.2135 for more information.
On New Year’s Eve, families or anyone, can also enjoy Sun Valley’s iconic ice rink and new retro Bowling Alley and Game Room. Both are located at the Sun Valley Lodge and offer great fun. The beautiful Bowling Alley will be open on the 31st from 11 a.m. on Thursday to 12:30 a.m. on Friday with bowling available until 11 p.m. The bar and video games will remain available right through the stroke of midnight.
If you or your group love to glide beneath the stars, make your way to the Skate House, rent a pair of skates (and grab a helmet!) and enjoy the singular Sun Valley experience of skating in a winter wonderland. It feels like you are in a movie! Enjoy all this from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 31st.
Spend some time New Year’s Eve at the spectacular, retro Bowling Alley in the Sun Valley Lodge. It’s big fun for everyone
If you prefer to dress up rather than bundle up, live music in an elegant setting will help you ring in the new year. At the Duchin Lounge at the Sun Valley Lodge, the incomparable Brooks Hartell will entertain on the piano with a special concert from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This promises to be festive, and chances are, the evening will include dancing.
On New Year’s Day, the fun continues for the little ones (and provides a small break for mom and dad after a late night) with Kids’ Night Out at the Sun Valley Playschool. From 6 – 10 p.m., children ages 2 – 6 will be entertained will stories, crafts, games and movies. The cost is $70 per child. Kids’ Night Out is also available 29th and 30th with different themes each night. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 208.622.2009 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The incomparable Brooks Hartell will delight New Year’s Eve at the Duchin Lounge. Bring your dancing shoes!
There is no better way to get a new year off to the right start than by enjoying amazing skiing or riding on Baldy and Dollar, toasting 2016 at one of the day lodges, or by getting some great exercise and enjoying the scenery on one of the Nordic trails. The fresh air and amazing Idaho sunshine promise to set the tone for the year to come.
No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve, we wish you one that is safe, memory-making, and filled with joy! Cheers to 2016. Thank you for celebrating the holidays with us.
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