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
The “secret” season in Sun Valley is upon us. Days are cooler and quieter, golden Aspen leaves crunch beneath our feet on fall hikes, and everyone is enjoying a slower pace ahead of a fast approaching snow season. In short, it is a great time to be a local! Sun Valley Resort is making it an even better time to live in Idaho with special ways to take advantage of this season and to feel appreciated.
Be our guest! Late fall is the perfect time to enjoy locals-only specials, including a great staycation at the beautiful Sun Valley Lodge
One great way make the most of the late fall is with the “Locals Fun Pass,” available through November 17. Lots of family-friendly fun awaits at a family-friendly price. With the Locals Fun Pass, enjoy three great activities: one general session and skate rental at the iconic outdoor ice rink, a half-hour of bowling and shoe rental at the fabulous retro Bowling Center, and movie admission at the Sun Valley Opera House (excludes special events and specialty movies). All of this is yours for only $20 per person, plus tax. Activities can be done the same day or spread out, but you must have your pass with you when you go to each activity. They can be purchased at the Guest Information Center at the Sun Valley Village. For more information, please call 208-622-2135. Stay active on these cooler days and have fun!
The Locals Fun Pass is an affordable way to enjoy some great times in Sun Valley including skating at the outdoor rink
Bowling at Sun Valley’s retro alley and game center is also part of the Locals Fun Pass
A great way to get away without getting away, to relax and recharge, is with a staycation the way only Sun Valley can do it. Now, through November 21, Idaho residents are invited to stay and play at a very inviting rate. Check in with your Idaho ID and prepare to be treated like royalty. Starting at just $185 per night at the gorgeous Sun Valley Lodge, you will enjoy the heated outdoor pool surrounded by mountain splendor, the well-equipped fitness facilities, and incredible Sun Valley Spa. During your sojourn, take advantage of a 20 percent discount on both 50- and 80-minute massages and be sure to leave time to luxuriate in the relaxation lounges and the sauna, steam room, and million-head showers (slight exaggeration but only slight). With your stay, you will also receive the “Locals Fun Pass” described above. Please call 800-786-8259 to book your staycation and take advantage of living near the original destination resort.
Take advantage of some quality time at the iconic Lodge outdoor pool as part of a locals ‘staycation package
The fall fun continues at the gorgeous Sun Valley Spa with love just for locals. Spa Director Tracy Harper recently announced a “Locals Spa Week” from November 13 – 17. This, you don’t want to miss! This exclusive event is focused on the personal health and welfare of Wood River Valley locals. Daily specials and giveaways will surely entice you to experience the standard-setting service at the Spa, and will leave you refreshed, reinvigorated, and rejuvenated.
The offerings are wide ranging and include:
- Monday: Mindful Massage Therapy at a special price, $75 for 50 minutes and $150 for 80 minutes.
- Tuesday: 2-for-1 Signature Treatments including a 50-minute Signature Facial and Signature Manicure/Pedicure Combo. There will also be a special yoga class offered that day (reservation required) at the very special price of $5.
- Wednesday: The focus is on Mind-Body-Soul with a choice of a 25-minute relaxing Shirodhara Therapy Session, a healing 25-minute Reiki Session, or a balancing 25-minute Reflexology session, each for $50.
- Thursday: It’s Salon Savvy day with a Shampoo and Style for $45, a Women’s Cut for $60, a Men’s Cut for $30, a Quench 30-minute Pedicure for $45, a 30-minute Quench Manicure for $35, a $15 Brow or Lash Tint, or a $10 Eyebrow Wax. Again, on Thursday, the special $5 yoga class returns to the Fitness Center.
- Friday is dedicated to Bath and Body Rituals. Offerings include a Guyer Springs Mineral Bath Soak, a Quench Body Wrap, a Signature Full Body Exfoliation, or a Signature Dry Brush Exfoliation. Each lasts 25 minutes and each costs $50.
In addition, during this special week, you may purchase daily $30 Day Passes giving you access to all spa amenities including the sauna, steam rooms, experience showers, Lodge Pool, and Lodge Fitness Center. These Passes must be reserved and space is limited.
Right now there are also Annual Spa Membership Specials you need to check out. They include an Annual Individual Membership, normally $2000, now $1750, that includes unlimited use of the spa amenities, Lodge health club, fitness classes, SV pools, 15 percent off Spa and Salon services and retail purchases, and 15 percent off Sun Valley Tennis Center, Sun Valley Gun Club, and Sun Valley Stables. You also receive five complimentary guest passes. For $3150 (normally $3400), the Annual Couples Spa Membership is also on sale, including everything above for two plus ten complimentary guest passes. Pricing is available to new Spa Members only but there are special prices available to those renewing their membership, as well. To learn more about these specials, to book a service or a yoga class, please call The Spa at 208-622-2160.
Before we know it the snow will be flying and we will be enjoying an amazing season on the slopes. Kick off the winter with a Thanksgiving stay and play Sun Valley vacation that includes a bountiful buffet feast
Looking ahead, Thanksgiving and opening day on Baldy are right around the corner, and now is also a great time to make sure you get in on that action. The Resort is currently offering a special package that will make this holiday a very special one for you and yours. With this, you will be among the first people to ring in the new season on Baldy on opening day before enjoying a bountiful buffet featuring both traditional choices and some inventive fixings. It’s the perfect way to spend the day and right now, you can book the Sun Valley Inn starting at $244 a night and the Lodge for $350 per night. This includes lodging, lift tickets, and the Thanksgiving Buffet. Children 12 years old and younger ski free with one paid adult ticket. The package requires a four-night minimum stay from November 22 to the 26th.
Availability is limited and restrictions apply. To reserve your spot at the Thanksgiving table, please call 800.786.8259 (800.SUN.VALY).
Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us with all its joy, but also all its demands! Now is the perfect chance to take a deep breath and to simply enjoy this beautiful place we are lucky enough to call home. Be sure to take advantage of the locals love this November so you are ready for everything to come!
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