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...
Skiing & Riding
For my family, it’s a winter rite of passage: Pass day. In anticipation of the season to come, we make our annual pilgrimage to River Run Lodge to update our photos and get our shiny new passes that are tickets to paradise. Just before opening day, it’s a joy to approach Lower River Run for the first time, to feel the nip of the winter air on bare cheeks, and to look up the mountain and picture making perfect turns (or some facsimile thereof).
Now is the time to get your lift tickets or a pass for the skiing and riding season to make sure you get out here quickly and more affordably!
This year, opening day was last Thursday and great fun was had by all on those early season runs. This morning, Sun Valley announced more good news with the opening of top-to-bottom runs on Baldy on November 30. Starting Wednesday, an additional chairlift will ferry skiers and snowboarders to Baldy’s summit. Six runs will be operational including Upper College, Roundhouse Lane (to Mid River), Mid River Run, 42nd Street, Lower River Run and Kinderspielplatz. The open lifts will be River Run Express #1 and Lookout Express #5. With snow in the forecast coupled with Sun Valley’s legendary snow making and grooming, more runs are expected to open in the near future. For the latest mountain conditions, please check here.
The early season in Sun Valley is underway. Get after it!
Now is also the perfect time to plan ahead for your ski holiday or for guests who may be coming to town. For those for whom a mountain pass does not fit their needs, the best, most affordable way to enjoy everything Sun Valley offers on the trails is by pre-purchasing lift tickets online. When purchased seven or more days in advance, the savings can be up to 20 percent! Discounts are based on available inventory and the dates you want to ski or ride. If you know your travel dates, don’t wait until you get here to purchase your tickets. Whenever we have friends coming to visit, we direct them to this option and the ease of use of the system plus the savings get raves! Please call Sun Valley Lift Ticketing at 208-622-6136 or 888-490-5950 for more information or advice on passes and tickets.
The early season also offers great escapes at fantastic prices. Take advantage of Stay & Play Packages through December 16 and enjoy 25 percent off lodging and lift tickets with a three-night minimum stay. Children under 12 get a free lift ticket per skiing adult, too. To get the season started right, please call 800-786-8259 to book your reservation.
For my family, getting our annual passes is a highly anticipated rite each winter. Let it snow!
The skiing and riding season is officially underway. The joy of standing atop the mountain, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a thousand ways to play is unlike any other. Get out there and enjoy it!
We have our passes, do you?
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