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Summer

Swing and Splash Into Summer

Although there are innumerable ways to get outside during the 17 hours of daylight on any given summer day in Sun Valley, some of the most fun ones might be closest to home. Sure, you can mountain bike for miles, hike in the backcountry, fly fish at Silver Creek, or camp nearly anywhere, but sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best.

If you want to get into the swing of things, head over to the fully-stocked and fully-staffed Sun Valley Tennis Center for some fun on the courts. Whether you want to rent a court to hit with friends, sign up to play with soon-to-be-friends, or to take some lessons, the pros at the Tennis Center, under the direction of Mark Rodel, are here to help. The Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please call 208-622-2156 or email svtennis@sunvalley.com


The full-service Tennis Center is the place to go for lessons, a great clinic, or to just enjoy time with friends

Sun Valley Resort boasts 17 hard courts and is home to the premier high altitude tennis facility in Idaho. They offer services from the highest-level private instruction to popular group programs. Clinics for both adults and children run daily all summer long and the courts are home to many specialty classes, camps and instruction for all ages and ability levels.

Day clinics for adults and juniors run Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon (with some blackout dates. Please check HERE for details). Adult clinics are recommended for players with a rating of 3.0 – 4.5 and Junior clinics are best for players 7 – 14 years of age.

There are also Challenge Camps to help take your game to the next level. The two-day Adult Peak Camps take place in both July and August and feature on-court and off-court instruction, progressive drills and practice, individualized game evaluation, and supervised play. Coffee and light refreshments, as well as complimentary court time after daily sessions, are included. There are numerous sessions of the Junior Challenge Camp this summer, too, featuring individualized game evaluation, on and off-court instruction, physical fitness, footwork, speed and agility, active practice, and supervised play/match experiences. There are half day and full day camps for children six years and up. Lunch is provided. Please call 208-622-2156 to learn more about these opportunities.


Junior clinics are a great way to improve skills while having a terrific time.

If getting some great exercise is on the schedule, consider a Cardio Tennis session or Machine Ball Workout. Both are guaranteed to tone and help you work up a sweat. “These are great ways to get into tennis,” Mark said. “Both appeal to people who want to play to be fit. During a Machine Ball Workout, players will hit up to 500 balls in a session.”

According to Tony Parkhill, Sun Valley Director of Sports, this summer the Tennis Center is offering USTA level tournaments for juniors for the first time. “These are a great opportunity for young players to get tournament experience,” Tony said. “There are matches for girls and boys singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. For more information, please visit USTA.com and search “Sun Valley” or call the tennis center.

Sun Valley is also introducing the game of Pickle Ball to the Wood River Valley and beyond. Tony said Pickle Ball is “taking the world by storm.  You play on a small format court using a Whiffleball and ping-pong like paddles. It’s a great way to just have fun and for people who may not be great at tennis to join in racquet sports. There are two courts in Sun Valley and our great staff has rental equipment and can fill you in on all the rules.”

If you are staying at the Resort and need to cool down after your match – standard or pickle -- the Olympic pool beckons. The pool offers swimming instruction as well as a children’s wading pool. Two swimming lanes are designated for training. It’s a welcoming and inviting oasis on a hot summer’s day. The three pools on the Sun Valley property, including the Olympic Pool and the Lodge and Inn pools, are also available to Resort guests and condo owners and renters.


The Olympic Pool at Sun Valley is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

The Sun Valley Lake is also a terrific way to make a splash on a hot summer’s day. Slip out onto the water in a rented paddleboat and discover the Sun Valley Lake. If you prefer to stay onshore, there’s always a game of horseshoes or beach volleyball to enjoy. The view is pretty nice, too.  It’s the best way to get in some beach time in the mountains!


Make a splash at the Sun Valley Lake. Renting a paddleboat is a wonderful way to stay cool and enjoy some old-fashioned fun

Amenities at the Lake are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you can wear a life vest, you may ride in the boat!  Please call 208-622-2135 or email recreation@sunvalley.com for more information.

It’s getting hot out there and spending time at the Sun Valley tennis courts, in the Olympic pool, or on the Lake is a great way to get a great workout and then cool down and relax.

Go ahead, make a splash.


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