The Great American Solar Eclipse | August 21, 2017
What is it? When is it happening?
The Great American Solar Eclipse – when the moon completely blocks the sun - will be happening on August 21, 2017. The total eclipse of the sun will be visible from 14 states and it will be the first time it will be visible from coast-to-coast in the US since 1918. The United States will be the only country in the world to experience the entire total solar eclipse.
Where will it be going?
Ketchum and Sun Valley are right in the pathway of the eclipse. The partial eclipse will begin at 10:12:37 am and total eclipse will begin at 11:29:38 am. The moon ends its blockage of the sun at 12:53 pm.
How can I experience it? Take a lift to the Sun…
Witness the partial and total solar eclipse in Sun Valley, where you’ll be able to ride the chairlift or gondola up Bald Mountain for a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Lifts will be operating from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT.
Start the day off at River Run with breakfast available at the River Run Day Lodge starting at 7:00 am.
Retail stores and the ticket window open at 7:00 am.
The Roundhouse | Bald Mountain
The happening place to be for VIP ticket holders with the viewing deck, buffet, and a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Guests can choose to stay at The Roundhouse or head to the top of the mountain at Lookout.
Lookout | Top of Bald Mountain
Hang at the top of Bald Mountain after the eclipse! There will be live entertainment, no-host bars and a barbecue.
Emily Stanton Band will be playing from noon – 3:00 pm.
Sun Valley Pavilion Lawn | Starting at 9:00 am
Make it the Totality of experience by observing the Solar Eclipse in the sky and on the jumbotron while relaxing on the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn. A no-host bar with food and beverage specials begin at 9:00 am and run throughout the day. The official Sun Valley Solar Eclipse eyeglasses will be available for purchase.
Sun Valley Village \ post-Apoc-Eclipse fun! | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
After the Eclipse, there will be live entertainment from noon - 3:00 pm, a large barbecue near the Duck Pond, Spider Jump and family-friendly activities such as face painting, lawn games and the famous kids’ train! Cosmic bowling in the Sun Valley Bowling Alley from 7:00 pm - 10:00pm
Parking will be assigned based on the ticket level. Please park in the areas matching your ticket/wristband color. Black Diamond/VIP ticket holders will have special parking in the lower parking lot at River Run.
River Run / Upper Lot – Gold and Green ticket holders and employee parking
Warm Springs / Lower Lot – Blue ticket holders
Warm Springs / Upper Lot – Mountain Rides and public parking
Pavilion Parking Lot – Sun Valley Village and Pavilion Lawn parking
Just a few parking reminders and guidelines…
Roadways are considered fire lanes – please do not park in them.
Parking is prohibited on grassy areas.
Parking violations will be fined.
Getting around town….
Mountain Rides | Free public transportation
Mountain Rides will be providing free public transportation on their normal summer schedule. There will be extra bus service from River Run parking lot to Festival Meadows and Sun Valley Village on Monday, August 21 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The bus route will be River Run, downtown Ketchum, Festival Meadows, and Sun Valley Village
Parking will be limited and congestion may be tight during the event weekend. Get some fresh air, exercise, and decrease the carbon footprint by biking around town instead! Bike rentals are available at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports.
Staying in Sun Valley…
Sun Valley Resort lodging is sold-out during the Solar Eclipse dates. However, we are offering a limited number of spots for RV camping in the lower parking lot of the River Run base area. Physical Address: 520 Serenade Lane, Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Dates Available | Friday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 22
Minimum Stay | 3-nights
Check-in | 3:00 pm
Check-out | 11:00 am
Spaces with Electric (30 or 50 amp) | 15 | starting at $200 per night
Spaces without Electric (Dry) | 25 | starting at $150 per night
Total Number of Spaces Available | 40
Space size | 20’ wide x 50’ long*
Any outfit over 50 feet in length will be required to unhook and reserve two spaces.
RV units with overall width of more than 20 feet with tip-outs or awnings must reserve two spots.
All vehicles (campers, tow vehicles, RVs) must fit within their assigned space.
Reservations may be made by calling the Sun Valley Guest Center | 208.622.2135. Spaces are on a first come, first-served basis.
Burning questions (wear your sunscreen!)
Where can tickets be purchased?
Tickets may be purchased online.
Can Sun Valley season passes, Mountain Collective passes or employee passes be used for riding the lifts and/or gondola up and down the mountain for the Solar Eclipse event?
Sorry, this is a special event. These passes may not be used to access the lifts for uploading and/or downloading on Monday, August 21. All guests accessing the lifts and/or gondola must have a Solar Eclipse ticket that will be exchanged for a colored wristband on the day of the event.
Where and how soon before the event can tickets be picked-up?
Tickets and wristbands may be picked-up at the River Run ticketing counter starting on Monday, August 14 at 9:00 am. The office is open daily 9am to 4pm.
What color is my lift and wristband?
The ticket level will indicate what color you will follow for lift route and parking. Attendees must wear their wristband at all times during the event and while on the mountain. This is important for accessing the lifts, and any special areas. Green = River Run | #1 River Run to #5 Lookout Express Blue = Warm Springs | #10 Challenger Gold = River Run | #2 Roundhouse Gondola to #3 Christmas Black Diamond / VIP = River Run | #2 Roundhouse Gondola to #3 Christmas + The Roundhouse access
What about glasses?
Special viewing glasses are required and must be worn during the event. Glasses may be purchased online and picked up prior to or on the day of the event at the Sun Valley Recreation office and any Sun Valley retail location. Glasses will not be shipped.
Where may I park for this amazing event?
Parking will be assigned based on the ticket level. Please park in the areas matching your ticket/wristband color. Black Diamond/VIP ticket holders will have special parking in the Lower parking lot and Trail Creek parking lot at River Run.
Do I need to ride the same lifts down as I rode up?
Yes, the uploading and downloading routes will be the same, based on your color-coded wristband. Signage will be placed at each loading line with color designations. Your wristband must match the color of the lift line in order to upload and/or download the lift.
What can be taken on the chairlift?
A small personal item that can fit on your lap may be taken on the chairlift. Large items may not be placed next to the passenger on the chairlift seat. Items too large or unsafe to transport on the chairlift with the passenger will be placed in a storage corral at the base of River Run or Warm Springs.
What about kids and dogs?
Children must be at least 3 years old in order to ride the chairlift. They may not be carried on the lift in a backpack or other body tote.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
A lift ticket is required for downloading. If people wish to hike or mountain bike up the mountain, they may not ride the lift or gondola down without a lift ticket for the Solar Eclipse event. This is due to downloading capacity restrictions, and for the safety and experience of all guests. Season passes and Mountain Collective passes may not be used as a lift ticket for the Solar Eclipse event.
Lifts will be running continuously for downloading, however, we are anticipating extended wait periods. Please plan accordingly.
Mountain Bike Lift Serve / Gondola Rides
Mountain bike lift serve and gondola rides will not be available on Monday, August 21 for this special event. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, August 22 at 9:00 am.
Non-Refundable / Non-Transferable
Lift tickets purchased for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds will not be issued due to weather conditions.
Mountain weather can be unpredictable. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for changing conditions. Also, please note that the temperature may drop 10-15 degrees during the actual Eclipse. Please prepare accordingly.
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