Winter FAQs

Since 1936, Sun Valley Resort has been providing access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle for its guests. The safety, health, and well-being of our employees, guests, and community have always been of the utmost importance, and as Sun Valley prepares to welcome guests for another amazing winter on the slopes. In the below tabs, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our winter operations and the steps we are taking to provide a safe and healthy environment at our resort this season.

    On the Mountain

    Do you require reservations to ski and ride?
    No, we do not have plans to require guests to make reservations to ski and ride on Bald or Dollar Mountains this winter. However, we encourage you to purchase your lift tickets in advance online to take advantage of our best pricing.

    Do you require parking reservations?
    No, parking is complimentary and reservations are not required.

    When will Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain open?
    Bald Mountain's River Run base area opened for the season on November 24, 2022. The Warm Springs base area is scheduled to open on December 9, 2022, weather and conditions permitting. Dollar Mountain is scheduled to open on December 9, 2022, weather and conditions permitting. For the latest conditions, weather, hours of operation, and lift statuses, check out the mountain report, download the Sun Valley app, or call (800) 635-4150.

    Will lift tickets be available every day of the season?
    We anticipate that lift tickets will be available for purchase every day this season (weather and conditions permitting). However, we strongly encourage you to purchase your lift tickets in advance online to take advantage of our best pricing.

    Where can I buy lift tickets?
    Lift tickets can be purchased online, as well as at any of our mountain base area ticket windows. We strongly encourage you to purchase your lift tickets in advance online to take advantage of our best pricing. To locate the base area ticket window nearest you, check out our resort maps and guides or download the Sun Valley app.

    How do I pick up my Sun Valley season pass? 
    Detailed information about how and where to pick up your Sun Valley season pass will be emailed to every person who has purchased a pass for the 2022-2023 winter season. For additional info, please email lifttickets@sunvalley.com or call (208) 622-6136.

    Can I use my Ikon pass at Sun Valley?
    Sun Valley will be included in the Ikon and Ikon Base Plus pass offerings for 2022-2023. Please refer to our Season Pass Page for more information.

    Can I use my Mountain Collective pass at Sun Valley?
    Sun Valley will be included on the Mountain Collective Pass for 2022-2023. Please refer to our Season Pass Page for more information.

    Lodges & Restaurants

    Do I have to make a reservation to use your on-mountain lodges and restaurants?
    Reservations are required at The Roundhouse and Averell’s. All other on-mountain lodges will be serving guests on a first-come, first-served basis. For restaurant reservations and additional info, please call (208) 622-2800.

    Can I bring my own food to eat in your on-mountain lodges?
    No. For health and safety reasons, we kindly request that you do not bring food from home to eat indoors at our lodges.

    Can I pay with cash at your on-mountain lodges and restaurants?
    Yes, we are accepting cash in addition to credit and debit cards.

    Can I store my backpack/boot bag/shoes in or around your base area lodges?
    No, guests are not permitted to store their bags, clothing, shoes, or other belongings in or around our base area lodges.  (This includes stashing personal belongings under or behind tables, chairs, desks, and staircases, as well as behind trees, shrubs, or in other outdoor areas.) Instead, we ask that you please treat your car as your personal day lodge, utilize our convenient bag check station at River Run plaza, or the assigned storage areas in Warm Springs Lodge and Dollar Lodge.


    Click here to explore Sun Valley's on-mountain lodges and restaurants.

    SnowSports Lessons

    Which SnowSports school programs are you offering this winter?
    We are offering adult and children's SnowSports lessons on both Bald and Dollar Mountains, in both private and group experiences. Please click here to view and register for our current SnowSports lesson offerings.

    Do I need to reserve my SnowSports lesson in advance?
    We strongly encourage all guests to book their SnowSports lessons in advance online. However, we ARE accepting walk-up reservations for SnowSports lessons this season, subject to availability. Walk-up reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made at our SnowSports desks inside our River Run, Warm Springs, and Dollar Mountain base area lodges.

    Are lift tickets included with SnowSports lessons?
    Some SnowSports lessons include lift tickets and others do not. For details about specific SnowSports offerings, please click here. Should you need to purchase a lift ticket, we strongly encourage you to purchase it in advance online to take advantage of our best pricing.

    Who can I contact for questions about SnowSports lessons?
    Please email us at snowsports@sunvalley.com and a member of our SnowSports team will get back to you promptly.

    Ski & Snowboard Rentals

    Where can I rent skis and snowboards this season?
    Ski and snowboard rentals are available at our Pete Lane's Mountain Sports locations at our River Run, Warm Springs, and Dollar Mountain base areas. Click here for more information and to book your rentals online.

    Do I need to book my rental in advance?
    Due to high demand, we strongly encourage you to make your rental reservation at least 24 hours in advance; we will only be taking walk-in rental reservations on a very limited basis, subject to equipment availability. Click here or call (208) 622-6127 to book.

    Are lift tickets included with my rental?
    No, ski and snowboard rentals do not include lift tickets. We strongly encourage you to purchase your lift tickets in advance online before booking your ski or snowboard rental to take advantage of our best pricing. 

    Can I store my bags/clothes/shoes in your base area lodges after picking up my rental equipment?
    No, guests are not permitted to store their bags, clothes, shoes, or other belongings in or around our base area lodges. (This includes stashing personal belongings under or behind tables, chairs, desks, and staircases, as well as behind trees, shrubs, or in other outdoor areas.) Instead, we ask that you please treat your car as your personal day lodge, utilize our convenient bag check station at River Run plaza, or the assigned storage areas in Warm Springs Lodge and Dollar Lodge.

    Who can I contact for questions about ski and snowboard rentals?
    Please email rent@sunvalley.com or call (208) 622-6127.

    Health & Safety

    Sun Valley Resort is committed to following all state and local health ordinances and will adjust operations and safety protocols as needed throughout the course of the season to protect the health of our employees, guests, and community.

    What do health & safety protocols look like at the Resort this year?

    • Guests and employees are NOT currently required to wear face coverings at Sun Valley Resort.
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed at key guest entrances and contact areas. Guests are encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entry to resort shops, restaurants, and buildings.
    • To minimize the interaction between our employees and guests’ personal items, daily housekeeping service is offered by request only.  Housekeeping service includes towel and linen replacement as outlined in our in-room green program, bathroom amenity replacement, a bed linen re-tuck and pillow plump, and trash removal. Sun Valley Lodge guests can request Turndown Service by notifying our front desk upon check-in.
    • We are loading our chairlifts and gondola at full capacity this season. If you or a member of your party prefers to ride alone or does not wish to be grouped with guests from another party, please notify a lift attendant and they will gladly accommodate you.


    What is Sun Valley asking of its guests?

    We ask that our guests adhere to the following personal health and hygiene standards:

    • Do not visit if you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or any other contagious illness
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Use hand sanitizer frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the resort.
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Cover coughs and sneezes (into a tissue, sleeve, or elbow)
    • Avoid contact with high-touch surfaces (handrails, maps, etc.) when possible
    • Follow any other standards provided by the CDC, Idaho Department of Health, and/or the Blaine County Health Department


    What steps are Sun Valley's employees taking with regards to health and safety?

    • Correct hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap are vital to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Team members are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer when a sink is not available.
    • Employees receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols. In areas with regular guest contact, the frequency of sanitization to surfaces has been increased. These areas include Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, Retail, Ticketing, Lift Operations, Mountain Patrol, and Security.
    • If staff are experiencing any symptoms of illness they are asked to stay at home.
    • We encourage all employees to receive the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. All employees living in company shared housing are required to have proof of current vaccinations.



    How do I stay up to date with information and changes at Sun Valley Resort?

    Please check our website, social media channels, sign up for our email communications, and download the Sun Valley app for the most up-to-date information.

    Still have questions? Please send us an email.
    Lift ticket and season pass questions: lifttickets@sunvalley.com
    SnowSports questions: snowsports@sunvalley.com
    Ski and snowboard rental questions: rent@sunvalley.com
    Lodging reservations: reservations@sunvalley.com

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