With winter just around the corner, now is the very best time to begin planning your well-deserved winter getaway to scenic Sun Valley, Idaho. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in the company of a group of friends and family, Sun Valley is a place with something for everyone to savor and enjoy! Here, you’re invited to slow down and relax, or speed things up on the slopes if you prefer. Whether you’re someone who can’t wait to take a winter walk in nature, or you’re looking forward to a vibrant après-ski scene, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more on a winter journey in this direction. In Sun Valley, small-town charm meets world-class ski culture, and the combination is breathtaking at every turn. When you’re excited to spend a winter vacation here, you’ll find the hardest part might just be narrowing down your itinerary from the many Sun Valley winter activities available. The following are a few ideas to help you get started!
How to Get Here
Winter in Sun Valley offers up a quintessential seasonal scene, so before you head out in the name of fun, do be sure you’ve packed your ski gear including boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, goggles, and waterproof jackets and ski pants too. Once your bags are packed, you’ll be ready to head to Sun Valley for winter adventures! Many visitors fly into the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) and then rent a car and drive into town. It’s just a 20-minute journey with plenty of lovely scenery along the way too. There are direct flights offered from Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco just to name a few. Sun Valley is also just a 3-hour drive from Boise if you prefer a winter road trip.
Give Skiing a Top Spot on Your Winter Itinerary
Sun Valley is known and loved for the world-class skiing opportunities it offers locals and guests alike. Each year, skiers flock this way to make the most of time on the slopes between December and February. This is when the mountains typically receive the most snowfall. Downhill enthusiasts will be thrilled to find winter in Sun Valley often comes with up to 17+ inches of snowfall a year! Making the experience even better is that as a skier, you can know that you’ll be enjoying time on award-winning runs. Ski Valley was ranked first place by SKI Magazine for the 2022-2023 ski season for best overall ski resort. From the village to the lodge and the trails that are meticulously maintained, your experience promises to be unforgettable. Bald Mountain’s vertical lines often top experienced skier’s favorite features while Dollar Mountain is a more family-friendly stop where you can access the backcountry or sign up for ski lessons too. If you happen to be an expert on skis, consider switching things up this winter and try heli-skiing with the team over at Sun Valley Heli Ski. This is a full-day excursion that scours the backcountry for runs that extend anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 vertical feet. Sun Valley also has companies like Sawtooth Mountain Guides where guests can book guided ski tours into amazing terrain and slopes. If Nordic skiing is more your style, Sun Valley is a great place to enjoy this as well in the wintertime.
Add Ice Skating to Your To-Do List
When many people think of winter fun, ice skating comes to mind with good reason. When you’re heading to Sun Valley this winter and looking to spend some quality time on the ice, you’ll find you’re in exactly the right spot. Head over to the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink during your stay to enjoy a few laps or spend time watching the professionals practice. This rink hosts a figure skating school and is open year-round so you can prepare for the winter ahead if you’re arriving earlier in the year.
Dine at Gretchen’s
When all of the winter fun and adventure throughout Sun Valley this winter has you looking to warm up with a savory moment, be sure you find time to enjoy a meal at Gretchen’s. Located at 1 Sun Valley Road in Sun Valley Mall, Gretchen’s is open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm daily and serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gretchen’s is a relaxed, cozy, and welcoming place to settle in and curb a craving after a day on the slopes. Take advantage of their full bar service as well as their superior standards of customer care while you’re here! A few of the fan-favorite dinner options on the menu to enjoy include the Idaho Ruby Red Trout, cashew & vegetable stir-fry, beef tenderloin au poivre, or the sea scallops.
Book Your Winter Stay in Sun Valley Today
Infuse the very best of style, luxury, and comfort into your Sun Valley getaway when you book your vacation rental through the property professionals at Abode Sun Valley. Reach out today to learn more about our many exciting and inviting options!