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Winter Journey to Sun Valley

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Situated in the scenic Wood River Valley of the Sawtooth Mountain in Central Idaho, Sun Valley is a beautiful place to enjoy a getaway year-round. In the wintertime, you’ll find it’s a sparkling oasis of outdoor fun and indoor relaxation no matter what your travel interests might entail. The following three-day guide will get your Sun Valley winter journey underway in style, hitting up all of the Sun Valley hot spots while you’re here!

Getting to Sun Valley

If you’re heading to Sun Valley in the winter, the best airport to fly into is the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. There are flights serviced here all winter long from Salt Lake City, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Renting a car at the airport is a breeze but if you don’t want to hassle with the drive, there’s a complimentary bus into Ketchum as well as many shuttle options directly to the Sun Valley Ski Resort.

Day 1

he first day of your Sun Valley journey this winter is focused solely on time well spent on the slopes at Sun Valley Resort. It’s hard to imagine a getaway in this direction without skis on-especially when you have options like Bald Mountain runs at your fingertips. This 9,150-foot peak hosts a network of trails designed for beginners, intermediate skiers, and advanced adventurers alike. There are 13 lifts in total to take you right where you want to go, giving you reasons to linger when the fresh powder falls. Over at Dollar Mountain, you’ll enjoy a summit at 6,638 feet and great runs for kids and beginners. There are gear rentals available on-site as well as lessons for those who are new to skiing and excited to try for the first time this winter.

Once you’ve had your fill of downhill fun, head over to the Sun Valley Village outdoor skating rink and enjoy time on the ice with family and friends thanks to these Sun Valley winter activities. This open-air rink is a great place to skate the afternoon away while soaking up spectacular mountain and valley views.

Tonight, you’ll thaw out and enjoy a delicious meal at The Rickshaw. This friendly neighborhood eatery is situated in downtown Ketchum and is a one-stop resource for mouthwatering Asian-inspired small plates. Whether you go with the Korean fried chicken, green papaya salad, or the Vietnamese caramel pork ribs, you’re in for a palate-pleasing experience.

Day 2 of Your Sun Valley Winter Vacation

The second day of your winter getaway to scenic Sun Valley takes you to inviting downtown Ketchum. Here, you’ll set aside some time to indulge in retail therapy as you hop in and out of shops like the Chapter One Bookstore or the Huck & Paddle which is adored by locals and visitors alike for the wide array of home décor options available. Downtown Ketchum also hosts plenty of outdoor outfitters and apparel-specific storefronts to check out when you’re up for revitalizing your personal closet. Once you’ve found everything on your list, you can grab lunch at a charming café before heading over to the Regional History Museum which is operated by the library. This is a wonderful destination for history buffs who are looking to learn more about Ketchum’s transition over time from a ranching community to a beloved ski destination on the map!

Next up is a session at the Zenergy Spa. This is a state-of-the-art fitness center where you can enjoy cardio classes like indoor cycling or a yoga session to find your center and balance. After your class, pair your exercise with time in the luxury spa where they offer massages, reflexology, and acupuncture upon request. The views from the spa overlooking Bald Mountain only make the moment that much more relaxing.

This evening, treat yourself to savory dry-aged steaks at The Covey. Located at 520 Washington Avenue, The Covey is a sophisticated eatery that serves up dinner until 9:00 pm in the wintertime. The open-fire grill, full-service bar, and inviting dining room makes The Covey a savory stop where it’s always easy to linger longer than you originally planned.

Day 3

Begin the last day of your winter stay in Sun Valley with a leisurely drive along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. The stretch between Sun Valley and Stanley is particularly visually appealing, especially in the wintertime when the mountains are glittering in ice and snow. You’ll want to pack your snowshoes or cross-country ski for the afternoon because there’s a good chance this drive will inspire you to get out and explore. If you don’t hop out at one of the pull overs along the way, you can plan on exploring the 25 miles of trails that are accessible around the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center in town. There are trail maps available on-site and options to schedule lessons if you’re looking for a stronger skillset before heading out. Ranger-led snowshoe tours are available here in the winter as well through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

The last night of dining out during your winter travels to Sun Valley includes a stop at Enoteca. This hub for fantastic wine and Italian fare is sure to be a treat for your tastebuds. From the wood-fired pizzas and sea scallops to the chicken leg pomodoro and Mediterranean meatloaf, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to ask about their impressive wine list which features the best of Italian bottles as well as global selections to enjoy in between Sun Valley winter activities.

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