Home to the world's first chairlifts, Sun Valley practically defines skiing.
In 1935, Count Felix Schaffgotsch was on the hunt for the ultimate getaway–and after an arduous journey throughout the western United States, he was on the verge of abandoning his dreams–that is, until he overheard the locals discussing a small mining town in Idaho called Ketchum. Intrigued and hopeful, Felix backtracked towards Ketchum and found what is now Sun Valley. With sunlight pouring over the snow, the valley itself seemed to glimmer with life. Overwhelmed by the vast, majestic mountain scape, it was then he knew that this was the valley that would change skiing forever, and it didn't take long for the rest of the world to catch on.
Sun Valley offers over 2,000 acres809 hectares of breathtaking varied terrain spread across two of the world's most famous mountains. Dollar Mountain, home to the world's first chairlift, is now a bustling paradise. Perfect for beginners, Dollar delivers multiple beginner slopes, five lifts, seventy-six rails and over 628 feet191 metres of treeless terrain, ensuring that while the tracks may fade, the memories made on Dollar will last a lifetime.
Riders hungry for more can turn to renowned Bald “Baldy” Mountain, which has more uphill capacity per skier than any other ski area. Boasting 75 runs without flats or plateaus, Baldy has a constant downhill gradient that delivers the perfect playground for beginners to experts alike. Combined with it's absence of wind and sunshine 80% of the year, Baldy mountain is a rider's dream.
It's true a lot can change in 75 years, but Sun Valley remains as spectacular as the day it opened. So come to Sun Valley, where the sun never stops shining!