2012 Sun Valley

Powder Perspective

Powder magazine was founded in Sun Valley in 1972 by the Moe brothers. Home to starlets and ski stars and Ernest Hemingway, the bowls of Sun Valley are the ticket to paradise in Sun Valley. The terrain is endless, the pitches steep and sustained, and the moguls challenging. Just be sure to grab a cold one at Apple’s on the Warm Springs side for apres.

Resort Overview

Sun Valley was North America’s first snowsports resort and remains the continent’s finest-75 years later. A new Snow Park Technologies terrain park on Dollar Mountain and updated Superpipe complement the steep, world-class terrain on Bald Mountain that put Sun Valley on the map. Get here via daily direct flights from Seattle, L.A., and Salt Lake City as well as daily bus shuttles from Boise. If you’ve never been to Sun Valley, it’s time to hit the destination that started it all. If you’re already a Sun Valley fan, we apologize for just telling every Powder reader to come visit.

Terrain Breakdown

Dollar Mountain is the perfect grade for all things terrain park as well as being full of mellow, perfectly groomed slopes. Next door, Bald Mountain-or Baldy to the locals-is where Sun Valley’s reputation among expert skiers was truly cemented. Overall the terrain breakdown across both mountains is: 22-percent advanced/expert; 42-percent intermediate; 36-percent beginner.

Season Highlights

  • 12/9-11/11: Powder Magazine 40th Anniversary Party
  • 12/21/11: 75th Anniversary Celebration
  • 4/7/12: Dollar Dayz Rail Jam

Resort Specs

Annual Snowfall: 225 inches
Vertical Drop: 3,400 feet
Skiable Acres: 2,054
Number of Lifts: 19
Number of Trails: 80
Number of Parks/Pipes: 3 Parks / 1 Pipe
Backcountry Access: Open boundaries, closed gate policy in ski area
Ticket Prices: $TBD
Nearest Airport: Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN); just 14 miles from the resort
Local Bars: Duchin Lounge, River Run Lodge, Whiskey Jacques, The Boiler Room
Local Restaurants: Trail Creek Cabin, Seattle Ridge Lodge, Pioneer Saloon, The Sawtooth Club, The Ram
Hotels / Lodging: Sun Valley Lodge (800) 786-8259