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Set amid the pristine splendor of central Idaho’s Wood River Valley and tucked in the rugged Sawtooth Mountains is a timeless, world-famous resort for all seasons, Sun Valley.

Sun Valley, chosen and developed by Union Pacific Railroad in 1936, was the first destination ski resort in this country.

Three mountain ranges, in combination with the Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers countless outdoor recreational activities. Winter draws skiers from all over the world. Bald Mountain, affectionately known as “Baldy”, has earned the reputation as the best single ski mountain in the country. There are 82 runs on 2,054 skiable acres, 3,400 feet of vertical drops and 19 chairlifts to get you there.

The world’s largest computer-controlled snowmaking system assures skiers fresh powder each morning during the season. The Warm Springs, River Run and Seattle Ridge Lodges are stunning structures encompassing masterful technology to provide the utmost in skier comfort and services.
All three Sun Valley lodges have the ambiance of an upscale country club and the charm of old-world hunting lodges.

A gentle treeless mountain called Dollar is perfect for learning how to ski, and also offers inner-tubing. The Sun Valley Ski School holds clinics on both Dollar and Baldy. Other winter activities include sleigh rides to dinner, over 150 miles of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, back country or heli-skiing, paragliding and much more.

Summer offers golfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, fly-fishing, camping, white-water rafting, horseback riding and other recreation. White water excursions abound in this beautiful land.
There is an 18-hole champ-ionship golf course and eighteen beautiful tennis courts. Enjoy a world-class spectacle on ice at Sun Valley’s year-round outdoor ice skating rink.

You’ll find a lively community of shops, restaurants and night spots. With the crisp mountain air, you can work up an appetite and dine at one of the many restaurants in Sun Valley and Ketchum.

Sun Valley has received special recognition for the quality of its cuisine in Ski Magazine for dining excellence. Plus Ski America and Canada voted Sun Valley the most romantic ski resort in North America.

Visitors can take part in the abundant arts programs and musical presentations year-round. There are over 30 art galleries and four performing arts groups offering year-round live performances.