CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, ID 83353
Sun Valley, Idaho is the birthplace of destination skiing. Ketchum is the heart of the Wood River Valley and the Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is just two miles east only a mile from the Sun Valley Lodge. The center is known for its trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels and it is part of the Sun Valley Resort that also offers the famous alpine ski area, lodging, dining, The Spa and Fitness Center, and a magical travel experience.
Most of the 40 km cross country ski trails, which are groomed for skate or classic skiers, and 15 km of snowshoe trails are on and above the Sun Valley Golf Course that weaves up Trail Creek. The trails are gentle and easy but there is also plenty of challenging terrain. The Diamondback loop takes skiers up to a high point with fantastic views up and down the valley and of the Pioneer Mountains.
The daily trail fee is $24, with discounts for children and seniors. Group ski lessons ( $65 per person with a minimum of 2 skiers) and private lessons ($95 for first skier and $30 for each additional) are available. Rental equipment is available at $27 a day for adults and seniors and $15 for youth. There are lower half day rates at 1:00 PM.
The center has designated snowshoe trails available to hike for a $10 trail fee. Snowshoe rentals are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors or youth. Half day rates start at 1:00 PM. The Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center has the largest ski school in the region available for lessons for all levels. Click here for the Nordic Trails Grooming Report.
Home to over 200 km of world-class Nordic trails and an Olympic training center, Sun Valley is a Nordic mecca offering shopping for the best Nordic equipment and skiwear from brands like Swix, Salomon, Craft, Icelandic, Neve, Urban Laundry, Ibex, Toko, One Way, Bliz Eyewear and others. Skate or classic, aerobic warrior or outback adventurer, they've got the gear and tune shop for you. See the selection of the latest skis and boots as well as coming in to chat and get the latest on conditions in the Valley.
Lodging comes in many different options including the historic 80-year old Sun Valley Lodge, which has been completely renovated, the Sun Valley Inn with 105 rooms, modern standard and deluxe condominiums, and cottages. Click here for lodging availability or reservations.
The Spa at Sun Valley has signature treatments offering guests a variety of luxurious ways to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. The stunning two-story reception area welcomes spa-goers of all ages, while the state-of-the-art fitness facility, spacious locker rooms and refined amenities make the Spa at Sun Valley a destination to experience. The Fitness Center at the new Spa at Sun Valley is outfitted with spin bikes, Precor aerobic equipment, Hoist weight machines, Hampton weights and a serene Yoga Room. Views of the new and expansive pool/cabana area and Baldy Mountain are sure to inspire you to push your workout just a bit. Use of the pool and Fitness Center amenities are included with a spa treatment.
With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and boarders something special on not just one mountain, but two. Bald Mountain's consistent pitch, lack of lift lines, and variety of terrain have earned it a reputation as one of the world's finest ski mountains. Thirteen chairlifts and 65 varied runs await skiers and boarders on both sides of Baldy. Adding to the Baldy adventure are themed Adventure Trails for kids, with 30 acres of glade ski and boarding terrain for all. Meanwhile, Dollar Mountain is the perfect place to get introduced to downhill sports and features two new high-speed quads, a tubing hill, a full-featured terrain park with 76 rails and North America's largest super pipe, and the Wundercarpet, an effortless uphill transporter.
Daily non-stop flights to Sun Valley from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Once in the area, you won't need your car, because part of the adventure of Sun Valley is getting around. It's just a short stroll to just about anything you could want to see, do or eat. Or you could hop on the Mountain Rides complimentary bus service for transportation throughout the Wood River Valley, including round trips from the Village to both Dollar and Bald Mountains and to the towns of Ketchum and Elkhorn Springs. Sun Valley Nordic Center is a CCSAA member.