Sun Valley is loaded with history and natural beauty, not to mention fascinating culture, fabulous cuisine, fantastic shopping, family adventures, festive events, free "around town" buses and friendly locals.
Have fun exploring the site and getting to know the locals a little better!
Arts & Culture
Sun Valley's art scene will catch you by surprise. For such a small community in a remote part of the world, Sun Valley offers truly remarkable arts and culture opportunities. ArtPlace recognized the area as one of the Top 12 Small Art Towns in the United States
validating the quality, diversity and sheer volume of arts programming in the community.
Set amid one of the most accessible and pristine mountain backdrops, visitors and locals rub elbows in galleries, at theater performances, and on the lawn at live music performances frequently coming straight off a day of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and the like.
Ranked the 4th Best Ski Resort by Ski Magazine and one of Powder Magazine's Top 8 Ski Towns
, Sun Valley is where it all began and continues to thrive under the radar today. Bald Mountain's 3,400 vertical feet of fall line terrain is complimented by the region's limitless backcountry access that gives the area the reputation of the Alps of America. Home to Sun Valley HeliSki, skiers and snowboarders can turn the fun meter up to 11 nearly every day of the week for fresh powder turns with one of the most respected heli-ops in the US .
If you are more the endurance athletic type, your heart will jump at the 200+ kilometers of meticulously groomed and maintained Nordic trails which span the length of the valley from Bellevue in the south to Galena Lodge nearly 40 miles to the north.
Sun Valley is a winter wanderer's paradise
. Forget the crowds, lift lines, and hectic nature of other resort destinations, here you will find plenty of space to truly enjoy your favorite winter sport, and a real town in which to savor the spoils of an incredible day.
Sports & Recreation
Most people associate Sun Valley recreation with world-class skiing, but not every Sun Valley recreational activity requires a lift ticket. The surrounding area supplies visitors with an endless variety of spectacular scenery and sporting diversions. In Sun Valley, you're only limited by your imagination.
There are endless opportunities and locations to go hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or land your first 18-inch Rainbow Trout on the Big Wood River
. Book a trip with friends for a guided backcountry mountain bike tour where you'll overnight in cozy Mongolian-style yurts. With so much to occupy your time, a return trip to Sun Valley will definitely be in order.
Just for kids!
We're all kids for life, but being a kid in Sun Valley means that the best playground in the world is at your back door. From terrain parks on Dollar Mountain to mountain biking and adventure camps for summer fun, to classes at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Enivironmental Resource Center, to picking seven different types of raspberries at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden - being a kid is just better here.
When making plans for your next family vacation, consider various choices ranging from outdoor activities, theater and live performances, art exhibits and classes, to tours of gardens and river walks, children of all ages can stay active and entertained.
Festivals & Events
With events ranging from the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in October to the culinary indulgence of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in September, it is no surprise that many of the events that epitomize Sun Valley are very often unclassifiable or just simply unique. The calendar listings below provide an overview of these unique festivals along with other upcoming festivals and events.
Christmas in Sun Valley:
Flocked in a frosty coat of white and adorned with shimmering lights, wreaths, and a passionate reverence for time honored tradition and family gathering, few places are as magical during Christmas as Sun Valley.
As the streets lined with lights welcome visitors to town and the village teems with festive activities and traditions, the spirit of Christmas is infectious to all who enter. So come to Sun Valley and rekindle your love for the most wonderful time of the year while bonding with your loved ones and enjoying the skiing and iceskating, caroling and worshipping, dining and shopping - even late night bar hopping. See what Sun Valley has in store for your family this winter!
The Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival
(last week of January – first week of February):
As a way to showcase “Nordic Town USA”, the Sun Valley Nordic Ski Alliance hosts the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The Sun Valley Nordic Festival features 9 days of activities, races, clinics and fun events culminating in the world famous Boulder Mountain Tour. There will be discounts on demos and rentals, lodging and dining, special free events as well as a $49 – 9 day all valley-wide ski trail pass. There is no better value anywhere in the Nordic ski world
. So come to “Nordic Town USA” for the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
Sun Valley Film Festival
The fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival is a 5-day stellar line-up of films
followed by filmmaker Q&A's, intimate Coffee Talks, the Screenwriters Lab, the Future Filmmakers Forum, parties, dinners, and some damn good spring skiing. Cutting edge films, music, parties and top industry special guests will be featured during the festival.
Sun Valley Wellness Festival
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind, body, spirit and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, its mission is to Inspire Positive Change in the lives of many every single year
Join us at the Sun Valley Resort in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho for five days of inspiration, education and healing that will enrich your life!
Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival
Hailey Days of the Old West Celebration
The Hailey Days of the Old West Celebration is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July
. The town of Hailey plays host to a rodeo, fireworks, parade, pancake breakfast and antique market. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages.
Ketchum Arts Festival:
The popular Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths
dispersed over Festival Meadows at the top of the Sun Valley Resort flanked by world famous Mt.Baldy.
Multicolored paragliders silently soar above grinning festival-goers who bask in the high-sun alpine summer, free live music plays non-stop, scents of delicious food permeates the air, and children squeal with joy stringing bracelets or painting faces in the free activity tent. It's easy to find a special art piece that becomes a sentimental memory of the weekend charm.
Check out complete and up to date list of festivals and events here