Sun Valley Resort makes a leap

From the largest super pipe to a beginner terrain park, there’s something for everyone.

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comNovember 28, 2013 

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The view from Baldy says it all about skiing and boarding at Sun Valley Resort.


Sun Valley Ski Resort is fast becoming known nationally as terrain park central, and you can expect more tricks and flips, rail slides, jumps and a super pipe at Dollar Mountain this season.

“We are going for the largest super pipe in North America,” said Brian Callahan, terrain park manager at Sun Valley.

The terrain park, located on the resort’s smaller mountain, Dollar Mountain, will be 620 feet long with 22-foot walls.

The resort is also building on its Progression Parks on Dollar, which were introduced a few years ago.

A new park called Prospector Park is going to be available for everyone and will highlight beginner terrain, which will allow novices to learn the basics of terrain parks.

If you skied or boarded the mountain last season, you know it’s really popular among youth, families and even experts.

Banking on the parks, Sun Valley’s Snow Sports is building its program around early learners and intermediate skiers and boarders.

They call it the Terrain-Based Learning Program. Traditional teaching methods will be combined with the resort’s Adventure/Discovery Model, said Jack Sibbach, resort spokesman.


Here are other things to look out for at Sun Valley:

• A new lift ticket has been added to the variety of passes that are available. It’s called the Young Adult Pass. Skiers and boarders can use this pass all season for $1,199. They must be 29 years or younger.

• The U.S. Revolution Tour will return to Sun Valley in March. The tour is a venue for top junior riders to take the competitive stage in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard cross.

• Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports will introduce the new Wintersteiger mercury machine, one of only 11 in the U.S.

The new tuning system is designed to enhance performance on the mountain by improving turning qualities, creating a better grip on hard slopes.

• A must-have is the traditional Fondue for Two with green apple and farm bread cubes at Roundhouse Restaurant on Baldy.

The restaurant was built in 1939 and features a dining experience at a beautiful setting perched halfway up Bald Mountain at 7,700 feet.

Here are trail recommendations at Sun Valley this season:

• Toughest — Inhibition. Steep and bumps challenge the best.

• Family — Upper and Lower College. Groomed daily.

• Best Off the Map — Central Park. Between Upper College and Upper River Run. Great tree skiing and boarding.

• Lift tickets — Sun Valley has a variety of prices and deals depending on the time of year. For information, go to

Sun Valley isn’t only touting the slopes. Officials are suggesting skiing or boarding and winter fly fishing.

Visitors will be able to rent a fly rod at the base of Baldy and enjoy fishing in the Big Wood River.

You know, sort of like a resort runs through it.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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