Winter Recreation

Sun Valley Ski Resort

One of the nation's premier ski resort is in our backyard, and what a place to enjoy endless skiing and snowboarding.

Gotta do's

* Go to the top of Baldy and take in the views.

You'll never tire of the sights of the surrounding mountains and valley below.

* Get a chili dog, original dog or kraut dog from Irving's across from the Warm Springs Lodge at Sun Valley.

* Have a wood-fired pizza and gourmet salad at Seattle Ridge Lodge, perched atop the Seattle Ridge area of Baldy. Enjoy the views of the Wood River Valley from 8,800 feet.

* Relax on the sunny deck at Warm Springs Lodge at the base of Bald Mountain on the Warm Springs side of the mountain.

The afternoon winter sun will put you in the napping mood.

Take the kids to Dollar Lodge. It was built with kids in mind. It's located at the base of Dollar Mountain.

What's new

Sun Valley has two new high-speed detachable quad chairlifts that replaced Quarter and Dollar lifts on Dollar Mountain.

The lifts double the lift capacity on Sun Valley's beginner and children's ski mountain.

Sixty percent of Dollar Mountain's ski runs will be under snowmaking for this season.

Twelve acres of snowmaking and 27 new tower guns were added to the existing snowmaking system.

Ski runs that will be covered include Sheepherder's Dip, New Bowl, Graduation, Poverty Flats and Quarter Dollar Bowl.

The project will enhance Dollar Mountain's early season snow coverage and ski conditions.

Resort stats

Getting there: Take I-84 east from Boise to the second exit at Mountain Home. Drive U.S. 20 across Camas Prairie past Fairfield to the junction of Idaho 75. Go north to Sun Valley. It's about 3 hours from Boise.

Runs: 75.

Lifts: 21 total, seven quads, five triples, five doubles and four surface lifts.

Skiable acres: 2,054.

Vertical: 3,400 feet.

Slope difficulty: 36 percent easiest, 42 percent more difficult, 22 percent most difficult.

Top elevation: 9,150 feet.

Night skiing: No.

Snowmaking: Yes.

Longest run: 3 miles.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Daily lift ticket prices: $79 for adults; $45 for kids 12 and younger. (Early season, $54, adults; $32, children.)

Equipment rental prices: $20 to $50 a day depending on age and style of equipment.

Cat skiing: No.

Terrain park: Yes

General info: (800) 786-8259; snow report (800)