Winter Recreation

Sun Valley is cornering the market on winter so far

While the Treasure Valley is basking in or cursing warm weather, Sun Valley has snow and good conditions for winter lovers.

Thanks to its high elevation and vast snowmaking systems, Sun Valley resort is offering lots of skiing and adding more.

Sun Valley is reporting 37 inches at its summit and 14 inches at its base. It's currently running six chairlifts, and the resort will open Dollar Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 13. It also plans to have Seattle Ridge open by Dec. 19, according to marketing director Jack Sibbach. Sun Valley also offers discounted early season lift tickets.

For a full list of what's available for skiing and snowboarding and current conditions, go here.

Galena Lodge about 23 miles north of Ketchum has groomed Nordic ski trails, snowshoe trails, a restaurant, and is hosting a free Nordic ski and demo event on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Experienced skiers can try the latest gear, and novices can get free lessons, free rental gear and a free trail pass during the event. For details go here.

Sun Valley Trekking is offering backcountry yurts for rent and reporting excellent backcountry skiing at high elevations with up to 74 inches of snow in some locations. For details here.

So don't let the warmer temperatures and recent rainstorms fool you. There's still winter out there to be enjoyed, and it's not that far away.

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