If you are looking for a safe and fun place to ski this winter, Sun Valley is your number one choice! Besides being voted 2021’s #1 Ski Resort in the West by Ski Magazine, there are several reasons why Sun Valley is should be your top winter vacation destination. Sun Valley has the highest lift capacity per skier of any resort. This means less time standing in line, less people on the lifts and more time shredding the slopes. The new expansion project brings the total skiable terrain to 2434 acres! Sun Valley averages only 3500 skiers per day, so that is plenty of space for your social distancing needs. If you want even more room to roam, Sun Valley offers over 40 km of groomed trails for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking to get you out into the beautiful wilderness areas surrounding Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Here are some policies Sun Valley has announced to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience on the slopes this season:

  • Bald Mountain lifts are set to open on Thanksgiving Day November 26.
  • Dollar Mountain lifts are set to open on December 12.
  • Sales of day passes may be limited to manage peak day access if the mountain exceeds capacity, so get your tickets early.
  • Alpine Lodging Guests can purchase discounted lift tickets and Kids Ski Free for regular ski season dates. Holiday blackout dates are 12/18/20 to 1/3/21 and 2/12/21 to 2/21/21.
  • For holiday dates click here for lift tickets. Sun Valley Resort anticipates holiday lift tickets will sell out soon!
  • For non-holiday dates, call Alpine Lodging to purchase discounted lift tickets at least a week prior to your reservation.
  • For Sun Valley Season Passes and Epic Passes, there will be no restrictions on when you can ski and no reservations needed. This includes Challenger, Young Adult Challenger, Child Challenger, Freedom Found, 15 Day Plus, Sun & Snow, Early/Late and College Season Passes.
  • Masks are required inside of all lodges, while waiting in lift lines, and anywhere where 6 ft distance is not possible.
  • All lodges and dining facilities are planning on being open this season. There will be limits to the number of people inside at one time. Indoor seating has been reduced and outdoor seating and dining options have been expanded. Lodges are offering more outdoor food choices, more grab and go options, and some places will offer reservations.
  • Base areas will offer outdoor drop off for storing equipment in a secure and sanitized bag check.
  • SnowSports school will offer lessons for both children and adults in private lessons and smaller groups. Book your lessons early!
  • Check out these resources from the Sun Valley Resort for more information about the 20/21 ski season:

Sun Valley 20/21 Winter Update  Sun Valley Winter 20/21 FAQs

As Idaho begins reopening to visitors, here is some important information for planning a summer trip to Sun Valley: 

Outdoor recreation is in full swing! Golf courses, tennis courts, the bike path, and hiking trails are all open. One of the things we love about this area is plenty of wide open space to explore.

Restaurants are opening back up with limits on inside seating and plenty of space between tables and take out options are available. Spas, salons, bars, theaters and retail stores are open, all with social distancing rules in place.  Reservations may be required.

Masks are required in all public areas in Ketchum and Hailey for anyone over 5 years old. Masks are required to cover both nose and mouth, both indoors and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. They are not required for persons eating or drinking at a restaurant or in outdoor public places where there is space for social distancing. This mandate is legally enforceable and violators could face a $100 fine.

Complex Pools and Hot Tubs may or may not open this summer. Pools that are open now might not stay open the entire season. Each HOA will make the decision based on the current recommendations and ability to provide a safe experience. Alpine Lodging does not guarantee pool access, even if a property has a pool listed as an amenity.

Elkhorn Resort Harker Pool is open with reservations required for a maximum of 90 minutes per day. The Elkhorn Village pool, diving board, dressing rooms, sauna, hot tub and children’s pool are closed until further notice.

Sun Valley Inn Pool is open with reservations required. A maximum of five people per group are allowed per pool reservation. Sun Valley Olympic Pool does not accept reservations, but will allow first-come first-served up to a maximum occupancy. The Jacuzzi and kids pool are closed until further notice.

Sunburst Condos has announced that they will not open the pool or hot tub this summer.

Christophe Condos and Greyhawk Condos do have their pools open with extra rules in place.

Group events are limited to 50 people at this time, so the biggest events have been cancelled. However there are many smaller events and outdoor events planned such as live music at Whiskey Jacques’ and the Farmer’s Market each Tuesday.

Our housekeeping department has always been excellent and has very high standards.  Each property will be thoroughly cleaned and high touch surfaces disinfected between guest stays. Please understand that this extra time needed for cleaning means late check-outs and early check-ins may not be available this season.

Our New Cancellation Policy makes it easier to plan your vacation:
Full payment will be due 30 days prior to arrival. There is no charge for cancellations made more than 30 days before arrival. Cancellations made 30 to 14 days before arrival will qualify for a 50% refund or 100% of payment can be applied to a future reservation within a year. Cancellations made less than 14 days before arrival are not refundable.