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Sun-Valley is an upscale ski resort and village located in Blaine County in central Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the permanent population was 1,427 residents. However, few residents live year-round in Sun Valley, with most coming from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and even as far as Chicago and New York City. Sun Valley is called the "original ski resort," and was established in 1936 to compete with the great ski resorts of Europe. Sun Valley is popular for alpine skiing at Bald Mountain, which is the main ski mountain and Dollar Mountain, which is geared more for the beginner to intermediate skier. Bald Mountain, known as "Baldy," has a summit of 9,150 feet and a vertical drop of 3400 feet. With its abundance of constant-pitch terrain, at varying degrees of difficulty, coupled with its substantial vertical drop and absence of wind, Baldy has often been referred to as the best single ski mountain in the world. The treeless Dollar Mountain, at 6638 feet, has a moderate vertical drop of 628 feet. Aside from skiing, visitors come to Sun Valley to enjoy ice skating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, tennis and golf. Sun Valley is also near the Sawtooth National Recreational Area, which is accessed via Highway 75, over the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. Sun Valley is adjacent to the city of Ketchum, Idaho and the whole region is often referred to as "Sun Valley." Many rich and famous people have homes in the area, and Sun Valley offers unique shopping, fine restaurants, day spas, ice shows, sleigh rides and much more.

Surrounding areas: Ketchum, Idaho (2.4 mi), Hailey, Idaho (11.8 mi)

Sun Valley Vacation Rentals

Sun Valley Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Elkhorn Resort100 Elkhorn RdSun Valley, ID (208) 622-4511
Lift Tower Lodge703 Main St SKetchum, ID1.6 mi.(208) 726-5163
Bald Mountain Lodge151 Main St SKetchum, ID1.7 mi.(208) 726-9963
Heidelberg Inn1908 Warmsprings RdKetchum, ID1.7 mi.(208) 726-5361
Tamarack Lodge291 Walnut Ave NKetchum, ID1.7 mi.(208) 726-3344
The River Street Inn100 Riv St WKetchum, ID1.7 mi.(208) 726-3611
Best Western Tyrolean Lodge260 CottonwoodKetchum, ID1.8 mi.(208) 726-5336
Christopher Condo & Hotel351 2ND Ave SKetchum, ID1.8 mi.(208) 726-5601
Clarion Inn - Sun Valley600 N MainKetchum, ID1.9 mi.(208) 726-5900
Idaho Country Inn134 Latigo LnKetchum, ID2.1 mi.(208) 726-5718
Alpenrose Hotel124 Saddle RdKetchum, ID2.2 mi.(208) 726-5945
Powderhorn Lodge300 Skiway DrKetchum, ID3.6 mi.(208) 726-2342
The Pinnacle Club Inn100 Lloyd DrKetchum, ID3.8 mi.(208) 726-5700
Boulder Mountain Hotel600 Main St NKetchum, ID10.6 mi.(208) 726-7998
Knob Hill Inn960 Main St NKetchum, ID10.6 mi.(208) 726-8010
Americinn Lodge & Suites51 Cobblestone LnHailey, ID11.1 mi.(208) 788-7950
Wood River Inn603 North Main StHailey, ID11.1 mi.(877) 542-0600

Sun Valley Weather & Climate

Southeastern Idaho has a four-season climate. The area's precipitation is approximately 20-30 inches, which is among the highest in southern Idaho. This unusually high precipitation is due to the unique geography of southern Idaho and Yellowstone. The Snake River Plain was formed by the Yellowstone hot spot across southern Idaho, and it forms a moisture channel that extends from the Pacific Ocean to Yellowstone area. This southeastern corner at the head of the Snake River Plain and at the end of the Yellowstone moisture channel gets as much snow as the typical ski towns of Colorado. In contrast, summers are hot and humidity is low throughout the state. Occasionally, moisture-laden air from the south produces thunderstorms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 3°F 2.25 in. -
February 37°F 7°F 2.06 in. -
March 43°F 15°F 1.96 in. -
April 53°F 24°F 1.23 in. -
May 62°F 31°F 1.83 in. -
June 72°F 37°F 1.48 in. -
July 80°F 42°F 0.86 in. -
August 79°F 40°F 0.82 in. -
September 70°F 33°F 1.19 in. -
October 58°F 24°F 1.13 in. -
November 42°F 14°F 1.78 in. -
December 32°F 5°F 2.32 in. -

Sun Valley Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Friedman Memorial airport (SUN) located about 12 miles south of Sun Valley in Hailey, Idaho, the Arco Butte County airport (AOC) located approximately 50 miles east of Sun Valley in Arco, Idaho, the Jerome County airport (JER) located roughly 66 miles south of Sun Valley in Jerome, Idaho, and finally the Bruce Meadows airport (U63) located around 70 miles northwest of Sun Valley in Stanley, Idaho.

Sun Valley Attractions

Golf Courses
Elkhorn Resort Sun ValleySun ValleyID 
Bigwood Golf CourseKetchumID1.6 mi.
Warm Springs Golf CourseKetchumID1.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Sun ValleySun ValleyID 
Zoos and Aquariums
Tautphaus Park ZooIdaho FallsID115.8 mi.

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