Sun Valley Ski Slopes

ISSUE #28 Sun Valley Getaway

Whether its winter for the skiing or summer for the fly-fishing, hiking and biking. Sun Valley is one of our favorite places on earth. Here are a few of our favorite things to eat, drink and do in and around the area when we aren’t on the slopes!

SUN VALLEY RESORT

One of the country’s oldest ski resorts in America, it is reminiscent of the great old European alpine towns with the grand Sun Valley Lodge at the center and the incredible mountains surrounding it.

Sun Valley Lodge
: made famous by golden era movie stars and the place where Hemingway in 1939 wrote ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ in suite 206, the Lodge remains the center of activity and our favorite place for an aprés hot toddy in the lobby.

The Roundhouse: The best on-mountain dining, this classic is located right off the Roundhouse Express Gondola at 7,700 feet. The bartenders “B Shea” (dubbed the Mayor of Sun Valley) & “Sully” are fantastic and besides making a mean cocktail, they are both huge supporters of Browne wine!

Ice Skating: Open year-round, the rink has some of the best views in the valley. This is a must for the kids!

Sun Valley Toy Store: While there are a ton of great premium boutiques and vintage shops around the resort, our favorite stop is the iconic Sun Valley Toy Store. Carol Knight has owned this local mainstay favorite for decades and now it is a tradition for our kids.

The Hot Pools at The Inn at Sun Valley: The spa and heated outdoor pool, which is basically like a giant hot tub in the winter are a great way to spend some relaxing time!

Duchin Lounge: Always a treat to have a glass of Browne or one of their incredible espresso martinis as a nightcap cocktail in this legendary location.

Gretchen’s: On the other side of the Inn at Sun Valley lobby from Duchin, they have a fantastic menu for kids and adults alike. Don’t miss the famed Elk Chili!

The Sun Valley Gun Club
: Part of the Sun Valley Resort, Andrew loves to go with friends to skeet shoot in this gorgeous (and safe) environment.

Hemingway Memorial: A lovely mile and a half walk from the Lodge, it is always nice to pay respects to the grandfather of Sun Valley at this beautiful memorial overlooking the Trail Creek.

DOWNTOWN KETCHUM

Ketchum is brimming with arts and culture but what we like to do there is aprés imbibe. Here are some old standbys and our favorite places we frequent!

The Pioneer Saloon: Always a good time, this classic Ketchum bar is packed with taxidermy and western memorabilia including one of Hemingway’s 1953 Winchester Model 21 twelve-gauge shotgun along with photos of him hunting in the area.

Grumpy’s: A perfect aprés ski dive bar – you can’t miss their famous Fowl Burger which pairs well with their giant 32-ounce Schooners!

Enoteca: Family run spot highlighting locally sourced, Italian inspired cuisine in a stylish but cozy, comfortable space. Our kids adored the wood fired pizzas, so this was a big win all around!

Whiskey Jacques: Iconic Main Street stop known for live music. We love the Led Zeppelin cover band that has been a staple.

The Covey: The flavors, the atmosphere, the staff are all top-notch at this restaurant. We went with another couple and shared as many items off the menu as possible! Everything handmade and you must order the roasted pineapple dish.

OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The skiing in Sun Valley is some of the best in the world with its perfectly groomed terrain, beautiful blue skies, and uncorked lifts, but by no means is the only option to get outdoors!

Hiking: Honestly you can’t go wrong as it is such a beautiful area but some of our favorite hikes are the Proctor Mountain Loop, the Fox Creek Loop, the Chocolate Gulch Trail or Adams Gulch for a slightly more challenging climb.

Mountain Biking: There are SO many options in the area so do your research based on your skill level, but our favorite trek is riding up Highway 75 from Ketchum north toward Stanley, as it provides the most beautiful views of the Boulder Mountains and Sawtooth Mountains. For a milder, family-friendly experience, try the White Clouds trail network or meander through town along the Wood River Trail.

Fly Fishing: Some of the most epic fly-fishing in North America, we highly recommend working with one of the local outfitters to get the maximum experience. Two of the best are Lost River Outfitters and Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketcham. They’ll set you up a guide with deep knowledge of local waters, ensuring access to the best spots along the Big Wood, Lower Lost, Sliver Creek, Copper Basin or Salmon River.

Sawtooth Mount Road Trip: We never miss a drive through the magnificent Sawtooth mountains. The views from the Galena Summit where the Big Wood meets the Salmon River are some of the most gorgeous in the world. This beautiful 2-hour road-trip drive drops you into Stanley where you can grab lunch to-go at the Stanley Baking Company and enjoy a picnic at Redfish Lake. On your way back to Sun Valley be sure to stop by Smiley’s for huckleberry milkshakes in the summer or try one of their guided snowmobile tours in the winter.