The Sun Valley ski resort is in the town of Ketchum, which has a population of about 3,400. It was a five and a half hour easy drive from our house, although we learned that almost all the cafes along the way are closed on Sunday. Something to remember when you are in the middle of nowhere.
The views from the top of Sun Valley are really impressive. You can see snow capped mountains for miles and miles.
Here's Cosette carving through the bottom of the moguls. The moguls were firm, but not icy.
I recovered quickly, but as we went up the next ski lift, I noticed that my brain was fuzzy and I was having problems remembering things. I told Julie I needed to go find a lodge and sit for a while. There was a nice ski patrol guy in the lodge having a drink. We chatted and he suggested I might have a concussion and that I should head down the hill in a sled. I would normally disagree, but I am not used to my brain being off in such a way.
Another patroller came and got me to take me down the hill. Notice the green box in his hand. That's my oxygen supply. I'm still not quite sure why I was on oxygen, but it was nice so I went with it. I was wrapped up tightly in the basket, so I didn't get a chance to take photos of my trip down. It was a nice long ride, about 3,000 feet of vertical. Do you count that in your total for the day?
Giro has a policy that if you damage one of their helmets in a fall, you can get 30% of a replacement by giving them your dead one. It's important to realize that these helmets are designed to survive a single serious impact. After that, you need to go shopping.
- There is no ski-in/ski-out housing. Therefore, the best places to stay are probably farther away from the base. You would get a much better view of the mountains as you got further away.
- I have never been in such a pedestrian friendly town. There is no way you could commit suicide by throwing yourself in front of a car. They would simply brake hard and wave you on with a smile.
- The downtown area has an amazing amount of free parking. What a great idea. Several of the main roads are very wide and have parking on both sides and then two lanes of parking in the middle.
- The base is at 5,750 feet, which is seriously lower than Park City, which is around 7000 feet.
- I always thought of Sun Valley as being the "very expensive place that the stars skied." The stars might be there, but the lift passes and restaurants in town were definitely cheaper than Park City. I don't think the shopping was as good though.
- It's a nice mountain for intermediate and easier expert skiing. There's not enough challenge for the gonzo experts and the hand full of greens might scare beginners. I can't remember seeing green runs that looked so steep.