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Sun Valley Ski Resort


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Sun Valley Ski Resort


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Pro tip: Sun Valley is one of the old guard ski resorts, ranking alongside Alta, Sugar Bowl and Timberline as resorts that can say, 'we were here first.' Its slopes sit above a splendid valley, and the Idaho vistas are unique. The food here rivals Deer Valley, and it's a quieter resort than some of its mainline destination peers. The lodging here can compete with anywhere, and the fall lines, although they lack extreme steepness, are consistent top to bottom.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Sun Valley Ski Resort
Overall
72.4
Snow Quality
54.7
Snow Volume
37.9
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

49

Rank in
Region

29

Rank in
State

1

Best time for snow at
Sun Valley Ski Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Sun Valley Ski Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
True Snow: 191" per year
Snow Quality Rank

97

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

169

Sun Valley Ski Resort is ranked No. 169 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

8.1%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

1.1%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

43.1%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

169

Sun Valley Ski Resort is ranked No. 169 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

97

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3400 ft

9150 ft
Base Elevation: 5750 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Sun Valley Ski Resort

Sun Valley's snow record is low for destination resorts. 8.4% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 35% of months see 30 inches and 1% of months see 90 inches or more. Snow density is similar to Utah and the Tetons. Deep powder skiing is rare but can be excellent in the long fall lines of the bowls.

Accumulation and Preservation

Sun Valley averages 73% open at Christmas, and is less than half open by Christmas in 25% of seasons. The early season record is better than one might expect as much terrain has been picked clean of large obstacles and thus skis well on a 3 foot base. The bowls are natural snow dependent and are often not well covered before mid-January. Sun Valley has an excellent snowmaking system, which is used not only to lay down an early season base but to top off runs mid-season with low density "gunpowder." Snow preservation is excellent on the north facing Seattle Ridge and Warm Springs sectors. Melt/freeze conditions are likely from mid-February onwards in the east facing bowls and River Run areas, and the few south-tilted areas can lose snow in spring. Sun Valley like many resorts has its most reliable snow conditions from mid-January to mid-March.