Living in Sun Valley: Things to Do and See in Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho—At the Doorstep of the Sawtooth National Forest

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Living in Sun Valley

At the doorstep of the Sawtooth National Forest, this authentic mountain resort community is comprised of two adjacent towns, Ketchum and Sun Valley, which bustle with activity and culture while retaining a small-town atmosphere—the most distinguishing characteristic of the area.

What to Do and See in Sun Valley?

Known for its skiing on Baldy, with a diverse terrain most fully appreciated by experts, but equally thrilling for beginner and intermediate skiers, and snowboarders, Sun Valley is one of the world’s best ski areas. There are no rivals for its impeccably groomed long, steep cruising runs; legendary bump-runs; glade skiing; family-friendly Seattle Ridge; and the Bowls. Baldy is complemented by Dollar Mountain, an ideal treeless beginners mountain that has the addition of extraordinary terrain-park features.  The two mountains set the bar for other major winter sports, such as nordic skiing, backcountry touring, heli-skiing, snowshoe hiking, and snowmobiling. A training site for athletes who compete on the international level, Sun Valley is a designated Olympic Nordic (skiing) training site. The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is a world-class development institution in alpine racing, snowboarding, cross-country, and freestyle in partnership with the Sun Valley Ski Academy at Community School including in-residence education. 


With the valley floor at a comfortable elevation of 6,000 feet, the recreation shifts in the spring from snow sports to a network of paved bike paths, single-track mountain bike and hiking trails, and road cycling. The area also offers four golf courses with a total of 81 holes. The Big Wood River flows through the town of Ketchum, south to Hailey, and nearby Silver Creek Preserve provides the finest fly-fishing in the state. No matter what the recreational choice, the area’s vast natural resources and amenities are always under utilized, due to the lack of population pressure.


It might feel to some as if Sun Valley is a private club, yet it is most democratic in its community involvement and inclusivity. This is most exemplified by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the largest free-admission symphony in America. In 2008, the event was moved to its new home at the stunning modern architectural masterpiece, the Sun Valley Pavilion. The elegance and power of this venue is the perfect compliment to the iconic Sun Valley Lodge and Resort Village. The Lodge, opened in 1937 by the Union Pacific Railroad, is currently undergoing a complete remodel and expansion with new spa facilities and modern luxury suites in the classic Sun Valley style.


Arts and Culture are an integral part of the Sun Valley experience with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, the Community Library, and the Sun Valley Film Festival, which offers education and programs throughout the year. Evening Gallery Walks, Fourth of July rodeos, the Sun Valley Wine Auction, the Writers’ Conference, and the Labor Day Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade offer sophistication and down-home fun.

Who Lives in Sun Valley?

Energetic and accomplished, yet casually relaxed, Sun Valley is home to celebrities, world leaders, artists, athletes, and recreationalists. Perhaps its best-known resident is Ernest Hemingway, whose writing, hunting, and fishing exemplified the passion and character of a community where stories are shaped and passed down by the generations.

How Many People Live in Sun Valley?

Population: 1,408

What Languages Are Spoken in Sun Valley?

Language: English

What is the Currency in Sun Valley?

Currency: USD

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