Back by popular demand, Sun Valley’s wonderful Kids Adventure Camp announced extended dates that will keep the fun going for little ones all year long. After all, Sun Valley is a four-season destination!
Kids Adventure Camp is back by popular demand
The camp, headquartered in the Sun Valley Village across from the Opera House, will again open its doors for the following dates: October 2 and 3, October 27, 30 and 31, December 4 and 5 and March 5 and 6. These are dates local school children have the day off for various reasons as well as dates that visitors may be here enjoying long weekends.
The fun is headquartered in the Sun Valley Village, just look for the signs
According to always-energetic camp director Shannon Price, “the camp was a great success this summer and we see a need for child care that is adventurous and active on days when children are home for teacher conferences or in-service days. The price is great and the kids have a wonderful experience.”
Activities depend on the season, but children will definitely get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors
Activities will change seasonally but may include: hiking, biking, swimming, river exploration, ice skating, arts and crafts, survival skills and the principals of “leave no trace.”
Sun Valley Kids Adventure Camp will keep your children busy, active and smiling
The Adventure Camp ran all summer to rave reviews. Both those visiting Sun Valley and local campers enjoyed our vast outdoor playground all under the highly trained eyes of Shannon and her excellent staff. Many families returned week after week to enjoy all that Sun Valley has to offer, from hiking to ice skating to guided exploration. Groups are kept small and individualized attention is the name of the game.
My nine-year-old son attended camp this summer and had a fabulous time. Activities kept him engaged and busy and even though he lives here and spends a lot of time outdoors, he learned and saw new things at Kids Adventure Camp. The option to enjoy this kind of program on non-school days throughout the year is a terrific opportunity for working parents or those who simply know their child would love the opportunity.
Don’t miss a moment of the action. Call to reserve your child’s spot now
Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the cost is $50 per child. Campers from kindergartners to fifth graders are welcome.
For more information or to reserve a spot email Shannon at email@example.com or phone 208.622.2133.
It’s obvious that the new Spider Jump in Sun Valley is big fun even before you see it. Shrieks of joy and “woo hoo” can be heard from quite a distance. When you do see the apparatus, located on the field next to the Recreation Center at the Sun Valley Village, the enthusiastic yelling makes sense.
On your marks, get set, jump!
The bungee spider jump consists of four large individual trampolines on which participants launch into the air wearing a harness that is attached to strong, springy bungee cords. A few big jumps in the middle of the trampolines and up you go, high above the Village. The next four minutes are yours to spend however you set fit. Back flips and front flips are a popular option as is just bouncing in the ether.
Front flip, back flips, big air -- it's all part of the Spider Jump experience
Last week I took three children, one nine-year-old and two thirteen-year-olds, over the Spider Jump to try it out. Immediately, they were greeted by the two boys who just finished their turn. “It’s awesome!” they advertised.
We were in line behind a family visiting from Washington, D.C. Their two boys, ages 12 and 14 were channeling their best freestyle tricks on the bungees, smiling from ear-to-ear.
Sign a release, step on the scale and off you go
After signing a release for each, the very helpful attendant Elilel weighed each child (important information in determining how many bungees to hook up to each jumper) and got them set up. The nine-year-old went first, happily stepping into the harness and connecting to the bounce lines. With a thumb’s up, Elilel told him to start jumping and up he went, laughing all the way.
The girls were next and once they overcame a bit of self-consciousness that comes with the age, they were up in the air flipping and flying and laughing.
Show your stuff on the Spider
Nine dollars buys four minutes on the Spider Jump which may not sound like much, but this is a very active activity. Even my two competitive figure skaters and athletic fourth grader needed to rest during their turn (which means hanging in the air taking a few breaths). Jumpers use their arms, core and legs to keep the momentum going and to perform tricks. After four minutes, all three jumpers were breathing pretty hard.
The Spider Jump is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you weigh more than 30 pounds and less than 200 pounds, you’re in! Elilel said adults seem to like jumping nearly as much as the children. It is, however, not recommended for those with back or neck problems, heart problems, high blood pressure or other conditions that might limit robust activity. Another tip – loose t-shirts may fly up and longer pants and shorts look more comfortable than shorter ones because of the harness. Dress appropriately!
The Spider Jump is big fun in the shadow of the Lodge
On July 2, the inaugural flight linking Sun Valley and Denver with direct service on United Airlines touched down. Welcome!
The cheers went up as the wheels touched down on July 2 when the first United Airlines flight connecting Denver and Sun Valley landed. The inaugural flight flew through a beautiful early dusk summer night, arriving at Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey at 8:40 p.m. The flight was completely full and the new service got a unanimous thumbs-up from the passengers and community representatives who welcomed them.
This passenger captured the spirit of the day upon landing in Sun Valley for the busy holiday weekend (photo Fly Sun Valley Alliance)
With daily, nonstop flights from Denver (United), Los Angeles (Alaska Air), San Francisco (United), Seattle (Alaska Air) and Salt Lake City (Delta) it has never been easier to plan your dream vacation in Sun Valley.
Welcome to paradise! It's going to be an amazing summer (photo Fly Sun Valley Alliance)
Below, please find the flight schedule for the latest flights to paradise:
Daily nonstop fights to/from San Francisco (SFO):
CRJ 700 – 70 passenger regional jet with first class and economy seating
Service runs daily July 2 through August 25 and five times per week until September 23
• Departs SFO 5:30 p.m., arrives SUN 8:19 pm
• Departs SUN 8:35 a.m., arrives SFO 9:31 a.m.
Daily nonstop flights to/from Denver (DEN)
CRJ 700 – 70 passenger regional jet with first class and economy seating
Service runs daily July 2 through August 25 and five times per week through September 23
• Departs DEN 6:52 p.m. – arrives SUN 8:40 p.m.
• Departs SUN 7:34 a.m. – arrives DEN 9:15 a.m.
Everyone agrees that direct service from Denver deserves a thumbs-up
Welcome Mile High City and everyone that enjoys connecting through Denver. We are really happy you are here. Have a happy, safe Fourth of July weekend.
There's no better place to play than the Sun Valley Adventure Camp
On any given weekday morning, laughter and activity prevail on the lawn between the Opera House and Brass Ranch at the Sun Valley Village. This is the gathering spot for the Sun Valley Adventure Camp, a hub of energy and enthusiasm.
It's all about the kids at Sun Valley Adventure Camp
Under the indefatigable leadership of camp director Shannon Price, the camp boasts low counselor to camper ratios ensuring each child gets a lot of attention.
“We have children visiting Sun Valley who may never have hiked before in camp with local children for whom being outside is a way of life and know that both can have an amazing, memorable, safe and fun day, thanks to our terrific staff and well conceived programs,” Shannon said. “The kids come in with great, adventurous attitudes and have made good friends by the end of the week.”
Hiking and exploring is all part of the fun for campers
From the smiles on the camper’s faces on Friday when I took my son to camp, it looks like Shannon and her team are doing everything right this summer. The day’s activities included a hayride and picnic out Trail Creek, hiking, swimming and a little down time with some arts and crafts. Everyone came home happy, slightly damp from a passing rain shower and tired. Camp was given two thumbs up.
Space is very limited for the Sun Valley Adventure Camp and reservations are strongly suggested. The cost is $95 per day and $375 per week. A lunch of a sandwich, fruit and a cookie may be purchased for an additional $10 a day or children may bring a sack lunch. Campers who spend a full week at Adventure Camp go home with a photo memento capturing all the fun they had.
A wagon ride to Trail Creek Cabin and a picnic is fun whether you live here or are visiting
Shannon said she is currently taking reservations through the end of the summer and interest has been extremely high. Secure your child’s spot today by phoning (208) 622-2133.
Younger children, aged three months to five years also have a wonderful chance to get the most from the Sun Valley experience at the Sun Valley Playschool Summer Camp. Every day of the week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the camp’s friendly, trained and dedicated staff take little ones on nature walks, gondola rides, picnics and wagon rides, depending on their age. Also on the schedule are tennis, golf, ice skating and lessons and theme weeks including gardening, the world of insects, animal habitats and the solar system. Full days are $95, the week costs $375 and lunch can be added for $10 a day. Half days (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) are also available for $65 per day. Please call (208) 622-2288 for more information and for reservations.
The goal of camp is smiles like these
Every Saturday from July 5 to September 7, the Playschool also offers Kids’ Night Out from 6 – 10 p.m. Children can come to Playschool in their pajamas and enjoy a fun night while mom and dad do, too. This is offered by reservation only and costs $50 per child. Dinner is an additional $10.
Sun Valley summers are one-of-a-kind no matter your age. Take advantage of these wonderful programs that let the little ones get the most of these endless summer days.
There is something new every day. Come check it out!
Baldy is showing off its summer splendor with amazing views and fields of wildflowers
What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year and the official start to summer than by gaining some of the perspective that comes only with being on top of a big mountain!
On Saturday, the Gondola and Christmas Lift on Bald Mountain kicked into gear, providing uphill and downhill access for foot traffic of all varieties to the tip top of the mountain. And the trails were buzzing. Hikers and sightseers alike climbed up and rode down, rode up and hiked down, or just enjoyed the round-trip ride to and from the River Run side of the mountain.
Step one: let the helpful folks at River Run get you a lift pass and recommend some appropriate adventures for your group
Step two: check in and hop on a comfortable Gondola car and enjoy the ride!
The historic Roundhouse Restaurant located at the top of the Gondola and about two-thirds up the mountain welcomed everyone to lunch with the best views around. The deck and rustic interior of the one-of-a-kind eatery is open daily, serving soups, salads, sandwiches and a children’s menu. Some highlights include the ‘7000’ Burger, an Austrian Chicken Salad sandwich, a fabulously fresh Mediterranean Chop Salad and locally-sourced Gazpacho. There is no better reward for a vigorous hike, or no better way to celebrate the beginning of a memorable vacation, than by dining at Roundhouse. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beer and wine available daily. For a special cocktail hour, a full bar is offered on weekends (Friday to Sunday). Seating is first come, first served.
On July 1, Baldy opens to mountain bikers, again providing lift service both up and down the mountain depending on the rider’s proclivities. Special cars on the Gondola and on the Christmas Lift can accommodate bikes and many trails, appropriate to most levels, wend around the mountain. The first flow trail is set to open on July 1, offering a whole new biking experience on Baldy.
Enjoy lunch with an incredible view at the historic Roundhouse Restaurant
And if a trip up Baldy whets your appetite for snowy trails, today is the day to buy your winter Sun Valley passes. On sale now, a variety of passes are offered at the best prices of the season. Check out all the different possibilities HERE.
If being on the mountain is turning your thoughts to winter, now is the right time to buy your winter pass
Seeing the Wood River Valley from atop Baldy is something everyone visiting Sun Valley must do. The 360-degree panorama is truly jaw dropping and right now, the wildflowers are adding fields of color and fragrance to the experience. Beautiful!
Summer trails on Baldy offer limitless fun. Get out there and get after it!
Hiking on Baldy is fun for the whole family. Bring water, wear good shoes and dress in layers!
Summer has arrived in Sun Valley (yay!) and with it, the beginning of a delicious, fresh season of food.
Right now, there’s no better place to enjoy the tastes of summer than Sun Valley Club Restaurant, especially with the addition of ten new dishes to their already extensive lunch menu.
The terrace at the Sun Valley Club is a pretty spectacular spot to enjoy lunch and the food is just as good as the view!
Grab a comfortable seat on the patio. Sip a swamp water or glass of fine wine and enjoy the sweeping vistas across the Trail Creek Golf Course and up to Dollar and Bald Mountains and beyond. It’s like being at country club except you don’t have to pay dues.
While you relax, Chef Erik Olson and his professional team in the kitchen will prepare for you the tastiest, freshest lunch that emphasizes farm-to-table and local ingredients.
The new cold poached salmon salad is a refreshing and delicious choice for summer
Twice this week, my friends and family have enjoyed lunch at the Sun Valley Club. Our first visit was to celebrate the last day of school and our party of five enjoyed salads including the Club’s famous Crab Louis and a filling and tasty southwest chicken salad, as well as the slider trio, the green chile chicken melt and a falafel lettuce wrap. Everything got a thumbs up.
On the second visit, we decided to change up our tried-and-true favorites to explore the new menu options. But what to choose? Perhaps the shaved prime rib sandwich with havarti, crispy fried onion, grated horseradish and whole grain mustard sauce on ciabatta? The grilled chicken flatbread is also an appealing option with chicken, sorrel pesto, tomato, feta, red onion, arugula, pine nut and parmesan. Something lighter perhaps? An in-season caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, basil pesto, white balsamic, arugula and shaved parmesan sounds like an early summer winner.
The fish tacos, new to the Sun Valley Club's menu, were a hit with our group
I finally settled on the cold poached salmon salad as it was a sunny, hot day just made for a light dish. It didn’t disappoint. The beautifully presented plate offered a generous serving of poached salmon with a delicate cucumber mint salsa over mixed greens, dotted with avocado and mango. It tasted as great as it looked.
My dining partners both opted for the Rocky Point fish tacos and sung the praises of the cod filets in white corn tortillas with cabbage, baja sauce, pico de gallo, avocado, fresh cilantro and lime.
It was a shame we all had to go back to work as the Sawtooth Putting Course and driving range beckoned nearby. All the Sun Valley golf courses are fully open and it surely looked like everyone was enjoying their time on the beautiful fairways.
In other Sun Valley restaurant news, the Ram Restaurant in the Sun Valley Village reopens for the summer on June 6 and is a wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dining on the patio with a view of the swan pond. More often than not, live music also accompanies a fine meal at the Ram. This summer, along with steakhouse favorites, this wonderful restaurant (my personal favorite) will serve lighter options like halibut cheeks and Divers scallops. Don’t worry, fondue is still on the menu!
Beginning June 21, bike, hike or take the gondola up to Roundhouse on Bald Mountain to enjoy lunch with a breathtaking view
At the Konditorei, patio dining is in full swing and the restaurant is now serving locally roasted Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, all Fair Trade and organic. Three styles – Boulder Blend, Sawtooth Single and Pioneer Decaf are the perfect accompaniment to one of their hand-crafted European style pastries.
And the Roundhouse opens its doors to the most scenic lunch in the Lower 48 on June 21, to coincide with the start of gondola service up Bald Mountain. This is the perfect reward for a hike up the hill or just a great way to spend some time with family and friends surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
It promises to be a succulent summer in Sun Valley!
Whether you dine inside or on the patio, the Sun Valley Club is a great place to celebrate
Trails crisscross Bald Mountain in summer offering hikers and mountain bikers countless beautiful options for days filled with exercise and sunshine
In exactly one month, Bald Mountain will unveil itself in its full summer glory, opening nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails to endless possibilities for fun. Whether you prefer to ride a lift up and mountain bike or hike down, or if the reward for scaling 3,400 vertical feet is the scenic and peaceful ride down, your time on Sun Valley’s crown jewel is sure to be rewarding. Prefer to simply enjoy some fabulous views and gentle hiking atop Bald Mountain? Then bring the family and enjoy a round-trip lift ride. No matter your outdoor style, Baldy is the place to be on Idaho’s endless summer days when the lifts start running from River Run.
This summer, there is another way to play on Baldy – the new mountain biking flow trail. Nine new trails will eventually be constructed, offering nearly 20 miles of buttery fresh singletrack, and the first one opens July 1st. Flow trails are great fun according to enthusiasts, but are often located places hard to access by recreational riders. With lift access, those in Sun Valley will be available to bike riders of all ability levels.
New flow trails use the contour of the mountain and gravity to let mountain bikers get a smooth, easy downhill ride. This one leads to the historic and charming Roundhouse Restaurant where you can grab lunch with a view this summer (photo Tal Roberts)
Flow trails are downhill trails that are cut to induce a smooth rhythm that has been compared to a “terrain-induced roller coaster experience,” according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Features like banked turns, rolling terrain, jumps and consistent and predictable surfaces keep pedaling and braking to a minimum – gravity does most of the work. Mountain bikers carve back and forth on the trails, flowing down the mountain without maneuvering obstacles or abrupt corners or encountering pesky logs or rocks. It really is available to riders of all fitness levels and skills.
The first trail, recently dubbed “Saddle Up,” is a four-mile, green-rated flow trail (ratings are similar to those given to winter trails) and links the top of the mountain to Roundhouse Restaurant.
The team was hard at work this fall and spring started to create the new flow trails (photo Tal Roberts)
The new trails are user-specific and unidirectional, available only for downhill mountain bike traffic. In addition to the flow trails, two new hiking and uphill biking only trails will be part of this upgrade. The design maintains existing use patterns on the hill.
The flow trail architects are hard at work making sure you have the best summer ever on Baldy (photo Tal Roberts)
Sun Valley is already singletrack heaven and the addition of flow trails completes the picture of the area as the ultimate riding destination. The flow trails complement 450 miles of singletrack, two pump parks and limitless miles of road riding.
Full service bicycle rental (as well as all related gear rentals and sales) is available at the base of the mountain at Pete Lane’s at River Run. Great mountain fashions, active wear and gifts are also available at the adjacent Brass Ranch.
Hiking Baldy with the family is a terrific activity. Just remember real hiking shoes, plenty of water and lots of sunscreen. It's 3,400 vertical feet to the top!
My favorite way to enjoy Baldy is to hike the approximately five-mile Bald Mountain Trail that originates at River Run. Switchbacks wend through open meadows, covered in wildflowers in July, through pine groves and along many ski runs. It is great exercise and provides fantastic views all around the Valley. I love to catch the lift down upon reaching the summit, munching a well-deserved snack and enjoying the breeze and the view. Like many who live or vacation in Sun Valley, for me, the climb up Baldy is the equivalent to a few good hours on a stair climber at the gym but much more beautiful and much more fun! I am pretty excited to try those flow trails, too.
Lift service lifts off on June 21 for hikers and July 1 for bike service. Many are counting the days. Bring on summer!
Even in the high mountains of Idaho, this year, April showers did bring May flowers.
Wildflowers are beginning to bloom along Sun Valley's trails
Local lower altitude trails are dry and open, and with temperatures well into the 70s this week, everyone is out enjoying the early season.
Across from Sun Valley Resort, the White Clouds trails that wend through the hills below the storied golf course of the same name, are a popular spot for hikers and mountain bikers. Great views predominate and early wildflowers are making the scenic walks even more scenic.
One family takes a break from an early season bike ride on Sun Valley's fabled "rails to trails" system
The area’s miles and miles of “rails to trails” paved paths that run along the Big Wood River, connecting all the towns of the Wood River Valley, are full of bikers and walkers getting back into summer shape and enjoying fresh air, sunshine and already long days. Dry pavement is making for great road rides, too.
More amazing biking and hiking is right around the corner when Bald Mountain opens for the summer season the third week of June. Uphill lift service accesses endless mountain bike trails, including new flow trails planned for this summer. These downhill trails use the mountain’s natural contours and gravity to provide a fun-filled ride for enthusiasts of every ability. The hiking on Baldy is also beautiful and available to all levels. Beginners can grab the lift to the top of the hill and take a gentle hike on the top of the world. More ambitious climbers can access the summit from the base of River Run, conquering a few thousand vertical feet and about five miles via the trail that begins at the base of River Run.
A mountain biker takes advantage of warm afternoon temperatures, bright sunshine and dry trails on the White Clouds system
Check into Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village for all your gear needs. Now is the time to get that bike tuned, check the tires, break in some hiking or trail running shoes and invest in the latest high performance clothing.
Early season golf is also in full swing with nine holes open on the White Clouds Course and nine holes open on Trail Creek‘s back nine. It’s a great time to work out the kinks as value season daily rates apply beginning Friday, May 2, and include range warm-ups and cart rental. Please contact the Pro Shop if you have questions or to make a tee time, 208-622-2251.
Come hit some balls at the top of the world on the spectacular White Clouds course. The early season is a great deal and a great way to be ready for the best summer ever
It promises to be an amazing summer in Sun Valley. Spring is rarely this nice, this early, in the Idaho mountains and so far, it’s providing a few extra weeks for everyone to get out and enjoy what they love to do best.
Get out onto the trails and into the local mountains now and you will be in great shape and ready to enjoy all the warm weather months offer.
Get out there! It's beautiful right now on Sun Valley's trails
It’s been a season of great news in Sun Valley when it comes to making it easier than ever to visit this amazing all-season playground. This week, Fly Sun Valley Alliance, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority and Sun Valley Resort announced new non-stop air service connecting the busy Denver, Colorado, hub with Sun Valley’s Friedman Memorial Airport starting this summer. Beginning July 2, United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines will fly between the two destinations and service will continue through September 23. It will be a great Fourth of July celebration, indeed!
Starting this summer, Sun Valley will welcome direct fights from Denver
CRJ 700 regional jets will bring 70 travelers to Sun Valley from the Mile High City. Six seats will be in United First Class with 64 in the economy cabin. Sixteen seats are extra-legroom Economy Plus seats providing options for every flyer with every budget.
Denver is a huge hub for travel from the east coast and south, making it easier than ever to come hike, mountain bike, fly fish, swim and golf Sun Valley this summer.
Sun Valley is thrilled with new service connecting Sun Valley with San Francisco this winter and looks forward to welcoming visitors from Denver in time for July 4 celebrations
“This new nonstop route to Sun Valley will allow additional connectivity to eastern US cities and other destinations in United’s global route network,” said Vic Kerckhoff, United’s director of leisure sales. “We are pleased to be expanding our service to the Sun Valley market and look forward to a long-term successful partnership with this important destination.”
The initial flight schedule shows jets departing Denver at 7:15 p.m. and arriving in paradise at 9:03 p.m. Flights return at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Denver at 9:11 a.m. This takes advantage of connections from all major eastern markets.
Welcome to Friedman Memorial Airport -- the gateway to our year-round playground
The new summer flight will run daily from July 2 – August 25 and 5 times per week from August 26 – Sept 23 and represents 5,500 additional seats into Sun Valley for the 2014 summer season.
“We are extremely excited about this additional new United Airlines nonstop service to Denver,” said Eric Seder, Board President of Fly Sun Valley Alliance, an organization engaged in strategic air service development efforts for the Sun Valley area. “Our community has shown its support for improving air service and we are getting results.”
Ron Fairfax, Chairman of the Friedman Memorial Airport noted, “This is one more very positive step in the ongoing public-private partnership work underway to improve air service to Sun Valley for the benefit of our visitors, our businesses and our local residents. The airport is proud to be a part of this collective effort.”
The friendly professionals at Friedman Memorial Airport will make your travels as worry-free as possible
I am personally really excited to learn about this new service as I hope it makes it easier for my brother and his family to come visit from their home in Colorado. I also know it will entice all my east coast friends to come out to see for themselves why I always say Sun Valley is just as beautiful in the summer as in the winter. The welcome mat it out!
This new service is the latest in direct flights that link Sun Valley to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
Welcome to Sun Valley. The fun starts now!
Sun Valley looks forward to welcoming visitors from the Denver-area and beyond this summer and hopefully next winter, too. Everyone is hard at work to add winter service for 2014-2015.