EVENTS: A Roundup of New Year’s Events in Ketchum and Sun Valley

A Few Reasons Why New Year’s Eve in Sun Valley is the BEST!

By Katie Matteson

Celebrating Sun Valley style–Happy New Year!

2012 is upon us! And what better place to ring in the New Year and get a fresh start than in Sun Valley! Sure New York knows how to throw a street party, beach parties in Thailand are hard to beat and I heard that the fireworks in Sydney over the Opera House can be pretty spectacular.

But really, there is nothing better than celebrating a fresh start, the New Year and new beginnings here in the mountains of Idaho. And with a fresh blanketing of snow and plenty of options to celebrate in style, I’m pretty sure once that clock strikes midnight, you’ll be glad you’re here.

We have broken down the events by location in Sun Valley and Ketchum, as well as a listing just for kids and families. So read on to check out our roundup of New Year’s options around the Sun Valley area, then grab your loved ones and go celebrate Sun Valley style. We will see you in the New Year!

>> Events in Sun Valley

1. New Year’s Bubbly Bash at River Run Lodge: NOW SOLD OUT

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Junior Patrons Circle Bubbly BashHopefully you got your ticket early because this event, put on by Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Junior Patrons Circle, will be hopping! Eighties cover band, Notorious, will be providing tunes and with a free champagne toast and photo booth, revelers will be partying the night away!

>>Where: River Run Lodge

>>When: New Year’s Eve, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

>>Info: Tickets are now SOLD OUT!




2. Joe Fos Trio at the Sun Valley Duchin Room

Ring in the New Year in the classic Sun Valley Lodge bar–the Duchin Room. The Joe Fos Trio will be providing music and it is sure to be a special Sun Valley New Year’s Eve.

>>Where: Sun Valley Lodge, Duchin Room.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info:, Call 208.622.4111 for more info.



3. Trail Creek Sleigh Ride: Celebrate Idaho-style!

Try an old, Idaho tradition to celebrate the start of 2012 with a classic horse-drawn sleigh. Starting and ending at the Sun Valley Inn, this ride takes you and your family out to the Trail Creek Cabin for dinner and brings you back under a canopy of stars. Dress warmly and get ready to celebrate!

>>Where: Sun Valley Inn and Trail Creek Cabin

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call for reservations 208-622-2135.


4. New Year’s Even Dinner at the Roundhouse

A classic Roundhouse sceneWith one of the best views in town and some of the best dinner in the Valley, the only on-mountain lodge that offers dinner service is the Roundhouse–and it offers a picturesque and romantic setting for your New Year’s Eve dinner. The ride up and down the gondola also provides a little more romance for the evening.

>>Where: The Roundhouse, Bald Mountain. Park at River Run and ride the River Run Gondola.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31st.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 for details! Dinner reservations are currently booked but they are taking names for the wait list.


5. The Ram: New Year’s Dinner in the Sun Valley Village

Head to the cute and quaint Sun Valley Village for a New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t soon forget. The Ram is offering a five-course gourmet meal for $79 per person. Head to the nearby Inn Lobby Lounge to ring in the New Year after dinner!

>>Where: Sun Valley Village, the Ram Restaurant.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 to inquire about availability.



>> Events in Ketchum

1. Reckless Kelly at Whiskey Jacques: The wildest party in town!

Nationally successful country-rock band, and native Idahoans, Reckless Kelly, headlines the main event in downtown Ketchum. Get ready for a wild night of dancing and fun at Ketchum’s favorite bar, Whiskey Jacques!

>>Where: Whiskey Jacques, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Doors open at 9:00 PM.

>>Info: Advance ticket sales are now over. Tickets will be available at the door for $75/person. Contact Whiskey Jacques for more info, 208.726.5297.



2. Ring in the New Year at the Roosevelt Grille!

DJ Lenny Joseph will be spinning tunes and there will be plenty of dancing to be had at Ketchum’s Roosevelt Grille. Come in for dinner before the party gets rocking at 10:00 PM! Tickets are available starting today and include a complimentary Champagne toast and party favors!

>>Where: Roosevelt Grille, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Party starts at 10:00 PM.

>>Info: Call 208.720.0051 for dinner reservations or to get your wristbands for the party!


3. Romantic Italian New Year’s Dinner at Il Naso

Dinner at il Naso in Ketchum, IdahoRomance your loved ones with an intimate and delicious dinner at Ketchum’s Il Naso.  Dine by candlelight with this five-course, prix fixe meal with a complimentary glass of prosecco.

>>Where: Il Naso, 480 North Washington Ave, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call 208.726.7776 for reservations.




4. Dance the night away at the Casino with Old Death Whisper

Ketchum’s famous dive bar, the Casino on Main Street in Ketchum, is hosting local folk/country/rock band, Old Death Whisper for their New Year’s Eve party. Come get into a little trouble and party down with the locals!

>>Where: The Casino, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Party starts at 10:00 PM.

>>Info: $15/person at the door.



>> For the Young Ones – Families & Kids!

1. Sun Valley New Year’s Eve Party for the Kids!

The kids have their own party this year! Kids of all ages are welcome for food, beverages and fun in the Sun Valley Inn’s Continental Room. Come check it out!

>>Where: Sun Valley Inn, Continental Room.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31st. 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 for reservations.  $75/person.

Roundhouse now open

The Roundhouse Restaurant and Gondola on Baldy  is now open  for the season!
A classic gourmet lunch will be served from 11-3 pm and Averell’s Wine Bar will be open ll – 4:45 pm.
The Gondola will be in operation 9-5 pm for skiers and non-skiers alike. (Tip for non-skiers; show your foot traffic ticket at the Roundhouse for a $10 discount off any $20 purchase).
Dinner service will begin Thursday, December 8, running through Saturday evenings for the remainder of the winter season. During the Christmas holidays dinner will be served seven days a week, December 23 through December 31. For dinner reservations please call 208-622-2800.



Roundhouse Opens For Lunch

December 3, 2011

Roundhouse Restaurant Opens For Lunch

11am – 3pm

Averell’s Bar open from 11am – 4:30pm

Lunch reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more

Music:  Tim Eriksen accordion player

New Year’s Bubbly Bash at River Run

River Run Lodge

Saturday, December 31

9pm – 1am

Sun Valley Resort in collaboration with The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Junior Patrons Circle Hosts a New Year’s Eve bash to benefit The Center.

Dancing, Music and much more!

Tickets:  $40 in advance / $45 at the door

No host bar

No host food

80′s Cover Band Notorious



  • Limited seating for 75 people
  • 6pm – 8pm Hors d’ reception and complimentary champagne in Averell’s
  • 7pm – 9pm Four course dinner
  • $150.00 per person (New Year’s Eve/River Run Lodge party ticket included)
  • Reservations required:  622-2800

Gondola & Roundhouse remain open on weekends

Gondola & Roundhouse remain open weekends only after Sept 6th.

Sept 10th & 11th; Sept 17th & 18th

The Monument Plant is out on Bald Mountain.

“The Monument Plant is a tall, narrow, cone-shaped plant with flowers clustered around the upper part of its stem. The plants live for many years, blooms only once and then dies. Flowering is unpredictable, but seems related to moisture,” according to Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – Earle. Some think it is on a seven year cycle.  This year, the monument plant seems to be everywhere. We are seeing it in the middle of the upper runs, such as Holiday, Exhibition and Olympic.  If you look out the window as you are riding up the Gondola, you can see this plant as you ride over Exhibition. Because of the cold temperatures in the spring, The mountain is still green and the mountain flowers are in bloom. This is a perfect time to go for a Gondola ride, lunch at the Roundhouse and a nature hike!

The Roundhouse Connector Trail is Open!

The Roundhouse Connector is now open! This hiking only trail boasts beautiful views and oportunities for wildlife encounters. It connects the Bald Mountain Trail to the Roundhouse Restaurant and Gondola, with a 14 minute hike over 0.7 miles of Bald Mountain. Definitely worth the visit! (This trail is a hiking only trail, no bikes please.)

Bald Mountain Summer Season Is Underway!

The Bald Mountain Summer 2011 Season is underway. The Roundhouse Gondola and Christmas Lift operate daily at 9:00 am with the last roundtrip leaving at 4:00 pm, and the last trip down from the top leaving at 4:30pm. The Roundhouse Restaurant is open for lunch at 11:00am.

Trails are open, the views spectacular and the weather is gorgeous! Come on up and join us!

Roundhouse This Summer



Evening Dining at the Roundhouse

Join us at 7700 feet, mid-way up Bald Mountain, for a spectacular dinner experience. Sun Valley Resort inaugurates summer evening dining at the Roundhouse. Upscale, relaxed dining with casual elegance is offered, amid breathtaking views and nostalgic ambiance.
Also new for dinner services, Averell’s Bar will be open for our dinner guests as a lounge with full bar service. Parties will be sat at their reserved time, so please arrive early to meet up with your party and enjoy the views.

Reservations are required. Please call 208.622.2800.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Nights

June 30th – September 5th

Reservations from 6pm to 9pm

Transportation via the Roundhouse Gondola is complimentary for evening dining.

Evening Dining Menu

Dessert Menu

Lunch at The Roundhouse

Summer lunch at the Roundhouse is back! Enjoy full table service in our main dining room, Averell’s Bar, or on the deck hovering above the enormous summer views of Ketchum and the adjacent Pioneer mountains. Complete parties are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Large parties of 8 or more may make a reservation for table service by calling Restaurant Reservations at 208.622.2800.

The Deck Grill (weather permitting) offers burgers, sandwiches, brats and dogs for a casual self-service experience while enjoying the mountain views from the picnic tables. Beverages and snacks are also available. No large party reservations are accepted for the picnic tables at the Deck Grill.

Lunch is served daily June 24th through September 6th

Full Table Service

Main Dining Room: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Averell’s Bar: 11:00am – 3:00 pm (last call for drinks: 4:30 pm)

Lunch Menu

Roundhouse Deck Grill

Drinks and Snacks: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grill Lunch 11:00am – 3:00pm

Lunch Deck Grill Menu

Last Gondola Ride Down: 5:00 pm

Chappellet Wine Dinner at the Roundhouse

Join Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet for a weekend in Sun Valley. Experience the magic of winter under a full moon on Saturday night, March 19 with a gondola ride up Bald Mountain to a special Chappellet wine dinner at the historic Roundhouse Restaurant.

For reservations please contact the Wine Ambassadors at Chappellet at 800-494-6379 ext. 3. But hurry, reservations are limited.

The foundation of Chappellet winemaking program is focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique characteristics of the fruit from Pritchard Hill. The rugged terroir of Chappellet’s vineyards produces wines with great intensity and depth, qualities that define the world’s finest wines. For four decades Chappellet wines have received high praise from wine critics and have been sought after by the world’s premier collectors.