Skate and Schuss in Sun Valley

There is no prettier place to cross country ski than Sun Valley

There is no prettier place to cross country ski than Sun Valley

There is no question that we have amply made up for the late start to this season’s snowfall and the cross country skiing in Sun Valley is great. With bright skies and a warm late winter sun, now is the time to clip into those bindings and enjoy a fabulous workout in an idyllic setting.

Located a half-mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge on Trail Creek Road, cross country skiing headquarters is the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center. This 58,000 square-foot facility provides everything you need for an amazing day on the trails: from full equipment rental, to a huge selection of performance gear and accessories, to a wonderful restaurant and lounge (with one of the prettiest views in the Valley) to help you recharge after your workout. There are also locker rooms, equipment repair, and storage.

The beautiful Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is cross country HQ

The elegant Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is cross country HQ

Properly dressed and equipped, Nordic Nirvana is just steps away. This week, 12 trails offering 32-kilometers of perfectly groomed snow are open for your enjoyment. Whether you prefer classic skiing or skate skiing, flats or lung-busting hill climbs, there is something for everyone. Snowshoe trails appeal to visitors and locals who just want to get out and enjoy the fresh air and view.

And the view is one of the biggest draws on Sun Valley’s trails. Ski and snowshoe tracks run along picturesque Trail Creek, climb the White Clouds golf course, and meander through wooded glades. Another big draw is Sun Valley’s legendary machine grooming that offers the best conditions possible whether is it is a cold winter’s morning, or a sunny, warm afternoon.

Cross country skiing is not only a terrific workout, it is a beautiful way to spend a few hours

Cross country skiing is not only a terrific workout, it is a beautiful way to spend a few hours

New to the sport? Group lessons and private lessons in both skiing disciplines are available daily and may be arranged by calling (208) 622-2250 or just by stopping by the desk at the Pro Shop.  And don’t worry too much about the altitude. At 6,000 feet, the trail system won’t leave you gasping for air unless you want to be!

Passes are required on Sun Valley trails and are available, again, at the Nordic Center. If you buy a season’s pass, you will also enjoy unlimited access at the Royal Gorge Resort in Northern California. Please click HERE for details.

Stop in at the Pro Shop for the latest layers and performance gear before hitting the trails

Stop in at the Pro Shop for the latest layers and performance gear before hitting the trails

With the heavy snowfall during the past few weeks, now is the time to work a cross country workout into your routine or into your vacation. No matter your fitness or experience level, it will be a terrific day on the trails. Sun Valley is Nordic Town USA and one of the few Olympic and Paralympic cross country training sites in the United States. Come find out why for yourself!

–RES

Breathe deep! Cross country skiing or snowshoeing are wonderful ways to enjoy our beautiful valley

Breathe deep! Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to enjoy our spectacular valley

Nordic Nirvana

The Sun Valley Club is open for winter sports and dining

The Sun Valley Club, home to full service cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dining and retail

All it took was one good snowfall Monday for the Nordic & Snowshoe Center at the luxurious Sun Valley Club to turn the welcome sign to “open.” And reports from the trails indicate some of the best early conditions in recent memory.

For those who aren’t aware of the importance of cross-country skiing to Sun Valley’s mountain culture and lifestyle, it is worth noting that we have been christened Nordic Town USA and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation was recently designated as a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site. Many around these parts take their Nordic pursuits very seriously because there is no better place to get outside and embrace winter.

Some of the 40km of track at the Nordic & Snowshoe Center

The skiing is great at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center

But you need not be a world-class athlete or serious enthusiast to enjoy Sun Valley’s magical terrain. The Nordic & Snowshoe Center and Sun Valley Club offer something for everyone. For a low impact, no-instruction-needed way to take in the scenery, many guests and locals alike enjoy snowshoeing. All that is required are some decent, weatherproof boots, a few sensible layers, and sunscreen. For a twist on this activity, the Center offers weekly historic snowshoe hikes. Sun Valley’s rich story and landmarks, from the first chairlift, to the Hemingway Memorial, and everything in between, come alive during this entertaining and informative two-hour tour.

If you are interested in cross-country skiing, many opportunities exist to learn basic technique or to move to the next level on the 40 km of trails. Each day of the season at 10 a.m., the pros at the Nordic Center offer an introduction to classic skiing, a great way to get started. At 2 p.m. daily there is a class in the popular skate ski technique. Those interested should register at least a day ahead and each group has a two-person minimum. Private lessons are also available by appointment.

The Nordic trails are groomed daily for optimal conditions

Nordic trails are groomed daily for optimal conditions

Instructor Steve Haims addressed the “intimidation” factor of the sport. “You don’t have to love cardio to love cross-country skiing,” he explained. “You can go your own speed and people can enjoy classic skiing from day one.  Come in, rent your gear, chat with us about the different trails, take a lesson. Chances are, you will love the peace and beauty.”

And during your Sun Valley stay, it is absolutely possible to enjoy both alpine and cross-country skiing. In fact, according to Ivana Radlova, Nordic Director at Sun Valley, it is fun and beneficial to intersperse both. “If your legs are tired from skiing powder, it is a great day to do some classic or skate skiing,” she explained. “You will recover much more quickly than if you sit on the couch.”

The restaurant at the Sun Valley Club

The lovely restaurant at the Sun Valley Club

The Sun Valley Club is also for those who would like a day to simply relax. Serving one of the tastiest and most popular lunches in the Valley, and offering a full bar, the gorgeous Club invites all to eat, drink and enjoy the unmatched views. From the inviting fireplace in the lobby, to year-round virtual golf, to a shop that offers not only sports gear, but clothing and accessories of all kinds, a trip to the Sun Valley Club will please everyone in your group.

Call (208) 622-2250 for more information, or just drive a half-mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge to enjoy everything offered by this world-class facility.

–RES

The skiing Tuesday was great

Another day in paradise. Courtesy photo from my father, a truly enthusiastic cross-country skier

 

 

Fantastic Nordic Ski Conditions at the Sun Valley Nordic Center


Spring skiing conditions are great at the Sun Valley Nordic Center right now. The majority of our 40km trail system is open and all trails are groomed daily for skate and classic skiing. Warm days and cold nights have created the ultimate trail surface… it’s fast, fun and silky. So get out there now while the skiing is good!
Our pro-shop is currently offering 25% of all Nordic apparel and accessories. Used rental classic and skate ski gear is also on sale now at rock-bottom prices.
Skate and Classic skiing lessons are available daily.
The Sun Valley Nordic Center is located 1 mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge in the Sun Valley Club.
For lesson times and more information call: (208) 622-2250

Sun Valley Nordic Boulder Prep Clinics with Olympian Tessa Westbrook and BMT Champion Brooke Hovey

Perfect skiing at Sun Valley Nordic right now!

Perfect skiing at Sun Valley Nordic right now!

Join Olympian Tessa Westbrook and Boulder Mountain Tour Champion Brooke Hovey at the Sun Valley Nordic Center for Boulder Prep Clinics, starting Thursday, January 7 at 4pm.  Meeting every Thursday for the next 4 weeks , the Boulder Prep Clinics will focus on a specific technique for approximately 30 minutes, followed by an hour long workout.  Workouts will reflect the given focus of each session.  At only $40 per session, the Boulder Prep Clinics provide skiers with expert advice and a killer workout.  Tell your friends, rally the troops and get ready for the Boulder Mountain Tour with the best instructors in the valley, on the best trails in the valley.  Intermediate and above ability levels only please.  Please call 622-2250 for more information or to sign up.

Nordic Center to Open Monday, December 22nd!

The Sun Valley Nordic Center will open on Monday December 22, at 9:00 a.m.at its new location in the new Sun Valley Clubhouse.

Practice Loop and Leif`s Loop will be open.

More trails will open as snow permits.

Call  208-622-2250  or check the Nordic report on sunvalley.com

Nordic Trail Report