The news around here just keeps getting better and better. First, we learn that direct air service between San Francisco and Sun Valley will help make the 2013-2014 winter sports season amazingly convenient for visitors from the Bay Area. Now we find out that Sun Valley and northern California’s Sugar Bowl Resort are offering a reciprocal pass program. My reaction? Woo hoo! Two iconic winter resorts for the price of one.
Now, visitors from the west coast can hop on new nonstop United Airlines flights, take the free courtesy shuttle to the Resort from Friedman Memorial Airport and present their Sugar Bowl Unrestricted and Slightly Restricted season passes to enjoy all of Baldy’s amazing vertical on top-to-bottom runs, or to play on Dollar’s adrenalin-charged terrain park.
Conversely, Sun Valley Full Pass or Sun Plus Pass holders can enjoy Sugar Bowl’s storied 102 trails, four peaks and varied terrain for free. Sugar Bowl Resort’s rich history dates back to 1939 and it was voted a Top 25 Ski Resort in North America by Outside magazine. To learn more about Sugar Bowl Resort, click HERE.
It is important to note that in order to get onto the runs at Sugar Bowl, eligible Sun Valley skiers and riders must present their season pass at the Village Lodge or Judah Lodge at the ski area.
Royal Gorge Season Passholders are also invited to come and enjoy, gratis, the 25 miles of groomed cross country trails that originate at the stunning 58,000-square-foot Sun Valley Club, a facility featuring a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, equipment rental and storage. Come find out why Sun Valley has been dubbed Nordic Town USA and is a designated Olympic and Paralympic Nordic training site.
Classic and skate ski enthusiasts who hold Sun Valley Nordic Season Passes and Sun Valley Nordic BCRD Combined Passes can ski Royal Gorge without buying a new ticket. It’s all share and share alike!
To learn more about Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America’s largest cross country resort, click HERE.
Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge Combo Unrestricted and Slightly Restricted Passholders can ski all the snow Sun Valley has to offer, both on alpine and Nordic trails.
San Francisco-area visitors to Sun Valley will also enjoy specials on lodging. A two-night minimum stay at the Lodge, the Inn or Sun Valley’s condominiums is required for eligibility on the pass exchange, for both alpine and Nordic, and some blackout dates do apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials.
Still not convinced? Discounted lodging rates at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl will be offered to Sun Valley visitors when space is available. This is subject to blackouts and restrictions so make sure to call well ahead.
This partnership is an opportunity we should all take advantage of. No matter how fantastic our home mountain and trails are (and they truly are), a change of scene does everyone good.
For reservations in Sun Valley call 800-786-8259 and ask for the “Sugar Bowl Sweet Deal.” Direct flights on United begin on December 12 and can be reserved by logging on to www.united.com.
It’s going to be an epic season in Sun Valley and if your plans take you to northern California, be sure to also find time to make some turns at Sugar Bowl or to find a few hours of peace at Royal Gorge.
It’s a sweet deal, indeed.