Published: December, 2017

Sun Valley, Idaho (Megan Harvey)

The Sun Valley Lodge puts on a free performance of the Nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Its a fun festive evening, just make sure to dress warm.
— Megan Harvey
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Family, Mountains
  • Activity level: high
  • Ideal length of trip: LONG WEEKEND - 10 DAYS

to & from

Flights directly into Sun Valley are often diverted due to bad weather and can be limited depending on the season. More reliable are flights into Boise which is a 2.5/3 hour drive to Sun Valley.

Where to Stay

  • VRBO or Airbnb in Ketchum or Elkhorn
  • Limelight
  • Sun Valley Lodge
  • Sun Valley Inn

Where to Eat and Drink

  • Grumpys -- classic SV spot, bar food, fun for apres
  • Despos -- Mexican food
  • Leftys - burgers and bar food. fun video games for the kids, fun for apres
  • Wise guys - pizza
  • The Pioneer -- another classic SV spot, no reservations so be ready to wait
  • Ketchum Grill
  • Sushi on 2nd
  • Globus
  • Rickshaw
  • Enoteca
  • Sawtooth Club

What to Do

  • Ski Baldy or Dollar Mountain. (Dollar is best for beginners)
  • X-Country Ski at Sun Valley National Recreation Area, north of town, Sun Valley Trail Creek area.
  • Snowshoe - Galena Lodge has great well marked trails. Fun to x-country or snowshoe and then grab lunch at the cozy lodge. Fun little spot for the kids to sled.

inside scoop

  • Over the Holidays make your ski school and dinner reservations ahead of time.
  • The Sun Valley Lodge puts on a free performance of the Nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Its a fun festive evening, just make sure to dress warm.

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