After an outstanding winter, Sun Valley, Idaho started summer on Friday, June 21 at 9:00 am with the Roundhouse Express gondola operating for lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and dining at The Roundhouse. The Sun Valley golf courses, tennis center, ice rink, stables, lake, and the gun club will also be open for the season, along with a full offering of events, concerts, and outdoor activities for the entire family.
Riders can enjoy the lift-accessed mountain bike trails, Pale Rider and Mindbender, with almost 10 miles of descending while connecting the top of Bald Mountain to the base at River Run. The Saddle Up and Lupine trails open on the same day as Mindbender and Pale Rider, on June 21. The upper Warm Springs and Cold Springs perimeter trails open on July 1, slightly later due to elk calving.
Wood River Farmers’ Market
Another addition to the mountain events is the Wood River Farmers’ Market moves every Tuesday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm in the lower parking lot at River Run. Vendors range from local produce to unique crafts at the weekly market, which runs until October 8, 2019.
Yoga on the Mountain – River Run Plaza
Yoga is back for another summer with Yoga on the Mountain returns to the River Run Plaza most Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The free classes are beginner-friendly, with Yoga Flow at 9:00 a.m., led by local instructor, Abby Siebert Mills, followed by Gentle Yoga for Every Body at 10:15 a.m. with Katherine Pleasants. A limited number of mats are available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own. The session dates for 2019 are June 29; July 6, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, and 31; and September 7.
Lookout Yoga on Bald Mountain – Top of Bald Mountain
Fresh air and beautiful views await you on the top of Bald Mountain during Lookout Yoga. Sessions are $40 and include lift ticket. Participants load the Roundhouse Express gondola at 9:30 am. Attendees should bring their yoga mat. Reservations are required and can be made here or by calling the Spa at Sun Valley at 208.622.2160
Sun Valley on Ice
Sun Valley on Ice returns for another season with Olympians, World Champions, and National Champions headlining the one-of-a-kind shows that are uniquely Sun Valley. The season begins on July 4 and wraps up for the summer on Aug. 31. Tickets are on sale at the Sun Valley Guest Center and online.
A figure skating fan’s dream is the Sun Valley on Ice Package, which includes a one night stay at the Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Inn, or Cottages, and a private “Meet and Greet” with the headliners. The “Meet and Greet” includes a photo and signature session two-hours prior to the show. Reservations / 800.786.8259
Concerts and Events – Sun Valley Pavilion and River Run
The Sun Valley Pavilion and River Run are once again bustling with hot musical concerts and performances all summer long. Michael Franti and Spearhead with special guest Ziggy Marley, light up the stage at River Run on June 24. The following night, classic rock legends, Three Dog Night, play at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Other notable concerts this summer are Granger Smith, Killer Queen, and Jackson Browne, who, along with the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference lawn talks and the Sun Valley Music Festival Gala with Branford Marsalis, provide an eclectic and diverse lineup. San Francisco Ballet has two individual performances on July 5 and 7 in the Sun Valley Pavilion. Tickets are on sale at the Sun Valley Guest Center in the Sun Valley Village and www.sunvalley.ticketfly.com.
Check here for the full lineup of concerts and performances | www.sunvalley.com/events
Sun Valley Music Festival (formerly the Sun Valley Summer Symphony)
Now in its 35th season, the largest privately-funded and free admission orchestra in the United States returns for another season at the Sun Valley Pavilion. An eclectic lineup of world-renowned soloists, performances of familiar and modern classics, and a pairing of film and orchestra make for rich musical experiences. Visit the Sun Valley Music Festival website for more information: https://www.svmusicfestival.org/.
Sun Valley Golf
A real gem for golf lovers, Sun Valley has 45 holes of championship golf spread over three courses, two of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr. The Trail Creek and White Clouds courses are open to the public daily, and the semi-private Elkhorn Club is open after 2:00 pm for play. Players can play a round, then hit the Elkhorn Grill on Monday for $5 burgers or Thursday for the prime rib special, both from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
The Sun Valley Club, open to the public daily from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, has a full-service bar and lunch in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. New this year, families can play on the Sawtooth Putting Range, then enjoy tacos and margaritas on Sunday evenings