Sun Valley Resort, Idaho Gearing Up for Thanksgiving Day Opening and Festivities

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Skiing Baldy. Credit: Kelli Lusk

Sun Valley Resort, Idaho is ready for its 84th winter season with the River Run side of Bald Mountain opening at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. In addition to the season-opening, plenty of festivities such as giveaways, Sunny the Bear, and contests will be running during the weekend to kick-off the winter in style.

Guests can enjoy hot cocoa as they cross the bridge to River Run starting at 8:00 am each day of the weekend. Once at the base area, the first eight people in line on opening day will receive an exclusive jersey and gift card to celebrate the start of the season. Sunny the Bear will also be on hand for photos, and the first skiers in line can take their first ski run of the season with him. An Instagram scavenger hunt will happen on Saturday and Sunday, with prizes for skiers and riders following Sun Valley at @sunvalley.

The five lifts scheduled to be turning are River Run, Lookout Express, Christmas, Roundhouse Express Gondola, and the Kinderspielplatz. The ten runs that will be open are Upper College, Lower College, 42nd Street, Lower River Run, Mid River Run, Lower Canyon, Roundhouse Slope, Sunset Strip, Roundhouse Lane, and Kinderspielplatz. More trails might be added, weather and snow conditions permitting. Dollar Mountain will begin operations on Friday, December 13.

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Seattle Ridge at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho. Credit: Kelli Lusk

Lodging specials are still available for opening weekend at the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn with special pricing on lift tickets and the Thanksgiving buffet for guests booking the Thanksgiving package.

Thanksgiving dining specials, live music during après ski at River Run, and plenty of activities in the Sun Valley Village will provide a fun and festive weekend for the entire family.

Sun Valley clinched the most number top spots than any other resort and was voted the second overall resort in the West in the SKI Magazine Readers’ Rankings for Winter 2019-20. The top categories were for lifts, service, lodging, down-day activities, family-friendly, charm, and overall satisfaction.

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