Welcome to Sun Valley Resort—the American Shangri-La. A permanently happy mountain town paradise isolated from the outside world in Ketchum, Idaho. Easily accessible from any major city, you can even catch a direct flight from Seattle or L.A. straight into Sun Valley, the American dreamland.
Mountain man or woman—it would be doing yourself an injustice not having Sun Valley up there on your “places I MUST snowshoe this year” list. After all, the resort’s backyard is an iconic Nordic playground that seems to attract the who’s who of Hollywood royalty, not to mention snow culture ski god and filmmaker Warren Miller. You could be blazing through a backcountry trail when you casually pass a celebrity starlet geared up, also enjoying the famed Sun Valley great outdoors. No promises of course, but if you’re going to play outdoors anyway, star sighting while exploring historic alpine bliss is a very inviting combo.
Another reason to snowshoe, even at a paradise resort, the cost to explore amazing terrain is affordably priced. An adult full-day snowshoe trail pass will cost you $22 and kids under 12 are free.
Ready to go? Head towards the Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center in the Sun Valley Club. The only place you really need to begin and end to your ultimate snowshoe adventure.
Start by mapping your terrain and getting a lay of the land, then gear up and purchase your trail ticket and head into the great wide open. As you are casually climbing to 6,000 feet, you should appreciate the softer altitude change as a nice kick to your training routine.
Recommended guided tour >> New Historic Snowshoe Tours
Après-snowshoe >> Trail Creek Cabin—since you’ll be living the alpine dream, arrive by sleigh to this wonderful western menu and make the most of life in Sun Valley Shangri-La.
Where to stay >> Anywhere in paradise will do, but Sun Valley Lodge has every skiers amenity
What to know >> This resort goes back in history. Get a history lesson while you are there.
For families >> Snowshoeing is always family friendly; however, Sun Valley KinderCare is also an option