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Spring Adventures on the Ski Slopes in Sun Valley

January 24, 2024

Looking for a new way to ski? Spring skiing is the hidden gem of the ski season. During the spring months, most people have packed away their skis and snowboards, leaving the slopes wide open. Those who head to the resorts at that time get to enjoy a wonderfully unique experience. Interested? Read on to find out about the joys of spending the spring season skiing in Sun Valley! 


What’s So Special About Spring Skiing? 

As we creep into spring, you’ll meet a transformed mountain playground. Sun Valley is reimagined as the weather warms! This means you get to enjoy a whole new skiing experience! 

In the spring, Sun Valley’s snow is softer than ever. Every run is exhilarating during the spring season! Thanks to the melt-freeze cycle, you get new snow textures - including “corn snow,” which is some of the best snow for carving turns. 

You can monitor the conditions on the slopes using https://opensnow.com/ 

The mountains also get significantly more comfortable in the spring, thanks to the sun, which warms the landscape, but also thanks to the peaceful, quiet atmosphere. The crowds seem to melt away with the ice! There are shorter lift lines and fewer distractions, so you get the chance to soak up the slopes at your own pace. Take advantage of your favorite runs and enjoy the private slice of skiing paradise! 


Spring Skiing in Sun Valley 

In the spring, Sun Valley boasts wonderful weather- including sensational sunshine. Contrary to what you might expect, that doesn’t mean conditions are any less dreamy than normal. Typically, the resort offers a long ski season. While the snowpack can be variable, the resort's location in a sheltered valley helps maintain good snow conditions. Grooming helps preserve conditions too! You can expect to see groomed runs and corn snow throughout most of the day.

For most of the spring season, the resort is exceptionally tranquil. Crowds tend to be smaller compared to the crowds during the peak season, but there are still busy spurts- particularly during spring break, when families and college students escape to the mountains. 

Although many struggle to tear themselves away from the ski slopes, I encourage you to make time to engage in the other awesome activities available around Sun Valley in the spring. You can hike or bike scenic trails, take a relaxing soak in the hot springs, explore the shops in the charming village, or indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment while you’re in town!


Spring Events 

Many ski resorts host special spring events and festivals, adding to the fun of spring skiing! You can expect live music, pond skims, costume contests, and plenty of good vibes. 

A few of the most popular events include…

  • Sun Valley Film Festival (February 28 - March 3, 2024), which invites fans and filmmakers to America’s first ski resort to celebrate the magic of storytelling 
  • Sun Valley Music Festival Winter Season (March 6 - 9, 2024), which will offer two curated chamber music programs focused on “The Romance of Brahms” 

For more upcoming events at Sun Valley Resort, visit: https://visitsunvalley.com/calendar/ 

Don’t worry- you still have lots of time left to enjoy skiing and other fun activities in Sun Valley before the end of the ski season! Pack your sunscreen and get ready for an unforgettable spring!

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