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Baldy Bluebird Music Festival

Join us for a star-studded, toe-tapping extravaganza right here in Sun Valley.

The line-up at the Fourth of July Baldy Bluebird Music Festival at River Run Lodge is hotter than a summers day in beautiful Sun Valley.

Featuring a mix of classic country rock, southern-inspired sounds, Grammy-nominated artists, amazing home-grown local talent, and festive fireworks displays, the Baldy Bluebird Music Festival is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day in style!

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2024 Summer & Fall Events

Summer in Sun Valley is calling! Sun Valley is the ultimate summer destination, where the breathtaking scenery is just the beginning. Whether you’re an art lover, a music enthusiast, or an outdoor adventure seeker, summertime in Sun Valley has something spectacular in store for you.

Imagine days filled with vibrant festivals, exhilarating outdoor activities, and world-class performances all set against the stunning backdrop of the Idaho mountains. Our diverse array of events ensures that every moment is filled with excitement and joy, and our portfolio of vacation rentals offer the perfect place to stay in Sun Valley.

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What’s An Elkhorn Amenity Pass?

When you book a stay in Elkhorn Village, you gain privileged access to a range of exclusive resort amenities designed to enhance every moment of your stay in Sun Valley. Dive into luxury with our swimming pools, feel the warmth in our saunas and steam rooms, unwind in our soothing hot tubs, and indulge in clubhouse dining with golf and mountain views! For the sports enthusiasts, enjoy our top-notch tennis and pickleball facilities, hit the links with discounted rates and preferred tee times at the scenic Elkhorn Golf Course, and head out on scenic hiking and biking trails right from home!

No matter the season, an Elkhorn Resort Amenity Pass is your gateway to an unforgettable escape in Sun Valley!

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Golf at Sun Valley Resort

Come and explore the scenic fairways and unique challenges on a golf trip to Sun Valley, Idaho. Whether you’re an avid golfer looking for your next challenge or a leisure player seeking fresh air and stunning mountain views while swinging your club, Sun Valley Resort is your ultimate golfing destination. Featuring three world-class golf courses , a 25-acre practice facility, an 18-hole putting course, a high-end pro shop, and scenic clubhouse dining, Sun Valley Resort offers a unique golf experience for every age and skill level.

Pack your clubs and let’s tee off at Sun Valley Resort!

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Fly Fishing in Sun Valley

As the snow melts, the mountain rivers, streams, and creeks surrounding Sun Valley come alive and it’s time to get out on the water! The Sun Valley area is home to four extraordinary waterways with diverse fly fishing opportunities for every angler.

Surrounded by beauty and serenity, Sun Valley is the ultimate four season destination for outdoor enthusiasts and alpine flyfishing is a quintessential experience to enjoy during your stay!

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Sun Valley Swimming Pools

Sun Valley isn’t just about the slopes and scenery, it’s about indulging in pure rest and relaxation! Sun Valley boasts a symphony of options to cool off and unwind in summer – all with magnificent mountains as your backdrop!

Book a Sun Valley or Elkhorn Resort vacation rental with the bonus of an amenity pass to access the resort facilities, enjoy the vibe of a condo complex or community pool, or grab a pass to our local YMCA.

Here’s the scoop on our local Sun Valley Swimming Pools.

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Pickleball & Tennis in Sun Valley

Refine your forehand and perfect your dink shot in the heart of breathtaking Sun Valley, Idaho. Boasting a rich sporting tradition, this iconic mountain resort destination caters to tennis and pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels in a setting that will elevate your game and steal your heart!

With options ranging from luxury resort amenities to fitness centers and community parks, Sun Valley is a perfect playground for both pickleballers and tennis enthusiasts to serve up some fun. Unveil your inner champion and come discover a haven for tennis and pickleball in Sun Valley.

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Baldy Bonus Week: April 15-21

Sun Valley Resort just threw us a fantastic spring surprise, extending their ski season with Baldy Bonus Week from Monday, April 15th to Sunday, April 21st.

With Sun Valley lift tickets at only $99/day and 10% savings on Sun Valley lodging, it’s the ultimate opportunity to enjoy picture-perfect bluebird skies, soft spring snow, après-ski basking at the base lodges, fewer crowds, and the warm welcome of the best places to stay in Sun Valley – Michael’s Vacation Rentals!

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2024 US Alpine Championships

Calling all ski enthusiasts! Get ready to carve your mark in ski racing history as Sun Valley Resort welcomes back the adrenaline-fueled Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel for the second year running.

Kicking off on Wednesday, March 20th, the 5-day event features the nation’s top ski racers battling it out to secure their place on the U.S. National Team. From the adrenaline rush of the Super G to the technical precision of giant slalom and salmon, each event promises a thrilling experience on the Sun Valley slopes. Stop by the US Alpine Vendor Village with exclusive US Ski Team swag and end each day with aprés music at the luxury Warm Springs Lodge.

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Come Hang out in our Hot Tubs!

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Sun Valley lies a haven of tranquility and leisure, inviting you to unwind and immerse yourself in the simple joys of life. Picture yourself après-ski, nestled in the warm embrace of a bubbling hot tub, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and the crisp mountain air. Whether it’s a serene evening soak under the starlit sky or a lively family gathering filled with laughter and shared stories, our collection of Sun Valley hot tub homes and condos offers the perfect retreat for every occasion.

From private hideaways where you can enjoy moments of solitude to communal hot tubs and exclusive resort amenities with unbeatable Baldy views, our Sun Valley vacation rentals with hot tubs promise an unforgettable experience centered around the timeless pleasure of a relaxing soak.

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Presidents’ Day Weekend Events

Embrace the spirit of love and celebration this Presidents’ Day Weekend amidst the stunning scenery of Sun Valley, Idaho. Our action-packed calendar of events invites you to immerse yourself in a tapestry of experiences that capture the essence of our vibrant community. From thrilling outdoor activities and aprés ski parties to cultural events and cozy fireside gatherings, Sun Valley welcomes you to escape the daily grind and indulge in memory-making moments in a magical winter wonderland.

Here’s a line-up of what’s happening in Sun Valley from Valentine’s Day through Presidents’ Day Weekend!

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Holiday Happenings in Sun Valley

Escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary this holiday season as we invite you to revel in the magic of Sun Valley! Picture yourself cozied up in one of our charming vacation rentals, surrounded by the breathtaking winter wonderland of Idaho’s iconic mountains. The crisp mountain air is laced with excitement, beckoning you to embark on unforgettable adventures like snowshoeing in the Sawtooths, carving the powdery perfection of Sun Valley Resort’s world-renowned slopes, and reveling in the magic of holiday happenings suitable for families and fun-seekers alike.

From the fairy-lit Winter Wonderland in Sun Valley Village to live music, DJs, and dancing, here’s what’s happening in Sun Valley this holiday season.

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Sun Valley Summer Events & Festivals

As Sun Valley locals and ski instructors who call this remarkable valley home, we LOVE the winter season but it’s the summers that truly steal the spotlight in Sun Valley.

Come and discover the sizzling secrets of Sun Valley’s summer scene for yourself! Escape on lush fairways and scenic trails scattered in wildlife & wildflowers, take summer dips in alpine lakes and hot springs, indulge in sunny patio dining, catch a Baldy sunset from a rooftop bar, and save the date for Sun Valley’s vibrant line-up of summer events.

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Say “I DO” in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Idaho has absolutely everything you need to create the ultimate destination wedding, live out your mountain wedding dreams, and create a lifetime of memories with loved ones!

Say “I DO” in a stunning and serene mountain setting with the classic charm of a historic ski town, the amenities of a world-class resort, and a wide selection of alpine-inspired lodging to accommodate your wedding party and out-of-town guests in style.

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Snowshoeing in Sun Valley

Sun Valley Resort is the first destination ski town in America and delivers everything you’d expect from an authentic ski town, and so much more! Strap on a pair of snowshoes and take a winter hike through the snowy secluded landscapes for a peaceful adventure and a great winter workout. First timer? No worries, it’s easy! As they say, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe!”

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Vacation Rentals for Fall

Nestled between five unique and majestic mountain ranges and surrounded by nature in its purest form, Sun Valley is a destination adorned with natural beauty and some of Idaho’s most vibrant fall foliage. The mountains and trails are ablaze with color, a crisp lingers in the air, and the summer crowds are slowly diminishing – making it one of the most favorable seasons in Sun Valley.

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Sun Valley Neighborhood Guide

Whether you’re seeking slopeside Sun Valley luxury, seclusion and serenity away from the crowds, or a downtown locale steps to an endless array of shopping, dining, festive local events, and a bustling nightlife – there’s a neighborhood in the Wood River Valley suited for your stay.

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Sun Valley Spring Hikes

The Sun Valley area boasts over 30 miles of paved trails and 400 miles of hiking & biking trails that will spark all your senses and serve up spring adventures like no other. Here’s our top pick of wildflower trails for spring hikes in Sun Valley.

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Top Sun Valley Events for 2022

Sun Valley is a four-season destination with outdoor adventures, award-winning restaurants, outstanding amenities and world-class festival and events to inspire all types of travelers. If you’re planning a vacation to Sun Valley, here’s our top Festivals & Events for 2022 to consider in your plans!

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Sun Valley Restaurants & Nightlife

Whether you’re seeking an elegant, fine-dining experience in Sun Valley or tapping your toes for some late-night action in downtown Ketchum, we’ve got the local hot spots for a night out in Sun Valley.

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Coffee Shops, Cafés & Casual Eateries

From the slopes of Sun Valley Resort and the iconic Sun Valley Lodge & Village to the streets of downtown Ketchum, there’s a diverse selection of coffee shops, cafés and casual eateries worthy of every vacation itinerary.

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Favorite Holiday Activities & Events

Holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to escape the city limits, breathe in the crisp mountain air, bask in blue skies and sunshine and surround yourself with spectacular alpine vistas and endless outdoor activities, with easy seclusion and social distancing!

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Off-Slope Adventures in Sun Valley

Sun Valley is famous for its world-class slopes, but the fun doesn’t end on the mountain! Nestled between 5 mountain ranges, Sun Valley displays a magnitude of irresistible beauty at every turn and an array of off-slope and non-skier activities, and family-friendly adventures.

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Sun Valley Ski Resort

Sun Valley Ski Resort is transforming from fall colors to a spectacularly scenic winter wonderland. With thousands upon thousands of acres of ski country to traverse and it’s looking to be a good season of snow.

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Thanksgiving in Sun Valley

Thanksgiving in Sun Valley offers an array of seasonal activities, vibey restaurants, live music and family fun! Take a break from the daily hustle, breathe in the crisp air, ski opening day at Sun Valley Resort and kick up your feet as you snug up close to a warm winter fire for apres ski.

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Fall Foliage in Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho is a town of extravagant variety, bold bliss, secret serenity and a rich ski town history and heritage that draws visitors year-round. Our scenic Rocky Mountain town is tucked away in the heart of Idaho and bordered by 3 mountain ranges with some of Americas all-time mountain adventures.

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Michael’s Vacation Rentals represents a portfolio of 80+ vacation homes and condos in the Sun Valley area. Many of these Sun Valley vacation rentals include FREE amenity passes to Sun Valley or Elkhorn Resort tennis & pickleball facilities, swimming pools, and hot tubs. Guests also receive discounted golf rates and preferred tee times!