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Thanksgiving in Sun Valley

Romanticize your Thanksgiving weekend in the unparalleled scenery of Sun Valley, hidden away in the Sawtooth Mountains of Central Idaho.

November in Sun Valley welcomes you with the fading fiery leaves of autumn contrasting with rolling hills, bluebird days and towering mountain tops coated with the first fresh snow of the season.

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, discover the best of Sun Valley and kick up your feet as you snuggle up close to a warm winter fire for aprés ski.

Thanksgiving is all about overindulgence, connection and thankfulness and Sun Valley creates the perfect atmosphere for such. Dive into the panoramic views and outdoor adventures or enjoy this holiday season from the comfort of your cozy Sun Valley condo – we offer it all!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sun Valley for Thanksgiving

Whether you wish to stay secluded or you’re ready to mingle with the crowds, Sun Valley offers the perfect balance of both. Here’s our top 5 reasons to visit Sun Valley for Thanksgiving this holiday season.

Ski the World-Famous Sun Valley Resort Slopes

The biggest and best Thanksgiving activity in Sun Valley is to celebrate the opening weekend of the world-famous Sun Valley Ski Resort. Sun Valley Resort opens for the 2021-2022 winter season on November 25th – just in time for Thanksgiving skiing on Baldy and Dollar Mountain.

Baldy Mountain boasts 2,054 acres of skiing and snowboarding with diverse terrain for the whole family, beginners to advanced. Warm up your ski legs for the winter as you cruise Sun Valley's first open runs – groomed and ungroomed (snow depending). Snowmakers have been hard at work to ensure a reliable early season ride on the slopes of Sun Valley Resort.

Just across the valley, with bus rides to and forth throughout the day, Dollar Mountain is a fun, family-friendly, smaller ski mountain for beginners. With a kid’s magic carpet, ski parks and safe and easy runs, this is the perfect place to learn or to kickback with an Aperol or toasty hot chocolate as the kids play in the sunshine and snow!

Travelling by plane or no space for ski gear? No problem! Sun Valley has a range of options to choose from for ski, snowboard and gear rentals, from the full service outfit, Black Tie, that delivers your gear to your door, to PK’s and Elephants Perch based in Ketchum, or Pete Lanes located at the Base of River Run for your convenience. Sun Valley Snowsports has incredibly talented, fun and adventurous teachers to help you learn and Sun Valley Guides has an guides for all levels to ensure you make the most out of your days and discover the local favorites!

Whether you’re an expert looking for a Thanksgiving adventure or skiing has been a long unfulfilled dream of yours, you don’t want to miss out on the fresh early season powder and bluebird days of Sun Valley.

Secluded Mountain Adventures

Social distancing in Sun Valley is not only easy, but typical. With miles upon miles of winter hiking trails and scenic routes, getting away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist town and getting lost in the stimulation of the surroundings with your loved ones creates some of the most magical moments you’ll have while visiting Sun Valley. 

Experience Nordic skiing through the Sawtooth Wilderness or the Galena Lodge trails, get hooked on Sun Valley’s winter fly fishing or snowshoe one of many family-friendly, winter hiking trails such as Adams Gulch, Proctor or Carbonate.

Take advantage of early winter's glamour on a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the frosted trees, with views of Bald Mountain and Proctor or take a relaxing, yet radiant road trip north along the many picturesque viewpoints and historic sights to Stanley. Here you’ll find a quaint mountain town with local eateries and natural hot springs along the Salmon River for a soothing soak surrounded by rocky, snow-capped peaks.

In a season that celebrates thanksgiving and gratitude, Sun Valley gives every visitor a reason to be grateful. Snow or sunshine, there’s always something to do and always something to be thankful for.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Apart from family traditions and all the outdoors have to offer, Sun Valley boasts a delicious selection of Traditional Thanksgiving comfort food. Enjoy a buffet or set menu ranging from tender roast turkey and cranberry sauce to mouth-watering pumpkin pie at some of Sun Valley’s finest restaurants.

The Ram at Sun Valley Resort offers a fixed 3-course meal.
The Sawtooth Club in downtown Ketchum will serve a set menu from 2pm-7pm.
The Grill at Knob Hill is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner starting at 3pm.
CK's Real Food in Hailey has limited indoor dining and take-out with a 4-course meal.
If you’d prefer to nestle up with friends and family under the spectacular Sun Valley stars or fellowship around the dining room table of your home, Sun Valley Resort will bring a gourmet, take-out Thanksgiving feast for you to share in the comfort of your Sun Valley vacation rental. Whatever your vision for Thanksgiving dinner, Sun Valley has a place for you!

Fireside Aprés Ski

The famous Sun Valley Ski Resort boasts wide and far-reaching alpine views that command your attention, as well as the pleasure of ending your day with an après beer and appetizers with friends and family after a day of Sun Valley adventures. Sip a cold beer and soak up the sun on the deck at the Lookout Day Lodge at the summit of the Bald Mountain, sit fireside at River Run or Warm Springs Lodge or head into downtown Ketchum for Thanksgiving specials and handcrafted cocktails at the Limelight Hotel.

Live like a Sun Valley Local

Michael’s Vacation Rentals has been welcoming visitors to Sun Valley for years. We live here, play here and have the best selection of vacation homes and condos in Sun Valley. Our local team are on hand to personalize your guest experience with local tips and recommendations on the best things to do in Sun Valley and the Sawtooth Mountains.

Whether you’re in search of a spacious Sun Valley villa for a family Thanksgiving vacation or a cozy ski condo for a romantic getaway surrounded by twinkling fairy lights and snow-capped peaks, we’ve got the perfect home for your Thanksgiving weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho.