Sun Valley Nordic Center

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Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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Sun Valley Nordic Center


  • The Sun Valley Club is a golf clubhouse in the summer and a Nordic and snowshoe center in the winter.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The equipment rental is on the lower level of the west side of the building. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • There is easy access from the lot directly to the tracks. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Heading to the blue and black runs of the Trail Creek Loop's northern section. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Looking southwest toward Bald Mountain, the Sun Valley Lodge, and the town of Ketchum. The easiest green runs are down this direction. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Heading north from the lodge on Trail Creek Loop.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Heading northeast from the lodge on Trail Creek Loop.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The trails are open for skate skiing and traditional Nordic cross-country.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Cross-country skiing under the original ski resort in America. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The prettiest section of these trails can be enjoyed as you head down toward the creek. There are several blue, intermediate routes as well as the Sidewinder, one of the few trails that is rated black and difficult. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The location for these trails is quite scenic.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Heading back to the lodge on Trail Creek Loop. This 5-kilometer track runs through the majority of the trails. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • Looking down toward Leif's Loop and Trail Creek Loop. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The Sun Valley Club lobby.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The pro shop upstairs. - Sun Valley Nordic Center
  • The rental shop is downstairs.- Sun Valley Nordic Center
Overview + Weather
Wide variety of terrain and difficulty. Beautiful setting.
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Groomed trail: 
Highest point: 
6,031.00 ft (1,838.25 m)
Parking Pass: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
26.00 mi (41.84 km)
Total elevation gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,001.00 ft (1,829.10 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Sun Valley Nordic Center is located just northeast of the iconic Sun Valley Lodge, and it is surrounded by 26 miles (42 kilometers) of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that offer something for visitors of all skill levels. The luxurious Sun Valley Club hosts skiing in the winter and switches to a golf course clubhouse in the summer. Take in views of Bald Mountain from the easy green loops, or challenge yourself on the rolling terrain and many bridge-crossings on the harder northern sections. Trail Creek Loop, rated blue and intermediate, is a 3-mile (5-kilometer) loop that travels most of the course and allows you to check out many of the sections in one route. The long Diamondback Trail, rated black and difficult, is located in its own little valley across the road just to the northwest. It is mainly used by people in serious training. Dog Loop and the Boundary Trail both allow dogs and fat bikes, but they are the only two trails to do so, so please keep dogs and bikes off of the rest of the course. Several snowshoe trails criss-cross the course and lead toward the Hemingway Memorial for a total length of over 8 miles (14 kilometers). 

The Sun Valley Club has a large and beautiful lobby, a restaurant, a pro shop on the top level, and cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment rental on the lower level. Just like everything associated with Sun Valley Lodge, the quality is top-notch. The terrain in the green areas has large and sweeping views and catches a lot of sun throughout the day, while the blue trails to the north run through some lovely forested scenery with the creek and its many bridges. The setting here is quite stunning, and the groomed trails are world-class. You must have a Sun Valley Trail Pass or BCRD/Sun Valley Combo pass to use these trails; check the full day, half day and senior rates here. Trail Creek Cabin is a rustic fine dining restaurant located near the Nordic Center. It offers dinner in the winter, and it is a great place to enjoy a special meal in a unique location.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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