Information & Facts
There is no shortage of activities in addition to skiing and
snowboarding, including hiking, snow-shoeing, tubing, dog sledding,
and ice skating in the winter, and horseback riding, hiking,
biking, rafting, fly-fishing and canoeing. The hot springs of the
Sawtooth National Recreation Area are also nearby.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Some skiers have found the tighter valleys of the ski areas to
be a bit uncomfortable during busier times. Others have judged the
trails to be slightly more difficult than their posted ratings. At
times, there is a lack of natural snow.
Nightlife comes alive in Sun Valley during the winter months,
with holiday visitors enjoying the après-ski socialising. The
Duchin Lounge 'HBR' serves special hot-buttered rum that is a
must-try. The Boiler Room is a popular nightspot, serving the
obligatory American bar fare of nachos and chicken wings. Its
entertainment schedule includes the Mike Murphy Comedy Show as well
as karaoke night.
Sun Valley's restaurants cater to every taste, from hearty Idaho
fare to pizza to gourmet Mediterranean cuisine - holiday visitors
won't be disappointed. Those in a nostalgic mood can dine at
Roundhouse, the first day lodge on Bald Mountain, built in 1939.
Trail Creek Cabin is also a tradition, with its amazing sunset
views and three outdoor decks. It's now open year-round. Visitors
can even find sushi in nearby Ketchum.
Shoppers and holidaymakers will find the latest designer
fashions and the top brands in technical skiwear in Sun Valley
village, as well as skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking
equipment and accessories. In addition to an art gallery, there are
a variety of gift and souvenir shops. Free bus service to lively
Ketchum and its shops is also available.