Planning a Winter Trip to Sun Valley? Here's What to See & Do!

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Although any time is a good time to visit Idaho's playground, Sun Valley is something special during the winter. Whether you're planning your holiday getaway or just looking for a fun way to spend the chillier months, you won't want to miss this gorgeous spot. Here's what to see and do!

Start Your Sun Valley Adventure Right

Every travel adventure starts with, well, travel. If you want your trip to start off on the right foot, you need to make travel accommodations that are as fun as they are simple.

Sometimes, though, that's easier said than done.

If you've never driven in Idaho, take a little advice from the locals: It can get icy in the Gem State--especially on our mountain roads. Plus, you'll miss all of our incredible views if you're busy watching traffic (and your GPS). On top of that, gas is only getting more expensive, and many travelers don't want a vehicle to deal with when they're enjoying Sun Valley adventures--so there's only one way to go.

That's where the Sun Valley Express comes in. Our shuttles are roomy, comfortable, and driven by experts who know just how to navigate busy winter roads. You won't have to worry about gas, parking, or even renting a car; just hop on and go.

Perhaps most importantly, the Sun Valley Express is the best way to really feel like you're on your way to Idaho's playground. You'll get to see our snow-covered mountains, majestic pines, and even a friendly deer or two, all while enjoying extra time with your family or friends. If you want your trip to start before you even get to Sun Valley, you need our shuttle.

Sun Valley: Your Winter To-Do List

Sun Valley is full of things to see and do--but you only have so much time, right? Here are a few experiences you won't want to miss!


Want to go dashing through the snow? There's no better place to start than the back of a snowmobile. Rent your favorite machine at Smiley Creek, an outpost nestled at the foot of the nearby Sawtooth Mountains, and get ready for a high-speed adventure. You'll be free to get up-close and personal with the landscape--including a lot of snow, so remember to dress warmly!


If you'd rather see the sights from above, paragliding over Sun Valley might be a perfect fit for you. At Fly Sun Valley, you'll be paired up with an experienced pilot who will walk you through every step and stay tethered to you for the whole adventure. It's a view few people get to see--so relax and enjoy this winter wonderland unfolding around you.


"Relaxing" doesn't always land on Sun Valley bucket lists, but it certainly should. Why? Well, there's something about the gorgeous views and wintery weather that makes a spa day that much more soothing. You'll love a chance to warm up and pamper yourself in this mountain retreat--and you'll be refreshed and ready to jump back on those slopes, too!

Seeing The Sights (And the Lights)

Even if you're not a big fan of "the night life," you won't want to miss seeing Sun Valley all lit up for the holidays. Take an evening to explore so you can bask in the decor--and maybe grab dinner and drinks along the way. You can also enjoy live music, play games, and chat with locals who might just know secret hiking trails and beautiful spots in town.

Sleigh Riding

If you've ever wanted to live like you're in the classic "Jingle Bells" song, there's no better way to get started than by hopping on a sleigh ride. You'll get to enjoy the sights from under a cozy blanket, listening to the cheerful snorting and stamping of your four-legged companion along the way. Just don't forget to thank your horse--and your sleigh driver!


No Sun Valley to-do list would be complete without skiing. You have plenty of options, including helicopter skiing, back-country ski tours, and even Nordic skiing. Sun Valley is famous for these adventures--so you don't want to miss out.


There's so much to see and do in Sun Valley, but if you want to have a truly great time, don't try to do every little thing. Instead, plan around the experiences you'll remember forever--and don't forget to start your trip off right with a shuttle ride!

Ready to plan your winter getaway to Sun Valley? Contact us today to learn more about the Sun Valley Express!