Skiing

 

The Hailey/Wood River Valley area offers some diverse and world-class alpine and nordic skiing opportunities for skiers of all levels!

ALPINE SKIING

indexRotarun Ski Area, located two miles west of Hailey, is our closest hill to play on.  This small, family-friendly and affordable area offers both gentle and challenging terrain with a rope tow, platter lift and night skiing.

Rotarun Ski Area outside of Hailey Photo: Rotarun   timthumb rotarun kids  rotarun powder credit rotarun   Photos credits:  Rotarun/Tim Thumb

Rotarun is a community owned, non-profit organization run mostly by volunteers and maintains very low lift prices. Annual races include the Arkoosh Cup and Slush Cup races in February,  and Hullabaloo Snowboard Race and annual Snow Box Derby in March.  If you are looking for a very special, family-oriented skiing and boarding hill, look no further…you have found it.   

 

logo_sun-valley-resortWorld- famous Sun Valley Resort is just 10 miles up the road from Hailey, offering world-class skiing on two mountains (Baldy and Dollar), stunning on-mountain lodges and full-service base facilities at River Run and Warm Springs, just west of Ketchum.

Sun Valley continues to be ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, and has a long and illustrious heritage which began in 1936 when the “Grand Dame” (and first) of  destination alpine ski resorts in America was created.

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imagesSoldier Mountain Ski Area is located 40 miles west of Hailey near Fairfield, Idaho, and offers great skiing, snowboarding for the novice to expert, including fantastic snowcat powder skiing in open bowls.

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NORDIC SKIING

The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) offers a wonderful Nordic trail system located on land  bordering Lions Park in Hailey, Idaho. as well as the extensive Wood River Trail system that runs through the east side of town.

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“Croy Nordic” is made possible because of the unique collaboration and partnership between the BCRD, the City of Hailey, the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation, the Blaine County School District, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, private land owners (the Simons family), and the Wood River Land Trust. South Valley Nordic skiing is an integral part of the fabric of active winter life in the Wood River Valley.

Nordic skiers will discover new, diverse terrain out picturesque Croy Canyon on over 7.5 kilometers of trails situated on eight different parcels of land generously provided by private land owners.  Access and parking for Croy Nordic begins at Lion’s Park in Hailey. The system includes the BCRD yurt warming hut, a separate skiing area for dogs, and a rich blend of classic and skating terrain for all skill levels.

Croy Nordic is part of the 160-kilometer BCRD Trails Nordic ski system, one of the nation’s largest.  Nordic ski trails are open from mid-November to late April, depending on snowfall.  Ski rentals, instruction, guided tours and other activities and services are offered by BRCD, the Sun Valley Resort Nordic Center and Galena Lodge.  Online winter Trail Maps can be found here.

The BRCD sells nordic ski passes for an endless array of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiers.  Passes & new/rental ski equipement are available at:

  • BRCD Office, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey (nordic trail passes)
  • Baldy Sports (new & used alpine, nordic ski equipment, clothing)
  • SNRA Headquarters, north of Ketchum (nordic trail passes)
  • Galena Lodge (nordic trail passes, nordic ski rentals)

SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL

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Nordic enthusiasts won’t want to miss the fun and excitement of the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival (Jan 30-Feb 7, 2015), designed to showcase and celebrate Sun Valley’s well-deserved reputation as “Nordic Town USA”.  This world-class event features over a week of activities, races, clinics and fun events, along with discounts on nordic passes, demos/rentals, lodging and dining.  The Hailey Chamber is proud to be a partner in supporting this fantastic event.

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