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WINTER ADVENTURES IN KETCHUM

When it comes to cold-weathered fun, this valley was born for it. Which might explain why the world’s first ski lift was installed here. Or why it was here that heli-skiing first landed in the lower 48 states. Historic? Yes. A kick in the snowsuit? You bet. Just ask and we’ll share some history along with our tips, tricks and secrets for getting the most out of Sun Valley.


Limelight Hotel Ketchum - Four Mountain Sports
Limelight Hotel Ketchum - Four Mountain Sports

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Limelight Hotel Ketchum Backcountry Heliskiing
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Backcountry Heliskiing

Heli-skiing

Few places in America are as accessible to backcountry skiing and snowboarding. It’s available pretty much everywhere you look from the top of Bald Mountain. And the surrounding mountains are scattered with well-equipped huts and yurts open and ready for anyone needing a little shelter.

This is where heli-skiing in the lower 48 states got its start. And for good reason. Namely, the many incredible chutes, powder stashes and bowls scattered throughout these mountains.
Interested? We've got a special deal to get you in the backcountry for some choice heli-skiing — followed by a discounted stay at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum. Learn more.
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Skiing Snowboarding
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Skiing Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

Two mountains, 3,400-vertical feet, more than 2,000 acres of terrain and the highest per-hour, per-skier lift capacity anywhere on earth. Translation: Sun Valley is crowdless skiing and riding at its best. It’s the home light, fluffy powder, as well as the largest automated fleet of snow making machines in the United States. Steep bump runs are as common as perfectly manicured blues. Families love the themed Adventure Trails. And at the Dollar Mountain Progression Park, the sky is filled with twisting, flipping, crashing beginners, intermediates and pros.
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Nordic Skiing
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Nordic Skiing

Nordic/Cross-Country Skiing

There’s a reason why the Norwegian Olympic cross-country ski team trained here before the Vancouver Winter Games. More than 200 km (124 mi) of immaculately groomed terrain give Sun Valley the distinction of having one of the most expansive nordic trail systems anywhere in the world. And because it covers so much territory, you can drop your skis down and start from practically anywhere. Especially around the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe center, where you’ll find rentals, maps, instruction and guided tours.
Audi Snowshoe
Audi Snowshoe

Audi Snowshoeing Experience

Together with Audi, we are offering our guests the opportunity to take an Audi Q7 or the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV for a test drive to the end of the road. Once there, embark on an off-road tranquil and self-guided snowshoe hike through the Rocky Mountains. During this mountain adventure, you’ll experience the power and precision of Audi and go beyond the limits in style.

We’ll provide you with an Audi SUV for up (4) four hours, snowshoes for up to (6) six guests* and guidance on local trails from the Limelight concierge.

To schedule the Audi Snowshoe Experience during your trip, please visit the front desk, email us at ketchumfrontdesk@limelighthotels.com or call (855) 441-2250 for further details. All guests who participate in the Audi Snowshoe Experience must sign a liability waiver.
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Ice Skating
Limelight Hotel Ketchum Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Here are several options for ice skating year round. In Hailey is the newly built Campion Ice house for hockey leagues, open skating and curling. Next to the ice house they flood the rodeo arena during the winter, for family skating during the day or under the lights at night. The outdoor rink at Atkinson’s park, in Ketchum is great. Pond hockey tournaments are held each year on this sheet of ice, plus it is open daily for skating. If you’re looking to go the more traditional route, Sun Valley Ice Rink’s outdoor ice-sheet and indoor arena get the job done. Both of Sun Valley’s ice rinks are open year round. The outside rink is one of only a handful in the world that is open year round; it is where the famous Sun Valley ice show is held every Saturday from July 4th to Labor Day weekend. Bring your skates! Actually, just rent theirs and save the room in your suitcase.
Ketchum – Sun Valley Winter Activities
Ketchum – Sun Valley Winter Activities

Snowmobiling

Snowmobilers have a lot to rev about throughout the Sun Valley area. Groomed trails stretching as far as the eye can see. Wide open backcountry that would make an agoraphobiac cringe. Head to the Smiley Creek and Stanley area for 170 miles of groomed trails, as well as rentals at the Smiley Creek Lodge. For a more gun-it-and-go experience, check out the open play areas in the Fairfield region, and vast trail system that just might be endless. Your closest bet is the Baker Creek zone, ten miles north of Ketchum.