Winter has come and gone in California, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy the skiing season! With direct flights from SFO to Sun Valley, Idaho – your last remaining reason to not ski this season has been invalidated. Most Bay Area folks head to Lake Tahoe every winter to get their skis on, but they often overlook two world-class ski destinations that are just a short flight away from San Francisco. Grand Targhee ski resort in Wyoming has been voted the top 10 most scenic ski destination in the world – and rightly so, with a spectacular view of the Grand Teton mountain range visible from the ski slopes, you will have a hard time keeping your eyes on the slopes when the rugged mountain peaks are beckoning.
Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho is America’s first ski resort and home to the week-long Nordic Festival which runs from Jan 25th to Feb 2nd every year. Grand Targhee and Sun Valley both offer world-class skiing, and each is different in it’s own way. Grand Targhee is an intimate ski resort where everything is within walking distance and you will have no need for your car once you’ve parked at the resort and checked in. Sun Valley on the other hand is a sprawling city, completely dedicated to the art of skiing, with a quaint downtown, historic restaurants and a happening night life.
Both ski resorts offer ski and snowboarding lessons, miles and miles of groomed trails for Nordic skiing, great trails for snowshoeing and multiple runs and lifts for some breathtaking skiing. The gondola ride up Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho is a definite highlight to anybody’s day, made more fabulous with a fondue lunch or dinner at the elegant Roundhouse restaurant atop Baldy. The Apres Ski scene at Grand Targhee is second to none, with a lineup of amazing musicians and singers who are loved by both locals and visitors. Offering delectable snacks and with 13 beers on tap, the apres ski venue Trap Bar & Grill is a fantastic place to unwind while listening to live music after a day on the slopes.
Grand Targhee and Sun Valley make great destinations for that perfect weekend getaway. With something to please everybody – be it families, couples, friends or for a girlfriend getaway, these ski resorts will make your dream of a winter wonderland come true. Come for a few days, you will end up wanting to stay forever.
Disclosure: Ski Idaho and Idaho Tourism provided for my travel and accommodation in exchange for writing about my experience at Sun Valley and Grand Targhee ski resorts. Regardless, everything I have said in this post reflects my honest observations and opinions.