Summer in Sun Valley!

The City of Sun Valley sits at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests; with the Big Wood River, a fisherman’s dream, running through the Wood River Valley.

Sun Valley enjoys a pleasant mountain desert climate.  With an average humidity of only 30%, and 15 inches of precipitation per year, the northern latitude creates long days, with 15 hours of sunshine in the summer, giving the resort community its well-deserved name.  Average summer temperature is 78 degrees and average winter temperature is 23 degrees, with an annual snowfall of 150 inches. 

According to the 2010 United States census,  the population of Sun Valley was 1,406.  Of the 2,597 housing units in Sun Valley, 622, or about 25%, were identified as occupied, and the remaining housing units were identified as seasonal/occasional use. 

Sun Valley’s elevation is 5,750 feet and Mt. Bald (Baldy), the ski mountain west of town has an elevation of 9,150 feet.  Baldy is considered by serious skiers as the country’s single best ski mountain, with three gorgeous day lodges and an historic restaurant located at mid-mountain offering both casual and 5-star dining during the winter and summer.

Dollar Mountain, with an elevation of 6,638 feet and 3 lifts to choose from, is located across the street from Sun Valley City Hall and offers a more leisurely, beginning terrain. Also located within and/or nearby the City of Sun Valley are thirty miles of paved bike trails, three golf courses, two ice-skating rinks, and a skateboard park.

Sun Valley Resort is the City of Sun Valley’s major business and leading employer with approximately 500 year-round employees.  The health-service needs of the Sun Valley community are served principally by St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, located approximately ¼ mile south of Sun Valley.  It is a full-service facility with 24-hour emergency care, and like the Sun Valley Resort, is a major employer in the Wood River Valley.

Public schools serving Sun Valley, although located outside the city, are: Wood River High and Middle Schools (Hailey), Hemingway Elementary School (Ketchum), Hailey Elementary School (Hailey), Woodside Elementary School (Hailey) and Bellevue Elementary School (Bellevue).  Several private pre-schools and kindergartens, including a Montessori school, are operated in Ketchum and Hailey.  The College of Southern Idaho operates a satellite program in Hailey and offers Associate of Arts Degrees and adult education courses.  The Community School, a private preparatory school, is located in Sun Valley and enrolls approximately 325 students in grades pre-K through 12.  Its facilities include a gymnasium, 220-seat theater and two regulation soccer fields that are available for community use.