INSIDER'S GUIDE
TO MAKE BOISE HOME 

 

2019 Idaho Real Estate Blog

A Little about Sun Valley, Idaho Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

Sun Valley is located in the Wood River Valley at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests in South Central, Idaho. The cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue together with the surrounding unincorporated areas make up Blaine County.

Sunh Valley Ski Resort

Sun Valley Idaho

At an altitude of 5,750 feet, the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum have a mountain desert climate, with an average  humidity of only 30%. The Wood River Valley averages 330 days of sunshine per year. Average summer temperature is 75 degrees and average winter  temperature is 22 degrees, with an annual snowfall of 150-200 inches. The cities and towns of  Blaine County are surrounded by mountains and valleys full of meadows, streams and alpine lakes.

History of Sun Vallley

Prior to 1880, The Wood River Valley was inhabited primarily by Indians and fur trappers. The discovery of ore in 1880 brought thousands to Ketchum, the Valley's first settlement. The area soon became part of one of the richest mining districts in the Northwest. As a result of the mining boom, Union Pacific Railroad established a freight line (horse & mule) in the area to carry supplies into the mines and to return with the ore. In 1884 the horse & mule freight line was replaced by the railroad. By the early 1890's the boom town was on the verge of a bust, the result of labor difficulties and declining silver prices.

In 1900 a new industry was emerging in Ketchum. sheepmen from the south were driving their herds through the town for summer grazing in the local valleys and mountains. By the 1920's. Ketchum was the largest sheep and lamb shipping station in the United States. The Depression of the 1930's, overgrazing and rising feed costs led to a decline in sheep ranching.

1936 was .the year that changed it all. Averell Harriman, then chairman of Union Pacific Railroad, wanted two things more than anything else in the world: (1) more business for his railroad. and (2) a world-class resort in America to enjoy what was then considered a European oddity: SKIING.

In January 1936, Harriman sent his Austrian friend, Count Felix Schaffgotsch to comb the mountains of the west in search of that perfect location. The Count found the perfect location, "[t]his is the place" in the Sawtooth Mountains near Ketchum. Idaho. Union Pacific Railroad purchased the Ernest Brass Ranch (3,300 acres) on May 14, 1936 for $39,000. Here, they created Sun Valley, primarily to attract passengers of the West to travel on the company's streamlined trains to a destination ski resort featuring the world's first chairlift.

Soon the film stars of Hollywood were flocking to Sun Valley in droves. eager to try the latest rage. skiing. was a smashing success - A Legend Was Born.

Sun Valley is now a premiere year-round. four season destination resort and recreation area. People who live and vacation in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area enjoy an enviable lifestyle. A "nontourist" atmosphere that is described as casual, comfortable and friendly. The Wood River Valley is a recreational paradise. with a "World-Class" alpine skiing mountain. blue-ribbon trout streams. superb golf courses plus spectacular mountains. forests and lakes. The lifeblood or industry bas,e of the local economy is TOURISM.

Sun Valley Winter/ Spring Activities and Sports

These activities and sports include Alpine and Nordic skiing. backcountry ski tours. helicopter skiing. ski racing and touring, horse-drawn sleigh rides. sledding. ice skating, semi-pro ice hockey, junior and adult amateur ice hockey, apres ski entertainment. music. health clubs. aerobics. modern and ballet dance, snowmobiling. gliding. dining. shopping. outdoor hot pools, art gallery touring and arts & crafts classes.

These activities and sports include white water rafting, kayaking, ice skating, ice shows, fly fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, pack trips, camping, polo, rodeo, golf, tennis, music & ballet festivals, Wagon Days, Weekend Parade, Fourth of July Parade, fireworks, bicycling, bike racing, motocross, arts & crafts fairs, antique fairs, triathalon, shopping, dining, nightlife, wine auction, antique car auction, movie theaters, theater group, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, art workshops, ballooning, swimming, hiking, hunting, scenic drives and ghost & mining town tours.

The abundance of outdoor recreational activities combined with a high quality of life has resulted in substantial growth.

Transportation to Sun Valley

For years Sun Valley has had a reputation for providing an incredible skiing experience but, also, for being a difficult place to reach. The competition in the ski resort marketplace has increased, with resorts like Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole and Park City offering easy transportation (direct flights) which attracts more skiers.

To boost and regain its competitive edge, Sun Valley Company created a two pronged attack: (1) 1988-89 ski season; A major facelift of the mountain which included three new high-speed quad chairlifts and recontouring of some ski runs and (2) 1989-90 ski season; an all-out transportation blitz which included new expanded direct air service, additional flight schedules and increased bus service from Boise Airport. On December 16, 1989, America West Airlines, in a joint venture with Sun Valley Company, began expanded direct jet air service to Friedman Memorial Airport (located in Hailey, approximately 10 miles south of Lane Ranch) from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. This service ended on March 30, 1990

Horizon Air is the other main carrier into the Sun Valley area offering direct turbo prop flights from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Boise. Also, most national air carriers serve Sun Valley's gateway cities of Salt Lake City, Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. Shuttle air and bus service to Sun Valley is available from these gateway cities.

The facelift. transportation blitz, and cooperative areawide marketing appear to be doing what they were intended to: bring additional tourists to the resort area during the ski season. More skiers came to ride the new quad chairlifts. And once they were exposed to the legendary mountain and the Wood River Valley's quality of life, they were hooked and fell madly in love.

Search Homes for Sale in Sun Valley

 
Posted by tlangford at 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
Comments (0)
No comments yet, login to post a comment.

Michelle Penick, Build Idaho Client Real Estate Services

Michelle Penick

Idaho REALTOR ®
208.629.0217 | Michelle@FullSailBoise.com
Ask a Question. Schedule a Tour. Make an Offer.

Contact Agent

follow us in feedly

Archive
<July 2019>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
Monthly
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
June 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
October 2005
Current Weblogs
There are no blogs in this Group.
★★★★★ 5 stars - "Our experience with Full Sail/ Build Idaho was great from start to finish! "
 

How may we help you

*Full Name:*Phone Number:*Email Address:
*I'm looking for:MessageSource