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Sun Valley
Blaine County, Idaho


America's First Ski Resort

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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.


Statistics & Facts

The Idaho state capital is Boise.
The population of Sun Valley is approximately 997 (1994), 1406 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 622 (2010).
The amount of land area in Sun Valley is 24.769 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.018 sq kilometers.
The distance from Sun Valley to Washington DC is 2074 miles.
The distance to the Idaho state capital is 100 miles. (as the crow flies)
Sun Valley is positioned 43.68 degrees north of the equator and 114.32 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Sun Valley elevation is 5,750 feet, dwarfed by the ski mountain, Baldy, at 9,150 feet above sea level.
Sun Valley per capita income is $ 30,300.
Sun Valley median income is $ 31,199.
Sun Valley average annual precipitation is 15 inches peryear.
Sun Valley average annual snowfall is 150 inches per year.
Sun Valley average annual humidity is 30
The average winter temperature is 23 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78 degrees F.


in central Idaho, the Wood River Valley is located in Blaine County, at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests. Here is a map page for the area.
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mountain desert
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History & History Related Items

The Guyer Hot Springs Resort, on Warm Springs Road, helped make Ketchum famous by the late 1800's. The Resort combined with the mining operations here, caused many to visit the area at that time.

By 1936, with the slowdown in mining, there were only about 100 year-round residents in Ketchum. In January of '36, Count Felix Schaffgosch came into the valley. He had been hired by the Union Pacific Chairman, Averell Harriman, to find a "perfect spot" for a ski resort. It didn't take more than a couple of days for the County to decide on this spot for the resort. He wired Harriman:
"Among the many attractive spots I have visited, this combines the more delightful features of any place I have seen in the United States, Switzerland, or Austria for a winter ski resort." In less than a year, the luxurious Sun Valley Resort was completed and the doors were open to international publicity. The Sun Valley /Ketchum area was on the map. Among those who "fell in love" with Sun Valley were: Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman and many others. It was here that Hemingway finished his book, "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
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Sun Valley is a true resort town. It was built to look like a European alpine village. The town offers year-round recreation with skiing, skating, sleigh riding, rafting, hiking and much more.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts
The Center is a non-profit arts education organization that is committed to providing high quality educational and culture programming that challenges, engages and stimulates our community. We offer programs on the visual arts, performing arts, and humanities.
191 5th Street East
Ketchum, ID 83340
Mailing Address
Box 656
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Phone: (208) 726-9491
Fax: (208) 726-2344

Sun Valley Summer Symphony
The largest free admission symphony in the Rockies. The SVSS performs twelve free concerts in early August under the baton of Music Director Alasdair Neale. Prior to the season, the Bronfman Chamber Series runs in late July.
600 North Main St. Suite C-1
Ketchum, ID 83340
Mailing Address
Box 1914
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Phone: (208) 622-5607
Fax: 208-622-9149

What to do here during the Winter? There is more than you could ever have time to do. See this page for a great list
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Sun Valley City Government

Sun Valley City Hall
Dollar & Elcorn Rd
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Phone: 208-622-4438

Sun Valley Police Dept
90 Dollar & Elkhorn Rd
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Phone: 208-622-5345

Sun Valley Chamber

Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitor's Bureau
P.O. Box 2420
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Toll-free: 866-305-0408

Sun Valley Organizations

Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitor's Bureau
P.O. Box 2420
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Toll-free: 866-305-0408 Sun Valley


The population of Sun Valley was:
1980 - 545
1990 - 938
1994 - 997

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