Ketchum, Sun Valley skyrocket after slow start to 2020!
Home sales are up in the Wood River Valley as city dwellers looking to relocate to a more sparsely populated place flock to the Sun Valley area, local real estate agents say.
The number of home sales pending in Blaine County in the first three weeks of June was 75 percent higher than it was at the same time last year, data from the Sun Valley Board of Realtors shows, after a drop in sales following COVID-19’s arrival in Idaho. As the number of new cases in Blaine County has flattened and Idaho businesses have reopened, local real estate brokers say they are now seeing an unusually high demand for land and homes, especially in the northern part of the valley.
Ketchum has seen the largest boom, with 34 sales pending between June 1 and June 23—a 277 percent increase from the same timeframe in 2019. Sun Valley saw a 90 percent increase in pending sales, with 19 homes under contract, and Hailey experienced a 36 percent increase from last year.
Sun Valley, known for its spectacular ski resorts, has so much more to offer than downhill. If your ambition is to be one with nature and experience the active Wild West backcountry life, then a visit to Sun Valley needs to be on your travel agenda. In addition to skiing, backcountry fun is what put Sun Valley on the map. Here are some excellent things to do, even if you’re not in the mood for the slopes.
Hiking Trails Bring Nature Front And Center- Sun Valley has hiking trails that will suit anyone’s physical fitness and abilities.
Paragliding For A Bird’s- Eye View-If you have ever wanted to fly like a bird, paragliding is the next best thing.
Casting For Fish-The tug is the drug. It’s the mantra of anglers worldwide.
Garden Walks- Offers wildflower walks throughout the spring and summer months.
On- And Off-Trail Snowmobiling- The exhilarating rush of zipping along a snow-covered trail surrounded by woodland scenery will remind you why you are on vacation.
Sports Target Shooting- Wide-open spaces give you ample room to learn or practice your marksmanship skills.
Birding- Grab your camera and binoculars for a hike.
Zen Spa Treatments-Skiing or no skiing, taking care of yourself is a wonderful gift.
Camp In A Yurt-This is certainly something you can humble-brag about.
Eating In Sun Valley-There are a multitude of options for dining in Sun Valley, and from luxurious fine dining to brewpubs, you will surely find a great spot!
Thursday, February 27th – Saturday, February 29th
A reimagined classical music experience
Experience a transformed performance space in the Argyros, into an intimate setting for classical music complete with:
- Eclectic musical selections
- Unconventional seating
- Unique staging
- Atmospheric lighting
- An ever-shifting soundscape
Evening-length programming, including:
- Three acts, each around 30 minutes
- Two 20-minute intermissions
- An in-theater bar with wine, beer, and light bites available for purchase
What is the Festival’s Winter Season?
A new, reimagined classical music experience…and so much more! Here’s a taste from last year’s season.
Thanksgiving Package | November 26 – December 1, 2019
Make Sun Valley a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Join us for the opening day of the season, then enjoy a spectacular buffet with all of the traditional favorites, along with innovative twists on classic holiday dishes at the Sun Valley Inn.
Lodging rates at the Sun Valley Lodge start at $335/night and Sun Valley Inn start at $265/night Lift tickets are $59 for a three-day adult; $35 for a three-day child, and kids under 12 years old ski for free! Thanksgiving buffet tickets are $73 per adult, $50 per child, and kids under 3 years old eat for free! Offer Valid | November 26 – December 1, 2019
Our very own Rachel Wolfe and her boys…6-year-old boy is the youngest ever to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks
KETCHUM, Idaho (CBS 2) — Cody Lloyd of Ketchum is just 6 years old. And he’s already setting records in Idaho’s mountains.The 6-year-old, along with his older brother, Thijs, (who’s a whopping 8 years old by the way) have successfully climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks. What can take many Idaho outdoor enthusiasts months and even years, these youngsters finished the challenge in just a few weeks.
According to IdahoSummits.com, which tracks mountain climbers who have summited Borah, Leatherman, Church, Diamond, Breitenbach, Lost River, Idaho, Donaldson and Hyndman, Cody is the youngest ever. “We just started with the easiest one,” their father, David Lloyd told CBS 2 this week. “I thought we’d get one, maybe two and it would get out of their system but one weekend just came after the next and they were just motivated.”
October in Sun Valley, Idaho is many things to many people. We know it’s cooler days and colder nights in anticipation of winter’s first snowfall. We know Idaho’s Aspens are inching their way from a mellow green to a fiery orange and vivid gold. We enjoy a mixture of late season hikes balanced with cords of wood next to the front door. October is all about apple cider, wool throws, and sitting by the fire with a classic Hemingway novel. You get the picture. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, if you are a fan of jazz, there is more to Idaho’s October than meets the eye – or ear….
FRI, AUG 9TH – MON, AUG 12TH
This summer we celebrate the 51st edition of the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival. Join us in beautiful Atkinson Park in downtown Ketchum as we welcome 130 professional artists and craftspeople to the Wood River Valley. This festival is a juried, outdoor, fine arts and crafts show that is completely free and open to the public. This event typically has food trucks, artist demonstrations, music and a kids’ activity area. The rigourous jury process used to select artists and craftspeople to exhibit their work ensures the residents and visitors to the show will see truly exceptional work in all different categories. According to the Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook, the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival in 2018 ranked #4 in the country for Fine Crafts sales and #20 in the country for Fine Arts sales.
Plan your visit to Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and the Wood River Valley to conincide with the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Fesitval to see for yourself what makes this such a special event!
Forbes, April 4th, 2018
Sun Valley in Idaho offers just about everything an outdoor enthusiast might dream of doing in one location. Skiers and snowboarders relish its more than 2,000 skiable acres and 40 kilometers of cross-country tracks. But don’t discount its warm-weather outdoor activities, as droves of people come here for hiking, mountain biking, golf, fishing, shooting and horseback riding, as the summer season has surpassed the winter season as the busiest time of year at the resort. And that’s just the beginning.
A resort for all seasons.
Indeed, Sun Valley is a year-round destination that benefits from a high mountain desert climate, low humidity and sunny skies for 80 percent of the year. The average daily high temperature during its coldest season, between mid-November and late February, is a comfortable 32°F, while the average temperature during the summer months is an enviable 81°F.
“The old saying here,” explains Steve Haims, who has lived in the area since 1978 and is employed by Sun Valley as its Director of Nordic Sports, “is that people come for the winter and stay for the summer.”
It is easy to understand why.