Our Idaho Backyard


It’s not just about the skiing in Sun Valley. Renowned as one of the world’s best ski resorts (most recently being named the West’s second best ski area by SKI Magazine), the magic of living in Sun Valley does not end on the snow. It’s all about the mountains here, so get ready! Located in the heart of Idaho, this thriving mountain town boasts beautiful scenery, top-notch mountain biking, gourmet restaurants, art galleries, a world-class symphony and an endless amount of rivers to fish, raft, canoe, kayak and tube in.

If that’s not enough to entice you, take a hike on one of the hundreds of trails in the Sawtooth Mountains, where camping, and a love of the great outdoors are what matters. As a boarding student, living in Sun Valley is a life-changing experience, not to mention an incredible place to visit as a parent! Oh wait…did we mention the fun festivals (yes we are home of the world famous and totally unique Trailing of the Sheep Festival,) concerts, shopping, and family activities? We could go on forever….

It’s unanimous: our residential students love living in the Wood River Valley, and embrace mountain town living. Whether it is the freedom to ride their bicycles to school or the option to take the bus nearly everywhere they want to go, or becoming an important and valued community member, our skiers and snowboarders truly appreciate the opportunity to live here.

If you are interested in the Sun Valley Ski Academy, plan a visit. It’s that easy. Let us show you around so you can see and experience for yourself what makes us so unique. Still not sold? Take a look at “Our Backyard”, a video that highlights the outdoor playground that we call home.