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How to Beat Cabin Fever in Sun Valley

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Jesse Ambrogio-Yanson

cab·in fe·ver:

noun. Anxiety, tension and irritability caused by spending a prolonged period of time indoors, or in a confined area. Prevalent during the late months of fall, it is often triggered by changing seasons and exacerbated by inclement weather.

When the weather is too cold to recreate outdoors and not yet snowy enough to ski, cabin fever can challenge Sun Valley residents and visitors alike. Beat the shoulder-season blues with this holistic guide to mind, body and soul-filled wellness.


Zen Out

Step through Zenergy’s front doors and instantly feel healthier and more at ease. This 50,000 square-foot, award-winning spa and health club is one of the finest in the country. Book a massage at Zenergy and receive a complimentary day pass to the rest of the facility including the gym, fitness classes, Himalayan Sea Salt saunas, eucalyptus steam room, salt-water outdoor pools and hot tub. Go ahead and treat yourself.


Zenergy Spa - Sun Valley, Idaho


Pump it Up

Bored with the monotony of your usual gym routine? The fast-paced circuit workouts at Angela’s are streamlined to change your body one station at a time. Expect sweat-inducing cardio and strength training that will whip you into shape for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.


When dreary weather keeps you from the trails, run your way into shape with a workout at The Mill, Sun Valley’s first personal training and run studio. Featuring intervals, hills and complimentary exercises, The Mill offers a full-body workout for all levels of runners, from the beginner to the hardcore athlete.


Family Fun

Beat the cold and get your blood pumping with a day pass to the Wood River YMCA. A $35 family fee (or $15 per adult) grants you and the kiddos a fun-filled day on the climbing wall, in the bouldering cave, in the lap pool, splash pool and on the slide. Your day pass also gives you access to the YMCA’s traditional workout equipment and classes, enough to exhaust restless energy and invigorate your body.  

Climbing at the Wood River YMCA


Stretch it Out

Guaranteed to make any rainy day feel radiant, stretch it out and tone it up with a yoga class at Gather Yoga Studio. Classes are offered seven days a week and include favorites such as the sweat inducing “Flow ‘til you Glow” and the mid-day pickup, “Lunch Power Flow.” 


Gather Yoga Studio - Ketchum, Idaho


Green Smoothies & Acai Bowls

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Recover from a workout or fuel up to avoid the mid-afternoon slump with fresh, organic foods.


Acai Bowl - Glow - Ketchum, Idaho  Green Smoothie from Glow in Ketchum, Idaho


Glow is a vegan, live food café and health food store in Sun Valley, featuring 100% organic foods. With entrees, juices, soups, smoothies and assortment of superfood desserts, Glow offers just what you need for a little extra boost during the doldrums of fall. Kick off your day with a Green Power Smoothie and an Avocado Toast.


Glow Foods - Ketchum, Idaho


Located in the 511 Building in downtown Ketchum, 5B Fruit is a new local favorite serving up fresh, organic fruit smoothies, juices and bowls. Add a little pep to your step with an Acai bowl, topped with fresh berries, coconut flakes and Chia seeds.


Float Into Relaxation

5B Flotation offers visitors and residents a new, hip avenue to relaxation: an Epsom Salt Float Spa. Seeing a boost in popularity across the country, isolation chambers like this boast benefits such as pain relief, injury recovery, relaxation, depression and anxiety alleviation, as well as overall immune system improvements.

5B Flotation - Ketchum, Idaho


Escape into a Book

Turn the page to adventure and escape foul weather with a good book. Iconoclast in Hailey sells gifts, cards, and hard-to-find books - specifically those illustrating Idaho’s rich history. Browse book club and staff favorites at Chapter One in Ketchum, or check out the Community Library, Sun Valley’s privately funded public library established in 1955. We recommend taking your new read and cozying up at the Wine Company fireplace, with a well-balanced glass of red.


Chapter One Book Store - Ketchum, Idaho


Arts & Crafts

Brush up on your watercolor, figure drawing or story-telling skills with a class or workshop at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Led by recognized artists and experts, these teen-specific and adult classes range in ability levels and are kept small for personalized instruction. Find a schedule of classes and rates on their website:


Sun Valley Center for the Arts Drawing Class

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