It’s not tacky, dated sweater fashion that’s being celebrated when Sun Valley is hailed as “Nordic Town USA.” This is some of the best and definitely most immaculately groomed Nordic ski terrain in the US.
With 200 km+/- of networked trails, linking the south valley to the north as well as several spur Nordic track networks, it's one of the most expansive and convenient trail systems anywhere.
Sun Valley is such a (freakishly aerobic) Nordic mecca that the US Olympic Committee designated it the country's first Nordic Olympic Training Site and Paralympic Training Site for the world's best athletes.
Need gear, lessons, a shoulder to cry on? We've got a wide-ranging line-up of specialty retailers and XC skiing fanatics who offer rentals, instruction, guided tours and other activities at Galena Lodge and the Sun Valley Nordic Center.
You can Nordic ski out your door from anywhere in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District’s (BCRD) 160 km network of trails throughout the Wood River Valley, including the free 30km Wood River Trail and the pass-accessed North Valley Trails, Croy Nordic and Alturas Lake systems.
Want to immerse yourself in a cold bath of all things Nordic? Check out the Sun Valley Nordic Festival, the coming together of an unashamed cult of the skinny ski at the end of January each winter.
And if maneuvering with a slightly larger footprint is your preferred way to travel on snow, there’s always snowshoeing on dedicated trails and across the great white landscape.
Blaine County Recreation District
The BCRD manages the historic Galena Lodge and it's surrounding 50 km of groomed Nordic trails in the winter. In addition, they groom a total of 160 km of trails spanning much of the Wood River Valley. Check out their trail map for insights on what is available and what has been groomed.
Sun Valley Resort
Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Our trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.
In the winter, Galena Lodge provides a warm and inviting home base for skiers and snowshoers to enjoy between forays into the winter wonderland. BCRD maintains and grooms over 50 km of groomed Nordic trails surrounding the lodge and 25 km of packed snowshoe trails.
More Nordic Shops
Backwoods Mountain Sports is an outdoor shop run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
Sun Valley Nordic Festival
All this progress has created a sterling Nordic skiing experience in the Wood River Valley and that brings us to the latest chapter in this ongoing saga. As much as we would like to we just can’t keep all this to ourselves. In the spring of 2009 an unlikely group of conspirators sat down and invented one more thing to clutter up our calendars. The Sun Valley Nordic Festival was born to try and tell the world what they were missing by not coming to Sun Valley to ski the nearly infinite kilometers of trails from Stanley to Galena to Lake Creek to Sun Valley to Quigley. It worked out great, the festival is everything Nordic and then some, highlighting the great opportunities and the world famous Boulder Mountain Tour.