You can head straight to Sun Valley Central by taking the River Run quad to Lookout Express. Combined, the two high-speed quads get you to the summit¿at 9,150 feet¿in 15 minutes. Warm up on Upper College, where good grooming and light are all but guaranteed. Halfway down, detour to Mid River Run, a classically dished Sun Valley slope that invites you to swoop off its banks.
Board Lookout again to experience the essence of Sun Valley: Warm Springs Run and its 3,400 feet of uninterrupted vertical.
From here, Challenger can whisk you back to Lookout, but long runs, high speeds and short liftlines demand you pace yourself. Take a five-minute side trip up Greyhawk, exit right and explore the race arena.
If your legs are up to it, hammer on Limelight, another Valley classic with relentless sidehill pitch. Or take on Exhibition, one of the world's lauded bump runs. For a breather, ski the gladed mogul fields off Frenchman's, and be sure not to miss Janss Pass.
Late morning is the perfect time to explore the series of bowls that arc toward Seattle Ridge. Christmas Ridge to Broadway Face are two favorites. Watch the locals¿they'll show you the best exposures and snow. When your energy starts to wane, head to Seattle Ridge Day Lodge for a lunch heavy on views and comfort.
Get the juices flowing again on the mellow runs off Seattle Ridge Chair. A good option is Lower Broadway to the Cold Springs Cutoff back to the main action. If there's good cover, check out Sunnyside Bowl.
My bet is you'll burn out early. Your way home might be Ridge to Olympic Lane to Olympic Ridge. If you need a final challenge, take Olympic itself. Then go soak in The Lodge pool. You'll need it¿the blue runs at Sun Valley are probably more like the black-diamond runs at your hometown hill. ¿S.C.
Almanac: Sun Valley, ID
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