What's New in Sun Valley Idaho This Winter

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New air service, the longest super pipe in North America, new restaurants and more highlight a great winter that is about to get under way in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Sun Valley is always changing with the seasons. It’s remote yet reasonably easily accessed home in the south-central mountains of Idaho brings a host of new and offerings and highlights for the coming winter of 2013-14.

Air Service:
United Non-Stop from SFO: Starting December 12, 2013 passengers may travel non-stop between San Francisco (SFO) and Sun Valley. This non-stop connection joins Alaskan Air’s non-stops from Seattle (SEA) and Los Angeles (LAX) as well as non-stop connection service out of Salt Lake City (SLC).

On Mountain:
North America’s Longest SuperPipe: Continuing the project to turn Dollar Mountain into a terrain park paradise for young and old Sun Valley will be shaping a 620 foot long 22 foot radius half pipe that sets the bar for all other resorts in this category. Expect US and international Olympic hopefuls to be training on it in preparation for Sochi, Russia.

Terrain Based Snow School: Taking knowledge from terrain park construction Sun Valley Snowsports School is rolling out a terrain based learning program which uses snow shaping and learning area construction to enable easier and quicker learning of ski/snowboard fundamentals.

Food:
Velocio Café: Setting up on a prominent corner storefront location in downtown Ketchum, Velocio brings a bit of downtown San Francisco to Sun Valley. Done with a nod to modern industrial design and an underlying outdoor/bicycle theme Velocio serves not only an amazing variety of cups of Intellegentsia Coffee but a full array of home baked paleo and gluten free goods as well as traditional favorites complimented by a wine and beer bar.

Thai Cuisine: Bringing the taste of authentic Thai cooking to Sun Valley Thai Cuisine is about as close as you can get to the real thing without leaving the United States. A tight cozy little space that seats approxoimately a dozen customers at tables and another half dozen at the bar, it’s a great place to settle in and get treated to an amazing variety of flavors and styles of Thai cuisine.

Haven Food Truck: The food truck movement has come to the valley with the Haven Food Truck, a lime green and hard to miss mini-school bus set up with a complete commercial kitchen. Serving a variety of eclectic dishes and go to favorites that play on flavors and styles of cooking combining Asian, Pacific Rim with Southwestern foods into amazing lunch and late afternoon fare the Haven is not to be missed.

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