Sun Valley used to only be know as a great place to go for cross-country mountain biking. While there are hundreds of miles of xc bike trails to be found both on the resort and throughout the surrounding forest service lands, Sun Valley is fast becoming a destination for downhill mtb riding as well.
Here's an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Idaho Mountain Expressrecently, talking about the developments happening at Sun Valley regarding gravity riding...
In January, 2012, the company submitted a proposal to build new trails on the River Run side of Bald Mountain to the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Julian Tyo, who is heading up the resort’s bike trail efforts, says the proposed trails would “hour-glass around the Roundhouse Restaurant, halfway up the mountain.” These would be machine-built, uni-directional “flow trails” which, Tyo says, if built right, would have a modest gradient—3%-5%—and with lots of gradient reversals that would not require a lot of braking or pedaling. “They might be classified as ‘green’ runs (beginner level) but an expert rider would have a great experience on them,” he adds.
Tyo said the trails would be 35 percent novice, 58 percent intermediate and 7 percent expert level. He added that each trail will have a variety of "line choices," or ways for beginners to miss features they don't feel ready for—but might take on during their second or third trip downhill.
Getting to Sun Valley Mountain Resort
From Boise, head east on I-84 41 miles to the second exit for Mountain Home. Turn left on Hwy. 20 (a good spot for rest or refreshments). Continue on Hwy. 20 for 84 miles to the Hwy. 75 junction. Turn left on Hwy. 75 and continue for 25 miles to Main Street in Ketchum. Turn right (east) on Sun Valley Road. The Resort is one mile ahead. Total: 151 miles (2hrs 50mins)
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Sun Valley, ID – When the crew at Idaho's Sun Valley Resort decided to get serious about bringing legitimate downhill mountain biking to the community, they didn't mess around. Promising to deliver one of the biggest mountain bike parks in the country, Sun Valley broke ground last year, utilizing the expertise of IMBA, Gravity Logic, Alpine Bike Parks and Randy Spangler to get things rolling in the right direction. We caught up with Visit Sun Valley recently to check in on things, and here's the story as reported from their blog.
Sun Valley, ID – The 3rd Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Scott Sports returns to Sun Valley June 29 – July 6, 2013 with the Shimano Sun Valley Super Enduro highlighting eight days of races and events geared for anyone who can balance on two wheels. Registration for the Super Enduro began at 8:00 pm MST Wednesday February 13, 2013 and will be capped at 250 racers.
Sun Valley, ID — Revenge was a dish best served on the last day of the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships on Sunday in Ketchum, Idaho. After falling just short in Saturday’s cross-country races presented by Zions Bank, two professional riders ascended to the top step of their respective podiums on Sunday to conclude the event which saw 1,128 unique riders and 1,509 race starts through four days of competition.
If you are into downhill mountain biking even slightly you will be severely disappointed with what Sun Valley has to offer. They really only have one flow trail and it's horrible; too many switchbacks, really tight radius berms, way too much flat and uphill for a flow trail, and absolutely no jumps (more like lots of ridiculous speed bumps). The one trail from the top of the mountain to the bottom leaves you on the opposite side of the mountain from the lift ( about a three mile pedal through town to get back to the lift). Not to mention that trail is used by cross country riders pedaling up the hill and hikers with their dogs! If you like downhilling and are in the southern Idaho area you'd be much better off going to Targhee, Jackson, Brundage, or even Boise (as they have a park West of downtown.