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VIDEO: Ho Ho Handrails Holiday Rail Jam

This is a video of the first rail jam of the season this past Friday at Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley Idaho.

Thanks to the Sun Valley Resort we can share this video.

Blue Skies – Velvet Runs – Today’s Lookout Cam Photo

Click photo to see live streaming webcam on top of Baldy in Sun Valley Iaho

Click photo to see live streaming webcam on top of Baldy in Sun Valley Iaho

Today: Snow Likely, High 24

Tonight… Snow likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

View today’s Sun Valley “Bald Mountain Report

 

MAGAZINE: Sun Valley Guide 2013/2014 Edition

VIDEO: Go Big in Sun Valley Idaho

A Terrain Park Nothing Less Than World Class

Sun Valley’s track record for quality park offerings is taking the high road after receiving coverage in 22 national magazines, hosting 11 major photo shoots and finding our way into Level 1 productions feature film “Eye Trip,” “After Dark”, and “Sunny” – along with Burton featuring Sun Valley shots in “Standing Sideways,” and “13”.

This year, Sun Valley will be right back on it, delivering a new 22 foot superpipe & a brand new cross course along with relationships involving Smith Optics and CandyGrind Apparel. Sun Valley looks forward to its Fourth season ahead with momentum climbing toward the top of the terrain park industry.

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2nd Annual Sun Valley Winter Wonderland Festival,


VIDEO: Holidays in “Sun Valley”

 

Just a few of the activities now in full swing for the holidays in Sun Valley Idaho

Survey: Tight Inventory Tops Winter Home Buyers’ Challenges

Home buyers unable to find a home earlier this year are taking to the market this winter despite the colder weather and limited inventory, according to realtor.com’s Winter Home Buyer Report.

More than 1,300 people looking to buy a home during the winter months told realtor.com that lingering conditions from the past home-buying season, including inventory challenges and all-cash offers, continue to set the tone for them as they enter the winter season.

Holiday Buyer Survey

“This summer and spring home-buying season was particularly challenging for buyers, especially first-time home buyers trying to compete with all-cash offers and bidding wars because of reduced inventory,” said Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications at realtor.com. “In fact, a quarter of the winter home buyers revealed they are in the market now because they were unable to find a home during this last home-buying season.”

While the majority of winter home buyers describe themselves as relocation buyers, downsizers are also a large portion of those looking to buy a house in the next four months, according to the report.

There are advantages to looking for a home in the winter, Schwartz said.

“Motivated sellers, better prices and less competition between buyers are some of the top reasons winter home buyers are interested in purchasing a home during the colder months of the year,” she said.

Here are more highlights from the Winter Home Buyer Report:

Biggest challenges when searching for a home during winter:

  • 45 percent of respondents said there is not enough inventory within price range;
  • 34 percent said there is not enough inventory on the market;
  • 29 percent said winter weather makes house hunting unpleasant;
  • 7 percent said there are too many buyers in the market.

Top reasons consumers are looking to buy a home in winter:

  • 26 percent of respondents said sellers are more motivated to sell and willing to negotiate;
  • 24 percent said they think home prices will be better;
  • 24 percent said they were unable to buy a house during spring or summer;
  • 20 percent said they think there will be less competition between buyers.

The current purchase status of those surveyed includes the following:

  • 28 percent of respondents said they are relocation buyers;
  • 19 percent said they are existing homeowners downsizing to a smaller or less expensive home;
  • 19 percent said they are first-time home buyers;
  • 15 percent said they are current homeowners moving up to a bigger or more expensive home.

Amount of cash winter home buyers are planning to use for their down payment:

  • 13 percent of buyers are planning to put down 3.5 percent cash (United States Federal Housing Administration loan);
  • 23 percent are planning to put down 10 to 20 percent cash;
  • 22 percent are planning to put down 21 to 99 percent cash;
  • 19 percent are planning to put down 100 percent cash.

Of those planning to use all cash, the respondents fall into the following categories:

  • 29 percent of respondents are downsizing to a smaller or less expensive home;
  • 26 percent are relocation buyers;
  • 11 percent are moving up to a bigger or more expensive home;
  • 11 percent are buying a vacation home.

Source: National Association of Realtors

Fresh Snow, Velvet Runs & Sunshine

There’s a reason Sun Valley has been and iconic ski resort for decades.

Baldy's Lookout Cam, Sun Valley Idaho

If you’re looking for the world’s best ski mountain, you just may have found it  in Baldy.

What makes up a perfect ski day? First a mountain with perfect pitch, consistent vertical from its 9,150 ft. peak down to the  5,750 ft. base. No flats, no plateaus – all downhill on a variety of slopes rated to your liking and ability.

There’s a place for crowds but it’s not on a pristine ski slope. Sun Valley’s lift capacity is 29,717 skiers/riders per hour and the average skier day is only 3,000. Lift service is waiting on you – you’re not waiting in long lines.

Sun Valley was aptly named because its brilliant sun shines 80 percent of the ski season in an azur blue sky. After all, it was “winter sports under a summer sun” that put Sun Valley on the map nearly 75 years ago.

And since that time, Sun Valley has continued adding mountain amenities to take the winter  vacation to all new heights. New on the scene is the Roundhouse Gondola and launching of the new  Dollar Mountain Terrain Park – soon to be another world class act in Sun Valley.

Click to see today’s mountain views in real time compliments of Sun Valley Resort.

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Video: 78th Winter Season Opening Day


Sun Valley’s 78th ski season is now underway with skiing and riding on Baldy and Dollar. New terrain will open as conditions permit. Dollar Mountain will remain open through December 1st, then re-open for the season on December 14th. With the holiday season upon us, the Sun Valley Village will be alive with winter activities, shopping and special dining options. For updated snow conditions call 800-635-4150 or go to the Sun Valley mountain reports page.