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Overall this was a good way to rest the legs and good value for money. We didn’t ride Cold Springs but that too looked like fun. You could spend a day up here and get a lot of downhill on fast smooth trails. You could also ride these trails with family, or with riding partners of different abilities and still have a great time.
Having said that, these trails aren’t very different then the sweet, buff offerings with which the Ketchum/ Sun Valley area is blessed – and perhaps that’s what the resort is striving to achieve for a ride experience. I don’t know if I would come to Sun Valley solely for the lift-served biking at this point in time due to the lack of trail variety but there are so many choices outside the resort for cherry singletrack that this is not really a relevant concern.
From an outsider’s perspective, there’s a tremendous amount of terrain in resort boundaries; and a fair amount of this terrain is of intermediate/beginner variety that lend itself so well to purpose-built mountain bike trails. On Warm Springs, at times I would approach a rounded-off berm or a shaved off series of bumps and itch for opportunities to rail or jump but then remember that this is a multi-use trail for both uphill and downhills. There is potential for purpose-built downhill-only mountain bike trails with more features/stunts in the resort if land use permits allow such construction.
Pano looks back from mid-point of the Warm Springs descent
Sharon descending – the trail drops back into forest and winds its way back to town
PRICING AND HOURS OF OPERATION
A summary of the day’s costs and how to get there is at the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce’s web-site. Some information is also at the Ski Resort’s website which also has more particular information relating to summer trails (including both Warm Springs and Cold Springs)
Life operating Times: 9am-3:15pm
Location: River Run Plaza
Admission: $15 adults, $7 children, $20 all day adults, $10 all day kids
Bald Mountain lift-serviced biking, Sun Valley/Ketchum Idaho. from Lee Lau on Vimeo.