Thanks to the many lodging and dining options in historic mining-era town, Ketchum—adjacent to Sun Valley—someone on a budget can enjoy this Idaho ski vacation. In fact, the vast majority of Sun Valley lodging options are geared toward the financially conscious. Plus, the Redmond Airport is just 15 miles away, which keeps travel costs low.
If price point and convenience are high on your Sun Valley budget ski vacation, then the Best Western Tyrolean Lodge and Cottonwood Condominiums will please. The Best Western property is located at the base of Mount Baldy—the barren mountain tops from multiple forest fires that is a popular expert zone—and a short walk to the River Run chairlift, and all of Ketchum’s best restaurants, shops and nightlife. Conveniently located near the Sun Valley ice rink and the Sun Valley Lodge, Cottonwood Condominiums, are a great option for families and large groups on a budget. Plus the complex is serviced by The Cottonwood complex is serviced by the free Mountain Ride bus system affording easy access to Ketchum and all other areas of the resort. Some of the Cottonwood Condos have access to Sun Valley Lodge and Inn amenities such as outdoor hot tubs and the Olympic pool to name a few.
As the local’s favorite for cheap, good eats since 1978 you can bet a visit to Grumpy’s at least once (just try staying away) is worth it. Grumpy’s, on Warm Spring Road, is a down-to-earth joint to grab an affordable and unforgettable burger and beer. If you’re tastes and wallet gravitate to American classics, stop by Irving’s Red Hots for Chicago-style hot dogs. And if you’re looking for an affordable sit-down affair, head to Lefty’s Bar and Grill, which serves up locally and nationally loved subs, salads, hand-cut fries, burgers and fresh salads.