We’re working on our winter plans, but one thing’s for sure – we’ll be open! We are carefully crafting our guidelines to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all involved, but we look forward to seeing you. We will be in touch as soon as we have finalized our operations, and check back here regularly for updates.

Individual Lessons

Whether you are visiting Sun Valley or live in Idaho (locals), Higher Ground offers one-on-one lessons for any level of skier and snowboarder of any ability. Please request a lesson date(s) below. Once submitted, a HG Staff Member will be in contact with you. If you are a veteran visiting Sun Valley with a VA disability rating, you qualify for lessons with Higher Ground.

Half Day Lesson: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Full Day Lesson: 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Lunch not included

Request a Lesson-Visitors Request a Lesson- Locals
Questions? Call us at (208) 726-9298 Ext. 121


Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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Pass-Lease Day

The first step for the ski season as a Idaho resident participating in programs throughout the season. This is the day to receive your pass and equipment. Stop by River Run Lodge first for your pass, then to Sturtevants in Ketchum for your equipment. Please sign up for one of the following days.

October 30, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm
October 31, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm
November 6, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm
November 7, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm
November 13, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm
November 14, 2020 from 9 am - 3:30 pm

Register for Pass-Lease Day

If you are in need of a scholarship, please click on Scholarships and complete all requirements.

Scholarships

Winter Scholarship Documentation required for application:

  • The participant is registered for pass lease day and programs.
  • An official copy of a medical diagnosis, that can be supplemented with a copy of an IEP (Individual Education Plan)
    *504 plans do not qualify unless written referral from a physician or therapist
  • The scholarship form must be FULLY completed.

Scholarship Application Form

Higher Ground Sun Valley (HGSV) scholarships are granted on a needs-based priority system, and NOT guaranteed. Programming demand has increased over the years and, as a result, scholarship funds are limited. Funds for scholarship requests are raised through the giving of our individual donors, foundations, and grants.

If granted, scholarship recipients will be expected to attend all scheduled programming based on individual registration; should cancellations occur within 72 hours of a lesson, or there is failure to show up for a lesson, your scholarship status may be affected and/or revoked.

Scholarship requests will be considered on an anonymous basis by HGSV scholarship committee.

Sessions

One session consists of three individual lessons for 2.5 hours over the course of a month. Sessions are held on Saturday and Sunday in the morning: 10 am-12:30 pm or afternoon: 1:30-4 pm and run all week long.

Session 1: Saturday, Jan 9, 23, 30 Sunday, Jan 10, 24, 31
Session 2: Saturday, Feb 6, 20, 27 Sunday, Feb 7, 21, 28
Session 3: Saturday, Mar 6, 13, 20 Sunday, March 7, 14, 21

Register


Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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HG & CAF Adaptive Ski Camp

Higher Ground, Challenge Athletes Foundation Idaho and Coyote Prosthetics have partnered to run a 3-day adaptive ski program for 3-Track, Monoski, and Biskiers. Join us for a wonderful weekend of skiing!

Who- Idaho athletes with arm or leg amputations and 1 family member or friend included at no cost.
Cost- Free
Lodging- Sun Valley Inn
Skiing- Dollar Mountain & Bald Mountain.

Dates: To Be Announced

You will need to create a login on Higher Ground Mindbody page to register. Event is under the local program tag on our Mind Body page.

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Big Mountain Club

Big Mountain Club is an invite-only team for those shredders ripping around Baldy and ready to socialize with their peers. Club meets nine Sunday's throughout the season from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

January 10, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

HG Snowsports Teams

Higher Ground provides team practices for individuals with cognitive disabilities. In the winter HG provides alpine skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

HG Alpine & Board Team

Practice skiing/boarding through gates at Dollar Mountain. Transportation provided to practice from school and from practice to BCRD/Community Campus. Teams broken down by age- Wednesday consists of people 8 years old through middle school and Friday of high school and older.

WED: January 15-March 11
FRI: January 17- March 13
2-4 pm | Dollar Mountain

Register

HG Nordic & Snowshoe Team

Build up endurance in an inclusive environment while Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.

SAT: January 18- March 14
9:00 - 11:30 am | Quigley Canyon, Hailey
*Practice as snow permits

Register

Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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Paralympic Youth Camp

Paralympic Youth Camp provides a 3-day week of adaptive skiing for kids and teens with physical disabilities. Contact Mose at Mose@highergroundusa.org with questions.

Date: To Be Announced

Register

Back Country Camp

This camp is 100% weather dependent! #prayforsnow. Dates for the 2021 back country camp are TBD. Check back soon!

Contact Mose Duchano with any questions. (208)726-9298 Ext. 104 or Mose@highergroundusa.org

Idaho Veteran Ski Group

Join us for weekly rides at Baldy. Occurs Saturday mornings. Meet at River Run Lodge at 10 am.


Contact Jeff Burley with any questions at 208.726.9298 Ext. 113 or Jeff@highergroundusa.org

Veteran Week-long Snowsports Programs

Snowsports include alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Qualifying veterans from any era show symptoms of TBI, PTSD, MST, and/or Polytrauma. If you are interested in attending a program, please apply. Selections are prioritized based on registration date.


HG 12/20 SS: December 13-19 Snowsports Couples Programs for Male/Female Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 1/21 SS: January 3-9 Snowsports Couples Programs for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 1/21 BA: January 26-30 Biathlon for Male Veterans and Supporters Sun Valley, ID
HG 2/21 SS: February 21-27 Snowsports Programs for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 3/21 BA: March 14-20 Biathlon Couples Program for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID

Apply


Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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Nordic Skiing

Learn to Nordic ski along the trails in the valley. For lessons contact Cara Barrett at 208.726.9298 Ext. 108




Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind

Higher Ground has many partners including Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind. Students in Elementary School come to Sun Valley from Gooding, ID for a long weekend of skiing at Dollar, snowshoeing at Galena, rock climbing and swimming at the YMCA.

January 24-26: Adventure Club
February 7-9: Blind/VI Ski Club
February 10, 11, 12: Ski School Days
March 3-4: Mini Adventure Club
March 6-8: Adventure Club
March 9, 10, 11: Ski School Days



Interested in volunteering for this program? Sign up or contact Elyse Smidinger at (301) 821-5213 or Elyse@highergroundusa.org.

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