Sun Valley has a long and beautiful history when it comes to experienced guides sharing their mountain savvy with adventurous souls. Florian Hammerle set the tone when he built the Pioneer Cabin in 1937. In 1982, Bob Jonas established Sun Valley Trekking’s guide service and built one of the first hut systems in America. Francie and Joe St Onge bought the company in 2001 and have continued to passionately serve our community with guided access to an extraordinary playground. Now, it’s my great honor to take Sun Valley Trekking’s guide service forward, leading guests into our local mountains for an experience that is sure to fill their hearts and minds with memorable moments.
When the Crist family moved to Sun Valley in 1979, I began to familiarize myself with the surrounding mountains through family outings, school trips and good friends who were equally keen to explore this incredible backyard. Skis, bikes, boats and some good hiking shoes became my preferred modes of backcountry travel.Paddling the Middle Fork and backpacking in the Sawtooth’s are some of my earliest memories of Idaho adventure.These trips taught me a great deal of respect for the mountains here in Idaho and the wonderful culture that thrives beneath.
A mountain landscape so vast and spectacular beckons experienced guides and I’ve been fortunate to work alongside many of these great professionals at Sawtooth Mountain Guides and Sun Valley Heli Ski for the last 15 years. They inspired me to commit myself to the American Mountain Guides Association curriculum, which is a very thorough and worthy education. We now have 5 fully certified AMGA ski guides on our staff. With Sun Valley Trekking expanding beyond the scope of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking, to include mountain biking, it seemed an appropriate time to change the name to Sun Valley Guides.
Aside from a new name, a fresh logo and our new Main Street location, little else has changed. A few local professionals have been added to the roster in an effort to bring even more experience to the team, helping better serve our guests with extraordinary adventures. On any given day, there’s a phenomenal adventure to be had around here. Sun Valley Guides knows right where to find it and just how to serve it. We look forward to taking you and your friends out and about for an experience that will fill you up with Idaho joy!