Two-hundred and forty-two days after fire ripped through the Warm Springs Lodge in Ketchum, the Baldy base lodge is ready to relaunch on Saturday, Dec. 15, according to Sun Valley Resort spokeswoman Kelli Lusk.
The opening kicks off a busy Saturday for the resort. At 5:30 p.m., Sun Valley will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony in the village, followed immediately by an open-house unveiling of the remodeled Sun Valley Inn from 6-8 p.m.
“We want to invite people to come in and see everything we’ve done,” Lusk said.
That includes the interior of the Warm Springs day lodge, which was not only rebuilt but also remodeled.
The blaze that crept out of four plastic garbage cans on April 18 gutted the building—and, afterward, afforded architects a chance to take a closer look at how to update its layout.
The doors will open Saturday to 100 more seats, up to 264 from 164. It also has a new bar, moved to open up a view of Lower Warm Springs and the Challenger chairlift.
The menu will receive an update, too. The new lineup features pho, a brothy Vietnamese noodle soup, and an offshoot of Sun Valley’s Konditorei bakery, serving its hallmark coffee and pastries.
But the resort aimed to keep the log structure’s classic mountain character—as well as its traditions—intact.
As always, the cookies will be fresh when the lodge’s famous bell, salvaged from April’s wreckage, rings each day.
They’ll take center stage on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., when Sun Valley’s formal ribbon cutting officially christens the lodge.
Cookies, Lusk said, will abound.