We traded our 5-star timeshare for this place in Ketchum. DAE Live provided the exchange, stating that condo assignment would be done at check-in. After a 15 hour drive, we checked in at the Tamarack Lodge, a few minutes away.
There are many buildings in this complex; the depicted photos used are false for a timeshare exchange.
Our (studio) unit was on the ground floor next to the building’s entry door and bike racks, and the closest unit to indoor ski racks.. We immediately drove back to the Tamarack to request a unit change, but were denied, being told that our exchange company had requested this unit.
A call placed to our exchange company was a waste of time and only reiterated what we already knew. The Tamarack Resort desk clerk’s only concern was whether we wanted to keep the key or hand it in. We suspect that unit numbers are purposely not given so as to avoid issues such as this.
Window blinds in the unit had to stay closed because of people gawking, kids congregating, and lack of privacy. The unit was tiny, dark and oppressive. There was a Queen bed that could be accessed from one side only, a good-sized bathroom, a pullout couch, plus TV & DVD player. A small table and two chairs sufficed for our in-house chowdowns.
There was a little two-chair deck off the slider, positioned next to the
building's entry door and bike rack. Who would want to sit here just a few feet away from the entrypath and bike racks? Perhaps if you lived in a subway station you would find this thrilling.
This building is next to the roadway, where a free commuter bus runs every hour . Midweek linen exchange is not provided, and there is no security, so if you have a concern (i.e., barking dogs at night) you can call a voicemail number and leave a message. Even without linen exchange, we had plenty of stocked towels for the two of us.
There is a swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, golf course and a well-stocked market on the grounds. The restaurant was open for business only on Friday & Saturday evenings, so we never had the chance to go.
Ketchum however, is a great town and only a five minute drive from the condo. Ketchum has one extremely well-stocked independent grocer, and a few good restaurants. Would highly recommend the Ketchum Grill and Sawtooth Club, to name a few. Sometimes you can get prepaid discount gift cards for these restaurants. It's a great town for touring on a bicycle. There are lots of great wilderness hikes within an hour of Ketchum; also not too far to drive to some good-sized lakes for boating and fishing. Very pretty area.
This resort is walking distance to Dollar Mountain for beginner skiing, which
has 3 lifts. Most ski Bald Mountain (Baldy) which is a 10 minute drive from
the condo and has enough expert runs to keep you inspired.
There are plenty of other condos in the area. All in all, our condo at the Elkhorn Resort was an extremely disheartening experience and considering our HOA, maintenance and taxes we already pay to our home resort, this was by far the cheesiest place we’ve ever stayed and a very poor exchange. Would NOT recommend Elkhorn Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elkhorn is located about two miles from down town Ketchum in the hills above Sun Valley Resort. We offer over In both winter and summer the views are expansive and lovely. All of our properties have access to swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis at the Elkhorn Club House as well as the Harker Center. Many complexes have their own pool and or hot tub on site. Just three miles from the ski lifts on Bald Mountain, this is the area for the best deals in the winter months. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Elkhorn Hotel Sun Valley
- The Elkhorn Resort Sun Valley, Idaho