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Brundage

Snowcat skiing and a wide-open boundary policy.
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Brundage 2011

With an open-bounday policy and 19,000 acres of cat-skiing just out the back door, Brundage Mountain Resort quietly rules central Idaho. On the map, you'll find Hidden Valley, an ungroomed playground that feeds into a large powder bowl with jib hits. What's not on the trail map: Naughty Girl, a swath of rewarding powder stashes that loops beyond the resort's south side and is named for the sassy mountain employee who found it.

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Sun Valley has a wealth of restaurants, both fine dining for a romantic date and casual family-friendly hotspots.  To play it fancy, visit the Lodge Dining Room.  For a hearty prime rib, go to the Pioneer Saloon.  Look no further than Il Naso for an urban Italian experience.  To spend quality time with your family overlooking the ice rink, head to Gretchen's.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley’s terrain—ranging from high-speed rippers to wide-open bowls—never gets old.

Bald Mountain’s shady north face is named after the hot springs-fed creek that runs through the base area. The signature run, Warm Springs, is one of the classic groomer descents in the country. If you can’t have fun on Warm Springs, you need a fresh tune and a ski lesson. This is not the place to slide a turn or suck at skiing. Few things compare to over 3,000 vertical feet of high-speed GS turns down this alley. Your legs will tremble and your lips will quiver with a strange mix of terror, excitement, and exhaustion. Warm Springs will make you remember that like powder, carving is pretty damn exhilarating. Plus, if you luck out with a fat storm with southwest flow, The Burn, the sidecountry zone created by the 2007 Castle Rock wildfire just off Warm Spring’s western boundary, is some of the best powder skiing in the country.

Secrets to Skiing Sun Valley

It’s a simple existence in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ski, party, repeat. But combine a demanding mountain with celebrity sightings and seemingly bottomless schooners of beer, and spending time at America’s most storied ski resort is anything but easy. Here’s a guide to doing it right.

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10 Not-to-miss Ski Town Music Fests

While many ski towns and ski resorts are laying low, quietly waiting for another winter, plenty of others are turning the volume all the way up with all sorts of kickass music festivals this summer. These 10 are amongst the very best.

450 miles of singletrack await you just outside the door of Sun Valley’s Coyote yurt. Having the yurt as a base camp, rather than touring between yurts, makes this trip friendly for groups with a variety of skill levels; kids and the less intense bikers can take a day off or cruise the easy trails for a few hours while the fanatics can stay out all day. And with a guide to lead you, every mile can be tailored to your specific ability level and interests. The yurt itself features stunning views of Boulder and Pioneer Mountains, which are best enjoyed while sipping a cold beverage on the sundeck after a grueling day on the trail. -       $230 per person per day (includes guide, yurt rental, food and transport) -       Yurt Capacity: 12 -       See svtrek.com for more info

Singletrack Huts

Hut-to-hut touring is well known in the world of backcountry skiing. But more and more of these mountain refuges are opening their trail systems to mountain bikers in the summer months. So why not trade in your skins for wheels, and deep powder for single track?

Idaho cashed in this past week, with Silver Mountain getting 4" this past week and other resorts receiving even more.Photo Courtesy of Silver Mountain

Silver Mountain

With only 20 percent of the mountain geared toward beginners, Silver Mountain is your own private, snow-shellacked Idaho.

10. Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Schweitzer Mountain

Go before everyone else discovers Schweitzer’s 6,400-foot-high Selkirk spine and 1,200 acres of tamarack glades and curvy bowls.