Sun Valley oozes history. In 1936, it debuted the world’s first chairlift and became a full-fledged destination resort, drawing visitors like Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, and Louis Armstrong. And in 1946, Warren Miller started making ski movies there. Today, Sun Valley’s the home of ski-film stars Zach and Reggie Crist and the premier heli-ski outfitter in Idaho. But the real reason it’s a resort for the ages: Sun Valley’s terrain—ranging from high-speed rippers to wide-open bowls—never gets old.
Jackson Hole, with its storied red tram, and huge vertical and cliffs has a reputation as an icon of skiing the world over. But at its heart, Jackson is just like every ski town, with local ins and outs that make life easier (and better). Here’s a few tips to optimize the experience.