Fall Line: Turn and Burn - Ski Mag

Fall Line: Turn and Burn

An out-of-bounds favorite
Sun Valley, Idaho: The Burn

There are a variety of ways to cut a ski trail. Here’s one that’s not highly recommended: a forest fire. One roared through 48,000 acres in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2007, stopping just short of the ski mountain. The resort helped make sure of that, battling the fire with water guns from its snowmaking system. An unintended upside of the forest fire? The Burn, an out-of-bounds favorite due to its unique charred beauty and killer treeskiing. Duck out near the top of International, rage through the trees, then cut back inbounds and hit the Warm Springs base area. Voilà: Lift-accessed wildfire skiing. Just don’t get burned and end up down the wrong drainage. Ski it with a local.


7. Sun Valley, Idaho

The Sun Valley Inn

A historic hotel with a modern update.

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Sun Valley Lodge

Rack your skis where Sonja Heine skated in Sun Valley Serenade and Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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The Roundhouse

People watching and 360 degree views.


Seattle Ridge Day Lodge

The mountain-top Seattle Ridge Day Lodge has won awards as the best day lodge in ski country.

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2015 Top Ski Towns: Ketchum, Idaho

Where the rich and famous write the headlines, but the quirky, passionate locals add the color.

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Knob Hill Inn

The Arlberg meets Idaho at this hotel on Ketchum’s Main Street.

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Go Now: Sun Valley, Idaho

Guess what? You don’t know this classic ski resort as well as you think you do.

Apples Bar, Sun Valley, Ida.

Apple's Bar and Grill

This bar, located on the "Northshore" of Sun Valley, is largely a local favorite.