There’s a special magic on tap at Sun Valley. It’s the birthplace of the modern ski vacation, having installed the first chairlifts in the world in 1936. That’s some pretty significant history right there, and something that this elegant, well-coiffed resort remains proud of to this day. And rightfully so.
The history is palpable in the hallways and common spaces at the Sun Valley Lodge—where Hemingway finished “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in Suite 206, and dozens of Hollywood stars rubbed elbows with international royalty in the 1940s and ’50s. It’s still a place with a sense of glamour—off the slopes and on. Sun Valley’s loyal fan base ranks it favorably in skier amenities: Lodging, Dining, Après, Nightlife, Lifts, Service, Grooming, you get the gist. And the skiing—intermediate to expert terrain at Bald Mountain, or Baldy, and a beginner’s paradise at Dollar Mountain—satisfies all comers.
The village at the base of Baldy is a convenient and luxurious place to bed down, but the action is in nearby Ketchum, possibly the perfect iteration of a ski town—swathed in Western authenticity, with a serving of rustic chic on the side. A special place, indeed. - Samantha Berman
Sun Valley’s big news is the new Cold Springs Canyon terrain pod, with high-speed lift, opening next season, but guests can get a preview on a guided tour this season of the terrain that will add 380 additional lift-served acres to the resort.
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LODGING Sun Valley Lodge aside, the Limelight, in Ketchum, ushers in a new era in hotel options. Check it out.
DINING We love the brioche cinnamon French Toast at the log cabin Kneadery.
FAMILY EXPERIENCE A skate on the year-round outdoor ice rink is a must.
DINNER RESERVATION Ride the gondy to the Roundhouse: elegant on-mountain dining in a timber-and-stone structure built in 1939.
LOCAL SECRET Natural hot springs. The Big Wood River Valley abounds with them, and you don’t have to get naked. (It’s illegal. Phew.)