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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.

7. Sun Valley, Idaho

The Sun Valley Inn

A historic hotel with a modern update.

Reggie Crist in Sun Valley

Inside Line: Sun Valley, ID

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.