Sun Valley’s second oldest hotel, the Sun Valley Inn, has seen its share of history. It was inspired by the set of the movie “I met him in Paris,” which was filmed at the resort in 1937. Luckily, it’s had some updates since then, so the historic building has a modern, comfortable feel. www.sunvalley.com; 800-786-8259
When you need a little more space, these apartments minutes from Bald Mountain and Ketchum are a good option. Unlike most condos, Thunder Spring comes with a concierge who can book ski school and stock up on your favorite beer. But the best perk is full access to the adjoining Zenergy Spa, where you can soak in the huge outdoor whirlpool.
The Arlberg meets Idaho at this hotel on Ketchum’s Main Street.
The Arlberg meets Idaho at this hotel on Ketchum’s Main Street. A kacheloven (wood-burning stove bedecked with colorful tiles) warms the lobby and kaiserschmarren (an Austrian pancake) is a staple on the breakfast menu. Although the architecture is alpine, room décor recalls the California coast with bleached woods and pastel fabrics. Windows face the Sawtooth Range or the trails on Baldy. For a good value, book one of the four fireplace rooms, each with a wood-burning hearth.
Rack your skis where Sonja Heine skated in Sun Valley Serenade and Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Rack your skis where Sonja Heine skated in Sun Valley Serenade and Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Set in the resort village, the Lodge (1936) and the Inn (1937), both recently remodeled, convey Golden Age graciousness with coffered ceilings, marble bathrooms and snowy snapshots of visitors such as Clark Gable and Lucille Ball adorning the corridors. Dine at The Ram, where pianist Larry Harshbarger has entertained for 30 years. Tip: Since the two properties offer 10 different room layouts, call to book your stay instead of using the Web.