The lodging is as well-groomed as the slopes at this classic resort.
America’s first destination ski resort (est. 1936) remains one of its finest. But visitors, confronted with its unusual layout, may need guidance finding the perfect place to bed down. Skiers choose from two locales: Sun Valley, a shuttle ride from beginner-friendly Dollar Mountain; the classic resort village experience; and Ketchum, a 19th-century mining town at the foot of Bald Mountain, the main ski area. No ski-in/ski-out lodging, but no worries: Shuttles run between the village, Ketchum and the slopes.
The iconic, four-season destination that is Sun Valley announced that construction for Bald Mountain's Gondola is underway. Originating at the base of River Run and climbing to the Top Terminal Plaza at the Roundhouse, the gondola project will encompass the two terminals, new restrooms and new access to The Roundhouse Restaurant.
In January 1948, after an unexpected tropical rainstorm followed by a precipitous drop in the temperature, the bottom two-thirds of Sun Valley's Bald Mountain solidified into dark blue ice. So my partner Ward Baker and I spent a lot of our time practicing slalom.