Sun Valley's owner, Earl Holding, might be forgiven for not financing a lot of new projects last year. He did, after all, funnel some $70 million into his other mountain, Snowbasin, Utah, the 2002 Winter Olympic downhill and super G venue. This suits many Sun Valley loyalists fine.
In 1939, a narrow, dusty, dirt road led west from the small, almost abandoned mining town of Ketchum, Idaho, to the base of Mt. Baldy. There, an even narrower ski trail had been cut the summer before from the top of 9,000-foot Mt. Baldy.
Of all the corners of America, Ernest Hemingway selected Sun Valley for his family homestead. You have to think that Sun Valley's glorious summers helped sway that decision. Surrounded by the 756,000-acre Sawtooth Wilderness, 40 peaks above 10,000 feet a