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 1948 Pappy Rogers, the general manager of Sun Valley, Idaho, sold the world's first chairlift to a young man from Detroit. Pappy wanted $5,000 for the already obsolete, wood-tower chairlift. Everett Kircher talked him down to $4,800 and then set to
I first met Klaus Obermeyer in the fall of 1948 in Sun Valley, Idaho. He had sailed and then hitchhiked there from Germany with the clothes on his back, $12 in his pocket, a pair of lederhosen and no fear of hard work.
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.