Sun Valley, Idaho is in a class of its own. Well-known as the first ski resort in the country, today Sun Valley has evolved into a quaint cultural mecca tucked inside a stunning mountain range. The towns of Ketchum and other Wood River communities offer fine restaurants, up-to-the-moment art galleries and boutiques, and a flourishing night life.
And, of course, there’s the outdoors. Bald Mountain boasts 3,400 vertical feet of some of the world’s best ski runs, while Dollar Mountain offers slopes for children and beginners. There are 100 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and skate-skiing lanes as well as plenty of sledding hills for the kids. Choose from the resort’s large hot pools or the area’s natural hot springs for a soak at the end of the day.
In the summer, enjoy over 30 miles of paved pedestrian trails, suitable for rollerblading, running, walking, and biking. There are four 18-hole golf courses, including two designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. If you prefer the water, head north and run the Salmon and Payette Rivers by raft or kayak. Or discover the lakes of the Sawtooth Mountains for a refreshing swim, boating, or nearby camping. The myriad of rivers provide some of the finest fly fishing in this part of the country. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, take part in the world-class ice shows or skate the skateboard parks or go horseback riding among the aspens.
Open space. Fresh air. Mountains. Culture. Sun Valley, Idaho is it.