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  • 4.7
    Dining
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  • 4.7
    Family Holiday
  • 4.7
    Intermediate Skiing
  • 4.0
    Accommodations
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    Luxury Holiday
  • 4.3
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Expert reviews are written by Ski.com seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

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Hap Bruce
Hap Bruce
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3333
21/03/2014

Sun Valley Resort

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My first ski experience was in Sun Valley in 1963. I was a Bellman at the Sun Valley Lodge. The historic Lodge with the outdoor ice skating rink and 360* pool sits in the valley 1 mile to the delightful town of Ketchem. The original bowling alley in the basement of the Lodge is still open. Across from the Lodge is the beautiful sister hotel The Challenger Inn which has been totally remodeled. This hotel still has the original façade as does the Lodge. Sun Valley was the first resort built to be a Ski Resort in 1936, and the first chairlift in the United States is still standing. Sun Valley Resort is connected to the lifts by complimentary buses. There are also 1 to 5 bedroom condos in the Resort which are great for families. Ketchem offers both hotels and condos also on the free bus line. The hotels range from a Best Western to luxury Knob Hill. There are also many condos to choose for any budget. There is no ski in/out in Sun Valley, but transportation makes if very easy to go skiing, shopping, and dining. Ski School is in 2 areas. Beginner and children at Dollar Mountain(Sun Valley Resort), and at Mount Baldy the main Mountain in Ketchem. Parents need to be advised about this when selecting Sun Valley. Since Sun Valley base elevation is 6000 feet, altitude sickness is not concern. Their snowmaking is the most elaborate in the country, offering good conditions even in low snow years. Besides a great ski mountain, the history of Sun Valley takes you back in time to mingle with all the celebrities who flocked here for the beginning of Skiing. Their photos should not be missed in the Lodge. Sun Valley should be on your bucket list of skiing.
Cindy Bruce
Cindy Bruce
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3629
20/03/2014

Sun Valley charm

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What a charming destination: Sun Valley Village and Ketchum Idaho. Walking down the hallways in the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn you view the history of skiing and the celebrities that helped grow the sport. It was so entertaining looking at all the black and whites photos from Gary Cooper, Lucille Ball, and Janet Leigh to Peggy Fleming and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In our condo we watched Sun Valley Serenade again and again—what fun to see a young Milton Berle skiing in a raccoon coat and then having dinner at The Roundhouse on top of the mountain with Sonja Henie. We too ate dinner at The Roundhouse. We took the gondola up where we were kept warm and cozy with big horse blankets. Dinner was extraordinary; especially as we watched the almost full moon rise over the mountain range. Breathtaking! Sun Valley Ski area on Bald Mountain has three beautiful day lodges: River Run and Warm Springs at the bottom and Seattle Ridge on top. They were clearly all built with the dramatic mountain views in mind. The skiing was varied with bowls and wide open long runs too. Dollar Mountain is where beginners will be comfortable learning to ski or snowboard. The children’s ski school building is newly built and is clearly laid out with the kids and parents in mind. The meeting place is fun, bright and secure. The kid sized tables have bowls of animal crackers and gold fish all around. One side of the large room is dedicated to pint size ski and snowboard rentals-painless for the kids and parents alike. Go right out the door and start your lessons! The layout even makes it possible for parents or grandparents to watch the kids from a nice, warm spot inside Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge. Dollar Mountain also contains the various levels of terrain parks and a new SPT designed 22’ half pipe. They also have designed a great tubing hill and family race course that makes it great fun for all interests.
Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3692
08/11/2013

Sun Valley, Idaho is America’s Shangri la!

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I like places with a history, and the Sun Valley ski resort has a storied one. Opening in 1936, it was the West’s first ski area, and they even installed the first chairlift in the world there. With a base area of 5700 feet and a top elevation of 9100 feet, Sun Valley ski resort boasts 4400 vertical feet of skiing and 2054 skiable acres. The lower elevation at Sun Valley makes it an ideal ski resort to visit for skiers that have trouble with the higher elevations. Sun Valley also boasts Dollar Mountain, a separate lift-served mountain that is exclusively for beginners. You will find Nordic skiing, tubing, snow shoeing, and sleigh rides at Sun Valley. In the summer there is hiking, mountain biking, golf, fly fishing and even trap shooting. Here is another secret: both summer and winter seasons offer some of the best celebrity spotting in the West! Call me at ext 3692 or email Bill@ski.com and let’s discuss a package to Squaw Valley today!
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