Sun Valley Idaho
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Sun Valley, Idaho first captured the imagination of America's skiing public in the 1930s. In fact, the readers of Ski, Condé Nast Traveler, and Gourmet magazines have voted Sun Valley the #1 ski resort in the country! Baldy Mountain is considered by serious skiers as the country's single best ski mountain with 13 lifts and 64 runs. Seven high-speed quads, four triples and two doubles send skiers up 3,400 vertical feet to a summit altitude of 9,150 feet.

In the summer months the Sun Valley area boasts nearly one million acres of surrounding wilderness and just about as many summer activities. Guests are invited to enjoy the many natural wonders -- flyfishing in beautiful Silver Creek, hiking through teeming fields of wildflowers on Bald Mountain, or riding the rapids of the Salmon River. Thirty paved miles of bike trails, award-winning 18 hole golf courses, Sun Valley hotels, Ketchum hotels, a skateboard park and chairlift rides add a multitude of man-made marvels to the area's stunning backdrop.

History Of Sun Valley: It all started with construction of the Sun Valley Lodge in 1936. Averell Harriman, then Chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, commissioned Count Felix Schaffgotsch to travel the West looking for a site to build a ski resort comparable to the famous downhill resorts in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. He investigated Jackson, Alta, Aspen, Yosemite, Mt. Rainier and other areas but they failed to meet his specifications. The Count was in Colorado, heading home, when a Union Pacific official suggested he look at Ketchum Idaho. He did and less than a year later the Sun Valley resort opened.

Sun Valley Fun Fact: The chairlift was invented in Sun Valley and first publicly used here in 1938.

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