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A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho

02.21.18

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  • Senate Meadow near Galena Lodge. - A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Sunrise on Horstman Peak. The narrow couloir in the left of the photo is the Sickle Couloir.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The beauty and the variety of the terrain and scenery near the Galena Lodge is stunning.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • A tricky bridge crossing over the Big Wood River.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • One of Galena Summit's many aesthetic bowls.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Boulder Mountains.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • A mellow descent below Old Hyndman and Cobb Peaks.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Sunset skiing in the Pioneers with views of the Sawtooths in the distance.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • A skier poses along the edge of Fishook Creek.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • John McGlaphlin on the Big Wood River.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Big Wood River in winter.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Pennay's River Run.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The heated outdoor pool at Sun Valley Resort.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Sun Valley Ski Resort.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • An ice carving of the Sun Valley Lodge's shining sun logo.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Sun Valley's most famous guests.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The reading room at Sun Valley Resort.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Hot Water Inn, where they hold live music and comedy shows. - A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The lobby at the Limelight Hotel.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Wood River Trail.- A Winter Paradise in Sun Valley, Idaho
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The birthplace of the mountain town and the home of an author icon, Sun Valley’s snowy slopes and alpine lakes have attracted skiers and celebrities alike for nearly a century. The little mountain enclave was selected as the country’s first ski resort in the winter of 1935, chosen over modern ski destinations like Jackson Hole and Mount Hood. Within 10 years, Warren Miller moved to town, hunkered down in a garage for $5 a month, and bought his first roll of 16 millimeter film.

And thus the mountain town and its kooky ilk were born.

Over the years, many important folks including Miller, Hemingway, Clark Gable, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Willis—Bruce Willis, people!—have made the area their home. While that ringing endorsement should be enough to drive you there, we don’t go into the backcountry to see stars. Well, media stars anyway. Backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hot springs, secluded alpine yurts, winter fly fishing, upscale, modern resorts...yes, Sun Valley has all of these things. An author’s grave, a writer’s conference, a film festival, a thriving arts culture...yes, Sun Valley has these things, too. In fact, there is much to see and experience in Sun Valley, and the winter is a great time to go there. Find all of our adventures in one place, or head on over to Visit Sun Valley for more.

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