There’s a spe­cial magic on tap at Sun Val­ley. It’s the birth­place of the modern ski va­ca­tion, hav­ing in­stalled the first chair­lifts in the world in 1936. That’s some pretty sig­nif­i­cant history right there, and some­thing that this el­e­gant, well-coiffed re­sort re­mains proud of to this day. And right­fully so. The history is pal­pa­ble in the hall­ways and com­mon spa­ces at the Sun Val­ley Lodge—where Hem­ing­way fin­ished “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in Suite 206, and dozens of Hol­ly­wood stars rubbed el­bows with in­ter­na­tional roy­alty in the 1940s and ’50s. It’s still a place with a sense of glam­our—off the slopes and on. Sun Val­ley’s loyal fan base ranks it fa­vor­ably in skier ameni­ties: Lodg­ing, Din­ing, Après, Nightlife, Lifts, Ser­vice, Groom­ing, you get the gist. And the ski­ing—in­ter­me­di­ate to ex­pert ter­rain at Bald Moun­tain, or Baldy, and a be­gin­ner’s paradise at Dol­lar Moun­tain—sat­is­fies all com­ers. The vil­lage at the base of Baldy is a con­ve­nient and lux­u­ri­ous place to bed down, but the ac­tion is in nearby Ketchum, pos­si­bly the per­fect it­er­a­tion of a ski town—swathed in Western au­then­tic­ity, with a serv­ing of rus­tic chic on the side. A spe­cial place, in­deed.

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