Overview: The upscale, 440-room Sun Valley Lodge complex is the seat of ski resort history in the United States. The first ski lift debuted here in 1936, and—thanks to the luxurious Sun Valley Lodge—Sun Valley quickly became the hangout of Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, almost singlehandedly creating skiing’s reputation as a lifestyle for the rich and famous. The Lodge, opened in 1936, received a top-down renovation in 2015, with modernized rooms and pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa.
Notable: Frequent free shuttles run the 10 minutes to Sun Valley’s 3,000 buffed out acres of skiing. The on-site ice-skating rink and enormous heated saltwater pool make for great afternoon diversions, as do the resort’s 40K of groomed cross-country trails.
Stay Here If: You love ski history and nice weather. The 1941 Hollywood ski film Sun Valley Serenade, filmed at the Lodge, plays on a loop on the hotel’s televisions, and the hallways feature hundreds of shots of Sun Valley’s celebrity visitors, from Lucille Ball to Oprah.
Information: Rates start at $219; check the website for the latest prices. sunvalley.com —Frederick Reimers
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.