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World's Best Ski Towns - Sun Valley / Ketchum, ID

From National Geographic: 

Ketchum, Idaho — home to Sun Valley Ski Resort — was named one of National Geographic’s “Best Ski Towns” — and we couldn’t agree more!

Best For: Hard-carving skiers and boarders who like playing “spot the movie star”

The original Rocky Mountain ski resort, Ketchum’s Sun Valley featured the world’s first chairlift when it opened in 1936 and was long the stomping ground for classic-era Hollywood. The upscale mountain and its opulent lodges still carry the grandeur of their pre-war days while the old mining and sheep town of Ketchum, population 2,689, maintains a rustic elegance, with gourmet restaurants and steak-and-microbrew saloons in century-old brick buildings. The resort village of Sun Valley borders Ketchum at the base of Dollar Mountain, the original ski hill and now an ideal learner’s area with a ski school, terrain park, and separate, inexpensive lift tickets.

The main action for serious skiers and boarders is over at Bald Mountain, on the other side of town (free shuttle buses available), which features 3,400 vertical feet of some of the finest groomed plunges in the world. If you like never-ending, perfectly pitched corduroy, this is your mountain. Snowboarders will appreciate the mountain’s complete lack of flat areas, and abundant high-speed lifts means no one waits long in line. The resort’s proximity to exactly zero major population centers means the slopes are perpetually free of crowds, and top-to-bottom snowmaking means you’ll always have smooth groomers to carve. Don’t miss the luxurious Seattle Ridge Lodge atop Bald Mountain’s Seattle Ridge, where mesmerizing views span the wild Pioneer and Sawtooth Mountains and the Woody River Valley below.

Ask a Local

Professional skier Reggie Crist has spent most of his life in Sun Valley. The former U.S. Ski Team member regularly appears in ski movies and is currently a consultant/athlete for Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and K2 Sports.

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Believe it or not, buff shirtless skier ads didn’t begin with Gay Ski Weeks…
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Believe it or not, buff shirtless skier ads didn’t begin with Gay Ski Weeks…

Join us this winter in SUN VALLEY, Idaho! >

Powdr sells Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts

The Denver Post reports:

Powdr Corp. has sold its Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts for $183 million, ending a tumultuous year for Utah’s most popular ski destination.

"Selling was the last thing we wanted to do, and while we believe the law around this issue should be changed, a protracted legal battle is not in line with our core value to be good stewards of the resort communities in which we operate," Powdr CEO John Cumming said in a statement. "A sale was the only way to provide long-term certainty for PCMR employees and the Park City community. My family and I are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in making PCMR what it is today, and we deeply appreciate the dedicated employees and all of the people who have supported us over the years."

The deal requires Vail Resorts to retain Park City Mountain Resort employees.

Powdr owned the Utah resort for more than 20 years, growing it into one of the most popular ski areas in North America.

The sale ends a legal battle that pitted Cumming’s Powdr against its landlord Talisker Land Holdings. Powdr in April 2011 was a few days late in renewing its longterm lease with Talisker for more than 2,800 acres of upper terrain at Park City Mountain Resort. That lease, which dated back to the 1970s, had the resort paying roughly $150,000 a year.

Talisker took the opportunity to oust Powdr. It leased its neighboring Canyons ski area to Vail Resorts, offering the continent’s largest resort operator the chance to run Park City Mountain Resort if it handled the legal eviction process. Vail promised Talisker $25 million a year plus a share of revenue for the 4,000-acre Canyons, with an eye toward taking over Park City Mountain Resort and creating the largest single ski area in the country.

Powdr promised a fight. Cumming said if Vail and Talisker prevailed in the eviction, he would rip his chairlifts from the upper terrain and run a smaller resort from the base area land he owned on the border of the mountain and the village of Park City.”

DRAMA! Read the story at the Denver Post >

The New Teton Lift at Jackson Hole

We can’t wait!!! Join us in January >

Our first #hyperlapse — from #ValleNevado, #Chile! #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding #skibums #gay #lgbt #esqui

Procrastinator's Fitness Guide: getting in shape for skiing

Loving the icicles and huge vistas in #Chile! #vallenevado #polvo #esqui #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #gay #lgbt

Loving the icicles and huge vistas in #Chile! #vallenevado #polvo #esqui #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #gay #lgbt

Purple sunsets at @Valle_Nevado… que lindo! #ski #snowboard #skibums #esqui #gay #lgbt #skiing #snowboarding

Purple sunsets at @Valle_Nevado… que lindo! #ski #snowboard #skibums #esqui #gay #lgbt #skiing #snowboarding

The most perfect day you can imagine… 2 feet of new snow, 30° F, no wind, bluebird day… thanks, #ValleNevado! #ski #skiing #esqui #snowboard #snowboarding #chile #gay #lgbt #skibums

The most perfect day you can imagine… 2 feet of new snow, 30° F, no wind, bluebird day… thanks, #ValleNevado! #ski #skiing #esqui #snowboard #snowboarding #chile #gay #lgbt #skibums

The drive up to Valle Nevado climbs more than 8.000 feet through hairpin turns. You pass farms with wild horses, mimosa trees, cactus bushes… until eventually, there’s nothing surrounding you but dark, cold rock. We arrived in Valle Nevado just as a snow storm was blowing in! See more videos at ski-bums.org/gallery

Good morning, POWDER DAY!!! #chile #vallenevado #skibums #gay #lgbt #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding

Good morning, POWDER DAY!!! #chile #vallenevado #skibums #gay #lgbt #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding

Nice touch! #vallenevado #chile #skibums #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding #gay #lgbt

Nice touch! #vallenevado #chile #skibums #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding #gay #lgbt