Places in Idaho
Ketchum & Sun Valley
In one of Idaho's most stunning natural locations sits a piece of ski history. Sun Valley was the first purpose-built ski resort in the US, hand-picked by Union Pacific Railroad scion William Averell Harriman (after an exhaustive search) in the 1930s and publicized by glitterati Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper.
Backed by the ragged Sawtooths, Stanley (population 100), with its gravel roads, log homes and rusted iron sheds might be the most scenic small town in America. Surrounded by protected wilderness and national-forest land, the remote outpost sits in the crook of Salmon River, miles from anywhere.
Idaho grabbed the long skinny spoon-handle that brushes up against Canada in an 1880's land dispute with Montana. Yet in both looks and attitude, the area has more in common with the Pacific Northwest than the Rockies. Spokane, a few miles west in Washington, acts as the regional hub and most of the panhandle observes Pacific Standard Time.
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Sun Valley: Idaho's idyllic year-round playground
Half-hidden in central Idaho amid wild gothic mountains and lightly trodden wilderness lies an important piece of ski history...
A hut with a view: a guide to Colorado’s backcountry huts
Colorado offers some of the best skiing, snowshoeing and hiking opportunities in America...
Dope slopes: choosing a ski resort in North America
Skiing in North America is all about wide swooping runs, gorgeous forested glades, powder shots and some of the fluffiest, deepest, most bewitching snow on the planet...
The best of the Colorado River: one step, pedal or stroke at a time
Snaking 1450 miles, the Colorado River is nothing less than the nerve center of the great American West...