Idaho, in the Great American West, has a lot going for it, including Sun Valley, a world-class ski resort. Sun Valley, which has a history entwined with Hollywood, was established as the first destination ski resort in the US back in 1936. The action is on two mountains – Dollar, which is perfect for beginners, and Bald Mountain, which is a winter playground for intermediates and advanced skiers and riders.
Off the mountain, the historic mining town of Ketchum has a host of great places to dine, including the ‘Pio’ (the Pioneer Saloon), Christina’s, and for something special, and the option of a sleigh ride to dinner at the Trail Creek Cabin. For après ski action, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum has a lovely vibe, or settle in at the Ram Bar, or the Duchin Lounge at Sun Valley Lodge. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are very popular here – the locals run in snowshoes – and more my style, the Sun Valley Spa at Sun Valley Lodge is fantastic.