Warm Springs (Sun Valley, ID)
“There isn’t another run like Warm Springs anywhere in the world,” says Zach Crist, a U.S. Ski Team member, X-Games gold medalist, and ski film star who’s called Sun Valley home for over 30 years. “Wide open, consistently pitched, and immaculately groomed, Warm Springs offers the kind of uninterrupted speed usually only found on World Cup racecourses.” On one of Sun Valley’s many uncrowded days, it’s possible to ski the entire 3,300-foot vertical, 2-mile long run in less than two minutes and not pass a single other skier. This year, the run will host the U.S. Nationals, where racers will reach speeds in excess of 70 mph. The first international ski race in North America, the Harriman Cup, was also held on Warm Springs in 1940 — long before lifts ran to the top or runs were cut through the trees. Now, thanks to modern snowmaking and grooming, there isn’t a faster, smoother, or more consistent run to be found in the U.S.
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