5. Sun Valley, ID
Sun Valley started as a playground for European nobility and Hollywood stars in 1936 when it opened the world’s first chairlift. Today it’s home to a handful of Olympians, yet remains under the radar. Bright, sunny days with comfortable temperatures combined with long, wide-open groomed runs are just some of the reasons to add Sun Valley to your bucket list. The resort offers a laid-back atmosphere, yet maintains the highest standards of service. There are more than 70 runs, a 3,400′ vertical drop, and more uphill capacity per skier than any other destination. “The best part about Sun Valley is you can still drive to and park at the base of the mountain for free,” Sherman says. “You’ll never have to worry about standing in lift lines, not even on a powder day.” Characteristics you’d be hard-pressed to find at the majority of North American ski resorts.
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