Sun Valley Ski Slopes

ISSUE #18: Sun Valley, Idaho

This time of year, Sun Valley truly is the quintessential winter wonderland. Courtney and I were just there and we continue to return periodically for visits. Recreation, shopping, and entertainment are packed side by side with the town of Ketchum (the resort has such prominence that Sun Valley takes on a life of its own). Thinking of a ski vacation? Definitely take a look at Sun Valley!

SKI (OR RIDE , OR POSE!) Two mountains: Bald and Dollar Mountains provide all the winter recreation one could want. “Baldy” offers adventure trails for kids with 30 acres of glade ski and boarding terrain. Dollar Mountain has great beginner terrain and a “Wundercarpet” to get a ride up a gentle hill for those not yet one with the ski lift. There’s heli-skiing for expert level snow enthusiasts wanting untapped terrain, and for chalet-loafers, plenty of world class food, drink, apparel and other shops, plus views to enjoy. Or take a sleigh ride!

Panache (3 Mall Ln, Sun Valley, ID)—Panache is a modern women’s boutique, offering carefully curated apparel from such brands as Brunello Cucinelli, Diane von Fürstenberg, Velvet, Goldsign and more. It’s where women shop to look chic but not too “city.”

Town and Parke Fine Jewelry (Sun Valley Mall, 4 Kitzbuhler Strasse, Sun Valley, ID)—A longstanding Sun Valley shopping tradition, Towne and Parke offers top tier jewelry including diamond, precious and semiprecious stone designs, plus watches, charms, gifts and Waterford crystal. There is something about ice, snow, crystal and diamonds that work well together!

The Toy Store (Sun Valley Mall, 108 Washington Ave., Ketchum, ID)—Kids and kids at heart will appreciate the selection: games, puzzles, travel toys and even winter-action sleds (things you don’t pack when you already travel with kids!).

Enoteca (300 N. Main Street, Ketchum, ID)—Excellent Italian inspired food is found here in a modern, open setting. Try the duck confit, gorgeous pizzas or if just stopping for a snack, the cheese board. Also enjoy a big wine selection.

Pioneer Saloon (320 Main St N, Ketchum, ID)—Down home style, every town has the local, not-too-precious standby to get a meat and potatoes meal, and this is it. With prime rib, steaks and massive baked potatoes, you won’t leave hungry and will even get an eyeful of eclectic décor (think big game heads on the wall). Walk-in only.

The Grill at Knob Hill (960 N Main St., Ketchum, ID)— Think trout, grilled lamb, and homespun touches like honey butter and popovers. This is the place for American inspired, hearty fare in a really nice atmosphere. Hemingway would approve! Book ahead as the place gets really busy.