In 1936, the sleepy former mining town of Ketchum, Idaho, was transformed into the first European-style ski resort in the United States. The original resort sported a 4-story lodge, a chalet-style inn, the first-ever chair lift, and celebrity guests, including Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Ernest Hemingway.
Today, the celebrity factor remains with the quaint mountain town, 4 distinct seasons of activities, and excellent skiing drawing visitors year-round. The village sits in the Wood River Valley, bordered by the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests, with the Big Wood River running through the valley floor. While there, visitors can ski, hike, bike, and much more.
Photo 2: Mountain Images/James Bourret Photography
Photo 3: Steve Platzer