A good friend of mine moved to Sun Valley a couple of years ago with his girlfriend (now wife), which I can confidently say is one of the best places in the U.S. to have a free place to stay.

Our friend group has organized trips to Sun Valley to experience one of the best ski resorts in the world during the winter months, and we were fortunate enough to make it out there in the summer for his wedding.

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This has to be #1 on the list. The Sun Valley Resort is massive, and the snow is plentiful. With over 166” of average annual snowfall and an expansive list of slopes, it’s hard to have a bad day of skiing in Sun Valley.

Hit The Slopes

This quickly became my ultimate apres ski activity. We got off the slopes after a full day of skiing and headed west out of town on Route 227. About ten minutes later, we arrived at the hot springs to naturally heal our heavy legs.

Check Out The Hot Springs

The Sun Valley Suns play in what’s called the Black Diamond Hockey League. The league itself may not be as official as it sounds, but the Suns have long-standing rivalries with teams from Aspen, Vail, and Jackson Hole.

Sun Valley Suns Hockey

Stanley Winterfest

Stanley, ID, is about an hour’s drive from Sun Valley, but of course, the views and scenery make it feel like a 15-minute ride. I’ll start by sharing the tagline for this event: Let’s Get Weird.

This place is full of character and happy times. They are proud to offer “Burgers & Beer, Not Steak & Lobster,” and a bartender was overheard saying, “We serve everyone from Tom Hanks to the Town Drunk.”


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