Sun Valley Resort (1-800-786-8259; www.sunvalley.com ) offers a wide range of accommodations and packages, from rooms at the lodge and the inn to condo apartments with full kitchens, and a variety of restaurants; the finest, the Lodge Dining Room, serves, among other things, fresh Idaho trout and an extraordinary rack of Idaho lamb. Ketchum is also full of good places to stay and to eat; for instance, the Ketchum Korral Motor Lodge (1-800-657-2657) has log cabins where Hemingway used to stay in the 1940s before the lodge opened for the season. The best restaurant in town, by general acclaim, is the Evergreen (208-726-3888), which often makes lists of top eating places nationwide.
There are free shuttle buses not only to and from the slopes but also in and out of downtown Ketchum, so there’s always plenty to do for the nonskier too, including snowshoeing, skating, dogsled trips, and riding a ski lift and Sno-Cat to lunch at the Seattle Ridge Lodge up on the top of Baldy at eighty-six hundred feet. While in Ketchum, stop by the Ketchum/Sun Valley Historical Society’s instructive Heritage and Ski Museum (208-726-8118). The Hemingway house is now owned by the Nature Conservancy; it contains offices and is not open as a museum.
For full information about the area, contact the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce (1-800-634-3347; www.visitsunvalley.com ) or the Idaho Division of Tourism Development (1-800-VISIT-ID; www.visitid.org ).