SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
People who have a hard time at high altitudes will breathe somewhat easier at Sun Valley, where the base elevation of 5,500 feet above sea level is thousands of feet lower than many Western resorts.
The place sports some serious history: Opened in 1936 by former Union Pacific Chairman W. Averell Harriman, Sun Valley boasted the first chairlift in the world — a single-seat lift modeled after a banana-moving device one of his engineers had seen in South America. Sun Valley and its host town, Ketchum, attracted Hollywood stars long before there was even an "A list," and the who’s who still stream to the area for the mix of art galleries, boutique shops, fine dining and the scenery of the Sawtooth Mountains, all in a town with a rugged, Old West aura. Oh, and the skiing: Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain offers gentle, open terrain for beginners, while the 65 runs on nearby Bald Mountain offer ample variety for the intermediate and advanced crew.
Lift tickets: Ages 65 and over pay $55 (regularly $85). Prime Time Ski weeks also offer senior discounts.
For more information, visit Sun Valley Ski Resort.