While the resort has entered the 21st century on a wave of upgrades and improvements, there are still reminders of the early Sun Valley. In the main lodge, for example, there is a "hall of fame" depicting photos of noted celebrities and residents from the early years.
On the mountain is the Roundhouse, built by Harriman in 1939 with money left over after installing the first lifts on Bald Mountain. It remains almost as it was, with its four-sided fireplace and spoke-wheel timber beams.
Because of the popularity of the Roundhouse, Sibbach said a lift was replaced by a gondola for the winter of 2009-10 to not only carry skiers but foot passengers up for lunches and dinners.
Today, skiers and snowboarders find it easy to see what Schaffgotsch saw in the Idaho mountains 75 years ago. Runs from the top of Bald Mountain are long, the longest running 3,100 vertical feet, and a bit steeper than most visitors are used to.
"We're not talking double black diamond runs, but long runs with a constant pitch," said Sibbach. "It's a mountain that makes better skiers and snowboarders because they are always on an edge."
To maintain consistency on the runs, he said extra attention is paid to grooming. Beginner runs are groomed nightly as are some of the more popular runs. Two grooming shifts each night will smooth and manicure more than 400 acres on Bald Mountain and most of the runs on Dollar Mountain.
Day lodges on the mountain and at the base of Warm Springs and River Run were a pet project for Holding between 1993 and 1996. Those lodges, in fact, would become mirror reflections of those Holding would build at Snowbasin.
On the mountains, the resort has 90 runs served by 16 lifts, including nine high-speed quads, a gondola and two people movers at the base of River Run and Dollar.
It also has a nordic center near the resort and an indoor and outdoor skating rink adjacent to the main lodge.
Along with winter improvements, Holding also made plans for summer activities. In 2008, he built a $40 million entertainment pavilion and a new nordic center that will double as golf shop. The resort currently offer 27 holes to golfers, with plans for an addition nine.
Three-quarters of a century ago, Schaffgotsch found what he believed was the perfect area for a ski resort. Today, few can argue with his choice.
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