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Sun Valley is an American classic. The country’s original ski destination, created in 1936 by statesman Averell Harriman, it is still considered one of the finest ski resorts on the continent. Harriman was chairman of the board of Union Pacific Railroad in the 1930s, when he created the resort and its centrepiece, the luxurious Sun Valley Lodge, as a way to fill his trains during the quieter winter months.

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With the area’s Sawtooth Mountains substituting when the Alps seemed just too far to go for the weekend, the resort attracted a celebrity crowd from its infancy. At the opening, some 300 guests, including Claudette Colbert, David Selznick and Joan Bennett, strapped on skis to be photographed by the era’s paparazzi.

 
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