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Founded as the American answer to the Swiss Alps, Sun Valley is America’s oldest destination winter resort. One of North America's top family-friendly ski resorts, Sun Valley was also the first place in the world to implement chairlifts and is the birthplace of heli-skiing in the U.S. Besides world-class skiing, Sun Valley is a destination for ice skating, sleigh rides, horseback riding, fat tire biking and more. The area hosts cozy winter events such as a Christmas market as well as athletic events like the Sun Valley Nordic Festival and Boulder Mountain Tour.