Limelight Hotel • Ketchum, ID
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Following seven wildly-awesome stops across colorful Colorado throughout December and early-January, the FREESKIER squadron hit the road west with some serious momentum—continuing our tour of the best après bars in North America. Up to bat this time around was the Limelight Hotel in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. And, spoiler alert: it was a freakin' grand slam event.
Sun Valley has been getting absolutely dumped on as of late—meaning we showed up just in time not only for some quality skiing, but also for some prime après-ski festivities. At 4 p.m., after a stellar day on the powder-covered Idahoan slopes, skiers flocked into the party ready for drinks, free gear and plenty of cheer. Fortunately, we brought an abundance of all those things and the place popped off immediately.
Once the Limelight was fully packed and everyone had a drink or two in 'em, it was time to raffle off a massive pile of ski gear, as well as a ton of free drink tickets. Every single winner was 100-percent stoked, and the energy at the venue only increased.
As time went on and the sun set on picturesque main street, the party only got better. Folks were cheers'ing left and right in honor of plentiful snow, good company and, of course, the art of après. Sun Valley is a special community, without a doubt; the town lives, breathes and eats skiing and to be a part of the scene, even just for a night, was totally kickass. (To learn more about Sun Valley, keep scrolling.)
Now, we carry on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for stop number nine of 15 on the Elevated Apres Tour—weaving through the Wild West in our kickass Land Rover Discovery Sport, pictured below. Can the folks up north at the Jackon's Mangy Moose top the insanely-fun time we just had in Sun Valley? Only time will tell...
Want to join us on a future stop of the Elevated Après Tour? After Jackson, we're rolling through Big Sky, Montana; Loon Mountain, New Hampshire; Sunday River, Maine; Stowe, Vermont; Killington, Vermont; and Stratton, Vermont. In other words, we're just getting started and hope to see you soon.
Ski, Eat, Sleep and Discover in Sun Valley:
Warm Springs offers 3,142 vertical feet of epic top-to-bottom ripping. One your way down, you’ll find a consistent fall-line and pitch that Sun Valley is world-famous for. A 10-minute lift ride will whisk you right back to the top so you can do it all over again.
The day lodges at Sun Valley are some of the nicest on Earth, offering amazing architecture, interior design and cuisine. Of your many options on the mountain, The Roundhouse is a must-visit. Tear into some drinks and fondue, take in the scenery and get that full Idahoan ski experience under your belt like a champ.
A couple other lodges worth checking out are Seattle Ridge, known for it’s killer pizza, and Lookout Day Lodge, a local’s favorite that serves up delicious tacos. And, last but not least, another local’s favorite is the River Run Day Lodge, which offers a wide variety of drinks and snacks that’ll satisfy any ski-induced hunger and thirst.
The Limelight Hotel, where we hosted our radical après party, is the place to be. It’s an incredibly nice place—decked out with clean, high-quality rooms, as well as a long list of attractive amenities: daily breakfast buffet, multiple lounges to enjoy food and drinks in, pool, hot tub, gym, spa, game room and ski shop. Pets are also welcome, so feel free to bring along your four-legged friends.
Locals and visitors alike are amped over Sun Valley’s continued partnership for the Healthy Forest Initiative. Twenty-one acres were responsibly cut for the 2016-17 season by taking out overstocked vegetation and trees to reduce hazards and destructive insects. Now, the resort offers 55 total acres of graded skiing.
Another big headline out of Sun Valley is its improved flight options. Six major cities can now travel to Sun Valley non-stop: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Denver (DEN), Salt Lake City (SLC), Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX).