Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge
Best Western Tyrolean Lodge feels like a mountain chalet, with its Austrian-inspired architecture perched amid the peaks of Sawtooth National Forest. The hotel is less than a half mile from the lifts at Bald Mountain, the larger of two mountains comprising Sun Valley Resort (reopening in June). Known by locals as "Baldy," the mountain features nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails.
- Take the free shuttle to Sun Valley Resort.
- Award winner: The hotel won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013; guests love the Old-World Austrian decor and mountain views.
- Free continental breakfast with breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and an assortment of breads and pastries
- Good for kids: There's an onsite game room with pool and foosball tables and arcade games.
- Go swimming all year long in the hotel's heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Ketchum, Idaho: Skiers' Paradise on the Cusp of Sawtooth National Forest
For roughly 250 days out of every year, the sun is shining in Ketchum, a charming mountain town on the cusp of the Sawtooth National Forest in Sun Valley. This area is known for its long summers and mild, sunny winters that transform the surrounding mountains into a skier's paradise. Sun Valley Resort—located just 2 miles from the center of town—has been a popular skiing destination since the late 1930s, when it attracted celebrities such as Clark Gable and Ingrid Bergman. Today, the resort maintains nearly 100 runs across two mountains, plus bowls and adventure trails for more advanced skiers.
To the north of Ketchum lies the Sawtooth National Forest, which stretches more than 2 million acres across central Idaho. One of the best ways to see it is on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, a two-lane road that wends through the forest's mountains and groves. Keep an eye out for pronghorn antelope, elk, bears, and other wildlife that roam the expansive wilderness—they're especially easy to spot in winter.