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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (6) Sun Valley vs (3) Whistler

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Half the field has already been eliminated in this year's Curbed Cup, our competition to find the best ski town of the year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!




Photo of Sun Valley courtesy of Visit Sun Valley, Whistler photo by David McColm courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb

Up next in the Elite Eight, two iconic ski towns battle it out for a spot in the coveted semi-finals.

Sun Valley is on a roll. To make it to the Elite Eight, the Idaho Ski town absolutely pummeled Vail with more than 600 votes. And now Sun Valley just might be poised to go all the way. Big things have been happening lately, from the recent renovation of the iconic Sun Valley Lodge to new hotels under construction downtown. And while this is not the Sun Valley of old, in many ways it's even better. The skiing and on-mountain facilities are as amazing as ever (have you been to Sun Valley Resort's bathrooms?), and now the Sun Valley Lodge has bigger, more family-friendly rooms and a new 20,000 square-foot spa. Aspen Skiing Co. is busy building a new Limelight Hotel downtown, there are new direct flights, and several other development projects will add to the lodging choices in the already appealing and artsy town of Ketchum. Sun Valley also joined the Mountain Collective for this winter, a move that shows just how serious the resort is in attracting new, travel-savvy skiers.

In contrast, one of the most popular ski towns in North America, Whistler, just barely beat the up-and-coming ski town of Taos. But if the biggest ski area on the continent has proven anything in its storied history, it's to never count Whistler out. Whistler is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and in many ways the resort town is better than ever. Its the setting for a hot new reality show, it remains the largest ski area in North America, and the Whistler real estate market is booming. That's all on top of some of the best skiing around, from steeps like Spanky's Ladder to well-groomed cruisers that will have your legs burning. Whistler has something for everyone, which will make this top-notch ski town hard to beat.

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