We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual competition to find the best ski town of the year. Today is the final match-up of the week, with the polls left open for 24 hours. Let the eliminations continue!
The second of the Final Four match-up pits the historic town of Sun Valley, Idaho against heavyweight Telluride, Colorado. This is going to be a good one, folks.
Sun Valley didn't have an easy route to the finals, winning over both Vail and Whistler to earn a spot in the Final Four. But it's no surprise that one of America's most iconic ski towns is prepped 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.
Telluride also fought a hard path to the Final Four, beating out Mammoth Lakes and Aspen. The historic ski town is making headlines left and right in the ski world, from logging in a record-setting winter last year to being the setting for Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated new movie, the Hateful Eight. No matter the season, Telluride has some of the best amenities and events around: kickass festivals, a nurturing business environment for startups, and an iconic, walkable downtown. This winter, Telluride is easier than ever to get to and don't even get us started on how awesome the skiing is. This place is hard to beat.