And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual competition to find the best ski town of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until midnight on Thursday, December 31. Let the final battle begin!
After a fierce battle, we're at the final round of voting to determine the best ski town of the year. Meet your Curbed Cup 2015 finalists: Lake Tahoe's Truckee and Idaho's Sun Valley.
Throughout the competition, Truckee and Sun Valley have produced big results.
So far, Truckee hasn't had any trouble advancing through the Curbed Cup rounds- it took down Whitefish and the ever-popular Steamboat to make it to the Final Four and beat Crested Butte to earn a spot in the finals. While California has suffered from a four-year drought in recent ski seasons, things are looking up with this year's monster El Niño ready to drop some serious snow. Truckee has plenty of skiing nearby with Northstar, SugarBowl, Donner Ski Ranch, and Squaw Valley all within a reasonable drive. As one reader said, "visitors can fly into Reno and be on the mountain in less than an hour." It doesn't get much better than that. There's also new breweries and plenty of outdoor activities, like fat biking.
Sun Valley has also been dominant, winning over both Vail and Whistler to earn a spot in the Final Four and beating out Telluride to get to the finals. 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.