- Averell Harriman, who was a founder of Sun Valley Ski Resort, was a special envoy to Europe under FDR and oversaw the 'Lend-Lease' operation during WWII.
- Sun Valley has 535 snow guns for making snow.
- The technology behind the original chairlift, invented in 1936, came from technology used to load bananas onto boats in the tropics.
- Slope-style competition will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
- Though water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures must drop a few degrees lower and be sustained at that level for efficient snowmaking to take place.
- The Snowcats used by SPT weigh 20,000 lbs.
- One tiller alone weighs 1,500 lbs.
- Ernest Hemingway wrote much of one of his most famous novels, 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' while staying at Sun Valley Lodge.
- During World War II, Sun Valley closed to the general public and was instead a convalescent facility for the Navy.
- Sun Valley has sunshine, on average, 120 days out of a 150 day ski season.
- The longest run at Sun Valley is three miles.
- Without a winch, a snow cat should not attempt to maneuver on a slope with more than a 45 degree angle.
- Art Hunt, Dave Richey, and Wayne Pierce of Hartford, Ct. patented snow-making technology in 1950.
- Most natural snow contains bacteria, pseudomonas syringae.
- The predecessor to the snowboard was called the snurfer, and it was invented by Sherman Poppen in 1965. It consisted of two skis cross-braced together.
April 25, 2013
Sun Valley and Snow Facts