Idaho

A Pandemic Won’t Slow Us Down

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Big Sky Resort

A peek at what’s new in places with peaks in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. 

One might expect that little has happened in many destinations during the era of COVID-19. However, mountain towns have served as refuges for individuals and groups seeking the great outdoors for play and gathering. New properties and experiences, big-time renovations, and entertaining food and beverage options have debuted or are in the works. 

Sun Valley Resort Continues Upgrades

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After a total redo and relaunch of Sun Valley Lodge in June 2015, Sun Valley Resort has continued progress with updates to Sun Valley Inn, The Ram and The Ram Bar and the introduction of Village Station. The biggest project is at the inn where the 105 guest rooms are being renovated with some combined into suites, resulting in 98 guest rooms that will be completely finished in the fall. At The Ram, a new exhibition kitchen is the focus, and The Ram Bar now has wooden floors, a new fireplace, more seating and large screen TVs.

Meet Curt Asmussen

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Curt Asmussen was recently hired as general manager at The Inn at 500 Capital in Boise, Idaho.

U.S. Mountain West Vineyards are Providing Rich Settings for Groups

Being surrounded by grapevines is blissful in itself, but add a measure of mountains and the atmosphere goes nearly off-the-charts spectacular. The soils and climate of the American West have proven bountiful, resulting in a large a number of vineyards with meeting and event spaces that are surrounded by peaks or located in the foothills of Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.

Oregon

Experience Jet Boating in Hells Canyon, Idaho

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The Snake River has carved its way deep into the Earth’s surface to create the massive walls of Hells Canyon. While hiking, camping, fishing, kayak - ing and rafting are great ways to see this amazing attraction, jet boat tours offer something truly different. Hells Canyon is most easily accessed from Lewiston. From White Bird, part of the road is gravel but doable in passenger cars. Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association can provide contacts for guided trips. 

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