Idaho’s First Climbing Classes.

The Union Pacific Railroad’s Sun Valley Resort was a leader in ski resort development including designing and installing the first ski lifts. It seems the resort was also a leader in establishing a climbing school. In 1947 the resort hired Walter Prager to teach climbing techniques to the resort’s guests. The climbing classes, with typical Sun Valley flare complete with … Continue reading

The First Idaho Guidebook: Sun Valley Ski Guide

The cover of the Sun Valley Ski Guide Andy Henning. Basil Service Collection

The first Idaho backcountry skiing and winter climbing guidebook, “Sun Valley Ski Guide,” was published in 1948. The book was authored by Andy Henning  and published by the Union Pacific Railroad, the owner of the Sun Valley Resort. The book is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. However, there is a copy at the Ketchum … Continue reading