Onwards from Park City, we took the route towards Sun Valley, Idaho.
High mountains and skiing seems distant as we are tagging along the straights into Idaho where skiing and high mountains seem a distant treat. Until the Saw tooth wilderness appears in the horizon and we are yet again heading into winter.
The town of Ketchum in Sun Valley inhabits around two and a half thousand people, that all seem to have an adventurous connection to their hometown. The rising slopes from the hot springs is one the most unique alpine descents in the country. Black diamond trails rushing through the prosperous forest without any braking points. The hype of the alpine skiing quality here in Sun Valley all makes sudden sense.
As we had to accept that the winter was holding off for a while we were introduced to the Pioneer Cabin. We are thrilled to call Sturtevant’s of Sun Valley one of Amundsen USA current accounts – and they showed us pictures of this remarkable cabin at 3000m above sea level. At first sight, this reminded us of a hut that could have been a part of the DNT Norway cabin collection.
Hiking the Pioneers Cabin Trail in the light of the moon created a special atmosphere as the temperature dropped. We landed at the Pioneers Cabin around midnight, unaware of the spectacular view that was surrounding us. Inside all the necessities was lined up for us with dry wooden logs and bunk beds. If the nostalgia to Norway wasn’t strong already, finding a JØTUL stove (Made in Norway) in the middle of the room made the resemblance complete.
Waking up with the sun is always special. Especially when we find ourselves surrounded by high raised mountains and a skiing potential that we haven’t experienced in a while.
The JØTUL stove was crackling as we prepared breakfast while waiting for the sun to reach over the mountaintop in the horizon. A great morning was followed by a sunrise walk down towards Sun Valley, before our trip towards Jackson, Wyoming and the Caldera House!