March 26, 2006
This was our first foray into the land of rented condos. Our family (including toddler) decided to stay in a 3-bedroom condo in the resort with another family who had a toddler. The condo was not bare-bones but not luxurious either. The sheets were passable, not 100% cotton, but clean. It did have everything we needed: plates, corkscrew, refrigerator, washer and dryer (very handy for week-long vacations with a kid). The stove was about 30 years old, however, so a little difficult to figure out how to work. The dishwasher was about the same age, and the refrigerator was a bit newer. I would categorize the decoration as rustic/flea market finds. The couches were comfortable, and the art was definitely not chosen for its merit.The condo also had a fireplace (we did not use it, due to our lack of boy/girl scout skills), a television with cable, a VCR and a DVD player. We had no views of the beautiful scenery, really. Further, although we had asked for a child-friendly accommodation from the resort (be warned that child-friendly does not mean child-proof), there were many exposed outlets, stairs without any baby-gates, etc.
The lodging was a bit of a distance from the amenities. You need a car to get to the pools, restaurants, spa, etc., and walking is not really an option since the sidewalks aren't passable from the snow. It was, however, extremely close (5-minute walk) to the beginner Dollar Mountain, which also had a lovely on-site childcare center. The condos also were about a 5-minute drive from Ketchum (the town near the resort), which was quite convenient.
From journal Family Vacation in Sun Valley with a 16-month-old