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Gretchen Fraser Sun Valley Ski Poster
Woman skiing at Sun Valley.Sun Valley was the brainchild of W.?Averell Harriman, chief executive of the Union Pacific Railroad and future governor of New York.? The businessman in Harriman was looking for way to build passenger traffic to the West, and the avid skier in him wanted a venue that evoked the old world charm of the Swiss and Austrian Alps. To these ends he commissioned a young count, Felix Schaffgotsch to scour the country for the perfect site, and in 1936 (after the likes of Aspen, Yosemite and Mt. Rainier were passed up) Ketchum was ""discovered"". In just 7 months and at a cost of $1.5 million, four-story lodge was constructed on the former Brass Ranch lands, and ski runs were created on Dollar and Proctor Mountains.? (Bald Mountain wasn't even part of the original plans, as it was beyond the ski technology of the 1930's.? Compare the current vertical drop of Baldy's runs at 3,400 feet with Dollar's 628 feet.) Gretchen Fraser won a gold medal in skiing at the 1948 St Moritz Winter Olympics. They named the ski run in Sun Valley,'Gretchen's' in commeration of her gold medal achievment.