One of the first things you’ll notice upon entering Sun Valley: how completely unblemished the foothills are. Thanks to a local ordinance that prevents construction 44 feet above the valley floor, there are no huge houses or lodges looming above you. “You really feel like you live in the mountains,” says paramedic and volunteer firefighter Eric Demment. That’s one of the reasons Demment, 35, a former professional hockey player, moved here. The others? The skiing and, of course, the hockey. “It’s just an elite beer league, but the community is really supportive, and we play teams from all over the West. Teams will even fly in from Boston and New York City.”
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