Lost in southwestern Colorado nestled amongst deep green pines and jagged peaks rests this charmingly rugged ski town. World renown powder comes deep and steep here and the resort offers endless options for inbound trails and those looking for fresh turns in the backcountry. The ski hills are legendary but the magic of the place comes from the quaint and rustic vibe of the town itself. Walking down the narrow streets in this historic Victorian mining town you can almost imagine yourself on horseback looking for gold. Spa and lodging options abound including The Peaks Resort which offers top notch rest and relaxation packages at the end of a beautiful gondola ride.
Just south of Grand Teton National Park sits the expert skier/riders paradise of Jackson Hole. With traditionally huge snowfall totals often above 500 inches/year and terrain that will challenge and excite, the skiing here is great for intermediate and advanced while intimidating the novice. The small but functional regional airport brings in people from all over the states and beyond. Teton Village is one of the top ski-in/ski-out compounds in the country and offers several 5-star hotels and delicious dining options. The town lacks a bit in nightlife but there are a few local watering holes to discover that are sure to spring your western spirit.
Vail is home to some of the best and most easily accessible skiing and snowboarding in the world. The resort is located only a few hours drive from Denver International Airport making it a worldwide snow sport destination. Several large events and competitions take place here throughout the year including the Burton US Open and several large concerts. 33 lifts and 2 gondolas offer guests access to 5,289 skiable acres with terrain catering to all abilities. This affluent ski town gives an air of European charm as you walk cobbled streets after an epic day on the mountain in search of a pint and some après-ski. There are a plethora of dining and lodging options - all comfortable, often 5-star and beyond.
Perched above sprawling Salt Lake City you can find some of the best snow in the world. Only 29 miles from the airport, Snowbird provides easy access and often unbeatable conditions. Easily averaging over 500 inches/year and sometimes pushing 800, it’s hard to have a bad day here. Nearby Alta caters to skiers only but is highly recommend for its terrain and beauty. Always ranking among the best by ski industry insiders, these two sister resorts are guaranteed to deliver many sore thighs and slope side memories.
Aspen is, well, Aspen. It has a worldwide reputation and if you’re lucky enough to be in on it, you’ll soon understand why. The area has 4 full-fledged ski resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. You can’t go wrong with any of these and the service and style that flows here will surely bring a smile to your face. After enjoying the powder on the hills make your way down into town to be smothered in lavish luxury or enjoy a meal prepared by some of the top chefs in the world. Far too many options to recommend so put it on your list and go for it.