Looking for an alternative to the maddening crowds that plague so many of Colorado's major ski resorts? Tired of the same old slopes? Or maybe you simply need a break from those ever-skyrocketing lift-ticket prices?
We've got the answwer: a visit to one of the state's smaller, more intimate ski areas. These are picture-perfect resorts with lesser-known names like Eldora, Arrowhead, and Ski Cooper. Ring any bells? How 'bout Loveland, Monarch, SilverCreek, and Ski Sunlight?
Combined, these areas total a little more than 3,000 skiable acres. When compared with Vail, Which with more than 4,000 acres is teh state's largest ski resort, they may seem a bit skimpy.