Echo Mountain opened for business on Jan. 10. Fred Klaas, the general manager, says the ski hill offers an alternative to the big resorts out west. Photograph by Mike Tish
The first thing that struck me about Echo Mountain Resort is the people: There aren’t very many. In one sense, Echo looks like any other alpine destination, just on a smaller scale. Streams of white runs still cut through vast swaths of evergreen like a river, but normally there are...
February 14 2017, 4:45 PM
Steep piles of old mine tailings form "The Dumps" on Aspen Mountain. These thigh-burning trails are tributes to the area's geology, which forever altered the town's fate after silver was discovered here in 1879.
Lindsy Fortier/Aspen Skiing Company
Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride have something unexpected in common: They are all 19th century mining towns that came dangerously close to becoming ghost towns. All three towns were able to escape a bust by striking it rich in a different natural element: white gold, aka snow. As a result, the...
February 10 2017, 12:30 PM
When the name “Loveland” comes up in conversation, you’re most likely thinking about the Rockies’ stunning Loveland Pass or the nearby Loveland Ski Area. Yet 19th-century railroad entrepreneur William A.H. Loveland first lent his name to a town more than 100 miles from the Continental Divide—one...
February 7 2017, 3:20 PM
The view from the back of the dog sled. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Two of the best ways to stave off the winter blues, according to a recent article in Everyday Health, are to get outside and try something new. Luckily, we live in Colorado, where there's no shortage of new adventures to tackle. Before winter melts away to spring, take a spin on a dog sled, a...
February 7 2017, 11:40 AM
The Bivouac hostel in Breckenridge offers every amenity you'd expect from a high-end hotel. Courtesy of The Bivouac
If the first thing you think of when you hear the word “hostel” is a dimly lit room with lumpy mattresses in a dingy building in an urban center, you’ve clearly never stayed in one in Colorado.
Here, many of our prized (read: expensive) ski resort towns have little-known secrets: They’re home to...
February 2 2017, 4:00 PM
Snowmass offers long runs, short (or no) lift lines, and a huge selection of intermediate and expert terrain.
Photo courtesy of Lindsy Fortier / Aspen Skiing Company
Vertical rise: 4,406 feet
Skiable terrain: 3,332 acres
Lift hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Base elevation: 8,104 feet
Summit elevation: 12,510 feet
Why we love it: Short (or no) lines, long runs, and a huge selection of fabulous intermediate terrain
Since its opening in 1967,...
February 2 2017, 11:33 AM
Stats: 3,000 feet of drop over four miles
Rating: Black and blue
Why we love it: The single longest run on the mountain, Riva Ridge is one of Vail’s most iconic ski trails
One of the longest ski runs you’ll ever come across, Vail Mountain’s Riva Ridge drops an impressive 3,000...
January 10 2017, 4:40 PM
The Salt Lake City skyline at sunset. Courtesy of Garrett / Flickr via Creative Commons
The powderhounds know it: Colorado can’t claim all of the west’s best hills. If you’re dreaming of big mountain powder days near and far, you might already have a weekend trip or two to Park City (ahem, Epic Pass-holders), Alta, or Snowbird in your plans. Thanks to the nearby Salt Lake,...
January 10 2017, 4:15 PM