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Inside the Race to Be Colorado’s First Ski Resort to Open

From massive snowmaking efforts to bucket brigades that move gallons of natural powder, here’s what goes into the state’s favorite winter contest.

Redcliff Peak

You’ll pad through lush forests and traverse numerous streambeds before summiting this 13,642-foot beauty near Ridgway.

James Peak

One of Colorado’s most popular thirteeners, James Peak provides the opportunity to trek across a glacier.

South Arapaho Peak

Soak up views of Rocky Mountain National Park, Lake Granby, and the Indian Peaks from the top of South Arapaho Peak.

Hayden Mountain

If you’ve never traveled along southwestern Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway to Red Mountain Pass, you should—and hike up Hayden Mountain while you’re there.

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