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Bulldogs Kylee Carter and Kaleb Sloan having fun at Wolf Creek

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Bulldogs Kylee Carter and Kaleb Sloan having fun at Wolf Creek

Bulldogs Kylee Carter and Kaleb Sloan having fun at Wolf Creek

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Some say that the state of Colorado has the best skiing in North America. With several large resorts and many surrounding parks, the state holds several opportunities to hit the slopes. Here is our countdown of the top 5 places to ski/board in Colorado.

5. Keystone

Facing North Peak In Keystone, Colorado. Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts

Facing North Peak In Keystone, Colorado. Photo by Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts

Keystone Resorts makes the list for one major reason; Night Skiing. The runs themselves are not the best, however when the sun goes down and the lights come on it’s a whole different world.  No other surrounding resorts have this night time feature which makes it a very unique place. The average snowfall each year is 230 inches.

4. Vail

Photo Courtesy of www.thedenverchannel.com

Photo Courtesy of www.thedenverchannel.com

Vail is by far the largest/most expensive resort in all of Colorado. However the terrain is well worth the price. If you are looking for an good all-mountain experience, Vail Resort is the place for you. Many complain about the large amount of tourists but luckily the mountain is large enough to avoid the crowds. Another perk of this ski resort is there yearly average snowfall which is around 355 inches.

3. Snowmass

Photo Courtesy of Scott Markewitz, USA Today

Photo Courtesy of Scott Markewitz, USA Today

Snowmass Mountain is a much smaller resort compared to the previous two, however this is not a problem. The more local nature of the mountain makes for a great environment and is a great place for experienced skiers. Snowmass also receives an average of 280 inches of snowfall each year.  

2. Steamboat

Photo Courtesy of familyskitrips.com

Photo Courtesy of familyskitrips.com

During the summer, Steamboat, Colorado is a green, beautiful place of the North.  During the winter, Steamboat springs is white and full of the best powder in Colorado. Some claim they get the earliest snowfalls and the best quality. Although Steamboat’s mountain is smaller compared the other’s, it makes up for it with the ambiance of the town. Average snowfall is an outstanding 360 inches per year!

1.Telluride

Photo Courtesy of http://www.powderhounds.com/

Photo Courtesy of http://www.powderhounds.com/

(If you live anywhere north of/in Pueblo) Telluride is the farthest distances than any on the list, however, the trip is well worth the experience. The downtown area is a perfect place to view the most beautiful box canyons in the world. Nowhere in North America will you find terrain like you do in Telluride. In recent years, the resort opened the backside of the mountain which holds breath taking bowls. This part of the mountain is mainly for very experienced skiers. Average snowfall is around 300 inches per year.

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