Telluride, Colorado
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Telluride Ski Resort may not have Aspen's glitz, Vail's name, or Steamboat Springs' consistent champagne powder, but it remains in contention for the title of best overall resort in the Rockies thanks to gorgeous views, proximity to a genuinely lively town, and a massive variety of runs. The resort is far enough from the I-70 corridor (Copper, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and others) that day trips are impractical and lift lines remain short when they remain at all.

With a vertical of over 4,000 feet and more than 300 inches of annual snowfall spread among its 2,000 skiable acres and 127 groomed trails, Telluride offers more than solitude. The mountain is as suited to aggressive skiers as any other mountain in America not named Jackson Hole. Combine all that with it's multiple hike-to terrain options (including a brand-new staircase at 12,500 feet) and 300 days of sunshine. With conditions that good, skiers are reluctant to retire to some of the best bars in Colorado, including the always crowded Last Dollar Saloon.