Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO
Post up in a private cabin at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, and unpack all that long underwear for the week. Suitably set out for backcountry skiing or snowboarding at Hidden Valley, a now defunct ski resort inside the park (no lifts, but the slopes are blissfully free of trees). Finish your Hidden Valley run with some celebratory sledding before cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along Trail Ridge Road inside the park, which ascends to a mighty 12,183 feet. Another favorite activity of locals? Spotting wildlife like elk and moose sans high-season crowds.
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