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Loveland, Colorado

Loveland, Colorado: Ski Powder for $30 Until May 2

It's still snowing in Colorado—Loveland Ski Area is reporting eight inches of new snow in the past 48 hours. And here's the best news: If your mountain is closed for the season, bring your season pass from any other mountain to Loveland and they'll give you a lift ticket for $30. Closing day at Loveland is May 2.

450 miles of singletrack await you just outside the door of Sun Valley’s Coyote yurt. Having the yurt as a base camp, rather than touring between yurts, makes this trip friendly for groups with a variety of skill levels; kids and the less intense bikers can take a day off or cruise the easy trails for a few hours while the fanatics can stay out all day. And with a guide to lead you, every mile can be tailored to your specific ability level and interests. The yurt itself features stunning views of Boulder and Pioneer Mountains, which are best enjoyed while sipping a cold beverage on the sundeck after a grueling day on the trail. -       $230 per person per day (includes guide, yurt rental, food and transport) -       Yurt Capacity: 12 -       See svtrek.com for more info

Singletrack Huts

Hut-to-hut touring is well known in the world of backcountry skiing. But more and more of these mountain refuges are opening their trail systems to mountain bikers in the summer months. So why not trade in your skins for wheels, and deep powder for single track?

Driving on I-70 between the mega-resorts of Copper Mountain and Vail you crest 10,600-foot, Vail Pass, which gets a ton of snow because of it’s elevation and location right in the middle of the state. The west side of the highway is a popular spot for snowmobile use, as well as a starting point for some 10th Mountain Division Huts. The east side of the highway is a haven for human-powered ski touring.  Uneva Peak, at 12,520, is a perfect objective for a first visit to Vail Pass. The grade to the summit is relaxed, and 2,000 vertical feet of elevation gain is realistic for most weekend warriors. There are abundant slopes on which to play depending on weather, avalanche danger, and motivation levels. The south and west slopes are good for basic decision making, but the north and east are a bit more complicated.  To get there, follow I-70 to Vail Pass, and park on the west side of the highway. There is a ranger station, and day use will cost $6 per person. Chat with the rangers, get a handle on current conditions, and feel good about where your money is going. Cross the overpass and start skinning right at the summer trailhead.  

Backcountry Destinations: Colorado

As touring gear gets more sophisticated and bomber, backcountry skiing is gaining popularity across the country. But, for a variety of very good reason, it can be intimidating. And finding appropriate entry-level trips can be hard. To help make the transition to touring, we’ve got some beta to get you started. Each month, Donny Roth, owner of Alpine Ambitions, will share a few destinations that are great starting points for skiers looking to get out and explore. The first installment is from Colorado, check back soon for ideas from other states.