WHY: Telluride, a Victorian mining town in the heart of the dramatic San Juans, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. And the skiing? It’s like a mini Chamonix, only (a little bit) easier to get to.
WHAT: In a good snow year, hike to the Gold Hill and Palmyra Peak chutes for puckering steeps. It’s the best inbounds hike-to terrain in the U.S.
WHERE: The in-town scene’s great, but be sure to hit Allred’s, at the top of the gondola, for drinks and insane views.