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WHY: Because you can ski Vail for a week and never repeat a line. And then there’s Beaver Creek, just down the road, full of rich people who leave all its steep trees to you.
WHAT: Make the effort to head all the way back to Blue Sky Basin on a powder day, then lap the open tree line right under the Skyline Express lift. When things firm up, don’t be lured by the famous Back Bowls. The Northwoods lift, on the front side, is as good as some entire resorts.
WHERE: Grab a pre-ski shot at Yeti’s Grind coffeehouse, fill up on pizza at the Blue Moose, and do something you’ll regret at Samana Lounge.