WHY: Powder. Like, 430 average annual inches of it. Though it has the honor of being Colorado’s snowiest resort, Wolf Creek remains a small-town hill with a local cult following. It’s a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Denver, which keeps it safe from the hordes of powder-hungry Front Rangers who clog I-70 and Summit County.
WHAT: From the Alberta lift, it’s a half-hour hike to Horseshoe Bowl. If you see something along the way that tempts you—Knife Ridge Chutes, Dog Chutes, Keith’s Glade—drop in. The rest will wait patiently, untracked.
WHERE: Soak in the hot waters of nearby Pagosa Springs, a quaint town on the banks of the San Juan River. You have two micro-breweries to choose from and high-calorie recovery food at the Malt Shoppe.