Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

Top 10 ski towns in the West

Whether you’re all about the hot toddies, Wild West saloons, or après-ski eats, we’ve got the place for you

Sleigh rides in Steamboat Springs, CO
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Most Old West charm: Steamboat Springs, CO

Spur-clad cowboys from the area’s 400 cattle ranches mingle with fur-clad skiers on main hub Lincoln Avenue. Wanna look like a local? Stop by the 1905 F.M. Light & Sons for cowboy threads.

Slopes: Race down 2,965 acres of some of the West’s best gladed and groomed skiing at Steamboat ($97), including Shadows and Buddy’s Run. Hang around at the top of the gondola at 1 p.m. and you might get a chance to take the chairlift with 1964 Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd, decked out in his signature Stetson.

Sleeps: Downtown’s Hotel Bristol (from $139) opened in 1948 and still has its Old West touches, from the saloon to the Native American quilts in the bedrooms.

Info: 24 miles from Yampa Valley Regional Airport; steamboat-chamber.com

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