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Ski Season Checklist Part 4 – West/Central

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For skiers and riders who frequent the central and western regions of Colorado, a ski trip can take you to a whole new world, far from the hustle and bustle of the Front Range. Skiers and snowboarders from all over the world travel to the West/Central region of the state in search of the newest attractions, the best views and the freshest powder. Whether it’s your first Colorado adventure or a return to your home mountain, this West/Central Ski Season Checklist will guide you through the can’t-miss charms of this winter wonderland. 

Sunlight – Pair your skiing with a rejuvenating soak in luxury natural hot springs. Sunlight offers several packages that include a dip in either Glenwood Hot Springs or Iron Mountain Hot Springs, including the Sunny Soaker Pass; the Ski, Swim & Stay Package; and the Slope & Soak 4-Pack.

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Monarch – Test your limits with Cat Skiing on the Continental Divide. Monarch Cat Skiing offers 1,635 acres of diverse expert backcountry terrain featuring wide open bowls, steep chutes, and beautiful glades. This experience is expert skiers and riders only.

Crested Butte – Catch the incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.  The best part about these views are that everyone can attain them; whether you’re skiing at CBMR or exploring Elk Avenue, the views are astounding and can’t be missed.

Powderhorn – Ski one of the many aspen glades and boulder fields that complement the terrain Powderhorn Mountain Resort. While you’re there, word has it the best place to capture a photo of the Grand Mesa mountain range and the valley below is at the top of Cannon Ball Run.

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Aspen/Snowmass – Ride the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Snowmass. Wind your way through over a mile of forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28mph. If you’re there on a powder day, you can also enjoy Powder Pancakes, free pancakes from 10am-11am on all four Aspen Snowmass Mountains.

We’ve been roaming the state in our Ski Season Checklist series, compiling the must-see adventures along the Front Range, in the Southwest and on Route 40.