The Winter Park Ski Train isn't exactly the speediest way to get to the slopes, but it's a fun one. Which would you rather do on your way to the ski hill -- sit in zero-to-60-to-zero traffic, or have a nice breakfast and read the paper? We'd prefer the latter, and we'd guess you would too. So when the train went kaput last year -- after former owner Anschutz Co. sold the line to a Canadian company -- we were a bit bummed out. No longer.
How do you conceal a 13,000-foot peak? Ask Denver skiers, who aim to keep Loveland's steeps and stashes to themselves.
When Will Rice needs a surefire shot of fresh powder and short liftlines, he heads for the glades beneath Chair 8 at Loveland Ski Area. "The snow loads up in there," says the Denver telecommunications salesman, who's been skiing Loveland for eight years. "It's one of the most consistent stashes in Colorado." Better still, Loveland is just 53 miles from Denver, making it one of the easiest mountains to reach when a storm swoops in. "From my office," Rice says, "I can be in the parking lot and into my boots in 50 minutes."