Celebrate Independence Day by getting a tan...on the slopes. These ski resorts offer the perfect excuse to head to the mountains for holiday festivities, great lodging deals, and a weekend of sunny skiing.
Like a precocious little sister, Beaver Creek offers much of the excellence of neighboring Vail¿just in a smaller, cuter package. "The Beav" pampers its guests with the fifth-ranked Service and eighth-ranked Grooming in the country.
Let's move beyond the cowboy image and enjoy Steamboat for what it is: a great ski resort. Readers awarded Steamboat seven gold medals, five of them for the stuff of skiers' dreams: Snow Quality, Grooming, Terrain, Lifts and Weather.