Originally built as a homeowners' perk in 1972 to draw buyers to a planned community, Northstar has blossomed into the Tahoe region's third most-visited resort. The resort's beauty is in the details: free lessons five times daily, and more.
Sporting some of the most extreme ski terrain in North America, Crested Butte has long been a top spot for summer fun as well. Located off the beaten path in the beautiful Gunnison National Forest, the Butte offers summer activities for every traveler.
While ski resorts around Colorado seem to be embroiled in highly-publicized environmental battles over planned expansions, a pair of recent proposals for two new ski areas may soon divert some of that attention.