Call in sick, unplug the phone, start making excuses: It's a powder day. Here's the next best thing to a February storm: Instruction tips, gear advice, weather wisdom and profiles of three special places-all near major U.S. Resorts-where you won't have to share. The excuses, we're afraid, are up to you.
Loveland Ski Area 1,570 skiable acres; 2,210 vertical feet; 400 annual inches; 93 trails plus a terrain park and about 500 acres of above-treeline skiing; 10 lifts, including three quads and two triples. Lift tickets: adults $59; children $24; seniors $44; four-hour Flex Pass $45.
Getting there From Denver, take I-70 West to exit 216. Drive time: 50 minutes. Georgetown, 12 miles from Loveland's slopes, is exit 228 off I-70 West.