Visiting Winter Park only in the winter is like looking at the world with one eye closed: You're missing half the picture. Colorado's most laid-back major ski resort is even more homespun in summer. And that's how the locals like it.
When Colorado entrepreneur John Quincy Adams Rollins carved a road over the Continental Divide in the 1860s, he did more than open a route for wagons: Rollins bestowed future mountain bikers with an epic ride over the top of America.
The Berthoud Powder Guides' snowcat ski and ride service will begin their season on Nov. 30, due to early season snowfalls that have been above average for this time of year. The opening comes two weeks earlier than scheduled.