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Breckenridge Ski Resort

Like the baggy-pants jibb ers who frequent Breckenridge’s no. 3–ranked terrain parks, this resort gets a bad rap. Yes, it’s hard to get around. No, don’t go at Christmas. Yes, you’ll be sharing the slopes with first-timers. But if you’re looking for a great town and a big mountain where all types of skiers can find somewhere to play, meet Breck. From the T-bar’s steeps to Peak 7’s cruisers, the resort wins praise from parents and park rats alike. The circa-1850 mining town is reason enough to visit, no doubt helping to earn the resort a no. 6 ranking in Après, no. 9 in Dining and no. 7 in Off- Hill Activities—check Riverwalk Center for concerts and shows. But that’s all just gravy. The skiing is what matters, and Breck’s 2,358 acres really do have it all. “The best overall resort, even if it’s not the best in any one category.” Bad rap: set straight. —Heather Hansman

Off-Mountain Restaurant » Hit Relish, in a fresh second-story space on Main Street, for the best dinner or happy hour in town.

Bragging Rights » Sure, the Lake Chutes are steep, but The Burn and Mustang, on oft-ignored Peak 10, are steep and narrow.

Top Event » Ullr Fest, the town’s annual weeklong celebration and plea to the god of snow, is Jan. 8 to 14, 2012. Judging by last year’s 500-plus inches, it gets results.

While You Were Away: 2013 Resort Upgrades

On-hill upgrades to look forward to this season.

Songwriter Fran Landesman must have been a skier: What else could explain her lyrics to "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" but that snowless window between April and November? Sure, we endure the warm weather and clear skies all summer, but our hearts belong to winter and to our beloved ski hills. The only thing that makes our six-month separation bearable—especially this time of year—is the knowledge that when we finally get back on the slopes, they'll be better than we left them.

Tasting the Season: Oktoberfest 2012

Usher forth the coming ski season with four wunderbar festivals.

Skiing With Diabetes

Sean Busby ski and snowboard camp
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Ski and snowboard camps help kids conquer the disease and the slopes.

A diagnosis of diabetes can be devastating. Managing the disease often requires blood-sugar checks, insulin injections, dietary restrictions and activity limitations, making it especially tough for a kid to be a kid. But it doesn’t have to. Just ask Sean Busby.

The pro snowboarder turned backcountry guide was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. Discouraged, he nearly quit snowboarding altogether, but while researching the disease, came across testimonials from other young diabetics. Many had never experienced sports like normal kids.

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