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Copper Mountain

+Excellent trail layout. Free snowcat in the bowls.
- Snoozy village. Have to hit Frisco for a good meal.

Copper Mountain may surprise you. Nestl ed between behemoths Vail and Breckenridge, it’s equal parts local hangout and destination resort. Luxury ski-in, ski-out four- and five-bedroom homes with gourmet kitchens and stone fireplaces at Lewis Ranch offer a high-end lodging option previously missing at Copper, and on-mountain upgrades have focused on the skiing itself rather than the base area (and as skiers, we like that). Case in point: The sluggish Highpoint double was replaced with a high-speed quad, giving park-andpipers easier access to the Catalyst park while ensuring that beginners spend more time learning and less time on the lift. Four back bowls, pristine tree skiing and the free snowcatserved Tucker Mountain will keep experts going for days. “A great overall mountain with something for everyone,” says one reader. We’re not surprised. —Sally Francklyn

Must Ski » Ride the Alpine lift to marathon bump runs. After a big storm, lap it all day—you’ll ski powder in the morning and perfect soft bumps post-lunch.

Family Activity » The One Hit Wonder ($60) at Woodward at Copper is a skills and safety clinic held at the premier training grounds for budding jibbers.

Off-Hill Restaurant » Try the Blue Spruce in Frisco for a steak and a glass of wine. The bar in the back room often features live music and drink specials.

The Skier Within: Ski Instructors Change Techniques

When ski instruction went from formal technique to pop psychology.

More than three decades ago, skiing was ripe for a change in the way the sport was taught. Amid a new wave of research in psychology and neurology that supported a holistic approach to how people learn, ski instructors were still shouting orders to tense skiers about the placement of their knees and shoulders.

Colorado Resorts Reign as the Kings of Spring

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Snow Storm Sweeps Across State Leaving Fresh Powder for the People

Loveland Ski Area, CO

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Loveland straddles the tunnel which eventually leads to other high-profile Colorado resorts - which, when the traffic is bad and the snow is abundant, is wonderfully convenient.

PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Pueblo, CO

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PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Greeley, CO

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PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Denver, CO

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PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Colorado Springs, CO

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PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Castle Rock, CO

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PLAYGROUND Special Offers: Boulder, CO

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Results: Men's Halfpipe Qualifiers

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The top six finishers will advance to the semifinals on Sunday, January 21.

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