Colorado's status as a top-notch winter destination has turned its front-range resorts into overcrowded parking lots on the weekends. That’s not the case at Steamboat Springs, where the three-hour drive from Denver thins the herds. What you will find is arguably the best snow in the state—the dry, light “champagne powder,” as the locals have named it. You will also find a quaint downtown where the fur coats and haute culture of Aspen and Vail are overshadowed by cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats. And after a day of shredding knee-deep powder, you have multiple relaxation options. Steamboat boasts two hot springs options, the Strawberry Park Natural Springs and Old Town Hot Springs. Oh yeah—the latter one features waterslides.
It's only November and snow has already started to fall across the country, which means we're already planning this year's trip to the best ski resorts and ski towns in the U.S. From California to Vermont, we've rounded up the best ski destinations in the nation for any type of getaway: Thinking about a family vacation in Idaho? How about a romantic getaway to Colorado? Or a girls' weekend with the most luxe après ski amentities? We have a ski resort with your name on it. All you have to do is pack.
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