Telluride, Colorado

Best place for intermediate skiers

Telluride Helitrax

The start of a great day in the San Juans     Photo: Jeff Cricco/Telluride Helitrax

Sure, you can find terrain to scare you silly in the San Juans of southwest Colorado but Helitrax caters more to the intermediate skier who wants to up the fun in spectacular settings instead. With starting points as high as 13,500 feet, Helitrax operates in some of the highest terrain on the continent, where the views can take your breath away faster than the high-altitude. Expect to get six runs a day, totaling about 12,000 vertical feet through Colorado cold smoke scattered across the 200 square miles of terrain. Group sizes tend to be small, with an average of 12 people heading out per day. At the end of the day hang out at the Last Dollar Saloon and grab a margarita. Ski with Helitrax and get 20 percent off Peaks Resort lodging in the Mountain Village, a 13-minute gondola ride up from the heart of town. ($1,049 per day for two to five days; Telluride Helitrax, 877-500-8377; www.helitrax.com)

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