Courtesy Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain, Colorado
One day lift tickets: From $49 to $139–bookable online; 1 chairlift and an old bus gets you to and from the steepest skiing east of Alaska on a variety of 69 runs (mostly un-groomed).
What’s cool: An incredible mecca for seriously advanced and expert riders with a passion for the unusual. A maximum of under one-hundred skiiers per day (this is a guide-only resort in peak season), it’s only open Thursday to Sunday, December through June.
Where to bunk: The quirky, 118-year-old Teller House Hotel in town, a handful of motels, or historic rooms at Durango’s swanky Strater Hotel fifty miles south.
Courtesy Ski Santa Fe
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico
One day lift tickets: $70 (Adults), $55 (Teens), $50 (Seniors & Kids); 7 lifts for 77 runs.
What’s cool: Only 16 miles from the heart of historic Santa Fe–appealing to grown-ups for shopping, dining, and nightlife–the small resort has an extensive, on-slope Chipmunk Corner day-care, “Snow Play,” and ski school for ages 3 to 11.
Where to bunk: You’re spoiled for choice in this 400-year-old city. Top picks are the RCA-winning Inn and Spa at Loretto, Inn of the Five Graces, and the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.