He is a modern Poseidon, riding his surfboard triumphantly atop the furious sea, for a moment.
Although the lifts at Berthoud are frozen in history (for now) it remains a popular destination for backcountry skiers and snowboarders.
Steamboat also offers one amenity that can’t be built or worked into a promotional budget: A real town that existed long before skiers flocked to the area.
Mary Jane is one of Colorado’s finest expert areas, and although just on the other side of the mountain from Winter Park, it seems worlds apart.
Imagine stepping off a plane at Denver International Airport, boarding a train and zipping at 79 mph into Union Station. From there you board a train to Winter Park or Steamboat Springs, or, hop on Amtrak’s train to Glenwood Springs.
The Loveland/Keystone race to open first has become an annual rite of autumn in Colorado, bestowing “first-to-open” bragging rights to the ski area that can make the most snow the quickest.
People who live in the Rocky Mountains are blessed with frequently excellent snow conditions and a variety of terrain, including tracks, trails, backcountry roads and sparsely timbered telemark slopes.