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GIDDY UP Steamboat Springs has a reputation as a Wild West cowboy town. One downtown century-old Western-wear store reportedly sells 6000 Stetsons a year, and cowboys race on skis in a downhill ‘stampede’ each January. During February, a street parade includes children on skis being towed down the main street behind horseback riders wearing chaps and spurs. Visitors to Steamboat can get in on the action by signing up for a horseback riding tour through the Elk Valley. Tours take place year- round. But nothing – and I mean, nothing – beats riding a hardy steed through fields of virgin snow, where the horses’ rhythmic gait allows you to retreat into your own headspace, far from the ski crowds. SINGLE CAT SKI LAPS How does a ticket-to-ride that takes you to the top of otherwise tough-to-get-to
ridgelines with fresh powder sound? Pretty darn good, I say. Powder Mountain (often abbreviated to Pow Mow), in Utah, offers visitors the chance to jump inside a snowcat from the resort to three single-ride cat areas that collectively boast more than 1300 skiable acres. These are areas that are inaccessible by lifts, and it’s far more affordable than heliskiing. Sounds like ‘Powadise’ if you ask me. SNOWMOBILE AT MAMMOTH There’s more to winter resorts than just schussing downhill. Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures gives visitors the chance to get away from the ski slopes on an exhilarating, scenic trip into California’s Eastern Sierra Ranges. Jump aboard single or double snowmobiles on one-hour tours that climb to Minaret Vista for panoramic views of the Minarets, Mammoth Mountain and the Ritter Range, or three-hour Explorer Snowmobile Tours delving deeper into backcountry terrain.
28 reasons to hit up Colorado, USA this northern ski season. Colorado
THE ULTIMATE SNOW STATE!
Arapahoe Basin: Longest ski season in North America, highest elevation terrain park and the coolest après snow “beach.” Aspen Highlands: Known for “the bowl” – a forty five minute ridgeline hike to patrolled off piste terrain to burn the thighs. Aspen Mountain: Accessed by the downtown gondola, known for first tracks and powder pistes. Beaver Creek: Uber groomed slopes, super swanky service and free freshly baked cookies every day at 4pm. Breckenridge: Cool historical town multi coloured Main Street, big peaks, moguls, trees and family friendly.
Above: Powder Mountain cat, Ski Utah/Chris Pearson Left: Mammoth Mountain snow mobiles
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