Skiing Wolf Creek
It’s not as iconic as Aspen
or as convenient to Denver, but due to its unique geography, Wolf Creek, located near the town of Pagosa Springs by the New Mexican border, gets surprisingly excellent early-season snow, especially for a southerly resort. Add to that the sparse lift lines, and you have one seriously underappreciated destination for logging powder time. Bonus: After a day of beating yourself up on the slopes, the therapeutic hot springs of Pagosa feel mighty good.