Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow
Adelyn Field tossing hay to the quarter horse herd from back of a horse-drawn wagon at feeding time - Vista Verde Ranch

Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow

Welcome to Vista Verde Ranch near the tiny Colorado town of Clark and about a 40-minute drive from Steamboat Springs-and a world away from the busy ski town where you have to jockey on the slopes for a place to sit at lunch time.

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Under the Devil’s Thumb, a guest ranch for XC, snowshoe and spa lovers
A miniature donkey at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Under the Devil’s Thumb, a guest ranch for XC, snowshoe and spa lovers

We see that giant snow-covered thumb as we are getting a Nordic classic ski lesson at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a four-season resort on 6,500 pristine acres about 75 miles west of Denver and 15 miles from Winter Park and its famous downhill slope

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Tweens Spill on Skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek
Warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies are a trademark apres ski feature at Beaver Creek

Tweens Spill on Skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek

Local kids in Vail Valley say there’s so much to love about the area. Hear directly from kids themselves about their favorite ski runs, off slope activities and more!

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Woodward Copper — all year fun on the snow an hour from Denver
Snowboarder gets ready to carve Copper Mountain on bluebird day

Woodward Copper — all year fun on the snow an hour from Denver

Just an hour from Denver at popular Copper Mountain, Woodward Copper is an innovative action sports center that offers year-round skiing and snowboarding

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Beyond the slopes of Beaver Creek, special treats for kids and grownups
Spa Anjali

Beyond the slopes of Beaver Creek, special treats for kids and grownups

I’m in the elevator at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in my hotel-issued robe heading downstairs to the Spa Anjali for a massage. Incidentally, the treatments are focused on three healing mountain traditions—the Rockies, Alps and Himalayas.

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Snow sports aren’t cheap, but they can last a lifetime
Instructor Lori Leary and Eileen at Beaver Creek

Snow sports aren’t cheap, but they can last a lifetime

Snow sports “are something you can do together for a long, long time,” said Leary, who raised two kids in the Vail Valley and still skis with them

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At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Show in Denver: a photo essay
Snowcat on display

At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Show in Denver: a photo essay

This year's Outdoor Retailer winter market is big on clothing that has been made from repurposed materials, like plastic water bottles, recycled rubber products and more. Taking the Kids took a stroll through the aisles.

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