8. Keystone, Colorado

Keystone has not just one but three distinctly different back-to-back mountains, Keystone, North Peak, and The Outback, that lead you deeper and deeper into the wilderness. Two gondolas, River Run and Outpost, help you get there quickly.

If it’s snowing, head straight for The Outback Bowls for an out-of-bounds feeling of freedom while still riding inbounds. There are plenty of powder stashes to be found by hiking. Be sure to take your lunch and lots of water just in case you can’t stop exploring.

North Peak is best for trees and bumps. Keystone Mountain is the place for beginner runs, freestyle riding in the Area 51 terrain park and pipe, and great groomers for carving. In fact, all the mountains have immaculate corduroy of all pitches if you get up early enough to beat the crowds.

Historically, Keystone is the first resort in Colorado to open, usually in mid- to late-October. And the resort has the largest night-boarding operations in Colorado with eighteen trails and the Area 51 terrain park and halfpipe staying open until 9:00 p.m.¿that means you can ride for over twelve hours straight. The park and pipe are groomed weekly.

Keystone also has North America’s only high-altitude (11,444 feet) gourmet AAA four-diamond-rated restaurant, The Aplenglow Stube located in The Outpost Lodge.

The resort definitely caters to families. There are two “Magic Carpets” dedicated to the children’s teaching area, several kids’ theme areas, and a trail to provide beginner snowboarder access to the base of River Run.

There’re more places to stay at Keystone than you can shake a stick at. River Run is the newest base area and part of a one-billion-dollar real-estate development project underway to make Keystone an all-season, world-class resort.