7. Keystone, Colorado

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Tim Humphreys. Keystone, Colorado. PHOTO: AARON DODDS

Average Snowfall: 235”

Elevation: 12,408’

Vertical Drop: 3,128’

Number of Lifts: 20

Hub: Denver, Colorado

Website: keystoneresort.com

 

Listen to local ripper Josh Stock talk about Keystone and you’ll want to drop everything and move there. “Keystone is one of those places where everybody knows your name,” he says. In addition to a crew of welcoming locals, the mountain boasts epic terrain. To get things started, Josh points to Go Devil, the rollers on Jackwhacker or the banks and log jibs along Schoolmarm. When that dry, light Colorado snow flies, drop into The Windows, consider a cheap cat ride to Bergman or Ericson bowls, or explore the bowls in the Outback. The park is all about Area-51. Serviced by its own lift, it has plenty of kickers and skate-influenced jib lines. For cheap beer and grub, Stock offers, “Poor shred bums swear by Dos Locos.”