In my last blog post I talked about my experiences snowboarding in California. My favourite resort there was Sugar Bowl, partly because of the epic terrain, partly because of the short lift lines, and partly because the local small-hill atmosphere agreed with me.
The more snowboard resorts that I visit, the more I find that each one has it's own character. I was hoping to find more of that small town charm on my subsequent trip to Colorado, and I did.
I'm not lying when I say that I loved all three hills that I visited in Colorado, even though there was little snow for the first half of our visit.
First, we visited Crested Butte. Crested Butte had some of the most amazing terrain I've ever seen. When I first folded out the trail map and saw the enormous swathes of black and double-black diamond runs covering huge parts of the mountain, I was awe struck.
The town of Crested Butte was equally awesome. It's never lost it's old-time ski town feel. Many refer to it as pure.
Next we visited Telluride -- a resort I'd heard about since I was a child. Telluride the mountain is unique, challenging, and beautiful, but the arrangement of the town of Telluride and Mountain Village (where most of the hotels are located) make it a truly unique experience.
Mountain Village is basically in the snowboard area, with runs running right through it and on bridges over roads. I've never seen a ski hill that was so integrated with an urban area. It's truly unique.
Finally, we visited Wolf Creek, a small, out-of-the-way resort near Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek is just a fantastic little resort. It gets more snow than any other resort in the state, and we enjoyed 40 inches of the fresh stuff during our trip.
Finally, my (snowboard) traveling for the year is over and I can finally settle down and explore some of the hills near Salt Lake City where I live.
So far this year I've been to Wyoming, California, and Colorado. Now it's time to see Utah.
If you had your choice, which state would you most like to visit for a snowboard trip?