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By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

Colorado is one of the most popular winter destinations so it’s no wonder this state would have five of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing enthusiasts can score phenomenal all-inclusive deals, tons of fresh dry powder on the slopes and find a variety of events, activities, restaurants and nightlife.

Vail, ColoradoWhen most people think of skiing in Colorado, Vail is one of the first locations that comes to mind. Vail Mountain is an enormous winter hub for skiers, snowboarders, sledding, snowshoeing and anyone who is seeking the best of the best in resort form. Enjoy seven miles of sloping fun on both sides of the mountain. The resort itself encompasses more than 5,000 acres. It’s not only a favored family resort, but a singles resort too. Vail Mountain also offers skiing lessons at their ski school for both adults and children.

Aspen, Colorado. Another popular and talked about ski destination in Colorado is Aspen. Aspen’s resort town is a favorite with the rich and famous and other well-to-do individuals, but there are vacation packages available for various budgets. The Aspen ski and resort area features over 3,000 acres and its main mountain has a vertical drop of almost 4,500 feet. Aspen offers ski trails for everyone whether you’re a novice or intermediate skier. As one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen is hard to beat with its variety of terrain parks, four on-site restaurants, retail and rental shops and comfortable accommodations.

Breckenridge, Colorado. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, a vertical rise of almost 3,400 feet, 30 ski lifts and approximately 2,500 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is undoubtedly one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Open since 1961, Breckenridge has been providing winter sports enthusiasts’ hours of slope time for almost 50 years. Breckenridge has about 155 skiing and snowboarding trails available, and its longest trail called the “Four O’Clock” is 3.5 miles long.

Telluride, Colorado. For its unmatched beauty, hideaway location and friendly town, Telluride, Colorado, is not a well-known area, but is considered one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Telluride is actually located amongst 13,000 and 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, offering a unique ski-in, ski-out type of resort town. The resort has become so popular over the last few ski seasons, it has expanded another 400 acres. The Telluride Ski Resort area also features some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops and spas.

Crested Butte, Colorado. Rounding off the list of top five ski resorts in Colorado is Crested Butte. This historic mining town turned ski resort is nestled among beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. Known as “the perfect mountain” by the locals, Crested Butte offers slopes and trails for all levels of skiing experience. The slopes are wide and don’t get easily crowded which is an advantage to everyone. The mountain also features extreme skiing locations on the North Face and the Head Wall. As of 2010, the newly expanded Teocalli Bowl area now adds to the extreme skiing location of the mountain.

 


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The Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee will host a public open house at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 to present designs for the realignment of the nearby intersection of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive, which are intended to enhance pedestrian and vehicular safety.

The meeting will be held in the Creekside Room of Torian Plum in Ski Time Square where the presenter will be engineer Paul Moreau of Drexel Barrell.

Nearby property and business owners are especially encouraged to attend. The Creekside Room is accessed by descending the outdoor stairs from Ski Time Square toward Torian Plum Plaza. At the midway point, head to the left toward an entrance to the newer of the Torian condo towers.

Volunteers needed for race slated Labor Day weekend

The seventh annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race, presented by Moots Cycles, is seeking volunteers for Labor Day weekend on Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Volunteer positions include course marshals and feed zones.

Over 400 road bike racers from across the Rocky Mountain region will participate in three days of racing with proceeds supporting LIFT-UP food bank, Routt County Humane Society, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Bicycle Colorado.

The stage race details are as follows:

■ Simply Steamboat Time Trial, Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Colorado Highway 131 and River Road.

■ Moots Road Race, Sunday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Twentymile Road.

■ Ski & Bike Kare criterium, Monday, Sept. 7, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ski & Bike Kare criterium, Oak, Pine, Eighth and Fourth streets.

Email [email protected] to sign up to volunteer. Visit bikesteamboat.com for more information.

Bank holds school supply drive for school district

The Bank of San Juans in Oak Creek is holding a school supply drive for South Routt School District through Sept. 15. Community members are invited to drop off school supplies for elementary, middle school and high school students between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the bank, 319 E. Main St.

VNA seeks volunteers for organization events, needs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers interested in helping with events and other needs throughout the nonprofit health organization. Opportunities include assisting with the upcoming Rubber Ducky Race on Sept. 5 and other fundraisers, sharing crafts and activities with seniors at The Haven Assisted Living Center and helping with administrative duties or landscaping/maintenance at The Haven. Volunteers also are needed to assist the Hospice program.

Positions can be tailored to volunteers' unique skills and experience. Visit nwcovna.org/volunteer for more information or call VNA volunteer coordinator Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Individuals sought to become victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line.

Twenty-five hours of training is provided and will take place in early October according to participant schedules.

Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County.

Those who are interested may call Kasey or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

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