Do you care about a village? Do you want like the “whole USA ski experience”? And does that mean quality of skiing of quality of overall experience to you?
There’s so many places that it’s kinda hard to narrow it down without this info. You can ski in every western US state besides Texas.
Sunlight mountain is kinda close to aspen and like mom and pop style.
Durango is worth a shot too. You’ve got purgatory right there. Purgatory can be fun. Best snow I’ve ever skiied was there. So dry and DEEP. Silverton mountain is up the road. That place is a trip (look it up). Then you have Hesperus as well for the most janky skiing under the lights you’ve ever done (but it’s fun). Plus Durango is a pretty cool town and Taos isn’t TOO far. Also, wolf creek is not far and that’s the most snow in Colorado.
There’s many many places and many states but if I could do it all over again though - I’d still go to the same place I started: North Lake Tahoe. So many resorts, beautiful views, lots of great parks, lots of gnarly terrain. Biggest thing about Tahoe though is that the snowfall is feast or famine. There is no in between. And it’s not as dry of snow as Colorado (which I don’t mind).
Satans_anusHhmmm, not really feeling the rich people vibe tbh. What other resorts in Colorado would you recommend? Or is there other states I should look into as well?
Gonna check out telluride too!