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If there’s one thing skiers and snowboarders agree on every time, it’s the simple fact that cutting tracks in fresh powder is the ultimate high. The first time you experience the sensation of floating down the mountain through untouched powder your love of the sport grows exponentially. From that point forward, you’re likely to be chasing freshies for the rest of your life.

Few places on earth beat the US Rocky Mountains when it comes to “scoring freshies.” Numerous resorts in both Colorado and Utah offer the potential to repeatedly enjoy this memorable experience, but a lot of factors must be considered when selecting your destination.

Fresh tracks at Powder Mountain Utah; photo courtesy of Powder Mountain

Those of us who only go on one or two trips per year, want to stack the odds in our favor. The big brand name resorts like Veil and Aspen, in Colorado, certainly have the snow, but they draw big crowds and can be quite expensive. Snowbird and Alta in Utah also have awesome snow, but they are easily accessible to the residents of close-by Salt Lake City, along with lots of tourists during peak times. It’s hard not to lose your mind standing in a long lift line watching the fresh snow get tracked up by the crowds. Next thing you know, after your long wait, you’re exhausting yourself and losing time hiking to spots with untracked snow.

This year, if all goes as planned, I will be heading to Powder Mountain Utah with the hope of eluding the crowds. This mountain has an incredible reputation with tremendous customer satisfaction. They limit ticket sales  to prevent overcrowding, and they sell single run cat tickets where you are taken to otherwise inaccessible runs for an even better shot at cutting your own fresh tracks. To find out more about Powder Mountain, visit the website – https://www.powdermountain.com/

A small group of skiers and snowboarders on their way to the dream come true, Powder Mountain, Utah; photo courtesy of Powder Mountain

With the tremendous popularity of downhill skiing and snowboarding, many of the resorts I originally had on my personal bucket list are now off the list. One that remains however is in the lesser-known town of Crested Butte Colorado. The town has a very special nostalgic vibe – see image below provided by mountainimpressions.com. Along with its natural beauty, great snow and excellent terrain, many of the town’s businesses are located in mining era buildings. The historic essence of pure ski culture is alive and well in Crested Butte. I want to be in good shape when I get there, because I plan to take advantage of the more advanced terrain the mountain is known for. To find out more about Crested Butte Colorado, visit the official tourism website – https://gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/

The charming town center of Crested Butte, CO; photo courtesy of mountainimpressions.com

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