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Easy Escapes: Skiing in Colorado, USA

Wondering where to hit the slopes this winter? Caroline Garland discovers the snowy thrills of Crested Butte and Telluride

Wondering where to hit the slopes this winter? Caroline Garland discovers the snowy thrills of Crested Butte and Telluride

Why go?Skiing in the USA is a completely different experience to Europe – you get wide open spaces and endless off-piste, there are no lift queues and there’s a friendly, can-do attitude that means you feel at home whatever your ability. Both these resorts, which you can reach by flying into Denver, are big on personality with a Wild West and mining town heritage that’s mixed with terrific scenery and skiing as challenging as you dare. Crested Butte is the smaller of the two, while Telluride has star appeal having recently served as a location for Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, which should hit screens in the UK in early January. See a taster here.

Paint the town red: the Wild West lives on in Crested Butte© Chris Segal/Crested Butte Mountain Resort

When?Both resorts are open from 26 November 2015 to 3 April 2019.

Stay at:Crested Butte Mountain Resort(skicb.com) is set at the foot of the mountain so you can hit the slopes as soon as the lifts open at 9am. Everything is here – you can pick up all your skis, boots and passes and there’s lots of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodation choices include the central Mountaineer Square hotel (doubles from £160, skicb.com) with large, plain rooms, pool and fitness centre.

For something with character head out to Gunnison National Forest and the Pioneer Guest Cabins (doubles from £215 for two nights, pioneerguestcabins.com). A 15 minute drive from downtown, these eight historic two and three-bedroom cabins are exactly how you would want them to be, truly in the wilderness surrounded by spruce, fir and aspen trees. Staying here is very much a personal experience with hosts Matt and Leah Whiting toasting s’mores (marshmallow snacks) for guests on a huge outdoor open fire.

InTelluride, head for the luxe Lumière Telluride (doubles from £314 with breakfast, lumieretelluride.com) in Mountain Village, a boutique mix of 11 hotel rooms and residences with one to five bedrooms that’s set at the top of the mountain with panoramic views. Here there’s an in-house ski valet rental and equipment service run by Black Tie Ski Rentals to make skiing in and out as effortless as possible.






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