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Best Family Getaways: Colorado

Matt Nager

Skiing in Colorado

Whether you’ve got a budding snow bunny or a black-diamond daredevil, these slopes are the places to be.

Beaver Creek: It’s hard to say what your crew will appreciate most at this family-focused resort: miles of slopes groomed nightly, free chocolate-chip cookies every day at 3 p.m. at the base of the Centennial Express chairlift, or the industry’s top safety award for 2012. beavercreek.com.

Breckenridge: Terrain-park features ranging from kid-friendly jumps and rails to a pro-quality, 22-foot-tall half-pipe—plus its history as one of Colorado’s first resorts to permit snowboarding—make this a perennial favorite for Shaun White wannabes. breckenridge.com.

Snowmass: The state’s second-largest ski area is particularly good for beginners and intermediates (more than half of its 94 trails have a green or blue rating). Fuel up at the new on-mountain Elk Camp restaurant ($$) before cruising the runs below Two Creeks lift. aspensnowmass.com.

Telluride: The mountain’s 4,425-foot vertical drop ranks among the steepest at North American resorts. Experts take the Plunge, a wide-open path, or the double-black-diamond Spiral Stairs, a mogul-studded monster with bird’s-eye views of downtown. tellurideskiresort.com.

Vail: Skip the lifts for a day to ice-skate in the Swiss-inspired base village, sip decadent hot chocolate at Rimini ($$), and hit the lanes at Bol ($$$), a slick bowling alley that doubles as a restaurant and bar. vail.com. Sarah L. Stewart

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