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Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains

<center>Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains</center>
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SNOWMASS

Why Ski There: Arguably America's best family mountain, Snowmass has a vast expanse of terrain that can keep experts and rank beginners equally happy. If your kids snowboard, three terrain parks will keep them focused.

Don't Miss: The new Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center (www.aspensnowmass.com) is a $17 million, 25,000-square-foot children's center with seven interactive rooms designed for specific age groups.

Where to Stay: Snowmass Club (970/923-5600; www.snowmassclub.com) is luxury writ large a couple of minutes from the slopes, offering town homes with full kitchens and fireplaces, as well as a 19,000-square-foot athletic club. Or stay closer to the slopes at Chamonix at Wood Run, which has two- and three-bedroom units slopeside on Assay Hill (970/923-3232; www.snowmasslodging.com).

Where to Eat: The Colorado lamb served by chef David Von Holton is reason enough to reserve a table at the Artisan in the Stonebridge Inn (970/923-2427; www.stonebridgeinn.com). Or don cross-country skis or snowshoes, or ride a horse-drawn sleigh to get to the Pine Creek Cookhouse for wild Alaskan salmon or grilled buffalo (970-925-1044; www.pinecreekcookhouse.com).

Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains

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