This frontier town is so well known for its glamour and being a celebrity haven that you can lose track of the natural wonders of its four mountains and for skiers and boarders these qualities run deep. Of course, the glamour is worth a word — especially around the town of Aspen, where you can spot Hollywood stars, admire the Victorian architecture and gaze at the peaks above.
Skiing area: 2424ha
Longest run: 8.5km
Vertical drop: 1343m
Terrain mix: 25 percent beginner; 43 percent intermediate; 42 percent advanced/expert.
At the top of Jackson Hole's highest lift, the Aerial Tram, you are at the peak of the skiing world, high in the Teton mountain range, looking way down on the Snake River as it winds its way through the valley.
Skiing area: 1100ha
Longest run: 11.5km
Vertical drop: 1260m
Terrain mix: 10 percent beginner; 40 percent intermediate; 50 percent advanced/expert.
Steamboat has been called a cowboy town — but only in the sense of boots and stetsons — so don't be surprised to see skiers on the slopes in full cowboy clobber. In January 2008, hundreds of them will take part in the 34th Cowboy Downhill Race, a colourful, slightly surreal sight.
Skiing area: 1176ha
Longest run: 4.8km
Vertical drop: 1118m
Terrain mix: 13 percent beginner; 56 percent intermediate; 31 percent advanced/expert. Visit: www.steamboat.com