Bigger isn’t always better. Colorado’s small resorts serve a wonderful role for families. These small mountains offer the same advantages to families that they did several decades ago when I was learning to ski. To wit: cheaper lift tickets, smaller crowds, less terrain on which to get lost or separated, a single base area where it’s easy to find friends and family, and a community, where sooner or later, most everyone recognizes everyone else.
October marks the beginning of ski season in Colorado, as Loveland and Arapahoe Basin duel it out to see who will make the most snow and get their lifts open first. Sometimes, mother nature helps a lot and other times, being fickle and unpredictable, she doesn’t. But fickle is the nature of October: freezing temps, followed by golden Indian summer days, followed by gray rain and snow, maybe a few more golden days, and of course, Halloween.