Colorado provides a ski experience unlike anything else in the world. The mountains are extraordinarily high, the snow is dependable, the resorts are new and polished, and yes, there are even cowboys.

No skier or snowboarder should go to his grave without a visit to some of the region's legendary spots -- Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole, Big Sky. And those are just the big names. Each of the major western states is dotted with little gems, like Colorado's Monarch Pass or California's Sugabowl Resort.

As good as the skiing is, the West is so big (it's over 1,000 miles or 1,600 km from Denver to Lake Tahoe) that you have to do your research and come prepared with a plan. 

Luckily we're here to help. This package has everything you need to know to plan a trip to the wild West of North America this year.