Throughout Colorado's historic mining boom, the term "treasured" had a different meaning. For conquerers of the town's mines and harsh winters, the reward was precious silver, their treasure, extracted by hearty residents toiling to strike it rich.

Today, Aspen is treasured not only for its history, but also its rebirth as a destination for the world's most avid skiers. It's not hard to see why. Spend a day with our Senior Photographer, Liam Doran, to find out why Aspen is more treasured by top skiers than ever.

PHOTO GALLERY: PURSUING POWDER & PILSNER IN ASPEN