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5 Best Hike-To Ski Trails in Colorado

16th April 2019 | Krista Crabtree

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Aspen Highlands is home to Highland Bowl, an imposing amphitheater-like bowl with more than 20 runs averaging 40 degrees in slope angle. - © Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen Highlands is home to Highland Bowl, an imposing amphitheater-like bowl with more than 20 runs averaging 40 degrees in slope angle.
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Aspen Highlands is home to Highland Bowl, an imposing amphitheater-like bowl with more than 20 runs averaging 40 degrees in slope angle. - © Aspen/Snowmass
On the way up Telluride's puckering Palmyra Peak. - © Telluride Ski Resort

On the way up Telluride's puckering Palmyra Peak.
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On the way up Telluride's puckering Palmyra Peak. - © Telluride Ski Resort
Palmyra Peak in Telluride is located east of Black Iron Bowl and can take anywhere from one to one and a half hours to reach the top. - © Telluride Ski Resort

Palmyra Peak in Telluride is located east of Black Iron Bowl and can take anywhere from one to one and a half hours to reach the top.
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Palmyra Peak in Telluride is located east of Black Iron Bowl and can take anywhere from one to one and a half hours to reach the top. - © Telluride Ski Resort
Seniors, the descent from the summit of Palmyra Peak, is steep and north-facing with plenty of powder for nearly 2,500 feet back to the base of Prospect Lift. - © Telluride Ski Resort

Seniors, the descent from the summit of Palmyra Peak, is steep and north-facing with plenty of powder for nearly 2,500 feet back to the base of Prospect Lift.
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Seniors, the descent from the summit of Palmyra Peak, is steep and north-facing with plenty of powder for nearly 2,500 feet back to the base of Prospect Lift. - © Telluride Ski Resort
With a season that typically runs from October to May, A-Basin's East Wall may have powder, chalky snow or corn—depending on the time of year and even time of day.  - © Arapahoe Basin

With a season that typically runs from October to May, A-Basin's East Wall may have powder, chalky snow or corn—depending on the time of year and even time of day.
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With a season that typically runs from October to May, A-Basin's East Wall may have powder, chalky snow or corn—depending on the time of year and even time of day.  - © Arapahoe Basin
Arapahoe Basin's extreme double black diamond terrain is accessed through the North Pole gate, which skiers and riders can reach from the top of the Lenawee Mountain Lift, the Zuma Lift or the Lazy J Tow. - © Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin's extreme double black diamond terrain is accessed through the North Pole gate, which skiers and riders can reach from the top of the Lenawee Mountain Lift, the Zuma Lift or the Lazy J Tow.
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Arapahoe Basin's extreme double black diamond terrain is accessed through the North Pole gate, which skiers and riders can reach from the top of the Lenawee Mountain Lift, the Zuma Lift or the Lazy J Tow. - © Arapahoe Basin
The summit of Highland Bowl reaches to 12,392 feet, and the hike can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on the run you choose, your level of fitness and reaction to high altitude conditions. - © Aspen/Snowmass

The summit of Highland Bowl reaches to 12,392 feet, and the hike can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on the run you choose, your level of fitness and reaction to high altitude conditions.
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The summit of Highland Bowl reaches to 12,392 feet, and the hike can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on the run you choose, your level of fitness and reaction to high altitude conditions. - © Aspen/Snowmass
A snowcat ride cuts some Highland Bowl hiking time along the boot pack, which is established daily by patrol. - © Aspen/Snowmass

A snowcat ride cuts some Highland Bowl hiking time along the boot pack, which is established daily by patrol.
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A snowcat ride cuts some Highland Bowl hiking time along the boot pack, which is established daily by patrol. - © Aspen/Snowmass
Crested Butte’s iconic peak may be forever memorialized in photos, but it also provides a chance to ski over 3,000 vertical feet, drop a cornice and ski a wide open bowl—all off of the 12,162 foot summit. - © Trinity LeBlanc

Crested Butte’s iconic peak may be forever memorialized in photos, but it also provides a chance to ski over 3,000 vertical feet, drop a cornice and ski a wide open bowl—all off of the 12,162 foot summit.
Copyright: Trinity LeBlanc

Crested Butte’s iconic peak may be forever memorialized in photos, but it also provides a chance to ski over 3,000 vertical feet, drop a cornice and ski a wide open bowl—all off of the 12,162 foot summit. - © Trinity LeBlanc
One of Silverton’s iconic runs descends from Billboard Peak, topping out at 13,001 feet. - © Courtney Walton, courtesy of Silverton Mountain

One of Silverton’s iconic runs descends from Billboard Peak, topping out at 13,001 feet.
Copyright: Courtney Walton, courtesy of Silverton Mountain

One of Silverton’s iconic runs descends from Billboard Peak, topping out at 13,001 feet. - © Courtney Walton, courtesy of Silverton Mountain
Nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountain range in southwest Colorado, Silverton Mountain has one double chair and only double blacks across its 26,819 skiable acres, accessible by hiking (and also by helicopter). - © Courtesy of Silverton Mountain

Nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountain range in southwest Colorado, Silverton Mountain has one double chair and only double blacks across its 26,819 skiable acres, accessible by hiking (and also by helicopter).
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Nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountain range in southwest Colorado, Silverton Mountain has one double chair and only double blacks across its 26,819 skiable acres, accessible by hiking (and also by helicopter). - © Courtesy of Silverton Mountain
Sunrise at Silverton.  - © Caleb Leland, courtesy of Silverton Mountain

Sunrise at Silverton.
Copyright: Caleb Leland, courtesy of Silverton Mountain

Sunrise at Silverton.  - © Caleb Leland, courtesy of Silverton Mountain
Skiing or riding at a resort usually entails a high-alpine environment, so remember to be aware of changing conditions. - © Dave Camara

Skiing or riding at a resort usually entails a high-alpine environment, so remember to be aware of changing conditions.
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Skiing or riding at a resort usually entails a high-alpine environment, so remember to be aware of changing conditions. - © Dave Camara

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