“Snow much fun, right?” I said sarcastically, drawing shapes in the powder with my boot, partially out of boredom, partially to stay warm in Breckenridge’s 45-minute lift line. I should have known better than to come during the holidays, but any time of the ski season it’s not unheard of to spend more time waiting in line for the gondola or sitting in mountain traffic than actually on the slopes in Colorado.
Which is why ski resorts in Wyoming are a diamond in the rough for winter sports. Often overshadowed by neighboring Colorado and Utah, Wyoming is more lowkey, less touristy, and certainly have shorter wait and drive times than the Rocky Mountains, which have somehow turned into the Disneyland of ski destinations.
From legendary Jackson Hole to mom and pop resorts perfect for mastering your pizza and French fries, there are almost 100,000 skiable acres spread across every corner of the Cowboy State, meaning somewhere to shred never more than a stone’s throw away. And while my perfect ski day may be one run, lunch, one run, hit the bar for apres or head back to soak in the hot tub, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy the social aspect of skiing and hitting the hill as often as I can– sans crowds.