Open since 1946, A-Basin is famous for being open into June almost every year. Its unique place in the landscape helps keep snow on its 105 trails longer than most other areas.
343 images, 64 by 128 inches
One of the largest panoramas in the collection, and most likely the biggest image ever taken of Aspen and Ajax Mountain. On this particular April day, much of the snow has left the area, but there’s still plenty of skiing available. Viewing the image at full size reveals little foot traffic, and almost no one on the slopes, making this the perfect time for skiing!
Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk
452 images, 85 by 340 inches
The largest panorama in the collection. Taken from within the exclusive Starwood community by special permission. Not many people get to see this view in real life. With a vista that includes Maroon Bells (background, center-right), the sprawling community of Aspen is evident here, as the town expands northward into the greater valley. Red Butte is visible in the foreground.
45 images, 20 by 60 inches
The hillside above Interstate 70 affords a better view of the area than can be seen from the road. Progressively hidden enclaves of ever-more-exclusive residences mean that sometimes the skiing can take a back seat to the parties and money that flow through the town.
198 images, 90 by 360 inches
The view from Boreas Pass Road. The best vista was afforded by standing directly on the road for about forty minutes, as each shot was lined up individually. Passing cars and trucks were quite understanding, given the circumstances. A similar view can be seen from the deck of The Lodge at Breckenridge, just a few hundred feet away.
215 images, 30 by 120 inches
Shot from a gazebo on a facing hillside, amazing views run 360 degrees, and are worth the short climb. One of the smaller ski areas in Colorado, Granby Ranch has had several names in its past, a result of continuing economic turmoil. The larger areas have an advantage because of skier volume, but areas like Granby Ranch are typically hidden gems, where local skiers know to go for very short lines and almost-empty slopes.
148 images, 50 by 150 inches
The oldest of Colorado’s continually operating ski areas, this area’s strength is in its jumps, the largest of which is 114 meters. Almost a hundred Olympians have trained here, the largest pool of talent to come from any ski area in North America.
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Shot at dusk, this view highlights the night skiing at Keystone. Only a handful of Colorado resorts support night skiing, and Keystone has the largest operation, providing a great way to wait out the crowds going back to Denver.
130 images, 50 by 200 inches
The horseshoe shape of Loveland Ski Area makes it difficult to view a sweeping vista of the entire area from the ground. Loveland has unique opportunities for wide-open, spacious runs, cliff-like expert runs, and even snowcat skiing on the Continental Divide.
95 images, 22 by 90 inches
Mt. Daly can be seen on the right, about seven miles away. The telephoto lens tends to compress the appearance of distance, so the peak looks closer.
When ski legends Bill Janss and Stein Eriksen opened Snowmass-at-Aspen in 1967, it was the largest ski area in the nation. Today it’s grown into a diverse funplex with runs for every taste and skill level.
131 images, 40 by 160 inches
With overcast skies, an additional challenge is presented in stitching the images together, as the lack of detail makes it difficult for the computer to figure out where overlapping should occur. In this example, the stitching was done manually.
A little more out-of-the-way for Denver residents, Steamboat makes up for the distance with a friendly town and incredible views from the mountain.
Winter Park and Mary Jane
89 images, 45 by 180 inches
Another example of a view that isn’t possible in real life, this panorama was created by taking two separate panoramas from spots about a hundred feet apart, then combining them in such a way as to remove trees that were in the way of getting a full view.
Though Winter Park opened in 1939, it wasn’t until 1975 that Mary Jane opened, almost doubling the size of the resort. Contrary to popular lore, Mary Jane wasn’t named after the now-legal-in-Colorado substance. Rather, it takes its name from an early Colorado madam who owned a portion of the land.
63 images, 33 by 100 inches
When creating an image that spans 180 degrees, an inevitable side effect is that elements that are straight, in this case Interstate 70, take on a decidedly curved characteristic.
Several deep mogul fields are visible in this late afternoon view, which also shows most of the town of Vail. Though the low-snowfall season is evident in the center-left, the rest of the resort is still full of snow, even in the late Spring.