I *used* to be an avid skiier. I *was* a PSIA/PNSIA certified ski instructor and an avid downhill racer. I started in Alaska and continued in the Seattle area. I now live in the Denver area and for the last 8-1/2 years I have been skiing twice. You would have to be extremely dense to not have heard of the great resorts all just a few hours drive from where I live. Aspen, Breckenridge, Snowmass, Vail, Steamboat and the list goes on. As avid a skier as I thought I was I was actually surprised at the number of slopes here in Colorado alone! My wife, through her work, has access to some free ski passes so we are already planning on heading up to the slopes this year. We did not really want to start right off in the high traffic resorts and were having some challenges finding some of the less known places.