Rocky Mountains, CO
One of Colorado's oldest ski areas boasts the highest base of any in North America. At 11,315 feet, Berthoud literally straddles the Continental Divide, with two separate mountains divided by U.S. Hwy 40. (Geography trivia: The Continental Divide actually cuts through its parking lot).
You'll find 1,000 skiable acres, perfect for the more advanced ski family. Half of the runs shoot past the base lodge to a shuttle bus station, offering an extended glide down the hill. From there, you can take an eight-minute shuttle back to the lift. Thrill seekers will love the Hike-to-Ski program, during which a ski patrol member personally guides you to hidden, backcountry spots.