Wolf Creek, Colorado
The ski season is in full swing, so go on and get your skis and snowboards ready. But you don't need to take them to the big resorts -- there are plenty of small ones that are just as formidable, and less crowded, too.
Forget Vail and Aspen: Tucked in Pagosa Springs in the San Juan mountains is Wolf Creek, a smaller ski resort that packs a big punch. According to the Colorado tourism board, it receives more snow than any other resort in the state, at 465 inches per year.