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Greetings from Snowy Range

What does it take to operate a small ski area? Steamboat’s Maddox family could tell you all about it — but the industry is experiencing a slow shift, according to the numbers. One thing is certain: The Maddoxes' operation of the resort near Laramie, Wyo., truly is a labor of love.

Reader poll

Have you skied at Snowy Range ski area in Wyoming?

  • Yes, and I loved it. 34%
  • Yes, but I didn’t like it. 4%
  • No, I haven’t skied there. 62%

129 total votes.

Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area

35 miles west of Laramie, Wyo., via Wyoming Highway 130 in Medicine Bow National Forest

Mountain stats

■ Lifts: 4 chairlifts, 1 magic carpet

■ Trails: 12 blue, 8 black, 7 green

■ Vertical: 1,100 feet

■ Summit elevation: 10,000 feet

■ Terrain park: yes

■ Professional ski patrol: yes

■ Ski and snowboard school: yes

■ Amenities: large cafeteria, coffee bar, full-service bar with craft beer brewed on site

Costs

■ Lift tickets: $43 for adults, $37 for teens ages 13 to 17, $26 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children younger than 5 with a paying adult

■ Season passes: $259 for adults, $249 for students, $219 for teens early season

■ Rentals: $19 for basic daily package

■ Lunch: $6.50 hamburgers

Sunlight Mountain Resort

In Garfield County 12 miles south of Interstate 70 and Glenwood Springs

Mountain stats

■ Lifts: 1 triple, 2 double chairlifts

■ Trails: 67

■ Vertical: 2,100 feet

■ Summit elevation: 9,895 feet

Costs

■ Lift tickets: $55 for adults, $45 for children ages 6 to 12

■ Season passes: $505 for adults

Ski Cooper

On Tennessee Pass between Minturn and Leadville, about 9 miles from Leadville and about 35 miles from Vail

Mountain stats

■ Lifts: 3 chairlifts, 1 magic carpet

■ Trails: 26

■ Vertical: 1,200 feet

■ Summit elevation: 11,700 feet

Costs

■ Lift tickets: $46 for adults, $26 for children ages 6 to 14

■ Season passes: $309 for adults

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

On edge of Grand Mesa about 40 miles from Grand Junction

Mountain stats

■ Lifts: 1 quad, 2 doubles, 1 surface, 1 magic carpet

■ Trails: 63

■ Vertical: 1,650 feet

■ Summit elevation: 9,850 feet

Costs

■ Lift tickets: $59 for adults, $51 for teens, $30 for children ages 7 to 12

■ Season passes: $399 for adults early season

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