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Colorado in winter

In Colorado’s central mountains, glam resorts and historic towns are strung out like pearls amid the peaks, and there’s plenty of culture and après-ski to round out a winter getaway.
Dreamy powder snow at Steamboat

Ski towns


Glamorous Aspen has four mountains accessible from one lift ticket, each offering a different flavour: there’s Snowmass (best all-around choice), Aspen itself (intermediate/expert), the Highlands (expert) and Buttermilk (beginner/terrain parks) – all connected by free shuttles (aspensnowmass.com; ski season 24 Nov 2016-16 Apr 2017; six-day lift ticket £545).


One of the oldest towns in the state, Breckenridge counts miners’ cabins and a saloon among its heritage structures. The ski area spans five mountains, with great beginner and intermediate terrain, as well as exhilarating high-alpine runs. Lift passes of three days or longer allow some skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek, an hour’s drive northwest (breckenridge.com; ski season 11 Nov 2016-23 Apr 2017; six-day lift ticket from £575).

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In the December issue… Discover Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list of the top countries, cities and regions to visit in 2017; follow gold rush pioneers of yore to the wild Yukon in the northwest of Canada – the country leading our list; take a Great Escape to Colombia, where the Andes, Amazon and Caribbean combine; learn how to live like a Finn, with coffee, lake swims and saunas; see dizzying views of New York City, and much more
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