But not all skiing is served by the chair lifts. A springtime specialty of the Rockies is hiking up, skis shouldered, for lunch, then a sunny run.
Swooping along above the treeline on Briar Rose Mountain, a skier can savor almost three miles of snow on the fast trip back toward the base.
Named after an old silver mine of the 1900s, Breckenridge's Briar Rose Bar and Restaurant enjoys a revival after years of ghost-town decline.
Along a bright white route flanked by deep green pines, Pam Buckland, 1972 National Ski Queen, whisks along on a lively run at Breckenridge.