With four skiable mountains, a thriving cultural scene and culinary offerings that rival any sophisticated metropolis, Aspen is the grand dame of Colorado ski country. Settled in 1879, the town oozes a Wild West vibe, though one that’s been glammed up with couture boutiques and swanky art galleries. Nonetheless, 5,547 acres of world-class slopes and a gondola that rises directly from a postcard-worthy village make Aspen the quintessential ski town. But nonskiers needn’t fret: From the Wheeler Opera House to the Aspen Institute, there’s no shortage of off-mountain activities. And Aspen is just the start: Four other first-rate resorts lie within driving distance. Bring on the powder!