Best Secret Snowboarding Spot - 2004
Readers' Choice: Loveland Ski Area
There are plenty of stops on the secret snowrider's expressway, where the general public doesn't even know you can get on board. And we're not just talking about hills at traditional resorts, where you have to hike off the trail in order to drop through some trees. No, we're talking about the special places that windburned vets in tuning shops talk about in hushed tones and never broadcast in public. But let's just say that if you pay the $10-per-person toll to drive the nineteen miles to the top of Pikes Peak (America's most visited mountain!) during prime days in spring, you might find some very happy riders using this 14,110-foot icon as their own private run. And if you did, you might find that those riders have a wide variety of abilities -- from fairly novice to way experienced -- but all are ready to ride.