Visit the top ski town in North America, and more mountain fun this week

Headed for the hills for the holidays? Here are a few suggestions for how to make the most of the winter break on the slopes, including big news from CBMR, one of Colorado's best worst-kept secrets.

See also: Get the Edge on winter fun in Colorado

Throw down! Crested Butte Mountain Resort was just voted #1 in Powder Magazine's 2013 Ski Town Throwdown, in case you needed a new excuse to head that way. Here's another: the Rock on Ice crew is rocking out at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this week, carving massive ice sculptures in the Courtyard at Mountaineer Square that will help up your holiday photo album game.

6 Great Reasons Crested Butte is The Best Ski Town from Crested Butte on Vimeo.

Sochi preview, Part 2! The U.S. Grand Prix event at Copper Mountain this week doubles as the second of five selection events for the U.S. Olympic team, which means all of the top freeskiers and snowboarders are in town to battle it out. Men's ski halfpipe finals are at 7 p.m. today, and weekend events include ski slopestyle finals at 11 a.m. and snowboard halfpipe finals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and slopestyle snowboard finals on Sunday. While you're at it, check out the 12 Days of Copper promotions and holiday events around the mountain.

Light it up! Steamboat opens for night skiing and riding under the Christie Peak Express chairlift for the first time today, with a grand lighting celebration at 5 p.m., complete with a torchlight parade and fireworks. Night skiing hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today through Sunday, and then again nightly from December 26 through January 5. Check Steamboat.com for dates and hours after that.

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