Steamboat, Colorado

Steamboat Springs is a winter storybook come to life: A town of quaint shops, bars and restaurants borders the babbling Yampa River, all surrounded by wooden-post ranches, Victorian neighborhoods and the undulating slopes of the ski mountain. The gentle pitch of many (but not all) runs and a buffet of fun-for-all-ages activities earn The Boat top billing in our “family” and “beginner” categories.

Photo courtesy of Matt Inden/Miles