I am getting ready for a Colorado snowboarding trip in a couple of weeks... YAAAY !!

I have been all over the country and I generally like CO resorts best (Keystone and A-Basin being my favorite), however, one thing I liked better at Heavenly was tree riding, which was absolutely phenomenal. There were multiple wooded trails and rather nice and steep, just the way I like. I suppose one thing that made that possible in the Sierras is that the trees were bigger and somewhat more spread apart for that reason than regular evergreens in the Rockies.

I will be mostly around Summit Co. resorts, including the two above mentioned, also Copper, Winter Park etc.

I was looking for ideas on which of the ski areas in the general vicinity and up to an hour away have a good variety of legal (so not off bounds) tree skiing/riding.

CLARIFICATION: What I mean by tree skiing/riding is skiing/riding through forested areas, trees presenting an obstacle to dodge

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    I would suggest you edit your post so it's not asking "what's the best" but instead "where is tree riding available" in Colorado. Questions about "the best" are considered subjective and may be closed. I voted it down for that reason, but if you edit it to be less subjective I'd definitely reverse my vote.
    – nhinkle
    Jan 29 '15 at 17:34
  • done as per the suggestion
    – amphibient
    Jan 29 '15 at 17:43
  • I know it's not Colorado, but I've always enjoyed the tree skiing in SLC, esp Brighton. Jan 30 '15 at 5:12
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    What is tree riding?
    – user2766
    Jan 30 '15 at 9:19
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    I had the same query Liam - I originally thought they meant jumping (jibbing?) off trees, but I think they just mean skiing through forested areas.
    – Rory Alsop
    Jan 30 '15 at 15:42

Steamboat has some very nice tree skiing. In general open tree skiing in Colorado involves finding an aspen or similar hardwood grove and those don't occur at the very highest elevations. So as a rough first guess, I'd look for resorts at similar elevations to Steamboat.

I can't think of any similar evergreen groves like those at Heavenly, but it has been 20+ years since I skied Summit County.

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