HIT THE SLOPES
LOCATION: Hogadon Basin Ski Area
Pack up your gear and head to Hogadon Basin Ski Area (Hogadon.net), a top-down style ski area with vertical drops of 600 feet and 60 acres of beginner, intermediate and expert slopes just a few minutes from the city. Nowhere else in Central Wyoming can you polish off brunch downtown and be on the slopes less than 20 minutes later. If skiing is your game, feel free to rip down favorites like Dreadnaught, or take it easy on Morning Dew or Holiday. Snowboarders, get ready to ride Boomerang Terrain Park or hit one of the big-air jumps scattered around the mountain. Unlike other ski areas in Wyoming, lift lines are short – which means more skiing and fewer frozen toes. And for kids and first-timers, Hogadon Basin Ski Area offers the Magic Carpet Lift, a 310-foot conveyor belt-style lift.
SKATE, SKI, GLIDE
LOCATION: Casper Mountain Trails Center
With 26 miles of groomed trails, the Casper Mountain Trails Center (307.237.5014) is a great place to glide. Located on Casper Mountain, the center offers cross country skiing day and night with overhead lights illuminating a popular section of the trail until 10:00 p.m. most nights. There are trails for all abilities, so grab your poles and go! Early snow and a full range of terrain are just two of the reasons the Center is a popular facility. In addition to the groomed track, there are more than 30 miles of backcountry and snowshoe trails within the park itself. During the Salt Lake City Olympics, two Olympic teams trained daily in Casper. But don’t let that intimidate you — most folks ski strictly for fun!