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Colorado’s most vertical resort is Snowmass. Although it claims around 4,400 feet based on the difference in elevation between its highest and lowest points, an honest-to-god, no-asterisk descent from the top of the cirque to base village is a shade over 4,000 feet. For that to happen, the Cirque Poma lift needs to be running, and when it is you’re in for a mad downhill dash, at least until you hit the family-friendly slopes about halfway down—depending on your route, of course.