You don't usually think of staying in Boulder when you plan a ski vacation, but Boulder offers all sorts of lodging availability during the winter months - including the holiday season.

The Boulder Ski Escape is a new co-operative effort with lift tickets at Eldora Mountain Resort and lodging from more than a dozen hotels that represent a range of properties from the budget minded to high-end spa hotels. Eldora Mountain Resort is a half hour drive west of Boulder and lodging with lift ticket packages start at as little as $64.50 pp for a one-night stay.

Or stay at the Best Western Golden Buff Lodge. Their package includes one night's lodging for two, breakfast, and two adult lift tickets to Eldora Ski Resort for only $142.; Quad occupancy as low as $176.00. Go online for more information or to make a reservation.

You'll find endless lodging choices, eclectic restaurants, and streets filled with shopping in Boulder. The town is also a sports Mecca with miles of hiking trails, bike paths and public open spaces in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Just 20 miles west of Boulder is Eldora Mountain Resort. Eldora offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With 12 lifts, 680 acres of terrain, Eldora has enough skiing and riding for any ability level with a laid back local flavor.