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Point And Shoot: Five Photogenic Resorts In The West

Telluride-Town-View Town of Telluride crowds into narrow box canyon. (Telluride/Facebook)

With the proliferation of Smartphones and digital cameras, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture the beauty of the West – especially in the mountains.

SnoCountry.com focused its viewfinder on some of the most picturesque ski and snowboard resorts across the West and came up with a truly scenic selection.

At Telluride, it’s the box-canyon town that catches the eye at this southwest Colorado resort. Peaks of the San Juan Mountains loom over the Victorian-styled town on three sides -- mining road switchbacks, famed Bridal Veil Falls, and the chute-and-plunge steeps that pour right into town. On a clear day, head up and over to Revelation Bowl (12,500) to get prime shots of the San Juan backcountry.

Lake Tahoe lurks below Diamond Peak. (Diamond Peak/Facebook)

The deep-blue of Lake Tahoe rimmed by the snowy Sierra mountains makes for fine full-frame scenery. Ride to the top of Heavenly, Homewood or Diamond Peak. On a clear day, you can shoot forever.

Freshie powder tracks on the slopes of Mt. Hood. (Mt. Hood Meadows/Facebook)

Two ski and snowboard resorts – Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline – sit on the shoulders of Oregon’s Mt. Hood. From below, the 11,250-foot volcano invites dramatic shots, and a camera-ready tour of the venerable Timberline Lodge is worth the time. From above, the unending views of the Pacific Northwest high forests and string of volcanoes will keep your shutter flippin’.

Ketchum, Idaho, and Sawtooths provide backdrop at Sun Valley. (Sun Valley/Facebook)

Idaho’s iconic Sun Valley never lacks for photos. In the town of Ketchum, the historic district brings an old-West flavor. And, always looming, 9,150-foot Bald Mountain displays the trails of Sun Valley; from its summit, the gnarly beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains beckons.

Jackson Hole tram gets photogs to vantage point. (Jackson Hole/Facebook)

Here, there and everywhere defines photogenic possibilities at Jackson Hole. The craggy Tetons hover to the west, and the town of Jackson has both real and faux cowboy architecture. Take a ride up to 10,450 feet on the Jackson Hole tram, and a feast for the eyes awaits, as the Tetons rise thick and far and the “hole” in the mountains spread out below.

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