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It takes more than good terrain to be a truly great ski town. When you're walking in ski boots and lugging your equipment around, a town that sits at the base of the ski area or has a great bus system will make all the difference.

And while you're probably booking the trip to make some turns, some would argue that a bustling après-ski scene, good eats, and non-ski-related activities — from shopping and spas to snowshoeing and sleigh rides — are just as important as a reliable snow base, spacious groomers, and powder days.

Chances are you want it all (and who wouldn't?), so we narrowed things down from the state's 32 ski resorts into a select and superior few that offer up ski town charm in addition to excellent skiing. These Colorado ski towns will keep you entertained from sunup to sundown, while offering easy access, beautiful views, and, of course, great skiing.

Here are seven of the best Colorado ski towns for your next winter vacation.

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