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Take A Day Off The Slopes And Explore

Wheeler Opera House AspenVacationers often take a day off from skiing or snowboarding during their vacation to check out what’s happening off the slopes.

SnoCountry.com took a look at the best things to do on that day when you leave the boots, poles and skis or ‘boards at the condo, and came up with this list of some of  the more unusual offerings:

Heavenly, Calif.: Taking risks on the mountain promise high rewards, and so do the thousands of slot machines, blackjack and craps tables and lucky wheels that spin down below. Heavy-hitters Harvey’s, Harrah’s and Hard Rock Café beckon, as do boat trips on Lake Tahoe.

Aspen, Colo.: Combine past with present at this haute-couture town. Neighborhoods full of 1890s-era, narrow-and-tall Victorian houses. A beer at the Hotel Jerome or a play at Wheeler Opera House may trigger a celebrity encounter. Glenwood Springs' famous hot pools are a half-hour drive away.

Park City Main StreetPark City, Utah: Another silver-mining town with walking tour of late 19th-century architecture (64 buildings on National Historic Registry). Tons of restaurants, great public transit. Check out ski jumping, bobsledding and luge action at Olympic Park just down the road.

Taos, N.M: Tri-culture town drips history at every turn. Downtown plaza once corralled sheep, adobe style embodies Spanish Colonial traditions, and settlement of Taos Pueblo reaches back to 1200s. Food features red-or-green chile sauce choice (or try “Christmas”), and art galleries abound.Cowboy bars and yuppie restaurants coexist. There’s a nature boardwalk along the Yampa River and renowned hot springs for soaking during a day off the slopes.

Photos: Top -- Aspen's Wheeler Opera House presents year-round performances (Aspen/Facebook); Left -- Main Street in Park City is loaded with shopping, dining, partying spots (Utahvacations.com); Below -- Taos is a cultural melange of pueblo, Spanish and anglo (Taos Pueblo/Facebook)

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