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USA Today: Top 10 Most Scenic Resort in the World

To the uninitiated, the truth of skiing and snowboarding can easily become dwarfed by the high-octane images from the X Games, the Olympics and the seasonal releases of ski movies. But oftentimes the experience of simply being high up on a snow-covered mountain, breathing in panoramic views of all that surrounds you, means so much more than whether or not you braved a double-black diamond run. These ten resorts deliver a visual reassurance that no matter what runs you ski or snowboard, you're in the right.

10. Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

The epic views from the top of Telluride Resort are a sight to behold, but you can easily grasp the staggering beauty of southern Colorado without getting a lift ticket. The free town Gondola rises up from Oak Street in the small berg of Telluride and carves through gob-smacking mountain scenery for 13 too-short minutes before reaching its final stop at the resort's Mountain Village, which sits at 9,500 feet. From here, take in views of the San Miguel and San Juan ranges. Or go higher by getting a lift ticket and exploring the expansive 1,700 acres, with views that top out at 13,320 feet. Either way don't miss Allred's restaurant and bar at the top of the Gondola for handmade cocktails, tasty happy hour treats and unforgettable views of alpenglow over 14,000 Mt. Wilson as the sun sets, with the lights of Telluride sparkling several thousand feet below.