How to get there
The lowest round-trip air fare between Boston and Montrose (Colo.) Regional Airport at press time was $330 on United Airlines. A rental car is a must for the 300-mile loop.
What to do
The Ultimate San Juan Package
Helitrax recommends its package for the ''adventurous intermediate-expert skier." Think mountain skiing and untracked runs that might start in wind crust and evolve through powder, tight trees, corn snow, and sun-baked mush. Should weather cancel a component of the package, Helitrax will refund a comparable portion of the fee. Double occupancy, for five nights, is $1,588 per person.
Where to stay
The lodging, which is included, ranges from luxurious to quaint.
Camel's Garden Hotel
Purgatory Village Hotel
Inn of the Rockies
A historic bed-and-breakfast.
Where to eat
At the top of the free gondola in Telluride, where the nighttime views are stunning, as is the Colorado roasted lamb ($32).
Explorer's Club Southwest
1332 Empire St., Silverton
This is ski bum central, where you buy your grub from the bartender and then grill it yourself as ski movies play on the wide screen. Dishes $3-$18.
What to bring
All the mountain gear (avalanche safety equipment, powder skis) is either included in the package or can be rented. Unlike other mountain ranges in Colorado, the San Juans abut a desert and the skies are not cloudy 300 days a year. Ergo, bring sunblock.