Fifteen years in Colorado means I’m not, nor never will be, a native. But I’ve driven the backroads, braved the I-70 corridor, and bared the frostbite to hit the hills we call mountains around the state.

In my new series for the Denver Examiner, I take a look at the secret places skiers, snowboarders, and other powder hounds like to call home.

The first installment includes a look at Vail’s Blue Sky Basin and Mary Jane’s (that is, Winter Park’s) Parsenn Bowl.

Head on over to my column as the Denver Snowboarding Examiner and take a look-read.

Next week’s feature will feature great places to ski and read at Loveland and Wolf Creek.