Okay, so it's not Vail, or Breckenridge, or even El Dora - but it is a ski area and it is near Laramie! About 30 minutes west of Laramie, Snowy Range is a small down-hill ski area with a couple ski lifts about 20 trails. There are some great easy trails for beginner skiers (although stay away from the bunny slope!) and a few harder trails for those with more experience.
Snowy Range is friendly for skiers and boarders and offers an interesting boarding playground with half-pipes, rails, and other obstacles.
The slopes can be icy, but on days after fresh snowfall, the skiing is pretty decent. Also the price is about half what you'd pay for the more popular ski resorts in the area, so you can't complain about that!
For those who need a break from skiing or who are just along to observe, there is a cozy new ski lodge at the base of the mountain. From there, you can eat cafeteria style food, cozy up by the fireplace, or sit near the picture windows and watch as skiers swoop to the end of the slopes.
About 30 miles west of Laramie is Snowyrange and it's ski area named the same. Newly outfitted with a new lodge in 2004 (or something) snowy is less expensive than the surounding ares and closer to much of Wyoming. It's icy much of the year and does not tipically open untill four months after the colorado ski resorts, but if in the area, has great people, enough runs to satisfy and is inexpensive.
PS best to make sure it's open before you go.
The Snowy Range, 30 miles west of Laramie, is a paradise. There are nearly endless possibilities for activities to be had in these mountains. The Snowy Range is part of the Medicine Bow National forest and the Routt National forest, in northern Colorado as well. With a seemingly endless range of peaks and valleys to explore I can't imagine someone ever tiring of exploring these majestic mountains.
For the best view in region I highly suggest taking the hike up to the top of Medicine Bow peak. At a gasping 12013 feet above sea level it can be a harrowing climb for those not in the best of shape. But the view is well worth the hike. There are two paths up since it's a full loop hike. If you take the easy path up you'll start in the parking lot at Lake Marie on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, US 130. It's an amazing drive up with lots to see and there are several trailheads right off the highway, just watch for the signs. The other path up to the top is by going up the face of the peak. Don't worry, there is a trail, it just winds back and forth up the face and it's quite a hike up. It's much more fun to go down this side though. Please keep in mind that if you are at all afraid of heights that this is not the trail for you.
The Wyo, which is just off Grand near the University of Wyoming, plays cheap but great flicks regularly.