I don't hate this list, and it seems to lack the typical signs that the person doing the research is not a skier. Calling Fraser, CO, right next to Winter Park, a "secret" ski town sounds ridiculous until you actually drive through the place (or check real estate prices).
I found it interesting that 2 resorts owned by the Pitchers made their town worth mention- Discovery/Philipsburg and Pagosa Springs/Wolf Creek.
Regarding Pagosa, it is a resort town that gets quieter in the Winter.
I think my list would include Silverton, CO (Or Ouray, where despite Silverton being the closest ski area (with Telluride a close 2nd) you still regularly see people walking around town in ski boots from all of the amazing BC in the area).
While I have not been there, from what I have heard, Eden, UT/Powmow would make my list too.