Colorado is known for its colorful scenery, open plains, and the natural wonders that are our mountains. Colorado is home to over 20 ski areas and offers some of the World’s best skiing and snowboarding. From A-Basin to Wolf Creek, there’s thrilling rides and majestic trails for skiers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy. Below is a list of 10 of the best ski areas Colorado has to offer.
- Telluride – Telluride Ski Resort is located south of Grand Junction and about 6 hours drive away from Denver. Telluride is one of the top locations to ski in America, with amazing terrain, historic sites in town, jaw-dropping scenery, and amazing snow each year. Telluride has over 2,000 acres of ski terrain, 148 trails, and more than 300 inches of snow each year, which makes it a coveted ski destination every year.
- Vail – Vail Ski Resort is located west of Denver, about a two hours drive away. Vail is the largest ski area in Colorado with ski terrain covering 5,289 acres. Because of its size, Vail can attract large crowds which can make time on the slopes a little cramped but there are plenty of things to do both on the mountain and in town. Vail is an all-around great resort worth a visit if you haven’t been before.
- Aspen – Aspen Ski Resort is located west of Denver, but a little further than Vail at about a 3 hours drive away. Aspen has been a ski haven for the wealthy, and with fine heritage, it’s one of the greatest ski towns on the planet! With the purchase of one lift ticket, you gain access to four different ski areas (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk), each offering different terrain and experience. Aspen is a legendary ski town so be prepared to spend a fair amount of money, but it will be a memorable trip that you will cherish for life.
- Beaver Creek – Beaver Creek Ski Resort is located west of Denver near other ski options and just a little past Vail. Beaver Creek is Colorado’s newest ski resort and it offers top quality amenities as well as spectacular skiing. The ski area isn’t as big as Vail, but then you’re less likely to see as big of crowds on the slopes. Beaver Creek also hosts the Birds of Prey downhill course for alpine skiing competitions. All in all, Beaver Creek is a fantastic resort with a good balance of snow, terrain, and amenities.
- Winter Park – Winter Park Resort is located west of Denver but a little more north than some of the other resorts. Winter Park has a variety of terrain for all skill levels so anyone can enjoy this mountain. It’s a popular location for Denver locals and offers some of the best mogul runs in the United States. Winter Park isn’t as glamourous off the mountain but its slopes are comparable to any in the state, and with reliable snowfall each year, it’s a popular destination year in and year out.
- Steamboat Springs – Steamboat Ski Resort is located west and further north than Winter Park, making it a bit further out of the way. Since its location is a bit harder to reach, Steamboat usually has smaller crowds so you can enjoy more time on the slopes. Steamboat is on the pricier side with lift tickets around $120 but worth it for the stunning landscapes and excellent snow.
- Arapahoe Basin – A-Basin, as it’s commonly referred to as, is located just west of Denver. At about an hour away, it makes it one of the closest ski resorts to Denver. A-Basin focuses on having a thrilling experience on the mountain, rather than facilities and amenities. This is a perfect place to forget your troubles and just get out and ski. With one of the longest ski seasons in Colorado (opening usually in October and staying open sometimes until July), it makes it a popular destination for all.
- Keystone – Keystone Ski Resort is located west of Denver and just a bit further past A-Basin, making is another popular resort among Colorado natives. Keystone is a family-friendly and reasonably priced resort that’s a perfect balance between affordability and quality ski experience. Keystone has one of America’s finest terrain parks, complete with its own lift as well as night skiing for the truly adventurous.
- Breckenridge – Breckenridge Ski Resort is located west of Denver, close to many other resorts including Keystone and A-Basin. Breckenridge got more visitors last year than any other resort in the United States! It’s an incredible mountain to ride but usually pretty crowded. Breck also offers the highest lift in North America as well as bustling amenities, making the hill, as well as the town below a spot to visit again and again.
- Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain Resort is located west of Denver a stone’s throw away from Breckenridge and Keystone. Copper Mountain is naturally divided by topography into three sections with advanced, intermediate, and beginner terrain as options. Copper usually sees less snowfall annually but more than makes up for it with their extensive snowmaking capabilities. Copper Mountain also has Center Village with amazing dining options and facilities to make a trip truly unforgettable.
As you can clearly see, Colorado has several options to choose from when planning a ski trip. Whether you’re looking for family fun or you’re training for the winter Olympics, Colorado has a mountain adventure for you. Always remember to be safe when traveling to and from the resort and always be safe on the slopes. Here at Franklin D. Azar & Associates, we fight for our clients to get them the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us today for a free consultation.