Your Guide to Colorado Skiing
Your Guide to Colorado Skiing
If the Rocky Mountains are Colorado’s signature feature, then skiing is its signature sport. With numerous ski towns and various resorts, Colorado is a skier’s paradise. Here are some of its 25 amazing resorts as prepared by RunRex
1. Arapahoe Basin Resort
If you have always desired to have a ski pass that lets you ski from October up to July, you should visit this resort. With an elevation of just above 10,000 feet, it has one of the longest ski seasons on the continent.
2. Aspen Highlands
It has a laid local feel to it. It also boasts to be one of the steepest slopes in the State. However, you should note that this resort is mainly for the pros. In fact, only 18% of its terrain is green.
3. Aspen Mountain
This resort is located in the world famous town of Aspen. Ajax, as it is called locally, is full of black diamond terrain. Of all Aspen’s four resorts, this is the mountain of choice for powder lovers.
4. Aspen Snowmass
This resort offers everything you would ever need at a ski resort. For beginners, there is a wonderful and comprehensive program. You can ski at this resort for years and never get bored.
5. Beaver Creek Resort and Ski Area
It is one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the state. This resort is not just famous for its five lodging and eateries. It is also the site of annual World Cup downhill ski race.
6. Breckenridge Ski Resort
It differs from other ski resorts because of the vibrant town next to it. With five massive peaks, it caters to all abilities. There are long and flowing groomers for the beginners and intermediate skiers.
It is a small and fun ski resort designed for beginners. It only has about 190 hectares of skiable terrain. It does have any double black trails. However, it does have 26% of its terrain marked black.
8. Copper Mountain Resort
The resort is renowned for its variety. The resort has enough green and blue runs to cater to beginner skiers.
9. Crested Butte Resort
It is situated next to the largest ski towns in Colorado. The mountain has 121 trails that range from long, wide-open runs to double black diamond terrain.
10. Echo Mountain Resort
It is the closest ski resort to the Denver metro area. Until recently, it was a private hill focused on providing a great ski racing practice spot.
11. Eldora Mountain Resort
The resort is located just 45 miles northwest of Denver. It is an awesome alternative to the big and expensive ski areas of Denver.
12. Granby Ranch Ski Area
It is perfect for a family ski vacation. It offers ski lessons that focus on using the learner’s body movements and shaped skis.
13. Howelsen Hill Ski Area And Nordic Center
It holds the title of the oldest running resort in Colorado-Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Since 1915, it has been the training area for 79 Olympians.
14. Keystone Resort
Although it does not feature the dramatic terrain of other ski areas in Colorado, it does feature long and winding blue runs. It also features the most extensive night skiing in Colorado.
Loveland Ski Area
The area covers over 1,670 acres above the Eisenhower Tunnel. Most of its ski area is above timberline.
15. Monarch Mountain Resort
If you are in need of a hassle-free ski area, this resort is perfect for you. The resort, which spans 800 acres, offers great terrain.
16. Powderhorn Mountain Resort
This resort is great for those looking for something that is off-the-beaten track. The resort caters to skiers of all levels.
17. Purgatory Resort
The resort, which is located just 25 miles away from Durango, has 1,360 acres of terrain to offer skiers in the San Juan Mountains. However, be prepared for some extensive traversing to get to the expert terrain.
18. Silverton Mountain
This resort is quite attractive to some of the biggest skiers. The resort only has one lift, and it only caters to skiers at the advanced and expert level.
19. Ski Cooper
It is one of the most family-friendly ski areas in the state. Although this ski area is not great for expert skiers, at just 400 acres, it is the perfect place for kids to hone their skiing skills.
20. Steamboat Resort
Few areas in the world can compete with the ‘Champagne Powder’ at Steamboat. The powder is hunted by powderhounds globally.
21. Sunlight Mountain Resort
If you need a resort that does not have huge crowds and offers a variety of terrains, it is the perfect place to visit.
23. Telluride Ski Resort
The resort has featured in the world’s top ten resorts consistently. It is a resort that also features some great scenery. If you want some challenging in-bound terrain, visit this resort.
24. Vail Ski Resort
It has about 5,289 skiable acres; the most of any resort in Colorado. The resort always has something to offer everyone.
25. Winter Park Ski Resort
The resort, which has a history going back 75 years, is great for all types of skiers. It seats on 3,081acres of pristine ski areas.