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22 Places To Ski In Colorado

Everyone knows Colorado has great ski slopes, which can sometimes make it hard to decide where to go. Check out this post to decide where you should go next.

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Arapahoe Basin


Local's love this place because it is cheap, but its not a traditional resort (no town, no food and no lessons). A-Basin is known for its extended season, usually staying open until early June/July, whereas most other northern ski areas close in early April

Beaver Creek


This resort might be small, but there is a lot to do. In addition to skiing you can go snow shoeing, ice skating and there is a restaurant at the top of the mountain. This place is run by Vail resorts, so expect higher prices, but their instruction is reasonably priced.



What is there to really say about the most visited ski resort in the western hemisphere? Breckenridge, for a lot of reasons, is the most popular ski resort in all of Colorado and perhaps the USA. They offer over 2900 acres of skiable area, with 4 terrain parks and 2 half pipes! It's a free stylers dream! They also house the highest chairlift in North America (12,840ft), the Imperial Empress. Take a ride up to the high alpine bowls and enjoy the spectacular views. They have plenty of lodging, 5 star restaurants, and activities to do with the family. Mid-season, late-season, summer or fall, there isn't a bad time to visit this epic mountain town. Check out the link for a great post about Breck!

Copper Mountain


Cooper is a pretty average place to ski. They have the normal schools, lodging, dining and shopping. What makes this place interesting is all the non-skiing activities. You can tube, skateboard indoors and so much more. If the whole family isn't into skiing, this might be the perfect place for you.

Echo Mountain Park


Echo Mountain is a small family run ski resort. This park sits on 75 acres of some of the fastest slopes in all of Colorado. They even manipulate the slopes to create optimum conditions for Olympic class skiers. They are the first ski area in Colorado to implement terrain based learning with their main attraction being their terrain park and free ride terrain.



Eldora Mountain is one of the closest resorts to Denver and only 20 miles from Boulder making it super easy to get a quick ski in if staying in the Denver area or are local. Eldora is best known for their Snow Sports School as well as multi week lesson programs for children and adults. It does not have the largest skiable terrain with only 680 acres however, you can definitely take advantage of that day off and enjoy a day at the slopes due to its proximity. No transportation? No big deal when skiing at Eldora because there are large buses that transport people to and from Boulder five times a day during ski season which is pretty cool. Check out their cross country skiing area as well.

Granby Ranch


Great learn-to-ski and ride programs, convenient access and family friendly prices make it a longtime Colorado family favorite. Stunning scenery, sunny skies, consistent trail grooming and superior customer service promise a great guest experience.



This place is huge, with over 3000 skiable acres and riding terrain on 3 mountains, 20 lifts and 2 gondolas, Keystone takes the cake when it comes to size. They also offer some of the best advanced slopes for those inclined. They have a ton of wide open groomers, and even 5 bowls for the unafraid. Beyond skiing, there are a lots of other things to do at the mountain including lodging, dining, snow tubing, snow biking, dinner sleigh rides, and ice skating.

Loveland Basin


Known as the highest ski area with a summit of 13,010 feet and the top of the lift terrain sitting at 12,700 feet. It has 1800 acres of terrain and provides the highest quad chair in the world along You can hike to the top and check out the most breath taking views of the Continental Divide. Because of this high elevation, Loveland generally opens before most other ski resorts as snow accumulates faster. Their season runs as one of the longest in Colorado typically opening in early October and running through mid-May. Because of the lack of onsite lodging there, Loveland generally has shorter lift lines and less expensive lift tickets.



Monarch Mountain is the perfect ski area for people looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of the bigger resorts. Monarch is very affordable and easily accessible, making it a local favorite.. At Monarch you park right at the base of the mountain and walk to the lifts, making it very convenient for families with little ones. Monarch's two strongest attributes are friendly people and abundant natural snowfall (350").



Powderhorn sits on the edge of the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain. The valleys, cliffs, mesas and canyons of western Colorado provide views unlike any other. With the installation of our new high speed quad, the Flat Top Flyer, enjoy double the skiing of our 1,600 acres. The area enjoys a reputation for outstanding tree skiing and diverse terrain.

Purgatory Resort


A winter paradise in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is the perfect family vacation destination. It's known for its unmatched scenery, terrain for all abilities and a vibrant, historic downtown. With 1,360 skiable acres, five terrain parks and kids' play area, Purgatory has something to offer the entire family.



The average total snowfall of over 400 inches exceeds the amount of daily visitors. Advanced and expert only riding, no groomers, no clearcut runs and a real mountain experience with plenty of adventure on tap. All thrills no frills. Here you will find amazing skiing in every direction and one chairlift perfectly located to deliver you to the goods. They also offer guided and heli skiing.


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Snowmass offers an abundance of deep snow and a vast expanse of terrain that includes 94 trails and the largest vertical descent of any resort in North America. In the summer, mountain bikers of all abilities, ride up the Elk Camp Gondola and then ride down its 50 miles of trails. Hikers can take a nature tour and thrill-seekers can play paintball.



One of North America's top family resorts, Steamboat encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and nearly 3,000 skiable acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees, four terrain parks and rarely a lift line to be seen.



For starters, Sunlight gives you a full day of skiing for about half the cost of the mega resorts. You'll park for free, walk to the lifts, and never stand in line. Without the crowds, the powder lasts for days. All 67 trails lead right back to the lodge where you can stow your brown bag lunch or pick up something hot at the grill. No hassles. No hype. It's exactly what the local's love.



This place use to be a hidden gem, before the film festival brought more people to the area, which means the town is getting more built up. For skiers and snowboarders, the ski resort offers unmatched scenic beauty, next to no lift lines, and incredible terrain consisting of 147 trails and over 2,000 acres varying from true beginner to some of the most advanced terrain in Colorado.



Vail is massive ski complex and has a small town at the base of Vail Mountain. Set within White River National Forest, the town is a gateway for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. It’s also a summertime destination for golfing, hiking and cultural festivals. Gore Creek, popular for fly fishing, runs directly through the town center.

Winter Park


Local's love this place! Winter Park averages over 320 inches of annual snowfall and has over 3000 skiable acres spanning across two mountains with trails for all skill levels. The town surrounding the resort is small, but this place is very family friendly.

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