Colorado is well known for the quality and number of the ski resorts in the state. With more than two dozen major ski areas, there are facilities that will appeal to anyone, from the most luxurious to more everyday family spots. Colorado skiing has virtually a place for everyone in a price range that fits their budget.
Places to go Skiing in Colorado
Colorado ski areas are west of the Front Range Mountains, with annual snowfalls of from 200 to more than 400 inches. Many of the ski areas have drops of more than 3,000 feet with more than 100 runs. The number of options available is truly breathtaking. The top elevations of most ski runs are over 10,000 feet with lifts in place to move the skiers to the top of the runs. Skiing equipment is available to rent for those that do not have their own. Skiing in Colorado is available to skiers at all levels of accomplishment and is open for six or more months every year.
There are several ski areas that are strung out along I-70 west of Denver. Traffic along the road can become heavy at the height of the season, so plan ahead to avoid delays. The closest to Denver is Echo Mountain, which caters to families and younger skiers and snowboarders. It advertises itself as "Denver's closest and cheapest" ski area.
Moving further west along the interstate are the areas of Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe, Breckenridge and Loveland. Each of the areas has over 100 runs, with 20 or more lifts to move skiers and snowboarders up the mountain.
Finally, the areas furthest west on I-70 includes Steamboat Springs. Among the most well-known areas for skiing in Colorado in this area, are Vail and Aspen. Each of those areas is known for gracious and up-scale accommodations.
There are four skiing areas in Aspen: Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass and Buttermilk. All of these areas have world-class hotels, dining facilities, shopping and other things to do after a day on the slopes.
Vail Mountain is the largest single ski resort in the US and is divided into three separate areas: the front side, the Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls. Unlike most other Colorado ski areas, Vail was not an older town. It was built starting in 1962 into a resort that resembles a Bavarian village. Among the most famous of the residents there was President Ford, who vacationed in Vail as often as possible.
Colorado skiing also includes several areas further south and southwest. From the ski resort at Monarch Pass through the areas surrounding Telluride and Durango, there are six significant skiing areas.
The Crested Butte resort near Gunnison is commonly known as an adventure skiing destination. Revolutionary skiers, such as Seth Morrison, championed extreme competitions and the very difficult runs off the Butte have supported those efforts over time.
Wolf Creek near Pagosa Springs is known as the ski resort that receives the largest annual snowfall. With an average snowfall of more than 465 inches, it does rank as the resort with the most snow.
Telluride is an old mining town and has been identified as an historic area. The small town has a variety of wonderful amenities and is surrounded by the largest concentration of 14,000+ foot mountains in the North America. Commonly known as 14'ers, those mountains are a symbol of Colorado, and provide the basis for skiing in Colorado.Skiing in Colorado is an adventure for all. With the widest array of ski resorts, it is worth your time to plan a winter vacation there.