10 Best Colorado Ski Resorts

Posted Nov 18th 2010 03:03 PM


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The 10 best ski resorts in Colorado encompass a wide range of slopes, terrain and activities for beginners, experts and even non-skiers. The resorts hope for the perfect balance of snow: Enough to cover the slopes, but not so much that people can't get to the mountain. But with 55 peaks higher than 14,000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it's unlikely that you'll find it difficult any time to make it to one of these great Colorado ski resorts. Here they are, listed alphabetically.
Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Aspen
Four ski areas with more than 320 ski runs and a ritzy reputation make this Colorado ski resort a worldwide magnet for celebrities and ski enthusiasts alike.
Be sure to check out: The nightlife; there's no telling which celebrity might be shaking his or her booty on the dance floor.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Beaver Creek
Of the 10 best ski resorts in Colorado, this is the youngest, having opened in 1980. It's since grown to more than 1,800 acres of skiable area.
Be sure to check out: The shops, restaurant, bars and art galleries in Beaver Creek Village.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Breckenridge
Sure you can hit the slopes at this legendary Colorado ski resort, but you might want to also tour the Country Boy mine or go dogsledding with a team of Siberian Huskies.
Be sure to check out: The Breckenridge Brewery & Pub for hearty food and some of the best hand-crafted beer in the country.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Keystone
Recently expanded terrain parks make this Colorado ski resort a top destination for everyone from beginning to expert snowboarders. There's plenty for skiers of all skill levels as well, with 116 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable area.
Be sure to check out: The Summit House on the peak of Dercum Mountain, where you can enjoy an affordable meal or sip hot chocolate or an adult beverage in comfort at 11,640 feet above sea level.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Purgatory (Durango)
Despite its ominous name, a family-friendly atmosphere permeates this Colorado ski resort, with plenty of activities for children and teens. Of course, experts have plenty to choose from as well, such as tree-skiing runs and two terrain parks.
Be sure to check out:
Moonlight snowshoe tours.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Steamboat Springs
This Colorado ski resort town has produced 69 Winter Olympians, more than any other town in North America. Perhaps its 2,965 acres of permitted ski terrain has something to do with that.
Be sure to check out: Mountaintop evening dining at one of the resort area's three restaurants that you'll need to ride on a gondola to enjoy.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Silverton
Beginners need not apply at this Colorado Ski Resort. The highest ski area in North America requires all lift riders to be outfitted with avalanche gear. Its "easiest run" has a 35-degree slope; 30 degrees is considered steep at other resorts.
Be sure to check out: The Montanya Distillers tasting room in town, where you can sample the craft distillery's small-batch rums.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Telluride
The longest run at this Colorado ski resort is the 4.6-mile "Galloping Goose." But don't let that scare you off if you're a novice: Twenty-three percent of its 125 total trails are beginner level.
Be sure to check out: The Eco Adventures Program, which offers such activities as snowmobile tours, ice climbing and heli-skiing.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Vail
This is the largest of the 10 best Colorado ski resorts – in fact, at more than 5,000 acres, it's the largest in the United States.
Be sure to check out: The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.

Best Colorado Ski Resorts: Winter Park
This is the closest of the 10 best Colorado ski resorts to the Denver, and therefore one of the most popular with locals. The resort makes its snow early in the season to guarantee a pre-Thanksgiving opening.
Be sure to check out: The helmet cam rentals, so you can bring home DVD of a your-eyes-view of your adventures, taken from a camera strapped to your goggles.

Photo by Gerard Walen
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January 07 2016 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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John West

I'm surprised it doesn't also mention Snowmass! It's near Aspen, but it is a separate resort. Colorado is the best for skiing in America for the most part though. Have you seen the prices for homes up there though?
Some crazy setups, but hard to find any under $1 million!

November 24 2015 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abe Gold

Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain are both steep mountains that only the confidant will enjoy. The lift service is so fast expect to be tired by lunch. With the quality food it's easy to find more fuel no matter what you like. Snowmass is much wider with somewhat less vertical but has awesome tree runs in the 2000' drop 'Big Burn' area and plenty of great runs. I didn't try Buttermilk, the easiest of the 4. That being said most races I see from Aspen are run there so there's steeper terrain there also. Lodging is expensive.

August 06 2014 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Abe Gold's comment

I'm wrong, Snowmass has the most vertical there and in the US, 4406'.

August 06 2014 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a great read which was extremely helpful.

June 10 2014 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love how this article leaves out some of the best real ski areadin the state. They prey

May 19 2014 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew Young

Proof reading is over rated....

May 18 2014 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jizz mountain. Awesome!

October 11 2013 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort

Sunlight Mountain Ski Area is less than 30 minutes frm Glenwood SPrings colorado, and is a great family ski area. Here in http://glenwoodspringsaspen.com/ we like to ski at http://sunlightmountain.info/

January 17 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort's comment

I found this site on Colorado ski resorts helpful. It includes info on Sunlight and all the other popular resorts:


March 06 2013 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Midwest Vacation Resorts

We'll be staying a bit closer to home this year as we continue to budget our money until work picks back up. We have always loved Colorado this time of the year and made it our yearly vacation destination, that is until last year. Not being able to justify that big expense with only one of us working now. We will be staying at a family resort in Michigan with my in-laws this Thanksgiving. Being ski buffs I was a bit worried they wouldn't have snow but as I researched further looks like they have been able to start making some powder so I'll keep my fingers crossed! Going anywhere away from home is a blessing, leaving the stress behind for a couple weeks should be wonderful.

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