Ski Resorts in Colorado
The Southern Rockies in Colorado is known for its incredible snow quality, high elevation, cold temperatures, and great snowmaking; all of which make it ideal for early season skiing.
- The highest concentration of world famous ski resorts
- Exceptional snow quality – light and fluffy ‘Champagne powder’
- Unbeatable elevation
- Fly into Denver International Airport: it’s the main gateway to most Colorado ski resorts.
- Best way to resorts from Denver is by driving or taking a shuttle bus (where possible). Majority of ski destinations are a few hours’ drive away but the closest ski resorts to Denver can be as close as a 1-hour drive.
- Things you need to know: Most of the big name resorts require traveling on the I-70 highway which is notorious for its bad traffic. Our guide to driving the I-70 will tell you how to avoid the worst of it.
- Where to stay: Larger ski resorts in Colorado have a base village with an array of accommodation options, though be prepared to pay a bit for it. For smaller resorts, nearby towns generally offer some choices. If you’re skiing in the Summit County area, the towns of Frisco and Silverthorne offer a range of affordable lodging.
If it’s your first time in Colorado, then you’ll want to ski the big names. These are large resorts with strong brands and are very popular with destination skiers. The mountains are nothing to scoff at, and you can expect top-notch amenities, activities and après ski options in town. This also means that most things (food, lodging, lift tickets) come at a premium and a good chance of crowds.
These resorts have a good balance of what locals keep coming back for: variety in terrain, cheap lift tickets, and tranquil mountains. They are more low-key than other Colorado resorts and often overlooked by destination skiers, so are able to maintain a more relaxed atmosphere. The trade-off is that the amenities are a bit lacking.
|Best for Beginners||Buttermilk|
|Best for Intermediates||Copper Mountain, Snowmass|
|Best for Advanced and Experts||Arapahoe Basin, Telluride, Aspen Highlands|
|Best for All-rounder||Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain|
|Highest Summit Elevation||Silverton Mountain|
|Highest number of runs||Vail|
|Largest ski area||Vail|
|Highest number of lifts||Breckenridge|