Colorado is one of the most iconic ski resorts in the United States. Every year millions of skiers head to the slopes to enjoy the epic mountain terrain, heavy snowfall and over 300 days of sunshine (we didn’t count, but it only seems fair to do so). But where do you go when you can choose from this range of 28 stations in terms of size, complexity, location and price? From the legendary Back Bowls of Vail to the rocky gorges of the Arapachoy Pool to the weak spots where you can learn in Brackenridge, check out our detailed list of Colorado’s top ski resorts below. For each of them we have broken down important information about the resort, the city, how to get there and useful details such as lift prices and average snowfall. For more information see our comparison table of ski areas and travel planning considerations under Options. And to find the right equipment for your trip, check out our detailed equipment overviews and equipment list for your ski trip.
Best Shared Resort
1. Vale ski area
Ski area: 5289 hectare (see piste map)
Vertical: 3450 ft
Average annual snowfall: 354 inches
Day ski pass: 199
Pass: Epic (unlimited access)
What we like: The largest resort in Colorado and an impressive variety of terrain.
What we don’t do: Right on the highway and incredibly expensive.
Refugee: It is not for nothing that Vale has become synonymous with skiing in Colorado. With more than 5,000 acres, it is the largest resort in Colorado and the third largest in the country after Park City and Big Sky, with 195 circuits, 31 elevators, three parks and seven elevator-powered bowls. The skis are world class and varied, ranging from wide and curved trimmers to steep openings. Yet this huge station is easy to cross by car in three different areas. On the front you will find dozens of green and blue trainers for beginners and advanced. The Blue Sky Pool raises the stakes with steep bowls and tree-lined paths. And when you’re ready for a challenge, it’s hard to beat the legendary Back Balls Vale on a powder day. In less than two hours drive from Denver to the I-70 (in theory, because traffic can be brutal), Vail is a Colorado mega resort that has something for everyone.
Photo rental : Vale / Jack Affleck Resorts
City: It’s no secret that staying in Vail will cost you a lot of money, and that’s after $200 in tickets a day. However, the real drawback, in our opinion, is the unfavourable proximity to one of the busiest highways in the state (less than a mile from the I-70 exit to Vale Village). In other words, take a step outside the village and the charm of a European ski village will soon disappear. Apart from its location, the village of Vale itself is quite impressive. Although it is newer and more historic than some of the old ski villages downstairs, it has a strong Bavarian influence with its cobbled pedestrian streets, central bell tower and a range of high quality rental facilities and luxury hotels. When it comes to nightlife, April-Sky in Vail is more of a tradition than an activity – there’s no shortage of bars, taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. However, if you want the typical Colorado ski area with no traffic nearby, consider Telluride, one of the most remote and idyllic destinations on our list.
Get over there: Vale is 100 miles and about 2 hours from Denver and is one of the last stations along Highway 70 and a little less than others such as Keystone and Arapaho. In addition, the Vale Pass, which leads to the city, is generally closed under unfavourable conditions, leading to long delays for those travelling to and from the station. However, the nearby Eagle County Regional Airport (30 miles west of Vale) is a viable alternative with daily flights from 14 major cities including Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC.
The most picturesque ski area and ski town
2. Telluride ski area
Ski area: 2000+ Morning (see gradient map)
Vertical: 4,425 feet
Average annual snowfall: 280 inches
One-day lift map: 139
Pass: Epic (7 days)
What we like: Colorado’s most spectacular mountain scenery and one of the coolest mountain cities.
What we don’t do: Far and expensive.
Refugee: For those who want epic landscapes and a large vertical, Telluride is the right choice. This world-class ski resort is best known for its breathtaking views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains and for its challenging terrain, with almost half of the slopes offering expert variety. You can climb high (the Open Bowl is 12,515 feet high), hike (Telluride has four hiking areas in the Alpine region, including the impressive Palmyra Peak), and the area is also ideal for beginners (the Open Bowl works like a walking goose, with a 4.6 mile green run). For everyone, from experts to families, Telluride probably has what you’re looking for.
City: If anyone could create an idyllic ski town in Colorado, it would be him. Little Telluride (2500 inhabitants) is hidden in a spectacular box-shaped canyon and is surrounded by 14 plains, aspen forests and some of the most breathtaking areas in the state. The old mining town itself consists of old Victorian brick buildings and has a real western flair that you just can’t find in Vail or Brackenridge. Visit the many trendy restaurants and bars and world-class works of art, including Telluride Bluegrass and Mountain Film in the summer.
Photo rental : Liam Doran
One of the remarkable drawbacks of all this beauty is the large budget involved. While condoms in Vale are for millionaires, houses in Telluride are for billionaires, and you see a lot of fantasy and glitter all over town. Rents are low, hotels are expensive and dive restaurants and bars are in danger of disappearing. Some people aspire to simpler days for the opening of the station in the early 1970s, but even today it is difficult to dispute the beauty and charm of this city, which is a national historical monument.
Get over there: Here’s the kicker: Telluride is located in the remote southwest corner of Colorado, which is difficult to reach. From Denver it takes 6.5 hours by car and over 350 miles, which of course can be even longer and more difficult in winter. You can also travel to Montrose, which is an hour and a half from Telluride (in winter there are direct flights from Denver and cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and Newark). The distance is one of the reasons why Telluride is Telluride, but it is also one of the most challenging ski areas in Colorado.
Best Family Ski Resort in Colorado
3. Brackenridge ski area
Ski area: 2908 hectares (see piste map)
Vertical: 3 398 feet
Average annual snowfall: 353 inches
Day ski pass: 189
Pass: Epic (unlimited access)
What we like: Numerous events for the whole family, both in the resort and in town.
What we don’t do: It can be very narrow and difficult to reach from top to bottom.
Refugee: No matter how you feel about family entertainment, Brackenridge will probably suffice. Two of the five peaks (8 and 9) are crossed by learning areas and lifts, magic carpets, gentle green slopes and adventure zones for children with locks, tunnels, bridges and giant creatures. Once you’ve mastered the basics of skiing, there are many wide and gentle slopes available – Bonanza at Summit 9, a blue slope for slower skiers with great views of the city below, and many rest and refreshment areas. And when the day is over, there’s no shortage of skiing activities for the kids, including the Gold Runner Coaster, which sneaks and meanders 2,500 feet into the forest.
However, Brackenridge is also suitable for advanced skiers. They climb each peak as high as possible and sweep themselves into complex bowls, steep clearings or alpine walks. The resort also features the world’s tallest Imperial Express four-seater chairlift, which provides access to black double shells or serves as a trolley bus for narrow gullies (a ride is required). However, this amount of land is not cheap, and in this case it is a convenience. While families or newcomers may want to spend a day at one or two peaks, this is probably difficult and time consuming for those who want to explore the entire mountain. From top to top you will find many stages, long lifts and easy and busy courses.
Photo rental : Liam Doran
City: Like Telluride above, Brackenridge has gold mines and roots that can still be seen on Main Street today. Surrounded by imposing peaks (many 14,000 feet high and more) at the foot of Tenmil Ridge, you don’t sacrifice much to enjoy the view with a backdrop that really looks like a postcard. Add to that a vibrant downtown with its own art district, colourful Victorian architecture and plenty of entertainment – from ice skating to sledding, a children’s museum, walking tours and a wide variety of restaurants, shops and drinks – and you can see why Brackenridge is one of the most visited cities in Summit County. Not to mention the fact that the accommodation is more affordable than in Telluride or Vale, with spacious and affordable condominiums, cabins and hotels, many of which are within walking distance of the gondola.
Get over there: Like many other Summit County stations, Brackenridge is a relatively convenient starting point from the Front Range on the I-70 (about 1 hour 40 minutes and 82 miles from Denver). But don’t forget that along the way you have to cross the Eisenhower tunnel, which is known for its temporary plates in rainy weather. Apart from the snow, however, the trip is easy and the scenery is incredibly beautiful – you follow the western boundary of the Dillon Reservoir just before arriving at the station, which is an excellent photo shoot.
Best Local Station
4. Eldora mountain
Ski area: .680 acres (see map of ski slopes)
Vertical: .1400 feet
Average annual snowfall: .300 inches
Day ski pass: 99
Pass: Icon (unlimited access)
What we like: Besides the boulders, and the region can surprise you pleasantly.
What we don’t do: Small and small on the way to the infrastructure.
Refugee: Let’s start with the hard truth: Eldora has some of the weightlifters on the list, and the 1400-foot vertical is not very impressive either. In addition, there is almost no urban or tourist infrastructure (we love the Netherlands, but that doesn’t count for skiing), the ski lifts are outdated and has almost nothing in Eldor complete storage space for foreigners. However, this local resort offers a surprisingly varied microcosm of Colorado where you can ski. Corona’s ski lift has excellent terrain, there are several slopes from the children’s and beginner’s parking and Eldora even has some of the best slopes in the state. Perhaps the most important thing is that the station is easily accessible from the main ridge. As traffic on the I-70 increases every year and becomes unbearable at weekends, Eldora is 21 miles west of Boulder and 50 miles from downtown Denver.
City: Eldora is for skiers. The city of Eldora itself is almost non-existent from a touristic point of view. Near the Netherlands, 10 minutes drive from the ski slopes, is a small, unique place with a rich history of Colorado, but it is not suitable for skiers or the rural population (and does not make much effort, although you can visit the annual Frozen Dead Days to taste the real local flavor). Most Eldora skiers are inhabitants of bouldering areas, people who stay in bouldering hotels and inhabitants of Denver who want to try something different (or just avoid the ski traffic).
Get over there: As mentioned earlier, Eldora is only 21 miles from Boulder and about 50 miles from downtown Denver, making it the most accessible station in the Front Range. Most skiers come from Boulder, which is 40 minutes drive from the Boulder Canyon and the small town in the Netherlands. Public transport is also surprisingly simple – just take the RTD bus to Boulder (one way trip costs $5.25) or Denver (return trip costs $10.50).
Best Colorado Die Hard Resort
5. Winter Park Resort
Vertical: 3,060 ft
Average annual snowfall: 317.5 inches
1-day ski pass: 169
Pass: Icon (unlimited access)
What we like: The best ski tycoon in the state, with fewer people.
What we don’t do: The city leaves a lot to be desired.
Refugee: The winter park is a ski area for skiers. It is the typical Colorado: spectacular peaks above 12,000 feet, bowls, slides, trees, powder snow and of course the life-size tycoons for which the resort is famous. Mary Jane is the star of the show, which contains some of the most advanced and intermediate fields in the state. And don’t forget to stop at the Parsenn Bowl for a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Don’t forget that more than half of the resort is a black diamond area, which is considered the hardest, although the groomers are real, and there is a good choice of routes for family holidays. Height is another challenge: The base is at 9,000 feet, which can be a rather alarming signal for people coming from the coast (stations like Vale and Beaver Creek are a bit more hospitable at about 8,100 feet, and the steamer is only 6,900 feet high).
Photo rental : Carl-Frey-Resort / Winter Park
City: Winter Park is one of Colorado’s sleepiest ski towns and does not have the tourist experience that dominates other parts of the state. More than anything else, there are a small number of condominiums, ski huts and a few unusual restaurants scattered at a reasonable distance from each other. The winter park is small and borders the river Fraser, but the residents love it this way: The area avoided some, but not all, buildings that can be seen along corridor I-70. For those looking for more thermal sensations, Devil’s Finger Ranch is the perfect place. Located approximately 20 minutes from the ranch’s ski slopes, the ranch offers beautiful rooms, good food and plenty of entertainment, including cross-country skiing right outside the door.
Get over there: Winter Park is about an hour and a half west of downtown Denver (70 miles), but the good news is that if you leave early, you will avoid much of the ski traffic on the I-70. From the highway it’s a scenic and winding journey north, through the Arapajo and Roosevelt National Forests, along the Bertuda Pass (note that in stormy weather it can be treacherous). Another popular and more memorable way to get to the Winter Park is by train: The Winter Park Express, a two-storey train, connects Denver Union Station with the slopes on Fridays and weekends during the ski season and is an excellent alternative to strenuous travel (although it costs $59 at a time).
The best of the other
6. Aspen Snow mass
Alpine area:675 (Aspen Mountain), 3339 (snow mass), 1040 (Aspen Highlands), 470 acres (Pakhta)
Vertical:. 3267 (Aspen Mountain), 4406 (snow mass), 3635 (Aspen Highlands), 2030 ft (buttermilk)
Average annual snowfall: Approximately 300 inches
Elevator ticket for one day:. 174
Pass: Symbol (7 days)
What we like: Four stations in one.
What we don’t do: Off the road and more expensive than most other stations.
Refugee: Since its opening in 1946, Aspen’s snow mass has grown from one mountain to four ski areas – all available with the same ski pass. And despite the fact that they are far apart, they each offer a completely different skiing experience. Mount Aspen (or Ajax, as the locals call it) is the oldest of the four regions and a dream come true for advanced skiers and ski tycoons who don’t have beginners. Just to the west are the Aspen Highlands, where you can expect less crowds, tangible local charm, breathtaking views of the iconic Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak, and perhaps the most extreme terrain (including the famous Highland Cup). In the west you will find buttermilk – the equivalent of aspen and mountain spider – in many ways, including a light movement and a light heartbeat with a much softer illumination from beginner to beginner. Finally, 3,000 hectares of Snowmassa, the largest of the four lanes, is located on Aspen Road in the nearby village of Sneeuwmassa, offering a wide selection of caretakers, family-friendly routes and unusually long distances, including a 5.3 mile shot.
Photo rental : Liam Doran
City: Like Telluride, Aspen is a Mecca for the ultra-rich, with celebrities and business leaders, so nothing is cheap. But if you’re willing to pay, Aspen won’t let you down: The former town of Silver Mountain has an eclectic world of restaurants, cafes, art galleries and popular events, including the annual four-day Winter Toast in Wintersköl-Aspen and the Winter X Games, an active sports competition where professional skiers, snowboarders and snowmobiles compete for gold. The good news is that Aspen and the newer village of Snowmass (8 miles west) have no shortage of holiday homes and other accommodation ranging from luxury apartments to charming village houses.
Get over there: Aspen is about 4 hours from Denver (about 220 miles), after passing some of the stations on this list, including Brackenridge, Keystone and Vale, before continuing south on Highway 82. You can also fly to Aspen County/Pitkin County Airport, located just 3 miles northwest of the city, which offers seasonal flights from cities like Denver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago. Flights to Aspen are, however, not surprisingly expensive and many planes are diverted to other airports because of the strong winds. You can also fly to Vail or Grand Junction to get to your destination faster than the Front Range. Loneliness is part of Aspen’s appeal, but you have to decide if the lack of comfort is worth it.
7. Arapakhoe-basin ski area
Ski area:1428 hectares (see piste map)
Vertical: 2530 feet
Average annual snowfall: 350 inches
Day ski pass: 105
Pass: Symbol (7 days)
What we like: Opens earlier and closes later than most other stations; some of the dirtiest entry points in the state
What we don’t do: Not ideal for beginners; no accommodation or services in the mountains.
Refugee: Known locally only as A-Pool, this ski resort has one of the longest ski seasons in the country and often runs from mid-October to mid-June (if snow conditions allow). That’s right, you can ski nine out of twelve months a year. In addition, A Pool includes some of the most extreme and challenging resorts in Colorado. The jewel is the famous East Face: at just over 13,000 feet it follows the top of Mount Lenawi and offers experienced skiers a wide range of narrow, jagged rocks and hanging gullies for the ledge. Add to this the cheap day passes, the epic views of the Continental Divide from most lifts, the tranquil atmosphere on site and the lower number of people than most of the resorts on the list and A-Basin can be a great place to challenge yourself or ski sooner or later at night.
Photo rental : Liam Doran
City: Unfortunately the fun of the A-Pool is limited to the station itself. Although Keistone is technically located in the city, there are no ski resorts or ski huts, and apart from the three huts on the slopes, there is no room for a drink or a meal after a long day of skiing. The nearest services are approximately 10 minutes away in the direction of the Keystone Resort, but it is also not a thriving metropolis. We advise residents of other towns to drive to Brackenridge (20 miles south) or have a snack on the way back to Denver in Idaho Springs (historic mining town 30 miles east). If you want to spend the night, a night in Keystone’s River Run Village is the quickest way to get home in the morning. And if you don’t have a car, Summit County offers a free hourly shuttle service between the two stations.
Get over there: The Arapache swimming pool is located between the resorts of Lavend and Keystone, in the I-70 region. It is relatively easy to reach and is only a short drive from the Front Range (about 90 miles from Denver Airport). However, the last 8 kilometres of the motorway lead to the Col de la Lavande: a very winding and often snowy road, which can be dangerous in rainy weather. But on a clear day it is almost always worth stopping and taking a picture at the summit, where the pass frames the continental divide and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding peaks.
8. Holiday home on board a steamer
Ski area: 2,965 acres (see piste map)
Vertical: .3668 feet
Average annual snowfall: .336 inches
1-day ski pass: 199
Pass: Icon (unlimited access)
What we like: World-class skiing on trees and snow.
What we don’t do: Conditions can be cold; there is a lack of real alpine terrain.
Refugee: Only a few seaside resorts dominate the surrounding landscape like a steamer. It is not the country of 14 inhabitants, like Brackenridge or Aspen, and it is not the country of the Swiss summits around Telluride. The stars of the show here are the ski slope and Mount Werner, which rises above the town. The height of the summit of just over 10,500 feet is impressive and almost 3,700 feet vertical, but the real feature of the steamer is the snow. Champagne powder in particular, which is much drier than elsewhere in Colorado, and Steamboat offer an excellent selection of world-class touring skis. Forty-four percent of the site is built on land and 42 percent is located in the central area, which makes the resort attractive for both holidaymakers and locals.
Photo rental : Liam Doran
If you go by steamer, you must be aware of the uniqueness of the terrain. It’s in northern Colorado and looks more like Wyoming or the Big Sky than any other station in the state. Temperatures can freeze and the whole station will be below the tree line. This means that it is not possible to sail with a steamer in a large open alpine basin or on steep slopes, but this is also the case here: Skiing in a tree is as good as snow.
City: In Colorado there is an old saying that the Portches go to Aspen, the Volkswagens to Crested Butte and the pickups to Steamship. The Yampa Valley is definitely ranchland, and it’s not so bad. Steamboat Springs is really visible in the west, as Lincoln Avenue runs through the historic part of downtown to the actual ski slope. The Yampa River, on the other hand, is an ideal place for water sports and fishing in summer, and after spending some time here, it is clear that the steamship is a real city. The station and the real ATV scene can stimulate the economy, but when it comes to food, entertainment and art, there is a lot to do. Don’t forget that there are two different accommodation areas: the base of the resort (which, like many others, is the most popular) and the old town, which is more interesting (often ski buses).
Get over there: Compared to the available I-70 stations like Keystone and even Vale, the Steamer is a tugboat. It is much closer to the Wyoming border than the front ridge, and the journey from Denver takes about 3 hours and over 150 miles. Most Colorado skiers prefer to spend at least one night in the city to justify all their travels. There is public transport from Denver, but it is long, cheaper and faster.
9. Beaver Creek Resort
Vertical: 3340 ft
Average annual snowfall: 325 inches
1-day ski pass: 209
Pass: Epic (unlimited access)
What we like: More luxury than a nearby Vale, with fewer people; one of the best corduroy pants in the state.
What we don’t do: It’s as expensive as Vale, but there’s not enough land and April.
Refugee: For those who aspire to the luxury and pleasure of skiing in the Alps, Beaver Creek is close enough. Here, escalators take guests from the bus stop to the slopes, the staff bake freshly baked biscuits free of charge every day and the dedicated staff help tired guests carry their equipment. Add to that careful maintenance, fresh corduroy treadmills, small crowds and a friendly atmosphere, and Beaver Creek is one of the best resorts in the state for families who want to relax and enjoy a real holiday. But even if you feel the same glow on the slopes as in the nearby valley 13 miles to the east, Beaver Creek is much smaller and has no common ground – you won’t find ski bowling or cross-country skiing tracks. But there’s nothing to laugh about on the resort’s 150 slopes, especially the Golden Eagle: a steep black double that serves as a testing ground for the athletes of the annual Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup.
City: From the elevators the extravagance of Beaver Creek is even more pronounced. Hiding off the highway like Vail gives you more privacy in a picturesque car-free ski village, dotted with amenities, clothes shops, art galleries and restaurants ranging from gourmet restaurants to pizzerias. Avon also offers many quality accommodations: spacious rooms for ski tours at the foot of the mountain and even more possibilities in the nearby town of Avon (10 minutes by free shuttle bus from the resort), where holiday rentals and hotels are generally more affordable according to Beaver Creek standards.
Photo rental : Vale / Jack Affleck Resorts
Get over there: Just like Vale, Beaver Creek is about 2.5 hours from Denver and lies directly west along the I-70. You can also fly to the Eagle County Regional Airport, a 30-minute drive from the resort, and take an Epic Mountain Express (shared private transfer) or rent a car – they even have extra snow tires and roof racks in winter. Or, in the style of Beaver Creek, there is the possibility to spend money on a private powered luxury SUV and come to the resort in style.
10. Cornerstone of the stations
Ski area: 3148 hectares (see piste map)
Vertical: 3128 feet
Average annual snowfall: 235 Inch
Daytime lift card:165
Pass: Epic (unlimited access)
What we like: A solid variety of terrain, ranging from easy, groomed slopes to bowls of powder.
What we don’t do: Less complex than many other resorts for advanced skiers; not so many stations.
Refugee: With more than 3,000 hectares of slopes spread over three enormous peaks, Keystone has something for everyone. Beginners can train a lot along tricky green spots such as the 3.5 mile long School Mittens (accessible from the gondola or Summit Express cable car). Advanced skiers can choose from over 25 groomed or obstacle-free blue runs. And advanced skiers can cope with dense meadows and large mogul slopes and climb one of five three-line Supra-macings for alpine skiing, just like on a powder day. Our favorite is the South Bowl: Just a five-minute walk from the Outback Express lift, it’s an excellent introduction for those who want to get their feet wet without removing their thousand vertical feet. All this suggests that those looking for really extreme terrain elsewhere are better off (if you’re looking for cliffs or narrow slides with a heart, take a look at the steep gorges of the Arapahoe Basin or the Headwall Circus or Aspen Snowmass). But the diversity of Keystone is impressive and makes it an ideal place for families and groups.
City: Simply put: Keystone’s not a boomtown. In River Run Village Resort there are several accommodations, restaurants and hotels, but there are few accommodation and eateries outside the resort. There is more variety near Silverton (10 miles from Keystone) and Frisco (13 miles), but we recommend you drive a few miles further into the historic centre of Brackenridge for a snack (the Brackenridge Brewery is a great place to warm up after a long, cold day of skiing). After all, this is a compromise: Keystone may not be as idyllic, lively or picturesque as Telluride or Aspen, but it’s much closer to Denver.
Get over there: Like many other Summit County stations on this list, Keystone is conveniently located near the I-70. If skiing is forbidden, the journey from Denver is about 70 miles or an hour and a half. If conditions allow, the drive to the Lovelandpass is the most scenic route to the resort and will probably take a few minutes, but it can be very difficult to drive in unfavourable conditions.
11. Copper mountain
Ski area: 2490 hectares (see piste map)
Vertical: 2738 feet
Average annual snowfall: 305 inches
Day ski pass: 178
Pass: Icon (unlimited access)
What we like: One of the easiest stations to navigate.
What we don’t do: Nothing else stands out.
Refugee: The Copper Mountains are the easiest navigable resort on our list, barless, with a natural structured relief that divides the mountains into different zones for advanced (east), advanced (middle) and beginners (west). The lifts and bases are laid out in such a way that skiing is pleasant and easy. And experienced skiers can use the resort’s newest ski lift, Tucker Mountain. New for 2019-2020 is skiing for experienced skiers on 273 hectares of alpine terrain (previously only available for snowmobiles or hikers), with steep slopes, pristine butterflies and jobless ski tours. Unfortunately, there’s nothing else to write about the house. We applaud the simplicity of the layout (newcomers and families will be well served here), but after several consecutive days in the resort last winter, we wanted a more unstable terrain ourselves.
City: The Kupferberg flows over three well separated base zones below: Eastern, central and western villages. The village centre offers a variety of possibilities, including cafes, shops and many restaurants, as well as a handful of hotels and apartment complexes. However, there are far fewer properties for rent than in nearby Brackenridge, and although they are not as extravagant (or picturesque) as Vale or Telluride, the Copper Mountain ski village is certainly very expensive. You can get a cheaper offer in the centre of Frisco (10 minutes north), where the lively and modern atmosphere of the mountain town is very charming during the winter months. And in summer, mountain biking, hiking and water fun abound thanks to the public grounds and the reservoir that surrounds the town.
Get over there: The route to Copper Mountain is almost identical to that of Brackenridge: take the I-70 from Denver and drive about 100 miles (2 hours) to the west. If you prefer the view from the passenger seat, the Colorado Department of Transportation bus system connects the Front Range with Summit County at relatively low fares, including a stop in Frisco ($12 one-way from Denver Union station). However, these buses are limited and only run early in the morning, so it is best to plan your arrival and departure from Denver in advance.
12. Wolf Creek Ski area
Ski area: 1600 acres (see piste map)
Vertical: 1604 ft
Average annual snowfall: 430 inches
1-day ski pass: 72
What we like is. Biggest snowfall of any station in the state.
What we don’t do: Very isolated and without ski area.
Refugee: Wolf Creek is proud to announce that Colorado is the country that gets the most snow, and they don’t bluff: The average station size is 430 inches per year, almost twice the size of some stations. Combined with short lift lines, minimal congestion and an isolated location in southwest Colorado, it is not surprising that the powder tends to stay in Wolf Creek for some time. Not surprisingly, the crowning glory of the resort is its footpaths, including Foot Ridge: a steep section with bowls, slides, open spaces and gorges where you can ski on some of the most challenging skis in the state. You don’t get the same altitude gain or drop as many of the resorts mentioned above, but Wolf Creek makes up for that with the beauty of its alpine trails (did we mention the powder snow?).
Photo rental : Liam Doran
City: Wolf Creek is located on a mountain pass between South Fork and Pagosa Springs in southwest Colorado. It is an extremely isolated place where there is a lack of accommodation. You must drive 35 minutes west of Pagos Springs or 25 minutes east of South Fork. Both hotels offer a range of affordable hotels, motels, rental apartments and lodges and restaurants, but we prefer the first one because of its three famous natural hot springs with wide views of the San Juan Mountains. However, the future of Wolf Creek could change. After three decades of litigation, the Forest Service recently approved the construction of a road to the station, allowing the development of a basic area with shops, restaurants and residential facilities. If and when this happens, perhaps we should consider expanding the list of stations.
Get over there: The transport from Denver to Wolf Creek is comparable to that of Telluride: very long and severe winters. At about 275 miles it is slightly closer than Telluride 350+, but it still takes 5 hours or more, depending on conditions and road closures. You can also travel to Colorado Springs (230 miles) or connect to Denver via the Alamosa (68.5 miles) or Durango (80 miles). But if you make all these efforts, we think Telluride might be the best choice because of its more varied terrain and proximity to the city.
13. Pulverhorn mountain station
Ski area: 1600 acres (see piste map)
Vertical: 1650 feet
Average annual snowfall: 250 inches
One-day package: 71
What we like is. Like no other station on the list, both in terms of terrain and climate.
What we don’t do: Little verticality and only three elevators.
Refugee: Powderhorn, located near Grand Junction, is the westernmost ski resort in Colorado and is very different from all the resorts mentioned above. What do you mean? The Pulverhorn includes the Great Mass, an important volcanic basalt formation known as the world’s largest flat mountain. This situation also makes the terrain and climate of the station unique: The view stretches for miles in the vast desert (yes, deserts) below, while the snow is much drier. But in addition to the fresh geology and excellent skiing with the trees, Powderhorn can offer no more than a ton. There are no visible paths, only three chairlifts and a magic carpet, and compared to the larger versions above the difference in height is much smaller.
City: Despite the technical situation in Mesa, it is almost impossible to find accommodation nearby (there is a hotel on one side of the mountain and several houses in Mesa), and we recommend a stay in the Grand Junction to enjoy the scenery and crowds. Grand Junction is located about 40 miles west of the station, a well-populated city of about 60,000 people, nestled between bustling ravines and table mountains. There is also the Colorado National Monument: a huge group of red rock monoliths and towers overlooking the valley below. Add to that western flair, the many top restaurants, bars and wineries, and some of the best mountain bikes in the state, and we think Grand Junction is the perfect place to spend some off-piste time.
Get over there: Powderhorn Mountain Resort is more than 250 miles from Denver and is one of the most remote resorts in Front Range, just behind Telluride, Wolf Creek and Silverton. Due to the distance and the potentially dangerous journey on the I-70, we recommend that you book a connecting flight to Grand Junction: The train station is 45 minutes away and flights to Grand Junction arrive daily from Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and several other cities. You can also go to Montrose, an hour and a half from Powderhorn. Many people don’t find a relatively small station worth visiting, but its distance and unique geology are fascinating.
14. Story on shield sheath Bat
Ski area: .1547 acres (see piste map)
Vertical: .3062 feet
Average annual snowfall: 234 inches
1-day ski pass: 125
Pass: Epic (unlimited access)
What we like: A quiet and breathtaking mountain town.
What we don’t do: Far enough away from the front row.
Refugee: Although Batte Ridge has many beginner and intermediate slopes, the resort is known for its technical skiing at high altitude. The coolest of the coolest is Rambo, which has a gradient of 55 degrees that runs over the full length of a short 300 metres. If you roll your skis on the edge, you feel like you’re falling into a free fall. Not to mention the fact that Crested Butte organises many competitions, including the American Extreme Frieze Championship, which is proof of its true world class. But whatever your level of experience, Crested Butte has a universal appeal, with fewer people and shorter lift lines than many top resorts, not to mention hot dogs or the typical Aspen Mountain or Vale pastime.
Photo rental : Trent Bona / CBMR
City: Shaggy Butte modestly describes himself as the last big ski city. And although we think there are other top destinations on this list, a visit to Crested Butte will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. What used to be miners’ lounges and shops is now well preserved, with colourful cafes, galleries, pubs, restaurants and other local shops along historic Moose Avenue, which looks like it’s straight out of a western movie. And while in bird’s-eye view, not far from Aspen, Khokhlata Butte misses luxury and flashing storms, it visibly leans back and remembers the time when another ski resort was at its height. It is worth mentioning that the ski resort was purchased by the Vail resorts in the summer of 2018, which means that a once beautiful hill is now part of the Epic conglomerate. And while we’re looking forward to the changes Vale will bring, we’re pretty sure that the atmosphere of a small mountain town isn’t going anywhere for the time being.
Get over there: The distance from Butte Ridge in southwest Colorado and the long distance to Denver (more than 250 miles) make access by car difficult and uncomfortable. However, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, located just 30 miles south of the city, offers seasonal connections to U.S. and U.S. airlines operating out of Denver, Dallas and Houston. And once there, a rental car is almost completely useless: There are numerous airport transfers, and the independent Mountain Express is a great way to get to and from the resort every day. The epic landscape, the spectacular terrain and the idyllic, earthy town of Crested Butte make it, in our opinion, one of the coolest places to visit – if you are willing to make the greatest effort to get there.
15. Silver mountain
Vertical: .1900 (3877 for hiking and helicopter)
, Average annual snowfall: .400+inch
, 1 day ski pass: $79 (unattended)
, Pass:. No.
What we like is. The toughest hoisting area in the state. Oh, and skiing.
What we don’t do: It depends on your definition of a holiday destination.
Refugee: We’ll get straight to the point: Mount Silverton, North America’s steepest and tallest ski area, is the pack animal of the ski area that only experienced skiers are allowed to visit. To start with, there are no groomers, no clearly defined paths and no gradient below 35 degrees. The reason we put the station in quotes is that it depends on how you define it. There is only one chairlift at Silverton, which covers the masses of 475 uncontrolled skiers per day and requires you to show your avalanche equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) before entering the slopes. Alpine skiing and helicopter flights are also possible and very popular with thrill-seekers who want to venture into the mountains first. We know that Silverton only has a limited appeal to most typical visitors of the resort (including ourselves), but we couldn’t resist taking it up for the most epic factor.
City: As the name suggests, Silverton began as a silver mining town, and much of its former glory has been preserved in the city’s historic centre. This picturesque mountain town, surrounded on all sides by majestic peaks, has everything you need, including a handful of cafes, grocery shops, restaurants and hotels, in addition to the private and public campsites that many travellers have just passed. Silverton is far away from Telluride, Aspen or even Frisco, but most people are there to discover skiing instead of enjoying the facilities.
Get over there: Silverton is far from the beaten track and is more than 380 miles or 7 hours from Denver. Most skiers coming to the resort go to Durango (69 miles south), Montrose (68 miles north) or Grand Junction (130 miles northwest). But it’s no small thing that Silverton is by far the most difficult station on that list. Many of us may never get to know Silverton or test the legendary reputation of the place, but for those who do: Take your hat off.
Comparison table of the Colorado ski area
|Vale ski area||5289 ac.||3,450 feet.||354 inches.||$199||Epic||120 feet.||1,570 feet.|
|Telluride ski area||2000+ ac.||4,425 feet.||280 inches||$139||Epic||725 feet.||13,150 feet.|
|Brackenridge ski area||2,908 ac.||Three thousand three hundred and ninety-eight feet.||353 inches.||$189||Epic||Nine thousand six hundred feet.||12,998 feet.|
|Mount Eldora||680 acres.||1,400 feet.||300 inches.||$99||Icon||Nine thousand two hundred feet.||10,600 feet.|
|Winter Park Resort||3,081 ac.||3060 feet.||317.5 inches||$169||Icon||Nine thousand feet.||12,060 feet.|
|Aspen Mountain||675 acres.||Thirty-two hundred and sixty-seven feet.||300 inches.||$174||Icon||7,945 feet.||1,212 feet.|
|Snow mass||3339 ac.||4,406 feet.||300 inches.||$174||Icon||8,104 feet.||12,510 feet.|
|Aspen Highlands||1040 ac.||Thirty-six hundred and thirty-five hundred feet.||300 inches.||$174||Icon||Eighty-four hundred and forty feet.||1,675 meters.|
|Buttermilk||470 acres.||2030 feet.||300 inches.||$174||Icon||Seven thousand eight hundred and seventy feet.||Nine thousand nine hundred feet.|
|Arapakhoe-basin ski area||1428 ac.||2,530 feet.||350 inches.||$105||Icon||10,780 feet.||13,050 feet.|
|Holiday home on board a steamer||2,965 ac.||3,668 feet.||336 inches.||$199||Icon||6,900 feet.||10,568 feet.|
|Beaver Creek Resort||1,832 ac.||Three thousand three hundred and forty feet.||325 centimeters.||$209||Epic||Eight hundred feet.||1,440 feet.|
|Cornerstone of the stations||3148 ac.||3,128 feet.||235 inches.||$165||Epic||9,280 feet.||12,408 feet.|
|Copper mountain||2,490 ac.||2,738 feet||305 inches.||$178||Icon||9,712 feet.||12,313 feet.|
|Wolf Creek Ski area||1,600 acres.||1,604 feet.||430 inches.||$72||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.||10,300 feet.||Eleven, 904 feet.|
|Gunpowder Hornbergberg Resort||1,600 acres.||1650 feet.||250 inches.||$71||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.||200 feet.||9,850 feet.|
|Kempisch Batte Resort||1547 ac.||1062 feet.||234 inches.||$125||Epic||Nine thousand three hundred and seventy-five feet.||12,162 feet.|
|Silver mountain||1819 n. Chr.||3,887 feet.||400 plus inches.||$79||No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.||Ten thousand four hundred feet.||13,487 feet.|
* Editor’s note: The area belongs to one hectare of ski area in each ski area.
Things to consider when planning a ski tour
- Arrivals and places in the State
- Other modes of transport
- Weather and snow
- Opening and closing dates
- Passport: Epic vs. Icon
- Day ticket prices for mountain railways
- Soil and capacity level
- Ski equipment
- What about snowboarding?
- Rental accommodation and chassis
- Access to overpopulation and policies
- Other activities
Travel and location in state
The Colorado ski area of Vale, Brackenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Arapaho is located west of Denver at Highway 70. The nearest I-70 station to Denver is A-Basin, which is only 64 miles and 1 hour and 15 minutes away (theoretically traffic-free). But even in good conditions, the road can be difficult for those who are not used to driving over large passes. And when the weather is approaching, roadblocks are not uncommon and all cars must be equipped with snow tires, chains or four-wheel drive. Combined with the lack of affordable public transport in cities like Denver and Boulder, it is not surprising that residents make jokes and are afraid of weekly ski trips.
However, some stations are much more accessible than others. Eldora, for example, is our favourite local hill because it is less than an hour’s drive from Boulder and is easily reached by bus (see Other transport options below). On the other hand, resorts such as Telluride (more than 350 miles from Denver), Aspen (more than 230 miles from Denver) and Vail (more than 95 miles from Denver) can be difficult to reach, especially in adverse conditions (all three have nearby airports, but are small and often expensive to fly). Finally, we advise you to plan ahead by checking the weather forecast, anticipating ski movements, making sure your car is well equipped for changing road conditions and taking your time.
Telluride – a painfully long way from the front row | Photo Credit : Liam Doran
Other modes of transport (public and private)
Let’s cut to the chase: Colorado suffers from a serious lack of quality and affordable public transport. Eldor, however, is one of the exceptions to the rule: The RTD bus leaves Boulder quite often, and the one-way trip costs only $5.25. If you’re from Denver or the surrounding area, you’ll need a day pass for $10.50, but that’s still a lot, because you don’t have to drive.
There are also a number of other, more expensive means of transport if you don’t plan to go skiing on the slopes. The Winter Park Express ski train connects the centre of Denver Union Station with Winter Park. However, this is more of a novelty than a comfortable lift to the station – the train only runs on weekends and the first two Fridays of each month, has only one arrival and departure time per day and costs about $60 per one-way trip. If you don’t go to Winter Park, Bustang could be a viable option. These buses run daily from Denver west to eight stops along the I-70, including Frisco and Vale ($17 for a one-way trip from Denver to Vale). Finally, minibuses and private shuttles such as the Epic Mountain Express connect several airports to most I-70 stations and are very useful for travelers from other countries (prices vary by location, but you can assume that tickets for general travel cost at least $75 per person for a return flight).
Weather and snow
Colorado is known for its changing climate. Winter conditions can vary from a sunny, mild day to a heavy blizzard the next day. Looking to the future, many of the ski areas on our list have an average of more than 250 inches of snow per year, or almost 21 feet. And with the snow comes often caustic winds, cold temperatures and dangerous roads. Websites such as The Weather Channel and AccuWeather are always a good source for checking forecasts, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is a good way to keep track of road conditions. It offers route information, interactive maps, travel alerts and chain searches, as well as images of different highways and interstate locations. As far as ski conditions are concerned, phone applications such as OnTheSnow (free for iOS and Android devices) can also be useful to check the latest snowfall and ski passes and inform your colleagues on the slopes.
Severe weather fluctuations are the norm in Colorado | photo credits: Liam Doran
Most ski resorts in Colorado start at over 8,000 feet and the lifts rise to almost 13,500 feet (Silverton Mountain is the highest at 13,487 feet). What does this mean to you? Many strangers feel the effects of altitude quite quickly, and the most common symptoms are dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath. This is particularly true for high-performance activities such as skiing. So it is important to know how you feel and do your best to get enough moisture and rest during your stay. Some over-the-counter medications are also useful, and symptoms usually improve within a day or two.
Opening and closing dates
The typical ski season for most Colorado ski resorts runs from mid-November to mid-April, but the timing is largely determined by the annual snowfall. During the 2018-2019 season, for example, the blizzard of October made it possible for many stations along Corridor I-70 to open earlier than expected at the beginning of November. And some stations are known for their early flowering. The Arapakhoy basin, where skiing at the beginning of the season consists of a single slope (affectionately called the white strip of death) at the front of the mountain, is a striking example. Most stations close around mid-April, but some remain open until June if circumstances permit. The main season usually lasts from the end of December to the beginning of March.
Passport: Epic vs. Icon
You can get a ski pass for most of the ski areas on this list: Epic or iconic. Epic Pass stations are different from Ikon stations, but both contain limited and unlimited days at stations in Colorado, California, Utah and other parts of the United States and abroad. They also allow stepchildren to acquire a number of friendship passes for their friends. Prices vary depending on how many restrictions you are willing to accept – a premium pass with as few restrictions as possible, and most resort options range from $900 to $1,000. What are the disadvantages? Both season tickets can only be purchased at the beginning of the season (they go on sale in early spring and increase the price until mid-November) and are quite expensive in advance. But for skiers who want to get to know most ski areas and are willing to plan ahead, a season pass is certainly a solution. Depending on your holiday destination, you may only need to ski five or six times to make it worth your while.
Epic Pass provides unlimited access to Vale, Beaver Creek, Brackenridge, Keystone, Khokhlataya Butte and seven days in Telluride. Epic also offers cheaper seven- and four-day passes, in addition to options with additional restrictions and closing dates. Before buying a pass, think about the resort you want to visit and make sure that the pass you buy can be used on the dates you want to ski (weekends are limited to certain passes in certain resorts). However, since the tickets for a day of climbing in most of these areas cost more than $100, the trips can pay for themselves after a few days of skiing.
The Epic Pass gives access to stations like Brackenridge and many others. Photo rental : Liam Doran
The Icon Pass covers most of the other resorts on our list, including Winter Park, Steamship, Koperberg, Eldora, and seven days in the Aspen Snowpack and Arapaho Basin. Both the Ikon and the Ikon Base Passes offer unlimited days at most resorts, but the more expensive Ikon Pass has the fewest restrictions and blackout dates. Unfortunately Ikon does not offer short-term options like Epic, so $649 is the lowest price you have to pay ($949 per premium subscription). But at least it’s still a great value for thrifty Colorados or those who plan to spend some time in the state.
Day ticket prices for mountain railways
Day ticket prices are fixed at some stations, while others fluctuate throughout the season, depending on the day and whether you buy your tickets online or in person. We have above average prices you can expect, but generally buying online and buying in advance (in one or more weeks) from a site like Liftopia.com is the cheapest option if you don’t plan to buy an epic or icon card. Moreover, prices often change with the seasons, are cheaper at weekends and cheaper for children and the elderly.
Skiers from other countries come to Colorado every winter, and the nearest town to a ski resort can have a significant impact on the overall skiing experience. If you are looking for an idyllic and picturesque ski area, go to Aspen or Telluride. Although further from the Front Range than many other stations on the list, they offer some of the best restaurants and bars, shopping areas in the centre and breathtaking panoramic views. Alternatives that are closer to Denver, such as Vale and Beaver Creek, have the charm of a European ski area, but are expensive, close to the motorway and actually built specifically as part of a ski area. Finally, it is important to think about how much time you would like to spend off-piste and what you would like to do in your spare time. If you are planning a night after the last lift or if you have a budget, a resort like Arapachöy Pool (which does not have a ski area) may be useful for you. For 5-star restaurants and days at the Vail or Aspen Spa you can find a more suitable location. Under each description of the spa we have also included a report of the character and facilities of the town itself.
Resort cities can have a major impact on the overall experience | image credits: Liam Doran
Soil and capacity level
Most of the above stations have a terrain that stretches from beginners to advanced, experienced and even extreme. The good news is that all resorts publish road maps on the internet with slopes, lifts, cabins and other services. Vale’s road map illustrates the difficult route from the green circles to the double black diamonds, and which lift can take you there. Below we describe the different levels of experience and what to look for, including the stations that best suit your level and preferred terrain. And it goes without saying that when skiing in unfamiliar terrain, even in ski resorts, one has to be careful and distinctive. Some unprotected areas are more dangerous than others, and the situation can quickly escalate if you’re not prepared for what’s underneath.
Intermediate/Expert (Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond)
Intermediate skiers are skiers who feel comfortable with well-prepared blacks or herbalists rowing in the steep gorges of the Arapaho basin – all highly subjective. Generally, well-maintained black runs look like blue squares, but much steeper, well-maintained black runs often have unmarked obstacles such as bumps or trees, and extreme or double black relief can cover everything from wide ridges to narrow, rocky slides. Resorts such as the Arapakhoy Basin, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Telluride are known for their incredibly complex, experienced and extreme terrain.
Telluride is known for its extreme terrain | photo credits: Liam Doran
Intermediate (blue square)
Intermediate relief is usually denoted by a blue square, where most slopes are prepared and moderately inclined. Some of them have obstacles such as bumps, but they are often optional – they can be on the side of a prepared slope or moved in a different way so you don’t have to cross them if you don’t want to. It is also generally the most common level of difficulty in any ski area, as most skiers belong to this category. For example, Eldora represents 50% of blue jobs, 20% of green jobs and 30% of black jobs. Even those who prefer the harder things enjoy the blues – it can be perfect to warm up or crash after an exceptionally tough race.
Beginner (green circle)
For beginners, the green circles indicate the gentlest slope and least difficult terrain. The green paths are well prepared and can be a great place for beginners who want to practice before jumping on steep blue courses. Some resorts, such as Brackenridge, have excellent beginner areas and lots of green space (Breck even has family areas, which are actually safer and more remote areas to learn). Others, such as the Arapaho pool, are probably too difficult for those who haven’t spent much time skiing (the green slopes represent only 7% of the resort).
Brackenridge has many well-maintained and manicured trails | photocredits: Liam Doran
The right equipment for a good day’s skiing is crucial for a comfortable and confident stay on the slopes, and it can get pretty cold here. To help you with this task, we’ve created a ski checklist for the resort that contains all the necessary things you need to do, in addition to the fun things you might want to throw in your pocket or bag. And if you’re planning to explore a back road when you visit one of the ski resorts, bear in mind that you probably need to take more with you (see our ski tour checklist).
In order to ski in the resort, you need a pair of quality skis (downhill skis that fall off are a good option for powder days in Colorado), ski boots with bindings, ski poles and a helmet. As far as clothing is concerned, our layering system consists of a merino wool baseball under a well-insulated intermediate layer and a heavier or warmer ski jacket on top. Below we combine a light or similar medium baseball with a bib or heavy trousers. Finally, don’t forget the little things like glasses, gloves or mittens and ski socks. To help you choose your equipment, our ski equipment reviews cover just above each of the above categories.
It is very important that the station has the right equipment during the day. Photo rental : Liam Doran
What about snowboarding?
Decades ago, snowboarding was banned in many Colorado resorts, and it is still banned in some places in the United States, including the ski resort of Altah, Utah. But today the sport is allowed in all 28 Colorado stations. So whether you prefer to go down the mountain on one or two boards, you should have no problem with supplying or renting equipment for this. All our Switchback Travel employees are skiers. So the above article reflects our experience of skiing in these resorts, but we see many snowboarders on the slopes that seem just as much fun (and sometimes even more in the powder snow).
Rental accommodation and chassis
Most ski resorts have their own rental company on site and off-piste, where you can buy everything you need for walking on the slopes. Rental prices vary from resort to resort and from shop to shop, but you can expect to pay a total of around $70 for a pair of skis, poles and demolition boots for the day (snowboard rental is usually a little cheaper). Normally helmets can also be added. Other equipment, such as ski jackets and pants, goggles and gloves, are often purchased separately for the full retail price. That’s why it’s best to pack them and take them with you if you’re travelling from another state. Recommendations for the different categories can be found in our ski equipment reviews.
Most stations have equipment rental units.
Access to overpopulation and policies
For those who like to make a living, many Colorado resorts can go down the slopes instead of taking the elevator. Policies vary from station to station and can be very specific. It is therefore preferable to do your research in advance by visiting the station’s website. In the winter park, for example, you can reach the mountain at any time via any path open on that day, minus certain walls and specific areas. Brackenridge, on the other hand, only allows skinning during certain peak periods outside working hours and requires prior notice in order to obtain a parking permit. In most cases skinning can be a fun, challenging and free way to ski on your favourite slopes, if you’re willing to do some preparation.
Policies on access to services for the poor vary according to the destination of image credits: Liam Doran
In addition to access to the mountains, many of the resorts on our list offer a range of other activities. For those who love ski jumping, rails and other activities, most ski resorts offer landscaped parks. If you don’t mind the icy slopes, night skiing at Keystone and Steamboat is very popular after hours, on certain slopes and on certain days. Beaver Creek and Eldora have special areas for skiing and snowshoeing that are separated from their paths. Other national activities include skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, pipe riding, gondolas and even the children’s roller coaster of Brackenridge and Copper Mountain. In addition, some resorts, such as Keystone, Breckenridge, Powderhorn and Snowmass, will be converted into mountain bike resorts during the summer, using the same lifts and trails.
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