Denver Lifestyle – Top 10 Ski Resorts
Whether you live in or visit Colorado in the heart of winter, you are sure to hear about and likely visit some of the outstanding ski resorts talked about all over the world. We have compiled a list of the top 10 resorts in the area based on user reviews, snow conditions, mountain terrains and family friendliness.
- Vail Mountain Resort – Just a shuttle ride away from Denver, Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. Here, you will find some of Colorado’s best terrain for beginners to experts and everyone in between. The slopes are not the highest in the area, but the snow condition will not disappoint. The fine dining, shopping and accommodations cater to high end visitors. For a more affordable stay, you may want to check out nearby towns such as Silverthorne, Frisco and Eagle.
- Telluride Ski Resort – Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, you will find one of the most scenic ski towns in the country. Telluride has great snowfall and awesome terrain making it one of the most popular ski destinations. This resort offers a free gondola ride to beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. At the end of the day, you can choose to take the gondola or ride the slopes all of the way to town (if you are advanced enough for those particular trails).
- Breckenridge Ski Resort – Looking for the highest lift in North America? You will find it here, at Breckenridge. The Imperial Chairlift on Peak 8 towers at an elevation of 12,998 feet that will still have full winter weather even when the bottom of the slopes are pushing spring-like temperatures. This makes Breckenridge a great destination for late season skiing. You will find the complete package for any skill level at this resort.
- Aspen Snowmass – This area actually encompasses 4 ski areas around Aspen, Colorado and the Snowmass Village. You may know Buttermilk from the Winter X-Games, where you will find many options for beginners to intermediate alike. Aspen Mountain offers no beginner slopes but a great spot for the skilled skier. Aspen Highlands, while it does have a few beginner/intermediate options, is known for its challenging runs at the expert level. Snowmass is the family friendly destination of the Aspen area with much to offer the intermediate skier. Also, be on the lookout for celebrities and athletes in Aspen. Many superstars choose this as their ski vacation spot, and some even own homes nearby.
- Beaver Creek Resort – Not far from the town of Vail, Beaver Creek Resort is actually owned by Vail Resorts. You will be greeted with excellent customer service at this resort with attendants offering to carry skis, handing out fresh-baked cookies, and assisting in any way possible. Escalators and moving sidewalks make the trek in the snow a breeze which is great at the end of a long day on the slopes. Travelers will love the dining and shopping in the town of Beaver Creek and Avon at the base of the mountain.
- Purgatory Resort – Formerly known as Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory provides a more family friendly atmosphere with many options for the beginner to intermediate level. This destination has always been known for more affordable skiing and attractions, but with the recent change of ownership, other changes may be in store as well. The nearby historic town of Durango offers much for the tourist including hotel accommodations if you should choose to stay there.
- Steamboat Ski Resort – A good distance from the other popular ski resorts in Colorado and approximately a 3 hour drive from Denver, you will find Steamboat Ski Resort at Steamboat Springs. This resort is well known for its western atmosphere and cowboy culture. You will not find the highest hills at this location, but you will have plenty of good snow. For those looking for good tree skiing, this may be just the place for you!
- Keystone Resort – A great destination for a family getaway, Keystone spreads over 3 mountains giving you many options and a wide variety of skill levels. With the vast area of terrain, you are sure to find uncrowded slopes somewhere in the area. Keystone offers much for the adventure seekers and wilderness lovers. After a long, tiring day, you are sure to find good dining in the village. Keystone also provides free public parking unlike some of the other popular ski resorts in the area which makes for a more affordable trip.
- Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – Located about 68 miles outside of Denver, situated high along Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin is commonly known as “The Legend” offering some of the highest skier and rider terrain in North America. Arapahoe Basin’s signature run, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado’s longest and steepest trails. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the slopes here at The Legend through late spring and early summer.
- Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain is a high mountain and offers family friendly skiing for beginners to experts. It is a modernized resort with many slopes to choose from. Just a little over an hour from Denver, if you are looking for a day trip or short weekend getaway, you may want to give Copper Mountain a try.
Whatever your ski resort desires may be, you are sure to find the right fit in one of our many amazing Colorado resorts. Leave us a comment with your favorite area ski resort and what makes it so great in the comments section below. Happy skiing!
Sources: planetware.com, onthesnow.com