It’s not easy to choose the best of the Colorado ski resorts. Put simply, they all have something special to offer. Although most states in America have at least one ski resort, Colorado offers such a wonderful variety that it remains one of the top destinations for skiers.
Skiing in Colorado means picking from some of the best ski slopes in the country, and you will be spoiled for choice. In order to narrow down your choices, here is a list of the five best Colorado ski resorts, and why you should be packing your skis and heading to the slopes already.
There’s plenty of acres to ski on Copper Mountain, and with just over 2,400 acres of skiing available, and a whopping 2,601 ft. vertical drop, Copper Mountain is truly stunning. The mountain itself is well planned out, and there are slopes for skiers of all skill levels. With beginner slopes, intermediate, and expert, every member of your party is going to find a run that suits them.
Copper Mountain actually gets a little less snow than some American slopes, but there is a very high-tech snowmaking system in place. It’s not for nothing that Copper Mountain is used by the US ski team for early practice.
No list of the best Colorado ski resorts is going to be complete without a mention of Aspen. This world-famous ski resort oozes luxury, with fine fining and quality accommodation options; with such indulgence, heading to Aspen is always going to be a fun time.
While some people are put off by the reputation of Aspen, tickets for the slopes might be cheaper than you think, and there are usually a range of deals that will get you hitting the slopes for a lot less money than you think. Time your visit to coincide with the X Games, and you’ll enjoy a party atmosphere alongside some of the best skiing in Colorado.
If it’s height you’re looking for, then Breckenridge has you covered with the Imperial Ski Lift that takes skiers to the top of Peak 8 will leave you at a height of 12,840 ft! What’s more, Breckenridge will leave you spoiled for choice, with 187 trails to choose from. This means that you could spend the entire winter at Breckenridge and just barely try them all once.
One of the top tips for those visiting Breckenridge is to start your day at the Kava Cafe, where you can fuel up with some of their famous breakfast burritos. When you’ve had enough of the slopes, remember to enjoy a tipple at the Breckenridge Brewery and enjoy a delicious spirit that has been created at the world’s highest altitude distillery.
With the highest acreage of skiable terrain, Vail is not a ski resort that should be dismissed easily. It’s got something for everyone, and is absolutely huge. Boasting a remarkable 5,289 acres, Vail is also home to the longest ski slope in Colorado (4.5 miles long). Therefore, if you have the chance to visit Vail don’t miss out on the Riva Bridge.
As well as the size and ambition of Vail, the village itself is one of the most picturesque locations in America. There’s a real sense of the European about it, with its cobblestone streets and top food options. Visitors hoping to get the most from their Colorado skiing should definitely book in at the Arrabelle. Not only does it offer a variety of standard perks, but they also provide guests with a GoPro, meaning that you can have a permanent record of your Colorado skiing adventure.
Often ignored as it rests somewhere between the luxury of Vail and the busy popularity of Breckenridge, Keystone should be a top option on your list of potential ski resorts to visit in Colorado. This series of slopes is firmly targeted towards families, but it’s not just those that will find something unique about Keystone.
One of the top reasons to visit Keystone is because they put a high priority on night skiing, and the slopes not only look absolutely stunning when they’re all lit up at night, they make for some good skiing too. Keystone also offers some quality cat ski tours as well, meaning that you get a lot more mountain for your buck.
With up to 300 days of sunshine a year, Colorado is hard to beat when it comes to finding the best peaks. The Rocky Mountain State is a popular destination for skiers, and with more than 25 resorts to choose from, even the fussiest skier is not going to have any problems finding a mountain that suits them.