According to U.S. News & World Report, five of the ten best ski resorts in the U.S. are in Colorado. It is no wonder because 58 fourteeners have natural predispositions.
Besides, Colorado is the state with great winters crowned with the first-rate powder and a lot of sunny days throughout the season.
Due to that, most of the state resorts open earlier, and the skiing period lasts longer than in any other part of the country. The crews very passionately prepare ski runs using appropriate snowmaking machinery.
So it is not out of the ordinary that, when other ski resorts close their doors, some of Colorado’s ones, e.g., Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area, are still open. Especially Arapahoe’s Basin — they stay open until late May and sometimes having usable snow even in early July.
Also, the state is famous for its most extensive skiing and snowboarding areas with plenty of tracks. This vast field provides enough space for everyone to roam around.
But locals like the small and hidden retreats better. These parks offer the same conditions as the big ones, and they are perfect for beginners.
Also, the youngest ones are not forgotten in all these vacation places. Apart from trails for skiers and snowboarders, you can find places to sled, skate, or enjoy snowshoeing.
The area around I-70 grows in popularity every year. Easy access and concentration of parks are the main reasons for that.
On the other hand, there are southern parts with most notable ski and snowboarding resorts like Aspen Snowmass or Telluride. However, some of the smaller areas, such as Wolf Creek or Silverton, hold the best snow in Colorado, combining fewer crowds and lower costs.
In fact, there are 28 resorts in the entire Colorado area. Here are some of them presented.
The season in A-Basin starts around mid-October. With a location close to Loveland Pass and I-70, the area is less cramped than any other ski and snowboard resort in the central part. But it doesn’t lack in modern restaurants, shops, and services.
With the opening of Montezuma Bowl in the season 2007, skiing and snowboarding tracks were increased for 400 acres. As previously said, this one has a long-lasting season with an average snowfall of 350 inches. There are eight ski lifts that will take you to desired terrains.
Prominent for deep powder snow and numerous celebrity houses, this one has four ski areas with 5,500 skiable acres. The average snowfall in the season is 300”. The ski areas have eight lifts in total.
The town itself is a mish-mash of ski drifters, families, and vacationing celebrities. At the same time, Aspen Mountain or Ajax, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands as ski areas, offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding tracks in the whole Colorado.
Highlands is reserved for the experienced.
Loveland is the nearest ski and snowboard region to Denver. It is one of those family-orientated, old-school places with lots of fun and challenging terrains. It is totally independent of Vail Resorts, so it is less jammed.
The chairlifts, eleven of them, carry you high up onto the continental divide. A steep bowl begins there, with fantastic views over Colorado. Also, there is a separate learning area in Loveland Valley.
Anyway, here you can avoid ski traffic and explore this hidden treasure for excellent powder skiing and snowboarding adventure.
This distinguished heaven with 349” annual snowfall on average and plenty of fantastic terrains is a refuge for skiers and snowboarders from all around the world. Main features of Steamboat are champagne powder and cowboy image.
If you want to avoid jam-packed tracks and enjoy best rides below tree level, this is the right place.
52% of paths are for skiers and boarders with a medium level of experience. It has 16 lifts.
Vail is pretty prominent as one of the most expensive skiing and snowboarding places in the world. Also, you will be rewarded with 5,289 acres and 31 lifts.
Its area is so vast that it is unthinkable to see all in one visit. Blue Sky Basin offers multiple learning terrains, the tree skiing, and of course, back bowls.
Famous back bowls provide unique experience if wide-open riding high in the Rockies. You have a good deal of options, and that is the reason why Vaill is a great family destination.
Once called Durango Mountain, this resort is in southern Colorado, near the town of Durango. This one is family-friendly and offers a various range of terrain for all levels of expertise.
If you are not too keen on visiting some big and famous ski resort, this is a great choice. Durango may be small and undeveloped, but it is a town well-known for great hospitality.
Winter Park and Mary Jane
Winter Park and adjoining Mary Jane are yet another two places in which you will feel welcomed by a crowd of dedicated locals, whether you are just starting to ski or you’re already skilled.
Mary Jane has runs that are thigh-burning. Meanwhile, Winter Park provides solid beginner tracks and a great under the tree terrain park. High up in the middle of these two are Parsenn Bowl and The Cirque. These bowls are a sharp cliff and natural-feature filled playgrounds for advanced skiers and snowboarders alike.
Situated in the southwestern corner of Colorado, this ski and snowboard area is not on the usual paths, and you can easily miss it. But what makes it distinctive is 430” of pure snow on an annual basis.
Though Wolf Creek has a smaller vertical drop, 1,604’, than most of the locations in Colorado, quality and amount of snow replace all.
The chairlift carries up to the Knife Ridge. The advanced skiers will adore it for its steep slopes and cliffs. The area is minimally developed and has that cozy-mountain feel.
Apart from the abovementioned, there are great skiing and snowboarding terrains on Monarch Mountain, Telluride, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Silverton Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Powderhorn.
From this range of different skiing and snowboarding areas, you can always choose the one that serves you best.