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Complete Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Posted by Sarah Steen on December 21, 2021
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Skiing in Colorado: Best Skiing in the Nation

 Snow sports are an integral part the lifestyle here in Colorado. There are more than 25 ski resorts in Colorado, with many consistently ranking among the best in the United States. You will find that Coloradan skiers get very excited about snow storms that drop multiple feet of “pow-pow.” They will plan their ski day accordingly to catch the earliest powder day on the mountain. Many will go skiing for the day or even just a few hours.

  • Many Colorado residents enjoy access to multiple ski resorts with passes like the Ikon pass and Epic pass. Starting in 2018, the Epic season pass has been offered at rock bottom prices to active duty and retired military. The Ikon pass also has steep discounts for military, nurses and students. Keep in mind that early bird discounts usually end each year around October.
  • If you are visiting Colorado from lower elevations, be advised that our ski areas are usually around 9,000 feet at the base with ski summits of up to 13,000 feet. Remember to hydrate well starting a few days before your trip and consider acclimating first if you are planning a multi-day trip.
  • While skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities on the resort mountains, you may also find uphill activities like uphill AT skiing (skinning), split boarding, snow shoeing. The rules for these activities vary among resorts. Pay close attention to resort rules to avoid injury.
  • Winter activities off the ski mountain are also offered at many resorts. These activities could include downhill snow biking, tubing, roller coasters, ice skating (in the resort area), AT skiing, cross country skiing, cat skiing.

Related Reading:
Skiing on a Budget
Winter Activities in Colorado

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

COVID-19: No restrictions, no reservations, masks are recommended
SUMMIT ELEVATION:  13,050 ft / 3,978 m
SKIABLE AREA:  1,428 acres / 578 hectares
BOWL SKIING: Yes
CAT SKIING: No
TERRAIN PARKS :2

Tips: 

  • Don’t park on the highway if the parking lots are full. Tow trucks will definitely find you.
  • Many expert ski runs with plenty of ways to elevate your skills and expand your ski season. You might be able to spend July 4th up there depending on the snow.
  • It’s usually about 5-10 degrees colder there than at nearby ski resorts since much of the resort is above tree line.
  • You are higher than at other ski resorts, so drink more water even if you are used to Colorado elevation.
  • The lifts are slow.
  • Some runs are not open until March or even later. Read up before you go.

chart with ski resort details for the four ski areas in Aspen, Colorado

(Aspen) Highlands Ski Resort

COVID-19  for all Aspen Resorts:  No reservations needed, no restrictions, masks are required in public open spaces
SKIABLE TERRAIN:  1040 Acres
VERTICAL RISE:  3635 ft
MILES OF TRAILS:  84 miles

Tips:

  • Experienced skiers only: there are no green runs and 65% are expert runs.
  • Less crowded.
  • Bowl at the Highlands has the reputation of the best in-bounds terrain in the state of CO.
  • Lots of fresh powder up there. Expect to hike because lifts do not reach all of the terrain. A true expert skier’s paradise.
  • A free snowcat can cut the Highlands Bowl hiking distance by a third. Expect hike to be 45-60 minutes with the snowcat.

(Aspen) Snowmass Ski Resort

COVID-19  for all Aspen Resorts:  No reservations needed, no restrictions, masks are required in public open spaces
SKIABLE TERRAIN: 3,339 ACROSS 4 MOUNTAINS
SECOND LARGEST SKI RESORT IN COLORADO
VERTICAL RISE:  4,406 ft
MILES OF TRAILS:   150 / 91 TRAILS
LIFTS:  21
TERRAIN PARKS:   3 + HALF PIPES
Uphill Policy in Snowmass

Tips:

  • Snowmass is huge but has limited beginner terrain. Nearly 50% of trails are labeled “more difficult”.
  • Spectacular views of the four mountains.
  • Stay above the Village Express for your entire day to avoid lift lines and crowds.
  • Lots of wide open cruisers, mellow glades, etc.
  • Lots of traversing and lift riding to get in and out of the expert areas.
  • Tubing lanes and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster are great for families.
  • Must do for intermediate skiers/ snowboarders 11 years and up: Be the first to enjoy newly groomed or fresh powder before the mountain officially opens for the day.

(Aspen) Buttermilk

COVID-19  for all Aspen Resorts:  No reservations needed, no restrictions, masks are required in public open spaces
SKIABLE TERRAIN: 470 acres
VERTICAL RISE:  2,030 ft
MILES OF TRAILS:  21 mi
Uphill Policy at Buttermilk 

  • Buttermilk is the beginner mountain of the 4 ski areas in Aspen
  • 8 Terrain Parks
  • Avoid Buttermilk during the competition events

Aspen Mountain (Ajax)


COVID-19  for all Aspen Resorts:
No reservations needed, no restrictions, masks are required in public open spaces
SKIABLE TERRAIN: 675 acres
VERTICAL RISE:       3,267 ft
MILES OF TRAILS:   64 mi

Tips:

  • May seem more crowded at times because runs funnel together towards town.
  • Skiing directly down into the middle of town at least once is a recommended experience.
  • Definitely a resort for people watching as it’s a favorite among celebrities.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort

COVID-19 2021/2022:No reservations for ski days. Resort restaurants require reservations and proof of vaccinations for anyone older than 12.
SKIABLE TERRAIN: 1832 acres
VERTICAL RISE:  3,340 ft
LIFTS: 23
NO of TRAILS: 150
Details on Uphill policy here

Tips:

    • Beaver Creek has world class competition slopes and has hosted World Cup and World Championships. Beaver Creek has trails for every ski level, but only 19% are classified as easy.
    • Keep your eyes out for free, warm cookies that are (usually) passed out every day after 3pm at the bottom of the lifts (last time lift 6).
    • Beaver Creek is part of the EPIC pass, which has the best deal for the military season passes.
    • There is a connection between Beaver Creek and Vail. You can ride both but you better be in shape to get there and back, or take the shuttle back.
    • Feel like taking a day off from skiing? Try snowshoeing, do some window shopping or try out the ice skating rink in the middle of town.
    • Beaver Creek is praised for its tree riding and skiing, which ends up being less torn up than Vail because you have fewer aggressive folks tearing up the tree trails.
    • Driving:
      • I70 can be a bottleneck.  The Eisenhower tunnel can get super congested. Avoid peak times by checking the travel forecast here.
      • During a winter storm, CDOT will implement traction law requirements. Download the apps and stay informed with CDOT text alerts
    • Pay attention to any weather warnings and avalanche warnings while traveling.
    • Make sure your tires are in good condition and have enough tread.
    • Click here for a map of beginner areas at Beaver Creek.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

COVID-19: No reservations for ski days. Resort restaurants require reservations and proof of vaccinations for anyone older than 12.
SKIABLE ACRES:  2,908
LIFTS: 34
No OF TRAILS: 187
VERTICAL RISE: 3,398
TERRAIN PARKS: 4
Uphill Access: Currently closed. Find the latest information here or call (970) 547-5627

Tips:

  • Breckenridge is also part of the Vail Resort Group and on the Epic Pass. Enjoy 4 challenging terrain parks and 5 peaks with great runs at every level.
  • Breckenridge is definitely a family place. Peak 9 is outfitted with easy beginner areas, ski carpets and so much more.
  • Breckenridge gets pretty windy. Be prepared with good ski gear and a balaclava.
  • The gondola is free so even non skiers can use it to head up the mountain and take a look around.
  • Download the ParkMobile app for parking anywhere in Breck.
  • There is a large parking lot of the west side of Breckenridge where you can walk to the gondola or the Quicksilve Superchair to access the mountain. If there is a long gondola line to get down the mountain at the end of the day, you can just ski to the bottom of the Quicksilver Superchair for a short walk to your car.
  • Breck’s roads get pretty congested, especially during evening rush hour after lifts close.
  • Use the Starbucks app to order a hot chocolate or coffee when you are coming off the mountain. You can just pick it up when you are heading out of town. Parking is challenging at the Breck Starbucks so just have someone run in and pick up (go into the shop from the back – that’s where the drinks will be located).
Picture of green ski slope in Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado

Breckenridge

Copper Mountain Ski Resort 

COVID-19 information
SKIABLE ACRES: 2,506 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  2,738 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 140
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 24
TERRAIN PARKS: 8 + (super) pipes
Uphill access information: An Uphill Access Season Pass is required for anyone who does not have a Copper Mountain Season Pass or IKON Pass. This is a one-time cost for the 2021-2022 season.

  • Copper often ends up being the least crowded resort among the ski areas off of I70 since it’s the only one in the area that is not included in the popular Epic Pass (it’s on the Ikon pass).
  • Difficult, extensive terrain parks and a progression park series.
  • In previous years Copper has offered free Snowcat Skiing on Tucker Mountain
  • If you love fresh corduroy but also enjoy sleeping in, the noon groomer will allow you to get a freshly groomed cruise in.
  • Copper is also the starting point for Janet’s Hut (10th Mountain Division), so you’ll see people “skinning” up the mountain with huge backpacks.
  • The bubble lift is awesome during cold and windy days
picture of skiers at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado

Copper Mountain

Durango Chapman Hill Municipal Ski Area

COVID-19: Please follow all COVID-19 protocols by maintaining six-foot social distancing and wearing a mask.

Tips:

  • About 7 acres of skiable area in Durango with a 400 vertical drop.
  • This area relies almost exclusively on snow making with the occasional natural supplement.
  • There are two tow ropes up the hill and some jumping features.
  • While this is a very modest ski option, it is affordable and provides a great opportunity to hit the slopes for an hour or so in the afternoon. Great to work on jumps or other skills.
  • Check their website for the most current operating hours. They are usually only open in the afternoons/evenings during weekdays.

Durango Hesperus Ski Area

COVID-19: Under the regulations, people ages 11 and up must wear a mask, except when actively engaged in skiing, eating or drinking, and they must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other households.
SKIABLE ACRES:    160
VERTICAL DROP:    780
NUMBER OF TRAILS:  26
Uphill Access: You will have to purchase an uphill access pass. Well behaved dogs are allowed. No uphill access is allowed during ski area operational hours, which could seriously cramp your style.

Tips:

  • Just 11 miles outside the town of Durango.
  • Great mix of easy and intermediate terrain with some great black diamond runs. Family style resort.
  • Check their website for the most current operating hours. They are usually only open in the afternoons/evenings during weekdays.
  • There is a Terrain Park and a Tubing Hill.
  • Known for great night skiing.

Durango Purgatory Resort

COVID-19: no updated information
SKIABLE ACRES:    1605 acres
VERTICAL DROP:    over 2000ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS:  101
NUMBER OF LIFTS:      13
TERRAIN PARKS:         4 + half pipe
Uphill
: Closed to all uphill activities

Tips:

  • Kids under 12 ski free.
  • Lots of moguls but not much tree skiing.
  • Snow conditions are hit or miss so be sure to check on conditions before heading there.
  • Fewer powder days compared to other resorts.
  • Many cruising sections make this a fun resort for green and blue slope skiers.
  • Lots to do in the surrounding areas if you have non-skiers in your group or want to take a break from skiing.
  • Relatively inexpensive compared to many other ski resorts.
  • Snowcat skiing available
  • Not much nightlife at Purgatory

Crested Butte Mountain Resort 

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 1,547 acres
VERTICAL DROP:   ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 121
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 15
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • Bucket list ski area for most skiers and there plenty of things to do for non-skiers.
  • A huge amount of expert runs with lots of steep technical runs. A great challenge for expert skiers.
  • Get your best coffee at First Ascent in downtown Crested Butte. Izzy’s has great breakfast and Secret Stash is famous for their gourmet pizzas.
picture of ski trail at Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado

Crested Butte

Echo Mountain Resort

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 226+ acres
VERTICAL DROP: 600 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 13
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 2 (lift+magic carpet)
TERRAIN PARKS: 2 very small parks
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • Closest ski resort to Denver, but the road leading up to Echo Mountain is one lane and very windy. Inclement weather will extend driving times significantly. There is a steep drop into the parking area which could cause issues when it’s full with snowy/icy conditions and some cars don’t have necessary traction.
  • Just a few runs: one main green, a couple of blues, and some black diamonds through lots of trees.
  • Tubing Hill
  • There are no hotels or places to stay overnight at the ski area
  • No bowl or cat skiing

Eldora Mountain Resort

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 680 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,200 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 65
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 10
TERRAIN PARKS: 3
Uphill access information: You will need a separate pass for uphill (and to get use of the Nordic Center) More info can be found here.

Tips: 

  • This small ski resort is only 20 miles west of Boulder and is used by many for quick day use.
  • Also called “Eldo.”
  • Parking is first come, first served with no reservations.
  • Included in the Ikon pass.
  • Fewer powder days since it sits at a lower elevation.
  • Modest terrain park
  • Kid and family friendly terrain.
  • Ski’n’ride offers a shuttle service for $5.25 adult/way – note: that there are only 20 seats available per ride. Refer to the website for details.

Granby Ranch Ski Resort

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 406 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,000 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 41
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 5
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information

Tips: 

  • Cute, family friendly area. Easy terrain with a few challenging runs.
  • Close proximity to Denver means it can get very busy.
  • Granby Village is a short 5 mins away
  • Winter Park and Fraser are only 30 minutes away
  • If you feel like relaxing, try the Hot Sulphur Springs, which is only 10 miles away

Kendall Mountain Ski Area  (Silverton)

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES:  35 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  240 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 69
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 1
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information: Human powered uphill travel on the ski hill is allowed only when the lift is not running.

Tips:

  • Very conveniently located in town.
  • One of the cheapest (and smallest) ski areas in the state
  • Mainly beginner/family runs and totally worth it if you are there anyway.

Keystone Ski Resort 

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES:  3,148 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  3,128 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 128
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 20
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • Keystone is a popular ski resort on the Epic Pass and can get quite crowded. You can use the gondola up to access one side of the mountain, and you’ll have several ski lifts up on the other side.
  • Bring lunch with you. It’s not frowned upon to unpack and eat it at the mountain top restaurants and there are a few picnic tables at the summit and along a few runs.
  • Schoolmarm is the way down and will get crowded on busy days.
  • Great mix of runs and skiing areas with plenty to do for everyone.
  • The beginner area and magic carpet is on top of the mountain.
  • You will need a lift ticket to use the gondola.
  • Parking at Keystone is easy and free (for the most part) if you get there early enough to snag a spot. Wagons are available in the parking lots to lug ski gear.
picture of young skier at top of Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado

Top of Keystone Ski Resort

Lake City Ski Hill

COVID-19 information: 970-944-2333
SKIABLE ACRES:  14 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  247 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 6
NUMBER OF LIFTS: (small) 1
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information: 970-944-2333

Tips:

  • This is how skiing started in Colorado. Has the oldest Poma Lift in the state.

Lee’s Ski Hill (Ouray)

COVID-19 information: (970) 325-7065
SKIABLE ACRES: Tiny
VERTICAL DROP: 75 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 1
NUMBER OF LIFTS: rope-tow
TERRAIN PARKS: 0
Uphill access information: (970) 325-7065

  • Lee’s is very similar to Lake City Ski Hill: very inexpensive, small, family friendly, and great for beginners.
  • Ouray is really famous for its ice climbing park and hot springs. Hot springs are available in many motels in the town.
  • A sledding hill is located in a closed off block section in town between 5th Ave and 6th Avenue.

Monarch Mountain

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 800 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,162 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 64
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 5
TERRAIN PARKS: 2
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • Only one hotel for accommodation close to the slopes. You can rent something in Poncha Springs or Salida unless you are making a one day trip from Colorado Springs (about 2hrs 20mins).
  • More affordable than other small ski resorts but offers plenty of mixed terrain including cat skiing, tree runs and expert runs.
  • Laid back atmosphere. Very family and beginner friendly with shorter runs.
  • Too small to handle big holiday crowds.
  • If you are a blue skier, you might find the black diamond runs more approachable than black diamonds at larger resorts.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort (Grand Mesa)

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 1,600 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,650 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 63
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 5
TERRAIN PARKS: 3
Uphill access information

Tips: 

  • Close to Palisade and Grand Junction.
  • Powderhorn is a very small ski resort at a much lower altitude than many of the other resorts.
  • This is a great place to start skiing. Lots of green slopes to improve skills and have fun when starting out. Great blue runs, some black diamonds, and wonderful tree runs.
  • This resort’s smaller size means most of the time there are no wait times for lifts (similar to Ski Cooper).
  • Lift tickets are affordable – it’s worth just swinging by if you are in the area and the resort is open.

Silverton Mountain Ski Area

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES:  26,819 acres (1819 inbound ski area)
VERTICAL DROP:  3,000 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 69
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 1
TERRAIN PARKS: 0
Uphill access information: Uphill access from the base is not permitted during the operating season

Tips:

  • This is a steep ski area for expert skiers only area. Essentially “wild” ski area.
  • Lots of fresh powder.
  • Limits on the number of skiers/riders. Certain times of the year access is only allowed with a guided tour. There is also unguided time, but refer to the website to learn more.
  • Avalanche gear is required to be allowed to use the lift.
  • Highest elevation ski area in Colorado at 13,487 feet
  • Heliskiing is permitted but there are many areas that you have to hike to.

Ski Cooper

COVID-19 information: 800-707-6114
SKIABLE ACRES: 400 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,200 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 60
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 5
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information

Tips: 

  • Very family friendly. Bring your lunch box and pick a table. Even younger kids can go skiing by themselves.
  • One of the least expensive ski areas.
  • About 3 hours from Colorado Springs, 2.25 hours from Denver.
  • Front mountain is great for beginners.
  • There are 5 lifts but they are rarely all open at the same time.
  • At nearly 12,000 elevation, you’ll find breathtaking panoramic views and there is typically good snow. Not all trails are groomed and weather can change quickly.
  • Nordic center in the area.
  • 10th Mountain Division Huts are nearby (Camp Hale was close by).
  • No wifi on the mountain.
  • Finish off the day with a pizza from High Mountain Pies. There are only 2 tables in the restaurant but pick up is always an option for these very good pies.
picture of skis at Ski Cooper Resort in Colorado

Ski Cooper

Steamboat Springs

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES:  2,965 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  3,668 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 165
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 23
TERRAIN PARKS: 4
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • 3 hour drive from Denver and only 90 miles from the Wyoming border.
  • Like many other resorts, Steamboat tends to bottleneck at the bottom of the mountain in the morning. Check the live gondola base area webcam.
  • Great tree skiing, huge vertical drop.
  • There are very few greens so this is definitely something for the experienced skier and beyond. Several options for intermediate skiers to start with bowl skiing (Morningside Park) and get comfortable with tree skiing without the expert terrain.
  • You may consider a first tracks pass that allows you access to the gondola and a few other lifts at 8am instead of 8:30am.

(Steamboat) Howelsen Hill Ski Area

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES:  50 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  440 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 26
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 4
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • Howelsen Hill opened in 1915 and it is the oldest, continuously operated ski area in Colorado.
  • Convenient town location, super family friendly, less expensive, great for beginners.
  • Best part is the FREE skiing on Sundays

Sunlight Mountain Resort

COVID-19 information: Guests will be required to wear a face covering when in the lift line, while riding the lift, and in areas of the resort where physical distancing cannot be maintained, (including in the base area and in the lodge).
SKIABLE ACRES:  680 acres
VERTICAL DROP:  2,010 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 67
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 3
TERRAIN PARKS: 1
Uphill access
: all uphill pass holders enjoy FREE uphill access. Obtain your uphill season pass in the season pass office.

Tips:

  • Located between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Similar in size to Granby Resort and Eldora.
  • Some of the best tree skiing in the states. Experts should try the fresh powder in the glades.
  • Cross country skiing and snow shoeing are also offered.
  • Glenwood Springs is 30 minutes away.
  • Mom and Pop Ski resort, very friendly, high marks for a great family ski vacation.

Telluride

Covid19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 2,000 acres
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 148
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 19
VERTICAL RISE:  4,425
TERRAIN PARK:  3
Uphill Access Information

 

 

Tips:

  • Incredible runs for all skill levels. Plenty of long, level runs for beginners and numerous tree runs, bowl skiing and heliskiing for more skilled skiers.
  • Telluride is one of the more expensive areas for lift tickets and accommodations.
  • The ski resort is spread across 2 ski base locations and one city location. If you are looking to go to dinner (or lunch), it’s especially fun and easy to hop on the free gondolas to get up and down from the mountain ski villages.
  • Hoot Brown Terrain Park offers over 100 features for advanced and expert skiers/snowboarders.
  • Telluride is a bit off the beaten path and further away from Colorado metro areas. It generally doesn’t have the huge crowds that resorts like Vail or Breckenridge see.
  • Telluride sometimes offers a complimentary mountain tour which is a great way to get to know the mountain. This is especially advantageous if you are staying several days and need some time to get acclimated to the elevation.
  • This is a high elevation destination and expect to acclimate to that. This also means there is a high average snow fall and lots of the beloved “pow pow.”

Vail Ski Resort

SKIABLE ACRES:   5,317 acres
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 195
NUMBER OF LIFTS:  31
VERTICAL RISE:  3,450

TIPS:

  • Vail is on the Epic Pass but make sure you check for any blackout dates.
  • If you are coming from one of the 10th Mountain Division Huts, you can enter the ski area from the very back of the mountains but it’s a good climb.
  • Most of Vail’s resorts skiable acreage is in the back bowls.
  • Pay attention to the slope exposure, especially in the back bowls. Be cautious if you are planning to ski a south facing slope first thing after a warm and sunny day, as you’ll experience ice and the fun is diminished as you scrape down the terrain.
  • If visibility is poor and the wind is howling, remember that the back bowls do not have lots of trees. This makes the area hard to judge and there is little in the way of refuge from the weather.
  • Poma Lift to Mongolia Bowl is super slow and can be a challenge when there are crowds and low temperatures.
  • Enjoy Blue Sky Basin with lots of trees, many ungroomed downhills and lots of fun to be had.
  • All I70 tips listed at Beaver Creek also apply to Vail, Copper, Keystone, and all other ski resorts that are accessed via this busy highway.

Winter Park Ski Resort

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 3,081 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 2,610 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 166
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 23 (10 fast lifts)
TERRAIN PARKS: 7
Uphill access information

Tips:

  • One of the best ski areas. Usually has great snowpack and ski conditions with an average of 327 inches of snow each season.
  • Use the ski train from Denver and it will stop at the base of the ski area.
  • There is snowcat access to the Cirque Terrain
  • It’s a busy resort.
  • Mary Jane is well known for its moguls: “No pain, no Jane” is the saying.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

COVID-19 information

SKIABLE ACRES: 1,600 acres
VERTICAL DROP: 1,604 feet
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 133
NUMBER OF LIFTS: 10
TERRAIN PARKS: 0
Uphill access information
: (970) 264-5629

Tips:

  • While a bit off the main road, this area seems to get more yearly snow/ more powder than other ski areas in Colorado.
  • Great tree skiing.
  • More than half of the trails are advanced and intermediate trails. Challenging terrain with lots of trees and bowls to ski/board.
  • Heads up boarders: There are several traverses to get from one side of the resort to the other which can end up being very annoying.
  • No accommodations or a local ski town at the bottom of the resort itself.
  • It has an “old school” feel.
  • Bring cash as there are minimum purchase requirements for credit cards.
  • Wolf Creek has its own weather. Always check before you go.

As you can see, Colorado has numerous options for skiing. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to click the picture below to subscribe to our blog for updates on Colorado Springs living, home buying & selling, and home ownership!

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