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The Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

The Best Guide to All Colorado Ski Resorts

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Arapahoe Basin


Aspen Highlands (Aspen)


Aspen Mountain (Aspen)


Beaver Creek




Buttermilk (Aspen)


Chapman Hill Ski Area


Copper Mountain


Crested Butte


Echo Mountain Park




Hesperus Ski Area


Howelsen Hill


Kendall Mountain




Loveland Basin


Loveland Valley


Monarch Mountain


Powderhorn Resort


Purgatory Resort


Silverton Mountain


Ski Cooper


Ski Granby Ranch


Snowmass Aspen










Winter Park/Mary Jane


Wolf Creek


Best Colorado Ski Resorts

About This Ski Resort Guide

Colorado, USA is the perfect place to live or visit for anyone in the world looking to explore beautiful sights like the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains, or hoping to experience some popular Colorado adventures like skiing.

One of the best ways to explore Colorado is by staying and adventuring at ski resorts. Many popular Colorado ski resorts have a ton of different festivals, events, and activities to explore year-round. Whether you’re looking to explore southwest ski resorts, northern ski resorts, or anywhere in between, we’ve compiled this list of the best Colorado ski resorts to help you pick your next adventure.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

28194 US-6, Keystone, CO 80435

When Is It Open?

Arapahoe Basin boasts one of the longest ski seasons in the country, opening in the middle of October and closing well into June, or sometimes even July! With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, a skiable area of 1,428 acres, and a summit elevation of over 13,000 ft, Arapahoe
Basin offers a unique skiing experience from 9 AM to 4 PM during the week, and 8:30 AM to 4 PM on weekends. The Ski Resort has 9 ski lifts, with a 14,500 passenger capacity.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Travel by party bus to what Coloradoans call “The Legend” due to its expansive 360-degree summit views, well-groomed high-alpine runs, chutes, bowls, and glades which are accessible by an impressive quad chair lift. Visit for pricing, with passes starting as low as $99.

Known for amenities like the Pallavicini lift, a substantial fixed-grip double chair servicing the steepest and snowiest mountain terrain, unique uphill access, and affordable snow sports lessons for the entire family, Arapahoe Basin has something for everyone.

Arapahoe Basin is also known for its ski school, offering private ski lessons for groups of up to 4 skiers. Amazing instructors and easy ski areas for beginners make Arapahoe Basin’s lessons some of the best, made even better by astounding views and scenery.

Where are some Good places to stay Nearby?

  1. Frisco Adventure Park

    A short 17 miles away from Arapahoe Basin, Frisco Adventure Park offers tubing, beginner ski hills, and sleigh rides in the winter months as well as bike parks, skate parks, and chuck wagon rides in the warmer weather. Many of Frisco Adventure Park’s amenities are free to use, with different pricing options for special activities like wagon rides and camping.

  2. Aerial Adventure Park

    Explore Arapahoe from the sky at the Aerial Adventure Park. With the incredible Continental Divide as your backdrop, you can swing, jump, balance, and zipline through the spruce and fir trees. Pricing starts as low as $65 per person with group rates and multi-visit passes available, too!

  3. Via Ferrata Climb

    Head straight to the summit with Arapahoe Basins via Ferrata, the highest “iron way” in North America. This full-day trip takes you up 1,200 feet to a stunning 13,000-foot summit, and no prior rock climbing experience is necessary! Experience Colorado’s alpine environment on a half- or full-day tour, with prices starting at $155 per person.

Food and Drink Details

Offering four different dining options, Arapahoe Basin’s food choices offer a range of choices for your dining experience. If you have some time to sit and enjoy your food, Black Mountain Lodge is a great place to stop during a busy day of skiing to grab lunch and a drink. For skiers in a hurry, Legends Café offers cafeteria-style food to get you back on the slopes in a snap, or Coffee Corner — located in the A-frame near Arapahoe Sports Center — is open to serve you on weekends, too. For a more upscale experience, the Il Rifugio at Snow Plume offers dining next to picturesque views of the Continental Divide run.

While you’re visiting Arapahoe Basin, don’t forget to try 6th Alley Bar & Grill’s signature A-Basin Bacon Bloody Mary. These drinks are so good they sell over 10,000 of these cocktails each season, and you definitely should try at least one!

What else can you do for fun at Arapahoe Basin?

Besides skiing, you can also enjoy other activities in Arapahoe Basin. With their rocky mountain, they have the best places to enjoy mountain biking, fat biking, hiking and many more. With all the things you can enjoy in Arapahoe Basin, including their varied, picturesque terrain and wide array of food options, Arapahoe Basin is surely one of the best Colorado ski resorts to visit.

Summit Peaks Lodge

When Is It Open?

f you are looking for the “real Colorado experience,” Summit Peaks Lodge is a great place to explore during your time at Arapahoe Basin. Summit Peaks Lodge provides excellent service and superb comfort and an extremely affordable price. Open 7 days a week and offering year-round lodging, Summit Peaks Lodge is an excellent choice for your next Arapahoe Basin visit.

Additional Details

Summit Peaks Lodge has four properties to offer you during your stay: Summit Peaks Lodge South, Summit Peaks Lodge North, Summit Peaks Lodges Riverside West, and Summit Peaks Lodge Riverside East.

Summit Peaks Lodge South and North can accommodate up to 24 and 20 people, respectively, whereas the Lodges Riverside West and East can accommodate larger parties. Summit Peaks Lodges Riverside West can sleep up to 34 people comfortably while Summit Peaks Lodge Riverside East can accommodate a whopping 37 people!

Summit Peaks Lodge guarantees clean, professionally maintained lodges welcoming large booking groups of all kinds. From church groups and school clubs to family reunions and wedding parties, Summit Peaks has lodging for every need.

Where are some Good places to stay Nearby?

Summit Peaks Lodge has partnered with a ton of local businesses to offer up to 50% off different adventures and amenities.

  1.  Snow Cap Dog Sledding

    Summit Peaks Lodge has an affiliation with what is deemed “Summit County’s Best Winter Activity” — Snow Caps Sled Dogs! Visit in Summer or Winter to visit the pups with a Yard Tour, travel on a dog-powered scooter, or even go on a dog sled! Pricing varies per person and experience.

  2. Cutthroat Anglers: Guided Trout Fishing

    Get your hands dirty in Summit Country with another one of Summit Peaks Lodge’s partners, Cutthroat Anglers. With a variety of guided tours available, you can go on a wade trip, a dry-land lesson, or a float trip. Prices start at $450 per person for float trips.

  3.  Family Photography

    If you’re looking to immortalize your family vacation to Colorado, why not hire a professional photographer to come to capture some of your favorite memories? Summit Peaks Lodge has an affiliation with Timothy Faust Photography for photography sessions at the lodge. Fill out the contact form for more details

Food and Drink Details

Summit Peaks Lodge has a long list of recommended restaurants in the area as close as 1 mile from the lodge. Some of their favorites include The Mint Steakhouse, where you can cook your steak in the oldest building in Summit County, and Mountain Lyon Cafe, offering home-cooked meals every day of the week! If you want a brew with your dinner, then Dillon Dam Brewery is another great choice. The #1 largest brewpub in the Rockies offers hand-crafted lager and ales with some tasty food to go alongside your drink!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Summit Peaks Lodge?

Summit Peaks Lodge (and the greater Summit County Area) offers so much to do no matter the time of the year. Hike the Gore Range, fish on the Dillon Reservoir, or even try whitewater rafting! Spend the afternoon at Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks or shop until you drop at the Dillon/Silverthorne Factory Outlet Stores.

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort (Aspen)

 199 Prospector Rd, Aspen, CO 81611

When Is It Open?

Aspen Highlands opens season in mid-December and closes in mid-April, welcoming an annual snowfall of 179 inches and offering over 670 acres of skiable area. Gated terrain closes at 2:30 PM every day. Aspen Mountain has 8 ski lifts including 1 gondola lift.

Aspen Highlands’ hours depend on the season and the amenities you’re looking to use. The Aspen Highlands Ticket Office is open for the Summer and Fall from May 27th to October 24th, 7 days a week, from 8 AM to 5 PM. In the Winter and Spring, the Ticket Office is open from December 11th to April 10th, 7 days a week, from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Considered to be one of the top Colorado ski resorts and ski towns, Aspen Highlands is a great destination for you and your friends to visit the ski towns together from the comfort of a party bus and beyond. Featuring some of the steepest, big mountain skiing that Colorado has to offer, Aspen Highlands offers incredible runs like the Highland Bowl, Olympic Bowl, and Steeplechase ranging from Intermediate to Extreme Terrain.

Visitors often comment on the thrill at Aspen Highlands’ ski areas, spacious cruisers, long-stretching and challenging steeps, and many untracked sections in the runs. At Aspen Highlands, everywhere you look is skiable terrain!

Aspen Highlands is loved by advanced skiers for its complicated trails, but there are also intermediate terrains. Aspen Highlands is a little advanced for beginners (but more recommendations for beginners later!) but is the best place for extreme skiers. While visiting, you will get to meet lots of advanced and freestyle skiers from all over the country (and the world!) to ski alongside during your trip.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to take ski lessons, the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass offers skiing tips. Their ski school offers a wide array of options to help you improve on the slopes for both beginner and intermediate skiers.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Aspen Brewing Company

The Aspen Brewing Company is loved by all visitors to any of Aspen’s four ski areas, Aspen Highlands included. Whether you visit their tap room or pick up a 6-pack from the store, their beers are sure to wow you and your guests.

2. Aspen’s DarkSide Historical Ghost, Murder & Mayhem Walking Tour

Looking to get a little spooky and macabre while you’re in Aspen? The DarkSide Ghost, Murder & Mayhem Walking Tour will do just the trick. Walk the streams of Aspen visiting some of the most haunted places with the most haunting stories. Tickets start at $35.

3. T-Lazy-7 Ranch

View scenic Aspen, Colorado from a new perspective with T-Lazy-7 Ranch’s snowmobile tours! With different types of tours from a 3-hour Klondike Lunch Tour to an intimate Special Private Tour, you can do it all starting at $275 per person.

Food and Drink Details

There are two on-mountain restaurants for guests to enjoy at Aspen Highlands: The Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, where you and your group can enjoy favorites like warm fondue and raclette, or the popular Merry Go Round restaurant where you can stop for a more relaxing dining atmosphere.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Aspen Highlands (Aspen)?

Besides skiing, Aspen Highlands offers a variety of hiking experiences as well. Hike the Highland Bowl (after reading the preparation guide) or make the trip to see the infamous Maroon Bells.

Aspen Mountain Ski Resort (Aspen)

601 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611

When Is It Open?

Open from late November to late April, Aspen Mountain’s skiable area has several different skill levels from More Difficult to Expert and Extreme Terrain. Aspen Mountain has an annual snowfall of 300 inches, a summit elevation of 11,212 feet, and over 670 acres of skiable area. There are 8 ski lifts at Aspen Mountain, with a total capacity of 13,400 passengers per hour

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

A great party bus getaway weekend, Aspen Mountain is in the heart of Aspen, Colorado and is thought of by many as one of Colorado’s best ski resorts. During the ski season, Aspen Mountain offers a vertical buffet of gladed runs and double blacks for high-level snowboarders and skiers to explore, boasting amazing views from every vantage point.

Other types of skiing can also be enjoyed at Aspen Mountain, such as cat skiing, backcountry skiing, and night skiing in Aspen Mountain’s well-lit skiable area. You can also book a powder tour at Aspen Mountain, where luxury snowcats guide you on untracked glades and runs, with untouched snow and an included gourmet lunch. If you’re an early riser who loves fresh snow, you can also reserve a First Tracks spot to ski first thing in the morning with Aspen Mountain staff. Public National Standard Race (NASTAR) courses are available starting in the middle of December, open from 11 AM to 3 PM, 7 days a week.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Belly Up Aspen

Looking to explore Aspen in the evening? Check out Belly Up Aspen, a live music venue that opened in 2005. Belly Up Aspen books over 300 live shows a year and has featured talents such as B.B. King, Calvin Harris, The Killers, Kygo, Widespread Panic, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Check their website for who will be in town when you visit and grab your tickets early.

2. Silver Queen Gondola

If you want to experience the views from the top of Aspen Mountain, book a ticket for the Silver Queen Gondola. Traveling 2.5 miles from Aspen to the top of 11,000-foot-high Aspen Mountain, you can see an exclusive birds-eye-view of the resort. Gondola rides operate from late November to early April, starting at 9 AM. Tickets start at $33 per

3. O2 Aspen Studio & Spa

For a relaxing wind-down after a busy day of skiing, visit O2 Aspen Studio & Spa. O2 is a boutique fitness center with yoga, pilates, personal training and spa services less than a mile from the Aspen Mountain slopes. Take a look at all of O2’s spa services here.

Food and Drink Details

You won’t go hungry when visiting Aspen Mountain, as it’s home to some of the best restaurants in the region. Your best bet for top-notch food is Ajax Tavern, located at the base of the Aspen mountain and offering year-round sustainable cuisine. Enjoy popular dishes like Colorado lamb Bolognese, house-made charcuterie, succulent raw bar selections and daily specials. On Sunday nights, in addition to the a la carte menu, guests can partake in Sunday Night Supper, a prix fixe menu for the entire table served family style. If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal, Bonnie’s restaurant is located in the upper mid-section of Aspen Mountain and is known for its white-bean chili and apple strudel. Its two-tiered outdoor deck is a great hangout spot.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Aspen Mountain (Aspen)?

Activities outside of skiing and snowboarding can also be enjoyed when visiting Aspen Mountain. Try out the alpine coaster, sign up for snow bike lessons, or put on a brave face for some high-speed snow tubing.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620

When Is It Open?

Beaver Creek is open year-round, offering amenities in both the Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall. Full-time summer operations open in mid-June and continue to the beginning of September. Starting on September 25th, when Beaver Creek switches to operate on weekends only. For the winter ski and snowboard season, Beaver Creek opens in late November and closes in mid-April. They are open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 4 PM for winter activities.

Beaver Creek has a skiable area of 2,082 acres and sees an average annual snowfall of 325 inches, as well as 25 chairlifts with a 48,840 passenger capacity. There are also T-bar lifts, rope tows, and moving carpets. Because of the heavy snowfall, Beaver Creek is one of the ski resorts in Colorado with the most snow!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Beaver Creek Resort is one of the finest Vail resorts, boasting action-packed adventures and snow sports. Immaculately groomed runs, stellar lodging, and world-class cuisine are just some of the highlights in Beaver Creek.

Just past the entrance gate, Beaver Creek Ski Resort opens up to an impressive snow village where stunning terrain mingles with a luxurious mountain resort. Climb the expansive slopes of Bachelor Gulch and glide down soft bumps of Grouse Mountain in the Beaver Creek village. The snowy acres of Beaver Creek offer 711 acres of expert trails, 776 acres of intermediate trails, and 345 acres of beginner trails, making it one of the better ski resorts for beginner skiers.

Lodging options in the Beaver Creek village include cozy condominiums, private residences, deluxe suites and upscale hotel rooms. When you wake up and look onto the slopes of the Beaver Creek Resort, you’ll get a sense of wonder at the well-planned village and incredible views.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Vail Valley Escape Room

A great Beaver Creek outing after a day in the ski area is the Vail Valley Escape Room. It is an interactive adventure and requires working together as a group to discover hidden objects, solve puzzles, and find clues. The rooms are designed to accommodate up to 8 guests, with prices starting at $38 per person.

2. Walking Mountains Science Center

Walking Mountains Science Center is open year-round, providing an opportunity to explore nature and learn about the world around you. With four different campuses to visit, Walking Mountains Science Center offers guided tours, workshops and lectures, and more. View the events calendar for event availability and pricing.

3. Vilar Performing Arts Center

Looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy the show? The Vilar Performing Arts Center allows you to do just that, hosting concerts, comedy, performances, and more. Take a look through the Events Calendar to see what talent is coming to Vilar when you’re visiting Beaver Creek.

Food and Drink Details

Two of the best restaurants available in the Vail and Beaver Creek village are Allie’s Cabin and Beano’s Cabin. Allie’s Cabin is situated on Beaver Creek Mountain in a beautiful setting where you have the option of arriving in an open-air sleigh. Enjoy special wine pairings and multiple courses with lots of family-friendly options for the kids, as well. Beano’s Cabin is a 20-minute sleigh ride from Beaver Creek Village, allowing you to take in the gorgeous mountain views around you. You can enjoy music and entertainment while having Beano’s elegant five course meal in Beaver Creek.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Beaver Creek?

In addition to its skiable terrains, Beaver Creek also has other fun activities like ice skating at the Beaver Creek Ice Rink. Take your group to the ice rink after skiing and enjoy a new winter sport as a group. Beaver Creek Ski Resort also hosts a ton of fun summer events that you can attend like Independence Day celebrations, concerts, triathlons, and more!

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

When Is It Open?

As part of the umbrella of resorts owned by Vail Resorts, Breckenridge Ski Resort opens for activities from mid- to late November until the end of May. With an average annual snowfall of 300 inches and a skiable area of 2,908, Breckenridge is home to 5 peaks and 187 trails. This ski resort has 35 ski lifts, with a capacity of 56,780 passengers per hour. It also proudly has one of the highest summit elevations in the nation at 12,998 feet, and one of the tallest chairlifts in all of North America!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Situated just west of the Continental divide is the sloping ski haven Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breckenridge has one of the best terrain parks in Colorado, with 25 acres of terrain parks and trails. Breckenridge’s interconnected mountain peaks provide tried and tested terrain suitable for both beginner and expert skiers making it a great ski resort for beginners.

The mountain offers a 22′ superpipe along with three award-winning terrain parks: Frontier, Highway 9, and Park Lane. Breckenridge Ski Resort has a wide and varied skiable area, allowing other types of skiing such as cross country, tree runs, and more. You can also enjoy picturesque sleigh rides!

Top hotel recommendations near the Breckenridge Ski Resort are the Westwood Lodge, The Lodge at Breckenridge, and One Ski Hill Place. These hotels are close to nearby towns and grocery stores, making them convenient for travel and amenities.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Country Boy Mine

Take a tour of Breckenridge’s only real gold mine, experiencing Breckenridge’s history for yourself. Go on a treasure hunt with the whole family, pan for gold, or take a monster truck sleigh tour! Prices vary depending on the attraction, so take a look at the event calendar here.

2. Visit Isak Heartstone – The Breckenridge Troll

Built as part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, Isak Heartsone — also known as “The Breckenridge Troll” — is a 15-foot tall sculpture. Isak lives on the Trollstigen Trail and is one of Breckenridge’s most popular exhibits, so if you want a picture, set your alarms early!

3. Breckenridge Creative Arts

If you want to exercise your creativity, Breckenridge Creative Arts offers a ton of hands-on experiences. Visit the Breckenridge Arts District, attend a workshop or performance, or explore a current exhibition. Look for event tickets and prices here!

Food and Drink Details

Venture into Breckenridge’s nearby towns and discover more than 30 bars, pubs and restaurants on Main Street, including Breckenridge Brewery. Created from a passion for beer and enjoying yourself in the outdoors, Breckenridge Brewery has over 30 years of brewing experience, and a ton of Coloradoan brews for you to try.

The Crown is another great dining choice, sitting on historic Main Street in downtown Breckenridge. A local favorite, The Crown is a cozy spot that provides a fantastic food menu with breakfast, lunch and appetizers with something to offer for the whole family.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Breckenridge?

Located just two hours from Denver International Airport, the city of Breckenridge is also known for its upbeat nightlife. Go for a craft cocktail or take your friends to the dance floor at one of the local bars.

Go on a walking tour to gaze at Victorian architecture and revel at its designation as Colorado’s largest historic district. If you’re into hiking, many visitors travel to Breckenridge just to walk and explore the nearby trails in wonder. There is surely more to Breckenridge aside from having one of the best ski resorts in Colorado.

Buttermilk (Aspen)

38700 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611

When Is It Open?

Buttermilk is part of the Aspen Snowmass ski resorts, situated in the White River National Forest. Buttermilk Mountain is 3 miles, or 10 minutes west of Aspen Colorado. Most ski travelers stay in Aspen and catch the shuttle bus to Buttermilk, giving you the option to explore more of Aspen.

Buttermilk is open from early- to mid-December and closes at the beginning of April for the summer, and offers three lifts to its skiers. During the winter, it’s open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 4 PM and is closed throughout the summer. Buttermilk has an average annual snowfall of 219 inches and boasts approximately 470 acres of skiable area. It’s also known to be one of the best Colorado ski resorts for families and beginners! Buttermilk has 5 ski lifts including 1 rope tow.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

With 5 small lifts for novices and 3 chair lifts that carry skiers up the hill, Buttermilk is a low-key ski resort with groomed runs rimmed with beautiful trees. This resort features a comfortable lift off the Buttermilk Express Chair as well as a baby Panda pipe near the base for kids. If you’re just starting to get into skiing, Buttermilk is the perfect ski resort for beginners, while offering adventurous thrills for more advanced skiers. Buttermilk also has top-notch terrain parks, holding the best terrain parks among the four ski resorts in Aspen. Buttermilk is popularly known for hosting the Winter X games, sharing “a world stage for global athletes.” However, even if you’re not a global athlete, you can watch the Winter X Games at Buttermilk.

Accommodations can be booked at Buttermilk’s ski-in ski-out hotel called The Inn at Aspen. The Inn is very family-friendly and features hot tubs, an outdoor pool, and an onsite restaurant. Room options range from hotel rooms that sleep up to 4 to suites and studios with kitchenettes. The Inn at Aspen is a great place to stay overnight after an energy-filled experience at the local ski resorts or terrain parks.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Ashcroft Ghost Town

Just a few miles from Aspen lies Ashcroft Ghost Town, an old abandoned mining town. For only $5 a person, you can have an intimate ghost tour led by the Aspen Historical Society, stepping back in time to get a glimpse of historic Aspen.

2. Cozy Point Ranch

Over 120 years old, Cozy Point Ranch is a historic landmark in Colorado. Operating as a year-round equestrian center and summer camp, Cozy Point Ranch is the perfect trip for horse-lovers and animal adventurers. Explore neighboring parks and trails or reach out to Cozy Point about their educational programming.

3. Wheeler/Stallard Museum

The Wheeler/Stallard Museum provides a snapshot of life in Aspen during the late 1800s. Learn about the Victorian era with the museum’s gallery space and rotating exhibitions for $10 a person!

Food and Drink Details

 There’s no shortage of good food and drink when you’re visiting Buttermilk. If you’re looking to eat at the resort, there are incredible food based experiences to try out. By signing up for a Full Moon Dinner at the Cliffhouse, you have the opportunity to eat on Buttermilk under the full moon. Sip drinks by the fire, enjoy the cash bar and try out the dinner options from Mongolian Grill. Looking for breakfast options? The Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club might be for you. Venture to the top of Buttermilk Mountain to enjoy breakfast after a morning hike, starting as early as 8:45 AM

Mawa’s Kitchen is a great off-site location, known for creating custom menus from seasonal ingredients tailored to your family. Mawa’s Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch, as well as hosts private and corporate events for you to enjoy on an Aspen business trip or wedding. The menus are tailored to accommodate each event’s style and culinary needs with seasonal inspiration and beautiful presentations

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Buttermilk?

There is a ton to do while exploring Buttermilk outside of skiing. During the summer, Buttermilk hosts events including the Audi Power of Four Run and weekly Snowmass Bonus Nights. Get out, socialize, and enjoy the summer in an otherwise snowy location. Buttermilk also has hiking trails, including the Government Trail, that you can walk with the family or hike on your own.

Chapman Hill Ski Area

500 Florida Rd, Durango, CO 81301

When Is It Open?

Chapman Hill Ski Area opens each year right before the Christmas holidays and stays open until the last snowflake of winter falls on the Colorado ground, typically around March. Open 7 days a week from 3:30 PM to 8 PM on weekdays, and 10 AM to 4 PM on weekends, Chapman Hill Ski Area is a great option for families and children in the Durango area.

With an average annual snowfall of only 67 inches, Chapman Hill is no stranger to snowmaking, which is possible as early as December if the weather permits.

Additional Details

If your ski vacation plans include venturing to the snowy Colorado town of Durango, we can take your group to the cozy municipal ski resort and skate spot, Chapman Hill Ski Area. Chapman Hill provides ski terrain for new and intermediate skiers, making it an extremely family–friendly Colorado ski resort. They have a green terrain, an intermediate terrain, and an expert terrain, catering to all skiing abilities. Those who are advanced at the sport will thrill at the steep drop of nearly 700 feet from the very top of Chapman Hill.

There is no chair life available at Chapman Hill, but two ropes are available to guide skiers up the hill. The absence of chair lifts allows you to exit at any spot and makes Chapman a perfect spot for families with children who will also enjoy the separate tubing and sledding hills. For those who want to improve their skills while they’re on holiday, they have a ski lesson area offered throughout Chapman’s open season.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum (D&SNGRR)

Experience Colorado like never before from the seat of the D&SNGRR’s train. Play the part of an 1882 railroader learning while taking in the glorious views of waterfalls, mountains, and wildlife. Explore the museum’s Packages page for pricing and package information.

2. San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest spans over 1.8 million acres in southwestern Colorado, boasting deserts, mountains, and incredible natural resources. Run, hike, walk, and explore the gorgeous nature of Colorado, but don’t forget to brush up on your outdoor safety, first!

3. Pinkerton Hot Springs

Discovered in the 1800s, Pinkerton Hot Springs is an incredible natural phenomenon in Durango history. Visit this pool with 95-105 degree water and take in the glory of the colorful, mineralized rocks. Learn more about Pinkerton Hot Springs here.

Food and Drink Details

Have a refreshing meal after you explore the slopes of Chapman Hill’s ski areas by eating at some local Durango restaurants. East by Southwest is a great upscale fusion restaurant, famous for its Japanese cuisine including sushi and American Kobe. For a more traditional American experience, try out El Moro Spirits and Tavern, offering tasty rustic-chic dishes like the El Moro Burger or Pasta & Prawns.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Chapman Hill Ski Area?

The ice rink is a big draw for visitors looking for an alternate snow sport on their trip aside from the ski resort slopes, and you can even rent skates at Chapman’s rink and get a snack at the concession stand. It features a supervised warming house and the rink runs both youth and adult competitive hockey and ski race league programs.

Copper Mountain

2nd Fl Admin, 209 Ten Mile Circle Copper Mountain, CO, 80443

When Is It Open?

Copper Mountain’s open season runs from mid- to late-November and stays open until the end of April. With an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, Copper Mountain hosts over 2500 acres of skiable terrain. Boasting 24 lifts and 150 runs, Copper Mountain has options for every kind of skier. There are 23 ski lifts at Copper Mountain including 1 gondola and chair combination and snow caterpillars for cat-skiing.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Copper Mountain is home to world-class terrain parks and half-pipes, meaning you’re only one party bus ride away from a great weekend full of snow sports and adventure.

Catering to both beginner and intermediate skiers, Copper Mountain is divided into four convenient sections so everyone in your group will have an area that’s perfect for them. The West Village area of Copper Mountain is designated for beginners, the middle stretch of terrain above the Center Village is perfect for intermediate skiers, and the fast runs above the East Village are near all the thrilling black runs. Each section has great mountain views, so no matter where you’re skiing you’ve got an incredible sight!

First-time skiers can experience snow terrain in Copper Mountain that allows for gradual progressions and features small chair lifts with longer, more inclined trails connecting green trails from the top of Union Peak to the base area. Intermediates can hone their skills in Copper Mountain by traversing top to bottom pristine runs, including the Otto Bahn blue run’s spectacular views. Copper Mountain offers advanced skiers and snowboarders four bowls, steep alpine extreme terrain, technical glades, moguls, and fast black trails.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Woodward Wrecktangle

Whether you and your friends want an afternoon of fun or you’re looking to get the kids’ extra energy out, the Woodward Wrecktangle will do just the trick. This outdoor obstacle course has 9 different sections of fun, for as low as $7.50 per course run!

2. Rocky Mountain Coaster

Ever been on a rollercoaster through the forest? With the Rocky Mountain Coaster, you can experience the glorious mountains from a rollercoaster cart! Speed through a, 800-foot track experiencing Colorado flying by beside you for only $29 a ride.

3. Copper Creek Golf Course

Golf 9 or 18 holes with the Ten Mile Range as your backdrop, the perfect view for a life-changing golf experience. Whether you’re looking to book a season pass or a few rounds of 9-hole, there’s a package option for everyone.

Food and Drink Details

Copper Mountain has a wide variety of dining options, so you’ll never go hungry during your Colorado ski adventure. In the Center Village Dining area, you’ll find a ton of options including Sawmill Pizza & Taphouse, best known for their house-made pizza dough and sauce, and Downhill Dukes, a casual small-plate experience. The East Village Dining area is home to Camp Hale Coffee & Creamery, serving up specialty coffee, pastries and ice cream, and the cafeteria-style Grand Hall Market.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Copper Mountain?

At Copper Mountain, there’s truly no shortage of things to do even if you’re not skiing. You can visit the Woodward Barn to explore indoor adventures including Olympic-grade fly bed trampolines and skateboard zones. The Athletic Club offers swimming, a full-service gym, and steam rooms to get your sweat on if the ski hills weren’t enough! You can also rent bikes, or take bike lessons to help you learn the ropes of mountain biking.

Crested Butte

12 Snowmass Rd, Crested Butte, CO 81225

When Is It Open?

Crested Butte has two operating seasons: Summer, from mid-June to early September, and Winter, from late November to early April. Crested Butte has a ton of different lifts and trails, varying between summer and winter seasons. In the summer, there are 2 lifts with 17 downhill trails, 11 multi-use, and 3 hike-only. In the winter, there are 15 lifts with over 120 different trails!

Crested Butte sees an annual average snowfall of 234 inches and has a skiable area of 1,547 acres. The summit of the mountain reaches 12,162 feet and its longest trail is 2.6 miles!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

During Crested Butte’s ski season, your picturesque ski journey is only one party bus ride away! Complete with exceptional dining and luxury lodging, Crested Butte will charm you with its quaint, Victorian town, friendly locals, and surrounding mountains; a “real Colorado ski town!” Crested Butte Mountain Resort is best known for its steep terrains but there is plenty of intermediate and beginner skiing available on the bottom half of the mountain. The front of the real Colorado ski town features the trails off of the Red Lady Express which opens to spacious and wide-open beginner skiing. Intermediate skiers can find some faster runs off Prospect and Gold Link Lifts and the more advanced skiers in your group will have plenty of runs to rip around on off of Paradise and East River Express Lifts. For the well seasoned skiers in the bunch, the famed North Face Lift will lead you to areas like the Spellbound Bowl, Third Bowl and gate-accessed Teocalli Bowl for all the speed you can stand. Crested Butte is also one of the best places in Colorado to enjoy cross country and backcountry skiing for expert skiers.

At the Mountain you can also take ski lessons, where Crested Butte staff can provide excellent step-by-step instructions, instilling confidence in all of their students. This is one of the reasons why Crested Butte is famously known for being a family-friendly mountain.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Montanya Distillers

Sitting at 9000 ft, Montanya Distillers is known for making the best from-scratch rum in Crested Butte. Montanya offers daily tours as well as a full rum bar with artisan cocktails, farm-fresh appetizers and small plates 7 days a week. They also share recipes on their website like the infamous Cucumber Templar recipe.

2. Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Telling the story of the Gunnison Valley, the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum shares records, archives, photographs, and objects from the valley’s history. Immerse yourself in local history with a Walking Tour for $25 a person.

3. Escape Bodywork Boutique

Right in the heart of Crested Butte, Escape Bodywork Boutique is the perfect place for relaxation and pampering. With full service, a flexible schedule, and consideration for the environment, Escape offers services for every budget and need.

Food and Drink Details

Other than Crested Butte’s exceptional ski area, you can also experience dining with an exquisite view of Crested Butte’s mountain village. Butte 66 Bar & Grille, known for their Signature pulled pork and brisket smoked daily, is a perfect place to take your family after exploring Crested Butte’s ski areas. For caffeine lovers, Coal Breaker Coffee Co. would be the best option for you, and they also have appetizing sandwiches and snacks.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Crested Butte?

Other than skiing and snowboarding, there is lots to keep you busy at Crested Butte. Explore the events calendar to see what Crested Butte has on offer, including concerts, hiking and biking events, and more. You can also explore the Red Lady Express and the Silver Queen Express to take in the beautiful scenery! Keep the kids entertained too with Kids Summer Programs.

Echo Mountain Park

19285 CO-103, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

When Is It Open?

Echo Mountain’s open season typically falls between the end of November and the beginning of December and often lasts well into May. With an average snowfall of 500 inches and a skiable area of 226 acres, Echo Mountain is a smaller park but it packs a big punch. There are 3 ski lifts at Echo Mountain, 1 chairlift and 2 people movers/moving carpets.

As a mostly intermediate hill, low ticket prices to access the 10,500-foot Echo Mountain with a 660-foot vertical drop are some of the top features attracting snow enthusiasts to the area. Echo Mountain is one of the ski resorts closest to Denver and is one of the cheapest Colorado ski resorts.

Echo Mountain Park is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 AM to 8 PM on Wednesdays to Fridays, 9 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays, and 9 AM to 5 PM on Sundays. A unique feature of Echo Mountain Park is its extended evening hours for “Echo After Dark,” their night skiing experience, from 4 PM to 9 PM on most weekdays.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

If you’re looking for a great ski resort destination after landing at Denver International Airport, you can travel 35 miles west of Denver by party bus to the stunning Echo Mountain Ski Resort

Echo Mountain boasts 16 trails accessed by the Milk Run Special, a fixed-grip triple lift which glides skiers to the top of every trail. Snowboarders will find a variety of challenging routes and jumps for every ability, although Echo Mountain focuses mostly on intermediate and expert-level trails.

Night skiing makes Echo Mountain stand out among the Colorado ski resorts. Echo Mountain also offers beginner and intermediate skiing lessons, and a designated beginner’s area for learning and teaching.

Lodging options nearby include Juniper Mountain House, a rustic-feeling lodge with mountain views, or the Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters and Spa, featuring a hot tub and spa services to keep you in top shape for hitting the slopes.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Argo Mill and Tunne

The Argo Mill and Tunnel brings you back to the gold rush in Idaho Springs, highlighting the ingenuity and innovation of miners back in the 1800s. Take a tour for $25 per person, pan for gold, and collect some memorabilia from the gift shop.

2. St. Mary’s Glacier

Get some beautiful mountain views into your trip to Echo Mountain with a moderate, family-friendly hike to see St. Mary’s Glacier. Soak up the natural beauty, enjoy the mountain air, and get some exercise to prepare for your next ski.

3. Indian Hot Springs

Put your feet up and relax after a busy day on the hill at Indian Hot Springs. Whether you’re doing laps in the Mineral Pool or exploring the Geothermal Caves, there’s something for every kind of visitor. Visit their website for pricing and availability.

Food and Drink Details

After you work up an appetite following a day of skiing, you can enjoy food and drink right at Echo Mountain. Focusing on high-quality meals for an affordable price, there are two restaurants on the mountain. Grab a tasty burger and fries at Brothers’ Grille or get a top-notch pizza slice from 2 Mile Pie.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Echo Mountain Park?

The most popular activity at Echo Mountain besides skiing and snowboarding is tubing! A covered conveyor belt gets you to the top of the hill, and 6 lanes of tubes get you to the bottom in no time.

Eldora Mountain

2861 Eldora Ski Rd #140,, Nederland, CO 80466

When Is It Open?

Situated just outside the snowy destination city of Boulder is the Eldora Mountain Resort, which opened in 1962. With 680 acres of skiable terrain and an annual snowfall of around 200 inches, Eldora Mountain has something for everyone! Boasting the best snowmaking system in all of Colorado, Eldora has 100% coverage of all groomed terrain.

Eldora Mountain has 10 ski lifts, capable of moving 13,820 skiers and snowboarders every hour. The top elevation of the mountain is 10,600 feet making for some incredible views on your runs!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Take a trip in the party bus to the quaint and cozy ski resort village adored by ski and snowboard enthusiasts, Eldora Mountain.

Featuring 680 acres of snow-loving terrain, Eldora may be considered small compared to other Colorado ski resorts, but there’s plenty of action for beginner and expert skiers. With a wide array of beginner and intermediate runs and a dedicated skiable area for all skill levels, nobody is left out at this resort!

They also have dedicated lessons for kids, with over 58 years of ski and snowboard instruction! With 198 qualified instructors, there are not many places better than Eldora Mountain to learn how to ski or snowboard!

There’s no lodging available at Eldora Mountain but many great hotels are available in the nearby towns such as Boulder Canyon, Estes Park, and Boulder.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

If you want to spend a night camping in the wilderness or just want to explore the great outdoors on a hike, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area is a great choice. Designated as a protected wilderness area, Indian Peaks is over 73,000 acres of beauty with 28 trails to explore.

2. Carousel of Happiness

The Carousel of Happiness is a great family-friendly outing! Visit the hand-carved merry-go-round, a restored relic from 1917. For only $3 a ride, you and your family can experience history at your fingertips.

3. The Very Nice Brewing Company

A true passion project, The Very Nice Brewing Company is a local gem with 5 flagship beers and even more on tap. If you’re in the mood for a non-bittered stout, or you want to try a Very Nice Pale Ale, head to the brewing company in Nederland.

Food and Drink Details

To keep you fueled up between runs on the ski areas, Eldora has four dining options on the mountain. Upstairs Indian Peaks is all about the drinks and the views, with hands-on “grab and go” style foods. If you’re looking for a classic American dinner, Timbers Grill is your best bet, offering hot dogs, chilis, and soups. Grab a beer and a pizza at Timbers Taphouse, or head up to The Lookout for a meal at 10,600 feet.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Eldora?

At Eldora Mountain, if you’re not skiing you’re probably exploring the Nordic Center. With over 55km of trails, this part of Eldora is the Nordic skier’s dream! Check out ticket prices here.

You can also head off-resort with a short 40-minute drive to Boulder, exploring a new location and taking in the impressive scenic views.

Hesperus Ski Area

9848 US-160, Durango, CO 81301

When Is It Open?

Situated 12 miles west of Durango and 32 miles from Farmington, New Mexico, we find Hesperus Ski Area. With its annual snowfall of 150 inches, Hesperus Ski Area is open from the middle of December to mid- to late-March. Hesperus has 60 acres of skiable area, reaching a summit elevation of 8,888 feet.

Hesperus Ski Area is open from Thursday to Sunday throughout their open season, and is known as “the largest night skiing operation in the southwest.” The ski area has a double chairlift affectionately called “Big Horn,” and 26 trails where you can day ski, night ski, and snowboard. Kids ages 12 and under and seniors 75+ can also ski for free every single day!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

When you and your neighbors want to gather up the kids during ski season, Hesperus Ski Area is the top option because it is one of the best family-friendly resorts in Colorado

Their beginner terrain offers an easy rope tow to get the feel of the sport. Hesperus is known for having a higher number of easier slopes compared to other ski areas so the options for families are endless. You will still get to experience the stunning scenery of the Hesperus Ski Area on the beginner runs. Advanced skiers can also get to experience expert skiing at Hesperus, as the ski area also has steep runs.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Durango Dog Ranch

Durango Dog Ranch, operating for over 20 years, is a dog sledding ranch with both Siberian and Alaskan huskies. Take a tour on a dog sled with your entire family for $375 per sled, or explore on a Snowcat for the same price!

2. Highlands Unlimited

Looking to reconnect with nature by hunting or fishing? Highlands Unlimited is the best bet for custom trips and experiences. Submit a contact form and allow Highlands Unlimited to help you create your dream trip.

3. Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

Whether you’re interested in rafting and hiking or exploring by Jeep or train, Mild to Wild has something for every adrenaline level. Focusing on history, nature, and the beautiful Colorado landscape, you won’t be disappointed no matter which trip you pick.

Food and Drink Details

After an exhausting and fun experience at Hesperus Ski Area, you can make the short drive to nearby restaurants in Hesperus. Experience upscale dining at The Kennebec or opt for a “mom and pop” style burger and fries at Deb’s Cafe. You can also go for a beer or a cocktail at Derailed Pour House!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Hesperus Ski Area?

Hesperus Ski Area has a snow tube experience on Marmot Hill, with multiple lanes available for use. They also offer ski and snowboard lessons for both children and adults, with no prior experience necessary!

Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Howelsen Pkwy, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

When Is It Open?

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is “North America’s Oldest Operating Ski Area” — and the oldest in Colorado — operating since 1915!

Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens in late November and closes in early March, open from 11 AM – 8 PM throughout the week, and 10 AM to 4 PM on weekends. With an average annual snowfall of around 150 inches and a skiable area of 50 acres, Howelsen Hill Ski Area is definitely on the smaller side, but won’t leave you feeling disappointed.

There are beginner, intermediate, and expert-level runs at Howelsen Hill, reaching a summit elevation of 7,136 feet. With a brand new triple chairlift in place, it’s easy to reach new heights!

See lift pass prices here and season pass prices here.

Additional Details

Boasting the “most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America,” Howelsen Hill Ski Area is an original and unique experience. Located in the downtown area of the historic city of Steamboat Springs, the area attracts visitors for both its skiing and tubing hill.

Offering a cozy ski area, Howelsen Hill is nationally-known for its impressive, giant natural jumps and great facilities which have churned out over 70 Olympians in Nordic and alpine events since opening in 1915. Skiers from beginner, intermediate and advanced levels will enjoy the varied terrain Howelsen Hill has to offer.

Howelsen may be a smaller ski area than other Colorado ski resorts, but it offers some of the most affordable lift tickets and a unique opportunity to watch kids trying their hand at the freestyle jumps set up around the hill in varying sizes. There’s also the added benefit of visiting Howelsen Hill just to take a thrilling ride on the impressive snow tubing option! Howelsen Hill also offers night skiing, a unique feature for Colorado resorts.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Steamboat Springs Food Tours

A great idea for your foodie group’s Colorado experience, Steamboat Springs Food Tours offers a way to check out some of the locally owned restaurants all in one afternoon. They take you on a tour of 5 different restaurants in the area where you can enjoy different food pairings as well as signature drinks.

2. F.M. Light & Sons

A Steamboat Springs staple, F.M. Light & Sons has been around for over a century, (older than even Howelsen Hill!). Open year round, this western store has everything you can think of with brands like Stetson, Carhartt, Lucchese and Pendleton among many others.

3. Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls is open from 6 AM – 10 PM, providing a great view of the beautiful waterfall. A historical bridge continues the trail 5 miles further to the beautiful Long Lake, and connects to two other U.S. trails, too!

Food and Drink Details

For all of your food needs while spending the day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, The Outrun Snack Bar offers cocktails, snacks, and daily lunch specials. If you care to venture away from the Ski Area, Laundry Restaurant and Winona’s Restaurant & Bakery are two local favorites.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Howelsen Hill?

There’s plenty to see and do when taking a ski trip to Howelsen since it’s located in Steamboat Springs. You’ll be in direct proximity to all the amenities an authentic western town has to offer like great local cuisine, unique shops for browsing and a variety of cozy lodging options.

Kendall Mountain Ski Area

1 Kendall Pl, Silverton, CO 81433

When Is It Open?

Kendall Mountain Ski Area’s open season starts in mid-December and closes at the beginning of April. Open Friday to Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM, Kendall Mountain Ski Area has 16 acres of skiable area to explore.

This mountain welcomes 200 inches of snow every year, with 1 ski lift to bring you to the tops of the trails. The base elevation of Kendall Mountain is 9,313 feet and the summit elevation is 9,596 feet.

Kendall has three groomed slopes and 11 trails, with 50% of the trails being focused on beginners. Offering a relaxing day of skiing for the whole group, Kendall Mountain is a great beginner-friendly and family-friendly ski resort.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

When you want to plan a remote getaway to refuel and relax without the hustle and bustle of big ski resorts, consider a luxury ride in the party bus to the secluded Kendall Mountain Ski Area.

Kendall is perfect for beginners who will find plenty of slopes to practice their form without expert skiers flying by. This slope is a great place for new skiers to learn to ski at their own pace and without any pressure.

Kendall Mountain is located in Silverton, CO. Since Silverton is an old mining town, history buffs will enjoy the local lore and charm of the authentic lodging options. Since some of the shops in town are seasonal, you’ll certainly get the feeling you’re in the middle of nowhere!

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Mayflower Gold Mill

Located just northeast of Silverton, the Mayflower Gold Mill is a National Historic Landmark that you won’t want to miss out on. Experience a real piece of mining history for only $10 in admission fees.

2. Pirate Adventures

Want to explore Silverton and the surrounding area from the ground instead of the slopes? Pirate Adventures offer side-by-side rentals and tours as well as snowmobile tours. Book an adventure online starting at $185 per rental!

3. Professor Shutterbugs Olde Tyme Portrait Parlor

Travel back in time and have the pictures to prove it! Professor Shutterbug specializes in “Olde Tyme” portraits for the whole family so you can take a piece of Silverton home with you when you leave.

Food and Drink Details

For a quick bite or a warming coffee, Kendall Mountain Cafe has got you covered right at the base of the mountain. If you care to head into Silverton and explore some local eats, there are some incredible restaurant options. Eat like the miners at Eureka Station: Cornish Tavern, or travel to the wild wild West at Handlebars Food & Saloon.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Kendall Mountain?

Aside from the amazing slopes that you can enjoy in Kendall Mountain, there is also a wide ice rink that the public can use for free! Enjoy an evening of ice skating with your family after skiing on the mountain.

Keystone Ski Resort

1202 Jones Gulch Rd, Keystone, CO 80435

When Is It Open?

Keystone has two operating seasons: summer and winter. In the summer, Keystone Ski Resort opens in late June, remaining open until September or October, depending on the weather. The winter open season can start as early as October.

Keystone has an average annual snowfall of 235 inches and a skiable area of 3,149 acres. With 20 lifts to take you to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy over 130 trails, with the longest run being 3.5 miles! Trails are split between easiest (12%), more difficult (39%), and most difficult (49%). Keystone has more options for experienced skiers, but beginners are always welcome!

Hours of operation depend on the season, so check back for updates about winter operating hours here. Rest assured, though, that Keystone Ski Resort is open late enough to offer night skiing!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

If your group loves a great night skiing experience, let us take you on the party bus to Colorado’s largest night skiing operation and one of the best ski resorts in Colorado: Keystone Resort!

Known for offering Colorado’s longest ski day, Keystone Resort has ski trails spanning across the three impressive peaks of Dercum Mountain, the Outback, and North Peak. Runs have consistently been added over the years, growing Keystone from a beginner’s hotspot to a training stop for national ski teams! Beginner lessons would take place on the Discover slope on Keystone Resort, where seasoned skiers might recommend the A-51 Terrain Park.

Visitors can explore the mountain region on day-long guided snowcat tours and stay in the well-appointed lodge surrounded by shops and restaurants in Lakeside Village. Keystone also has one of the cheapest cat skiing operations and an incredible gondola in the center of the resort.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Sapphire Point Overlook

Sitting between Keystone and Breckenridge, Sapphire Point Overlook offers incredible views at an elevation of 9,500 feet. Sapphire Point is a day-use area, great for family hikes and picnics, too. View the incredible Dillon Reservoir at Sapphire Point!

2. Keystone Nordic Center

Looking for something other than downhill? The Keystone Nordic Center is for you! Offering over 10 miles of groomed trails for skate skiing, and 24 miles of backcountry trails, you can snowshoe your way through beautiful scenery.

3. Last Lift Bar

Stop in at Last Lift Bar for live music and a brew to wind down after a long day in the snow at Keystone. With tall windows showcasing a snowy backdrop, Last Lift Bar is a friendly and laid-back way to close off your day.

Food and Drink Details

Keystone Resort offers full-service restaurants, on-mountain dining, and grab-and-go dining options. Big Horn Bistro & Tenderfoot Lounge combines casual dining with incredible views, craft cocktails, and local ingredients, while The Keystone Ranch is an upscale Colorado dining experience led by Chef Kevin Simley.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Keystone?

Aside from the cat skiing and awesome downhill slopes, Keystone Resort also offers other fun activities such as snowmobiling and ice skating, too. Keystone is also known for the Keystone Bike Park. If you are visiting in the off-season, check out the Bike Park for 55 trails and wild downhill and vertical drops!

Loveland Basin

I-70 west exit 216 Georgetown, CO, 80444

When Is It Open?

Considered a true “Winter Wonderland,” Loveland Ski Area has remarkable skiing terrain. Split into Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley base areas, the Ski Area offers 1,800 acres of terrain to explore and welcomes around 422 inches of snowfall annually. The open season typically runs from October through to May.

The base elevation of Loveland is 10,800 feet with a summit elevation of 13,010 feet. The ski area boasts a vertical drop of 2,210 feet and offers 1 high-speed quad lift, 3 triple lifts, 2 double lifts, and 2 magic carpet surface lifts for the ski school!

Loveland Basin holds most of the skiable terrain, serviced by Lifts 9, 6, 4, 2, and 8, as well as Chet’s Dream and Ptarmigan. Lift 9 takes skiers up to 12,700 feet to “The Ridge.” The Ridge at Loveland Basin provides both intermediate and advanced terrain, with “open, steep, and deep” runs.

See lift pass prices here and season pass prices here.

Additional Details

Lying just 53 miles west of Denver in the city of Georgetown, Loveland Ski Area is one of the best northern Colorado ski resorts. Let us take you and your ski friends on our party bus to the magnificent expanse of terrain, targeted at all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Loveland Ski Area guests can explore the terrain park layered with jumps and jibs for all skiers and snowboarders, alongside other experiences including tree skiing and night skiing. Loveland also offers ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children, as well as special age-specific special programs.

Loveland Ski Area also offers lodging, with multiple on-mountain cabins with varying levels of electricity, heating, and food services.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Radiant Mountain Massage

Take time to focus on your mind, body, and spirit while at Loveland Ski Resort. It is a vacation, after all! Radiant Mountain Massage is open Monday through Sunday, offering relaxing massage services for as low as $65.

2. Silver Flask Fishing

Charter fishing, ice fishing, and fly fishing… Silver Flask does it all! Fish from sunrise to sunset with Silver Flask Fishing, with prices as low as $175 per person. Grab your license and your fishing hat, and enjoy the day on the water.

3. Dillon Amphitheater

A short 20-minute drive from Loveland, the Dillon Amphitheater hosts incredible events for all ages. From jazz bands to symphonies, and from folk to pop, Dillon Amphitheater has something for everyone. See the Events Calendar for more information.

Food and Drink Details

Loveland Basin has a ton of different dining options for when you get hungry in the middle of your ski day. Head up to the top of the Ptarmigan Lift and eat at the Ptarmigan Roost Cafe, enjoying a burger and fries at 12,050 feet! Fancy a drink after your last run? The Loveland Rathskeller has 8 incredible brews on tap as well as an impressive cocktail list.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Loveland Basin?

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, travelers can check out the Events Calendar to see what’s on at Loveland.

Loveland Valley

I-70 west exit 216 Georgetown, CO, 80444

When Is It Open?

Loveland Valley holds the same statistics as Loveland Basin, as they’re both parts of Loveland Ski Resort. However, the difference is in the type of terrain. Loveland Valley offers extremely beginner-friendly terrain, serviced by lifts 3 and 7 for shorter, easier runs.

See lift pass prices here and season pass prices here.

Additional Details

A perfect fit for first first-timers in your family, Loveland Valley is known for being one of the best family-friendly resorts in Colorado. Entirely focused on beginner skiers, Loveland Valley is the perfect area to foster a love of snow sports in kids and young people alike.

Loveland Valley is home to the Ski and Ride School, attracting ski hopefuls from neighboring areas as well as the Loveland Ski Club. They offer private and group ski lessons for adults, kids, and families, to get everybody ready to enjoy the slopes. The ski area in Loveland Valley is guaranteed to be easier than the Basin trails, making sure you’re comfortable when hitting the snow for the first time.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Charlie Tayler Water Wheel at Bridal Veil Falls

One of the most photographic spots in the area, the Charlie Tayler Water Wheel and Bridal Veil Falls is a sight to behold. The water wheel originated from a gold mining operation and now spends its time in front of the Bridal Veil.

2. Dillon Farmers Market

If you’re visiting Loveland in the off-season, the Dillon Farmers Market is a must-see. Open from June to September, the Farmer’s market has vendors with local produce, t reats, cheeses and more!

3. Sallie Barber Mine Trail

This 2.79-mile trail is great for the whole family! Spend just over an hour hiking the Sallie Barber Mine Trail, getting incredible views of the mountains and greenery around you. It’s dog-friendly, too!

Food and Drink Details

Loveland Valley has fewer options than Loveland Basin, but still has some choices for on-site dining. The Loveland Valley Cafeteria is a great spot for a quick bite, with made-to-order breakfast in the morning and delicious daily specials throughout the rest of the afternoon. The Fireside Bar is a great place to rest for the evening, enjoying tasty finger foods and a wide range of alcohol options.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Loveland Valley?

Loveland Valley has the same extracurriculars as Loveland Basin. Check out the Events Calendar here!

Monarch Mountain

23715 US-50, Monarch, CO 81227

When Is It Open?

Monarch Mountain’s summer season runs from April to November, then switches to Winter operations from late November back to early April. During the winter season, Monarch Mountain is open 7 days a week with lifts operating from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Monarch Mountain sees an average annual snowfall of 350 inches and offers visitors a skiable area of 800 acres. There are also 1,635 acres of guided backcountry, reaching a summit elevation of 11,952 feet.

There are 7 total lifts at Monarch Mountain: 1 fixed quad, 4 fixed doubles, 1 conveyor lift, and 1 lift dedicated entirely to the ski school. Monarch Mountain also has 67 trails of varying difficulties.

See lift pass prices and tickets here.

Additional Details

When you’re looking for a ski resort that caters to every personality in your group, let us lead the way in the party bus to the magnificent Monarch Mountain ski resort.

Both beginner and expert skiers will have the time of their lives at Monarch Mountain; 22% of the trails are considered “easy” and 36% are “most difficult.” There are even a few “extreme” trails like Mirkwood Basin that require hiking, too! There are Terrain Parks on offer at Monarch Mountain too, boasting relaxed, laid-back vibes and a ton of different terrain to explore.

Accommodations are offered up the valley at Monarch Mountain Lodge.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Monarch Dog Sled Rides

Spend an hour and a half with the incredible pups of Monarch Dog Sleigh Rides! Starting at $250 per sled, you can take between 2 and 4 people on an incredible ride to meet the dogs, learn about mushing, and ride through the national forest.

2. Wood’s High Mountain Distillery

Whiskey, gin, vodka, canned cocktails, and more, all inspired by the outdoors: Wood’s High Mountain Distillery has it all. Book a tour at the tasting room or buy their products, head back to your hotel room, and enjoy in comfort.

3. Monarch Snowmobile Tours

Take a scenic tour and soak up the sights on the back of a snowmobile! Starting as low as $130 for a single-person tour, you can explore different terrain on guided tours with Monarch Snowmobile Tours.

Food and Drink Details

After an entertaining afternoon at Monarch Mountain, sit down at one of the multiple on-mountain dining areas. The Sidewinder Saloon is considered “one of the best restaurants in all of Ski Country,” offering sit-down dining, local beer, and infamous nachos and bloody marys. Need to refuel before your next run? The Java Stop Coffee Shop opens bright and early to bring you locally roasted coffee and espresso alongside tasty baked goods.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Monarch Mountain?

Those who like to do some sightseeing while they’re enjoying snow sports will find the nearby town of Salida a charming place to spend the day exploring a Victorian mining town with plenty of good shops and restaurants.

Powderhorn Resort

48338 Powderhorn Rd, Mesa, CO 81643

When Is It Open?

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is one of the most family-friendly western Colorado ski resorts. With two open seasons, Powderhorn is open for the winter season from early December and early April, and open for the summer season as soon as the snow melts.

There are four lifts at Powderhorn Mountain Resort: one high-speed quad, 2 doubles, and 1 surface/magic carpet. Reaching a summit elevation of 9,850 feet with a vertical drop of 1,650 feet, Powderhorn offers a perfect balance of trail levels: 20% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 30% advanced.

With an average annual snowfall of 250 inches and 1,600 acres of terrain to explore, Powderhorn Mountain Resort has a light, fluffy, powdery snow perfect for skiing and snowboarding.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Known for its affordability and unique vistas spanning the desert floor of the Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a fun and casual ski and snowboarding spot that’s a favorite with the locals.

Skiers will enjoy the bumpy runs and smooth glades that provide just the right amount of challenge for advanced riders, while also having a ton of opportunities for beginners to explore the slopes. When you compare Colorado ski resorts in this area, Powderhorn’s lift tickets cost 65% less than other nearby resorts… another win for Powderhorn!

Powderhorn also offers lessons & rentals, with a specific Children’s Learning Center to teach your little ones how to tackle the slopes.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests

Offering over 3 million acres of nature, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With 3,000 miles of beginner and extreme trails, you can explore peaks, streams, and valleys.

2. Land’s End Observatory

Visit this old ranger observatory on the outskirts of Grand Mesa. Take a dirt road to see the Book Cliffs on one side, and the San Juan Mountains on the other. Everywhere you look is Colorado’s natural beauty.

3. Colorado National Monument

About an hour’s drive from Powderhorn Ski Resort, Colorado’s National Monument is considered “one of the grand landscapes of the American West.” Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep and eagles while taking in the beautiful canyon.

Food and Drink Details

There are lots of places to eat at the base area of Powderhorn Mountain Resort. You can have a hearty breakfast at Sunset Grill, or enjoy some incredible Mexican food at Thunderbird tacos. Need to refuel before your next run? Sunrise Coffee & Pizza is brand new and offers espresso drinks and tasty slices.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Powderhorn Resort?

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Grand Mesa area such as a network of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Access the trails from the top of Powderhorn Resort where you can rent cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes!

Purgatory Ski Resort

1 Skier Pl, Durango, CO 81301

When Is It Open?

Purgatory Ski Resort is open for the summer from mid-June to mid-August and switches to weekend-only operations from August to October. The winter season opens up in late November to early December and lasts until mid-April.

With an annual average snowfall of 260 inches, making Purgatory is the resort with the most consistent snowfall! Offering a skiable area of 1,635 acres, Purgatory Ski Resort has a base elevation of 8,793 feet and a summit elevation of 10,822 feet.

12 lifts are serving at Purgatory, with 1 high-speed six-person lift, 2 high-speed quads, 3 triple chairlifts, 3 double chairlifts, 1 rope tow surface lift, and 1 magic carpet. There are also 105 trails at Purgatory, with 20% of the trails geared towards beginners, 45% of the rails for intermediate skiers, and 35% advanced trails. The ski area features a 260-foot Half Pipe, plenty of rails, moguls, and a medium size jump spread out across well-groomed runs.

Purgatory offers five terrain parks as well: Paradise Freestyle Arena, Pitchfork Terrain Garden, Divine Comedy, Angel’s Tread Terrain Park, and Pinkerton Starter Park.

See lift pass prices here and season passes here.

Additional Details

Purgatory Ski Resort was built in 1965 and has only grown in popularity since its inception. Offering a wide range of lifts, terrain, and terrain parks, Purgatory has something for every snow-adventurer.

Purgatory offers multiple lodging options on-site, meaning you won’t have to go far to hit the slopes when you’re up in the morning, and you can stay out late into the evening! All Purgatory Resort lodging reservations give you exclusive access to a heated pool, waterslide, fitness center, and other incredible amenities that you won’t want to miss.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Snowmobile Durango

Experience beautiful Purgatory Ski Resort on a snowmobile with Snowmobile Adventures! With over 35,000 acres of terrain and 75 miles of trails, see and experience something you have never done before with a 2-, 3- or 4-hour tour.

2. Mesa Verde National Park

For the history buffs visiting Purgatory, visiting Mesa Verde is a must. Explore the area where Ancestral Pueblo people lived, home now to almost 5,000 archaeological sites nd cliff dwellings!

3. Durango Arts Center

Exercise the creative part of your brain at Durango Arts Center, a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization. The Arts Center prepares community events, exhibits, and performances year-round, so check out their Upcoming Events here.

Food and Drink Details

Resort dining options are not in short supply at Purgatory! Eat at the Powderhouse & Pitchfork Pub for laid-back casual dining, or try out Backside Bistro for tapas and panoramic views of the mountain. You can also head down to the Village for even more tasty options

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Purgatory Resort?

At Purgatory, you can truly do it all: ski, snowboard, tubing, snowcat skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and even more! With its amazing views and great terrain, Purgatory does not disappoint.

Silverton Mountain

6226 State Hwy 110, Silverton, CO 81433

When Is It Open?

The winter guided season opens at Silverton Mountain in late November through to mid-March, and the unguided season runs from March until April. Unguided season means that skiers can ride without a guide, but for the rest of the season, you must ride with a guide.

Silverton Mountain has an average annual snowfall of 400 inches and a skiable area of 1,819 acres. One chairlift is all you need to access a high alpine environment surrounded by amazing descents in every direction.

Silverton is exclusive for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders, and avalanche gear is a must to tackle the tough terrain. With bowls, chutes, cliffs, and expansive terrain, Silverton Mountain is the highest ski area in North America with its peak at 13,487 feet. You can get around 3,000 feet of vertical drop depending on how much effort you’re willing to put in!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Let us take you on the party bus to what some call the most challenging ski area in America. It’s no wonder that Silver Mountain is primarily a guided ski adventure with only select times allotted to unguided skiers equipped with avalanche gear — the terrain is tough, and not for the faint-hearted!

Situated in Silverton, Colorado, just 52 miles from the Durango Airport, the ski area is considered to be nature at its wildest. You won’t find groomed trails like most resorts, but what you will get to experience is the thrill of staring down a 10,000-foot vertical drop. Silverton is a pure black diamond skiing experience, surrounded by panoramic views of snow and mountains. The ski resorts in Silver Mountain are commonly visited by intermediate and advanced skiers for expert runs and exceptional mountain views.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Silverton Visitor Center

Silverton Colorado is the ultimate base camp with full access to the San Juan Mountains in the southwest Colorado region. Make a stop at the Silverton Visitor Center for local and area literature, check out the current calendar of events and pick up a local restaurant guide.

2. Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

Head into the heart of Galena Mountain to experience a real-life mine, complete with mining equipment in action! Experience what it’s like to mine for gold with a free panning experience when you buy a ticket!

3. Ouray Ice Park

Looking for a world-class ice climbing experience? Look no further than Ouray Ice Park. Explore the Uncompahgre Gorge through 11 climbing areas, and 3 vertical miles of terrain to explore.

Food and Drink Details

Silverton dining has a little bit of everything to offer. Looking for Italian? Try the Coal Bank Cafe and Trattoria. Cornish Tavern? Look at The Eureka Station. High-quality coffee? Coffee Bear’s got you covered.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Silverton Mountain?

Silverton Mountain also hosts camps and experiences such as Women’s Big Mountain Camp, for example. You can also venture into Durango and Silverton to explore local businesses and restaurants.

Ski Cooper

232 County Road 29, Leadville, CO 80461

When Is It Open?

Ski Cooper opens early- to mid-December and remains open for the season until mid- to late April, depending on the weather. Entry starts at 8 AM every day, with different end times for different lifts.

Offering over 470 acres of skiable terrain and a top elevation of 11,700 feet, Ski Cooper is an excellent-sized mountain. There are 5 lifts at Ski Cooper — 10th Mountain Double, EZ Street Magic Carpet, Buckeye Platter, Piney Basin Triple, and Little Horse T-Bar — giving you access to over 60 trails. If you want to get out and explore the countryside, Cooper has 2,600 acres of wide-open powder bowls and groomed glades served by snowcat tours on its Chicago Ridge.

See season pass prices here and day pass prices here.

Additional Details

For small groups or families looking for a relaxing holiday, take the party bus to an authentic resort in the heart of Colorado ski country: Ski Cooper.

Famous for being the former training base of the 10th Mountain Division for the WWII ski troops, Ski Cooper’s runs are some of the finest beginner terrains in the country. Don’t worry if you’re more advanced than that — they also have intermediate terrain and expert terrain for more advanced skiers.

Beautiful glades, plenty of powder and nice bumps thrill skiers in a picturesque mountain atmosphere with good conditions regardless of the weather in Ski Cooper.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Alpine Adventures Dog Sledding

Alpine Adventures offers exciting dog sledding tours that are great for the whole family. Starting at $150 per person per sled tour, you can enjoy a trip on a dogsled powered by some adorable pups. Retired dogs are also up for adoption!

2. Mount Elbert Trails

Explore Colorado’s highest peak with the Mount Elbert Trails. With two trail options to choose from — South Elbert Trail (5.8 miles) and North Elbert Trail (4.3 miles) — you won’t be disappointed in the views.

3. National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum

Learn the history of the men and women who made a world of difference in the mining and natural resource industries. With over 20,000 artifacts to share, the Museum tells stories you can’t hear anywhere else.

Food and Drink Details

There are four main restaurants to eat at while visiting Ski Cooper. Base Camp Cafe offers grab-and-go sustenance when you’re speeding to get back on the ski hill for another run. Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub is “North America’s highest altitude Irish Pub,” offering traditional Irish fare and microbrews! Ridgeview Cafe and Timberline Taproom are both great options for pub fare, tasty snacks, and great views.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Ski Cooper?

Ski Cooper also offers a Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard program for beginners as well as an adaptive program for visitors with special needs.

Ski Granby Ranch

1000 Village Rd, Granby, CO 80446

When Is It Open?

Ski Granby Ranch opens for the winter season early- to mid-December, typically remaining open until mid-April.

Ski Granby Ranch is divided into two Mountains: East Mountain, with an elevation of 9,202 feet, and West Mountain, with an elevation of 9,166 feet. Between the two mountains, there are 14 trails of varying difficulties from beginner to expert. There are also 5 lifts at this resort.

Granby Ranch has an average annual snowfall of 220 inches, and a skiable area of 406 acres, offering a nice space to explore.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Head by party bus to the ski resort featuring all the amenities, and none of the wild crowds. Just 90 miles west of Denver and near Winter Park, Ski Granby Ranch is a family-operated ski resort catering to skiers of all levels.

Offering easy lifts, gladed runs, and a terrain park for riders who enjoy tree skiing, Ski Granby Ranch has something for everyone. Considered one of the more popular ski resorts in Colorado, Ski Granby Ranch has comfortable trails that line the terrain and are perfect for a day of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. They also have night skiing available for skiers and riders who prefer enjoying the slopes at night!

According to the locals, Granby Ranch is a great place for experienced parents to take their kids to learn to ski on a safe and family-friendly mountain. Close parking is available at the doors of the facility so we can take you right to the door of the ski rental department. You will get to experience a peaceful environment here at Ski Granby Ranch.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Monarch Lake Loop Trail

Located in Arapaho National Forest, the 3.9-mile hiking loop is an easy hike with incredible views. Soak up the lakeside views and keep a sharp eye for wildlife — you may even be lucky enough to see a moose!

2. Never Summer Brewing Company

This dog-friendly local brewery has more than just good beer. With hand-made soaps, growlers to go, complimentary pretzels, and games to play with your family or friends, the Never Summer Brewing Company is a one-stop shop.

3. Rocky Mountain Stables

Head through the mountains on horseback at Rocky Mountain Stables. Book a one-hour summer trail ride through Winter Park, an enjoyable experience whether you’re an experienced rider or brand new to horseback riding. Starting at $75 a person!

Food and Drink Details

Ski Granby Ranch offers world-class dining with several different restaurants on-site. Head to First Chair Cafe for your morning coffee, then head over to Slopeside for your mid-ski lunch! Ski Granby Ranch also offers catering by professional chef Liana Aghajanian.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Ski Granby Ranch?

If you’re looking for additional activities to enjoy during your stay, Granby Ranch also offers a golf course, mountain bike trails, fly fishing, and more. It may be one of the least known Colorado resorts but that just means it’s a hidden gem!

Snowmass (Aspen)

45 Village Square, Snowmass Village, CO 81615

When Is It Open?

Snowmass (Aspen) is the largest of all of Aspen’s mountains, offering a skiable area of 3,342 acres. Snowmass opens the season in late November and closes in mid-April, open from 9 AM to 3:30 PM all week.

Snowmass has an average annual snowfall of 179 inches and has 3 ski lifts — one quad, and two gondolas. Snowmass also has 98 trails, with a mix of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert; there’s truly a trail for every skill level. With over 150 miles to ski and snowboard, you won’t run out of adventure at Snowmass.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Snowmass gets its name in part from the size of the mountain itself. One of the bigger resorts in Colorado, it’s got the greatest “mass” of all the Aspen mountains!

With its massive area, almost everywhere you go is skiable terrain in Snowmass. Beginner and intermediate runs can be enjoyed in Snowmass, as well as cross country skiing, and tree skiing. Snowmass is known for having the best tree skiing skiable terrain, and has night skiing, too! Snowmass also has terrain parks offering around 100 features, including a “22-foot Zaugg-cut superpipe!” With three terrain parks and two half-pipes, there’s more than just downhill skiing at Snowmass. Snowmass also participates in “Challenge Aspen,” supporting individuals with disabilities and injured military personnel to go and enjoy all of the outdoor adventures on offer.

95% of the lodging available at Snowmass is ski-in/ski-out, so you can wake up and immediately hit the slopes with barely any delay!

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Hot Air Ballooning

Check out Snowmass with a bird’s eye view… from a Hot Air Balloon ride! Head up 2,500 feet in the air to see the incredible landscape, and maybe even spot some wildlife, too! Fun for the whole family.

2. The Lost Forest

At the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, you’ll find The Lost Forest. Open from June to September, you can experience the Alpine Coaster, Treeline Trial Challenge Course, and Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall.

3. Snowmass Mountain Mission

A combination of a scavenger hunt and a walking tour, Mountain Missions immerse you in all things Snowmass! All Missions take place through the Eventzee app, and completing challenges can win you points towards prizes!

Food and Drink Details

Snowmass prides itself on having international credibility from its restaurants. With an incredible range of dining experiences, you can have everything from fresh pressed juice to pizza, and from steak to Thai food!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Snowmass Aspen?

Other than beginner and intermediate runs, what most people do aside from enjoying the slopes would be ice skating and sleigh rides. It is a family-friendly resort, with a ton of different things to do all year round.


2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

When Is It Open?

Steamboat opens for the winter from mid- to late-November, and the summer season runs from late June to early September. Steamboat is not one mountain, but 6 — Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak — a true mountain range!

With 2,965 acres of skiable terrain, Steamboat has a 3,668-foot vertical rise. The summit of Steamboat, which is Mt. Werner, reaches 10,568 feet, and the resort sees around 314 inches of snow per year.

Steamboat has 170 trails, divided into Beginner (14%), Intermediate (42%), and Advanced (44%). The longest run is “Why Not,” totalling over 3 miles long. There are also 17 lifts total across Steamboat: 1 gondola, 1 high-speed six, 6 high-speed quads, 5 triple chairlifts, 2 double chairlifts, 1 surface lift, and 1 secondary lift.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Gather the whole clan in the comfort of one of our shuttles and head to one of the best ski towns for families of all sizes. Steamboat Ski Area is a jack-of-all-trades, offering skiing and snowboarding, beaches and golf, a Family Adventure Zone, and so much more.

If that’s not enough enticement, Steamboat also has over 90 lodging options, ranging from the Base Area to Downtown Steamboat Springs, or even further off the beaten path. There are also ski-in/ski-out options, too!

Rated one of the best Colorado ski resorts for kids, Steamboat has a Kids Ski Free and Grandkids Ski Free program, allowing you to experience Steamboat with your whole family for a discounted price.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. The Crooked Key: Live Escape Games

The Crooked Key is a 5-star escape room encouraging you and your guests to problem solve, work together, and escape! There is absolutely no experience necessary for The Crooked Key — come with an open mind and a creative heart!

2. Yampa River Core Trail

The Yampa River Core Trail is a seven-mile trail, open only to hikers, runners, bikers, and other non-motorized pedestrians. Bask in the scenery with cottonwood trees and bodies of water, and stop to picnic alongside nature.

3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Open-air pools, sunshine, and massages… need we say more? Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers everything you need to sit back and relax after a long day of hitting the slopes, including on-site cabins and waterways!

Food and Drink Details

You’ll find 6 incredible dining options at Steamboat, covering everything from grab-and-go snacks and treats to barbecue and high-quality grill. You can also head into Steamboat Springs and eat at some of the local’s favorite restaurants like Cafe Diva!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Steamboat?

Night skiing is one of the other big draws offered by the Steamboat Ski Resort from Thursday to Monday, as well as its proximity to Saddleback Ranch where you can tube and sleigh ride. There are also other activities that you can try in the Steamboat ski resort, including horseback rides, snowmobiling, gondola rides, ice skating, and the Tread of Pioneers Museum!

Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort

10901 Co Rd 117, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

When Is It Open?

Sunlight Mountain Resort’s open season runs from mid-December to early April and has a summit elevation of 9,895 feet.

With 730 skiable acres and 72 total runs, Sunlight Mountain Resort is a great mid-range Mountain to explore. Over half of Sunlight’s runs are intermediate level, with an equal number of beginner and advanced runs, and a small number of expert-level runs. Sunlight has three fixed-grip Riblet lifts, with both double and triple chairs.

Sunlight Mountain Resort has an average annual snowfall of 250 inches, making it one of the Colorado resorts with the most snow.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Cradled in the Rocky Mountains, Sunlight Mountain Resort is a place where the powder lasts for days due to the lower crowds.

With a nice mix of affordable lift tickets, rooms with discounted Sunlight rates, and a ski area to entertain skiers of different levels, Sunlight is the perfect combination of economical and worthwhile. Sunlight has the added advantage of placing you in perfect proximity to the world’s biggest hot springs at Glenwood Hot Springs, making it the best place for visitors that are looking to do a lot on a fixed budget.

In addition to being one of the cheapest Colorado ski resorts, Sunlight’s ski area is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. They also have a terrain park that is open to all skill levels, and you can try out their steep terrain if your group consists of intermediate and advanced skiers.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Infinite Wellness Acupuncture

Need some pain relief after a hard day at Sunlight? Infinite Wellness Acupuncture can help you relax. With treatments starting as low as $45 an hour, you can experience pure relaxation at Infinite.

2. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

A true family-focused adventure, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has a ton of different activities to do as a group. Whether you’re trying the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride or a Cave Tour, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.

3. Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

A great place to take the family after a fun day out on the ski resorts, The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue offers a two-hour dinner theater show filled with laughs and fun. At $25 for adults and $16 for children, there’s no better show in town!

Food and Drink Details

There are two on-site dining options at Sunlight — the Grizz Grill and the Compass Mountain Grill food truck — but there is also a “Friends of Sunny” program! “Friends of Sunny” restaurants offer discounted meals to Sunlight season pass holders, including The Pullman and Smoke Modern BBQ.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Sunlight?

An array of other activities at Sunlight will keep everyone in your group entertained including snowboarding, snowmobile riding, cross-country skiing, and hiking the great terrain with the amazing views it has to offer. If your travel plans bring you to the ski area after the snow season, Sunlight continues to be an outdoor playground with plenty of other activities like mountain biking and disc golf.

Telluride Ski Resort

 565 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

When Is It Open?

Telluride is open from late November to early April, and was voted “Best All-Mountain Terrain” by OnTheSnow for 2022! With an average annual snowfall of 167 inches and a skiable area of 2,000 acres, Telluride is a large resort with lots of terrain to explore.

Boasting 149 trails and 18 lifts, the number of amenities truly speaks to how large Telluride is. What’s more, there are 3 Terrain Parks to explore on top of regular skiable areas. There’s also an upper-mountain area, Black Iron Bowl, that is a Hike-To Terrain with a 1,000-foot drop.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Considered the prettiest ski resort in Colorado, Telluride Ski Resort is a difficult-to-reach but extremely rewarding resort.

Arriving at Telluride, a former mining town, you can expect to find a Victorian-era town, but theski town has a ton of amenities, dining, and lodging options. From ski-in/ ski-out places to higher-end lodgings like the Peaks Resort and Spa and the Inn at Lost Creek, you can stay in almost any type of place while visiting Telluride.

The Telluride Ski Resort offers a ski and snowboard school where you can either get a private lesson with a Telluride instructor or join a group lesson with other beginners.

The views in Telluride Ski Resort are spellbinding and span from magnificent mountains with jagged peaks casting shadows on some of the best sunsets you can find, it makes one wonder how a former mining town became one of the best Colorado ski resorts.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Mind Blown Telluride

After a trip to the prettiest ski resort in Colorado, head to Mind Blown for an incredibly magical experience. Allow magician Ty Gallenbeck to blow your mind with magic tricks, illusions, and things you might never understand.

2. Tasting Telluride Food Tour

Led by locals, the Tasting Telluride Food Tour is a one-of-a-kind experience. This food tour takes you on a 3-hour journey to some of Telluride’s unique eateries where you will sample dishes, learn about the history, and have a great time with new people.

3. Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail is one of the most popular trail areas in Telluride. A 2-mile climb leads you to the glorious Bear Creek Falls, where you can also connect to Wasatch Trail and Bridal Veil Basin to see more natural beauty.

Food and Drink Details

There are a ton of different dining options on Telluride Mountain, in the village, or in Telluride itself. On the mountain, you can experience fine dining at Allred’s, or kick back with casual fare at Giuseppe’s. In the village, try out the Tomboy Tavern for American cuisine or La Piazza del Villaggio for upscale Italian, or go straight to Telluride for eclectic cuisine at Cosmopolitan.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Telluride?

Outside of skiing and snowboarding, Telluride Ski Resort offers free tours with Mountain Ambassadors to learn about the history of the area, and better understand how to explore the vast terrain. You can also rent ice skates and head to the Mountain Village ice rink, or see live music in Telluride.

Vail Ski Resort

Vail, CO 81657

When Is It Open?

Vail Ski Resort’s summer season runs from mid-June to early September and opens for winter from mid-November to mid-April.

Offering an expansive 5317 acres, Vail is split into three terrains: Front Side, with 1,655 acres, Back Bowls, with 3,017 acres, and Blue Sky Basin, with 645 acres. Vail has 193 trails, split into beginner terrain (18%), intermediate terrain (29%), and advanced/expert terrain (53%).

With an average snowfall of 354 inches and a peak elevation of 11,570, vail boasts a vertical rise of 3,450 that is a sight to behold. Vail has a whopping 31 lifts, providing access to all of Vail’s legendary terrain.

Vail is not only one of the largest ski resorts in the entire world, but it’s also considered to have the best-groomed terrain of any resort!

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

Vail first started operating lifts in 1962 and now, is considered one of the largest ski areas in the world with its exceptional gondolas, on-mountain facilities, and events. Vail has world-class instructors and aside from skiing, they also teach snowboarding lessons.

Vail’s ski resorts have been the top winter vacation vista for more than 50 years, best known for their expert-level ski areas with steep, rough terrain. But, if you’re a beginner, Vail still has a ton of opportunities for you to explore their snowy slopes!

Vail has gained such notoriety due to its incredible range of offerings, including the infamous black bowls, upscale accommodations, shopping options, and world-class dining. Vail has multiple budget-friendly deals and offers on lodging, including a “Stay Longer, Save More” discount and savings for booking early.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Vail Brewing Company

Vail Brewing Company is a popular place in Vail that offers artisan, hand-crafted ales brewed in small batches. With live music every Thursday at their Eagle Vail location and a menu that constantly changes to reflect new flavors and brews, this will surely be one of the best places to go after a long day of being on the slopes.

2. 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit

The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is a premier distillery hidden gem in Vail, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name of the mountain lifestyle. The Vail tasting room is open 7 days a week, and you can purchase their top-quality spirits by the bottle!

3. Vail Valley Food Tours

Release your inner foodie with a Vail Food Tour. Experience exclusive tasting at over 5 of Vail Village’s best restaurants, learning about the history of the village for a total of 3 hours and 6 courses.

Food and Drink Details

If you decide to eat in Vail, you’ll be surprised at just how many options there are for such a small ski town. From pizza to sushi, and from steak to french cuisine, Vail’s got it all!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Vail?

Situated at the base of the ski mountain, the village of Vale is charming and vibrant. The renowned dining scene is comparable to the upscale shopping experiences. Families will enjoy the ice skating rinks, movie theater, bowling alley, candy shops and concert venues to keep everyone entertained.

Mary Jane Mountain at Winter Park Ski Resort

85 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482

When Is It Open?

Mary Jane Mountain at Winter Park Ski Resort is open for the summer starting mid-June until late summer and opens again for the winter from mid-November to early May.

Also known for being the resort with the second most snow in Colorado, Mary Jane Mountain/Winter Park Resort has an annual snowfall of 317 inches. With 3,081 acres of skiable terrain, Winter Park Resort has a ton to offer.

There are 166 trails to explore across Winter Park Ski Resort, separated into beginner (8%), intermediate (18%), advanced (19% ), most difficult (52% ), and expert (3%) trails. With 23 lifts — 3 high-speed six-pack lifts, one 10-person gondola, 5 high-speed express quads, 3 triples, 6 double chairlifts, 3 surface lifts, and 1 rope tow — there are so many ways to get around.

See lift pass prices here.

Additional Details

For more than 75 years, Winter Park Resort has welcomed ski enthusiasts of all ages. Let us drive you and your ski gear in the party bus to Winter Park, the mountain peak ski area rated No. 1 in North America for mogul skiing.

Mary Jane, one of the mountains at Winter Park Resort, has varied terrain choices, with a dedicated ski area for beginner, intermediate and expert runs. Visiting Mary Jane/Winter Park gives you access to its amazing terrain parks, where there are Seven Territories with different features to choose from.

Great accommodations are available at Winter Park Resort, including lodging at the Base Village, the Town of Winter Park, the Town of Fraser, and beyond. Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe are beautiful lodging options just steps from the base area of Winter Park Resort, giving you quick access to your snowy adventure. Zephyr Mountain Lodge is the ski-in/ski-out option at the base of Winter Park Resort featuring deluxe condominiums next to the Zephyr Chairlift.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Jones Pass Guides

Skip the lift lines and spend the day skiing or riding on the Continental Divide with Powder Addiction Snowcat, known for their cat skiing services. Operating in the Jones Pass area with an operating permit of 2,600 acres, you are sure to have a memorable experience in Winter Park.

2. The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

Looking for some evening entertainment after a long day on the ski resorts to make your Colorado ski experience more enjoyable in Winter Park? Winter Parks’ only movie theater and bowling alley, The Foundry Cinema & Bowl is a great place for your evening out in Winter Park — fun for the whole family!

3. Cozens Ranch House Museum

Head back in time to the 1800s, learning about the pioneers at the first homestead in Fraser Valley. Visit restored buildings at Cozens Ranch House Museum, the “Biggest Little Museum” in the area.

Food and Drink Details

There are over 25 dining options in and around Mary Jane/Winter Park Resort! Dine at 10,7000 feet at the Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, or grab a quick slopeside bide at Bradley’s. Heading down to the village? Try out the Pizza Pedal’r or Goody’s Mountain Creperie!

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Winter Park/Mary Jane?

While visiting Winter Park, you can take a trip down Colorado’s longest alpine slide or soak in the sights with a gondola ride. Take a look through Winter Park’s summer and winter events calendar, and look through the First Timer’s Guide to help you navigate your first trip!

Wolf Creek Ski Resort

U.S. Hwy. 160 E., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

When Is It Open?

Known for having the most snow in Colorado with an average annual snowfall of 430 inches, Wolf Creek Ski Resort is a beautiful, snowy place to visit. The season opens in early November and lasts until early April, weather-depending.

Situated in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, the 1,600 acres of ski terrain at Wolf Creek are equally suited for every skill level including experts and beginners. The summit reaches 11,904 feet with a base elevation of 10,300 feet and a vertical drop of over 1,500 feet!

There is a nice division of slope difficulty. 20% of the slopes at Wolf Creek are beginner, 35% are intermediate, 25% are advanced, and 20% are expert. There are 10 lifts to take you to the slopes at Wolf Creek, from high-speed detachable quad lifts to fixed grip triple chair lifts, and even a conveyor lift for beginners.

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Wolf Creek Ski Area, the resort with the most snow in Colorado, has a sweet combination of snow sports and programs.

One of the best Colorado ski resorts for kids, this family-owned ski area offers beginner ski and snowboard lessons and even has a Children’s Ski School. The Wolf Pup Building is a place for children to hang out before and after their lessons, and mingle with other newbie skiers like themselves.

Wolf Creek Ski Area offers many accommodations with varied pricing options to meet your budget. Lodging on the West Side includes Pagosa Springs, and lodging on the east Side includes South Fork Colorado.

Where are Good Places to Visit Nearby?

1. Lantern Dancer Native American & Southwestern Jewelry

During your visit to Wolf Creek, take a trip to Lantern Danger to check out special handmade jewelry pieces. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind and would make incredible souvenirs or even a little gift to yourself to remember your trip.

2. Ski & Bow Rack

Before heading to Wolf Creek, check out Ski & Bow Rack for ski gear and merch. With on-site ski technicians to answer all of your questions, they’ll make sure your ski outing is perfectly comfortable (and stylish!).

3. The Choke Cherry Tree

Family-owned and operated, The Choke Cherry Tree offers homemade sweets, oils & vinegar sets, soup & bread mixes, gourmet sauces and jams! This delicious little gem would be a great place to stop on your next visit to bring home a taste of the good life and a reminder of your travels.

Food and Drink Details

Wolf Creek is not only known for being one of the best Colorado ski resorts, but also they have succulent food options provided. The Wolf Creek Prospector Grill has a wide range of food options including homemade cookies, Frito pies, cheeseburgers, and homemade soup to warm you after a long day on the hills. In the Raven’s Nest at the top of the Raven Chairlift, you can find the Raven’s Roost for gourmet pizza, The Continental for a hot cup of joe, and The Alberta Grill for grilled burgers.

What Else Can You Do for Fun at Wolf Creek?

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Wolf Creek hosts “Fun Races” throughout their open season. Fun Races are free to participate in for skiers of all ages and abilities. You can also check out Wolf Creek’s Calendar of Events to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting happenings at the resort and beyond.

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