You can travel the world over, but it is hard to find a better ski vacation destination than the state of Colorado. The ski resorts in the Rocky Mountain state are among the best in the world, offering that perfect combination of challenge, fun and lush scenery.
But what are the best places to ski in Colorado? And will every resort cost you an arm and a leg just to purchase a lift ticket?
The following killer Colorado ski destinations represent not only the best places in the state to hit the slopes, but also some of the most gorgeous vistas anywhere in North America.
You can spend a lifetime visiting everywhere there is to ski in Colorado, but let’s get started with five of the best!
The 5 Best Ski Destinations in Colorado
#1: Arapahoe Ski Basin
Located in the White River National Forest in Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Arapahoe Basin is known throughout the world for some of the most magnificent Alpine skiing available. The ski season at Arapahoe runs long, allowing skiers to take advantage of the slopes until June – while most other resort areas close down during May. You can choose from three large ski lodge structures in Arapahoe – each offering a variety of difficulty levels and vistas.
Close by the skiing Mecca of Aspen, Colorado is Snowmass, perhaps the most well-known ski resort in the United States. The mountains of Snowmass span over 3,000 acres and offer a complex union of top skiing that meets the needs of competitive skiers and novices alike. Staying at the Snowmass Resort is an experience in and of itself, offering five-star accommodations and all the amenities of the finest hotels in the world.
Nestled on the gorgeous Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Steamboat Ski Resort is one of Colorado’s oldest and most advanced ski areas. Well over 80% of the ski trails at Steamboat are classified as intermediate or higher level – so bring your “A” game when you come to Steamboat.
Telluride Ski Resort is a serious destination for committed lovers of the sport. Located in one of the most remote areas of Colorado, Telluride is an all-inclusive resort free of “weekend warriors” and quick overnight drop-ins from nearby cities. As for the skiing at Telluride, it doesn’t get any better in Colorado, with three of the top ski areas in the country: Prospect Bowl, Black Iron Bowl and Revelation Bowl.
While certainly not a contestant in the “best value” category, Vail remains high on the list of “places to ski before you die.” What makes Vail such an incredible destination is the anchor of the city – The Vail Ski Resort. The single largest ski resort in the United States, Vail has enough difficult slopes to keep advanced skiers busy for years, but also features a considerable number of beginner and intermediate areas as well.
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