Colorado has some of the best skiing in the country, the world for that matter.
High elevation Rocky mountains, great dry abundant snow, beautiful views, and
great ski towns with luxury lodging hotels and après ski - the perfect Colorado
combination. No wonder Colorado get's the Lion's share of skiers visit, 25% of
the country's skiing days. Aspen, Vail, Beaver, Creek, Telluride, Crested
butte...the list goes on. See our top ski resorts in Colorado, and our
Top Western Ski Resorts and our
Top Western Ski Towns.
Aspen Snowmass Snowmass is the biggest of
Aspen's four ski areas, and the best,
skiing the Big Burn is sublime at high elevation with superb views of the Maroon
Bells. Lodging on the mountain at the Viceroy at Snowmass
is posh from the outdoor pool and hot tubs with fire pits and a view of the
mountain, to the gorgeous suites and ski valet - its
very luxe. You can walk or take the Luge to Snowmass Village for après ski and
activities, or drive to downtown Aspen for shopping and the Aspen scene.
Vail Vail is the king of Colorado skiing, and you can find your own slice of
ski heaven among the
5,289 acres. Vail offers skiers super efficient lifts, more grooming than any other resort, and
vast terrain - classic trails on the Front side to powder filled Back Bowls with
glades, steeps and chutes. Enjoy a scenic lunch on the mountaintop at Two Elk, mid mountain at The
10th Mountain Lodge, or ski down to
Village for alpine elegance by the Bavarian clock tower in the pedestrian
village, and stay at the original Lodge at Vail steps from the Gondola One and
Vail's lively après ski.
Beaver Creek Beaver Creek is sister resort to Vail –
but extremely upscale. While not as big as Vail, this
resort is posh, well-pitched and has the ritzy touch from the escalator to the
slopes, gorgeous grooming, the beautiful on mountain lodges and base village - stay at the
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek steps to
the lifts and beautiful village. Be sure to sign up for the Golden Ticket - first tracks
at Beaver Creek before the lifts open officially with VIPS
from Hyatt - high five.
Telluride Colorado Telluride has the whole package for skiers, epic terrain, snow,
stellar views, an amazing mountain village plus an authentic
downtown reached by free gondola where you will find fantastic dining and friendly locals.
A few celebs frequent Telluride and
celebrate their good fortune to be stuck in Telluride's snowy box canyon of
Colorado which is big on festivals, food and fun. Top your Telluride trip off with delicious
on mountain dining at
Alpino Vino and Allred's, and posh lodging like the
Fairmont Franz Klammer Lodge
and the ski in ski out Mountain Lodge at Telluride.
Steamboat, Colorado Steamboat has great lifts, abundant Colorado snow and sunshine, and a variety of
terrain from gentle wide scenic cruisers to steep snow filled glades. With on
mountain restaurants Hazie’s and Ragnars, and a daily opportunity to ski with
Olympian Billy Kidd- what more could you ask for? One of
the best western ski towns just down
the road from Gondola village? Yes, Steamboat has that too.
Purgatory at Durango Purgatory Mountain offers plenty of terrain,
fun undulating runs on the frontside, some edgier steeps and glades on the
backside, and a convenient un-crowded base village with ski school, shops,
restaurants and perfect condo lodging at The Purgatory Lodge with an outdoor
pool and spa. As a bonus, you can visit downtown Durango to experience a real
Colorado cowboy town. The Locals at Purgatory celebrate winter with zeal, Snow
Down is their annual fest when locals get their freak on and show off their
Purgatory pride with fireworks, costumes and a parade downtown - among
the best festivals in ski country.
Crested Butte has some butt kicking ski terrain, tres popular with extreme
skiers. The Banana is legendary. So is the Ice Bar at Uley's Cabin for one for
the best ski in ski out
lunches and drinks. While Crested Butte base village is not architecturally
stunning, staying at the Elevation Hotel is fabulous and gets you first tracks.
Downtown Crested Butte is western charming,
one the best western ski towns in
Mountain Resort is easy to get to, under two hours from Denver and easy to
navigate since the terrain is naturally divided by difficulty. Its super high
elevation too, with a 12,313' summit, guaranteeing snow, plus Copper has
snowmaking to ensure race training for the US Ski Team and Woodward Ski Camps.
The Village Copper is cool, with a pedestrian Burning Stone Plaza designed by
Intrawest, serving up après ski pubs, restaurants, a Starbucks, ski shops, ice
skating, and children's programs and ziplining, snowshoeing and dog sledding.
For slope-side lodging, Copper has condo-style hotels in the Center Village,
East and West Village. Copper is a gold mine for ski families- casual and
If you like bumps and a casual vibe, Winter
Park and Mary Jane are your ski place. The village at Winter Park is comfy,
with lots of condo-style lodging, and the mountain is huge with variety of
terrain from mogul mania in Mary Jane, to above tree line fun at Parsenn Bowl
and Vasquez Cirque, to mellow cursing at Vasquez Bowl. Downtown Winter Park is a
great western ski town with affordable lodging, making Winter Park a great place
to ski and stay with the family or a group.
Never heard of Monarch? That's why we love
Monarch Mountain. This classic ski mountain in South Central Colorado offers 800 acres of
pristine skiing along the Continental Divide in the San
Isabel National Forest. Monarch is the real deal, no fancy real
estate developments or high end shopping (its national forest land), but there
is cat skiing in winter, and migratory butterflies from
Mexico i summer - hence the name. Stay in the cool western ski town of
Salida at The Palace, and
walk to après ski with the locals.