When it comes to winter outdoor recreation in Colorado, skiing tends to lead the pack. With more than 20 official ski areas and plenty of explorable backcountry terrain found in the Centennial State there’s no shortage of options. Below you’ll find a map of all of the resorts that offer skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, along with a few tips that will help you pick where you should go.
Tips for picking your destination:
- Mind the location: If it’s your first time skiing in Colorado, the location of the ski resort will likely be the biggest factor when it comes to determining where you go. Most first-timers tend to be coming from somewhere on the Front Range, mostly Denver and Colorado Springs. If you’re in Denver, resorts like Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper will be the closest major resorts. If you’re coming from Colorado Springs, Breckenridge is roughly two hours away.
- Type of terrain: Colorado has it all, from great tree-skiing to steep groomers to big mountain bowls. Of course, you might not find it all in the same place. If you’re looking for easy runs and you’re just starting out, check out one of the smaller resorts like Granby Ranch. Places like this will be more affordable and a great place to learn. Thinking about taking it to the extreme? You won’t find anything more extreme than Silverton. If you’re like a majority of the skiers in Colorado, you probably want varied terrain. Head to the big resorts like Vail, Keystone, and Breckenridge for this.
- Affordability: Another factor that tends to impact where someone should ski is the cost. Skiing is expensive, no matter where you go, but some places will cost a bit more than others. If you’re looking to hit one of the big resorts, it’ll probably set you back around $150 per day. Smaller resorts will have cheaper prices, sometimes even sub-$50 per day for a lift ticket. Monarch is a wonderful option for affordability and great terrain, especially if you buy ahead online. If you cough up the dough for one of Colorado’s popular season passes, like the Epic Pass or the Ikon Pass, you’ll save big…as long as you use it.
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