The Best Places to Ski in Colorado
Is a ski vacay in Colorado on your radar? Read on to get the scoop!
If you ever hear a conversation about skiing and snowboarding and ask which the best resorts are, you’ll probably get an answer with the usual culprits: Whistler, Blackcomb, St. Anton, Val D’Isere, Zermatt, and Courchevel, and it’s hard to disagree. Today we’re actually going to discover a new winner because Colorado has some of the best skiing and snowboarding anywhere in the world, and also some of the most spectacular snowfalls.
The best part though is that there is a resort for everyone! For the seasoned-pro who wants to get up early and ski until late; for those that want to embrace the luxury lifestyle, to those that prefer hiking to strapping on skis and, yes, of course, for those families that want to get their little ones strapped in and experiencing the thrill.
So, without further ado, let’s get you kicked into gear in time for a touch of spring skiing, here are the Colorado resorts every snow-lover needs to know about:
Vail Mountain Resort
What makes Vail stand out from the crowd is its size, and as we all know, bigger is better. It just gives you so much more scope of terrain, and the seven black bowls here are certainly a testament to that. As for the rest of the experience, my advice would be to book a villa at the Marriott’s StreamSide Birch at Vail and embrace the high-end villa that’s full of luxury dining, upscale shopping and everything you need to relax after a day enjoying the 5,289 acres of skiing.
Telluride Ski Resort
If you’re looking for places to make your jaw hit the floor every time you wake up with a coffee and open the curtains, then you need to head the scenic resort of Telluride, which is located in the remote San Juan mountains. In terms of skiing, this is one for those that love all things vertical because there is a serious amount of it. That said, it also has plenty to offer the beginner and intermediate skiers too. Oh, and there is a big bonus by way of free gondola rides for those wanting to head into the mountain village.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
There aren’t many resorts that can claim to offer the whole package, but Breckenridge is definitely one of them. There are amazing bowls that you can enjoy with a smile and groomed runs that shoot through trees for those that want a thrill on the hill. It’s also high. Really high. In fact, the infamous Peak 8 boasts the highest chairlift in all of North America. What this means for you is, late springtime bookings are absolutely no problem here because snow is almost always falling. Another thing that “The Breck” is renowned for is its hillside dining, so if you do like your mountain peak lunches then you’ll find your belly smiling here.
Snowmass Village is the center point of this resort, from which you can access not one, not two, not three, but four different ski areas. There is Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, all of which means it rivals the almighty Vail in terms of size. As for the mountain living outside of skiing, well, Aspen is famed for the famous that visit and/or own properties here, so you can imagine the kind of luxuries you will be getting.
Which one of these sounds like your type of ski vacation? Let me know in the comments!