The 24 Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

Vail

Vail, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,450 ft
  • Skiable Area 5,317 ac
  • Number of Lifts 33

Encompassing 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, Vail ski resort is touted as Colorado’s largest ski resort and the second largest in the nation. Skiers can access all three villages, Golden Peak, Vail, and Lionshead, via a complimentary shuttle. All three charming European-styled villages are known for their lively aprés-ski scene, upscale shops, and gourmet eateries. When it’s time to hit the slopes, the mountain’s front side boasts a diverse web of trails from beginner to expert, but intermediate and advanced skiers come to Vail to experience its legendary Back Bowls. Along with its expansive acreage, Vail offers a 3,45- foot vertical drop and an impressive 11,570 foot summit depth.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,398 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,908 ac
  • Number of Lifts 34

Known locally as Breck, Breckenridge ski resort delivers a world-class skiing experience just a two-hour drive from Denver International Airport. Along with 2,908 acres of skiable terrain, this Rocky Mountain resort boasts an impressive 12,998-foot summit elevation. The mountain’s notable height means a longer ski season compared to area resorts. Breck’s terrain suits every breed of powder hound from beginner to advanced. When the ski day is done, head to downtown Breck where this former mining town has maintained that old-west vibe with a lively nightlife featuring saloons, breweries, restaurants, and boutique shops. Off-slope activities include guided snowshoe adventures, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, and igloo building.

Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,340 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,082 ac
  • Number of Lifts 25

Beaver Creek ski resort is known for upping the luxury game with unparalleled customer service, high-end amenities, and immaculately groomed slopes. Skiers and riders can explore the resort's 1,800 acres of skiable terrain spanning three distinct villages. The main village, charming Beaver Creek is the resort’s hub with five-star dining, luxury accommodations, and boutique shops. The smaller village of Bachelor Gulch houses the Ritz-Carlton and private mountain lodges while Arrowhead Village is mostly homes and condos. The mountain offers terrain for all ski levels with an average 325 inches of snowfall, and a measurable 3,340 vertical drop.

Aspen-Snowmass

Aspen, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,406 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,342 ac
  • Number of Lifts 19

Known as the trendy ski spot for the rich and famous,Aspenprovides an upscale shopping and dining experience along with an enviable aprés-ski scene. One Aspen Snowmass lift-ticket gains access to four distinct ski areas encompassing 3,342 acres of skiable terrain with a 4,406-foot vertical descent. Aspen Resort is the most easily accessible from downtown and  its challenging terrain earns the reputation as a “skier’s mountain.” Its additional ski areas, Snowmass and Buttermilk, offer plenty of beginner trails, appealing to families and those new to the sport. The fourth ski area, Aspen Highland, offers advanced terrain attracting the more advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Telluride

Telluride, CO

  • Vertical Drop 4,425 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 19

Telluride ski resort is well-laid out and easy to navigate with the area’s advanced terrain best suited for expert skiers and boarders. The resort delivers  2,000 skiable acres with a 4,425 foot vertical drop. Tucked away in Colorad’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride ski resort is one of the furthest resorts from Denver International Airport and more commonly accessed via a hopper flight directly to the nearby Telluride Regional Airport or the more reliable Montrose Regional Airport.Tellurideis known for its stunning scenic views and wild west feel. There are plenty of shops and eateries throughout this charming former mining town.

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,060 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,081 ac
  • Number of Lifts 23

Nestled along the Continental Divide, Winter Park  ski resort is located 67 miles northwest ofDenver, making it one of the closest resorts to Denver International Airport. The mountain’s 3,081 skiable acres offer diverse terrain, affordable lift tickets, and a family-friendly environment. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities on and off the mountain, including tubing, snowmobiling, and ice bumper cars. In addition to family-friendly activities, advanced skiers and boards can appreciate Winter Park’s well-groomed trails, challenging  tree skiing, backcountry exploring, and mogul skiing.

Steamboat

Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,668 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,965 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18

Steamboat is known for its unusually dry snow producing its legendary Champaign Powder. Along with snow that tickles your nose like the bubbly libation, Steamboat is also synonymous with some of the best glade skiing in the state of Colorado. The resort delivers 2,939 skiable acres, a 3,668-foot vertical rise with a 6,900-foot base elevation. Located in northwest Colorado, 3.5 hours from Denver International Airport, Steamboat isn’t the most easily accessible resort from Denver, but visitors can expect fewer crowds due to its remote location and can opt to fly directly to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, just 30 minutes fromSteamboat Springs. The town delivers a laid-back Colorado vibe and soothing geothermal hot springs, both ensuring a relaxing ski getaway.

Copper Mountain

Frisco, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,738 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,507 ac
  • Number of Lifts 24

Known as Vail’s little sister resort, Copper Mountain provides the same pampered ski experience as its larger neighbor with fewer crowds and more affordability. A unique feature to this 2,465 acre resort is its naturally divided terrain separating beginner, intermediate, and advanced ski areas. Forming a natural progression from west to east, West Village best serves beginner skiers, followed by mostly intermediate runs in Center Village with advanced and expert level skiing in East Village. In addition to its varied terrain, off-mountain activities include ice skating, tubing, and an alpine coaster, all under a two hour drive from Denver International Airport.

Keystone

Keystone, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,128 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,148 ac
  • Number of Lifts 20

Known as one of Colorado’s premier family ski destinations, Keystone ski resort delivers a big mountain ski experience the whole family can enjoy. Located 2 hours from Denver International Airport, Keystone offers beginner skiing runs at the mountain’s summit, Kidtopia play area, and countless family-friendly programs. But the fun doesn’t end at sundown as Keystone boasts Colorado’s longest ski day by lighting up more trails than any other area resort. Off-mountain family activities include sleigh rides and tubing. Compared to higher-end resorts, Keystone is considered more affordable but the mountain can get crowded.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,062 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,547 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Crested Butte mountain resort is remotely located in the middle of the Colorado, a five-hour drive fromDenverand surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest. This off-the-beaten-path ski mountain offers an authentic Colorado experience. It’s a self-proclaimed “ real Colorado ski town,” and visitors won’t even find a traffic light in town. Its secluded location is known to expert skiers as home to the best lift-served extreme terrain in the country. Skiers and riders can explore 1,547 acres of varied terrain with a 2,775-foot vertical drop and base elevation of 9,375 feet.

Loveland

Georgetown, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,210 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Offering plenty of wide-open steep trails, Loveland ski area is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and offers a separate area for beginners near the base area. Each year the mountain receives an impressive 422 inches of snowfall across its 1,800 acres of skiable terrain. As added bonuses, Loveland offers free snowcat skiing along the Continental Divide and is one of the state’s most easily accessible ski areas, located just 53 miles outside of Denver.

Wolf Creek

Pagosa Springs, CO

  • Vertical Drop 1,604 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,600 ac
  • Number of Lifts 10

Colorado powder magnets know to head to Wolf Creek with an impressive 430 inches of annual snowfall. This Southern Colorado resort offers a good mix of terrain across its 1,600 skiable acres. Wolf Creek ski area is known for an even mix of green, blue, and black runs, so there’s something for every level skier to experience. Along with delivering quality powder, Wolf Creek is known for its early-season skiing. Check out the resort’s longest run, Navajo Trail, for a  two-mile descent to the base.

Silverton Mountain

Silverton, CO

  • Vertical Drop 3,087 ft
  • Skiable Area 26,819 ac
  • Number of Lifts 1

Silverton Mountain is an adrenaline junkies paradise, featuring some of the steepest terrain in the state. This no-frills resort strictly caters to the advanced and expert skier. It’s a true rugged ski experience where runs are not clearly defined anywhere on the mountain and trails are not groomed. Silverton offers an authentic mountain experience with plenty of adventure and only one chair lift. After exploring the 1,819 acres of terrain, skiers can kick up the excitement by conquering an additional 22,000 acres accessible only by helicopter or hiking.

Arapahoe Basin

Keystone, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,530 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,428 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Conveniently located an hour outsideDenver, Arapahoe Basin offers some of North America’s highest skiable terrain and one of the longest ski seasons in the state of Colorado. The terrain is varied throughout its 1,428 acres but mainly suits intermediate and expert level skiers. The mountain features tree glades, high alpine bowls, and remarkable off-piste options for those up for the challenge. Arapahoe, known locally as A-Basin, actively limits crowds for a safer, more enjoyable time on the mountain. Along with its impressive terrain, A-Basin boasts one of the highest base elevations in the state – an impressive 10,520 feet.

Purgatory Resort

Durango, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,029 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,635 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, Purgatory Resort is 25 miles from historic downtown Durango. The mountain delivers an affordable family-friendly ski getaway with some of the shortest lift lines around. Throughout its 1,605 acres of skiable terrain are runs for every ski level offering the perfect blend of wide open, well-groomed runs and steep tree skiing. Though not one of Colorado's largest ski resorts, Purgatory does offer slope side lodging, a charming village with shops and eateries amidst stunning views of the San Juan Mountains.

Eldora Mountain

Nederland, CO

  • Vertical Drop 1,240 ft
  • Skiable Area 680 ac
  • Number of Lifts 10

Monarch

Monarch, CO

  • Vertical Drop 1,162 ft
  • Skiable Area 800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 7
  • Vertical Drop 1,650 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,600 ac
  • Number of Lifts 4

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Glenwood Springs, CO

  • Vertical Drop 2,010 ft
  • Skiable Area 470 ac
  • Number of Lifts 3

Cooper

Leadville, CO

  • Vertical Drop 1,200 ft
  • Skiable Area 480 ac
  • Number of Lifts 5

Granby Ranch

Granby, CO

  • Vertical Drop 1,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 406 ac
  • Number of Lifts 5

Hesperus

Hesperus, CO

  • Vertical Drop 780 ft
  • Skiable Area 160 ac
  • Number of Lifts 1

Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Vertical Drop 440 ft
  • Skiable Area 50 ac
  • Number of Lifts 4

Kendall Mountain

Silverton, CO

  • Vertical Drop 283 ft
  • Skiable Area 16 ac
  • Number of Lifts 1

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