A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
Whether you're planning a ski vacation or hitting the slopes for the day, Colorado has endless skiing and snowboarding options throughout the Rocky Mountains that call the state home. With heavy snowfall, a variety of skiing above 10,000 feet, tons of sunshine and historic ski towns, it’s no wonder they call Colorado “Ski Country USA.”
There is an assortment of skiing and snowboarding options in Colorado’s Front Range. Resorts like Vail and Breckenridge offer world class skiing and snowboarding with luxurious lodging, dining and nightlife in their base villages, while Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area offer hardcore skiing and a down to earth, local’s vibe.
Miles deeper into the Rocky Mountains, in the Elk Range, you’ll find the famous town of Aspen, home to Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass Mountain. Aspen provides a wide variety of ski terrain options and some of the best après-ski on Earth.
Hit the trails in the southern part of the state for some of the most challenging ski terrain in North America, thanks to ski areas such as Telluride, Silverton and Crested Butte.
Click on any resort below to find ski and snow reports for Colorado ski resorts, or click on the dropdown menus for information regarding Colorado terrain, mountain stats, chairlift information and skier ratings.
There are 26 ski resorts in Colorado. You can see the names of all the resorts below.
While snowfall will vary year-to-year, on average, here are the top five ski resorts with the most snowfall:
While all Colorado resorts have some family-friendly and beginner areas and activities, the following are the top rated:
When it comes to skiable acres, you can’t top Vail at 5,289. But Aspen (3,218), Keystone (3,087) and Winter Park (3,081) also boast an impressive amount of acreage.
While you might still have to drive a bit, you won’t have to drive as far if you fly into Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) rather than Denver International Airport (DIA), which is a 40-minute drive to Vail and Beaver Creek. Just a little further is Copper Mountain as well.
For even closer access, fly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (Sardy Field) to be within minutes’ drive to Aspen/Snowmass. The same goes if you want to go to Telluride Ski Resort: simply fly into Telluride Regional Airport (TEX).
If you want to stay within the Denver area, these resorts are within an hour/hour-and-a-half drive from the Denver Metro area:
If you’re heading to Rocky Mountain National Park, but still want to partake of some skiing, Echo Mountain and Eldora are going to be the closet. But you can do some backcountry skiing on the old Hidden Valley ski resort runs off of Trail Ridge Road.
While you won’t be able to find hot springs directly on the mountains, many resorts have hot springs near their locations, including:
A wide variety of resorts offer night skiing, including the following:
Most Colorado resorts have some ski-in, ski-out accommodations. For example, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain all have a wide selection of both hotels and vacation rentals from which you can easily access the slopes.