Top 10 Colorado Ski Resorts
Colorado is famous for its legendary ski resorts and ski mountains. From the fantastic Vail Mountain to the majestic and historic Aspen Mountain (and everything in between) Colorado is an unforgettable place. Here are the Top 10 Colorado Ski Resorts:
1) Aspen - The World Famous Aspen Mountain features 673 acres of skiing terrain ideal for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. It is the location of the first Aspen Ski Lift opened in 1947 and can be easily accessed from the downtown area. Featuring excellent dining, shopping, and nightlife Aspen Resort combines world class amenities with small town charm. Whether you are wanting to browse fine art galleries, eat at 5 star restaurants, or simply enjoy some popcorn or crepes in front of the fire pit after a long day of skiing, Aspen has it all and more.
2) Beaver Creek - Located just a short travel distance west of Vail, Beaver Creek has some of the best skiing and other amenities of any ski resort in North America. Owned and operated by Vail Ski Resort, Beaver creek is a wonderful place to visit for those who enjoy excellent skiing / snowboarding, great service, and the feeling of quaintness found in a small village. Those who purchase homes in Beaver Creek will love Dial-A-Ride, which transports passengers to the destination of their choice from the golf course, to restaurants, to the ski slopes.
3) Breckenridge - Officially established in 1859 and named after then Vice President of the USA John C. Breckenridge, Breckenridge is one of the most highly visited ski resorts in North America and hosts competitions and public events throughout the year. The town offers access to 4 different Ten Mile Range peaks in the Rocky Mountains and has skiing opportunities of varying degrees of difficulty.
4) Buttermilk - Buttermilk Mountain is an excellent place for beginner skiers and snowboarders with its large selection of groomed trails and convenient ski classes. The base of Buttermilk has ski rental locations for both adults and children along with a dining facility, shops, and a lift ticket purchase location. Buttermilk is also home to the X Games and contains a 22 foot superpipe in its terrain park.
5) Snowmass Village - Located just a short driving distance from Buttermilk, Snowmass Village is a wonderful mountain for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Its base village has a wide variety of shopping, dining, ski & snow sport stores and more. With access to the slopes from both the mall area and the base village further down, Snowmass provides easy and convenient access to its fantastic ski opportunities. With it's large size and varied terrain (steeps, halfpipes, cruisers, glades, & terrain parks) Snowmass certainly has something for everyone.
6) Vail - With 4 different base access points (West Vail, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, and Golden Peak Village), Vail Mountain has the largest ski area in the USA with over 5,000 skiable acres. with over 70% of its trails being blue and black runs, Vail is best suited for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders. Vail also features 7 back bowls as well as the Blue Sky Basin on its back mountain area.
7) Crested Butte - A former coal mining town which was transformed into a ski resort during the 1960s, Crested Butte has been referred to as the "last great Colorado ski town." Snowboarding and skiing are the most popular winter sports practiced in Crested Butte. Known for its excellent fresh powder, and fantastic ski runs Crested Butte was the subject of the 1970s song "Crested Butte" in addition to being the location of Hollywood movies such as "Snowball Express."
8) Keystone - One of the smaller ski resort towns in Colorado with regard to population, Keystone has a population of just over 800 persons and is owned and operated by Vail Ski Resorts. Keystone has the distinction of being the only ski resort in Summit County which allows skiing and snowboarding at night. With over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 3 mountains, and affordable prices, Keystone is a great choice for those who want to experience the excellence of a Colorado Ski Resort on a budget.
9) Durango - In addition to being a terrific ski resort, Durango is also well known for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and was organized in 1881 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) in order to service the mining district of San Juan. In addition to hosting the Mountain Bike World Championships and many other notable events, Durango is home to the Snowdown Festival, with a parade occurring the last Friday of January or the first Friday of February. The Durango Mountain Resort features all the winter activities you would expect from a world class ski resort and is a fantastic place for everyone who truly loves skiing and snow sports of all kinds.
10) Steamboat Springs - The Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is found on Mount Werner in Northwestern Colorado. It has 165 named ski trails as well as one of the world's premiere half-pipes, the Mavericks Superpipe. A wonderful place for skiers and snowboarders from beginners to expert.
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