Colorado Ski Resorts

Colorado "Ski Country USA" is considered the nation's number one ski and snowboard destination. Most years, the state's 25 resorts open earlier and stay open later in the season than anyone else (roughly early October to late April). Colorado has some of the largest ski resorts in the nation as well as hidden-gem ski areas, which offer great snow and plenty of space. Colorado also offers the highest altitude lift-served terrain in the country. World renowned Vail and Aspen are rivalled by challenging terrain at Crested Butte, Silverton or Telluride. For tree skiing Steamboat is hard to beat whereas Powderhorn is known for uncrowded slopes. Keystone is part of the Summit County and is located under 2 hours from Denver. The resort is huge with terrain ranging from family friendly runs to steeps, trees, and bowl skiing. As one of North America's top visited resorts, Breckenridge offers 146 trails spanning four interconnected mountains, making Breckenridge Summit County's largest ski area.
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Southern Colorado, 1162 ft vertical, 6 lifts, 63 trails, 800 skiable acres
Monarch Mountain is located in south central Colorado only 2 hours from Colorado Springs and less than 3.5 hours from Denver. Located on Highway 50 on the Continental Divide Monarch is very accessible. Monarch offers skiing for families plus steep terrain, tree skiing, fresh powder snow and Snowcat skiing for expert and advanced skiers.
Summit County / I-70, 1650 ft vertical, 4 lifts, 0 trails, 600 skiable acres
Powderhorn Mountain Resort is located 35 miles east of Grand Junction, Colorado on the world's largest flat-top mountain. This unique location offers panoramic views across the desert below. Powderhorn has a wide variety of terrain with a few long groomed runs plus tree runs and boulder fields full of jumps and cliffs for expert skiing and boarding.
Southern Colorado, 2029 ft vertical, 10 lifts, 88 trails, 250 skiable acres
Durango Mountain Resort is a ski vacation destination located north of Durango in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado and known by locals from it's former name Purgatory Ski Area. The mountain offers terrain for all abilities, two terrain parks and a kids play area. The historic town of Durango is located 25 miles south where you can find an array of shopping, dining and lodging.
Southern Colorado, 1900 ft vertical, 1 lifts, 0 trails, 1819 skiable acres
Silverton Mountain is an expert only ski area. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times. There are no groomers, no clear cut on one chair to bring you up to a real mountain experience. The ski area is one hour north of Durango.
Summit County / I-70, 1200 ft vertical, 0 lifts, 26 trails, 400 skiable acres
Ski Cooper is located near Colorado Springs, Denver, Summit County and Vail 9 miles from Leadville, Colorado. Ski Cooper will take you as high as 12,600 feet in elevation atop the Continental Divide. Experience snowcat skiing and boarding or snowcat tours atop the Continental Divide.
Southern Colorado, 700 ft vertical, 2 lifts, 13 trails, 80 skiable acres
Ski Hesperus is Southwest Colorado's local's secret. It is a no frills lighted ski area with a 700ft vertical located on US Highway 160, 11 miles west of Durango, Colorado. The resort is currently listed for sale.
Southern Colorado, 240 ft vertical, 1 lifts, 4 trails
Kendall Mountain offers affordable winter fun for the whole family in Silverton, Colorado. This ski recreation area has 240 ft vertical drop with 4 runs and also offers a variety of other outdoor recreation including cross country, snowshoeing, sledding and ice skating.
Northern Colorado, 1000 ft vertical, 5 lifts, 33 trails, 406 skiable acres
Granby Ranch is an affordable family ski vacation destination 80 miles west of Denver, Colorado. Ski Granby Ranch's easy access, wide-open terrain includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs, as well as a terrain park with progressive features.
Northern Colorado, 440 ft vertical, 4 lifts, 17 trails
Colorado Steamboat Springs ski area with a long history of producing world class skiers. This city run ski area is where the locals train. Founded in 1913, Howelsen Hill is the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado, and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America.
Northern Colorado, stats not available
Steamboat Powdercats will put together a trip that should provide you with an excellent day in the backcountry of Buffalo Pass on the Eastern side of Steamboat Springs.
Summit County / I-70, 2010 ft vertical, 3 lifts, 67 trails, 470 skiable acres
A diverse 470 acre winter playground for an affordable, family oriented ski vacation near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Sunlight Mountain features 67 named trails, one of the steepest runs in the state and some of the best tree skiing in Colorado.
Northern Colorado, 1600 ft vertical, 12 lifts, 53 trails, 680 skiable acres
Located a few miles west of Nederland, Eldora Mountain Resort is the closest ski area to Boulder, and one of very few east of the Continental Divid. It is the second closest ski area to Denver. The summit elevation of 10,800 feet means your ski vacation package will include lots of natural snow.
Summit County / I-70, 660 ft vertical, 3 lifts, 16 trails
Summit County / I-70, 2210 ft vertical, 10 lifts, 93 trails, 1570 skiable acres
Loveland Ski Area is located near the town of Georgetown. The area is comprised of Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley ski areas with access to both by shuttle bus. Its location atop the Continental Divide along with the volume of natural snow makes Loveland one of the best places in Colorado to ski powder.
Southern Colorado, 1604 ft vertical, 7 lifts, 77 trails, 1600 skiable acres
Wolf Creek's seven lifts service incredibly beautiful terrain, over 1,600 acres and is located 24 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs. It is known for receiving higher than average snowfall than any other Colorado resort.