Colorado is world renown for beautiful snow covered mountain peaks that stretch as far as the eye can see. Skiers of all ages and every level of experience can enjoy everything from tranquil downhill runs on well-groomed snow to the fast pace of pristine backcountry glade skiing. There are countless ski resorts full of thick powdery snow and unique terrain, but these are among the best spots for your next skiing vacation! If its your first time skiing, here is a guide to help you prepare.
- Beaver Creek
This lavish resort runs through three villages: Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Village, and Arrowhead village on the west side of Vail. Home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship, Beaver Creek has trails to accommodate skiers of all levels. The snow is plentiful, making for a smooth and natural experience. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will be astounded by the 360-degree picturesque view prior to choosing the trail that best fits your ability. If your skills are exceptionally advanced, try the few narrow trails lined with bountiful snow-covered glades. Here a quality pair of ski goggles is imperative.
Many audacious skiers indulge in the deep, yet narrow chutes along the upper and lower Stone Creek. These adventurous skiers find hours of enjoyment in the mixture of sturdy trees and daring cliff bands. McCoy Park, accessible through one of the lifts, features more than 32 kilometers of scenery trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Beaver Creek is known for its up-scale dining and extravagant lodging. This high-end village is sure to promise a five star vacation for the whole family. If you are looking for a skiing vacation mixed with a little glamour, Beaver Creek is definitely the spot for you.
- Aspen Mountain Resort
Aspen is a family friendly skier’s paradise. The 5,300 acres making up the Aspen resort, includes Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Snowmass Mountain, and Aspen Highlands. These four mountains each provide their own slice of paradise. The resort is complete with every type of terrain a skier could possibly desire. Aspen is known for its powdery snow delicately stacked above exhilarating bumps, steeps, glades, and extraordinary panoramic views. Famous for the daring black diamond trails, Aspen also offers tours on the “out of bound” backside of the mountains for those desiring a steep challenge. In order to get the full Aspen experience, you must extend your vacation and experience what each vivacious mountain has to offer!
- Telluride Ski Resort
Olympian, Gus Kenworthy summed the resort up in his comment, “It’s a well-known fact that Telluride Ski Resort boasts some of the steepest, deepest, and most diverse terrain of any ski resort in North America.” The 2,000-acre resort in the southwest area of Colorado has diverse terrains to accommodate beginners to expert skiers. The Plunge is an example of why Telluride is on the remains on the bucket-list of many avid skiers. The back country bowls can be dangerous, make sure you are wearing a ski helmet to protect your head.
The iconic slope gives the skier an amazing view of the neighboring, white peaks and the contemporary “European-style” town below, just before its steep 3,140 feet vertical drop. Other adrenaline charged slopes are filled with bumpy terrain, challenging glades, and narrow shots. If you prefer snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, Telluride has ten kilometers of smooth trails through enchanting meadows and the mystic Alpine forests. Though the resort has several adventurous trails, 60% of the slopes are for beginner and intermediate skiers, making it an ideal vacation spot for the whole family.
- Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Ski Resort spans across seven stunning mountaintops covered with its infamous “Champaign Powder”. Steamboat is nicknamed “Ski town” because of the many Olympians that reside in the area. People around the country claim that that Steamboat is the best place to tree ski in North America. This bold claim comes at a cost. Though you will certainly enjoy this ski trip to remember, it is likely that you will also encounter large crowds, eager to experience the famous slopes. In addition to the finest tree skiing, Steamboat also has an excellent variety of slopes across all skill levels. In spite of it being a bit crowded, Steamboat is an unforgettable destination that every skier should experience.
In addition to being one of the top skiing destinations, Breckenridge is a town known for its history and culture of dinning, nightlife, and shopping. The diverse terrain covers 2,908 acres in the Rocky Mountains. The numerous slopes are accommodating to skiers of all levels. There is truly something for everyone at “Breck”.
You can expect an average 50% chance of snow during your trip. Meteorologist say that Breckenridge is an incredible weather machine, mainly due to an orographic lift that occurs due to the high altitude. The altitude in combination with frequent storms from the north and west create ripe conditions for fresh powdery snow.