8 Tips for Planning Your Ski Trip to Colorado
Our favorite Colorado ski resorts near Denver Denver is one of the easiest U.S. cities to fly into a ..Read more
Denver is one of the easiest U.S. cities to fly into and access a large number of world class ski resorts. The Colorado capital city has a large international airport with flights on over 20 major airlines from most major cities in the U.S., plus Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the UK. Not only is Denver a popular ski destination because of its proximity to so many renowned ski resorts, but also because of the ease of access to these resorts. Visitors can jump on Interstate 70 (I-70) at the airport and be in the mountains in less than an hour.
With so many great ski resorts near Denver, how do you choose? There are definitely some standouts. Read on for our top 5 ski resorts near Denver and why we chose them.
Winter Park Resort is the closest major ski resort to Denver airport, and Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort. It’s known for it’s 3,000+ acres of skiable terrain and 1,200+ acres of backcountry terrain. Within the 3,000 acres are 7 different territories, ranging from the family friendly Winter Park territory to off the beaten path Vasquez Ridge and its famous powder stashes. The legendary Mary Jane territory is known for tree skiing and moguls.
Copper Mountain is 75 miles from Denver and is home to a variety of award-winning terrain. The resort’s 2500 acres of terrain follows a fall-line path that includes everything from mellow rolling terrain to steep fast runs. Beginners can head over to the west side for easier runs, while experienced skiers can ski the intermediate and advanced runs in the center and eastern side of the resort. There are plentiful trails for all levels of skiers and riders.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is just 100 miles from Denver airport, and typically less than a 2-hour drive. With its 3000 acres of skiable terrain, five distinct peaks, and 187 ski trails, Breckenridge is one of the most popular resorts in Colorado. There’s a good mix of trails for everyone, and Breck’s many runs cater to all levels of skiers. The resort features an elevation summit of 12,998 feet – the highest in Colorado, and the starting point for Breck’s famous 3398 feet vertical drop. Thirty-four lifts service the resort, including the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Express.
Vail is 120 miles from Denver airport, which is typically a 2-hour drive, depending on weather and traffic. Vail Resort’s wonderful combination of 5200 acres of terrain, 300+ days of sunshine and 370+ inches of snow each year make it a must-visit ski destination. While Vail can be viewed as upscale or expensive, we believe it’s worth it because of the resort’s epic terrain… you must visit at least once. Though it’s one of the most popular resorts in the U.S., it’s massive amount of terrain really spreads people out.
If you are looking for something new in Colorado for your ski trip, head up to Steamboat Springs. Steamboat is known for its incredible tree skiing for skiers of all abilities and its fluffy “champagne powder” snow. If you catch Steamboat during a snowstorm, you will realize the snow is worth the hype. The resort’s almost 3000 acres of terrain has enough steeps to satisfy the experts, but it’s also well known for its expansive and un-intimidating intermediate trails. The town is situated in northern Colorado about a three hour drive from Denver, which makes it a bit more secluded than some other ski resorts along the I-70 corridor.
Check out our map of the Colorado ski resorts near Denver, plus the rest of the major resorts across the state.
With so many resorts to choose from, we hope you’ve been inspired by our favorite ski resorts near Denver. Once you’ve decided on the perfect resort for your ski trip, check out our top tips for planning your ski trip to Colorado!