It’s no secret to anyone that Colorado has some of the best places to ski in the world. Every winter, locals and visitors a like flock to our amazing mountains to enjoy some fresh powder and blue skies. When Friday hits, the avid skiers head towards the mountains to get in their much needed ski time and even though our snow hasn’t been as much this year as previous years, the weather has taken a turn and it is now a great time to get you and your family and friends up for a few turns in the mountains.
I have many clients who are big time skiers and I always like to know where could I recommend if someone asked me the best places to ski. Below is a list of what I have been told as well as a little research that led me to believe even more we have some of the greatest spots to ski:
Breckenridge – (80 miles from Denver) Sitting at 9.600 feet above sea level, Breck as locals call is one of the highest ski towns in the mountains. The mountains themselves feature five fun peaks to shred on – peaks 6 to 10. And when you are done for the day, make sure to head into town for some great happy hour specials and live music.
Aspen – (198 miles from Denver) Probably one of the most well known ski towns there is (in the winter you are sure to see your share of celebs roaming around) the beauty of Aspen is seldom matched with the ski slopes running right into the beautiful historic downtown. If you have a pass for Aspen you can also enjoy Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk. If someone in your group isn’t a skier but likes to shop, this high-end area is perfect for them to enjoy premier boutiques and many a lodge to relax in with a hot beverage.
Telluride – (362 miles from Denver) While this is quite the haul for most and may not be an easy weekend getaway spending 6 hours driving one way, Telluride is definitely worth a visit in the winter. Its natural beauty and stunning views are one of a kind and the ski trails start around 8,750 square feet rising all the way up to 13,320 square feet. Festivals happen year round so you will never have a dull moment in this quaint town.
Vail – (97 miles from Denver) Vail is the biggest ski area in the state that also houses the Austrian inspired village, which is stunning from every angle. Beaver Creek and Vail are combined so you can share a daily lift ticket.
Keystone – (76 miles from Denver) Keystone has some steep slopes but also an amazing ski village that has one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the state. The ski area is Summit’s largest at 3,148 acres with three giant peaks. There’s also night skiing on weekends and holidays.
Some other incredible places worth mentioning are Winter Park, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Snowmass, Cooper and Loveland. Bottom line, you can’t go wrong with most ski spots in Colorado and you will be sure to have a good time wherever you go! Don’t forget to wear your helmet and stay safe out there!