Colorado is the king of ski vacation destinations, accounting for 25% of all
skier visits in the US. Colorado is noted for big snowfall of typically dry
light powder, sunny blue sky days (unless its dumping snow), and some of the best ski terrain on the high
elevation, highly scenic Rocky Mountains. Colorado also boasts over a dozen
major ski resorts with well-designed base village, luxury ski hotels near the
lifts and great après ski, see our Top
10 Colorado Ski Resorts. When skiing Colorado, the
I-70 ski corridor as its called, brings you to Copper Mountain, Loveland and
Winter Park, then A-Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone and our favorites, Vail and
Beaver Creek. Other Colorado resorts Aspen, Steamboat, Telluride, Crested Butte
and Durango are more remote Rocky Mountain resorts with extraordinary scenery, ideal for destination
vacations. Colorado ski vacations promise plenty of sun and snow. Non-skiers
will find plenty of winter sports beside skiing and snowboarding in Colorado.
You can snowmobile, snowshoe or go cross-country skiing in Colorado. Many
Colorado ski resorts offer dog sledding and sleigh rides.
Aspen is the ski town for celebrities and expert skiers alike. To properly ski
Aspen, you have 4 ski mountains to conquer –
and Buttermilk (home of the Winter X-Games). More legendary than Aspen’s ski
slopes is the après ski in Aspen. The Aspen shopping scene is another
distraction from the ski slopes. This
classic western ski town has the finest ski
hotels, St Regis, Hotel Jerome,
Limelight and Little Nell, and an avalanche of après ski
bars and Aspen nightlife. If you prefer condominium lodging,
The Viceroy at
Snowmass or The Snowmass Club
has nicely appointed townhouses, and the concierge will stock your pantry and
refrigerator prior to your arrival.
Vail was one of the first major ski resorts in North America, and today it is
still among the
largest ski area, with over 5,200 acres of fresh powder awaiting you in the Back
Bowls. A Vail vacation allows you to enjoy nearby sister ski resorts
Breckenridge, and Keystone – all on
one Epic ski pass. Ski
lodging packages at
Vail range from renting a condo to staying in one of the lodges in Vail Village;
take your pick between Arabelle or Lodge at Vail
– both Rock Resorts, or Park Hyatt
Beaver Creek or the Ritz
Carlton at Bachelor Gulch - the best in Beaver Creek. Vail now boasts a new skiers . Skiing Vail is awesome, but save
some energy for Vail’s nightlife and Vail’s gourmet restaurants. You also must
visit Gorsuch, our favorite ski boutique.
Steamboat is a great ski town, this is cowboy country with a skier’s vibe to
boot. The Steamboat Grand Hotel, a four diamond, is steps to the gondola so you
can have first tracks in Steamboat’s Champagne powder. For après ski, visit the
Strawberry Park hot springs, or take the gondola to a mountaintop dinner at Hazie’s or a sleigh ride to Ragnar’s for a candlelit cabin dinner.
Telluride has all the alpine ingredients for an
awesome ski trip: epic terrain, elegant lodging and dining, extraordinary views
of the San Juan mountains, swift lifts, and high elevation which makes for great
snow! Staying in Telluride's Mountain Village at the Fairmont Franz Klammer or
The Mountain Lodge Telluride provides posh condo style living, and you're steps
from the ski lifts and a gorgeous gondola ride to town.
Winter Park and
Copper both offer a more
casual vibe, family friendly villages, but still plenty of terrain from above
tree line bowls, to bumps to beautiful boulevards of groomed skiing, plus parks
and plenty to do after the lifts top too.