The snow has finally come down in Colorado which means ski season is back! If you’re itching to head to the mountains and hit the slopes, here are some of the best spots to ski and snowboard in Colorado this winter. And if skiing and boarding aren’t your thing, the resorts and nearby towns in the area have plenty of other winter activities and atmospheres to offer for those who are sitting this season out but want to be part of the crowd.
Only a 45-minute drive from Denver lies Keystone, a ski resort hosting three mountain peaks that covers roughly 3,148 skiable acres. Known for its winter activities, Keystone provides access to skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and snowmobile tours. Whether you are a beginner on the slopes or an expert looking for treacherous terrain, Keystone welcomes all.
Winter Park is the fourth largest ski resort in all of Colorado with a vertical drop of over 3000 feet. This resort prides itself on one of its three peaks, Mary Jane Mountain. This specific mountain is famous for its natural bumps and world-class tree riding. So if you are looking to find some tree lines this winter, Winter Park is the place to be starting on opening day, November 16th. Winter Park is also well known for its restaurants and shops so there are plenty of options for families.
As one of the highest elevated ski resorts in North America with a summit at just over 13,000 feet, Loveland averages over 400 inches of snowfall a year making it known for some of the best skiing in Colorado. Unlike other Colorado ski resorts, Loveland is made up of two distinct bases; Loveland Valley provides for beginners and Loveland Basin is recognized for its expert terrain. Having opened on Nov 3rd, Loveland awaits skiers and riders of all skill sets to join them on the mountains. If you’re taking the day off, head to the nearby breweries and restaurants in town that will be sure to keep you company until your friend or loved ones get off the slope.
Commonly called “The Legend” by locals because it attracts so many expert skiers, Arapahoe Basin hosts one of Colorado’s longest and steepest runs, Pallavicini. Overall, the terrain is rated 7% beginner, 20% intermediate, 49% advanced and 24% expert. If you find yourself craving a little extra adrenaline during your ride, or think you’re skilled enough to step up your game, Arapahoe Basin is where you need to be.
Non Skiers should probably sit this one out as there’s not a whole lot around the area to do if you’re waiting on someone to finish their run.
Home to the highest elevated chairlift in North America, Breckenridge bounds a staggering five peaks to ski or ride. Along with its massive ski area, Breckenridge is also known for its luxury resorts, stunning mountain views, and exceptional Breckenridge Bowl. Welcoming skiers and riders of all types, Breckenridge invites you to join them on their opening day, November 12th. Have a beer or enjoy the food at The Overlook. Located atop Peak 9, The Overlook is easily accessible from either the Beaver Run SuperChair or the Mercury SuperChair and has a stellar view of the mountains.
From green to double black diamond runs, there’s a slope and ski resort for everyone in Colorado. These are our season’s top picks; visit as many as possible to find fresh snow and your relaxing resort this winter!
*Updated November 7, 2022