Ski Colorado
Ski Colorado

Colorado

Ski ColoradoColorado ski resorts are world renowned, thanks in part to plenty of Warren Miller exposure. The magnificent Rocky Mountains provide spectacular skiing, snowboarding and awesome views. The powder is great, and they like to brag about the statistic of 300 days of sunshine annually – if that’s what you’re into? There is loads of ski terrain to choose from to suit expert skiers, families or complete novices.

The state has 27 ski resorts (blimey!) and with that much competition, the resorts work hard to get business, and have invested millions of dollars in recent years to enhance the skiing terrain, chairlifts and resort amenities.

Colorado is the nation’s highest state, so not surprisingly it has the highest ski peaks in the US. They like to boast about this, but some visitors see this as a disadvantage, so take it easy for the first few days or the altitude sickness might grab you.

Colorado Ski ResortsThe Colorado resorts and towns all vary significantly and offer something unique. Some offer world class luxury, rustic charm or quaintness. Vail is huge, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Arapahoe Basin ski area is about a sixth of the size. Vail also has an incredibly high profile, as does Aspen Snowmass, and both resorts are where the beautiful and glamorous people go to strut – whoops, I mean ski. Conversely there are some lesser known resorts that fly under the radar. Colorado calls these resorts “gems”, and you’ll find minimal crowds, minimal frills and a much cheaper skiing experience. Examples include: Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Durango Mountain Resort, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, SolVista Basin, and Sunlight Mountain Resort. At the extreme end is Silverton Mountain which has one lift, 100% expert terrain and absolutely no grooming. Ski Colorado is a Powderhound heaven!

See our USA ski resort comparison which compares statistics (such as terrain for ability levels, lift ticket prices, hectares of terrain, and annual snowfall) for some of the ski Colorado resorts.

In addition to resort skiing, there is lots of cat skiing and two heli skiing operators.

When is the Best Time To Ski Colorado?Like most other North American ski resorts, the resorts are incredibly busy and expensive between Xmas and New Years, and then prices for accommodation fall dramatically for January. Prices rise during February and the weekend of President’s Day is super busy. Late March and April are cheap times to visit, but as to be expected the snow conditions are not as reliable. Of course, if you don’t have a heavy social calendar in December, pre-Xmas is a great time to visit. See our USA ski resort comparison for the typical season length for each of the resorts.

Getting ThereDenver International Airport is serviced by many international flights and is the main gateway airport. There are also eight regional mountain airports such as Telluride airport. Airport shuttles are available from Denver to most of the resorts.
Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
15 Night Aspen Instructional Tour DETAILS
HOSTED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGE
16 Days | 15 Nights | 14 Skiing Days | 4 Resorts
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USD 5,842
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Get the best out of Aspen and improve your skiing with a company that has been giving people the time of their lives since 1995. Resorts including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
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Heli Skiing Tours
Telluride Helitrax - Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
TELLURIDE DAY HELISKIING TOUR
6 Runs of Powder Heaven!
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USD 1,200
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Solo skiers/boarders, small groups & larger groups can enjoy an epic day of heliskiing at Telluride Helitrax. And if you’re skiing at Vail or Aspen, they can organise a same-day charter flight (fixed wing aircraft) to get you to Telluride. Have an awesome day heli-skiing & be home in time for dinner with the family!
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Cat Skiing Tours
Silverton Powdercats - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
SILVERTON POWDERCATS DAY CAT SKIING
Cat Skiing in the heart of the San Juans
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USD 450
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
In close proximity to other ski areas and really close to Silverton Mountain, Silverton Powdercats provides the opportunity to combine some lift accessed skiing with cat skiing.
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Aspen Powder Tours - Day Cat Skiing Tours DETAILS
DAY SNOWCAT SKIING & BOARDING ASPEN
Ski the backside of Aspen
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USD 489
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Escape from the moguls and masses in Aspen this winter with a day or more of cat skiing in Aspen's backcountry. With over 1,200 skiable acres you will be sure to get plenty of fresh tracks. These tours book up early so be sure to secure your spot asap.
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Steamboat Powdercats - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY SNOWCAT SKIING STEAMBOAT
Revel in Steamboat's deep dry powder
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USD 625
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Cat skiing with Steamboat Powdercats makes the perfect adjunct to a Steamboat ski vacation. Take in some resort skiing and then head out for a day with Steamboat Powdercats. Or if you know you’ll be hooked on riding virgin powder, go cat skiing for as many days as you’re able!
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 Colorado Ski Resorts By Region
Northwest Region
- Howelsen Hill
- Steamboat

Roaring Fork Valley region (Aspen area)
- Sunlight
- Aspen Mountain
- Aspen Highlands
- Buttermilk Mountain
- Snowmass


Western Slope & Mountains
- Powderhorn
- Crested Butte

South West
- Telluride Ski Resort
- Silverton Mountain
- Kendall Mountain Ski Area
- Purgatory (Durango)
- Wolf Creek Ski Area

Summit County
- Arapahoe Basin
- Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Copper Mountain Resort
- Keystone Resort

Vail Valley
- Vail Ski Resort
- Beaver Creek

Denver & Northern Front Range
- Eldora
- Loveland
- Echo Mountain

Grand County
- Winter Park Resort
- SolVista Basin

Arkansas Headwaters
- Ski Cooper
- Monarch Mountain

Heli SkiingHelitrax Telluride
Silverton Heli Skiing

Colorado Cat Skiing
Keystone KAT Skiing
San Juan Ski Co.
Silverton Powdercats
San Juan Snowcats

CompareUSA Resort Statistics
Ski Resort Ratings