Powder Power: Colorado's Best Ski Resorts
Collected by Joshua Berman , AFAR Local Expert
That's why you came—to spend a few days (or weeks) practicing your turns in fresh champagne Rocky Mountain powder. There are 27 ski resorts in Colorado, from precious backyard locals' mountains to some of the biggest and best in the world, Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Silverton, Breckenridge, Snowmass, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin—all remarkable mountains clustered just over the Continental Divide.
2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Not only is Eldora Mountain Resort the closest resort to the Front Range (so close, they have a ski run named City Lights because you can see Denver from the top of the trail in the evenings), driving there and back does not involve sitting in...
1599 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Breckenridge, Colorado, is only a 90-minute drive from Denver and has some of the best learning slopes in the country. I came here with my 6-year-old daughter to go to ski school during our Thanksgiving break. The long, easy, groomed, gentle...
Vail, CO 81657, USA
The top Ski runs to hit at Vail Game Creek Bowl- Dealer's Choice run Sun Up Bowl - get some untracked snow in the trees by Yonder and Over Yonder runs Blue Ox, Highline, Prima, Riva Ridge and Rogers Run - best runs on the front side Blue Sky Basin...
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
Despite being northern Colorado, Steamboat Springs offers belly-filling home-style southern cooking at the Low Country Kitchen right on Lincoln Avenue. Dig into the classics (without the greasy coating), like fried okra and buttermilk fried...
Aspen, CO 81611, USA
115 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Snowmass Mountain is the most diverse and largest of all the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains in the area and offers something for everyone. It has a great Ski School program that starts as young as two years old and goes up through adults. On...
Aspen Mountain, Colorado 81611, USA
In both the summer and winter, if you only have a day you must take a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The gondola cabs are all windows allowing for fantastic views as you travel 3,627 feet to the top. Once you get up...
38700 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
There's no better feeling than earning your turns skiing or snowboarding. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain at dawn to catch the sunrise from the top. Watching the light slowly illuminate the Maroon Bell Mountains is an inspiring sight. Then ski down...
100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435, USA
Keystone has the winning formula for families vacationing with kids or groups of friends skiing together. A wide variety of available accommodation choices get you not just direct access to the slopes but you can also opt for rooms that put you...
Snowmass Village, CO, USA
Starting this past winter on Friday Nights the Snowmass Gondola and Elk Camp Restaurant stayed open later for Ullr Nights in the Winter and Valhalla Nights in the Summer, both named after Norse mythology. For Ullr Nights, people can partake in...
Silverton, CO 81433, USA
Home to one chair and thousands of acres of amazing terrain—accessed by heli or on foot—Silverton offers a true snow adventure. A day trip from Telluride, it's well worth the hour drive. Avalanche gear/training or guides required, but a perfect...
Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Tucked in against Colorado’s Tenmile Mountain Range in the Arapaho National Forest, Breckenridge was founded during the gold rush of 1859—in fact, the largest gold nugget in the state, weighing more than 13 pounds, was discovered here in 1887....
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
As the story goes, when early 19th-century French fur trappers arrived in the upper valley of the Yampa River, they heard a chugging sound they assumed was a steamboat coming down the river. In fact, it was one of the many geothermal springs in...
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