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Colorado Ski Resorts

Best Colorado Ski Resorts


Colorado's Rocky Mountains provide first class ski resorts with excellent skiing for all levels of skiers, from beginners to experts. Colorado is perennially on the list of the best ski vacation destinations with resorts that run the gamut from family ski vacations to challenging terrain for expert skiers.

Here are some of the best Colorado ski resorts including resort profiles, ski resort information, skiing photos, and reviews of skiing at the best Colorado ski resorts.

Arapahoe Basin

Courtesy Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, Pete Grannis Photography, and Bob Winsett

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, nicknamed "A-Basin," is located at Arapahoe Basin, in Dillon, Colorado. Arapahoe has the highest skiable terrain in North America, with 105 ski trails,  served by 7 lifts. Trails are: 10% beginner, 30% intermediate, 37% advanced, and 23% expert. One "Expert" run is the longest and steepest trail in Colorado.


Copyright Mike Doyle

Aspen Mountain rises 3,267 feet directly from the center of downtown Aspen. With a variety of advanced and expert runs, including double-black steeps and challenging glades, Aspen Mountain is a paradise for advanced skiers.

Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek's tag is "Not Exactly Roughing It" and this kind of sets up a tempo. But, don't get too lulled into thinking you won't be skiing some pretty exhilarating terrain.


Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado is four peaks of Colorado’s Ten-Mile range, offering skiers 2,350+ acres of skiing and 155 trails served by 28 lifts. With the highest chairlift in North America, Breckenridge’s ski school offers students an epic mountain experience and an historic downtown - offering endless shopping, dining and nightlife.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Located in southwest Colorado, Crested Butte is 4 hours from Denver and just under 4 hours from Colorado Springs. Crested Butte’s 121 ski trails are 23 percent beginner, 57 percent intermediate, and 20 percent advanced. Crested Butte has 15 chair lifts and offers both downhill and cross country skiing for all levels of skiers.


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Keystone Ski Resort is located in Keystone, Colorado, with 135 ski trails served by 20 lifts. Keystone is easily accessible from sister resort Breckenridge, and there is plenty of lodging available in Keystone village.  Keystone is a great resort for a ski vacation, with terrain for all levels of skiers and plenty of on and off the slope activities.


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Snowmass is located 9 miles from Aspen, Colorado, with 90 ski trails, served by 23 lifts. Snowmass has 3,128 acres of terrain and an average of 300 inches of snow.  Snowmass' terrain is 6% beginner, 50% intermediate, 12% advanced, and 32% expert. Snowmass Ski Resort is renowned for wide, groomed cruisers and trails are often uncrowded.


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Steamboat Ski Resort is located in Steamboat, Colorado. Steamboat has 165 ski trails served by 18 lifts, and offers 2,965 acres of prime skiing. Steamboat's terrain is 14% Beginner, 42% Intermediate, and 44% Advanced. Steamboat is known for dry and fluffy Champagne Powder® snow, which is measured to have 70% less moisture than your average snow and is certainly a pleasure to ski.


Copyright Mike Doyle

Always one of North America’s top ski resorts, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation. With blue sky three hundred days a year and the most groomed terrain, families celebrate here. The experience is world class, from Snow Sports School to activities, entertainment, and accommodations.

Winter Park

One of Colorado's biggest ski resorts, Winter Park is ideal for ski vacation for all ski levels. Be prepared for an "authentic" Colorado experiece complete with powder snow. With ridges, bowls, and ski trails, Winter Park can enterain everyone from the novice skier to the daring experts.

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