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Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin as it is often known, offers the highest skiable terrain in North America. This means that in Colorado, it is often the first resort to open and the last to close. Some years skiing lasts until June! The mountain, nicknamed “The Legend”, has plenty of open bowl skiing above timberline as well as tree lined runs. The relatively recent addition of the Montezuma Bowl on the back of Arapahoe Basin added an additional 400 acres and 36 runs, from intermediate to expert. There is no lodging at the resort, although there is a free shuttle from various nearby points in Summit County. Arapahoe Basin is popular with locals for its long season and homespun feel. There is a cafe, retail store and various restaurants at the resort.

November 19, 2020 / by / in
Snowmass | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Aspen/Snowmass is really four interconnected ski areas, which are Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Each mountain has its own feel. They make it fairly easy to check out the different mountains, with shuttles available. And of course there is the town of Aspen itself. Famous for its glitz and glamour and for its rich history. The ski resorts of Aspen and the town of Aspen are largely intertwined and the town is usually part of a ski vacation here, especially Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Snowmass is a bit farther away and has more of a ski village feel. Great skiing and great nightlife make Aspen one of the most famous ski resorts in the world.

Snowmass is a little distance away from the town of Aspen and the other resorts and has more of a ski village feel. At 3132 acres, it is one of the largest ski areas in Colorado. It has varied terrain for all levels and lots of great intermediate runs. There are terrain parks as well. It has the most vertical rise in the country and there are great views from the mountain. With Aspen a little distance away, the focus is on the skiing here and there are plenty of options for it.

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September 23, 2020 / by / in
Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Colorado is home to many world class and world famous ski resorts. The beautiful Rocky Mountains provide abundant snowfall for great powder skiing. The different resorts offer an extensive range of terrain. There are bunny hills for those just learning, with most resorts offering lessons and rentals to get you started. There are plenty of groomed intermediate runs to glide down. There are tree runs to explore. There is open bowl skiing above timberline. There is lots of expert terrain to choose from for those looking for more extreme skiing. There is even backcountry skiing accessed via snowcat or helicopter. Many resorts have terrain parks with jibs, half pipes and other features. Snowboarding is allowed at all the Colorado ski resorts. Many resorts also have groomed cross country trails for those wanting to cross country ski. With all this varied terrain everyone is bound to find what they are looking for.

Climate

The Rocky Mountains in Colorado rise up to 14,000+ feet above sea level. Most of the ski resorts are between 8,000-13,000 feet and at these altitudes there is almost always plenty of snow in the winter. That means lots of fresh powder for skiers. Even with all that snow, Colorado is a very sunny state and skiers are often cruising down the trails under cobalt blue skies. There are amazing views to be had from the mountains of Colorado ski resorts.

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Aspen Highlands | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Aspen/Snowmass is really four interconnected ski areas, which are Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Each mountain has its own feel. They make it fairly easy to check out the different mountains, with shuttles available. And of course there is the town of Aspen itself. Famous for its glitz and glamour and for its rich history. The ski resorts of Aspen and the town of Aspen are largely intertwined and the town is usually part of a ski vacation here, especially Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Snowmass is a bit farther away and has more of a ski village feel. Great skiing and great nightlife make Aspen one of the most famous ski resorts in the world.

Aspen Highlands is just a few miles from downtown Aspen and is serviced by shuttle. It is the largest of the 3 ski areas near downtown Aspen. It is famous for its expert only Highland Bowl, but it has the most varied terrain of the three resorts near downtown Aspen, with beginning through expert terrain. The famous Maroon Bells are visible from some parts of the mountain. Aspen Highlands is a varied ski area for different skier levels and terrain options.

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August 23, 2018 / by / in
Silverton Mountain | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Silverton Mountain is a unique backcountry skiing experience. One chair lift services only advanced and expert terrain. There are additional options for hike in and helicopter skiing. There are no groomed trails and the mountain has been left as is except for avalanche reduction work. Avalanche gear and liability releases are required to ski here. During certain times of the year only guided skiing is allowed. During other times unguided skiing is also allowed in certain places. Silverton Mountain is for expert skiers looking for extreme terrain. Most days there are less than 100 people on the mountain.

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August 23, 2018 / by / in
Powderhorn | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is in western Colorado and has a different look than some of the more famous resorts in the state. It sits on a large flat top mountain called the Grand Mesa. There are great views and the climate provides plenty of dry powder. Powderhorn has varied terrain including two terrain parks. There is lodging available right at the resort.

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August 23, 2018 / by / in
Vail | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Vail is a world famous ski resort and it is the largest in Colorado as well as the United States. Its 5289 acres include miles of groomed terrain, bowl skiing, three base areas and three terrain parks. Vail is a full scale resort with high class hotels and dining, as well as many lodging and dining options to choose from in different price ranges. There are many boutiques and shops to explore. Lots of sunshine, snow, amenities off the slopes and varied terrain make Vail a major ski resort destination.

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Beaver Creek | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Beaver Creek is a large ski resort operated by same the owners of Vail and several other ski resorts. There’s great skiing and that’s only part of a stay here. Beaver Creek has everything you would expect from an upscale ski resort. Fine dining, boutiques and lots of activities. There are 3 separate villages as well as two small towns nearby. There is lodging and free shuttles in all the villages. The towns of Avon and Edwards have some economical lodging options and their own restaurants and shops. Beaver Creek is a popular chose for those wanting a resort with all the amenities.

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Sunlight | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Sunlight Mountain Resort is a smaller ski resort near Glenwood Springs. It has runs for every level, from the steep inclines of the East Ridge to beginners runs, including Ute which is 2.5 miles long. There are aspen groves for those that want tree runs. Sunlight Mountain Resort provides a less expensive alternative to nearby Aspen and Snowmass. From the summit you can see the stunning Mount Sopris. In addition to alpine skiing, there are miles of groomed cross country and snowshoe trails available to use for free. This small resort has a lot to offer.

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Monarch Mountain | Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts

Monarch Mountain sits at Monarch Pass in south central Colorado. It receives abundant snow for great powder skiing. The varied terrain includes bowls, tree skiing and expert terrain. Although not one of the largest resorts in Colorado, with great snow, plenty of sun, reasonable lift tickets, less crowds and laid back feel, Monarch Mountain is often considered a hidden gem. There are easier runs and learn to ski packages as well as plenty of expert terrain. With the recent addition of Mirkwood Basin, there is now 130 more acres of extreme skiing terrain available. Monarch Mountain is nice choice for skiers of any ability looking for a relaxed resort experience.

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