Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

Best Ski Resorts in Colorado
Colorado is fortunate to have some of the best skiing in the United States. Some resorts feature something for everything, which is great if you're vacationing with family. Other resorts specialize in expert trails. Activities available off the slope are another thing which might set one resort apart from the rest. Choosing which resort is best for you is simply a matter of deciding on priorities.


When most people think of skiing in Colorado it's either Vail or Aspen that come to mind. Vail is the one of the country's top rated resorts. It has over 5000 acres of land for skiing and the snowfall averages at about 350 inches per year. There are easily accessible powder pockets at Blue Sky Basin and plenty of large back bowls too. The resort also has a number of restaurants and shops for off-the-slop fun.

555 E Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
Telephone: (970) 476-9090


Aspen has four different mountains offering the kind of variety that few other resorts can match. Buttermilk and Snowmass are perfect for beginners and families. Buttermilk is the location of ESPN's Winter X games. Highland and Ajax are perfect for the intermediate and expert skiers, offering plenty of challenging terrain. Off the slopes, Aspen also excels with numerous restaurants and high end boutiques on offer.

425 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611
Telephone: (970) 925-9000


Breckenridge consists of four different peaks, featuring over 2300 acres of ski terrain with 155 trails. Of its 29 ski lifts, Breckenridge also has claim to having the highest chairlift in the U.S. reaching 12,840 feet. The average snowfall in Breckenridge is over 300 inches per year. Off the slopes, Breckenridge features over 30 restaurants, pubs and bars.

1599-C Summit Road 3
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Telephone: (970) 453-5000

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is yet another popular Colorado ski resort. Beaver Creek has some 1800 acres of ski terrain with plenty to offer no matter what level of skier you happen to be. Beaver Creek also offers plenty of off-the-slope activities including an ice skating rink and night time snowcat rides. There's even a center for the arts which features music ranging from Broadway musicals to tribal music.

Beaver Creek
210 Offerson Road
Vail, CO 81658
Telephone: (970) 845-9090

Crested Butte

Crested Butte differs quite a bit from resorts like Vail and Aspen. Unlike the glitz usually associated with those resorts, the facilities at Crested Butte are simpler and much more laid back. What makes Crested Butte particularly famous is the difficult terrain. The resort sits on 500 acres of expert only trails. Not that there aren't some slopes for beginners and intermediates, but it's the plenitude of double black diamond trails which really make is a unique experience. The resort even plays host to US Extreme Freeskiing Championships.

Crested Butte
12 Snowmass Road
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Telephone: (970) 349-2222

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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