The Best Snowboard Resorts Colorado

The Best Snowboard Resorts Colorado
Colorado is the most recognized skiing state in the country. With so many resorts, it can be difficult to narrow it down and determine which one will be the best for your snowboard trip. Since Colorado's resorts each offer their own pros and cons, this is not a traditional "best of" list, but one that focuses solely on riding, without any consideration for other aspects of Colorado resorts (such as dining and nightlife).

Park and Pipe

If you're looking to spend most of your time in the park or on the halfpipe, there are several Colorado resorts that stand well above the rest. Breckenridge, Buttermilk, Keystone and Copper all feature renowned freestyle terrain that constantly puts them on lists of top picks for park and pipe. Another notable option, which may not be great for a destination vacation but is worth stopping by, is Echo Mountain. Though a small resort, Echo Mountain consists entirely of freestyle terrain and is just a short drive from Denver.

Freeride

If you're more interested in getting out on the mountain and finding the steepest, gnarliest terrain, Colorado offers several excellent freeride resorts. Telluride, Crested Butte, Arapahoe Basin and Aspen Highlands are the Colorado snowboard resorts that offer the most challenging expert terrain. Silverton is another resort known for its rugged expert terrain, which is essentially lift-served backcountry. Expect to find steep pitches, unmarked hazards, hike-to options and white-knuckle riding at all of these locations.

Snow

All Colorado resorts are known for having quality snow and plenty of it, but a few have a bit more quality and quantity. Steamboat is known for its dry, Utah-like powder and actually coined the term "Champagne Powder." Wolf Creek, in southern Colorado, is the resort that receives the most snowfall in the state, averaging over 450 inches annually.

Variety

No one likes to ride the same terrain over and over again, so if you're looking for more variety, consider traveling to Aspen or Vail. Aspen is home to four separate resorts and has access to everything from steep expert terrain to rolling groomers. Vail is the largest resort in the United States and has over 5,000 acres of terrain suited for all tastes and abilities. Summit County is another good option because it is home to many individual resorts including Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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