The Best Colorado Ski Resorts for Beginners

The Best Colorado Ski Resorts for Beginners
Colorado is one of the world's most popular ski destinations. Although it is famous for its long ski season, deep snow and steep slopes, many people do not realize that it is also a great place to learn to ski. Skiing is intrinsic to the lifestyle of many Colorado residents. In fact, many people give up lucrative jobs in other parts of the country simply to teach skiing in Colorado. With that kind if dedication, you are certain to get a great lesson. All of these resorts offer beginner learning packages, which include lift, lesson and equipment rental.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Silverthorne area of Breckenridge boasts some of the best beginner terrain in North America. Although the terrain in this area is relatively flat, it's a long trail, which leaves more time for trial and error, which translates into less time on the lifts. Speaking of lifts, the Quicksilver lift is one of the most user-friendly chairlifts you will ever experience. It seats six people, which allows ski classes to ride together, or friends and families to ride with less-confident skiers.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
P.O. Box 1058
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-5000
www.breckenridge.snow.com

Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain has an isolated beginner area called Union Creek, which is never populated by advanced skiers and riders. This makes it a perfect learning environment.

Copper Mountain Resort
P.O. Box 3001 (USPS)
209 Ten Mile Circle
Copper, Colorado 80443
(866) 841-2481
www.coppercolorado.com

Buttermilk Ski Resort

Buttermilk is the smallest of the four Aspen ski areas. Because its terrain is designated at 35 percent beginner, 39 percent intermediate and only 26 percent advanced, it is rarely populated by die-hard, fast-moving skiers and riders. Of course, the award-winning Aspen ski school class adds to the excellent learning experience.

Buttermilk Ski Resort
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612
(800) 308-6935
www.aspensnowmass.com/buttermilk

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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