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Conquistador Ski Resort

Westcliffe, Colorado

Conquistador Ski Resort

Conquistador Ski Resort Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Conquistador is great fun to ski, even though private property at the base complicates the approach and necessitates a skin up and over the mountain to get out at the end of the day. Even so, with good snow, the wide-open runs and distant views up into the Sangre de Cristos and down into the Westcliffe valley make it well worth the extra effort. Skiing here is almost eerie—the runs are so clear and the snow is so smooth, I kept stopping at trail junctions and looking uphill expecting to see other skiers, but I was the only one.

As a general rule of thumb, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Wet Mountain Valley to their east have not been home to significant ski areas. Most over the years have been small rope tows, operated either by local communities or by ranchers on private property. The vertical drop, the amenities, and just about everything else was on a very small scale. Ski San Isabel was a perfect case in point."

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Trail Information

Westcliffe
Nearby City
2.3
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Best January to March
Season
San Isabel National Forest, San Carlos Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Horn Peak
Local Maps

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