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Vail and Aspen are the best known and most popular ski resorts in Colorado.

Colorado Skiing

Best Skiing in the USA

The Colorado Rocky Mountain ski resorts are generally considered to have some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the USA. They are famous for their spectacular mountain scenery; excellent ski slopes, fantastic snow conditions and great accommodations. The nightlife and entertainment are pretty good as well.

Located Two to Four Hours from Denver

The ski resorts are located in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver and Colorado Springs. Most of them lie within a two to four hours drive from Denver. Skiers normally fly to Denver and take a shuttle bus or commuter flight to the resorts, or drive a rented car.

High Altitude Skiing

The Colorado resorts are all located above 7,000 feet (2.100 meters). This provides excellent snow and great ski conditions. The slopes usually receive between 300 and 400 inches (750 to 1000 cm) of snowfall each season. Skiers coming from low altitudes may experience some altitude sickness their first few days at the higher elevations. This can include difficulty breathing, dizziness, and mild headaches.

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The Most Popular Ski Resorts

Vail and Aspen are the best known and most popular ski resorts in Colorado. They offer many excellent ski slopes with great accommodations and a variety of entertainment and shopping opportunities. You might even see a movie star in the local bar as many rich and famous people own winter chalets nearby. Many veteran skiers claim that these resorts offer some of the best skiing in North America, but others complain that popularity has brought crowds of tourists and high prices.

Major Ski Resorts in Colorado
Ski Resort Elevation
Feet/Meters
Vertical
Feet/Meters
Number of Lifts Number of Hotel Beds
Vail 8120 / 2,475 3,330 / 1,015 31 21,000
Aspen 7,945 / 2,422 3,635 / 1,108 23 2,125
Steamboat Springs 6,900 / 2,103 3,668 / 1,118 22 7,550
Beaver Creek 7,400 / 2,255 4,040 / 1,231 14 4,700
Snowmass 8,104 / 2,470 4,406 / 1,343 23 5,500
Winter Park 9,000 / 2,743 3,060 / 932 23 1,250
Copper Mtn. 9,300 / 2,957 2,900 / 793 20 1,625
Keystone 9,700 / 2,835 2,601 / 884 20 2,800
Breckenridge 9,600 / 2,926 3,398 / 1,036 21 700
Crested Butte 9,375 / 2,858 2,775 / 846 145,100
Telluride 8,725 / 2,659 3,165 / 965 12 4,300
Arapahoe Basin 10,800 / 3,292 2,250 / 685 5 0
Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: © Ben Blankenburg
Photo Description: The Colorado ski resorts are all located above 7,000 feet (2,100 meters). This provides excellent snow and great ski conditions.