SKI LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN THE COLORADO MOUNTAINS!
When we think of Colorado on ski is the first thing that comes to mind... And why not? Impossible not to associate one with the other!Its mountains full of reliefs and natural bowls seem to have been specially created so that lovers of this and other snow sports could slide down them at full speed.
Let's get the ski goggles because ski season and it's time to feel the adrenaline and fresh air! And It is precisely that skiing in Colorado has no comparison, because the truth is that visiting its peaks, which are the highest in the Rocky Mountains, screams an adventure story that every skier should be a part of .
The so-called Centennial State, in the West of the United States, can get to have great blizzards due to its height and its climatic conditions, but between the months of November and April it receives thousands of skiers who are in search of adventure in its different seasons and snow attractions.
DISCOVER THE BEST SKI RESORTS IN COLORADO
The city of Aspen is located in Pitkin County in Colorado, and emerged as a ski mecca after World War II with the creation of the Aspen Skiing Company, turning this city over the years into a important center of sports and cultural activities that revolve around this sport.
Aspen is made up of 4 different centers with no connection between them and we assure you that it is a city where skiing is possible even if your budget is not the highest, and also if you do not have much experience skiing, since everything will depend on the center ski resort you choose to visit, and the season in which you go.
Beginners will find the Buttermilk station and the lower part of the Snowmass station ideal. If you have intermediate qualities, it will be very good for you to visit the 'Highlands' and 'Snowmass' in their highest areas. And if you are already an advanced or professional skier, opt for Aspen Mountain, although you cannot miss the bowl of the 'Highlands' station.
Walk with us a bit more about the ski resorts that make up Aspen!
Aspen Mountain (Ajax)
Located to the north of the city, Aspen Mountain was the first ski center in this town, and it has a very particular characteristic that sets it apart from the rest, and that is that its slopes are very difficult. In fact, they do not offer beginner trails at Aspen Mountain. It consists of multiple intermediate, advanced and expert tracks, so it can be quite exclusive in this regard. It has a total of 76 slopes that are connected by some lifts, and its base is very close to the city itself.
Aspen - Buttermilk
For its part, the Buttermilk resort is made up of "easy" and "intermediate" slopes, especially recommended for getting started in the world of skiing, practicing your skills or enjoying the pipes (tubes for tricks) and snowparks (snow parks). In addition, its particularities also make it a very familiar center, especially for children. It is located north of Aspen Highlands, and has a relatively low elevation.
Aspen - Highlands
You can find it north of Aspen, located at Highland Peak and Loge Peak. Aspen Highlands stands out among the rest for offering high-altitude skiing (not recommended for intermediates or beginners) that offer its natural reliefs and bowls adapted for the sport: the Highland Bowl, the Olympic Bow and the Steeplechase. So if you are looking for an extreme experience, this is definitely the place for you.
Apen - Snowmass
Located in the vicinity of Snowmass Village, this station is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Aspen, and is also the largest of the 4. It has a wide range of slopes for all levels which make it an ideal spot for beginners and family visits, but don't be fooled by this, it also includes high level slopes which are quite a challenge for the most advanced. The Snowmass station has a very good atmosphere, hotels, restaurants and shops to buy.
Aspen, as a ski resort, is designed to offer an unparalleled experience, capable of adapting to the needs of each traveler and their reasons for traveling (adventure, family, romance or learning). You can certainly visit all its stations, but now you will know which one is best for you.
In addition, the entire space is very well adapted to tourism, and the experience is more pleasant, safe and comfortable, from offering comfortable transport systems, to storage spaces and changing boots so as not to carry extra weight for that you focus your energies on the real reason we are there… skiing!
Copper Mountain Resort welcomes you with an amazing atmosphere packed with tourists and plenty of locals too, with plenty of slopes for all skill levels. It is located west of Denver (capital of Colorado). There you will find 77 easy tracks, 50 intermediate and 25 difficult for a total of 152 tracks waiting for you. As it is only 13km from Frisco (Summit County), you can choose accommodation options in this nearby town if you want to cut your lodging budget during your trip, a city that also has tourist entertainment options such as snow parks, museums and hiking areas.
However, the Copper Mountain station itself has its own entertainment facilities, hostel and restaurants that will surprise you, spread over three locations: East Village, The Village at Copper and West Village.
Its bowls are the delight of the most expert in the sport, formed naturally between the mountains, and adapted for the enjoyment of visitors, with numerous slopes available, both trodden and untrodden.
Keep in mind that the height of this station is about 3.000 meters, so be prepared to accept this and not let it take the fun out of your trip.
Also known as “Colorado's Favorite”, Winter Park Resort is a station designed mainly for advanced and intermediate levels of skiing, although we do find piste options for beginners. Located near the Front Range (about 90 minutes from Denver), Winter Park is perfectly positioned along the Continental Divide, giving it the advantage of receiving and catching winter storms from almost all of its fronts. What does this mean? Storms will be trapped and more layers of snow will be added to enjoy in a big way.
The station has three peaks (Winter Park, Mary Jane and Vasquez Ridge) that are interconnected and connected by trails and lifts, and can accommodate 10+.000 people per day of skiing. It has options of mountain inns, hotels, and condominiums that range from the cheapest to the most luxurious. And don't be surprised if you find some lodging rooms hidden in the woods of downtown Winter Park!
In addition, this station has the great advantage of being adapted to receive people with almost any type of physical disability, who will have the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard at the National Sports Center for People with Disabilities (NSCD). there located.
VAIL (VAIL SKI RESORTS)
This station is the largest in the entire state of Colorado and the third largest in the entire US.USA It is located in Eagle County, next to the city of Vail. It will undoubtedly be one of the best vacation experiences you can opt for, since it offers practically everything between its three sections (The Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin, and Black Bowls) It includes slopes mostly for advanced levels, so Many ski experts come to this station, but it does offer excellent options for intermediates and beginners that will not disappoint you in the least.
Also, it has very picturesque and colonial towns and cities in the Vail Valley, but you will see that the shopping and nightlife are really luxurious! You will find hundreds of lodging alternatives (inns, hotels, houses/cabins and condominiums) that will adapt to all budgets and tastes due to its wide variety of options, although it is true that it can be one of the most expensive centers in Colorado. If you have the opportunity to invest in this snow experience, it is more than recommended! Although you can also choose to stay in towns near the station a few kilometers away.
Fun fact: The town of Vail itself was built after the ski resort opened in 1962!
In addition, the Vail Ski Resort is comprised of three other resorts, which are considered independent, but are operated by Vail Resorts:
- BEAVER CREEK RESORT
You find it no more than 20 minutes from Vail, near the town of Avon. Beaver Creek is synonymous with luxury in every way, from its brand-name stores to the art galleries that you come across while strolling, which make it one of the most elegant, premium, and exclusive options.
The ski resort is relatively small compared to the rest of the resorts, with a ski mountain made up of three villages. It mostly has tracks for intermediate levels, but it has options for advanced and beginner levels. You also find an ice skating rink that you cannot miss!
- BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
Colloquially called “Breck”, it is made up of 5 peaks spread throughout Summit County, one of the most visited annually in the US.USA The experience in Breckenridge does have a more village and picturesque air, but it does not interrupt in any way with its excellent services and accommodation alternatives for all tastes.
It is an extensive snowy terrain that mostly has slopes for advanced and intermediate expert levels, although you can also find slopes for beginners with a ski school to learn. In addition, you can enjoy free-style parks for the more adventurous with boxes and railings to slide and jump at full speed, and in which you could even run into a recognized professional practicing for his next competition.
- KEYSTONE RESORT
The Keystone resort is located in the city of the same name in the state of Colorado, very close to Denver, and is also currently operated by Vail Ski Resorts. Its ski complex is made up of 3 mountains, mainly with slopes for advanced and experts, but with options for intermediates and beginners so no one is left out! Keystone is especially nice for its Night Skiing (night skiing) since many of its slopes are specially adapted for it at night.
At Keystone Resort you will find exquisite restaurant options and varied shops, as well as more than a thousand accommodation options that will fit your tastes and preferences, from the most cozy and really cheap, to the most luxurious private houses and mountain condominiums .
In addition, it has areas for horse riding, golf courses, a mountain bike park, spaces for presentations and conferences, and a nearby lake that when frozen becomes an ice skating rink, just a few minutes away.
Also called “The Basin” or “A-Basin,” Arapahoe Basin is a sheltered station in the White River National Forest in Colorado. It is a destination specially designed for ski and snowboard experts since it is mostly made up of advanced level slopes, although it does offer intermediate slope options and also for beginners, with a learning school. In addition, it is a station where you can ski until the beginning of June (it could even be extended until July), so on many occasions it is open three months longer than other stations and this does add value.
You have to take into account that it does not have its own accommodation, so you should opt for accommodations at the Keystone Resort or in the surrounding cities just 20 minutes away from the ski area, such as Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge.
You can find it very close to the city of Georgetown in Colorado, made up of the Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley areas, which are connected to each other just a bus ride away. The most extreme skiers and riders are the ones who visit the Loveland resort the most, in search of its 400'' slopes of snow without traffic and its steep slopes that end in open bowls; much more snow than other ski resorts in Colorado.
However, beginner skiers find great options at this resort, with the same slopes, but less steep, specifically in the Loveland Valley area. It is usually one of the seasons that open its doors first in the year, with seasons that go from October to May. The accommodation options are quite wide, with alternatives from simple hotels to condominiums adapted with all the comforts. However, if you can choose to stay in the town of Georgetown, which also has excellent options.
Here are some of the best resorts you can visit on your next ski trip to Colorado. Each of them is unique in its style, and if you wish you can visit more than one.
REMEMBER: The ski season is generally between the months of November and April.
As we mentioned before, the resorts of Arapahoe Barin and Loveland are the two that are usually open longer than the rest, but the truth is that the opening and closing of the ski seasons is subject to the jurisdiction of each season.
They usually make their decision based on the amount and level of snow that has fallen during that year.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN COLORADO
Colorado is a beautiful state that not only hosts skiing, you can also take advantage of the trip to enjoy other amenities while you let your body rest from so much adventure and adrenaline.
You can also enjoy other unforgettable experiences by visiting the city of Denver and the state of Colorado in general, which are full of places of interest to visit:
- Bike rides
- The Denver Zoo
- Denver Museum of Science and Nature
- Snowmobile rides in the mountains
- Ice skating on frozen rivers
- Kayaking in Confluence Park
- Washington Park Pedal Boat
- The RiNo ART District
- Pubs and restaurants
- Sports matches of local teams
… among many other forms of entertainment that Colorado has to offer.
Remember that to go on ski trips you must always be very prepared for low temperatures, with the appropriate clothing and the necessary equipment, whether your own or rented at the resorts. It must also be taken into account that adventure sports in the snow always involve a degree of risk to consider. That is why it is important to always be well informed, prepare and maintain a good state of alert.
But this ski trip to Colorado sure promises maximum fun, freedom and adrenaline!
Now that you know a little more about the Colorado ski experience, you can choose the best season and resort for your needs. So don't hesitate any longer and experience for yourself this adventure trip that will mark your life forever!