We Know: 6 Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

Here are our choices for -- The Best Colorado Ski Resorts

  • Copper Mountain Resort:
    • Located 75 miles west of Denver in the Gore and Ten Mile wilderness ranges. Has 2,433 acres. Separate slopes and terrain parks for expert, intermediate, and beginner snowboarders and skiers. Copper Mountain strives for excellent customer service, and offers inclusive lodging packages as well as luxury amenities at reasonable prices. Lodging, restaurants, and shops are found in the resort's village. All-day lift tickets are $69 for adults.

  • Keystone:
    • Located in the White River National Forest in the Rocky Mountains. Includes three mountains with rails, bowls, steeps, glades, and more. A night terrain park called Area 51 is open weekends from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. All of Keystone is open for skiing in the evenings and is the largest of its kind in the country. Keystone also has cross-country ski trails and horse-drawn stagecoach rides. Horse-drawn sleigh rides take you to an antique cabin where you'll be served a delicious cowboy meal. Keystone Lake offers skating. All-day lift tickets are $75 for adults.

  • Vail:
    • Located in Vail. Has 5,289 acres and 34 lifts, including a gondola. Consistently ranked as the number one ski resort in the country. Choose from many types of trails and levels of difficulty. Most known for its Back Bowls, Vail also has more than 800 instructors who teach snowboarding and skiing. The town of Vail has lodging, 100 restaurants and bars, and more than 250 shops. Free bus transportation between resorts. All-day lift tickets are $81 for adults.

  • Durango Mountain Resort:
    • Located 25 miles north of Durango in southwestern Colorado. Has the best winter weather in the country, with heavy snowfalls followed by warm, sunny days. Nice beginner trails and more advanced trails that include a 400' halfpipe. Snowcat skiing is available, as are winter train rides, snowmobile tours, dinner sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and snow tubing. Lodging includes high-end condos and more modest accommodations in town. Restaurants, shops, and casino gambling. All-day lift tickets are $59 for adults.

  • Beaver Creek:
    • Located off I-70 110 miles west of Denver. Has 146 trails and very steep chutes. Freestyle terrain parks of all skill levels. Outdoor escalators, heated walkways, ski shops, luxury lodging and dining. At the Demo Center you can check out demo equipment like women's shaped skis and snowboards. All-day lift tickets are $81 for adults.

  • Buttermilk:
    • Located in both Aspen and Snowmass, it also shares four mountains for a total of 4,993 acres with 42 lifts. Boasts 335 trails and the steepest vertical drop in Colorado. Known for being a top notch beginner and intermediate ski park though it's also the location of the ESPN Winter X Games. All-day lift tickets are $78 for adults.

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