Photo courtesy of Town of Avon/Jack Affleck
Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort
Photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
There’s no substitute for a Colorado winter vacation, where having so many of America’s best ski resorts makes Colorado the nation’s No. 1 ski and snowboard destination — and blue-bird skies and tons of fresh, dry powder reign supreme.
From family ski trips with leisurely days spent gliding down the slopes to intense, expert-only terrain for adventurous skiers and boarders, there’s a slope in Colorado for everyone in your group. And oftentimes, Colorado’s ski resorts offer lift ticket and lodging packages that make planning a ski trip a cinch.
Need more reasons to choose Colorado for your ski or snowboard adventure? Here are three:
1. Most years, Colorado’s 25 ski and snowboard resorts open earlier and stay open later in the season than anyone else (roughly early October to late April).
2. Colorado has some of the largest ski resorts in the nation, but we also treasure the hidden-gem ski areas, which still offer great snow and plenty of space to perfect your skills.
3. And we have the highest altitude lift-served terrain in the country — a factor that contributes to massive amounts of our famous, incredibly dry, fluffy Colorado snow.
All of this adds up to the undeniable fact that Colorado ski slopes offer some of the most epic trails and thrilling rides you’ll find in North America.
But for those seeing a slower snow experience, a simple pair of cross-country skis can launch you into thickets of snow-laden trees, silent white meadows and tracks running parallel to frozen creeks. Colorado’s more than 20 Nordic centers (many of which are attached to ski resorts), 42 Colorado State Parks and 11 national parks and forestland are another way to get on the snow quickly and start discovering the state’s winter wonderland.
No matter your skill level, budget or desire for adventure, Colorado has a downhill ski, snowboard or cross-country route to suit you. Find the ski area that fits your group’s desires and plan the Best. Ski. Trip. Ever.