Skiing & Snowboarding

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 bluebird skies and tons of fresh, dry powder reign supreme as the lifts turn during ski season.

Skiers in Avon
Skiing at Copper Mountain Resort
Skiing in Telluride
Skiing on Vail Mountain
Skiing in Telluride
Skiing at Vail Mountain
Skiing in Winter Park
Skiing at Crested Butte
A view of Mount Sopris from Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs
Colorado skiing on the slopes of Ski Granby Ranch
Skiing at Monarch Mountain
Blue-sky day at Colorado's ski resorts
America's Best Skiing
Snowcat skiing at Copper Mountain
Colorado snowboarding at Copper Mountain
Colorado snowboarding at Copper Mountain
Snowcat skiing and boarding at Copper Mountain
Colorado snowcat skiing with Vail Powder Guides
Powder skiing with Vail Powder Guides
Snowcat skiing with San Juan Ski Company near Purgatory
Snowcat skiing with Aspen Powder Tours near Aspen, CO
Snowboarding at Vail Mountain
Snowboarding at Vail Mountain
Audi Birds of Prey World Cup
Night ski biking at Vail Mountain's Adventure Ridge
Audi Birds of Prey World Cup
Woodward at Copper
Woodward at Copper
Audi Birds of Prey World Cup
Skiing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Skiing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Colorado snowboarding at Monarch Mountain
Colorado snowboarding at Monarch Mountain
Snowboarding at Copper Mountain
Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

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.

Whether you're a first-timer or already comfortable going lip-to-lip in a pipe, there are classes and special clinics for you. A lot of Colorado resorts offer multiday lessons, so — if you're headed to ski country this winter — consider wrapping your vacation dates around a skills clinic.

Fun fact: There are many different styles of skiing and snowboarding to try. Downhill skiers love speeding around Colorado’s miles of groomed corduroy. Telemark skiers, whose ski boots are only attached at the toe, like nothing more than making deep lunges through fresh powder. And daredevil freestyle skiers practice their tricks — like riding rails and going off jumps — in Colorado’s numerous terrain parks. As with skiing, there are different styles of snowboarding. Free-riding is all-mountain snowboarding on the slopes, in the trees, down the steeps and through the moguls. Freestyle is snowboarding in a pipe or park filled with rails, fun boxes and other features. Colorado's skiing and snowboarding parks are designed for specific skill levels, from beginner parks with tiny rails hugging the ground to terrain parks with roller-coaster rails, fun boxes and tabletops for more experienced skiers and riders.

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Need more reasons to choose Colorado for your ski or snowboard adventure? Here are three:

1. Most years, Colorado’s 28 ski and snowboard resorts open earlier and stay open later than anyone else (roughly early October to late April, although one noteable exception — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area — can stay open well into June or even the Fourth of July as conditions allow). 

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, family-friendly amenities 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), 41 Colorado State Parks and 11 national parks plus scenic 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 your every need this ski season. Find the ski area that fits your group’s desires and plan the Best. Ski. Trip. Ever.

Featured Destinations

Visit Boulder

A laid-back lifestyle, breathtaking views of the Flatirons and Rocky Mountains and celebrated culinary offerings are just a few reasons that make Boulder one of Colorado’s most beloved cities.

Visit Estes Park

Estes Park is the basecamp for amazing adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park and your favorite mountain getaway.