Skiing in Colorado, U.S.A

Kelly Turnock on 28 June 2017
With daily direct flights from London to Denver, it has never been easier to enjoy a skiing holiday in one of Colorado’s premier ski resorts. Whatever your skill, budget or desire for adventure, Colorado has a resort to suit everyone.

Getting to the Ski Resorts

From Denver airport, travelling time to the nearest ski resorts is approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. Transport options include car hire, private shuttle services or uber. Once in the resort, buses run to many of the ski areas including other local ski resorts, and uber is usually readily available.

Weather

Depending on the snow that year, skiing is possible from as early as late November through until late April. A handful of resorts open until May (Arapahoe Basin tries to open until 4th July), but by then the snow tends to be patchier and slushy by the afternoon. For guaranteed good snow, February and March are usually a safe bet. The weather can be extremely cold in November/December/January, so it pays to bring layers, hand warmers and snoods. Breckenridge is especially known for colder conditions (Brecken-fridge as it’s known by the locals), but of course the weather can change rapidly in the mountains so it’s better to bring plenty of layers to give you options.

Main Resorts

Breckenridge

Varied terrain including plenty of more challenging runs. There are 5 peaks, and you can easily spend a day or two skiing different areas. Learning areas are dotted across the 5 peaks. You can eat at various mountain restaurants on the slopes, and down in the town you’ll find a variety of eateries, ranging from family friendly pubs and diners to smaller, more sophisticated dining options. Hotel options are plentiful, with less high end hotels than Vail but a good selection of mid-range options and apartment/house rentals. Scenes taking place in Aspen in the first Dumb & Dumber film were actually filmed in Breckenridge. Just don’t lick the chairlifts! Vail

A huge ski area known for its champagne powder, including the world famous back bowls, meaning you don’t often need to ski the same run twice. Modern chair lifts and a large variety of eating options means that you can spend full days out exploring the slopes. The town has a bustling centre, with a large choice of restaurants and shopping boutiques. A bus runs regularly through the town, connecting east Vail with the centre and further outlying areas. A range of accommodation options are available, from luxurious high end hotels like the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton, to smaller independent hotels and guesthouses or apartment rental options.

Keystone

A smaller resort with a young and trendy feel to it, Keystone attracts a lot of snowboarders and locals. If you enjoy a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, this is the resort for you. Smaller in size than Breckenridge or Vail, Keystone has a range of runs for skiers of different abilities, including a learning slope. The lifts tend to be slower than those in Vail, but the price of the pass reflects this. The resort mainly has apartment and condo rentals, with fewer large hotel chains.

Copper Mountain

On a different pass to the resorts mentioned above, but another “local’s” mountain. Watch out for local hero Lindsay Vonn flying past practising for World Cup events!! The mountain is laid out with easy runs at one side of the resort and becoming progressively more difficult to the challenging double diamonds at the other end of the ski area. A seventies built town nestles at the bottom of the mountain with a variety of bars, restaurants and accommodation.

Aspen

World famous, chic, sophisticated Aspen is 4 ½ hours’ drive (or a short hop on a plane to its own airstrip) from Denver. The home of the rich and famous, the town of Aspen is full of high end shopping, restaurants and hotels. Dress to impress on the slopes as you mingle with paparazzi and celebrities in this popular hangout. A wide range of skiing and accommodation is available in this beautiful mountain town that’s well worth a visit.

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