Adventurous couples, families and snowbirds flock to Colorado every Fall through Spring for the best ski resorts nationwide. Colorado is a hub for skiing and snowboarding since the Rocky Mountains etch throughout the entire state. Before you hit the slopes this year, check out the guide to Colorado ski resorts, so you can find the best one for you and your family!
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Best Family Ski Resorts in Colorado
Your guide to Colorado ski resorts. Here are some of the best family resorts!
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Going to Breckenridge for a ski vacation brings tons of options for families and even advanced skiers. The town itself has a quaint (and most adorable) Main Street with shops and restaurants that the locals love. There are sweeping, landscape views no matter where you are in Breck, as it is surrounded by several mountain peaks tucked away. There’s also a whole lot of culture here, too, like annual art festivities and beer fests. After a long day shredding through the snow-capped mountain peaks, sit and enjoy a locally-crafted brew or rent a fat bike for a ride.
About Breckenridge Colorado Skiing
Breckenridge ski resort has quite a bit to brag about, with 5 peaks and 187 trails, there is a path for every skill level. Starting at Peak 9, most known for being the prime spot for beginners, there’s a whole lot to love. With forgiving terrain, wide open runs and less steep slopes, you’ll likely have a spot to yourself on the blue runs. Although this is where most beginnings start, intermediate or even advanced skiers can find Peak 9 to be a great practice destination.
Known for leading the history of skiing in Breck, Peak 8 is the go-to for many. With various terrain and North America’s highest chairlift, you’ll be in for loads of fun. The Imperial Chairlift of Peak 8 will whisk you up the mountain (12,840 feet) in only three minutes.
Peak 10 is a favorite among Olympic skiers for it’s fast and steep trails that make it unique. Home to the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge, Peak 6 holds the world-class freestyle ski event where guests can watch pros make amazing moves through the snow. For more terrain, Peak 7 Bowl is now open for the experts.
Breckenridge Ski Season
Breckenridge Ski Resort plans to open the ski season on November 8, 2019. Because of the high elevation (12,998 feet) and mountain terrain, skiers can enjoy the slopes until May 25, 2020. The chairlifts operate daily from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Without a doubt, any one of Breckenridge Grand Vacations Club resorts will have the best accommodations. This family-owned, small collection of resorts in the heart of Breck will make you feel right at home. Each resort has ski in and ski out access to the various peaks, ski rentals and an activities program.
Vail Ski Resort
“Like Nothing on Earth,” Vail Ski Resort has the most magnificent views you’ll truly never see anywhere else. With over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and powder-soft snow, Vail is known to be one of the biggest ski resorts worldwide. The Vail Villages bring hints of European alpine architecture, whisking guests into a whole new environment. The heated cobblestone streets of Vail Village makes it perfect for families and stay comfortable, even in the near-freezing temperatures.
Apres Ski Vail
When it comes to Apres, Vail takes the cake among the other Colorado ski resorts in this guide. Because of the warm, welcoming streets and nightlife culture, adult guests in Vail will have plenty to do. Some favorite spots for Apres gatherings are within the village as well as on the slopes. Visit the premier spot, Tavern on the Square for incredible views of the mountains on the patio, open year-round. For some Mexican comfort food and cocktails to keep you warm on the slopes, Los Amigos is a great spot for watching the skiers come down the mountain. For more of a gourmet dining experience, Sweet Basil won’t disappoint.
Marriott Vacation Club owners have plenty of options for their next ski trip to Vail. Marriott StreamSide has three different styles of accommodations: Birch, Douglas and Evergreen. Budget-friendly travelers can escape into comfortable accommodations with Birch or Douglas. Couples will enjoy the Studio villas, complete with a small kitchen. For families, staying in the Birch 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath Villa is also an excellent choice. Looking for more privacy? Douglas offers multi-level lofts as well. For large travel parties or more luxurious accommodations, guests can choose Evergreen for some extra space.
Beaver Creek Ski Resort
Ideal for beginner skiers, Beaver Creek Ski Resort makes access to the trails easy. The Haymeadow Express Gondola is dedicated only to taking new snow-athletes to the beginner trails, that way there are no accidents getting on the wrong path! Red Buffalo Park at Beaver Creek has terrains for all experience-levels, and it comes with that picturesque Rocky Mountain view. More advanced skiers and snowboarders can keep an eye out for the Blue trails, where favorites include C Prime in Rose Bowl, Larkspur and Gunder’s in Bachelor Gulch.
Looking for a challenge? Experts only! Talon’s Challenge is 26,000 vertical feet of black diamond and double black diamond trails. Including the World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl, athletes to complete all 14 runs will earn a spot on Talon’s Wall-of-Fame.
Birds of Prey Beaver Creek
A famous course in Colorado, Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek is a World Cup course developed for the 1999 World Championships. It’s starting gate for the World Cup competition starts at an elevation over 11,400 feet above sea level. With advanced jumps, Peregrine, Screech Owl, Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Harrier and the final Red Tail keep up with the theme of “birds of prey.” Although the rest of Beaver Creek can be a beginner’s haven, the Birds of Prey course should be left for advanced, experienced experts only.
Aspen Colorado Ski Resorts
Aspen, Colorado is home to four Colorado ski resorts in this guide. Family-friendly trails and expert-only runs make this a perfect vacation opportunity for adventure seekers. Locals and visitors “Defy Ordinary” here, no matter the season.
If you’ll be making a late trip during the ski season, perhaps visiting Aspen Highlands on closing weekend will be the most fun! Locals love to dress up and party at the base of the mountain to close out the season with a live DJ. Even the Ski Patrol hike to the top of Highland Bowl and host a BBQ!
The Highlands Bowl is a famed expert course that can only be accessed by hiking, so make sure your boots are comfy.
Aspen Mountain, also considered the mothership of the four resorts, was the first Aspen mountain to be developed for skiing and snowboarding, essentially putting Aspen on the map as a ski destination. It’s also commonly referred to as Ajax for short. This mountain does not have any beginner runs, and takes 15 to 20 minutes by gondola to travel up from the base to it’s highest elevation at 11,212 feet.
Making this course unique are several “shrines” that many visitors hope to get a glimpse of on their way down the slopes. First tracks are also free daily, but reservations are required, so don’t wait!
Buttermilk Mountain is a contradiction that deserves a laugh for snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts. Home of the X games and the best beginner ski runs in Colorado, this diverse mountain has three areas that make it complete. West Buttermilk is prime for novices, while main Buttermilk and Tiehack are favored for experienced visitors.
Snowmass is the largest among Aspen’s four ski resorts, with the most diverse terrains and experiences for visitors. Its 50th anniversary season was celebrated during the winter of 2017-2018.
Telluride Ski Resort
Looking for some backcountry skiing adventures? Look no further than Telluride! Backcountry skiing is like nothing you’ve ever experienced and is strictly for experts. Explore the rugged terrains across the San Juan Mountains and don’t forget to pack the safety essentials!
Tired of regular alpine skiing? Telluride is also perfect for Nordic skiing, giving enthusiasts just one more way to experience the Colorado mountains. Groomed tracks around town and the resort also circle nearby lakes, so you’ll get the most incredible views.
For traditional skiing and snowboarding in Telluride, there are over 2,000 acres to experience and 148 trails. Families will love the different skill levels available throughout the trails, including The Galloping Goose Run. It’s the area’s longest at 4.6 miles and can be accessible to almost all skiers.
Keystone Ski Resort
Just a short drive from Denver, make Keystone a destination on your next Colorado trip for sure. The mountain is tucked away in the White River National Forest and is the largest ski area in Summit County. Three different peaks, Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback gives this resort over 3,000 acres of terrain to explore. Home to the award-winning A51 Terrain Park, there is something for every experience level at the Keystone Ski Resort.
There are also several bowls across Keystone. The Independence, Bergman, Erickson, North and South bowls have more demanding (but rewarding) hike-to-ski runs and access to more exclusive trails that only the regulars know about.
Keystone Night Skiing
Unlike most Colorado ski resorts, Keystone is the only one in the guide which offers night skiing. Fun fact: Keystone offers the longest day of skiing in the entire state, and even has lighted trails so you can still enjoy the slopes at nightfall. Daily lift tickets are valid even through the night. What makes this even better for families? Saturday nights only, enjoy an incredible mountain-top view of the weekly Kidtopia fireworks show. The little ones will never forget it.
With a complete mountain range of 2,965 acres to ski on powder-white snow, Steamboat Springs has all kinds of trails for every experience level. Only three hours away from Denver, this is a great day trip for families in the area. Freeriders and thrill-seekers will love the Mavericks Superpipe. It’s 450 feet long, 56-feet wide with 18-foot walls. The terrain park next to it has a complete outdoor system and obstacles for the beginners and pros to try their skills at.
Steamboat Springs has 165 trails, with most being for advanced riders. Kids and adults with experience can find plenty of untouched snow, however, beginners have fewer options. The longest run: “Why Not” is over 3 miles long and open year-round for other outdoor activities when the snow melts.
Where to Stay in Steamboat Springs
Bring luxury and the comfort of home together at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas. This Vistana timeshare resort offers two and three-bedroom villas, each complete with a full kitchen, separate dining area, private balcony and amazing mountain views. On-site is a world-class spa to unwind at after a long day on the slopes, a heated outdoor swimming pool and unique rooftop whirlpool spas.
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