While the Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles, many people find that the best place to ski in these mountains is in Colorado. With more than 25 resorts, there are many wonderful places to stay. Enjoy a longer season as some Colorado ski resorts try to start the season by October 15.

Resorts often stay open longer in the spring giving everyone an opportunity to plan a late-season Colorado ski resort vacation. The three largest Colorado ski resorts offer over 12,000 skiable acres reached by over 70 chair lifts. Planning your vacation to Colorado is easy when you follow our luxurious resort recommendations.

Overview of Colorado Ski Resorts

Winter fun spreads across four resorts in Aspen, which is the largest skiing area in Colorado. Skiing at Snowmass offers 3,362 skiable acres spread across four mountains. Downhill skiers enjoy this resort’s 4,406-foot vertical drop from its base elevation at 8,104 feet. Consider the fun at Aspen Highlands which is the second largest Aspen resort with 1,040 skiable acres. Skiers find the top elevation at Aspen Highlands is 11,678 feet while the base elevation is 8,040 feet. Skiers visiting Aspen can also ski at Aspen Mountain and at Buttermilk.

Skiers love going to Vail, Colorado, featuring 5,289 skiable acres. Stretching to a top elevation of 11,570 feet, Vail Resort has a base elevation of 8,120 feet. Explore the 193 trails offering some of the greatest variety found at any of the Colorado ski resorts. Skiers enjoy an average of 348 inches of snowfall annually which is more than twice the snow received at most American ski resorts. Telemark, downhill, and cross-country skiing are all popular here. Winter fun comes in many different forms at Vail including snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tubing and ice skating.

 Steamboat offers skiers over 2,965 skiable acres. Located in northwest Colorado where it snows an average of 349 inches each year, this resort has a base elevation of 6,900 feet. Stretching to 10,568 feet, the summit of Mount Werner is the highest peak. Skiers enjoy exploring over 165 named trails. Steamboat offers something for everyone with over 415 acres for beginners and 130 acres recommended for experts.  Freeriders love the 450 foot long Mavericks Superpipe featuring 18-foot walls. Find lots of things to do in the area including ice climbing near the Fish Creek trail where visitors can often see a 280 foot frozen waterfall.  Snowshoers and snowmobilers enjoy amazing views of Yampa Valley and the Flat Tops.

4 Places to Stay in Colorado

Visitors find many luxurious places to stay in Colorado. Book your reservations to the best ski resorts in Colorado early as they fill up very fast during skiing season. Find a map of Colorado ski resorts. Decide which area interests you the most.

Little Nell

Cozy-chic décor awaits visitors at Little Nell which is the only ski-in/ski-out Aspen, Colorado, ski resort. Visitors traveling with their dogs find that this hotel pampers them with their own dog beds and special pet-friendly dining meal. Try the globally-influenced tapas at the Terrace Bar while sipping on a signature cocktail. Choose from the 20,000 bottle wine cellar at Element 47. Skiers find many Aspen Colorado ski resorts, but this is the most luxurious.

  • Prices start at $1,155/night in winter;
  •  Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  •  Best for Couples;
  •  Address: 675 East Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611-2001;

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Bavarian décor welcomes guests to relax at the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. Relax in the largest suite at this hotel measuring 1,600 square feet. Start the day with a European-influenced full gluten-free breakfast at Ludwig’s. End the day at the Swiss Chalet by dining on the Käse Spätzle. Challenge your friends to a round of golf at the 7,100-yard golf course. Hiking, tubing, and gymnastics are just a few of the activities children enjoy at the Kids’ Club.

  • Prices start at $192/night in winter;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Best for families;
  • Address: 20 Vail Road, Vail, CO 81657-5010;

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Enjoy an active all-inclusive family vacation at Vista Verde Guest Ranch. Go on a guided backcountry skiing tour. Use the complimentary equipment to try classic or skate skiing on the nine miles of groomed trails. Explore the ranch while wearing snowshoes. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the ranch from the back of a horse. Go on a sleigh ride pulled by Percheron horses. Children love the activities at the Kid’s Hut.

  • Prices start at $1,375/person for three nights Children 6-12 $1,275;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Best for families;
  • Address: 58000 Cowboy Way, Clark, CO 80428;

Beaver Creek Resort

Up to 10 people can enjoy accommodations at the Trapper’s Cabin within the Beaver Creek Resort. Enjoy ski-in/ ski-out luxury at this log cabin tucked away on Beaver Creek Mountain. Arrive at this secluded cabin on a private snowcat. Eating is not a problem because this cabin comes with its own private chef and a fully-equipped kitchen. Relax by letting the concierge service plan all your activities.

  • Prices start at $799/night in the hotel;
  • Reservations through the hotel portal;
  • Best for groups;
  • Address: 26 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, CO 81620;

Other Things to Do at Colorado Ski Resorts

Colorado ski resorts are not just for winter fun.  Cyclists enjoy the beautiful spring when the wildflowers fill the meadows. Horseback riding is also popular at many dude ranches. Kayaking is perfect in a mountain stream. Catch a big fish in those same mountain streams. Paraglide off the top of Aspen Mountain. Ride the electric locomotive deep into the Compromise Mine. Explore the possibly haunted tunnels at Smugglers Mine. Listen to music at numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival. Go shopping at some of the most luxurious boutiques in the world. Relax at the spa.

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Winter is a wonderful time to go to skiing resorts in Colorado. Experience a variety of types of skiing. Consider possibilities through other times of the year. If you have visited a Colorado ski resort, then share with us your experiences. Tell what you really enjoyed. Share with us any tips, so others can learn from your experience.

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