The 5 Absolute Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

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Ski vacations are the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. You’ll see some of the best terrain in the world in Colorado, along with great powder. Enjoy the day on the slopes, and the evening in the hot tub or at a lively apres-ski. The following 5 mountains are challenging – they’ve been ranked based on ski quality, not on the villages or resorts available. Be sure to stop at a few of these mountains on your next ski trip.

5. Copper Mountain

Copper features some amazing terrain, and their prices won’t set you back like Vail or Breckenridge – you can still get a day pass for under $100. Ski the tree runs under Union Meadows. Hallelujah Bowl in Copper Mountain is one of the best places for skiing in Colorado.

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4. Breckenridge

When there’s fresh snow, Breckenridge is hard to beat. Head straight to Horseshoe Bowl to enjoy the powder at its finest. There’s some amazing tree skiing off of Peak 6 as well.

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3. Keystone

Keystone has long groomers and a ton of terrain. It’s a beautiful resort that’s great for families. At 9,280 feet, Keystone is almost 4,000 feet shorter than A. Basin, meaning it won’t perform as well in warm weather – take notice of the temperature. That being said, it’s one of the most enjoyable resorts in America.

2. Winter Park

Probably the least crowded mountain on this list (along with Copper Mountain), Winter Park is a great place for a day on the slopes. Winter Park also requires the least amount of I-70 driving as well if you’re coming from Denver, so take that into consideration. The Mary Jane Mountain Side is excellent, offering something for all types and levels of skiers.

1. A. Basin

Arapahoe Basin has a different feel from the other mountains on this list. The parking lot is right next to the only lodge, that sits right at the bottom of the mountain. It’s smaller than some of the larger resorts on this list, but the skiing is phenomenal. The runs are short and steep, and after a good snowfall, it really can’t be beaten. When you add in the fact that it’s the cheapest mountain on this list, it’s a no-brainer. A. Basin is #1 in our books.

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