The Colorado Rockies hold some of the best skiing in North America. Whether you are looking for a relaxing groomer or expert cliffs, Colorado is an amazing skiing and snowboarding destination. With over 30 resorts, it can be hard to find the right place to start your winter adventure. Gearo has you covered with our picks for the top Colorado ski resorts.
Best for Snowboarders
This fun ski town is perfect for snowboarders. The mountain itself has 2,908 skiable acres, 40% of that terrain being in the high alpine. This makes for amazing, long runs to carve some turns on. 34 lifts service this vast terrain and make for short lift lines and fast laps. The town of Breckenridge has an amazing ski town charm with lots of local art and restaurants. The main gondola brings skiers and riders from downtown to the mountain base where you can stay in ski-in-ski-out accommodations. Check out Breckenridge ski rentals HERE and Breckenridge snowboard rentals HERE.
Best Ski Town
Crested Butte is widely known as the last great American ski town. Its downtown is a charming array of colorful houses and unique shops and restaurants. The mountain is an amazing destination in itself. It boasts 1,547 skiable acres of crowd free terrain. Of their 121 winter trails, 30% of them are rated at the expert level, making this a great place for adrenaline junkies to explore. In town, the Nordic Center offers miles of cross country skiing and fat tire biking for those looking for more of a workout. The town is located around 5 minutes from the base but there are plenty of accommodations on the mountain to make for easy access to the lifts. Check out Crested Butte ski rentals HERE and Crested Butte snowboard rentals HERE.
Best Luxury Destination
Aspen-Snowmass is known worldwide for its amazing amenities as well as incredible terrain. The area has a total of four ski resorts within a couple mile radius: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Mountain, and Snowmass. Buttermilk is the perfect mountain for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. Aspen Mountain is a local favorite, located right above town. Aspen Highlands provide an amazing view of the Maroon Bells and great alpine terrain. Snowmass has amazing access right from the base to the most skiable acres of the four. These resorts are all characterized by ski-in-ski out accommodations and a luxury downtown experience. Check out Aspen-Snowmass ski rentals HERE and Aspen-Snowmass snowboard rentals HERE.
Best Hidden Gem
Not many have heard of this uniquely named ski resort. Located in the San Juan Mountain Range, Purgatory Resort is around 30 minutes from the town of Durango. The mountain has over 1,600 skiable acres and 105 trails to explore. It is known for its unique terrain mix of steep tree runs and wide open groomers. The resort itself rivals bigger, more well known ski resorts in quality. Amenities include a heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, wifi, free parking, as well as penthouse suites. Durango is a fun town to explore with great restaurants and nightlife. Check out Purgatory ski rentals HERE and Purgatory snowboard rentals HERE.
It is hard to go wrong when picking a place to ski in the Mile High State. These are our picks for the top Colorado ski resorts. Where will you hit the slopes?