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Colorado houses some of the best Colorado ski resorts of the United States. Skiing down the slopes of the majestic rocky mountains is an amazing experience that I can only recommend! 

There are a number of amazing ski resorts to choose from – from great family friendly resorts to posh luxury resorts… there are ski resorts for every kind of skier.

In this guide I will explain what is so special about every ski resort in Colorado, what to do in winter, what to do in summer and where to stay.   

Winter Park - one the best family Colorado ski resorts

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Located at just 67 miles away, Winter Park Resort is the closest ski resort to Denver. It invites guests to enjoy 3,000 acres of skiable terrain and provides access to 765,000 acres of public land, filled with countless activities all year round. The welcoming sense of community nurtured at this resort, along with the innumerable activities it offers makes this one of the best family Colorado ski resorts.
Winter Park Resort is put together by avid nature enthusiasts who have found countless ways to relish in the nature surrounding these high slopes.

 

Skiing at Winter Park

Winter Park offers seven outstanding ski territories to choose from, each one offering something incredible for every kind of skier – whether you are looking for beginner slopes, hard blacks or world-class moguls. 

What follows is a small overview of the different territories at Winter Park. 

Winter Park Territory: Winter Park is a great family ski resort that allows families to tackle the slopes together. Winter Park Ski Territory offers both green slopes and blue slopes for beginners and more advance skiers. The slopes are well-groomed and take you through beautiful forests and panoramas. 

Vasquez Ridge: Vasquez Ridge, also known as Vasquez, is an excellent territory for more experienced skiers who like to go off the beaten path. Vasquez is not very busy and boasts many hidden tracks and virgin slopes. 

Eagle Wind Territory: Eagle Wind Territory is known for great skiing when you love powder. Eagle Wind Territory is excellent for skiing through trees and for people who want to tackle more challenging tree skiing.  

Parsenne Bowl Territory: Parsenne Bowl is a difficult to very hard skiing territory for those with advanced skills. Parsenne Bowl is one of the most extraordinary territories for those who love to ski above the tree lines. The views are astonishing – but you need some guts to guts to ski the 1600 ft drop! Parsenne Bowl also boasts North America’s tallest six-passenger chairlift.  

Terrain Park Territory: If you are looking to show off some stunts or tricks, you can do this at the Terrain Park Territory. 

Cirque Territory: 399 acres of the toughest, double black diamond trails that are only accessible for expert skiing. You can only reach this through hiking or hopping on the Cirque sledge.

Mary Jane Territory: Mary Jane is one of the most famous ski territories in Winter park with its world-class moguls. Although most slopes on Mary Jane are for advanced or expert skiers (blue or black) as slopes are not groomed as much, and there can be icy patches. Obviously, they try to groom mogul slopes as little as possible. 

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Other winter activities at Winter Park

A Snowcat Tour: a 90 min journey on a snowcat takes you through the Arapaho National Forest, serving up views of Winter Park Resort, Fraser Valley, Vasquez Peak Wilderness, and the Continental Divide.

SnoGo Ski Bike Tours: experience gliding the slopes differently with the SnoGo bike. Engage in 3 hours of nonstop gliding, supervised by a guide who will take you past the best slopes.

Tubing: Tubing is a family-friendly activity that offers three individual lanes of tubing fun. There are hot cocoa and freshly baked biscuits waiting at the top of the hill. Alternatively you can also go tubing in Fraser which is only a small bus ride away.

Camp Idlewild: kids of ages of 6 to 12 can experience the mountains away from parents and enjoy a tasty pizza and movie with their new friends while you get a night on your own.

You can also make use of the Ski and Ride School, which caters to individual needs, experience a dog sled ride, and even hot air ballooning!

 

Winter Park Resort during Spring

During spring, you can still catch some snow on the Eagle Wind territory for some skiing, tree skiing, or cruise at the Sunnyside while taking in some spring rays. Snowcat tours under starlight are also available. You can also ask a professional guide for help exploring hidden pathways or make use of a guide to enhance your skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing experiences. The ski and ride school will also remain open during spring as long as the snow permits.

The village and activities around it will still be functioning. Make sure to drop in during St. Patrick’s day!

Enjoy Spring Break to the fullest with 30 local brewers exhibiting their craft brews at the Winter Park Beer Festival. You will need to buy tickets in order to enjoy the beer tasting!

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Winter Park Resort during Summer

The dreamy winter park turns to a summer solace for all ages, with all the peaks turning into magnificent hiking paths and the terrains turning into playgrounds to be enjoyed with the whole family. Gondola rides, the Alpine Slide, the Kid’s camp, off-road guided tours taking you through Arapaho National Forest are just some of the summer activities.
Most impressive might be the hikes, showing off Colorado in a different light.

Other activities are ziplining, white water rafting, summer tubing, mountain biking, and kid activities such as the ropes course.

You can also take the most amazing dog-powered cart trips through private parks in the forest. One of the passengers even has the opportunity to steer and use the breaks!

Winter Park offers up a multitude of ways to enjoy the mountain and views, whether by foot, via four wheels, or while floating in the air.

 

How to get to Winter Park

Winter Park is roughly 90 miles from Denver and a two-hour drive depending on traffic conditions. The most direct way to get to Winter Park is to take I-70, through the sparsely populated town of Empire, and a winding mountain road that passes through some potentially hazardous stretches.  

There are shuttle services between Denver International Airport and Winter Park daily and takes roughly 2 hours. The shuttles operate from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm from DIA. 

You can catch a two-hour train ride from Denver to Winter Park Resort on the ski train. Denver’s weekend ski train is back for the season.

 

Staying at Winter Park

Zephyr Mountain Lodge:

Zephyr Mountain Lodge offers suites with scenic mountain views to wake up to.

Winter Park Mountain Lodge: 

Enjoy a delicious meal at Winter Park Mountain Lodge and breathtaking views of the slopes. Great place to stay!

Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe: 

Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe provide large apartments with fully equipped kitchens.

Trailhead Inn: 

Trailhead Inn offers comfortable rooms with a TV, fridge, a coffee machine and a private bathroom.

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Vail - a european style Colorado ski resort

One of the more luxurious Colorado ski resorts in Northern America, known as the “largest single mountain ski resort”, Vail was built in the 60s to resemble a European alpine town. It is perfect for families as well as groups of friends, where you can enjoy luxuries such as a continuously running free transportation system, an entirely pedestrian village and heated streets to make for more pleasurable walks.
Four small “villages” make up this Colorado ski town, Vail Village, Lionshead, Golden Peak and Cascade Village, all along the base of the mountain, with no vehicles allowed and everyone in a winter wonderland state of mind.
All facilities are spread over these four little villages, including Ski Schools for children, Vail’s Child Care and Nursery, super-luxury stays and high-end clothing stores. Not to forget the culinary diversity which Vail has to offer, which is one of a kind.

Skiing at Vail

Vail boasts about eight bowls serving up over 200 trails of varying difficulties including 30 well connected and continuously upgrading lifts. Vail also has one of the largest ski schools in the world and offers a variety of classes for differing ages and skills.

Gifting it’s visitors more than 300 days of sunshine, more than 370 inches of snow each year, and over 5,317 acres of skiing terrains, Vail promises to live up to the standards of being “unlike any other” and maybe the largest Colorado ski resort.

Northeast Bowl:
This is one of the most popular terrains at Vail, offering easily accessible skiing paths of differing difficulties for all types of skiing. Perfect for powder skiing.

Chair 2/ Mid Mountain:
One for the kids with zones like Chaos Canyon and Porcupine Alley, but also serves up the tougher swirls and slides and an EpixMix racecourse to test your skills.

Game Creek Bowl:
More than 200 acres slopes for all levels. This area is used for beginner bowl-skiing, offering enormous, extensive green paths to more challenging ones.

Sun up and Sun down Bowl:
Offers breathtaking views with countless paths.

China Bowl:
for more intermediate to advanced skiers.

Siberia and Mongolia Bowl:
Ungroomed, changing terrain and some of the best powders to be found, recommended for advanced skiers.

Blur Sky Basin:
It’s a good 5 miles away from Vails Village, bringing you closer to nature through open fields.

Golden Peak: the acclaimed ski and snowboarding school is found here, also where events are likely to be organised.

Other winter activities in Vail

Apart from savouring some authentic cuisines at several signature restaurants or enjoying a treatment at a spa, there are a varying number of activities to partake in while not skiing. In fact, Vail might offer the most off the slope activities than any other Colorado ski resort or even in the world.
Snowshoeing/Cross country skiing, Backcountry skiing- all available for all levels

Bike Skiing: a fun option for intermediate skiers
Tubing and Scenic Gondola rides

Coaster: fly down a mountain on an alpine coaster taking you along the contours of the mountain.

At Vail town:
Deluxe movie theatre: with drinks and finely catered snacks available

Bowling Alley: also turns into a mixology cocktail lounge

Vail Resort during Summer

Apart from taking in a different side of Colorado, Vail offers a myriad of activities to try out during summer.
Epic Discovery: an epic way of discovering Vail- by zipline, tube, mountain coaster, hikes of all difficulties and mountain bike rides.
Fly through the forest and above trees with catered Zipline Tours, take your mountain bikes to the top and ride down through adventurous paths or even take a breather while fishing. The options are endless.

How to get to Vail

The quickest way to get from Denver to Vail is to fly between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Eagle Country Regional Airport, which is about 35 minutes west of Vail. You can then take a shuttle from Eagle Country to Vail.
The drive via a shuttle from Denver International Airport to Vail takes approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic and weather. Traffic can be heavy on weekends during ski season.
There is also a direct bus departing from ‘Denver Bus Center – Greyhound’ and arriving at ‘Vail Transportation Center’. Services operate daily, with departures every three hours.

Where to stay in Vail

Tivoli Lodge:

Enjoy luxuries such as valet dry cleaning and gourmet breakfasts at the Tivoli Lodge.

Sitzmark Lodge:

2 minutes from Vail Ski Resort, relish in sun decks and wine nights at the Sitzmark Lodge.

Evergreen Lodge at Vail:

Comprising of a wellness and fitness centre amidst stunning views from Evergreen Lodge at Vail.

Four Seasons Residences Vail:

Enjoy the luxuries of a Four Seasons including a kid’s club and wellness centre at the Four Seasons Residences Vail.

Austria Haus Hotel:

Sporting a year round pool and daily curated breakfasts, spoil yourself at the Austria Haus Hotel.

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Copper Mountain an “under the radar” Colorado ski resort

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Located 75 miles from Denver, Copper Mountain has 2,450 acres of ski and snowboard land and something for every member of the family.
It is one of the largest Colorado ski resorts and is home to various terrains, from beginner to well advanced and challenging. Copper Mountain has 3 base areas East Village, Center Village, and Union Creek for skiers to stay, explore and unwind during your stay. It is another one of the ski resorts which boasts activities all year round for the entire family and also offers a range of activities outside of skiing during the winter.
Free parking and free shuttle services are also available to take you between Alpine Lot & Far East Lot, to Center, East, & West Villages.

Skiing at Copper Mountain

There are 126km of slopes available with steep groomed runs, serving the US Ski Team for early season training.

The Super Bee zone by the East Village caters to intermediate and advanced skiers, serving up terrains for high-speed cruising and big moguls.

Some of the more advanced terrains, such as the Storm King are found higher up the mountain.

Spaulding Bowl to Resolution Bowl provides some great glides on powdery terrain, providing a naturally formed park for those jumps.

The Centre Village has one of the main attractions at this Colorado ski resort, the massive 22’ halfpipe.

The backside provides skiers with more advanced and expert bowls and chutes while Tucker mountain gives access to open bowl skiing and the extreme terrain.

Union Creek will serve beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, which can also be enjoyed by the whole family.

While there are some terrains for tree skiing, Copper Mountain offers mostly exposed and advanced grounds. On stormy days, fear not, Resolution Bowl, located below, serves some excellent slopes.

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Other winter activities in Copper Mountain

The Rockie mountain Coaster: Slide 5,800 feet through the winter forest (all year round)

Tubing: unique banked curves are created for the whole family to enjoy a tubing session

Uphill Tours: The official term for this would be “skinning” – equipping your skis to take you uphill as opposed to sliding down. The guide will teach you how to tackle this while also giving you an insight into the surrounding environment. Sliding down a green, groomed trail is a reward for your hard work.

The Barn: A world-renowned training facility that includes multiple zones to practice jumps and lift. The Barn has created an indoor space for Park skiing and Park Boarding. These have been patented and designed to give each snowboarder an excellent tool for learning and improvement.
The Barn also caters to the needs of all ages, from toddler to adult.

Spa and Athletic club: Copper Mountain Spa & Athletic Club offers exceptional care for higher altitude stress relief, from massages to facials, including professional techniques such as Swedish relaxation, neuromuscular, deep tissue, and sports and pregnancy-related treatments.

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Copper Mountain in the Summer

From kid’s camps to skater camps to golf courses, Copper Mountain turns every corner into a summer getaway.

Scenic Chairlift rides: The title says it all. Breathe in the pristine mountain air and enjoy 360 views of the mountains.

Bike Haul: You’ll be hauled along with your mountain bike on a chair lift, and let you ride back down, choosing between easy or intermediate terrain.

Rocky Mountain Coaster: The winter coaster cruise takes you breezing through the forest.

Copper Creek Golf Club: Take in the views of Ten Miles Range while you enjoy a relaxing golfing outing. You’re promised a backdrop, unlike any other.

Woodwork Copper Summer Camp: A camp like no other. Train like a professional, freestyle like a champion. For ages between 7-18, for skating, scooter, skiing, and BMX fun.

Copper Kids Day Camp: Building outdoor, environmental skills and instilling a love for nature for the youngster. The camp life will not only be educational but lots of fun for the children too. This is perfect for teaching kids the importance of teamwork and discipline while having fun.

How to get to Copper Mountain

You can fly from DIA into Eagle Airport, which is about 55 miles to Copper Mountain.
The drive from the airport is about 100 miles. It’s along Interstate 70; it’s easy to spot, and there’s no smaller highway to contend with after you leave the freeway.
Shuttles, too, are an option, as they are fast and have convenient schedules. Shuttle service from DIA to Copper Mountain takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Where to stay in Copper Mountain

Cm336 Br1 Copper Mountain Inn Condo:

An apartment with a pool and sauna, Copper Mountain Inn Condo is perfect for unwinding after skiing.

Cache F3-302:

Enjoy mountain views from your balcony at the Cache F3-302 apartment.

Tl504 Telemark Lodge Condo:

Just 300m from American Flyer, TL504 Telemark Lodge Condo has a sauna and fitness center.

Ski-in/Out Copper Mtn Golf Course Condo w/ Pool!

Enjoy the mountain views while you linger in the sauna or play with the kids at the playground. 

Copper One Lodge 205 Condo:

Take in the white slopes and views of the pine trees at the Copper One Lodge 205 Condo.

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Aspen one of the most famous Colorado ski Resorts

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Located just above the city of Aspen, this historic mountain has been open to skiers since 1947. It is world-renowned for the more advanced terrains and the various gladed runs it offers both skiers and snowboarders but also famed for attracting celebrities and being one of the more luxurious Colorado ski towns.
Even Europeans head to Aspen to witness its pristine cottony snow.

The views and the mountains haven’t changed much during the years, which some veterans may appreciate, while the gondolas keep updating to take its visitors through to 675 acres of skiable terrain.
The numbers don’t do justice to the number of paths and glades this mountain offers. With many surprising turns, even regular visitors are kept on their toes on the slopes. This tightly packed terrain ensures you’re able to make those lunch dates and non-ski activities around Aspen.

This Colorado ski resort tries to instill harmony between the community and the resort itself to ensure a continuous peaceful experience for all.

Let’s say Aspen knows how to treat it’s visitors well by providing little luxuries like a free Lavazza coffee at the base, free tissues at “sniffle stations,” and a free bus shuttle service connecting the mountains.
It also ensures everyone’s wellness by having some nifty rules such as well organized lift queuing systems, bowls marked when they’re hazardous, and a ski patrol to mark perimeters. The lifts also close at 3.30 pm, a little earlier than other Colorado ski resorts.

Skiing in Aspen

Aspen offers skiers four mountains to explore.
The Aspen mountain: known to the locals as Ajax, is fun for those looking for a long relaxing cruise. It is also perfect for people who prefer some speed. This mountain is groomed with intermediate terrains on the west and also calls out to those looking for steep lunges and zig zags. This area is also famed for hosting national and international races in the ’50s and ’60s.

The Highland Bowl: an all black-diamond terrain is accessed via a 3,777m hike. The filtered crowds will ensure snow being held well all season long and gifts, expert skiers, some unforgettable memories. This area also provides the perfect playground for those looking for some backcountry skiing, some learning bumps and perfectly groomed, wide green and blue cruisers with stunning views and even more challenging paths at the lower end.

The Buttermilk: Buttermilk, as sweet as it sounds, has been the learning ground for the littles for ages with terrain like “panda peak.” It also features a Games park with over 100 features and pipes to train novice freestylers. This mountain also attracts locals for also providing its parking to access wide groomers, lush tree trails, numerous glades, and famed for powder days.

Snowmass: the biggest of them all. It houses 94 runs, which welcomes large groups. From meadows to powder terrains, tree trails to cruises, this mountain offers them all. It’s known as a family-friendly mountain due to its variety of terrains and also houses the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster for a breezing break.

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Other winter activities in Aspen

Breathtaker Aspen Coaster: Speed through the forest over a mile long for amazing views and thrills.

Ullr Nights: For pass a night of glistening slopes in the blinking lights, honor the Norse God of Snow. These traditional nights are held at Elk Camp on Snowmass is a must-see for anyone.
It includes nightly gondola rides, tubing, riding the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, snowbiking, s’ mores, and hot chocolate by the bonfire, accompanied by live music, dance, and of course, great food.

Snowbiking: Take a break from skiing and tackle the mountain while biking down! This is the perfect blend between biking and skiing, thrilling and fun for any age and skill level.

Tubing: Enjoy gliding down the mountains alone or with company on a multiple lane course.

Snowshoe tours: Learn about the mountain’s history, ecology, and history with a trained guide who will walk with you to give you a different perspective of the white slopes.

Uphilling: Enjoy the mountain from a different point of view with specialized gear to take you up the hill as opposed to sliding you down. You’re promised rewards of magnificent vistas at the end of your journey.

Other activities to be enjoyed off the slopes are ice skating, indoor wall climbing, kid’s activities, and great nights of live music and fantastic apres.

Aspen in the Summer

Lost Forest: Tucked away in the forest is a playground made up of alpine coaster, zip lines, biking trails, ropes challenges, and wall climbing. There will be ponds for fishing, hikes, and two-disc golf courses, all up to you to find.

Snowmass Bike Park: Enjoy winding down the same paths you skied on. Giving you a whole new feel of the mountain, you can enjoy purpose-built downhill trails on your mountain bike.

How to get to Aspen

The fastest way to get from Denver to Aspen is to fly, and it takes 2h 50m. You will land at ‘Aspen Pitkin County,’ also known as ‘Aspen Airport’
If you chose to drive, it’s about a 5-hour scenic route given the weather should be good. Glenwood canyon on I-70 can be icy at times, be cautious.
The best and economical way to get from Denver to Aspen is to take the bus via Glenwood Springs, which takes about 6 hours but costs around $40.

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Where to stay in Aspen

The Inn at Aspen

Bask in the white mountains from the outdoor pool at the Inn at Aspen.

W Aspen

Enjoy the mountain views from the terrace at W Aspen.

Mountain Chalet Aspen

Relish in luxury at Mountain Chalet Aspen, with saunas and hot tubs.

Laurelwood Condominiums, A Destination Residence: 

Laurelwood Condominiums offers ski in-ski out facilities with 2-tier jacuzzis and fully equipped kitchens.

Timberline Condominiums

Enjoy a good bbq and mountain views from the sundeck at Timberline Condominiums.

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Breckenridge one of the most vibrant Colorado ski towns

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Experience the “Breck Effect” at this Colorado ski resort. You will have 5 peaks to choose from, and be infected with a contagious sense of community that will ensure you pull out that adventure-seeking teenager in you.
This is one of the Colorado ski towns which will not leave you to yours. You will feel like family and part of the company from the minute you step in.
You’ll be surrounded by white vastness with anything but eagerness to glide down those slopes, either alone or with family. You’re promised to be hit with energy and positive vibes by the Breckenridge family.
With 2908 skiable acres out of which 1400 are groomed terrains gifting you 187 trails, you’ll be reaching an elevation of 12,998 ft at the summit.

Skiing in Breckenridge

Peak 6: offering above the treeline wide bowls, this peak is the perfect location to find powder fields. This is also a place for freestyle skiing with steep lines, tight chutes and cliff drops. This is also Breckenridge’s latest addition.

Peak 7:if you’re looking for a double-black diamond, above the treeline courses, well-groomed wide-open terrain, this is it.

Peak 8: Known as the heart of the Breck, this peak hosts some of the toughest terrains, moguls, steeps, but also green lines for the beginners.

Peak 9: host to some magnificent beginner green lines and to some of the steepest terrains in the world, this peak will serve anyone, beginner, intermediate, or well advanced.

Peak 10: apparently, this peak always holds fresh snow, and serves some steep, fast trails as well as some tree skiing for enthusiasts.

Other winter activities in Breckenridge

Gold Runner Alpine Coaster: Experience the forest from a different point of view, rush down 2,500 ft down the mountain on this coaster ride.

Ice Skating: lace of your skates and glide on ice with your friends and family

The Breckenridge Nordic Center: the locals’ best-kept secret holds cross country skiing, snowshoeing through mystic forests and endless mountain views.

Visit the Breckenridge Museum and embark on history tours.

Breckenridge Recreation Centre: a place for solace and creativity. You can engage in daily workshops or classes and participate in exhibitions. There’re also events and festivals organized.

Visit the Spa: to rejuvenate and relax after days of skiing, this will be the perfect spot.

Breckenridge in the Summer

Epic Discovery: this will literally allow you to discover Breckenridge during the summer, showing off its green meadows and lush trees. Take a zip line tour or a scenic chair ride, or try the Gold Runner Coaster down the hill. You will eventually find the Alpine Camp, which consists of hiking trails and the Alpineer Challenge Course.

Mountain Biking: take your mountain bike out on a run, and if you’re from out of town, you can even rent one. The paths will be ready by July for a good run.

4×4 Off-Road Tours: take a drive to peaks 7 & 8 and take in the mountain views from an entirely different point of view.

There is plenty to explore at Breckenridge even during the summer for the whole family, from specially guided hikes to award-winning golf courses to enjoy the wilderness while flying-fishing.

How to get to Breckenridge

Breckenridge is about 100 miles from Denver, and the quickest way to get there is to drive – you can rent a car in Denver International Airport. The drive will take about 1h and 40 minutes. 
There are no direct buses from Denver to Breckenridge. The most economical way to get to Breckenridge is to take the commuter train from DIA to Union Station and catch the ‘Bustang’. This bus will take you to the Frisco transfer station; from there, you would pick the ‘Summit Stage’ to Breckenridge.
Once you’re in the town of Breckenridge, the ‘Breck Free Ride’ makes it easy to get around. The Free Ride is a free shuttle service that connects the Breckenridge Ski Resort with parking areas and makes several stops along the town’s perimeter.

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Where to stay in Breckenridge​

Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge:

Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge will offer you classy accommodation and spa treatments.

Mountain Thunder Lodge:

Relax in the outdoor heated pool while enjoying the mountain views at Mountain Thunder Lodge.

Village at Breckenridge Resort:

Learn at the ski school right at the Village at Breckenridge Resort before hitting the slopes!

Beaver Run Resort:

Enjoy an array of seasonal activities at the Beaver Run Resort, just 5mins from the city center.

DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge:

Savor a hot chocolate at check-in and many other amenities of a Hilton hotel at DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge.

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Steamboat a genuine Colorado ski resort

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Offering 2,965 skiable acres and 169 trails, Steamboat ski Resort offers up plenty of various terrains and interestingly, the lowest percentage of water in the snow (6%) than other locations and even has it’s snow trademarked. Their Champagne Powder snow is so famous that they also offer free “champagne snow donut holes” with hot chocolate at the end of the day. What more could a good ski day bring? Lots of options of trails and terrains! And with their exciting and quirky names, you’ll feel like trying them all.
This is also one of the best family Colorado resorts due to its vast kid-friendly activities.

Skiing in Steamboat

There are numerous trails for all levels, but it is possible to say that beginners and intermediates will have the most fun. 

Some of the best runs for beginners are Stampede, Why Not, Right-O-Way, Sundial, and Yoo-hoo. These serve up some of the greenest slopes also in terms of the surrounding areas.

The Intermediate levelers would head up to Tomahawk, Buddy’s Run, Rainbow, One O Clock/ Two O Clock, and Snooze Bar.

For the experts, Royal Flush, Cyclone, Triangle 3, No Names, Chute 1. These provide the tree trailing and speed that experts look for. No Names, for example, is also less accessible due to its location, so the crowd will not be a problem. 

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Other winter activities in Steamboat

Snowmobile tours: Steamboat offers excellent conditions for Snowboarding with plenty of tour companies to choose from to rent a snowmobile and enjoy the hills.

Outlaw Mountain Coaster: Steamboat boasts the longest coaster in North America with more than 6,280 feet of riding.
Sleigh ride dinners: there’re many sleigh ride dinner options to choose from. You will ride on a sleigh either driven by horses or the snowcat to be taken to a secluded location where you can enjoy a culinary experience different from any other.

Steamboat in the Summer

Take your mountain bike out for a day at the Steamboat Bike Park, experience a hot air balloon ride, or relax in the natural hot springs found in the Strawberry Park. It features therapeutic thermal pools surrounded by vistas of the mountain.
You can also enjoy Steamboat via horseback, like the legendary cowboys, or see Colorado from a different perspective while rafting or enjoy a day golfing on the environmentally friendly golf course.

How to get to Steamboat

It’s a tranquil and picturesque 3-hour drive from DIA. You take the 70 West, through the Eisenhower Tunnel, over the Rabbit Ears Pass into Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs.
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is located just 22 miles from Steamboat Springs. Flying time is just over an hour from Denver International Airport.
The Greyhound bus is not very expensive. You can get a round trip ticket from Union Station in Denver to Steamboat for less than $100 per person.

Where to stay in Steamboat

Ski Trail Lodge II:

Enjoy the mountain views from this perfect winter cabin, and your pets are welcome at Ski Trail Lodge II.

Snowline: Edgemont – 4BR Ultra Luxury – Slopeside!:

Bask in your outdoor pool and hot tub at Edgemont – 4BR Ultra Luxury – Slopeside. 

The Steamboat Grand:

Enjoy simple luxuries like ski hire, lift tickets, and restaurant serving great food at The Steamboat Grand.

Ptarmigan Inn:

Ski-in and out without troubles and ease the pain of your return with the ski in-ski out feature at Ptarmigan Inn.

Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas:

Feel at home in your aparthotel while you take in the mountain views from your sun terrace at Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas.

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