Colorado

Colorado boasts some of the worlds best ski resorts, . Being the nations highest state, Colorado has more than 50 peaks higher than 14,000 feet. It is also a picturesque region, with its majestic mountains, plenty of sunshine and historic ski towns. Today there are 28 resorts in Colorado offering a wide variety of terrain, catering for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Recently, many resorts have invested millions of dollars to enhance ski terrain, lift systems, snowmaking facilities, terrain parks as well as resort amenities.

‘Colorado? High elevation, 14,000 ft peaks. This place is a mecca for those wanting the light and dry stuff, it has plenty of champagne pow.’

Steeped in history, Aspen Mountain has kept the town of Aspen on the map since 1947, famous for its black diamond tree runs, moguls and steeps for anyone that dares to explore. Aspen has grown to encompass the power of four with Snowmass, adjacent to Snowmass Village and 9 miles from downtown Aspen.  Aspen Highlands, 3 miles from downtown Aspen and Buttermilk, within the White River National Forest, 3 miles from Aspen, 6 miles from Snowmass.

Aspen Mountain, with its famous black-diamond terrain, has kept us on the map since 1947. Inbounds you’ll get a variety of glades, bumps and steeps. For an out-of-bounds experience, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours will hook you up with fresh tracks on the backside. While the mountain hasn’t changed much, you’ll appreciate the new gondola, great views & food at the Sundeck at the summit and Ajax Tavern at the base, where the après rivals the skiing and snowboarding.

At 4,406 vertical feet, Snowmass has the most in the country. And with 3,332 acres of terrain, 94 trails, 21 chairlifts and access to your choice of cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks and halfpipes, you’ll have to come back for more. Grab seconds at our restaurants too; on-mountain at the new Elk Camp or Sam’s Smokehouse at the top of the Village Express chair, or in Snowmass Base Village at Sneaky’s Tavern adjacent to the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center.

With the Aspen Highlands breathtaking 360-degree views of the Maroon Bells and an abundance of expert terrain as well as groomed cruisers, it’s no wonder Aspen Highlands has been the locals’ favorite for over 50 years. Hike the 12,392 feet to the summit of Highland Bowl for the ultimate inbounds backcountry rush. Or take the Deep Temerity lift to access the recently-added 237 skiable acres. It all adds up to some of the most challenging big-mountain terrain in North America.

Buttermilk built its 50-year legacy on wide-open and gently rolling trails that cater to beginners and families. Today it’s famous for hosting the X Games through 2014 and being voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll for best pipe. The 22-foot superpipe in the legendary terrain park does not disappoint, as many X Games winners, Olympians and up-and-comers can attest.

 

ASPEN RESORT STATS

Season: Late Nov – April
Altitude: 2636m
Terrain:
Ajax: Beginner 0% / Intermediate 35% / Advanced 65%
Snowmass: Beginner 7% / Intermediate 55% / Advanced 38%
Aspen: Beginner 20% / Intermediate 33% / Advanced 47%
Buttermilk: Beginner 35% / Intermediate 39% / Advanced 26%
Lift system: Ajax: 8, Snowmass: 20, Aspen: 4, Buttermilk: 7.
Vertical:  Ajax: 995m, Snowmass: 1342m, Aspen: 1107m, Buttermilk: 619m
Longest run: 4.83km
Average Snowfall: 7.6m
Terrain Parks: Yes

Breckenridge ski resort is a well established, well kept resort located in Summit County in the Colorado Rockies on the 10 Mile range. Breckenridge resort was named after the nearest town which holds the same name, established in the early 1800′s. Known for its spectacular views and huge variety of terrain, catering for every level, the resort lifts provide access to 4 of the peaks on the range, and the views are impressive. From the top you can peek over and see Copper Mountain on the neighbouring range, or even Brecks neighbouring mountain Keystone in the distance.

Breck boasts 2,358 acres of Colorado’s finest terrain, including five terrain parks, two half-pipes and 155 trails spread across four huge peaks. We groom 29% of our total terrain daily and have snowmaking on 565 acres!

Our pick is after you have followed Shaun White through the park landing triple corks head to the Breckenridge Brewery, take a seat in the dining room and feast over the view of the Ten Mile Range while dining on excellent pub fare at very reasonable prices.

 

BRECKENRIDGE RESORT STATS

Season: Late Nov – mid April
Altitude: 2926m
Terrain: Beginner 14% / Intermediate 31% / Advanced 19% / Expert 26%
Lift system: 29
Vertical: 1035m
Longest run: 5.6km
Average Snowfall: 7.6 annual
Terrain Parks: 5

Vail is an impressive world-class ski resort located 3 hours from Denver, in the heart of the Rockies. Not only is it the largest resort in the USA, but it is one of those resorts that others try to replicate – and for good reason. Vail has everything. From great variety of terrain, an excellent lift system, great vertical, heaps of snow, tree runs – plus huge town (almost a city). On the front side of the mountain there is mostly intermediate terrain, but the back of the range caters well for the adventurous skier after some challenging cornices and steep trees. Vail is affiliated with Breckenridge and Keystone, so you may be able to use resorts across these mountains.

Vail’s front side is great with various terrain from Vail Village to Lionshead, wide open runs and great terrain you can spend all day here. The Back Bowls offer wrinkle free skiing, go wide and far to get the best. For Blue Sky Basin jump of Lovers Leap and head down the Big Rock Park for some great natural terrain. With all of this terrain you will have earned your Elk Steak at Tavern on the Square.

From five star restaurants to the local pizza place, Vail has everything you could ask for in a dining experience.

 

VAIL RESORT STATS

Season: Late Nov – mid April
Altitude: 2080m
Terrain: Beginner 18% / Intermediate 29%/ Advanced 53%
Lift system: 32
Vertical: 1051m
Longest run: 6.5km
Average Snowfall: 9m
Terrain Parks: Up to 4

Close to vail, Beaver Creek has a very classy and expensive reputation. It has a well laid out resort, with most runs favouring intermediates. Trails are cut through thick wooded areas, are shaped to allow you to get around with ease, making skiing and riding a great experience for those wanting comfortable blue groomers. Freestylers will find plenty of natural hits, and there are 3 parks, a Park 101 for those starting out, to Zoom Room perfect for intermediates, and Moonshine – for those after a challenge on a wide variety of features.

In terms of apres ski, its certainly no where near the same level as Vail (the nightlife is almost inexistent). This place has a very laid back ski culture, great for families looking for a relaxing ski holiday. However in terms of accommodation, there are no real cheap options. For those wanting to save some dollars, check out the nearby town of Avon.

BEAVER CREEK RESORT STATS

Season: Late Nov – mid April
Altitude: 3488m top lift
Terrain: Beginner 34% / Intermediate 39% / Advanced 27%
Lift system: 14 chairs
Vertical:
Longest run: 5.6km
Average Snowfall: 8.3m
Terrain Parks: