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Colorado Springs Skiing and Snowboarding in Colorado Springs, CO

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Colorado Springs Skiing and Snowboarding
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Colorado Springs isn't as close to major ski destinations as Denver. However, it's still possible to make a one-day ski trip out of the second-largest city in Colorado, as some resorts can be reached in less than 2.5 hours drive. The closest of them is the spectacular Breckenridge, located just west of the Continental Divide. Some resorts in Colorado open as early as October, however, with limited runs and lifts operating. By mid-November, most resorts are open in full capacity. The season lasts through May, although some places stay open even in June. The best time to ski and snowboard in Colorado is January and February due to the large quantity of snow and stable cool weather.


Breckenridge or simply Breck could be arguably called the best ski resort in Colorado. World-class skiing over 5 peaks is complemented with evening activities at a historical 1859-mining town with an authentic atmosphere dating back to the gold rush days. It also offers gourmet dining and plenty of other activities besides skiing or boarding, such as the Race of the Santas, snowshoeing, and riding Breckenridge Gondola. However, its main attraction is, of course, its superb alpine terrain. The resort offers some serious elevation and boasts the highest chairlift in North America. Breckenridge can be reached from Colorado Springs by either car or shuttle in slightly more than two hours. If you drive a little further, you can reach a neighboring Keystone resort, which offers the largest night skiing in the state, snow tubing, and ice-skating.

vertical: 3,398 ft (1,036 m) area: 2,908 ac (1,177 ha) runs: 162 lifts: 32 season: mid-November to mid-May

Loveland Ski Area

If you keep driving north from Breck, you'll get to Loveland, located atop the Continental Divide about 120 mi (190 km) from Colorado Springs. It is known for its abundant snow, remarkable terrain, and a long season stretching from October through mid-May. With about 100 runs and 1,800 ac (730 ha) of terrain, it offers a quintessential Colorado ski experience. The resort caters to beginners with several easy trails in Loveland Valley. It also offers snowcat skiing.

vertical: 2,210 ft (674 m) area: 1,800 ac (730 ha) runs: 94 lifts: 9 season: October to mid-May

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

A-Basin is one of the most popular Colorado resorts that can be reached from Colorado Springs in 2 hours 16 minutes (130 mi or 209 km) by I-25 and I-70. With 1,400 ac (567 ha) of skiable terrain, it suits advanced and intermediate riders. It's not the best option for families, rather for the young and hip crowd. The resort is known for its parties and gatherings at the Beach parking lot, located next to the chairlifts. However, the main attraction of the resort is its excellent terrain, with plenty of challenges and extreme spots.

vertical: 2,530 ft (771 m) area: 1,400 ac (567 ha) runs: 145 lifts: 12 season: October to June


Monarch seems like a smaller mountain in comparison to its great rivals. However, as a southern resort, it's one of the favorite winter destinations for the residents of Colorado Springs that can be reached from the city in less than 2.5 hours. Even during peak ski season, you can enjoy thinner crowds and reasonable prices. Find nearby accommodations in the charming mountain town of Salida.

vertical: 1,162 ft (354 m) area: 800 ac (320 ha) runs: 66 lifts: 7 season: late-November to mid-April

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What are some recommended ski resorts located near Colorado Springs?

Breckenridge is an excellent choice of ski resorts located near Colorado Springs, featuring five world-class skiing peaks with après-ski activities at their historic 1859-mining town. Keystone resort is known for its night skiing, snow-tubing, and ice-skating. Loveland is another advantage, located about 120 miles from Colorado Springs, and offering remarkable terrain, abundant snow, and a long ski season, stretching from October until May. Monarch is a smaller resort than the others, but it is a favorite among southerners. Show more

When does the ski season typically start and end in Colorado Ski Resorts?

Colorado ski resorts usually begin operating from mid-November to mid-May; however, some may open limited runs and lifts as early as October. The season can run longer in some resorts than others, with A-Basin opening from October and running until June, while Loveland can run from October to mid-May. Breckenridge and Keystone resorts are usually less than 2.5 hours' drive from Colorado Springs, and Monarch's season typically starts late November to mid-April depending on weather conditions. Show more

What is the suggested time of the year to visit Colorado Springs for skiing and snowboarding?

You can visit Colorado Springs for skiing and snowboarding from mid-November to May since most of the resorts are open at full capacity during that season. January and February have stable weather, and there is usually plenty of snow during those months. The town has many options for ski resorts, with Breckenridge being a top choice for its excellent terrain and proximity to Colorado Springs. However, there are other good options to choose from as well. Show more

Which ski resort located in Colorado is known for its parties and gatherings?

A-Basin is an ideal ski resort to visit if you enjoy parties and gatherings. Known for its young and lively crowds, the Beach parking lot next to the chairlifts is a perfect place to mingle with the locals. A-Basin also offers superb alpine terrain, including plenty of challenges and extreme areas suitable for intermediate and advanced riders. Show more

What's a good option for accommodations located near Monarch that features a charming mountain town atmosphere?

If you're looking for accommodations with a charming mountain town atmosphere located near Monarch, Salida is a good option. Salida is situated around 20 miles from Monarch, offering thin crowds and reasonable prices, even during peak ski season. The small and friendly town boasts some excellent bars and restaurants, and tourists can partake in many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing. Show more

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