No other state can surpass Colorado in terms of skiing and snowboarding. With 28 resorts Colorado claims the largest and the most famous skiing spots in the nation with many hidden gems. Bright bluebird skies, tons of fresh, dry powder snow, and superb slopes make it a dream destination during winter months. Luckily, the skiing season in Colorado is longer than in other states. First resorts open in October, and by December the season is in full swing. You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding as long as mid-April or even early June. Judging from the number of ski resorts open, the best time to come is still from late November through to mid-April.
Aspen is perhaps the most iconic of Colorado resorts, a playground for the wealthy and famous. With four different ski areas, namely Ajax, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands, in one lift ticket system. Aspen offers a lot of diversity for riders of all levels. With fantastic grooming and efficient lifts, it's one of the best-equipped resorts in the US. If you appreciate après-ski, Aspen has a great ski town with great food and entertainment.
Arapahoe Basin or A-Bay is a legendary ski resort that draws a younger and more relaxed crowd than Aspen. The advantage of Arapahoe Basin is its high elevation which provides an extended season. It opens in October and stays open until mid-June or even July.
Vail is the biggest of Colorado’s ski resorts. Vail’s huge ski terrain covers 5,289 ac (2,140 ha). Therefore it provides quite a variety and a real challenge for skiers and snowboarders who will need quite a lot of time to explore it fully.
Telluride is a top ski destination in the United States with spectacular views and outstanding ski terrain, which includes 148 trails.
Breckenridge has North America’s highest lift. Its Imperial Express Super Chair reaching 12,840 ft (3.9 km). It's also the most popular ski resort in the US which means it can be rather crowded. However, its popularity is well deserved. World-class skiing over five peaks is complemented with après-ski at a historical mining town with an authentic atmosphere dating back to 1859. It also offers gourmet dining and plenty of other activities besides skiing or boarding, such as the Race of the Santas, snowshoeing, and riding the Breckenridge Gondola. Breckenridge is also known for its affordable lodging and abundant powder throughout the season.