A Colorado Ski Safari visiting the “Front Range” ski areas is ideal, plenty of great ski terrain, minimal driving, flying into Denver and doing a circuit. You decide how long you prefer to stay and ski at each ski resort, it depends on your skiing ability, plus the off-slope things to do in each resort or ski town. See our recommended ski tour and itinerary:
Colorado Front Range Safari – Arapahoe Basin – Keystone – Breckenridge*– Loveland
Denver – Arapahoe Basin – 1:40
Arapahoe Basin – Keystone – 10 Minutes
Keystone – Breckenridge – 27 Minutes
Breckenridge – Loveland – 40 Minutes
Loveland – Denver – 1:30
This Ski Safari we recommend driving, renting a car, preferably four-wheel drive or you will need chains for the snowy mountain pass.
We suggest you bring your own skis, snowboard, since renting ski equipment at each resort is time consuming and expensive.
Arapahoe Basin is just 1 1/2 hours from Denver (DEN). A-Basin is great for your first day, even arrival day skiing, on this ski safari. A-Basin is noted for great snow, and the longest ski season, due to its high elevation, often open from October to June! Our Arapahoe Basin skiing review.
A-Basin offers 1,428 acres of skiing and scenic above tree-line skiing at 12,472’ with amazing 360-degree views of the Colorado Rockies. Arapahoe has steep summit terrain while the front side offers a nice mix of groomed blues off the modern Black Mountain Express quad and the upper mountain Lenawee 6-pack . Arapahoe’s Backside is Montezuma Bowl.
A-Basin is in National Forest, so there’s no on-mountain lodging, just a parking lot and “beach” for après ski, so stay in nearby Keystone just 10-minutes away, your next ski stop.
Keystone is a fun family ski resort, with over 3,000-acres sf skiing and riding, plenty of terrain parks and adventure zones. Dercum Mountain is the main mountain and home to fun frontside cruisers like Frenchman, Wild Irishman and Flying Dutchman returning to the base village. Outpost and Outback are Keystone’s highest at 11,980’, offering bigger challenge. River Run Village at the base is a compact ski village with lots of condos for lodging. Review of Keystone skiing.
Keystone even has night-skiing from the River Run base area on weekends and holidays. Keystone is Vail-owned, on the Epic Pass, along with nearby Breckenridge – your next ski safari resort under a half-hour away.
Breckenridge is a big ski area, the busiest in North America. But with 5 peaks, #10-6, there’s plenty to ski from long mellow boulevards near the base areas, to upper high alpine above-tree line adventures. Breckenridge offers Colorado’s highest elevation lift-served skiing in North America at 12,840′, its wild and windy up at the summit, hence the nickname Breck-n-wind. Breck also has great terrain parks and on-snow events. Breck’s western-style downtown is fun après ski, for shopping and dining. Review of Breckenridge where you can easily spend a few days skiing on your safari before heading to Loveland for your last day of skiing.
Loveland is high elevation, with a long snowy season, and vast snowfield skiing up to 13,010′. Skiers love Loveland’s sweeping views of the Rockies and free close parking. Loveland is less busy than the Epic & IKON ski resorts nearby. Skiers spread out over 1600 acres and 10 lifts on both sides of the road, there’s a ski tunnel. Loveland ski review. Loveland is a great last day (or arrival day instead) for skiing, as you are just 43 miles back to Denver airport.
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