Colorado tops everyone’s list as a must ski destination. In fact Colorado accounts for 25% of the country’s skiers visits. There’s a reason – Colorado is beautiful, with big ski mountains, great views, and fun base villages for families. Skiing in Colorado typically brings bountiful snowfall, high blue sky and sunshine on tall Rocky Mountains, at resorts like Aspen and Vail, Steamboat and Copper, Keystone and Breckenridge, Winter Park, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, and southwest ski resorts Telluride, Monarch, Wolf Creek and Purgatory! See our Top Family Ski Resorts in Colorado!
Fly to Denver and ski along Colorado’s Front Range, Copper, Winter Park, Breckenridge and Keystone, and the I-70 ski corridor to Vail and neighboring Beaver Creek – convenient proximity to one another – you can ski several ski resort in one ski week – Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge (all owned by Vail Resorts with Epic Pass reciprocity) with a stop at independant Arapahoe Basin or Loveland on your arrival or departure day.
Aspen has four mountains and a great ski town to anchor the beautiful vast ski terrain, at in town Ajax, Aspen’s biggest – Snowmass, steepest – Highlands, and best parks and host of the X Games – Buttermilk.
Vail is the biggy of Colorado- over 5,000 acres from beautiful groomed boulevards to the legendary Back Bowls. And Vail Village is one of the best ski resort towns, for apres ski, shopping, and just a great ski vibe since the 60’s.
Beaver Creek is sister to resort to nearby Vail, with a personality all its own. Long well-pitched perfectly groomed runs, gorgeous homes and slopeside hotels are signature items, plus a pretty pedestrian Village. Bearver Creek has steeps too, like the World Cup Birds of Prey downhill.
Breckenridge is huge, gets the most skiers of any resort in Colorado- and spreads them out on its Peak 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10! You also get the hgest lift serve skiing in North America at Breck. A bustling downtown compliments all this skiing, Breck has great apres ski and a fun family atmopshere.
Copper is a high-elevation, highly scenic ski mountain, with a modern Intrawest ski village and the orginal Woodward Camp at the base. We love Copper’s long trails, and its cat-skiing up Tucker Mountain.
Crested Butte is revered for its steeps, ask about Banana, and its local following. There’s just enough intermediate cruisers too, and great on-mountain lunch at Uley’s Cabin. The Butte’s base village is convenient, if not cozy, while Main Street, a short drive down the access road, is a fun frontier town for apres ski.
Keystone is a fun family ski mountain, with a great base village and gondola access. Kids will love the terrain and ski camps, while parents can take in the Rocky Mountain views as they cruise to lunch at the sophisticated Alpenglow Stube.
Purgatory at Durango is a super pleasant ski mountain, with a small slope-side ski village and the great western town of Durango down the road. Nothing is too crazy or steep at Purgatory – for that ski the more rustic nearby Silverton which is au naturel, not groomed, with just a few chairlfits and tons of hike to terrain. There is also a Silverton Cat Skiing operation.
Monarch Mountain is a quiet gem in southwest Colorado, its also home to migrating butterflies- hence the name. This 800-acre fun high-elevation 11,952′ ski mountain is ideal for families, even has in-bounds cat skiing. The cool town of Salida is your base camp, with an authentic western vibe – stay at The Palace.
Steamboat is another fantastic western ski town, ideal for families. Steamboat is home to the most Olympic skiers, adn teh terrain is vast and diverse – from groomed boulevards to gorgeous glades and a few steep chutes – often with fresh dry Colorado snow. You can stay in teh base Gondola village or in the wild west town.
Telluride in Southwest Colorado is well worth the travel to explore its high elevation skiingand incredible scenery. This fantastically scenic ski mountain has two great alpine villages and immense natural terrain on Palmyra Peak. Be sure to dine at the higest restaurant in the country – Alpino Vino.
Winter Park is a Colorado classic, ince 1939, with seven ski “territories”- including the legendary mogul area Mary Jane. Otherwise, Winter Park has lots of great family-style groomers and efficient lifts, with slopeside condo lodging, or affordable motel lodging in the less charming downtown.
Wolf Creek is another southwest ski area off most people’s radar – and it gets tons of snow. The US Ski team trains here early season. Wolf Creek is cool.
Pick and choose, but be sure to ski Colorado in your lifetime. Here are the best Colorado ski resorts for an epic family ski trip:
Colorado Ski Reviews:
Top Family Ski Resorts in Colorado
Aspen Mountain Family Ski Review
Aspen Highlands Ski Review
Purgatory Ski Resort
Loveland Ski Area
Silverton Cat Skiing – PowderCats Review
Vail – The Lodge at Vail
Top Snowmobiling In Colorado