The Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

The San Juan mountains is a picture perfect ski location
The San Juan mountains is a picture perfect ski location | © Ryan Bonneau / Alamy Stock Photo
Stephanie Harper

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular sports in Colorado—in fact, the state boasts a whopping 27 ski areas and resorts. Here are the best ski resorts in Colorado for your ultimate winter vacation.

1. The Lodge at Vail

Resort, Hotel

The lounge area at the Lodge at Vail, Colorado, with a wood-paneled ceiling, antler chandelier and stone fireplace
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The Lodge at Vail Resort features luxury accommodations and is only a six minute walk from Vail Ski Resort, which boasts over 5,289 ski-able acres, making it one of the largest ski resorts in the world. Visitors will also enjoy Vail Village’s high-end shops and fine dining.

2. Crystal Peak Lodge

Resort, Motel

A ski lodge-style seating area at Crystal Peak Lodge with a stone fireplace
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Crystal Peak Lodge provides ski-in/ski-out opportunities at Breckenridge Ski Resort, with five separate peaks and the highest chairlift in America. Ski well-groomed, tree-lined runs and high alpine bowls, and enjoy the on-hill dining, including Sevens (which sits at an elevation of just over 10,000 feet). Be sure to explore downtown Breckenridge’s arts district as well as local shops and restaurants.

3. The Folk Lorian

Hotel

The Folk Lorian
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The Folk Lorian provides the best in condo living, as well as a three minute walk to the slopes. Telluride Ski Resort provides world-class skiing in the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy over 2,000 acres of terrain with a base elevation of 8,725 feet and maximum elevation of 13,150 feet, and ride the free gondola between Telluride (check out its restaurants and art galleries) and Mountain Village.

4. Limelight Hotel Aspen

Hotel

Outdoor pool at Limelight Hotel, surrounded by sun loungers
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Limelight Hotel Aspen provides luxury accommodations that are a short walk to both Aspen Mountain and all the arts and culture of downtown Aspen. Aspen Snowmass consists of four ski areas around the town of Aspen and Snowmass Village. Aspen’s ápres ski culture is a major appeal, especially for frequent celebrity visitors, who view it as an upscale resort for out-of-towners.

5. Arrowhead Village

Resort

Arrowhead Village
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Arrowhead Village has 30 condos with easy access to both Arrowhead Ski Resort and Beaver Creek Resort.You’ll enjoy well-groomed runs and a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies each day at 3p.m. as you come off the hill, served by staff in chef’s hats. The town of Beaver Creek features an outdoor skating rink, as well as shopping and dining.

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