Have you been skiing yet? While places like Breckenridge and Aspen get all of the hype, Colorado also offers a lot of great ski areas that are lesser known, just as beautiful—and they’re cheaper, too! So get off the beaten tourist path and try out some of our local gems.
Arapahoe Basin- Founded by five pioneers of skiing, this is the perfect skiing adventure. Arapahoe Basin (known as A-Basin or The Basin) is usually open the longest out of any of the ski resorts—sometimes until June or July.
Cooper Ski – Founded by five pioneers of skiing, this is the perfect skiing adventure. Arapahoe Basin (known as A-Basin or The Basin) is usually open the longest out of any of the ski resorts—sometimes until June or July. Cooper Ski
Cooper doesn’t do pretention, and they are known for their laid-back, family-friendly vibe. So skip the crowds, and find the heart of skiing in the Rockies.
Eldora Mountain Resort – Only 21 miles west of Boulder on Highway 119, Eldora boasts that it has the best snowmaking system in Colorado—their coverage is 100% groomed terrain at all times.
Granby Ranch – Granby Ranch is a family-owned ski resort that is perfect for beginners and families who want to learn to ski without the chaos of larger places.
Loveland Ski Area – Loveland boasts 1,800 acres of skiing, averages about 35 feet of snow every season—more than any larger resort—and has an innovative lesson program.
Monarch – Monarch is independently owned and operated, and it has one of the shortest lift lines in the state. Ski as much as you want without the long hassle in a place that has runs for every single level!
Powderhorn Resort – About 45 minutes form Grand Junction, Powderhorn is a gem that many people may miss. They have a lot of beginning and intermediate runs, so they are very family-friendly.
Sunlight Mountain Resort – Sunlight Mountain has been voted as having the best family ski package from the National Ski Areas Association, so this tucked away oasis is impressing people of all ages with its affordable, fun environment.