If you want to go skiing or snowboarding, and you want the best experience possible, then you don’t need to leave the United States. Some of you might think of Vermont first. We’ll admit that skiing and snowboarding in Vermont is impressive, but it’s nothing compared to skiing in Colorado. This has everything to do with higher peaks. That said, Colorado is a large state. In order to get the best Colorado skiing experience, you need to choose from the best of the best locations. These locations include Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge. These aren’t only the best ski and snowboard destinations in Colorado, but the best in the world. They are also very different from one another. We will go into more detail below.
What will stand out right away about Aspen has nothing to do with skiing. It’s the sheer natural beauty. Many people refer to Aspen as heaven on earth. Unlike most ski towns, Aspen is not built up. They resisted the temptation to make it a tourist town. Instead, Aspen offers a small town and friendly feel. All the locals know one another, and everyone is friendly to visitors.
Aspen is known for attracting big-time celebrities and high-net-worth individuals. It’s certainly a wealthy town, which began all the way back in the 19th Century due to silver mining. The town acquired its wealth and never squandered it.
The elevation of Aspen is 7,800 feet, which is not extreme, but there are six peaks over 14,000 feet nearby. That’s the biggest selling point for skiers and snowboarders. The four powder areas in Aspen use one common lift ticket, which definitely simplifies things. There are 320 runs in Aspen, and they can accommodate everyone from the beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders.
The first thing you should know about Vail is that it’s the largest skiing area in the country. It has over 5,300 acres for skiing alone. That’s what you call a skier’s paradise. Other big selling points are a race course, long runs at Riva Ridge, fast runs at Blue Sky Basin, a beginner lift and the best groomed slopes in the world. What more could any skier or snowboarder possibly want?
In addition to all the impressive features above, Vail also offers ice skating, hockey, dog sledding, snowmobiling, art galleries, museums, performing arts and more. If you visit Vail, be sure to check out the new gondola.
Out of the three Colorado ski destinations listed here, Breckenridge is by far the most laid back. It’s definitely the number one destination for snowboarders, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the overall laid back atmosphere.
Breckenridge is home to four terrain parks, three half-pipes, 30 lifts, 155 trails and 2,358 acres of skiable terrain. The longest run is 3.5 miles. A new 22-foot half-pipe as well as a new 22-foot super-pipe have just been opened. If you’re a beginner, start with Peak 8. If you’re an expert, start with the South Side of Peak 10.
Colorado is the perfect destination for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders. In the three towns listed above, you will find a perfect balance between enough snow for skiing yet not too much snow for difficult road navigation. As a whole, the state of Colorado has 55 peaks over 14,000 feet.