Skiing and Snowboarding
Breckenridge and Colorado are known around the world as a destination for skiing and snowboarding.
Colorado Ski Country’s accessibility and infrastructure make the state a top spot for skiers and snowboarders. Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the leading ski areas in the nation and competes yearly for the title of “Most Popular Ski Resort in the Country.”
There are four world-class ski areas located in Summit County and an additional 14 ski areas located within a two-hour drive. Below are a few of the best ski resorts in the area, many of which accept a Breckenridge ski pass.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is spread across six peaks and 2,908 acres.
There are 600 acres of trails that are groomed nightly. The latest addition is Peak 6, which offers above-treeline bowl skiing for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Advanced and expert skiers have plenty of steeps and deeps to choose from, including the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift, The T-Bar which opens up the chutes in the Horseshoe Bowl, E Chair, which offers super steeps, and 6 Chair, where everybody can get together and test their skills. Shredders looking to tear up the park that Breckenridge has to offer, spread over 25 acres and suitable for every skill level.
Keystone is home to the longest groomed runs anywhere around. If you like laying it out on a freshly groomed trail anywhere from easy to super steep, Keystone has it. With ski runs as long as 3.5 miles, you can get a lot of bang for your lift ride buck. One of the cool things about Keystone is that only about 5% of the ski area is visible from the base areas. Once up the mountain, the ski area goes on and on. Keystone Ski Resort has three amazing mountains, tons of outdoor adventures, and lodging and dining all in two unique villages.
It is an excellent choice for the entire family. 1-888-742-7506
A-Basin is the place to go if you want to test your skills. A-Basin is nicknamed the Legend, which is no surprise considering it has been sitting atop the Continental Divide for over 65 years. Opening first and closing as late as July 4th, A-Basin will be open for skiing while other areas are mowing their lawns. While there is terrain for all abilities, expert skiers and riders get the nod here. With the famous steeps and chutes immediately accessible from the upfront free parking, A-Basin has a reputation of being laid back and unpretentious. 1-888-272-7246
Copper Mountain is often overlooked in Summit County but is an amazing ski resort boasting 2,450 acres of skiable terrain and a village that feels more like a neighborhood. Long groomed runs and amazing above-treeline skiing in natural bowls and glades are what make Copper incredible. 1-866-841-2481
Loveland Ski Area is located literally above the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. Loveland offers amazing above-treeline skiing and riding for all abilities on uncrowded slopes. Loveland has a quirky local’s attitude and makes your visit a great way to “mix it up” and try something a little different. 1-800-736-3754
Vail is like a whole other world compared to its neighbors. Vail is truly an unreal skiing experience, with only Breckenridge coming close to the sheer vastness of its size. When you think of Vail, think of 7 miles of mountainside on both sides and then another mountain behind that. Vail is internationally renowned for its seven back bowls as well as its shopping and nightlife. The largest ski area in the country, Vail boasts three terrain parks, 300 days of sunshine and 5,289 acres to make your mark. 970-754-8245
Beaver Creek is the site of Birds of Prey, the only World Cup race course in Colorado. They have terrain for all skill levels: everything from the gentle slopes of Bachelor Gulch, to the intermediate trails of Larkspur and Rose Bowl, to the expert-level bump runs of Grouse Mountain. Skiers and riders of all abilities will feel at home here. Beaver Creek excels in service, quality, attention to detail and, of course, world-class skiing and snowboarding. 1-888-551-1465
If you need ski rentals, check out Christy Sports located in Grand Timber Lodge. Offering rentals for all types and ages along with their easy and convenient location, they are your one-stop shop for getting on the slopes!