Colorado ski resorts have some of the best trails and lodges for everyone. The days are getting cooler. Feels like snow in the air. Believe it or not, skiing has been a part of the state for centuries.
The first explorers found it difficult to traverse the deep snow in the mountains, so they tied boards to their feet to keep them walking on the snow.
This started out as cross country skiing. Then they found it easier to slide down the slopes to get from one place to another.
Pretty cool. The explorers were the first to bring skiing to Colorado. Some of the best skiing and lodges are here in Colorado. Many have a
place in Colorado's history, before they became ski resorts.
But you can find out all this information by checking out the most popular ski areas in the state. For example, Aspen and Telluride are classic historic sites, dating back to the gold rush days.
A few of the more popular Colorado ski resorts are:
Arapahoe Basin, A-Basin, as it is called, has one of the longest ski seasons and North American's highest elevation. It has 36 new runs for loads of fun for skiers and snowboarders.
Aspen Mountain, a world class ski resort, Aspen is also a first class art town. This winter wonderland has everything for everyone.
Breckenridge, is one of the country's most popular ski resorts. It now has the highest chairlift in American, 12,840 feet above sea level.
Copper Mountain, avid skiers love it. It is naturally laid out for all levels of ski ability. Copper now boasts a free styling facility with 20,000 square feet of ski and snowboarding activities.
Crested Butte, this ski town is a page out of the past. It doesn't have traffic lights or big name shopping chains. Loads of charm and fantastic skiing.
Keystone, is the largest ski resort closest to Denver, three mountains full of trails, bowls, a lift tubing hill and long ski season. This is a family friendly ski resort with something for everyone.
Loveland sees about 400 inches of snow every season. As a front range ski resort, Loveland is another family friendly place to stay.
Also it is the town where Valentines are sent all over the country on Valentine's Day. Loveland also is know as one of the best places to have a wedding and a favorite for those wishing to renew their vows.
Snowmass, is a great spot for families. The Treehouse Kids Center will keep the little ones occupied while mom and dad hit the slopes or have a relaxing dinner.
Snowmass holds the record, as of this writing, for the longest run, a jaw dropping 5.3 miles.
Steamboat resort has trademarked its powder. That's right! Steamboat powder is called "Champagne Powder" because it is light, dry and found in an old west town.
The down home feel of this great ski area has dubbed it "Ski Town, USA" by avid skiers.
Telluride is a quaint, Victorian town. As you drive along, you wonder where the ski resort is.
Hidden behind a mountain, all the amenities you could imagine await you. The powder is great, the resorts are friendly and homey, and you can either relax in the lodges or jump on your skis and take off.
And just a little FYI: Colorado's ski resorts are leading the way in green technology.
Arapahoe Basin built a lodge out of recycled materials;
Money spent at businesses in Crested Butte goes to preserving open space;
Bio fuels are in all on and off mountain machines at Durango Mountain;
Steamboat has planted over 800 spruce seedlings in the ski area;
Telluride has a new waste oil heater that burns all food and fryer oils, as well as maintenance shop oils to save on heating bills;
Many resorts buy only organic, natural and local food for their restaurants.
So not only do the Colorado ski resorts create fun for everyone, they help the environment.
All of the resorts have different levels of accommodations. From budget minded guests to over the top, there is always something for you at these great places to go Colorado skiing.
There will be something to peak your interest, even during the summer months. For more information, please visit the Colorado Resources section of this site.