Family Ski Resorts Colorado

by AEA on May 1, 2010

Colorado Ski Resorts Top List

Ski holidays in Colorado means family vacations and one of the biggest family events of the year. There are kid friendly ski resorts which lessons for all ages. Kinderhut at Breckenridge offers ski lessons starting at 2 ½ years and a day care for infants and toddlers. There are activities and terrain for each member of the family to enjoy.

family ski resortThe main resorts best suited for family ski vacations are Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, and Telluride. These resorts will offer other activities like cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Book your reservations at least 6 months in advance for Christmas holidays and 4 months in advance for January to April. Get up-to-date information for your next visit to Colorado ski country.

Arapahoe Basin

is a few miles East of Keystone, the mountain has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet. Since 1946 the Arapahoe Basin provides some of the highest skiing elevations in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin opens early in the season and closes late, sometimes as late as July 4. Most of the Runs are above tree line. The closest lodging accommodations are in Keystone.

Aspen Highlands,

3 miles from downtown Aspen, provides breathtaking views of the Maroon Bells. The summit elevation is 12,500 ft and a vertical of 1,700 ft.

Aspen Mountain

starts in the heart of downtown Aspen. Also known as Ajax, it is exhilarating for skiers and snowboarders alike.

Beaver Creek

Resort is located a few miles West of Vail and next to Avon, Colorado. The summit elevation is 11,440 ft with a vertical rise of 4,040 ft. The heart of the resort, Beaver Creek Village has many shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants, all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators.

Buttermilk

3 miles from downtown Aspen, 6 miles from Snowmass, is home of the ESPN Winter X Games through2010. The summit has an elevation of 9,000 ft. Buttermilk welcomes all skiing levels, including beginners.

Breckenridge

Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 12,998 ft with a vertical of3,398 ft. The town of Breckenridge has the largest historic district in Colorado and features a wide variety of shops, activities, culture and attractions to entertain. Breckenridge is one of the best family ski areas in Colorado

Copper Mountain

has a summit of 12,313 ft with a vertical 2,601 ft. Copper Mountain is located East of Vail pass just off of I70.

Crested Butte

is located in southwest Colorado. The resort lies is at Mt. Crested Butte, three miles from the town of Crested Butte, originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp. Crested Butte Resort has a summit elevation of 12,162 ft and a vertical of 2,775 ft. Crested Butte is off the beaten path but a great place to avoid the crowds.

Durango

Mountain Resort is located in Southwest Colorado and provides great family entertainment. This is a good place for skiing and tubing for all ages.

Eldora

is located just West of Boulder, Colorado and the closest ski area to Denver. Eldora is a smaller ski area but it’s proximity to Denver makes it a local favorite.

Keystone

has three magnificent mountain playgrounds—Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback. There’s something for every skier of any level at each mountain. There are more than 3,000 vertical ft and with the highest elevation of 11,980 ft. Keystone is one of the few ski resorts that offers night time skiing.

Loveland

Ski Area is a local favorite with a summit elevation of 13,010 ft and a vertical of 2,410 ft. Loveland Ski Area is located on the continental divide and has no accommodations.

Snowmass,

9 miles from downtown Aspen, is a massive ski area and demands repeat trips. Snowmass has a vertical drop of 4,406 ft with a summit elevation of 12,510 ft.

Steamboat

is in northwest Colorado and 160 miles northwest of Denver. Steamboat has a summit elevation of 10,568 ft and a vertical of 3,668 ft. The Steamboat Ski Area is located a few miles from the town of Steamboat. Steamboat is a small town where western heritage and genuine friendliness are honored and where not a whole lot has changed in the last hundred years.

Telluride

has a colorful history as an 1800’s mining town. The Telluride Ski area offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers. Beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts. The summit elevation is 12,255 ft with a vertical of 3,530 ft.

Vail

has three distinct areas of the mountain including four terrain parks, seven bowls and5,289 acres of terrain. Vail is the largest ski resort in the U.S. and offers great dinning, kids activities, and nightlife.

Winter Park

has an elevation of 12,060 ft and a vertical of 2610 on Mary Jane. Winter Park is located West of Denver on Hwy 40. There is also snow tubing available in near by Fraser with a groomed, lighted hillside.

Ski Area Name

Intermediate Runs

(%)

Expert Runs

(%)

Number of Chairlifts

Skiable Acreage

Snowfall

Distance from Denver

Arapahoe Basin

45

40

6

490

367

65

Aspen Highlands

30

52

4

790

300

220

Aspen Mountain

48

52

8

673

300

220

Beaver Creek Resort

39

27

16

1,625

310

110

Breckenridge Ski Resort

33

52

27

2,208

300

90

Buttermilk

39

26

9

430

200

10

Copper Mountain

25

54

22

2,450

284

75

Crested Butte

57

20

15

1,073

240

230

Durango Mountain Resort

51

26

11

1,200

260

330

Eldora

50

30

12

680

300

47

Keystone

32

49

19

2,870

230

70

Loveland Ski Area

41

46

10

1,365

400

53

Monarch

37

42

5

670

350

159

Powderhorn

50

30

3

540

240

250

Silverton

0

100

1

1,655

400

325

Ski Cooper

40

30

2

400

250

129

Snowmass

50

44

21

3,100

300

220

Solvista

30

20

5

406

220

78

Steamboat

56

31

20

2,965

339

157

Sunlight

55

25

4

470

250

160

Telluride

38

38

16

1,700

309

330

Vail

29

53

34

5,289

346

100

Winter Park

34

57

24

2,770

351

67

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