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Map of United States and the location of the state of Colorado

Where is Colorado? Colorado is a state in the Western United States of America with the Rocky Mountain range stretching through the western half of the state. Colorado is know for its abundance of large, developed, destination resorts. Colorado's powder is light with a low snow density of 7% on average. Denver is the capital and largest primary city which provides the major international airport for the region. Most of the major ski resorts are located within four hours of Denver's airport.

Map of the state of Colorado
A cluster of resorts known as the Summit County resorts are close and easily accessible from Denver, just off of highway 70. These include: The Loveland ski area is often grouped with the Summit County resorts because it is so close, but technically it's in Clear Creek County. These resorts are also served by the ski towns of Frisco, Silverthorn and Dillon.

To the West on highway 70 you will find Vail and Beaver Creek.

The double resort of Winter Park and Mary Jane is a short drive off of highway 70 and is also relatively close to Denver.

Away from Denver you have resorts which are accessible by automobile and from regional airports. The resorts of Apen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass are all accessible from Aspen airport. The Hayden airport provides access to Steamboat Springs and Telluride is accessible from its own airport. Durango airport services a cluster of resorts in Southwest Colorado including Durango (Purgatory), Wolf Creek and Silverton.

Colorado Ski Resorts:

Where to ski in Colorado:

ResortInformationSummit
(feet)
Vertical
(feet)
Area
(acres)
Annual snow
(inches)
LiftsTerrain
Parks
Beginner ski trail rating
(%)
Intermediate ski trail rating
(%)
Advanced ski trail rating
(%)
Extreme ski trail rating
(%)
A-Basinreview
social
location
lodging
13,0502,27096035062103060
Aspen Highlandsreview
social
location
lodging
11,6753,63510283005018301636
Aspen Mountainreview
social
location
lodging
11,2123,267675300800482626
Beaver Creekreview
social
location
lodging
11,4404,0401815310224194338
Breckenridgereview
social
location
lodging
12,9983,398235830034414311936
Aspen Buttermilk 7,8702,030470300823539260
Copper Mountainreview
social
location
lodging
12,3132,601245028423121253618
Crested Buttereview
social
location
lodging
12,1672,7751167300162235720
Durango (Purgatory)
10,8222,0291360260105204535
Eldorareview
social
location
lodging
10,8001,60068030010315551515
Keystone Mountainreview
social
location
lodging
12,4083,1483148230203193249
Lovelandreview
social
location
lodging
13,0102,210167040092134146
Monarchreview
social
location
lodging
11,9521,1628003506214282731
Powderhorn 9,8501,65016002505320503031
Silverton Mountainreview
social
location
lodging
13,4873,08718194001000100
Ski Cooper 11,7001,20040026041313534
Ski Granby Ranch (Sol Vista) 9,2021,00040622046305020
Aspen Snowmass 12,5104,40633323002136471730
Steamboat Springsreview
social
location
lodging
10,5683,6682965334171144244
Sunlight 9,8952,010470250312055205
Telluride 12,5703,8452000309183233641
Vailreview
social
location
lodging
11,5703,4505289348314182953
Winter Park
Mary Jane

12,0602,61027333502568171956
Wolf Creekreview
social
location
lodging
11,9041,60416004656020352520
Note that some resorts have double black diamond type terrain but just bundle it all under a black diamond rating without distinguishing between single and double black diamond ratings.

Colorado Ski Resort Opening Dates:

2018-2019 Season:

ResortOpenClose
Arapahoe Basin October 19, 2018 June (early), 2019
Aspen Highlands December 8, 2018 April 14, 2019
Aspen Mountain November 22, 2018 April 21, 2019
Aspen ButtermilkDecember 8, 2018 April 7, 2019
Copper Mountain November 16, 2018 April 21, 2019
Crested Butte November 23, 2018 April 7, 2019
Echo Mountain November 23, 2018 April 14, 2019
Eldora November 16, 2018 April 14, 2019
Hesperus December 21, 2018 April 7, 2019
Howelsen Hill November 24, 2018 March 10, 2019
Kendall MountainDecember 7, 2018 March 31, 2019
Loveland October 20, 2018 May 5, 2019
Monarch MountainNovember 21, 2018 April 7, 2019
Powderhorn December 14, 2018 March 31, 2019
Durango
(Purgatory)
November 17, 2018 April 14, 2019
Silverton November 24, 2018 April 14, 2019
Ski Cooper December 8, 2018 April 7, 2019
Ski Granby RanchDecember 14, 2018 March 31, 2019
Snowmass November 22, 2018 April 21, 2019
Steamboat November 21, 2018 April 14, 2019
Sunlight December 14, 2018 April 7, 2019
Telluride November 22, 2018 April 7, 2019
Winter Park November 14, 2018 May 3, 2019
Wolf Creek October 13, 2018 April 7, 2019

It is quite typical that Arapahoe Basin and Loveland have the longest ski season as they sit on the continental divide with the highest elevations at 13,050 and 13,010 feet respectively.

Lodging and Accommodations in Colorado:

Colorado Ski Resort Video Tours:

Arapahoe Basin CO

Eldora CO

Copper CO

Keystone CO

Loveland CO

Monarch Mountain CO
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