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Map of US and Colorado

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: 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
11,4404,0401815310174194338
Breckenridgereview
social
location
lodging
12,9983,398235830030414311936
Aspen Buttermilk 7,8702,030470300823539260
Copper Mountainreview
social
location
lodging
12,3132,601245028422121253618
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
12,4083,1483148230193193249
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
11,5703,4505289348324182953
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:

2016-2017 Season:

ResortOpenClose
Arapahoe Basin October 13, 2017 June (early), 2018
Aspen Highlands December 9, 2017 April 8, 2018
Aspen Mountain November 23, 2017 April 15, 2018
Aspen ButtermilkDecember 09, 2017 April 8, 2018
Copper Mountain November 10, 2017 April 15, 2018
Crested Butte November 23, 2017 April 8, 2018
Echo Mountain November 21, 2017 April 15, 2018
Eldora November 17, 2017 April 8, 2018
Hesperus December 15, 2017 April 1, 2018
Howelsen Hill November 25, 2017 March 11, 2018
Loveland October (Late), 2017 May 6, 2018
Monarch MountainNovember 22, 2017 April 8, 2018
Powderhorn December 15, 2017 March 25, 2018
Durango
(Purgatory)
November 18, 2017 April 15, 2018
Silverton December 28, 2017 April 8, 2018
Ski Cooper December 9, 2017 April 8, 2018
Ski Granby RanchDecember 15, 2017 April 1, 2018
Snowmass November 23, 2017 April 15, 2018
Steamboat November 22, 2017 April 15, 2018
Sunlight December 8, 2017 April 1, 2018
Telluride November 23, 2017 April 8, 2018
Winter Park November 15, 2017 April 29, 2018
Wolf Creek November 3, 2017 April 1, 2018

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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