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Colorado Ski Safari - 7 Ski Resorts in 7 Days

Colorado Ski Safari - 7 Ski Resorts in 7 Days


Ski resorts in Colorado are pretty tightly nit together meaning it’s totally possible to comfortably do several in a week’s holiday. However, never one to shy away from challenges, we believe it’s actually possible to visit and stay at 7 out of the 11 Colorado resorts we feature in one week’s vacation. With a day’s travel either end to and from Denver airport that leaves 5 ski days to do damage with. So here goes!

The starting point for most visitors to Colorado is Denver, the Gateway to the Rockies and on the first day of the trip we head west out on i-70 for just 67 miles miles until we get to our first resort Winter Park.

Ski Day 1

Winter Park is the oldest resort in the US opened in 1944 as, accurately, a winter park for Denver. It was originally developed for families but most recently known for its expert terrain. After a solid day on the slopes we recommend lodging at the Iron Horse Condominium Hotel accessible from the slopes via a cat track.

Ski day 2

Another 67 hop picking up on the i-70 west and we get to Breckenridge, the highest resort in North America at a base elevation of 9.600ft. Breckenridge is one of the most visited resorts in the United States and combines a picture-postcard Victoria village with Colorado’s biggest partying ski town. The resort has one of world’s best terrain parks for those of a freestyle persuasion but freeriders are well looked after with the 300” of average Colorado powder. Get a good night’s sleep at The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge which is perched at the top of a cliff above the town, surrounded by forests.

Ski day 3

No early start required as Copper Mountain is just 19 miles west of Breckenridge and caters to almost every rider from family cruisers to back bowl free riders. The resort is underrated as comes with a real sense of community and The Village at Copper Mountain is a great slope side lodging to rest your head for the night.

Ski day 4

Next up and a short 20 mile hop west is Vail, the largest ski area in the US with long cruisers, huge back bowls and well maintained terrain parks. But don’t get too carried away as for the afternoon we’re heading just 15 miles down the valley toBeaver Creek, covered on the shared single-day ticket. After enjoying the long double diamond downhills with steep trees we recommend spending the night at the giant Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch right on the slopes.

Ski day 5

A longer 90 miles trip south via Glenwood Springs on our final ski day gets us to Aspen and Snowmass, second only to Vail in size and home to the Winter-X Games. The area has four mountains connected by Highway-82 and on the same lift ticket but we’ll conservatively count this as two resorts on our ski safari. Notably, Snowmass boasts the longest lift-served vertical in the states but it will be at Aspen where we stay for the night at Aspen Meadows, a stylish Bahuas-influenced complex

On the final day of our week it’s just a three hour 160 mile drive back to Denver to fly out. Adding up the miles that’ s 423 miles in one week for an average of just 60 miles a day. Not bad for 7 of the best resorts in the country. The only question is, are you game?!

Beaver Creek
Copper Mountain
Winter Park
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