There’s no shortage of places to ski near Denver, but the well-known (large and small) ski resorts of the area are always enticing with their well-maintained and varied slopes, lively villages and base areas, and guest services and instructors if you need them. The most popular of the Denver-area resorts can generally be divided into three groups depending on their driving distance from the city. Here are our top favorites!
Best Ski Resorts Near Denver (Convenient to Get To)
- 67 miles from Denver
- 23 lifts and 1 gondola
- 27 feet of snow per year
Winter Park is one of the easiest ski resorts to get to from Denver, since the Amtrak double decker train takes you directly from Union Station to the resort. There’s an impressive 3,000 skiable acres including extensive beginner slopes, tree runs, and long boomers The recent $30-million renovation to the infrastructure and lodge make the experience even cooler.
- 69 miles from Denver
- 20 lifts and 1 gondola
- 20 feet of snow a year
This gorgeous resort is perfect if you are traveling with people of all different ski capabilities. The resort is divided into three sections that each offer different challenges. The “easy” area is perfect for beginner skiers, while the “hard” and “hardest” areas are for strong skiers only. Night skiing and CAT skiing are also available. After skiing, stick around for a meal or drinks in lively Keystone Village.
A Bit Further Out (Larger Resorts and Higher Mountains)
- 80 miles from Denver
- 34 lifts
- 30 feet of snow a year
Spread out over 5 mountains and boasting the highest chairlift in North America, Breckenridge is well-known for its spring skiing season. Here, families and beginner skiers can have fun on gentle inclines, and more experienced skiers can enjoy tree and bowl skiing farther up the mountain all the way through May. The Breckenridge resort is located in the town of the same name, which has great shops and restaurants to explore après-ski.
- 78 miles from Denver
- 24 lifts and 1 gondola
- 25 feet of snow a year
Copper Mountain features over 140 runs that range from family-friendly to steep trails with deep powder. There’s also plenty of parking, which makes it easy for day-trippers from Denver to ski on a whim. The three villages at the base — Center, East, and West — offer plenty of restaurants and shops to browse before and after skiing.
Farthest Away (But So Worth It)
- 97 miles from Denver
- 31 lifts and 2 gondolas
- 29 feet of snow a year
One of the best ski resorts in the world, Vail offers something for everyone, from the casual ski enthusiast to the most advanced pros. The season starts quite early — in mid-November — offering plenty of opportunity to enjoy the three linked base areas filled with shops, restaurants, and après spots.
- 109 miles from Denver
- 27 feet of snow a year
- 23 lifts
Go for the fun of skiing, but if you’re a serious skier, challenging terrain is definitely available. This picture-perfect resort hosts the Alpine World Cup downhill races on a regular basis, and the alpine village at the base of the lifts offers plenty of restaurants, shops, and galleries.
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