Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains
Published: April 2009
By Everett Potter
Planning a Colorado ski trip?Bring your boots—and this guide.
The state of Colorado is not only synonymous with skiing in North America, but it literally offers something for everyone who loves snow. From the affluent playground of Aspen to the family-friendly Winter Park, the steeps of Telluride, and the Old West town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado has a mountain for anyone who loves to schuss, après-ski, or just spend time in the crisp mountain air.
In fact, each of the 10 resorts we’ve profiled is distinct—and those distinctions are growing sharper, as major resorts pump millions of dollars into their infrastructure. Vail, for example, is in the midst of a nearly $2 billion makeover of its town and infrastructure, with the country’s largest green resort, Ever Vail—some one million square feet of environmentally sound condos, hotel rooms, and retail—at its core. At Snowmass, millions are being spent to build a new base village. Crested Butte has just unveiled the first phase of a $200 million project that will bring a bit of glamour to that hard-core skiers’ paradise. Winter Park and Steamboat also have ambitious building plans afoot.
If there’s a common theme among the resorts, it’s a goal of raising lodging to new heights of luxury (witness the new Arrabelle in Vail and the Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Crested Butte). Another cross-mountain theme is taking care of the kids, as with the new $17 million Treehouse children’s center in Snowmass and Beaver Creek’s dedicated kids’ gondola. And as always, there’s the push to open a little more terrain, usually of the extreme variety, like Telluride’s new Black Iron Bowl.
So no matter what youre looking for, youre bound to find your perfect day, both on and off the slopes, at one of these resorts. See our profiles of 10 great Colorado ski resorts