Colorado

Discover Some Top Ski Destinations in Colorado

The Rocky Mountains – the first sight I saw when I drove into Colorado. My first drive in the mountains overwhelmed me. The snow-capped mountains of Colorado, the trees, and streams and lakes so blue and green, you’d think Mother Nature was fooling with food coloring.

Copper Mountain

On the drive up to Copper Mountain, I passed by some a couple resorts on the way, Arapahoe Basin and Ski Cooper a-basin colorado awards. But Copper Mountain is considered by many of my friends as a local’s mountain; although they have a ski school and beginner’s terrain, I feel Copper tends to be frequented by us, Coloradans rather than out-of-state tourists. Unlike resorts like Vail or Winter Park, Copper tends to have fewer lines and shorter wait times, even at the height of tourist ski season (exceptions to this rule are during Holidays, which often experience long lift lines due to so many families just out to enjoy the skiing. Copper has a combination of green and blue runs, Copper’s Superpipe, and its premier terrain park, Catalyst. Although virtually every lift at Copper can be directly skied to from the top of either the Eagle or the Flier, many tourists unfamiliar with the resort tend to funnel into Center Village.

Winter Park Resort

My family and I spent a few days just enjoying the resort, I found the resort to consists of three interconnected mountain peaks – Winter Park, Mary Jane, and Vasquez Ridge – which share a common lift ticket. Mary Jane, is known for its moguls, tree skiing, hidden huts and generally more difficult terrain. It encompasses the above-tree line terrain of Parsenn Bowl.

Winter Park is also home to the National Sports Center for the Disabled with its featured ski program. The vision for the NSCD program is “to provide skiers of all levels the opportunity to achieve their dreams and goals through skiing.”

Beaver Creek Resort

This is a great resort for beginners. With 1,805 acres, the resort dedicates a significant portion of its terrain to teaching beginner skiers and snowboarders. In fact, Beaver Creek Mountain is virtually laid out upside down with most of the prime beginner runs located at the top. This layout gives beginner skiers a true “ski-down-the-mountain” experience, not to mention spectacular views of the nearby Gore Range.

What Makes Beaver Creek’s terrain conducive to teaching?

As a mother of children ages 3, 4, and 7 years old, the new children’s gondola and ski school offers excellent beginner teaching terrain for kids and teens. I am told by the staff that beginner areas are serviced with the best beginner-lift technology, including surface carpet lifts, which are easier to ride and cut down on fatigue.

Slope maintenance crews move and shape the snow in the resort’s beginner areas for optimal learning opportunities, creating sculpted terrain features including burms, knolls and rolls that help ease the learning curve for beginning skiers and riders.

Learning snowboarders have their own section of the beginner area on which to learn that is specifically sculpted for optimal beginner riding conditions.

Three terrain parks and a Superpipe mean plenty of beginner to expert level FUN. Park 101 and Zoom Room are an integral part of the Park-ology learning program for kids and teens.

For the more Advanced and Expert terrain and powder hounds set their sights on The Talons and, in its second year, the Stone Creek Chutes extreme terrain. The Talons advanced to expert area is served by three high-speed quad lifts and offers enough steeps, bumps and glades to challenge the most seasoned skier or rider. Ride the high-speed quad in Larkspur Bowl to ski the Stone Creek Chutes. Stone Creek offers 180 acres short, steep glades runs for experts.

Vail

You’ve heard of Vail – the largest ski resort in the United States, the most groomed terrain on the planet, three huge faces with 193 ski trails over 5,289 acres, all with an average 300 days of sunshine and perfect snow, perfectly groomed. The resort prides itself on offering exemplary customer service, which is also a driving force behind the award-winning Vail Snowsports School experience. With a guest return rate of more than 80 percent, the Snowsports School also provides the opportunity to customize the ski or ride experience through its private instruction program. And privates aren’t just for adults- the popularity of kids’ private lessons is on the rise. Spend a day or week with one of the school’s top pros and discover why at Vail there is no comparison.

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