Top 3 Ski Resorts in the Denver Area

On the hunt for the best ever Denver ski resorts? There are plenty to choose from in the Colorado area, and lots of other winter Denver attractions to consider while you’ve already got your snow gear on. Here are a few ski resorts to consider that will help you make the most of the colder Denver climate, come winter time.

 

Echo Mountain

 

Beginning as a marketing venture and now boasting expertise in the departments of public policy, domestic and international marketing and communications—Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is a not-for-profit trade association which represents 22 ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado. Echo Mountain is its closest to Denver ski resort, located about 50 minutes from downtown Denver or 60 minutes from new home builder communities in Littleton, Colorado.

 

They offer a range of affordable skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.

 

Hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

 

Annual Snowfall:

275 in

Base Elevation:

10,050 ft

Summit Elevation:

10,650 ft

Season Dates:

Nov. 27, 2020 – Apr. 18, 2021

Skiable Area:

60 acres

 

 

 

Breckenridge

 

Owned and operated by Vail Resorts, Inc., Breckenridge is perennially one of the most visited ski resorts in the western hemisphere. With 187 trails spread across 5 peaks, it’s considered to have some of the best slopes in Colorado and is also home to North America’s highest chairlift—the Imperial Express Super Chair, which sits at 12,840 ft. A high altitude is great for snowfall, but less ideal for those who suffer more severe altitude sickness.

 

You can stay at the Breckenridge resort during your stay or hit the town’s Main Street, which has a slew of restaurants, bars and lodging options. Or if you live in the Colorado area, it’s about two hours away from new construction homes in Aurora or Littleton.

 

Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

 

Annual Snowfall:

300 in

Base Elevation:

9,600 ft

Summit Elevation:

12,998 ft

Season Dates:

Nov. 27, 2020 – Apr. 18, 2021

Skiable Area:

2,908

 

 

Aspen Snowmass 

 

With more ski area than almost anywhere else in the country, a total of 91 trails, 21 chairlifts and access to your choice of cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks, and half pipes—Aspen is easily one of the top ski resorts in the Aspen area. It also offers two on-mountain restaurants, Sam's Smokehouse at the top of the Village Express chair and Sneaky's Tavern at the base. Here, you’ll enjoy the wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities—including The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center. The resort is also centered in an upscale and lively town with plenty of food and shopping.

 

Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Daily: June 21 - September 2, 2019

Weekends: Sep 6 to Oct 6

 

 

Annual Snowfall:

300 in

Base Elevation:

8,104 ft

Summit Elevation:

12,510 ft

Season Dates:

Nov. 27, 2020 – Apr. 18, 2021

Skiable Area:

3,342

 

Denver Climate vs. Aspen Climate

 

You’ll notice quite a temperature shift from the Denver climate to Aspen, and other areas where most ski resorts are located. This makes for better skiing, but often much colder air.

 

In Aspen, the cold season lasts for about three and a half months, starting in late November 21 and going through early March 6. The average daily high temperature is typically below 36°F, with the coldest month of the year being in January at an average low of 7°F and high of 28°F.

 

Over the course of the year, the temperature in Aspen typically varies from 7°F to 73°F during and is rarely below -7°F or above 80°F.Between Denver and Aspen, the difference is between 15⁰ to -12⁰ C during winters and its peak travel time during winter is during December to March. Aspen is the perfect spot for a winter trip due to the amazing skiing opportunity it provides. During summers, the climate is dry with a maximum temperature of about 26⁰ C. The best summer months to travel to Aspen are from June to August. 

 

In Denver, temperature during the winter varies between 48°F and 19°F between November to March.

 

If you’re considering new home builders in Denver, there are plenty of reasons to consider Colorado. Denver ski resorts are a few of them, but there are also many fall Denver attractions to consider—including rock climbing, hiking, and plenty of Denver neighborhoods to explore.

 

 

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Published 11.12.2021

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