Ski Resorts Near Colorado Springs

Frank Ross
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

There are several great ski resorts near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Most are a little over 100 miles from the city, which makes it easy to take a day trip. If you prefer a longer stay, most of these ski areas have excellent places to stay, dine, and explore.

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin stands at 13,050 feet and beckons skiers with more than 100 trails and seven chair lifts. More than 350 inches of annual snowfall makes the Basin one of Colorado's most loved ski areas. This ski and snowboard destination has been serving experts and beginners alike since 1946. During many winters, Arapahoe Basin has been one of the first ski areas to open nationally, including as early as October 15 in 2008.

The area is still raw and wild in many ways, eschewing many of the amenities of other resorts. There are no plush hotels or fancy restaurants. Instead the area provides simple amenities for day skiers. There are five cafes and bars, and a small retail store for those who may have forgotten or lost gear along the way.

If you go to A Basin, as it is known to locals, you can't miss The Beach scene, which is a nickname for the early parking lot that backs up to the three lower mountain lifts. Saturdays and Sundays this parking lot is home to one of the biggest parties in Colorado where carloads of friends and family open their doors, set up their lawn chairs and grills and kick back for a relaxing day.

Arapahoe Basin received good marks in reviews on PowderHounds.com with the most positive remarks on their uncrowded slopes, trail quality and value, but another site's reviewers were not impressed with the nightlife in that area.

Travel

Arapahoe Basin is located almost due west of Denver, off I70, so it's a fairly easy 131 mile (2 hour, 12 minute) drive, up highway 87, depending on weather from Colorado, Springs.

Family Friendly

Early in the season kids up to age 14 ski free at Arapahoe Basin. Lessons for both skiing and snowboarding are available for kids from 3 to 14 years. Classes are small and organized by age so individual attention and needs are more easily addressed. Reservations are required for all lessons. You can book them online or call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246.)

Additional programs offered include the Kid's Club Arapahoe, Li'l Kid's Club for preschool skiers, XTreme Teen and Basin Breakin'.

Lift Tickets

Prices vary with a number of variables including age, season, holidays, length of package and advance purchase. You'll find all of the options at their website.

Mountain Minutiae

  • Base elevation: 10,780 feet
  • Summit elevation: 13,050 feet
  • Vertical rise: 2,270 feet
  • Annual snowfall: 350 inches
  • Number of trails: 105
  • Skiable acres: 900
  • Longest run: 1.5 miles

Trail Breakdown

  • Expert 23%
  • Advanced 37%
  • Intermediate 30%
  • Beginner 10%

Lift Analysis

Lift capacity is 10,500 skiers per hour.

  • High speed quad chairs: 1
  • Quad chairs: 1
  • Triple chairs: 1
  • Double chairs: 1
  • Surface lifts: 1

Keystone

Keystone Ski Slope
Keystone Ski Slope

The largest mountain in Summit County, Keystone has an impressive resume. From world-class lodging facilities, you'll have easy access to The Outback, North Peak and Dercum Mountain, featuring the A51 Terrain Park.

The main Keystone Lodge hub includes River Run, Mountain House and Lakeside areas. There is quick access to the slopes via the new 8-passenger River Run gondola, as well as Discovery lift, Argentine lift, Peru Express and Summit Express which run constantly. Getting around the many shopping, lodging and dining areas is easy with free transportation that runs from 6 a.m. until midnight.

Keystone received good marks in reviews that note the friendly service and exceptional terrain, with the only exception being the price, with some reviewers noting it is the most expensive place to ski.

Travel

At 141 miles, this world-class resort is a bit of a hike from Colorado Springs at about a two and a half hour drive (depending on weather). Keystone is one of the few resorts to offer convenient, free parking, which is available in the River Run, Mountain East and North Shuttle Free Parking lots. There are also complementary wagons to help families with young children haul all of their gear to the lifts. These wagons are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lodging/Dining

With over 1,100 lodging options, ranging from resorts, vacation rentals, hotels, townhomes and four-bedroom condos, you're sure to find one that meets your accommodation and budget requirements. In addition to traditional menu offerings like pizza and burgers, you'll find several award-winning fine dining restaurants that are sure to please any palate.

Activities

When you're in the Mecca of snow skiing you don't want to waste a minute, so consider night skiing to round out your day on the slopes. This is a particularly beautiful and peaceful way to enjoy the mountainside.

Take a break from the slopes and strap on your skates for a turn on the outdoor Keystone Lake and Ice Rink or the Dercum Square indoor ice rink. When you're completely used up, head for the 10,000 square-foot luxury spa where you can work out the kinks and get ready for another day of skiing.

Lessons

Keystone has an excellent ski and snowboard school that offers private and group lessons and a host of beginner slopes and learning centers.

The resort also provides Keystone Adventure Tours, which take skiers in a heated snowcat above the tree line for a full-day tour. The tour is complete with guides and a lunch in the warming hut catered by the five-star Alpenglow Stube.

Lift Tickets

Prices vary with a number of variables including age, season, holidays, length of package and advance purchase. You'll find all of the options at Keystone Resort Lift Tickets. Although there is a lot of lift capacity, there is also a lot of area to cover and on heavy use days the number of skiers can overwhelm even this great system.

Mountain Minutiae

  • Base elevation: 9,280 feet
  • Summit elevation: 12,408 feet
  • Vertical rise: 3,128 feet
  • Annual snowfall: 230 inches
  • Number of trails: 135
  • Skiable acres: 3,148
  • Longest run: 3.5 miles

Trail Breakdown

  • Advanced 49 %
  • Intermediate 32 %
  • Beginner 19 %

Lift Analysis

Lift capacity is 32,175 skiers per hour.

  • Gondolas/trams: 2
  • High speed six-passenger chairs: 1
  • High speed quad chairs: 5
  • Quad chairs: 1
  • Triple chairs: 1
  • Double chairs: 4
  • Surface lifts: 5

Loveland

Skiing at Loveland Basin
Loveland Basin Ski Area

A Colorado classic, Loveland Ski Area is comprised of the Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley, located atop the Continental Divide with a volume of snow that makes it a great place to ski power trails as well as well-groomed trails. You'll appreciate access to both ski areas via a shuttle bus.

Loveland is an excellent choice for value conscious families. This no-frills day destination features ticket prices that are much less expensive than the other large Colorado resorts. It is also less crowded, which means more time on the slopes and less time in lift lines.

Loveland Ski Area received good marks on EpicSki.com with the strongest aspects being uncrowded slopes, value and convenient atmosphere. One reviewer at FindTheBest pointed out that wind can be challenging due to the altitude.

Lessons

This popular ski area is open from October through May, and is often the last to close in Colorado. Lessons are available for all levels of skiers from kids to adults, for skis and snowboards. Equipment rentals are also available.

Travel

Just 124 miles from Colorado Springs, it's a drive of around two hours (depending on weather).

Lift Tickets

Prices vary with a number of variables including age, season, holidays, length of package and advance purchase. You'll find all of the options at the Loveland website.

Mountain Minutiae

  • Base elevation: 10,800 feet
  • Summit elevation: 13,010 feet
  • Vertical rise: 2,210 feet
  • Annual snowfall: 400 inches
  • Number of trails: 93
  • Skiable acres: 1,570
  • Longest run: 2 miles

Trail Breakdown

  • Advanced 46%
  • Intermediate 41%
  • Beginner 13 %

Lift Analysis

Lift capacity is 14,293 skiers per hour.

  • Quad chairs: 3
  • Triple chairs: 3
  • Double chairs: 2
  • Surface lifts: 2

Winter Park

Winter Park Ski Resort
Winter Park Ski Resort

Winter Park is truly a family destination resort, with two incredible mountains, Winter Park and Mary Jane, and an array of affordable lodging and dining options. Guests can enjoy luxury accommodations in some of the town's many hotels, condos and private homes, or more low-key options in some of the bed and breakfasts or local motels.

Winter Park received good reviews on yelp.com with the best marks coming for their trails and kid-friendliness. From over 100 reviews at OnTheSnow.com, the bulk of reviewers gave top marks.

This resort is one of Colorado's longest continually-operated ski resorts, and is generally open from November through April, although the season moderates with annual snowfall and weather variations. It is also noted for one of the longest runs in the state.

Lessons

Lessons are available for all levels of skiers from kids to adults, for skis and snowboards.

Travel

Located northwest of Denver off I70, on route 40, the 133-mile drive is about two and a half hours from Colorado Springs.

Lift Tickets

Your lift tickets will always be cheaper when you buy them in advance, and they're also cheaper with a volume purchase, such as season passes or weekly passes. Discounts are available for college students as well as active and retired military service members and their dependents. You'll find all the options at the Winter Park Resort site.

Mountain Minutiae

  • Base elevation: 9,000 feet
  • Summit elevation: 12,060 feet
  • Vertical rise: 2,610 feet
  • Annual snowfall: 350 inches
  • Number of trails: 143
  • Skiable acres: 2,733
  • Longest run: 5.1 miles

Trail Breakdown

  • Expert 56 %
  • Advanced 19 %
  • Intermediate 17 %
  • Beginner 8 %

Lift Analysis

Lift capacity is 36,920 skiers per hour.

  • High speed six-passenger chairs: 2
  • High speed quad chairs: 7
  • Triple chairs: 4
  • Double chairs: 6
  • Surface lifts: 6

Monarch Mountain

View from Monarch Mountain
View from Monarch Mountain

Located on the Continental Divide, Monarch Mountain has been hosting snow skiers since 1939. It's family friendly, with a good mix of trails where the adventurous will enjoy tree skiing, fresh powder snow and Snowcat skiing.

Monarch Ski Area received good marks on Powderhounds, with the strongest aspects being child-friendliness, value, and uncrowded slopes. One reviewer at OnTheSnow.com felt the staff treats everyone like family.

Travel

Monarch Mountain Ski Lodge is approximately 128 miles (2.5 hours) southwest of Colorado Springs, and around three and a half hours from Denver International Airport, depending on the weather.

Lodging/Dining

Lodging is available in nearby Monarch, in the form of chalets, cabins and condos. You'll also find the traditional national motel chains in town if you prefer those accommodations. When your stomach starts telling you it's time to take a break from the slopes, you can drop into the Sidewinder Saloon, or the Gunbarrel Cafeteria for a quick meal, or if you're just interested in a hot cup of coffee and a snack, the Java Stop is your best option.

Lessons

Childcare and lessons for kids from 3 to 6 are offered as well as group lessons and individual private lessons for skiing and snowboarding.

Equipment rentals for skis, boots and poles are available, and clothing rentals are offered.

Lift Tickets

Monarch is open seven days a week from late November to mid April, depending on snowfall. Discounts are available online with advance purchases and group rates (ten people or more) are offered as well. Discounts are also available for college students and active or retired military service members and their dependents. You'll find all the options at the Lift Tickets portion of their website.

Mountain Minutiae

  • Base elevation: 10,790 feet
  • Summit elevation: 11,952 feet
  • Vertical rise: 1,162 feet
  • Annual snowfall: 350 inches
  • Number of trails: 63
  • Skiable acres: 800
  • Longest run: One mile

Trail Breakdown

  • Expert 31%
  • Advanced 27%
  • Intermediate 28%
  • Beginner 14%

Lift Analysis

Lift capacity is 6,100 skiers per hour.

  • Quad chairs: 1
  • Double chairs: 4
  • Surface lifts: 1

Before You Start Packing

One important thing to keep in mind is that a weekend ski experience is very personal and most often driven by your own needs and desires, as well as abilities on the slopes. Try new ski areas one weekend at a time, even though they look like a wonderful deal for the entire season. When your ski tips meet the reality of downhill runs, you'll want to be sure you've spent your money wisely rather than regretting every weekend for the rest of the snow season!

Ski Resorts Near Colorado Springs