Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by Colorado counties which impacted the 20/21 ski season for resorts near Colorado Springs. These included El Paso County temporarily shutting down non-essential businesses including indoor dining. In Summit County which is home to several key ski resorts in Colorado including Breckenridge and Keystone, there was limited capacity for indoor and outdoor dining and vacation lodging was limited to 2 households per unit. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
Breckenridge has the highest summit elevation in the US and is one of the most popular resorts in Colorado. The resort has a nice selection of terrain that spreads out over five peaks and a historic mining town with fantastic après ski. After a big day on the slopes and an even bigger night in town, there's a wide variety of accommodation for you to wind down in. If you want ski-in/ski-out you’ve got it, or if you’d prefer to save money and don't mind being a bit further from the slopes, that’s also an option. With plenty of things to do, Breck is definitely not to be missed! Just make sure you’re prepared against possible altitude sickness!
Keystone is a large ski resort with some of the best long groomers in Colorado. Experienced intermediates will be in heaven, but advanced riders could find that the trails simply aren’t challenging enough. The resort is also extremely family-friendly because the slopes at Keystone make it easier for the whole family to ride together. Night-skiing is available after sunset and continues as late as 9 pm, with an excellent mix of green and cruisey blue terrain. There are plenty of accommodation and entertaining dining options to suit every budget. The main downside would be that crowds can get pretty hectic, especially on weekends.
Copper Mountain is a great choice because the natural topography of the mountains splits the slopes neatly into three distinct sections. The East Village is best for advanced skiers, Center Village for intermediates, and West Village for beginners, with efficient lifts to keep the crowds away. The resort is great for families with similar skiing abilities and the snow tubing doesn’t get more fun than here! Although Copper Mountain isn’t as expensive as Vail or Aspen, you'll still pay a premium to stay in the ski village. Center Village is where you’ll find the most facilities, restaurants, and shops, so if being close to amenities is important, stay here. For more affordable options try Frisco or Silverthorne.
They call Arapahoe Basin ‘The Legend’ so be prepared for some of the most extreme terrain available in Colorado. A-Basin is a true locals mountain, with a laid-back vibe that will delight some but put off others. The more experienced and low-maintenance you are, the more fun you’ll have here, so skiing newbies or those looking for a more catered experience should probably look elsewhere. There are limited amenities and no lodging options in A-Basin but the next best option would be in Keystone, otherwise, you could consider lodging in Summit Cove, Dillon/ Silverthorne or Frisco. Though there is no real base village, who needs that when you’re jumping off cliffs or skiing in July?
Monarch may be a small ski resort but it is extremely popular for locals in the Colorado Springs area. Beginners and intermediates have a good selection of terrain, while advanced and expert skiers and riders can go for the steep bowls, chutes, and tree runs. Being a bit further south west of Denver than the other resorts on this list, Monarch is harder to get to but that's what keeps the crowds away. While there is no ski-in/ ski-out lodging here, most people stay in the nearby town of Salida which has very affordable accommodation and several restaurants.