The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Colorado Springs

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Colorado Springs - UPDATED 2020/21
Jack Lee
Written by Jack Lee / Photos by Jack Lee
Last updated June 29, 2020
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Known for

Most popular resort in Colorado, voted one of the best ski towns in the US

Highlights

  • Vibrant ski town with great apres ski
  • Diverse range of lodgings from affordable to lavishly high end
  • Award-winning terrain parks
  • Big crowds are a pain

Closest airports

Denver Intl. Airport - 104 mi (2.5 hour drive)

Distance from Colorado Springs - 106 mi (2.5 hour drive)

breckenridge ski resort
Breck in a snapshot

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!

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Known for

One of the best family-friendly resorts in Colorado, with night skiing

Highlights

  • Kidtopia play area and endless family-friendly programs
  • Beginner runs and learning area at the top of the mountain
  • One of the country’s top terrain parks, with its own lift
  • Crowds can be a problem, especially on weekends

Closest airports

Denver Intl. Airport - 90 mi (2 hour drive)

Distance from Colorado Springs - 135 mi (2.5 hour drive)

north peak at Keystone
North Peak at Keystone

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.

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Great all-rounder resort with family-friendly atmosphere

Highlights

  • A family favorite with plenty of kids activities
  • Consistent snowfall makes it a reliable choice
  • Free snowcat (Fridays - Sundays)
  • No real standout runs

Closest airports

Denver Intl. Airport - 100 mi (2 hour drive)

Distance from Colorado Springs - 143 mi (2.5 hour drive)

on mountain chief looking into copper bowl at copper mountain
On Mountain Chief looking into Copper Bowl

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.

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Known for

Small “local's mountain” vibe offering extreme chutes and gnarly steeps

Highlights

  • Great advanced terrain
  • Budget friendly compared to other Colorado ski resorts
  • One of the longest ski seasons (Nov - May)
  • Very limited amenities and no lodging at the base

Closest airports

Denver Intl. Airport - 88 mi (2 hour drive)

Distance from Colorado Springs - 129 mi (2.5 hour drive)

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Looking down from A-Basin Summit

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?

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Known for

True local mountain with plenty of reliable snow

Highlights

  • Remote location keep crowds to a minimum
  • Incredible views of surrounding mountain ranges
  • Affordable lift tickets compared to larger Colorado ski resorts
  • No lodging at base and limited lodging nearby

Closest airports

Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport - 45 mi (1 hour drive)
Denver Intl. Airport - 180 mi (3.5 hour drive)

Distance from Colorado Springs - 128 mi (2.5 hour drive)

breckenridge ski resort
Welcome to Monarch Mountain!

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.

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Colorado Springs
Breckenridge
Keystone Resort
Copper Mountain
Arapahoe Basin
Monarch Mountain
Breckenridge