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A 101 Guide to 6 Colorado Ski Towns

General Information about Popular CO Ski Towns
101 Guide to 6 Colorado Ski Towns

Ski and snowboard season is in full swing!  The Rocky Mountains are globally renowned for their amazing slopes.  Local residents get to enjoy a winter playground situated in their own backyard.  Some mountain spots receive more annual snowfall while others have larger populations and higher elevations.  The list of options is endless for the winter warrior!

Colorado boasts ski towns and resorts for everyone from beginners to experts, and they are spread throughout the state.  Our Front Range community can head west in several directions to find the right slopes for their needs.  We’ve picked 6 ski resorts to share some general information about the towns and their slopes for skiers and snowboarders from the Denver Area.

You probably already have a favorite spot, but this 101 guide may provide some new information to help you decide where to go this winter.

Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge is about 85 miles west of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is less than two hours by heading west on I-70, then taking Highway 9 near Frisco, heading south towards Breckenridge.

Population – about 3,600

Town Size – 5.3 square miles

Base Elevation – 9,600 feet

Summit Elevation – 13,000 feet

Skiable Acres – 2908

Total Lifts – 34

Average Annual Snowfall – 25 feet

Keystone

The town of Keystone is about 80 miles west of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is less than two hours by heading west on I-70, then taking Highway 6 near Silverthorne and Dillon, heading south towards Keystone.

Population – about 1,100

Town Size – 40 square miles

Base Elevation – 9,280 feet

Summit Elevation – 12, 400 feet

Skiable Acres -3,148

Total Lifts – 20

Average Annual Snowfall – 20 feet

Steamboat Springs

The town of Steamboat Springs is about 160 miles northwest of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is about 3 hours heading west on I-70, then heading west (north) on Highway 9 near Silverthorne and Dillon, then taking US 40, west towards Steamboat Springs.

Population – 12,400

Town Size – 5.5 square miles

Base Elevation – 6,900 feet

Summit Elevation – 10, 600 feet

Skiable Acres – 2,965

Total Lifts – 16

Average Annual Snowfall – 29 feet

Telluride

The town of Telluride is about 325 miles southwest of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is about 6.5 hours heading west on I-70 to Grand Junction, then heading south on Highway 50 (briefly on Highway 141) towards Montrose, then taking Highway 550 south to Ridgeway, then taking Route 62 and Route 145 winding around towards Telluride.

Population – 2,500

Town Size – less than a square mile

Base Elevation – 8,725

Summit Elevation – 13,150

Skiable Acres – 2,000

Total Lifts – 12

Average Annual Snowfall – 26 feet

Vail

The town of Vail is about 100 miles west of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is about 3 hours heading west on I-70 with three exits leading directly to Vail.

Population – 5,300

Town Size – 4.5 square miles

Base Elevation – 8,000 feet

Summit Elevation – 11,570 feet

Skiable Acres – 5,289

Total Lifts – 31

Average Annual Snowfall – 29 feet

Winter Park

The town of Winter Park is about 70 miles west of south-central Denver.  The drive from Metro Denver is about 1.5 hours heading west on I-70, then heading west (north) on Highway 40 near Empire leading to Winter Park.

Population – 720

Town Size – 7.5 square miles

Base Elevation – 9,000 feet

Summit Elevation – 11,300 feet

Skiable Acres – 3,081

Total Lifts – 25

Average Annual Snowfall – 20 feet

Have fun and stay safe on the Colorado slopes this year!

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