11 Best Colorado Ski Resorts for Shredding This Winter

Narrowing down the best resort in Colorado can be tricky. They vary greatly and "best" depends on your skill level, who you're with and what else you want to do while you're there.

Breckenridge was voted the best ski town in the US! We love it in Breck! There are tons of things to do here. Crowds can be an issue, so visit on a weekday if possible.


aspen snowmass

Aspen is upscale, with tons of shopping and food options, but you're going to pay for it. Intermediate and advanced skiers love the plethora of terrain options.


Vail is iconic Colorado! It's also my personal fave. The town offers an array of options, and it's the state's largest resort.

crested butte

Crested Butte is a smaller resort, but offers a great laid-back vibe. There is plenty of terrain for all ages, but it tends to get less snow than other resorts. 

Arapahoe is usually open longer than other resorts so it's great for late-season barding. A lot of advanced terrain. Budget friendly, but little to offer in food or lodging.

arapahoe basin


This historic town is just gorgeous, especially at night. It's quite a ways from the standard resorts. Awesome for beginner or advanced. 

Sometimes called Vail's 'Little Sister" be cause they are so close to each other. Fewer crowds and expertly groomed runs make this a fun option.

beaver creek


Bringing the kids? This is a mecca of family fun. It's usually crowded, but worth it with kids because of the large beginner area and learning spaces. 


While not as far from Denver as Telluride, this gem is still a hike. Fewer crowds and tons of thermal pools make it worth the effort.  

copper mountain

Another family favorite that is a tad more affordable than others. The town and resort are smaller, but there are trails for every level.


Named bet ski resort for the value, it's far from Denver but  still a great deal. Great scenery, short lift lines, and ideal for families.