When Colorado is mentioned, people think world-class skiing. Of course, locals know there is much more to see and do there, yet many families head to the western slopes of Colorado. So if you’re planning to head to Colorado with your family, here are the best family ski areas in the state.
Beaver Creek is one of the youngest resorts in the state, having opened in 1980. It offers 1,800 acres of skiable terrain. Don’t miss out on the shops, bars, and art galleries located in the Beaver Creek Village.
Keystone has recently expanded its terrain and is known to accommodate skiers who are beginners or advanced. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy the 116 trails and 3,000 acres. Take the family to the Summit House at the peak of Dercum Mountain for a great meal and hot chocolate.
Aspen hosts four ski areas, including Snowmass. The area is a go-to for world-class skiers and vacationers from all over the world. Moreover, the nightlife is something to write home about; aside from footloose locals, you may bump into a number of celebrities from movies, sports, etc. Shake the night away and then head back to the Snowmass condos.
Breckenridge is a renowned ski resort, which has accommodated thousands and thousands of families over the years. Tour the Country Boy mine or take the family dog sledding. The Breckenridge Brewery and Pub offers hearty food and some of the best craft beer in the country.
The Durango resort has plenty of activities for kid and teens. Experts have plenty of trails to choose from including tree-skiing runs and two terrain parks. For something different, take a moonlight snowshoe tour.
The resort town has produced over sixty Winter Olympians, more than any other town in North America. Take the family through the 2,900 acres of skiable terrain. End the day with a dinner at one of the resort area’s three restaurants. You’ll have to take a gondola to get there, which the kids are sure to appreciate.
Do family members have what it takes to tackle the Galloping Goose, a 4.6 mile ski run? Twenty-three percent of the 125 total trails are for beginners, so it’s a great place for kids to learn how to ski or board. The Eco Adventures Program offers snowmobile tours, ice climbing, and heli-skiing.
Vail is the largest ski resort in Colorado with more than 5,000 acres of land. Actually, it’s the largest in the entire United States. Where else would the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame be?
It’s close to Denver and one of the most popular parks in the state according to locals. The resort makes snow early, so if you’re heading to Colorado with family for Thanksgiving, this may be the best choice. Kids love the helmet-cam rentals, so they can later see their day’s adventures.
Colorado is for skiers, and it’s especially accommodating to families of skiers and boarders. Take your pick; the state has no shortage of incredible ski towns and resorts.
Poppy Thomas travelled the world before settling down to marry and have kids. Now a stay at home Mom she draws on her travel experiences when writing articles of an evening once the kids are in bed.