Skiing and Snowboarding
Arapahoe Basin, known as “The Legend” to many Coloradans, has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, open from October to June. Enjoy the 360 degree view from the summit or lunch at Black Mountain Lodge all while skiing some of the best terrain in the world. With the addition of the Montezuma Bowl, there is twice the natural beauty to explore; more high-alpine groomed runs, bowls, chutes and glades, all serviced by a quad chair lift. Experience the Legend.
Beaver Creek “not exactly roughing it” and it is definitely a long way from roughing it at Beaver Creek because you’ll receive over-the-top pampering! The crowds don’t visit Beaver Creek, so you generally won’t find a lift queue and fresh tracks last a little longer. Beaver Creek is more intimate and suited to guests who want sophistication and privacy. People don’t visit Beaver Creek to be seen or for the scene. They visit because they want to go skiing or snowboarding.
Breckenridge is an old mining town founded during the “Pikes Peak Gold Rush” of 1859, turned ski town and home to the Breckenridge Ski Resort, offering something for almost everyone. Breckenridge has five mountain peaks (Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10), three base village areas: Peak 9 base (Beaver Run and the Village at Breckenridge), Peak 8 base (One Ski Hill Place and Kid’s Castle) and Peak 7 base (Crystal Peak and the Grand Lodge).
Peak 6 is mainly advanced with some intermediate blue runs. Peak 7 is exclusively Intermediate “Blue” runs. Peak 10 is exclusively advanced. The upper part of Peak 8 and its bowls are all advanced as well as the north side of Peak 9. The front sides of Peak 8 and 9 are beginner “Green” and Intermediate “Blue” runs (getting back to the base is always straightforward). The mountain runs facing the skier at the bases of Peak 7, 8 and 9 at the three main bases areas are all suitable for beginners and intermediates.
The advanced skier will have the most fun on the runs of Peak 10 (Falcon Chair), the bowls off of the summit of Peak 8 (Imperial Express Super Chair) or to take the traverse to Peak 7, or Peak 9 on the North slopes (E Chair ). The new Peak 6 terrain will add a whole new dimension.
Copper Mountain has something for everyone. Copper Mountain has three ski villages, “East Village”, the main centrally located “Center Village” and “West Village” (Union Creek), spread out along the base of the mountain. Copper Mountain also has a naturally divided terrain on two peaks (Copper Peak and Union Peak) which separates the advanced terrain on Copper Peak from the intermediate and beginner terrain on Union Peak. The back bowls of Copper Mountain are accessible from the back of these peaks.
The lifts from East Village feed the advanced runs, the lifts closest to the main “Center Village” feed intermediate runs and the lifts from “West Village” (Union Creek) feed primarily the beginner runs. The back bowls of Copper Mountain are all rated as advanced runs. The main terrain park “Catalyst” is above the main Center Village and has been the home to many snowboard competitions.
Keystone is comprised of three peaks, Dercum Mtn., North Peak and “The Outback”, The first peak closest to the main village is Dercum Mountain and has the bulk of the beginner and intermediate runs as well as the massive terrain park, Area-51 and kids ski areas. Also, it is here on this first peak that night skiing is available till 8:00pm.
The next peak as one travels deeper into the Keystone resort is North Peak. This mountain has “Mine Shaft”, the signature bump run and awesome tree skiing if you know where to go.
The “Outback” is the furthest peak from Keystone village and it has a snowcat ride (check for schedule of operation and cost) to the top of North and South Bowl.
Loveland Ski Area is near to the hearts and homes of generations of Colorado skiers and riders. Loveland offers uncrowded slopes, remarkable terrain, free close-in parking and a season that lasts from October through May. Loveland also averages 400″ of snow each season – more than any Front Range or Summit County resort. Loveland is a perfect place for those that simply want to ski and ride.
Vail Ski Resort - When one thinks about the legendary ski resorts around the world, a number immediately spring to mind. Vail is definitely one of those. Resorts don’t reach legendary status without good reason. Vail has it all – massive and varied terrain, a huge modern and efficient lift system, great vertical, tons of snow, classic après, vibrant nightlife and a booming “village” (err…town, um….city) with all the services one would expect from a mega resort. Vail is the quintessential world class ski resort that many others try to imitate.