The Best Colorado Ski Resorts
Do as the winter olympians do in these deluxe ski resorts in Colorado.
Yes, there is indeed a real South Park, but that’s not where we’re going today. We’re here to look at the best Colorado ski resorts. The Rocky Mountains are among the bumpy cones that ripple across the state, topped by swanky restaurants, upscale hotels and spas to rest those weary feet after a day of skiing or snowboarding. Some of the most famous ski areas in the world drape this picturesque landscape, from Aspen to Vail. Luckily, those snowy mountain hubs are also packed with our very own Plum Guide homes, so we’ll be able to set you up in utter luxury. That’s right, you deserve it. We’ve even done the hard work for you, and made sure the homes are just to your liking.
Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort
We just had to start with Aspen on our list of Colorado ski resorts, because we know you have your eyes on the top prize. It encompasses the peaks of the Burnt Mountain Glades, the Cirque and the High Alpine, with a huge labyrinth of slopes from which to choose. Head down to the Snowmass Base Village for its ice rink and climbing wall. It’s like a town unto itself, with a range of deluxe shops and plenty of bars and restaurants. Visit The Collective hub for live music, culture and art events.
As one of the most exclusive and well-known resorts in the world, the Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort has all sorts of activities, events and amenities to keep the whole family entertained for days (or weeks, we don’t know your budget and calendar). Bring your little ones tubing so they can slip and slide down the slopes without having to learn how to ski (if they’re really little, don’t just chuck them in a ring and let them go). Let them tackle the Breathtaker ride for a trip around the complex in style. For something a little more demanding, take on the indoor wall climbing obstacles and show off your flicks, jumps and spins (as if…) on the Snowmass Parks & Pipes. Aspen is one of the top place in the world for ski resorts...which is why we've got some pretty outstanding homes there.
Vail Ski Resort
The Vail tourist board’s motto is: ‘Vail, like nothing on earth’. So, it’s a good thing it makes sense that it’s way above the earth, floating like a paradise in the sky. It has the distinct honour of being the third-largest single-mountain ski resort in the United States. We suppose it’s quite a specific honour, come to think of it. Even so, it’s one of the best Colorado ski resorts, packed with family-fun activities. Make your way between the Front-Side, the Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls to enjoy the snow on all sides.
What really stands out about this ski resort is the Bavarian design of the houses adorning the village. You’ll feel like you’re in a charming town in the German hinterland, which is great, because it gives you an excuse to neck beers under the excuse that it’s part of the local culture. Just make sure to do that during an après-ski session, rather than in the morning before taking to the slopes. You’ve got a great choice of margaritas at Los Amigos bar and live music at the Red Lion. Again: at night.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
With five peaks and countless snowy slopes (well, 187 trails to be precise), you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Breckenridge Ski Resort. As one of the pre-eminent Colorado ski resorts, you won’t be surprised to find spa treatments and unrivalled shopping opportunities. Admire the redbrick façades of the stores lining the town centre, with the mountain summits serving as snowy landmarks looming in the background. Try to remember that you’re actually here to ski, rather than get pampered all week. Take up ski and snowboard lessons to ride with the best of them. See why it's one of the top resorts in all of Colorado.
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Tucked away in the Yampa Valley, this ski resort makes for a picturesque setting in summer too, when its lush green hills stretch for miles into the distance. But, we’re looking at skiing, and the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort prides itself on its family values and safe slopes. It’s still pretty darn exciting, if it’s that adrenaline rush you’re after. The town has an Olympian heritage, so you can dream big. That said, there are plenty of lessons and classes for beginners too. Steamboat Springs is a top destination for skiers.