Colorado is enormously popular when it comes to ski resorts. After all, the “Centennial State” features over 27 resorts, so when skiers think of taking a trip, they often think of Colorado before anywhere else. There are small gems to resorts that rank among the country’s largest. Some are ideal for both new skiers and families with numerous activities away from the mountain, while others are more suited toward advanced skiers and thrill seekers.
Whoever they cater to or whatever the size, they all offer that famous Colorado fluffy white. Here, we’re going to look at the best family-orientated ski resorts, so even though you might be an advanced skier yourself, you’ll still be able to get your ski thrills while engaging in some quality family fun in your downtime. Here are some of the best resorts for families based on family friendliness, ease of travel, and diversity of terrain.
Also known as Ski Town U.S.A., Steamboat Springs has produced a greater number (88) of Winter Olympians than any other town in America. A total of 15 cities fly out to Steamboat Springs (with another 350 offering connections). There’s even a ski village with wagons where you can load your equipment along with your tiring kids. Such features make a resort a great choice for families.
There’s a variety of terrain for all family members, with close to 3,000 acres of skiing. There’s night skiing, too, with plenty of off-mountain fun to be had, including a mountain coaster, ice-skating, tubing, sleigh-ride dinners, and natural hot springs. There’s also a number of family events, such as dance parties, festivals, and Friday night fireworks.
One of Colorado’s best ski resorts is the closest to Denver’s airport. Also known as A-Basin, this resort is a hit with both locals and more advanced skiers. It offers lift tickets at a less expensive cost than some of the other resorts and is among the places where you can opt to ride or ski if you buy a discounted pre-season, four-day, seven-day, or Unlimited Epic Pass. There’s a relaxing vibe on the mountain but it also has a high 13,050 summit, along with some extreme terrain. The resort isn’t the largest in the world but there’s a lot of snow and it’s less busy than other resorts in the Denver area. If you enjoy skiing in the summer or spring, you’ll find the longest ski season at A-basin (from October to June/July).
The mountain is more suited for ski families with experience (either intermediate or advanced level) but it also offers affordable and intimate snowboard and ski lessons for all levels, including beginners. Children’s lessons include lunch and lift tickets at a far lower rate than you’d find elsewhere. A-basin offers no frills and no village but if you’re all about the skiing rather than the extra perks, then, for you, it’s one of the more suitable ski resorts in all of Colorado.