Snowmass/Aspen is composed of four different ski resorts: Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountains, and Snowmass, along with two nearby towns (Snowmass and Aspen). Each of these resorts offers something different, enabling you to try different resorts with a single lift ticket.
However, they all offer that famous Colorado snow. Hideout Children’s Center at Buttermilk is the ideal place for children learning to ski. The Snowmass/Aspen area features cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowcat dinners, tubing, and an alpine coaster, along with touches that the kids will love, such as après ski kid programming and free s’mores. There’s a number of airports that you can fly into, some far closer than others. With numerous family-friendly features and a convenient location, Snowmass/Aspen ranks among Colorado’s best ski resorts for families.
This family-friendly resort is located 100 miles from Denver and is one of Colorado’s best ski resorts for beginners due to its numerous gentle and wide Green trails and family-learning zones. It’s also ideal for skiers at intermediate level as they challenge themselves on the seemingly endless Blue runs. Advanced skiers can explore whole areas of the mountain to give themselves a challenge. With close to 3,000 acres of skiing terrain, along with 17 trails, there’s something here for everyone. When the day is over and you leave the mountain, you’ll find yourself in an historic mining town with loads of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. Breckenridge sits on a high altitude so you’ll need to get used to the town and may even want to employ the service of an oxygen delivery service to prevent altitude sickness.
If you want some fun with the family away from skiing, there are scenic walks along rivers and ponds, art classes, and a sled hill, along with nearby cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, sleigh riding, and tubing. There’s also a stunning recreation centre with athletic equipment, pools, and climbing walls. Day care services are also available at the resort for kids who don’t feel ready to hit the slopes.
Keystone Ski Resort
Keystone is a family-orientated ski resort with more than 3,000 acres of terrain over five bowls and three peaks. Keystone is under two hours away from Denver International Airport and covers some 99 miles. Children will love getting to grips with skiing or snowboarding in the ski school programme, in addition to playing in the largest snow fort in the world, ice-skating, Kidtopia events, and more. Parents, too, will benefit from the children’s ski-free lodging discounts, spas, shopping, a restaurant, a daycare centre, and a Nordic centre.
If you tend to be the one who walks off the mountain after everyone else has left, you can benefit from Colorado’s longest ski day and remain for an extensive night’s skiing. It also offers the four-day Epic Pass, seven-day Epic Pass, and Unlimited Epic Pass. Keystone is undoubtedly one of the better ski resorts in the state, and relatively close to both Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.