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Colorado Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Colorado has 22 ski resorts, all located within its famed Rocky Mountains. Colorado has some of the most iconic ski resorts in the country, ones that even the non-skier would recognize.

List of All Colorado Ski Resorts

Colorado is home to the Vail Resort, owner of the EPIC nationwide lift pass system. There are six resorts participating in this pass system, which allows you to buy one annual pass that gets you into each resort.

Colorado also has six ski resorts within the IKON package and one each inside the Mountain Collective and the Powder Alliance.

ResortPassLocation
Arapahoe BasinIKON,COLLAurora, CO, 80011
Aspen SnowmassIKON,COLLSnowmass Village, CO, 81615
Beaver CreekEPICBeaver Creek, CO, 81620
BreckenridgeEPICBreckenridge, CO, 80424
ButtermilkLarkspur, CO, 80118
Copper MountainIKONFrisco, CO, 80443
Crested ButteEPICCrested Butte, CO, 81224
EldoraIKONNederland, CO, 80466
KeystoneEPICDillon, CO, 80435
LovelandPOWDLoveland, CO, 80538
MonarchSalida, CO, 81201
PowderhornPowderhorn, CO, 81243
PurgatoryDurango, CO, 80424
SilvertonSilverton, CO, 81433
Ski CooperLeadville, CO, 80461
Ski GranbyGranby, CO, 80446
SteamboatIKONClark, CO, 80428
SunlightINDYGlenwood Springs, CO, 81601
TellurideEPICTelluride, CO, 81435
VailEPICVail, CO, 81657
Winter ParkIKONWinter Park, CO, 80482
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO, 81147

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Colorado Ski Resorts

Silverton is actually the most difficult ski mountain (can’t really call it a resort) in the entire North America. This massive mountain has none of the frills that you’d typically see. Silverton boasts that its average total snowfall actually exceeds its amount of daily visitors. This mountain only has advanced and expert trails, no groomers, and no clearcut runs.

The top “normal” ski resort in terms of difficulty is Telluride in Colorado. Telluride has the steepest vertical drop in the region and the second-highest summit, just behind Silverton. Just behind Telluride in difficulty is Aspen Snowmass and Brekenridge, both iconic ski resorts in their own right.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Silverton0%0%100%100%
#2Telluride16%30%54%89%
#3Aspen Snowmass6%50%44%86%
#4Breckenridge13%23%64%82%
#5Steamboat14%42%44%76%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Colorado

The easiest ski resort in Colorado is Granby Ranch. However, because of Colorado’s terrain, this resort could easily be the most difficult in many other states. Granby has 50% of its trails listed as beginner-friendly, and it also has the smallest vertical drop in the state.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Ski Granby50%30%20%30%
#2Ski Cooper30%40%30%42%
#3Buttermilk35%39%26%47%
#4Eldora20%50%30%48%
#5Wolf Creek20%45%35%50%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Colorado

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Aspen Snowmass is the largest ski resort in Colorado. It has the most skiable acres by far in the state, as well as the most trails. Vail has the second most trails in Colorado, but a much smaller vertical drop than Aspen.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Aspen Snowmass12,510 ft8,104 ft4,406 ft5,517336
#2Telluride13,320 ft8,750 ft4,570 ft2,000118
#3Vail11,570 ft8,120 ft3,450 ft5,289267
#4Silverton13,847 ft10,400 ft3,447 ft1,81969
#5Breckenridge12,998 ft9,600 ft3,398 ft2,908187