Hesperus Ski Area

Hesperus Ski Area is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Hesperus, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Hesperus Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Hesperus Ski Area is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Hesperus Ski Area.

Hesperus Ski Area Lodging:

Hesperus Ski Area Terrain Overview

Hesperus Ski Area has a total of 26 ski trails, which are serviced by 1 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Hesperus Ski Area is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 60 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 24 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Hesperus Ski Area's slopes see on average 150 inches (59 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 12 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
60(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
150"(59 cm)

Hesperus Ski Area Elevation

Hesperus Ski Area has a summit elevation of 8,888 feet, or 2,709 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,188 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 700 feet (213 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 8,888 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,888'(2,709 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
700'(213 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,188'(2,496 m)

Hesperus Ski Area Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
47.3out of 100
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Hesperus Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 81% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.

Skiiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Hesperus Ski Area has 60 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Hesperus Ski Area is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 19% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 81%.
19%(12 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
31%(18 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(30 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Hesperus Ski Area good for beginners?

Hesperus Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 81% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Hesperus Ski Area Location

Hesperus Ski Area is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Hesperus, CO.

Hesperus, CO 81326 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
37.29900, -108.05500

Getting to Hesperus Ski Area

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Hesperus Ski Area), its coordinates of 37.29900, -108.05500 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Hesperus, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Hesperus Ski Area.

San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO120 mi
Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO129 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO148 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Hesperus Ski Area, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Hesperus Ski Area.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Chapman Hill Ski AreaDurango, CO6,555 ft49%10 mi
PurgatoryDurango, CO10,822 ft51%12 mi
Kendall Mountain Ski AreaSilverton, CO9,596 ft19%42 mi
SilvertonSilverton, CO13,847 ft100%42 mi
TellurideTelluride, CO13,320 ft89%46 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%70 mi
Powderhorn Ski ResortPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%85 mi

Hesperus Ski Area Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation8,888 ft
Base Elevation8,188 ft
Vertical Drop700 ft
(19% Beginner,  31% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres60
Avg. Annual Snowfall150 inches
Hesperus Ski Area Mountain Stats