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THE TOURIST’S GUIDE

to Colorado’s Ski Destinations by Monica Parpal Stockbridge

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t’s winter in Colorado, which means we’re hitting the slopes and praying for snow. Longtime locals have already carved out their favorite resorts, but with 26 ski areas to choose from, out-of-town visitors will have some tough decisions to make. That’s why we’ve assembled this quick guide to Colorado’s ski areas (in no particular order) as you plan your winter adventures. Whether you’re looking to escape to the slopes during your business trip or planning an epic ski vacation with the whole family, we hope this gives you a starting point. (If you’re looking for something other than skiing or snowboarding this winter, flip to page 28 to read up on everything else you can do when the snow starts to fall.)

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Vail

Distance from Denver International Airport (DIA): 126 miles Why we love it: The sheer size. With 5,289 acres of skiable terrain from beginner groomers to backcountry bowls, Vail Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas in the world and by far the biggest in Colorado. When you want to up the luxe factor, go to: Beaver Creek Resort

Keystone Resort

Distance from DIA: 103 miles Why we love it: Three peaks, night skiing, and a family-friendly vibe (aka “Kidtopia”). If five peaks and a 22-foot superpipe are more your style, drive six more miles to: Breckenridge Ski Resort

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Distance from DIA: 88 miles Why we love it: Two words: The Beach. It’s almost as fun to crack an IPA and chill in this parking lot-turned-social scene as it is to ski the East Wall. If you like a shorter drive and free snowcat skiing, visit: Loveland Ski Area

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