Tourism is a $19.7 billion industry in Colorado. A large chunk of the attraction to our state is being home to some of the best winter destinations and mountain towns in the country.
Did we mention that most of them are only a day’s drive or less away from Denver? We’re pretty spoiled here.
Here are some of the best winter destinations in Colorado for all types of travelers.
Aspen is one of the most well-known ski towns in the country, Dumb and Dumber might have something to do with it becoming a household name, or it could be that there is literally something for everyone in this town. This is the mountain town to see and be seen at in the winter.
While there are budget-friendly options in Aspen, it’s a luxurious getaway with five-star resorts, James Beard award-winning restaurants, and pricey lift fares. After you stop staring at the stunning view of the Maroon Bell mountains, you might spot a celebrity or two.
If you want sophistication but less of a crowd and more mountain living than Aspen, Telluride is a must. The mountain town is consistently ranked as one of the best in Colorado, America and North America for skiing, outdoor recreation and mountain finery by dozens of credible organizations.
Telluride has a subtle luxury about it, where quality and authenticity outshine the flashy, commercialized high-end ski towns. It has maintained its Victorian-era charm to the point where there are no traffic lights or massive, flashing signage. Despite its lost era charm, it’s home to many modern eateries, lounges, spas, and shops.
If you’re seeking a winter getaway that’s off the beaten path, Steamboat Springs might be what you’re looking for. It’s home to one of the best ski mountains in the world, has the state’s best tree skiing, and has been designated as having“ Champagne powder snow.
One New York Times writer described Steamboat Springs as having an “indie flair.” Instead of traditional luxury, Steamboat offers shops that sell goods made by local makers and artists. Many of its drinking and eating establishments are sourced by local brewers and chefs. It’s got a little bit of something for everyone. There are kid-friendly activity programs, nature opportunities, hot springs and so much more.
Vail is another luxury ski getaway. It’s similar to Aspen, however, it varies when it comes to the slopes. Aspen has four mountains and Vail has one. However, Vail’s mountain is much bigger and offers a lot more options for serious skiers and snowboarders.
Vail offers dozens of dining and entertainment options. It’s got high end stays like the Four Seasons but also has budget-friendly options like the Eagle River Lodge. Beaver Creek is also often associated with Vail since it’s only a short drive away from Vail.
Both Vail and Beaver Creek are focused on a more commercialized style of luxury, without a lot of the history and eclectic shops that other ski towns have. But it also has one of the highest vertical rises in the country, and one of Colorado’s longest runs.
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