National Geographic’s rating of the World’s Best Ski Towns lists destinations in Colorado more than any other US state. Denverites in particular are closer than they may think to some of the best resorts that deliver the total mountainside package.
Looking for A+ trails and warm and cozy cabins for rest, relaxation, and fun? Check out Mile High Honda’s top two picks for skier-approved Denver getaways that don’t take long to get to.
Fan Favorite Ski Resort #1: Arapahoe Basin
For a thrilling day, weekend, or week-long adventure, ski-thirsty Denverities can head 65 miles west of central Denver to Arapahoe Basin. Known as A-Basin for short, this resort is definitely on its A-game. A summit elevation of 13,040 feet, 109 mountain-etched ski trials that cater to every skill level, and a longstanding 70-year history has earned A-basin an additional nickname of the Legend.
Whether you plan to squeeze in a day on the slopes or take a full-fledged family getaway, A-Basin’s varied offerings, including season passes, single-day tickets, and group pricing discounts, are sure to come in handy.
Here’s a little bit more of your available options when planning a stay at the Legend: ski and snowboard lesson programs for kids and adults, hundreds of picturesque cabins and lodges that make cozy accommodations, and six dining spots, including a swanky bar and grill, thaw-ready coffee shops, and the mountain’s iconic Black Mountain Lodge situated halfway up the peak.
Environmentally friendly initiatives in place, from airless snowmaking to supporting local environmental orgs through donations and programs, give you even more reasons to feel warm and fuzzy when you book your trip at A-Basin.
Fan Favorite Ski Resort #2: Winter Park Resort
Our next fan favorite getaway, Winter Park Resort, located 67 miles northwest of Denver, is another much-loved resort that offers massive fun on the mountain. Composed of seven territories that vary in topography, from gentle glides to challenging chutes and everything in between, Winter Park Resort offers something for everyone—you can even take the kids tubing or venture the mountainside by snowshoe.
Future Winter Park visitors can purchase a season pass or buy lift tickets in advance. They also offer a comprehensive list of snow sports training for kids and adults for sharpening your slope-riding skills in no time!
In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and snow biking on the mountain, Winter Park’s lodging village offers tons more to do whether you need to grab new gear, want to hit the arcade, or need to destress with a deep tissue massage.
Winter Park has 18 fuel-up dining destinations, from familiar Starbucks to Goody’s Mountain Creperie for pastries and coffee, comforting soup and sandwiches at Back Bowl Soup Company, and several upscale dinner locales.
Denver skiers looking for a close set of slopes luckily have some of the best right in their backyards. Be sure to keep these two tremendous resorts in mind as you plan your next day-long or week-long winter getaway!