Go Skiing in Colorado This Winter!
How to safely enjoy skiing and snowboarding this winter: See the latest updates on Colorado ski resorts’ opening dates, policies, and prices.
By Lina Zhu
Skiing in Colorado
As head into the winter season, Colorado ski resorts are slowly reopening for some semblance of business, implemented with new regulations and policies.
Colorado has many of America’s best ski resorts, making Colorado the nation’s No. 1 ski and snowboard destination in the U.S. and North America. Colorado’s 28 ski and snowboard resorts offer the best slopes, views, and accommodations. You just have to choose which one is right for you.
Colorado has the highest altitude lift-served terrain in the country, which contributes to massive amounts of our famous, incredibly dry, fluffy snow. Colorado ski slopes not only offer some of the most epic trails and thrilling rides you’ll find in North America, but also many family-friendly amenities and plenty of space to perfect your skills.
No matter your skill level, budget, or desire for adventure, Colorado has a downhill ski, snowboard, or cross-country route to suit your every need this ski season. Find the ski area that fits your group’s desires and plan the best ski trip ever—just be sure to wash your hands and stay with those in your group!
Keystone Ski Resort rocks and rolls with 15 trails and 243 acres lit beneath the starry sky, including the A51 terrain park, which is the largest in Colorado to be lighted at night. All this space means the slopes are typically wide open, allowing for a relaxing and freeing atmosphere to the experience.
Ski Granby Ranch, a long-time family favorite, keeps a handful of runs and three terrain parks fully lit for night skiing and snowboarding on select Fridays and Saturdays. The resort’s lift-served tubing hill is additionally open for under-the-lights merriment.
Steamboat offers night skiing on select runs, and Powderhorn has two special nights of night skiing each February.
There’s a new event under the lights every Friday night from late December to late March at Aspen/Snowmass. In honor of the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, Elk Camp at Snowmass is transformed into a cozily lit, winter wonderland. Visitors can tour Ullr’s snow castle, slide down the Viking sledding hill or indulge in s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire.
NIGHT SKI BIKING
Vail offers a ski-biking experience as an activity at its popular Adventure Ridge. Offered to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, the tours run from 4:45pm to 7pm (reservations recommended). Winter Park Resort also has a ski-biking night adventure from late December to late March. Riders throw on headlamps, get instruction and safety tips, and then head out for three hours of guided slip sliding down the slopes.
NIGHT ICE SKATING
Feel like a star as you swirl around Beaver Creek Village’s ice-skating rink under the lights until 9pm. The fire pits that surround the rink are a cozy place for hot cocoa; and on Monday and Friday nights, disco skate night fills the village with festive music and a light show.