• Amanda Nishi

7 Ski Resorts Within 2 Hours of Denver

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Sometimes you just need a quick run to satisfy your desire for powder. Why waste all day driving when these 7 stellar ski areas are all shorter than most of your favorite movies?

ECHO MOUNTAIN (55 minutes, 36 miles)

The closest ski area to Denver by far, Echo Mountain offers lots of bang for the buck. A smaller area with five runs, you can still ski, snowboard, or tube with plenty of room. Make sure to check out the night time skiing!

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LOVELAND SKI AREA (1 hour, 57 miles)

Loveland gets approximately 422 inches of fresh powder a YEAR, more than any other Front Range resort, making it an excellent area to get your runs in. It also is typically open much sooner than other ski resorts. This is also a great beginner's area, with the Valley being in a separate area, making it a safe and enjoyable lesson!

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ARAPAHOE BASIN (1.25 hours, 64 miles)

Arapahoe Basin (Or, A-Basin to the locals) has 9 lifts and 1400 acres of prime skiing and snowboarding heaven. A-Basin has free parking and the "Snowstang" bus, which will take you from Denver right to the resort, no haggling with traffic required.

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KEYSTONE (1.5 hours, 69 miles)

With 20 lifts and 128 trails to explore, there's no shortage of fun to be had at Keystone. If you're feeling like you've got the altitude down, check out the tallest mountain at the resort, The Outback, sitting at a staggering 11,980 feet.

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WINTER PARK (1.5 hours, 66 miles)

Winter Park knows its stuff, and America agrees! Voted twice as the #1 Ski Resort in North America by USA Today, you'll love the variety and ample opportunities here. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowcats, can do it all!

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COPPER MOUNTAIN (1.75 hours, 78 miles)

2400 acres of fresh powder can't be beat. If you're not into downhill skiing, check out the cross country trails to get your heart beat racing. Also be on the lookout for $20 million in improvements that will really make this already-stellar resort shine.

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BRECKENRIDGE (2 hours, 82 miles)

"Breck" boasts over 2900 skiable acres and whopping max elevation of 12,998 feet. If you're competitive, download their EpicMix app, which will give you your stats for the day, making them easily comparable to your buddies (and giving one of you bragging rights!).

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VAIL (2 hours, 97 miles)

One of the most famous of the resorts in Colorado, Vail has a massive 5,300 acres of skiable terrain and 195 trails. If you're more of a ski lodge type of person, the people-watching at Vail can't be beat, and their restaurants and bars will keep you coming back for more.

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