Colorado Ski Vacations

Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine and more than 300 inches of snow a year. Our mountains are our home, and we love it when people from across the country and across the ocean come and share the wealth of enjoyment that our Colorado ski resorts offer. Consider Colorado Ski Country USA and your digital destination when planning your Colorado ski vacation, as will help you access everything you want and everywhere you need to go.


Aspen Highlands: Michael Neumann

What’s the easiest way to get to Colorado Ski Country USA? Well that all depends on where you’re coming from. Denver International Airport (DIA), is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. DIA is knows as one of the cleanest, friendliest, and most energy-efficient airports in the country. DIA has nonstop service to 24 international destinations in 10 countries and has a host of flights daily from major cities across the United States.

Denver International Airport



The easiest way to get to Colorado Ski Country USA also depends on where you’re traveling destination is. Our state boasts a number of regional airports that have direct flights from across the country, putting guests literally minutes from the slopes. Of course if you’re driving to our Colorado Ski Country resorts, it’s a different story, but here’s some more help on that front.

Given the choice of ski resorts across the world to choose from, why Colorado? We’re glad you asked. With 29,758 acres of skiing, 217 lifts and 1,812 trails at 21 resorts, it’s understandable why our state is the top choice for skiers and snowboarders. In 2013/14, Colorado resorts recorded 12.6 million skier visits. That number accounts for more than 20 percent of all skier visits nationwide, not bad considering 37 different states host at least one ski resort.

For those first timers to the Colorado mountains, whether from home or abroad, here are some tips to help you prepare for what will assuredly be the best vacation you’ve ever taken. Simple concepts, from knowing the safety code, to making sure you’re wearing the right gear and equipment, will guarantee there are no unexpected surprises. For those new to skiing and snowboarding, our state’s signature sports, a quick plug to dispel any misconceptions – none of us like being cold! Do the easy things right (such as staying warm) and the rest will simply fall into place. 

If you’re the type of traveler who likes a more analytical look at what Colorado has to offer, then your preferred option is below:

Colorado Ski Country USA by the Numbers:

11,326 Feet           Average Peak Elevation
9,013 Feet Average Base Elevation
3,623  Total # of Snowmaking Acres
2,328 Feet Average Vertical Rise
1,747 Total # of Trails
219 Total # of Lifts
45 Total # of Terrain Parks
22 Total # of Member Resorts
15 Total # of Resorts Offering Bowl Skiing
9 Total # of Resorts Offering Powder Cat Skiing
7 Total # of Halfpipes
2 Total # of Resorts Offering Heli-Skiing


Variety and Activities

One of the reasons Colorado stands above the rest is our variety, both in the widespread locations of our resorts and in the activities that we offer. With 28,791 acres to ski in Colorado Ski Country, there’s more than enough space for everyone to ski.

For those who want a world-class resort that is amenity-heavy and features top-of-the-line luxury, Colorado is renowned for these types of destinations. But if you’re in the mood for more of a local’s scene, in a true Old West town with hidden lore and stashes, we’ve got plenty of those too. Or if you’re searching for the perfect family vacation, complete with kid-friendly options such as tubing hills and caring instructors that cater to the young and the new, Colorado resorts are among the best in the world. Ultimately, if what you’re searching for lies somewhere between extreme and beginner, off the beaten path and world-class, or neighborly and celebrity, well, we’ve got you covered.

Even if you don’t want to come in winter, come and see us in the summer. Between our mountain bike parks, ziplines, alpine slides and multitude of other activities, there’s an activity for all ages and enthusiasts of every ability. In short, if you want to do it outdoors, Colorado offers it.

More Fast Facts About Ski Country

  • All 21 CSCUSA member resorts have recycling programs in place and a number of CSCUSA member resorts offset 100 percent of their energy use through the purchase of renewable energy credits.
  • Eight regional airports including Aspen, Durango, Eagle, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Hayden (Steamboat), Montrose and Telluride offer more than 8.6 million passenger seats annually.
  • Over half of Colorado’s ski areas are located within 35 miles of an airport.
  • Denver International Airport (DEN) is the fifth-busiest airport in the country and the 10th-busiest in the world for passenger traffic and in 2012 will service five different countries directly.