Instagram-Worthy Views in Colorado Ski Country

Submitted by CSCUSA Staff on Thu, 01/31/2019 - 14:19

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Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking views and scenic mountain vistas in the world, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are no exception. For skiers and riders who are seeking an Instagram-worthy snapshot of their ski vacation, from scenic panoramas to family portraits to unforgettable selfies, these are the best locations at Colorado ski areas to take an unforgettable photo.

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Photo by Dave Camara at Arapahoe Basin. 

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

To get the most scenic photo of Arapahoe Basin’s location on the Continental Divide, guests should visit the summit for breathtaking scenic shots overlooking The Beavers, Montezuma Bowl and the East Wall. For a family-friendly group portrait, the “landing strip” is a long, flat beginner run next to the bottom of the Lenawee Mountain Lift, with stunning scenic views of the East Wall. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

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Photo by Jeremy Swanson at Aspen Highlands. 

Aspen Highlands

At Aspen Highlands, guests will find the best views at the top of Highlands Bowl or the Patrol Headquarters deck. Among the incredible views available from the top of Aspen Highlands are the Maroon Bells, North America’s most photographed peaks.

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Photo taken at Aspen Mountain. 

Aspen Mountain

At Aspen Mountain, photo-seekers should visit the Sundeck for panoramic views of the surrounding 14,000-foot peaks. The views from the Sundeck have that breathtaking, top-of-the-world wow-factor, and the food gets high marks from foodies and families alike.

 

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Photo by Nathaniel Wilder at Buttermilk. 

Buttermilk

Buttermilk’s best views are at Cliffhouse Restaurant, with panoramic views of the dramatic Pyramid Peak and the entire Maroon Creek Valley. Cliffhouse also hosts full moon dinners, a unique way to take in the beauty of the mountains alongside a roaring fire and decadent dinner options.

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Photo by Tomas Zuccareno at Snowmass. 

Snowmass

The best photo opportunities at Snowmass can be found at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift, which offers panoramic views from 11,325 feet. After guests have snapped their Instagram-worthy shots, they can ski back down to the Elk Camp Restaurant for lunch. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

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Photo by Casey Day at Cooper. 

Cooper

Guests at Cooper will find stunning scenic views on the deck of the mountaintop yurt with Chicago Ridge in the background, or at the top of Trails End with views of two of Colorado’s highest 14,000-foot peaks, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.

 

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Photo taken at Copper Mountain. 
 

 

 

 

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s most scenic photo opportunities can be found at the Rendezvous Deck, located at the top of the Rendezvous chairlift, with amazing views of the Gore Range from the front side and the Tenmile Range on the back side of the mountain. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

 

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Photo taken at Echo Mountain.

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain’s patio is a popular spot for photos with incredible views of the Continental Divide in the background. Guests can also take advantage of Echo’s full bar and restaurant while they take in the views, including local Colorado beers and “life-changing” French fries. For more information, visit www.echomountainresort.com.

 

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Photo at Eldora provided courtesy of Visit Longmont. 

Eldora

Eldora has captivating mountain views, and the best place to take them in is from the deck of aptly named The Lookout restaurant. Guests can enjoy long views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Continental divide with lunch. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.

 

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Photo taken at Granby Ranch. 

Granby Ranch

While Granby Ranch offers breathtaking mountain views during the day, the ski area has even better views at night. Granby Ranch offers night skiing several nights throughout the season, plus the opportunity for guests to rent the mountain for private parties and events. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.

 

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Photo taken at Howelsen Hill. 

Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Howelsen Hill offers a few different spots for skiers and riders looking for the best view. Families can have a beautiful photo taken at the bottom of the jump flats with the ski jumps in the background, while scenic view seekers flock to Mile Run, which offers a sweeping overlook of the town of Steamboat Springs and Mt. Werner. For more information, visit http://steamboatsprings.net/131/Howelsen-Hill-Ski-Area.

 

 

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Photo of Kendall Mountain provided courtesy of the Town of Silverton. 

Kendall Mountain Ski Area

The top of the Kendall Mountain lift provides a bird’s eye view over the Town of Silverton and the surrounding mountains, making it the perfect scenic selfie spot. The back deck of the base lodge, with towering views of Grand Turk and Sultan mountains, can also provide a stunning backdrop for a family portrait. For more information, visit www.skikendall.com.

 

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Photo by Ash Doug at Loveland Ski Area. 

Loveland Ski Area

Loveland’s best views for a family to sit and enjoy the mountain are at the Ptarmigan Roost cabin, while unbelievable panoramic views can be found at the top of Lift 9. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.

 

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Photo by Hayley Houlihan at Monarch. 

Monarch Mountain

Monarch skiers and riders will find amazing views to both the east and west of the Continental Divide at the top of Panorama lift or the top of Mirkwood. Guests can also request a professional family or group portrait from the Monarch Image Makers photography team. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.

 

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Photo taken at Powderhorn Resort. 

Powderhorn Resort

Powderhorn’s best spot for family portraits can be found in the middle of Bill’s Run, while the scenic views can’t be beat at the top of Wunderbump. For more information, visit www.powderhornresort.com.

 

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Photo by Scott DW Smith at Purgatory Resort. 

Purgatory Resort

The best location for a scenic photo at Purgatory Resort is at the top of Tinker’s Dam on the front side of the mountain. Guests can view the picturesque Needles Mountains from the snow-covered slopes and take unforgettable photos. For more information, visit www.purgatoryresort.com.

 

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Photo taken at Silverton Mountain. 

Silverton Mountain

Silverton’s high elevation and experts-only slopes offer some of the best scenic mountain views in Colorado Ski Country. Among the best spots to pose for a legendary photo include the top of the Rope Dee Dope run, with scenic views in all directions. Alternately, Silverton suggests posing in front of the bus that says, “Silverton Mountain Correctional Facility.” For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.

 

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Photo by Larry Pierce at Steamboat Resort. 

Steamboat Resort

For Steamboat skiers and riders looking to get together for a group photo, there’s a picnic bench at one of the hairpin turns on Broadway that offers a classic reprieve for a great picture. The deck of Thunderhead provides expansive views of the Yampa Valley, making it a great spot for a family photo, and it can be accessed directly from the Gondola. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.

 

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Photo by Deanna TreVizo at Sunlight. 

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight’s best scenic views can be found at Leonard’s Lookout, which affords amazing views of neaby Mt. Sopris. For a family-friendly photo location, try nearby Glenwood Hot Springs, for a relaxing soak in all-natural hot springs with gorgeous mountain views. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

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Photo by Ben Eng at Telluride. 

Telluride Ski Resort

The top of Telluride’s Chair 10 offers incredible views stretching all the way to the La Sal Mountains with beginner terrain to descend after the photos are snapped. Additional on-mountain locations at Telluride that offer world-class photo opportunities include the top of Gold Hill, the top of Prospect and Bon Vivant. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.

 

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Photo by Carl Frey at Winter Park. 

Winter Park Resort

The top of Winter Park’s gondola and the Lodge at Sunspot offer spectacular views of the Continental Divide on one side and the Fraser Valley on the other. Guests seeking the most Instagram-worthy views can also go to the top of the Panoramic Express, the highest point at Winter Park Resort. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.

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Photo by Scott DW Smith at Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Prime places at Wolf Creek to get a photo with family and a phenomenal natural backdrop are the top of Bonanza Chairlift or Treasure Stoke, both on the Continental Divide. For skiers and boarders looking to get a different view of the rugged Southern San Juan Mountains, Alberta Peak has killer panoramic views and endless mountain vistas. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.

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