As we all know, you can't come home from a glorious day in the mountains without some glorious photos to show for it. And while it's hard to take a bad photo when you're surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, we've compiled this list of the most scenic places to take a photo this summer at each of our member ski resorts. Follow this guide for the most incredible, Instagram-worthy scenic photos to make all your friends jealous of your summer mountain adventures.
Telluride Ski Resort
The most scenic place to stop for a summer photo at Telluride Ski Resort San Sophia Overlook, located at the mid-station of the free Telluride-Mountain Village gondola. The sweeping mountain views make a great backdrop for family photos and evidence of your summer adventures.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Guests to Sunlight will find their best scenic photos are at the top of the resort. The summit of Sunlight offers amazing views of Mt. Sopris and the greater Roaring Fork Valley that will make your friends jealous for years to come.
During your visit to Steamboat Resort, don’t forget to visit the Oasis Sundeck for the best views in the Yampa Valley. A scenic photo from this location will include gorgeous mountain views from 9,000 ft. above sea level. While you’re here, enjoy a number of tasty bites from the grill, your favorite frozen drink or ice-cold beer.
Purgatory Resort’s best location for a scenic photo also requires a breathtaking scenic chairlift ride. Once you’ve reached the top of the resort, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the San Juan Mountains and the iconic Needles Mountain range.
Sitting at the top of Stagecoach, Powderhorn guests can see the entire Plateau Valley. Another great spot for a scenic summer photo of Powderhorn can be taken from sitting at the base lodge on the deck, which gives a beautiful view of Powderhorn and all the aspen glades.
Granby Ranch’s best scenic photo spot is from the Vista Ridge Ceremony Site. The site offers unique mountaintop weddings and events year-round, with breathtaking views destined for Instagram fame.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte’s Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks offers incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Elk Mountain Range and Mount Crested Butte. Don’t miss this incredibly scenic location to get a bite to eat, have a drink and snap some gorgeous photos of the mountains.
Aspen Snowmass is home to the most photographed landmark in the United States, the Maroon Bells. The view from the top of Elk Camp Chair at Snowmass offers a breathtaking view of these iconic mountains.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
At the top of the Black Mountain Express lift, with your camera or smartphone pointed toward the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin offers one of the best views in the state. Bonus points for picking up a Bacon Bloody Mary on your way for maximum jealousy-inducing photography.