Traveling to Colorado

Getting to Colorado Ski Country has never been easier, whether you're in state, out of state, or even out of the country, our 23 member resorts are within reach.

BY AIR

Flying to Colorado Ski Country gets easier and easier every year. From Denver International Airport (located 25 miles northeast of downtown Denver) it is easy to rent a car or take a shuttle to any of our 23 member resorts. Colorado also has a network of regional airports including Aspen, Durango, Eagle, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Hayden (Steamboat), Montrose and Telluride that offer more than 8.6 million passenger seats annually. Many offer flights from Denver or flights from other large domestic airports across the United States. Thanks to these regional hubs, over half of Colorado’s ski areas are located within 35 miles of an airport.

Regional Airports

  Steamboat/
Hayden (HDN) 
Telluride
Montrose
(MJT) 
Telluride
(TEX)
Aspen
/Pitkin (ASE) 
Gunnison (GUC)  Purgatory
/Wolf Creek

Durango (DRO) 
Powderhorn
Grand
Junction (GJT) 

Denver (DEN)

X X X X X X X
Atlanta (ATL) X X   X      
Boston (BOS) X            
Chicago (ORD) X X   X      
Charlotte  (CLT)   X          
Dallas (DFW) X X   X X X X
Ft. Lauderdale
(FLL)
X            
Houston (IAH) X  X   X    
Long Beach (LGB) X            
Los Angeles (LAX) X X   X     X
LaGuardia (LGA)   X          
Las Vegas (LAS)             X
Minneapolis (MSP) X     X      
Newark (EWR) X X          
Phoenix (PHX)   X    X   X X
Salt Lake City (SLC)    X    X      X
San Diego (SAN)  X            
San Francisco (SFO) X X   X      
Seattle (SEA) X            
Washington D.C./Dulles (IAD) X            

 

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. DIA is known 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. To give you a better idea of what traveling from DIA is like, we’ve mapped out driving times from the airport to each Colorado Ski Country resort:

Travel Times

Resort Distance from DIA
Arapahoe Basin 88 Miles, 1 H, 341 Min
Aspen/Buttermilk 186 Miles, 3 H, 44 Min
Aspen Highlands 221 Miles, 3 H, 49 Min
Cooper 133 Miles, 2 H, 19 Min
Copper Mountain 101 Miles, 1 H, 42 Min
Echo Mountain 60 Miles, 1 H, 18 Min
Eldora Mountain 63 Miles, 1 H, 20 Min
Granby Ranch 109 Miles, 2 H, 2 Min
Hesperus 385 Miles, 6H, 56 Min
Howelsen Hill 180 Miles, 3 H, 16 Min
Loveland 79 Miles, 1 H, 20 Min
Monarch 178 Miles, 3 H, 11 Min
Powderhorn 268 Miles, 4 H, 19 Min
Purgatory 386 Miles, 6 H, 52 Min
Silverton Mountain 353 Miles, 6 H, 54 Min
Snowmass 191 Miles, 3 H, 56 Min
Steamboat 178 Miles, 3 H, 16 Min
Sunlight 193 Miles, 3 H, 30 Min
Telluride 387 Miles, 6 H, 47 Min
Winter Park 90 Miles, 1 H, 48 Min
Wolf Creek 276 Miles, 4 H, 56 Min

 

BY LAND

Flying to Colorado is not your only option. Depending on where you are starting from and what part of Colorado Ski Country you want to explore, many resorts are just a day’s drive from Texas, the Southwest, and Midwest. If you are flying and are looking to rent a car during your stay, we suggest our partners Hertz (for special Colorado Ski Country discounts, use these Hertz promotion codes.They can get you equipped with a car able to handle the variable road conditions Colorado can offer. Interstate 70 and other Colorado mountain highways and roads are very well maintained, but it is still important to be prepared for winter driving conditions. At some times, traction laws may be in effect, so do your research and always check conditions before you hit the road.

Once you're in Colorado, there are countless ways to get to the ski slopes. You can take the Winter Park Express, rent a car from Hertz or take a number of bus or charters. 

If you'd rather have someone else do the driving, our Associate Members GOGO Charters Denver, National Charter Bus Denver, and Denver Charter Bus Company will get you to the slopes in comfort and ease. Or take a bus to and from one of many ski areas: 

Bus Services

Snowstang Bus Service – New this winter, the Snowstang bus service will provide access from Denver’s Union Station and RTD’s Federal Station in Lakewood to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin and Steamboat Resort. Roundtrip fares for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin will be $25 for adults and Steamboat will be $40, with 50 percent discounts for children 2-11 and 25 percent for seniors. There will be 40 days of service to each resort, running weekends from Dec.14 through April 19, plus the Martin Luther King holiday, Jan. 20, and President’s Day, Feb. 17. For more information, visit https://ridebustang.com/snowstang/

Bustang Bus Service – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has expanded its statewide Bustang bus service to include Salida as well as daily service to Monarch Ski Area from Dec. 14,2019 to April 5, 2019. With this expansion, Bustang now serves mountain towns near several Colorado ski areas including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, Purgatory Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort. Additional ground transportation options include other Front Range bus services and rideshare or carpool options. For more information, visit https://ridebustang.com/

Arapahoe Basin – The free Summit Stage bus service runs from the park-and-ride lot in Keystone to and from A-Basin. Front Range skiers and riders can also enjoy direct access with the new Snowstang bus service. For more information, visit http://www.co.summit.co.us/916/Winter-Schedule

Aspen Snowmass – RAFTA, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s bus system, provides transportation to all four Aspen Snowmass mountains. For more information, visit https://www.rfta.com/

Copper – From Summit County take advantage of the free Summit Stage bus service. For more information, visit http://www.co.summit.co.us/916/Winter-Schedule.

Eldora – The Ski-N-Ride provides bus service from multiple locations along the Front Range straight to Eldora every day of the week during ski season. For more information, visit https://www.eldora.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/rtd-ski-n-ride 

Loveland – Running on weekends from December to April, the Snowstang bus service offers riders pick up locations at Union Station in Denver or the Denver Federal Center RTD station. For more information, visit https://ridebustang.com/snowstang/ 

Monarch – The Salida Ski Bus provides access from Salida to Monarch. Visitors can also access Monarch with daily Bustang service from Dec. 14, 2019- April 5, 2019. For more information, visit https://ridebustang.com/

Purgatory – The skier shuttle runs from Durango to Purgatory on weekends and select holidays. For more information, visit https://www.purgatoryresort.com/dining-and-apres/getting-around-parking/

Steamboat – Guests can enjoy the free town bus system running from town to the resort. For more information, visit https://steamboatsprings.net/166/Transit

Telluride – The Galloping Goose bus service provides free transportation in and around the town of Telluride, Mountain Village and Lawson Hill. For more information, visit https://www.telluride-co.gov/255/Bus-Schedule.  

Wolf Creek – Shuttle service is available from Pagosa Springs via the Wilderness Journey Shuttle. For more information, visit https://www.wildernessjourneyspagosa.com/ski-shuttle-to-wolf-creek-ski-resort/.

 

BY TRAIN

The Winter Park Express is a unique option for skiers and snowboarders looking to avoid driving or flying. One way adult tickets can be purchased at https://www.amtrak.com/winterparkexpress. Amtrak also has year-round daily arrivals into Glenwood Springs, home of Sunlight Mountain, from various points throughout the West and Midwest, including the California Zephyr, which travels from Chicago to San Francisco with stops in Denver and Grand Junction.

BY SEA

Just kidding, Colorado is landlocked and most of the water in the high country is frozen during ski season anyway. But we appreciate your nautical spirits!