Why Colorado?

Thinking about a Colorado ski vacation? We're here to make that an easy decision. 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 ColoradoSki.com your digital destination when planning your Colorado ski vacation, as coloradoski.com will help you access everything you want and everywhere you need to go.


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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 at 22 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.



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
23 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



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.

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.


Traveling to Colorado

What’s the easiest way to get to Colorado Ski Country USA? Well that all depends on where you’re coming from and where you final destination is. To help you understand the travel options when planning your trip to Ski Country, we’ve broken down some of the options on our Traveling To Colorado page.


Passes & Deals

Before packing your bags, we suggest purchasing your lift tickets in advance for the best possible pricing. If you plan on staying at one resort for your trip, it may even be more cost effective purchase a season pass, at some resorts a season pass pays for itself in less than a week! If you are not sure where or when you’ll be skiing, you can always check our up-to-date Deals page for the latest offerings from Ski Country resorts.


First Time in Ski Country?

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 basic ski and snowboard safety, 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.