Colorado Ski resorts Reviews

Resort Review – Vail, Colorado

Corduroy at Vail, Colorado
Well what can be said about Vail? You’ve probably heard the name… but does the hype match the experience? As I found out for myself, the answer is “most definitely!”. Without hesitation I would visit Vail again, if not for the ear-to-ear grin of total satisfaction from a ski trip, then at least to experience skiing in the legendary back bowls. I think I would stay in there for the rest of the season given the chance… just spectacular. Other than the skiing, my experiences ranged from ‘authentic Western’, watching impeccably moustachioed cowboys wander the streets in their Stetson hats and leather boots, to ‘Party party party’ in some of the best après venues I’ve experiences anywhere…
The People
As arguably the largest and most famous ski resort in the US, understandably draws in guests from all over the globe. English unsurprisingly is the predominant language however many other languages are spoken especially by the large number of people visiting and working from South America. Regardless of any language barrier the locals are friendly, welcoming and will do what they can to help out and happily chat about your day on the slopes.
Après/Nightlife/Food
Vail in split into two main areas; Vail Village and the slightly smaller Lionshead Village.perfect pistes in Vail Both are a short bus ride from each other or if you’re feeling energetic or need to walk off a hearty feed it’s only a 10 minute walk, so easily accessible. Both villages have a range of evening entertainment so whether you’re looking for fine dining, sports bars or authentic pizzerias you will be able to find them all. The Red Lion in Vail Village is a bar that is particularly noteworthy as it is busy from lift closing until the early hours offering great food, drinks and live music. The Tavern on the square in Lionshead is another that deserves a mention and offers a similar option at the other end of resort.
Runs/Off-Piste/Lifts
The Ski area at Vail is massive; it’s well known for being the largest in the US and offers a great range of terrain for all abilities. The runs are all well maintained and groomed offering great skiing especially in the mornings. The wide open runs and vast expanse means that...

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You're posting from Fort Collins!

by Werewolf32

Ok, maybe you're not in Fort Collins itself, but if you're close enough to go to the mountains and back on a weekend trip, then you're somewhere in Colorado.
The Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, and any smaller local papers in your town all have weather reports. The Post and News both have websites with weather reports that update constantly. The Colorado Department of Transportation, every ski resort and half the mountain towns in the state have webcams so you can see at any time of day what the weather looks like there.
Why would you post here on the offchance that somebody will say "Yeah, I live in Leadville and it's cold here tonight"? At least say where in the...

Agree - and

by jamesdenverrrr

Copper mountain is a good resort - not enormous like vail or breck, but big enough you have something for everyone. some good condo rates and deals are at is in summit county just a few miles past breckenridge on freeway, it's not a "town" but has good restaurants and condos, good skiing, and great views. there's only 2 main base areas, so much easier to find each other.
also if you have non-skiiers summit county has good bus service to breck and other summit county towns, (outlet mall, etc)
if you're visiting colorado i recommend looking for condos to rent

Few things to consider - economy now, not the

by HoldMeJuan

Best for indiscriminate skiing for a lot of folks. You'll get your hardcore, but I see revenue falling for resorts. This may affect your employment factor.
What is your level of boarding, and most importantly, are you a good teacher - big difference, in ability to ride and ability to teach.
I would start in the colorado area, or utah, lots of resorts, best snow quality and fall in the "west" area.
Use your contacts from out east to get recs for west.
I would start with Vail corp., and see if they need help

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FAQ

husker_red2003
Which are the best ski resorts in Colorado for beginners?

I have been to Breckenridge and Steamboat. I liked Breckenridge since the green slopes were extremely wide and the hills weren't as steep as Steamboat. I thought the Steamboat green slopes were scary since the trails were so narrow and it was a steeper hill than what I was comfortable with.
I would like to visit some other ski resorts in Colorado that are comparable to Breckenridge. I don't do anything fancy, I ski rather slow, and I hate the slopes that are harder than the greens (they scare the crap out of me). So if you have any suggestions that are good for beginners yet…

I personally liked Loveland when I was learning. I love the viewing the scenery and woodsy areas. At other resorts, you have to go on blue/ blacks to get nice scenery, but loveland has nice runs for all abilities and it isn't as crowded so you don't have to worry about running in to everyone. There are also areas that are very wide. Copper had lots of easy runs, but it was so crowded that I felt uncomfortable learning.

I never took participated in ski school, my dad just taught me, so I can't provide any input on that.

Rachel Xoxo
Ski Resorts?

I've always wanted to learn to ski, so i was thinking about maybe having my sweet 16 at a ski resort. I live in Virginia, but I can travel pretty much anywhere on the east coast. Is there any cool ones on the east coast or should I think of something else?? I don't want some boring resort either; I want to go somewhere, where me and my friends will have fun.

Showshoe or Winterplace are probably the best in east.



There are also some really fun ones in North Carolina and since you've never skied you don't really need a really top notch resort.
Here are some fun ones in NC:

think a ski trip is a fabulous idea. You will have a great time~!`

estrup
Which Colorado ski resort is best Nov 16th ?

I will go with kids(3+5) for their first skiing and also my wife will be first-timer....is Breck or ? the best/snowsafe option ?

I'm not sure why other users are recommending Beaver Creek and Vail for a trip on Nov 16th since Vail doesn't even open till Nov 20th and Beaver Creek doesn't open till Nov 25th. Source: agree that Summit County is your best bet for snow since that area typically receives 300-400 inches of snow per year. Breckenridge and Keystone are both located there and are nice resort towns. Loveland is also nearby and is very beginner friendly but to be clear Loveland is not a…

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