Ski resorts in Boulder, Colorado

Skiing near Boulder Colorado

credit: Eldora, John WaughBoulder is a great "gateway" to Colorado ski areas. Eldora Mountain Resort is nearby, and the world-class mountains of Summit and Vail Counties are only a few hours away. Opportunities for cross-country skiing also abound in the area. Below we've listed some of the most accessible ski sites.

Eldora

Eldora Mountain Resort is the nearest ski area to Boulder. Located just past Nederland at the top of Boulder Canyon, Eldora is a 35-minute drive away from downtown Boulder. In terms of size, Eldora is far more modest than the huge resorts of Summit County.credit: Vail Resorts, Bob Winsett However, it offers 53 trails and 12 lifts for downhill skiers, as well as a Nordic Center with 40 kilometers of cross-country trails.

Rising from 9200 feet to over 10, 000 feet, Eldora usually has excellent snow conditions. The resort is snowboard-friendly, and offers a variety of rental options. To get to Eldora, take Boulder's Canyon Boulevard up to Nederland. At the town of Nederland, turn left on Route 119, then right on Route 130. You'll see signs to the resort (map).

credit: Copper Mountain, Ben BlankenburgThe Colorado RTD also offers "ski-and-ride" bus service between Boulder and Eldora. Beginning at around 7:00 am, the N bus leaves every few hours until 4:00 pm. The one-way fare is $3.75, and skis and snowboards are accommodated. (schedules)

Summit County Destinations

The mountains of Summit County are a 1.5 hour drive from Boulder — though high-traffic conditions can increase travel time enormously. These resorts are among the most popular ski destinations in Colorado.

credit: Vail Resorts, Jack AffleckBreckenridge is one of Colorado's most visited ski resorts. Featuring 155 trails and 29 lifts (including an 8-person gondola), Breckenridge keeps most visitors busy for the duration of their stay. A vertical rise of nearly 3400 feet allows for long runs. Over a third of the downhill trails at Breckenridge receive an Expert rating — especially those on Peaks 7 through 10. The town of Breckenridge itself is an authentic Colorado mountain town, and is fun to explore. Breckenridge is on Highway 9, south of Dillon (map)

Keystone is run by the same corporation that owns Breckenridge (and, for that matter, Vail). Because of this, you can buy a single pass to all of these destinations. Known for its night skiing and smaller crowds, Keystone has attracted a core group of devoted fans. 121 trails and 20 lifts span three separate peaks — Dercum Mountain (11, 640 feet), North Peak (11, 660 feet), and The Outback (11, 980 feet). You can reach Keystone by taking Highway 6 from I-70 (map).

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