Colorado’s Top 5 Ski Gems

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Colorado’s Top 5 Ski Gems

Are you a Colorado ski bum who gets hyped up for the season, only to find your favorite resorts have raised the prices and are overcrowded with even longer lift lines than the year before? Do not fret! Here we uncover Colorado’s Top 5 Ski Gems that are a little off the beaten path but offer everything an avid skier will appreciate – fresh powder, amazing views, and stellar runs.

1 – Monarch Mountain – This hidden gem offers a super relaxed place to ski in a low-key environment. No lines, no overcrowding, and lots of variety. Multiple terrain parks offer fun-boxes, rails, hips, and hits so you can let loose on slopes and hone in on those skills.

2 – Loveland – With an average of 400 deep inches of snow a year, this 75-year-old ski area is an affordable and fun alternative to the overpopulated giants out there. It’s close proximity to Denver is another plus, just 53 miles outside the city.

3 – Arapahoe Basin – Best known as A-Basin, locals have long since frequented this legendary ski area. It has remained a Colorado favorite since 1948, using the first post-war chairlifts. It’s 2007 expansion in to the 400 acre Montezuma Bowl increased its size by 80%.

4 – Sunlight Mountain – Here you will get a full day of skiing for about half the cost of other parks, paired with no lines, no parking costs, and 67 trails to explore. A run for everyone, Sunlight has miles of intermediate terrain and it’s East Ridge is known for some of the steepest runs in the state.

5 – Powderhorn – A bit farther from the Mile High City just northeast of Grand Junction lies this incredible mountain. From its untracked, untouched glade skiing, to unique jump and park features, there is something for everyone’s ski style at Powderhorn. An excellent value with incredible views of the Grand Mesa, high alpine forests, and no lift lines, this ski area is worth the trip.

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