Best Places to Ski in the Rocky Mountains

 In Ski Resorts, Skiing

The Rockies span more than 3,000 miles, from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, all the way to New Mexico. The mountains are filled with dramatic wilderness, diverse wildlife, alpine lakes and some of the world’s best skiing.

Five Must Ski Mountains in the Rockies

Home to the greatest density of world-class skiing, there are lots of great destinations for skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Here are a few of the top-rated Rocky Mountain ski resorts that should be on your must-ski list.

Aspen Snowmass

Aspen, Colorado

A four-for-one, Aspen Snowmass offers access to Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, and more than 5,500 acres of terrain on one lift ticket. Snowmass offers a good mix of terrain. Buttermilk is smaller, catering toward beginner and intermediate skiers. Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain offer fantastic intermediate and advanced ski terrain. You’ll find unmatched ski and snowboard pros as well as world-class restaurants and accommodations in the upscale, lively town.

Beaver Creek

Avon, Colorado

If you are looking for a luxurious retreat featuring world-class skiing, dining, breathtaking views and soothing spas, Beaver Creek is a must. Beaver Creek is a sister resort to Vail and offers the ultimate pampering experience with fewer crowds and top-notch grooming. At 1,832 acres of terrain, it’s smaller than some of the other Rocky Mountain ski resorts in Colorado. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in accommodations and extracurricular activities.

Big Sky

Big Sky, Montana

5,800 acres, 39 lifts, four mountains and double the vertical drop of most ski areas, it’s easy to see why it’s called Big Sky. Wide-open spaces meet dramatic peaks to create a unique world-class skiing experience you won’t find anywhere else. The Montana resort intertwines all terrain levels offering plenty of fun for everyone, but the big draw is Lone Peak. At 11,166 feet in elevation, it offers a heart-stopping 4,350-foot vertical drop.


Telluride, Colorado

Telluride stands out from the rest of the Rocky Mountain ski resorts for its stunning, jaw-dropping scenery and its historic Wild West town. Located near a former mining town, the local shops and eateries are just as much a part of the Telluride experience as the thrilling mountain. The terrain is varied, including intense chutes and bowls for advanced skiers, as well as plenty of terrain that suitable for all abilities. Telluride is more difficult to get to from Denver than some other ski resorts, but the layout of the mountain makes it easy to get around once you get there.

Brecken Ridge

Breckenridge, Colorado

By far one of the most popular resorts in the Rockies, Breckenridge should top every avid skiers must-ski list. Situated by a vibrant ski town known for its great nightlife, the area offers a diverse range of lodgings and tons of accommodations. 187 trails are spread across 5 peaks. Its unusually high base elevation of 9,600 feet makes for exceptionally good snow. There’s deep powder, aggressive expert terrain high up the mountain, pristine bowls and plenty of green and blue runs on the lower and middle mountain. Snowboarders will enjoy the four terrain parks and a superpipe.

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