Skiing is the very essence of the Colorado Rockies and the reason we are all here. Alpine skiing, telemark skiing, backcountry skiing and cross-country skiing are all great ways to get outdoors and enjoy Colorado's famous "champagne powder" snow. Come and hit the slopes today.
Long regarded as one of the finest skiing destinations in the world, Colorado boasts exceptional terrain and amenities. If you are visiting in the winter, chances are you already have skiing on your mind. Whether you are brand new to the sport or a seasoned professional, you will find terrain that is as breathtaking as it is diverse.
Equipment rentals are available at a multitude of locations. Many take advanced reservations (by phone or online), so check it out and reserve in advance to cut down on your wait-time in the shop upon arrival. Many allow you to try out different equipment during your stay; some will let you try skiing for a few days then switch out and try your hand at snowboarding.
As a general rule of thumb, you should start the day with the television on the local resort network to get as accurate and specific a weather forecast as possible. Of course, in the mountains, things can change quickly and dramatically, so always be prepared. Bringing a small backpack on the hill with you is an excellent way to ensure you are prepared for climate changes: even if it's sunny and dry when you start the day, throw goggles, a neck gator and hand warmers in the pack to ensure you're prepared.
On your way to the chairlift, grab a trail map and a grooming report. These will give you details on the terrain, and help you plan your day. Every mountain offers food and beverage outlets, as well as a multitude of "after ski" options to celebrate the hard work you put in on the snow.
Skiing is the very essence of the Colorado Rockies and the reason we are all here. Alpine skiing, telemark skiing, backcountry skiing and cross-country skiing are all great ways to get outdoors and …