The ski season in the U.S. is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. For those who live in Colorado, the winter fun has just begun. There are tons of winter holiday activities to do in Colorado other than skiing, including visiting museums and galleries, touring the state, and spending some quiet time by the fireplace. One of the best things you can do in the winter in Colorado is to go skiing. The snow, the thrill of jumping off a chairlift, and the feeling of accomplishment when skiing down the mountain are indescribable. This past winter was extra special because it was the third-warmest winter on record in Colorado, so naturally there was a lot of snow. This made for an incredible skiing season, but it also made for a lot of melted snow and a great deal of overflow on the streets. Not only that, but some of the resorts, such as Breckenridge, got an exceptional amount of snow that caused them to close down for a couple of days because they couldn’t handle the volume of skiers and snowboarders lining up for the gates to open. A lot of preparation is required before the season starts in the winter, particularly at the bigger and more popular resorts. There are lots of things you need to check off before you can start skiing, including getting your ski equipment in good condition, finding a ski instructor, and buying the right insurance policy. The best part of the winter season in Colorado is the people. The local Coloradans are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you will ever meet, so make sure to tell them you’re from out of state and have never visited the state before. They may take you under their wing and show you the ropes around town, which is exactly what happened to me. I visited Colorado with my best friend and we ended up renting an apartment in Boulder just so we could enjoy the university life and take advantage of the snow. I hope to go back this winter and spend some more time with my friends in the snow, but until then I’ll have to be content with dreaming of warmer climes.
Keystone Mountain Resort: The Mecca Of Ski-in/ski-out Skiing
The Mecca of Ski-in/ski-out skiing is Keystone Mountain Resort, located in South Park City near the Colorado line. It features one of the longest ski runs in the world, with the trailhead located just three miles from the resort entrance. This makes it easy for anyone to get to paradise in less than 10 minutes, perfect for a morning or afternoon ride on the gondola. Just check in at the front desk, rent some snow shoes, and you’re ready to go. In the winter season, there are numerous restaurants and bars situated along the main street of Keystone, so you’re sure to find something that fits your taste. For something completely different, check out the Taco Loco restaurant, which serves delicious Mexican food and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Besides, the service is really great there too. One of the best things about Keystone is that it offers tons of variety. You can easily find any kind of skiing experience you want at the resort, whether you’re a beginner or expert. There’s also a lot of nightlife too, with bars and pubs situated along the Main Street and at the base of the mountain. If you’re looking for a place that’s a bit more refined, check out the Hotel Diablo, which offers guests a hot chocolate bar, fireplace, and big-screen TV. If all of this and more sounds good to you, why not visit Keystone in the winter and see for yourself? You can find more information on the resort’s website, keystoneski.com.
All-Star Resort: The Mecca Of Tasteful Skiing
Not too far from Keystone is another iconic resort, named All-Star. It features the Cog Railway, one of the first ski lifts ever built, which is still operational and brings skiers and snowboarders from near and far all year long. In the winter, the sight of the winding railway pulling trains filled with snow is something to behold. All-Star also has the Centennial Express, which is a gondola that operates directly from Spring Street to the top of the ski mountain. The view from the top is absolutely magnificent, offering a 360-degree panorama of the city, the Colorado mountains, and the entire Rocky Mountain range. There are also eight trails located near the base, making for a variety of skiing experiences. The variety of trails and the fact that the terrain is mostly intermediate make it a favorite of intermediate skiers and snowboarders. You can also catch a ride on the Centennial Express, which stops at the top of the mountain, or take the gondola down and explore the slopes independently. For more information, check out the resort’s website, allstarski.com.
Breckenridge: The Mecca Of The Expert
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this photo alone is worth this article: kodak-raja.jpg The premier resort of North America, Breckenridge, features the 12th-highest elevation in North America, making for some seriously cold weather. The resort itself is built on top of a glacier, making it the perfect place for experts to practice their craft. This year is the 100th anniversary of Breckenridge, so prepare yourselves for some big celebrations. There are lots of vintage planes and helicopters that will be flying over the resort, as well as some pretty cool costumes too. Besides, the people there are extremely welcoming, so you’re sure to have a good time. In the winter season, the resort features 26 trails, 15 of which are lit, a terrain park, and five glaciers. You can also get a taste of the local cuisine at one of three different restaurants in the resort. For more information, check out the resort’s website, breckenridge.com.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the winter sports in Colorado. The best time to visit is between December and April, as the climate is perfect and you won’t overheat. The resorts get pretty crowded during the high season, so make sure to book your tickets in advance, as well as the dinners and lodging, if you want to have a good time. Make sure to rent a car or take a taxi to the bigger and more popular destinations, as public transportation is limited and not available at all the smaller villages. Enjoy the winter season in Colorado and don’t forget: be a good neighbor and conserve energy — it’s a win-win situation.