The question is on everyone’s lips right now as we hurtle toward the slopes: what is the ski season in Colorado?
The 2018 ski season will soon be here, and while some resorts are welcoming the season with open arms, others are still swathed in snow and have been closed for months. But just like the weather, the ski season in Colorado is all about perception. While you might be able to ski from mid-June until October, the reality is that the season is a lot more complicated.
In this article, we’ll discuss what is the ski season in Colorado and answer some of the most common questions about it. Let’s get started.
If you’ve ever been to Colorado, you’ll know that the winter months are the most enjoyable times of the year. The snowfall is magnificent, the air is fresh, and the temperatures are breathtaking. So it’s natural that people would want to make the most of this wonderful season and hit the snow as often as they can. Unfortunately, not all of Colorado is inhabited by turkeys, and this desire to ski has led to overcrowding and long lines at the resort. It’s also caused a huge spike in resort fees. Long gone are the days when you could just show up at the resort and be skiing within minutes. Today, even though June is now here, the waits are unpredictable and can be hours long.
One solution to this problem would be to spread the word about it. Let everyone know that the season is almost over and that there’s very little chance of them getting a spot at a prime resort. This will help to keep everyone interested in winter sports and maintain a balance between available and occupied ski runs. It also prevents people from getting their hopes up about hitting the slopes during the prime season, when there’s still plenty of snow left and the resorts are usually buzzing with activity. This could cause disappointment if the seasons surprises are bad and they don’t get enough snow or if the weather is horrible and they can’t open the slopes.
Respect The Snowpack
With more people entering the field of winter sports, the demand for better and more versatile equipment has risen. One area that has seen major advancements is skiing gloves. Years ago, skiers would wear mittens, and the only way to vary the grip would be to change the hand you used to hold the ski pole. However, with the advent of improved technology and materials, skiing gloves have evolved into something more versatile and functional, allowing the user to change the intensity of their grip by altering the shape of the knuckle and using different types of materials to stop snow from accumulating on the surface. It’s an important aspect of skiing that you learn to respect the snowpack and know how to handle yourself properly while in the snow.
Know When To Visit The Resorts
Another important thing to consider is the fact that not all of Colorado is inhabited by turkeys, and there are a few prime resorts that are still covered in snow and haven’t opened yet. It would be a shame to go all the way to your favorite resort and find out that it’s closed for the season. So it’s important to know when these resorts are going to open so that you can make the most of the experience.
If you’re traveling during prime season, it’s best to get there as soon as possible. The further south you go, the later the season. You can avoid this by getting to a northern resort as soon as possible, preferably in June or early July. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of skiing during the prime season. However, if you don’t mind a few more degrees of winter, then it’s best to go south and hit the slopes as soon as possible. In some parts of Colorado, you’ll even see ski flags flying high, welcoming the skiers with open arms. In other parts of the state, you might have to make do with snowboards instead of skis, but at least you’ll know where the slopes are and can make the best of it.
The Mainland Versus The Islands
Most of Colorado can be found on the mainland, but there are also several small islands that get swamped with snow every winter. While the mainland gets all the attention in terms of the size of the mountain range and the area covered in snow, these islands rarely get as much (if any) attention and are often mistreated as a stepping stone to access the larger mountains. It’s important to keep in mind that not all of Colorado is accessible by road. You can only reach the larger resorts by air or sea. This means that not many people get to experience the smaller islands’ charm and the exquisite skiing they have to offer. As someone who’s been to both the larger mainland resorts and the smaller island resorts, I can say that the smaller ones have some serious perks. You’ll have access to fewer crowds and more exclusive features.
Skiing As A Summer Activity
Even though the best season for skiing is typically considered to be winter, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyed during the summer. After all, the snowfall makes for some magnificent scenic drives and adventurous backcountry terrain, which is why some resorts, such as Vail, Colorado, opened their skiing terrain during the summer of 2013.
The problem is that the summer temperatures are usually warm, and that makes for some pretty uncomfortable skiing. But with the exception of a few select resorts, such as Aspen and Beaver Creek in Aspen, Colorado, you can still find some downhill skiing. The key is to bring the right gear, and luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need.
The first piece of equipment you’ll need is a ski jacket. It should fit snugly around your body and have some form of ventilation, such as straps or a hood. You should also have a layer on top, which can be either synthetic or natural fiber. Next, you’ll need ski pants. It is best if they are baggy but not so loose that they’re moving around all over the place. Your last piece of equipment is skiing shoes. These should be comfortable, have good traction, and form a tight seal with your foot. In terms of the type of material they’re made of, make sure that they’re designed for skiing and don’t get torn easily. You can also purchase ski socks to keep your feet warm and cozy while also providing some texture and color for the outfit. Now, you might not need all of this equipment, but having it will make your skiing experience that little bit more authentic. And who knows, maybe one day you’ll even get the chance to try it out.
Where Can I Ski?
If you’re only going to one resort, then you might as well go to the one that’s nearest to you. Even though some of the larger resorts have something for everyone, the closer you get to your car, the more options you have. It’s best if you use an online tool to pinpoint the closest ski resort to you. These tools will factor in all the various elements, such as the size of the resort and the type of snowfall, and let you know which one is the best fit for your needs. The sky is the limit, as far as the number of resorts you can choose from. So, don’t hesitate to scroll through the entire list and find the one that looks the best. And when you find it, you can rest assured that it’s going to be a memorable experience.
Do I Need A Ski Pass?
This is something that definitely depends on you. Some resorts, such as Breckenridge, have free skiing, while others, such as Vail, require you to purchase a pass. But with the right equipment and enough knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience without breaking the bank. It’s best to purchase a season pass, as they give you access to more than one resort. This way, you don’t have to decide which one you want to visit first, as the pass will allow you to go to any of the resorts. It also makes it easier to visit the different resorts, as you don’t have to worry about getting a lift ticket for the next available seat. If you do decide to visit a resort with a pass requirement, make sure that you register and check in at the resort’s lodge as soon as possible.
What If I Don’t Want To Ski?
If you don’t ski, then you don’t need to bother bringing all of that stuff. There are plenty of other summer activities in Colorado that you can participate in. You can take a hike, go on a bike ride, or even go swimming. There’s something for everyone. If you still want to go on a boat ride or attend a concert, just check the local listings for what’s on this summer.