Colorado is famed for its fantastic skiing and, given its location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, it’s easy to see why. With some of the finest snow conditions in the world, more than 300 days of sunshine a year and stunning backdrops, it really is a brilliant location.
Colorado skiing holidays provide an adrenalin-filled experience that will excite and thrill all ages. The Rocky Mountain State really is a winter wonderland, and with so many different ski resorts to choose from you’ll have a wide range of options. Whether you’re a black diamond pro, snow board trickster or complete novice, the ski slopes of Colorado will call out to you.
Breckenridge is one of the most popular options, with its high altitude ensuring excellent conditions throughout the winter. It also has a brilliant mix of modern shopping malls and old-school clapboard buildings on the Main Street. Winter Park is the biggest ski area in America, with four different mountains to explore and an alpine bowl that offers skiing for all abilities. It’s also within easy reach of Denver. The film-famous Aspen is always popular, while Vail is ideal for more-experienced skiers and boarders.
Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to get your pulse racing in Colorado, and for something a bit different you can try out a wide selection of winter activities. There are several outdoor ice skating rinks for you to test your balance on, and the 40-acre Evergreen Lake is a special place to have a spin. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are great for the whole family, while sledding and tubing is great fun for kids of all ages. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can try your hand at ice fishing.
The local food is all about hearty stews and local game. Fresh fruit and juices also feature heavily on the menus, while those feeling daring can try the grilled buffalo. With more barrels of beer produced per year than any other state in America, Colorado is a beer-lover’s paradise. If you want a break from the slopes for a day you can explore the collection of breweries, wineries and distilleries, with plenty of samples to try along the way.
As the sun sets after a long day on the slopes the après-ski culture really gets to work, offering you the chance to unwind and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Colorado. The Red Lion in Vail Village is one of the most popular spots in the Rocky Mountains for some post-skiing indulgence and live music. In Breckenridge, Downstairs at Eric’s is a great place to grab a pizza and a refreshing beer to boost your energy ahead of the evening fun.