Ring in the New Year on Colorado’s Top Ski Slopes

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Winter is here! The ski slopes are starting to open and before we know it, ski season will be in full swing! As Christmas and New Years approach rapidly, many families are thinking about taking a ski vacation to ring in the holidays.

If your entire family enjoys getting up onto the mountain in the morning and sipping hot chocolate by the fire in the afternoon, there’s no better New Year’s ski destination than Colorado. With so many resort options at your disposal, you and your family should certainly consider renting a private ski lodge or chalet near one of the amazing resorts that Colorado ski country has to offer!

The problem, for many, is that Colorado simply presents so many options that it can be difficult to settle on one choice. If you’re thinking about visiting Colorado for New Year’s, you should be sure to consider each one of Colorado’s top ski slopes:

Breckenridge

This beautiful valley is world renowned for its’ pristine powder skiing conditions. This is largely thanks to the large, 14,000-foot peaks that surround it. Breckenridge receives average annual snowfall totaling about 25 feet and the mountain boasts more than 1,000 acres of powder bowls. It’s paradise for the avid skier or snowboarder, and the historic mountain town nestled at the mountain’s base provides fun for the whole family!

Vail

Many people have Vail on their bucket list when it comes to winter snow sports destinations. Vail has over 5,000 acres of terrain, it boasts more groomed runs than any other resort in the world, and, with over 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s a perfect environment for all your winter sports desires!

Aspen/Snowmass

While Aspen is commonly known for its’ glamorous reputation, the mountain itself provides tremendous skiing and snowboarding opportunities for riders of all skill levels. While Aspen is a bit further away from all the action taking place along the I-70 corridor, getting there is certainly worth the effort. The resort is comprised of four separate areas, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Highlands. Be sure to research each area before deciding which one is best for you and your family.

Telluride

The quaint main street of this former gold rush town ends right at the base of its’ prestigious mountain, which gives you constant reminders of the incredible skiing conditions just moments away. Visitors can enjoy a free gondola ride to enjoy the scenery and scope out their own lines. While Telluride is often known for its’ steep powder runs, 60% of the mountain is actually comprised of beginner and intermediate terrain, making it a perfect destination for the whole family!

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