Colorado is North America's leading ski area and is considered as one of the key ski destinations in the world. The Colorado ski resorts enjoy an abundance of dry, light, fluffy snow due to the Rocky Mountains forming a barrier to any storms that come from the Pacific Ocean. Skiing was originally introduced to the area in the early 19th century as a way of transport but has developed over the last 30 years as a recreational sporting activity. The area has 24 major ski resorts, including Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat, Teluride, Vail and Winter Park, offering more ski terrain, runs and lifts than anywhere else in the USA. Millions of people visit Colorado every year for its uncrowded powdery snow covered slopes, amazing scenic Rocky Mountains, authentic Wild West towns and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. With approximately 37,000 acres of ski area and over 2,000 ski runs (longest run is 8km) the Colorado resorts cater for beginners, intermediates, advanced and snowboarders. The area has 306 lifts, 7 cable cars, 216 chairlifts and 90 other lifts. All of the major resorts have their own ski schools which offer a high level of tuition for children and beginners right through to advanced skiers. Most of the major resorts offer excellent facilities for children, especially Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.
Why is Colorado so popular for skiing holidays? With skiing for all levels of skiers, an average of 300 inches of snow a year, gigantic mountains, long smooth tree-lined runs on 'champagne powder' snow, amazing back-country skiing and fast high speed lifts with no lift queues, these are just a few reasons why visitors return time and time again. There is much more to do than just skiing in Colorado, including snow biking, sledding, dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice-climbing, ice fishing, historic walking tours, Wild West evenings and much more. After an exhilarating day on the slopes why not relax in the hotel spa, hot tub and sauna or just lay-back and be pampered at the beauty salon. All of the resorts offer great shopping opportunities ranging from quaint village shops and Western stores to up-market boutiques. Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Buttermilk are recommended for beginners whilst Arapahoe Basin and Vail offer exciting challenges for expert skiers.
The ski resorts in Colorado offer visitors on their ski holiday deals a variety of different skiing holidays. Aspen is a glitzy resort which attracts the rich and famous while Vail and Beaver Creek are purpose built resorts offering luxury accommodation with a cosmopolitan feel. Breckenridge was originally a mining town. With its vibrant Main Street, the resort is steeped in history and traditional. Keystone is a low-key resort, very popular with families. In the southwest of Colorado are the resorts of Telluride and Durango where real cowboys and ranchers still live and work.
Ski holidays in Colorado are all about a casual, relaxed mountain way of life. There are a few glamorous resorts but on the whole the attitude is slow and laid-back. In the smaller resorts you will find a mixture of bars and saloons whilst in the larger resorts you will also find nightclubs, piano bars and lounges. Dining options range from gourmet restaurants to steakhouses and bbq establishments, delis and diners to coffee shops and chain restaurants serving plenty of local cuisine. Breckenridge is an excellent choice for family dining while Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail are a great choice for gourmet dining.
Nightlife in Colorado is very down-to-earth with saloons, pubs, sports bars, Wild West nights, live music, bowling, cinema and much more for you to enjoy on your last minute holiday deals to Colorado. The whole family will love a storytelling evening around the fire, not forgetting the tasty marshmallows which are toasted on the fire.