Colorado has more than 20 ski resorts, all varying in type of terrain and terrain difficulty. Here are a few spots that are great for beginners looking to take on the slopes for the first time.
1. Granby Ranch
With flowing glades and an uncrowded atmosphere, Granby Ranch is perhaps one of the best places to learn to ski in the state while still finding a resort atmosphere. It’s also quite affordable comparatively and very scenic.
2. Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain is a very convenient mountain to ski at as terrain almost seems to be organized by difficulty. Sticking to the green side of the mountain here is quite simple.
3. Breckenridge Ski Resort
While Breckenridge does offer double-black big bowl skiing, it’s also home to plenty of beginner terrain – most of which is found on Peak 8 and Peak 9. This portion of Breckenridge Ski Resort offers big vertical on top-to-bottom green runs, which can let beginners practice for an extended period before having to hop back on the lift. Plus, the sheer number of green runs here will help keep things exciting.
4. Howelsen Hill
One of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) ski hills in the state, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs is a great place to try skiing out without breaking the bank. You won’t find the same vertical drop here that you might at other larger resorts, but the laid-back atmosphere at this ski area is the perfect learning environment.
Keystone makes the cut on this list for a run called “Schoolmarm.” It’s all-green from top-to-bottom for more than 3.5 miles. It’s known as the resort’s family ski trail and is a great spot to learn.