3 Ski Resorts Worth the Daytrip from Denver, Colorado

Denver is the kind of city that begs you to put a little play in your stay, no matter the weather. So, if you’re here during our cooler months – high in the mountains, from about mid-October through a surprising June – the slopes are calling: come ski, snowboard, and even tube some of Colorado’s best trails and runs, as close as 75 minutes from the Courtyard® Denver Downtown.
Arapahoe Basin
Located 68 miles west of Denver, in the White River National Forest of Colorado, Arapahoe Basin offers one of the longest ski seasons in the area: from mid-October through early June and, if weather holds, sometimes into July! Full ski & snowboarding rentals (ski/snowboard, boots, poles, helmet) and piecemeal rentals available. Shared and private lessons are also available for alpine skiing, telemark skiing, and snowboarding, both for kids and adults.
Best for serious skiers and snowboarders – with the exception of a few novice runs and a kids’ club – 8 lifts service Arapahoe Basin’s 109 trails, and runs soar from greens and blues, sweeping over steep moguls, and climbing straight into double-black diamond range. New for 2018, Arapahoe Basin just opened The Beavers & The Steep Gullies expansion, which run the gamut from blue square runs, to black diamond tree skiing.
Copper Mountain
Sitting snowy at about 75 miles west of Denver, also in the White River National Forest, Copper Mountain has served the Denver area for more than 45 years, and even hosted four alpine ski races – men’s and women’s slalom and giant slalom – during the 1976 World Cup. The mountain offers skiing and snowboarding rentals, daily adult and youth lessons, and lift tickets for 1-7 days.
Copper Mountain’s 2,490 skiable acres climb from about 9,712 feet to 12,313 feet in altitude, with an impressive 142 trails – about 21% of which are beginner, 25% are intermediate, 36% are advanced, and 18% are expert. Currently, 25 lifts service the mountain’s trails, which range from greens and blues (beginner to intermediate) and quickly climb into black diamond, double black diamond, high alpine adventure terrain, and even extreme terrain (50º pitch) and freestyle terrain.
Winter Park Resort
Proving the mountain is worth the ride, Winter Park Resort (about 66 miles west of Denver) first opened for the 1939-1940 ski season. Nearly 80 years later, many guests still access the park in the age-old way: by train! The Winter Park Express, operated by Amtrak, ferries skiers and snowboarders on Saturdays and Sundays, connecting Denver’s Union Station to the base of Winter Park Resort (in season, this year: January 5 - March 25, 2018) – a two-hour, scenic, and historic ride.
At the resort, Winter Park offers 320 inches of annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine, and 3,081 acres of award-winning terrain, split across seven territories: Winter Park Territory (groomers to black diamonds), Eagle Wind Territory (world-class glade skiing), Parsenn Bowl Territory (panoramic bowl skiing/riding), Terrain Park Territory (jumps and jibs), Vasquez Ridge Territory (off the beaten path), Cirque Territory (steeps and deeps), and Mary Jane Territory (world-famous bumps).
Make room for a little powder near the Courtyard® Denver Downtown.