Colorado is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders in the U.S., with thousands flocking to Colorado’s top resorts every winter! But are you the type who likes to beat the crowds? Do you want to skip the over-the-top, overpriced luxury resorts and ridiculous lines for the lifts and instead check out these secret places to hit the slopes in Colorado! These lesser-known gems will give you more time to shred the gnar (or glide peacefully if that’s more your speed) on awesome, uncrowded hills for a much lower price!
Skiers love this resort for its affordable lift prices, uncrowded atmosphere, short lines, and great lesson program! But the beauty of Monarch Mountain doesn't end there! Located in the stunning Gunnison National Forest, the views are breathtaking! Sure, it’s not the biggest resort around, but there’s something for everyone, including the extreme terrain of the Mirkwood Basin! You really can’t go wrong with Monarch Mountain!
You won’t get much closer to the fun of Monarch Mountain than when you choose one of the six awesome campgrounds at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area! It’s just a short drive to Monarch Mountain, and most campgrounds feature vault toilets and changing areas and are all open year-round (weather permitting!). Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more info!
Winter Park Resort—Winter Park
This park is definitely one of Colorado’s best low-key resorts! It’s tucked into the mountains around Winter Park, which sits about 70 miles west of Denver, but if you’re looking for a more secluded and down-to-earth skiing experience, this is the resort for you!
With 3,081 acres of terrain, this park contains two mountains (one for beginners and one for experts) and plenty of other fun runs for everyone in between! Complete with 25 lifts, 3,060 feet of vertical runs, and fantastic transportation including an Amtrak train right into the resort, it’ll be easy to get in and shred in no time! Check out their website for lift prices and information!
For a truly beautiful winter camping experience close to Winter Park Resort, a stay at Reverend’s Ridge Campground, located in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, is a prime choice! Electrical hookups are available, and a limited number of sites are open on a first-come, first-served basis! Take time after tearing up the slopes to adventure around this state park and fall completely in love with Colorado!
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area—Dillon
Get away from it all at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area! One of its most popular signature runs, the Pallavicini, is one of Colorado’s steepest trails! With a run that spans 1.5 miles, 960 skiable acres and 109 trails, eight lifts, and two amazing terrain parks, it’s an amazing spot to ski or snowboard! This park caters mostly toward intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders, but it features a little something for everyone of all skill levels! Learn more about their prices, lodging and dining options, and more on their website!
About a half hour drive from the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area sits a fantastic destination indeed! Tiger Run Resort is a spectacular luxury RV resort with stunning amenities like an awesome fitness center, hot tubs, game room, an indoor pool, and so much more! Sure, it’s a bit of a drive from Arapahoe, but you’ll be near three other ski resorts and will be staying in gorgeous Breckenridge, so make a fabulous ski vacation out of it! Explore the Tiger Run website to find out more!
Sunlight Mountain Resort—Glenwood Springs
If going old school is more your style, check out Sunlight Mountain Resort! It’s located near Aspen, but it refrains from all the glitz and glamour that Aspen is known for! It features great old-school lifts, 700 skiable acres, and 75 percent of its 67 trails are for beginner and intermediate skiers! That doesn’t mean that more advanced skiers will be bored, though! This resort also boasts The Heathen, which is a double black diamond slope with a 52 degree pitch that’ll give you a run for your money!
Take a break from the mountains and book a snowmobile tour, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or head to nearby Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, which is home to the world’s largest hot springs pool, along with other luxurious attractions!
When you need to head to a place to unwind and relax, the RV sites at Glenwood Canyon Resort are perfect, and you really can’t beat the view! You'll find sewer hookups, electrical service with 30 or 50 amp service, and a dump station, all surrounded by beautiful mountains! Check out their website for full details!
This smaller resort is perfect for skiing families! It features terrain geared toward beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders, so it’s great for taking the kids for their first ski trip! Not only can you enjoy the slopes in the sunshine, but Granby Ranch also offers night skiing, as well as terrain parks, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing if you’d like to change it up a bit! You’ll also be close to Rocky Mountain National Park, so you can visit and appreciate the beautiful landscapes there too! Visit the Granby Ranch website for pricing and more information!
Although there aren’t too many close campgrounds open in the winter, you’ll still be able to make a short drive to Granby Ranch from Red Mountain RV Park! It’s a quaint campground, but you’ll be comfortable and enjoy the stay with a dump station, spacious lots, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains! Click here to find out more!
This great resort features incredible views and more than 1,600 acres of terrain to thrill skiers! That’s not all! An all-new Flat Top Flyer, which is a high-speed quad lift, powers riders to the top of the 1,600 vertical incline in about six minutes! Powderhorn offers 42 trails, a bar and grille, and is a fantastic location for tree skiing if you’d like more of a thrilling challenge! It’s not the best resort for beginners, but there’s still the opportunity for kids to learn, and the lines are short, making for a wonderful ski experience!
A short drive to Grand Junction makes for a great stay at RV Ranch! It features 139 sites, most of which have full hookups with either 30 or 50 amp service! You’ll also appreciate paved roads, clean showers, dog runs, Wi-Fi and cable, pull-through sites, and much more! Find out more on the RV Ranch website!
Do you know of any other of Colorado’s mountains or secret places to hit the slopes? Help others avoid the crowds and leave us a comment to share your favorite Colorado skiing spots!