Rocky Mountain Region’s Great Ski Areas

After a long, hot summer, Denver ski resorts have started the snow making machines.  Our great Rocky Mountain State is one of the most popular ski destinations among the great US. Nationally, Colorado State takes the number six position in its number of ski areas.  With that said, let’s look at the great ski areas that are located not too far from Denver (each is 70 miles or less) that we’ll be enjoying this season.

Echo Mountain

Of all the ski resorts in Colorado State, Echo Mountain is the closest to Denver, and located in Idaho Springs.  The resort is one of two Colorado ski resorts that offers nighttime skiing.  The resort’s  vertical drop is 660 feet and its elevation is 10,500 feet.  Skiers enjoy 15 trails and three lifts.  Annual snowfall is 250 inches.  The resort will be open in middle of December and remain open ‘til the later part of April or early May.

Winter Park

Winter Park is a major ski area and which is located on the west side of Berthoud Pass and the closet to Denver.   Winter Park is popular among intermediates and beginners and offers nicely manicured trails.  Winter Park features 3,060 acres of skiing and 143 trails. The resort’s elevation is 9,000 feet.  Winter Park will likely open in mid-November and remain open ‘til mid-April.


Loveland is located at Loveland Pass and a popular locals resort.  The top lift terrain is 12,700 feet  and its base elevation of the resort is 10,800 feet.  The resort spans over 1,570 acres.  The resort features 10 lifts and 93 trails with a vertical drop of 2,210 feet.  Annual snowfall average is 400 inches. The resort will open in early October and remain open ‘til mid-May.