From Colorado Springs, world-class skiing is just a short drive away. Folks who live in Colorado know that Colorado skiing is so special because of the breathtaking backdrop of mountains at every resort. It goes without saying that all these resorts are beautiful, but each one has its own unique personality.
Arapahoe Basin is just an hour and 20 minutes from Colorado Springs, a great skiing day trip for residents of the Springs. Arapahoe gets an awesome 31 feet of snow a year, spread out over six lifts and 67 runs. Arapahoe is a small mountain – only 490 acres – but it has a cozy local feel that’s actually quite nice compared to the big resorts like Keystone and Vail.
You can get to Loveland from Colorado Springs in less than two hours if traffic is good. Everybody loves Loveland. With its 33-foot deep snow and its 1,365 traversable acres, Loveland offers a lot for being for being just 119 miles away from Colorado Springs. Skiing at Loveland is glorious, and there are 11 lifts to get you out to the 77 runs.
It will take you a little over two hours to drive to Eldora from Colorado Springs. Skiing in Eldora, a midsize resort 118 miles out of town, is pleasant and personal. With only 12 ski lifts, you get that feeling by the end of the day that you know everybody on the mountain – and I mean that in a good way. The crowd is mostly local, so most of your fellow skiers are Coloradans who’ve been skiing since they could walk. They know the rules of the mountain, and they follow them. Great snow, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and close enough to the Springs to make it a day trip. Eldora offers some of the best skiing near Colorado Springs.
World-famous Vail is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Colorado Springs. Skiing at Vail is just something people do when they’re not celebrity-watching or partying. There’s a reason all those celebrities flock to Vail. Vail has a respectable vertical drop of 3,450 feet, an amazing 193 different runs, and some of the deepest snow you’ll find anywhere in Colorado – around 29 feet.
Keystone is about a four-hour drive from Colorado Springs, and skiing at Keystone is well worth the drive. With three mountains, five bowls, and A51 Terrain Park, named a top ten snowboarding park two years in a row by Transworld Snowboarding. Keystone’s 229-mile distance makes it an overnight destination, and there’s plenty of lodging available at Keystone. The average snow depth at Keystone is about 19 feet.