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Ski and Snowboard in and around Summit County

Breckenridge, Keystone, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain

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Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is a small ski area with no village area. It caters to locals and front-range skiers. While there are some green runs, A-basin has mostly intermediate and advanced runs and some extreme skiing. Free parking within walking distance of the lifts.

Statistics for Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Vertical rise: 2,270 feet
Base elevation: 10,780 feet
Summit elevation: 13,050 feet
Average annual snowfall: 350 inches
Number of trails: 105
Longest run: 1.5 miles
Skiable acres: 900
Snowmaking acres: 125
One high speed quad
One quad chairlift
One triple chairlifts
Three double chairlifts
One conveyor lift
Lift capacity of 10,500 people per hour
Beginner Terrain: 10%
Intermediate Terrain: 30%
Advanced Terrain: 37%
Expert Terrain: 23%

Getting to Arapahoe Basin

By car from Denver: Arapahoe Basin Ski resort is a 96 mile drive west from Denver International Airport via I-70 west. Take I-70 west to Silverthorne (exit 205), then travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, choose the 68 mile scenic route from Denver by taking I-70 west to Loveland Pass (exit 216), then proceed west on U.S. Highway 6 for 8 miles.

By Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit The Summit Stage for the schedule.


Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge is a family-oriented resort. You should plan for extra time to ride a shuttle to and from the parking lots. There is one lot that has a gondola lift right smack in the middle. You should expect to pay to park. Breckenridge is one of the few ski areas with an actual town at the base.

Statistics for Breckenridge Ski Resort

Base Elevation: 9,600 feet / 2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet / 3,963 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet / 1,036 meters

Lifts: 30 Total
  * 2 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
  * 7 high-speed quad lifts
  * 1 triple lift
  * 6 double lifts
  * 1 8-passenger gondola
  * 4 surface lifts
  * 9 carpet lifts

Lift Capacity: 37,880 people per hour
Operating Since: December 16, 1961
Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2358 acres / 954 hectares
Groomed Daily: 600 acres / 241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
Bowls: 772 acres / 312 hectares
Terrain Parks: 25 acres / 10 hectares
Snowmaking: 565 acres / 228 hectares
Number of Trails: 155
Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers

Getting To Breckenridge Ski Resort

By car from Denver: Breckenridge Ski Resort is 104 miles (166km) from Denver International Airport. Take Interstate 70 west to exit 203. Continue south on HWY 9 to Breckenridge.

By Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit The Summit Stage for the schedule.


Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Copper Mountain is a family-oriented resort. They way the runs are laid out there is advanced skiing on the left moving to beginner on the right (looking at the mountain). If the members of your group are at different ability levels, it is hard to ski together since you will tend to be on different sides of the mountain. The shuttle to the parking lots is quick and efficient.

Statistics for Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Base Elevation: 9,712 feet/2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,313 feet/3,767 meters
Vertical Drop: 2,601 feet/793 meters
Lifts: 22 total (1 six-person, high-speed lift; 4 high-speed quads; 5 triple chairlifts; 5 double chairlifts and 7 surface lifts)
Lift Capacity: 32,324 skiers per hour
Skiable Acres: 2,450 acres/985 hectares makes Copper one of the largest ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado
Marked Trails: 126 (21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert)
Average Snowfall: 282 inches/710 centimeters
Snowmaking: 380 acres/154 hectares
Longest Run: 2.8 miles/5 kilometers (Soliloquy to Roundabout)
Cross Country: 25 kilometers of trails allow skiers to make their way through the picturesque White River National Forest.
Additional Activities: Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Tubing, Snowmobiling, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Racquet and Athletic Club, Spa Facilities, Shopping, Dining, Apr├Ęs

Getting to Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort is located just 75 miles west of Denver and 20 miles east of Vail off Interstate I-70 at exit 195, easily accessible from both the Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport.

By Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit The Summit Stage for the schedule.


Keystone Ski Resort

Keystone is a family-oriented resort with night skiing. Night skiing is interesting and your day lift ticket will work into the night. However, on a cold day, it gets even colder at night. Night skiing is NOT available every night. During the peak holiday season they have night skiing every night, but during the slower times, it is only available certain nights. Be sure to check before making plans. Keystone has a couple of nice village areas with plenty to do.

Statistics for Keystone Ski Resort

Base Elevation: 9,280
Summit Elevation: 12,408
Vertical Drop: 3,128 ft.
Skiable Acres: 3,148
Longest Run: 3.5 miles
Terrian; 19% beginner; 32% intermdiate; 49% advanced
Number of Lifts: 20
Number of Trails: 139

Getting to Keystone Ski Area

By car from Denver: Keystone is located 90 miles west from Denver International Airport (DEN). Travel West on Interstate 70 Exit at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit #205 At the end of the exit ramp turn left (East) at the stop light onto Highway 6 Travel 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort

By Bus: Summit County offers a FREE bus service from multiple locations around Summit County. Visit The Summit Stage for the schedule.


Loveland Ski Area

Loveland is a small resort on the Denver side of the tunnel. It caters to locals and front-range skiers. It has free parking within walking distance of the lifts.

Statistics for Loveland Ski Area

Skiable Acres: 1,570
Hikeable Acres: 100
Trails: 93
Base Elevation: 10,800 feet (3292 meter)
Summit Elevation: 13,010 feet (3965.448 meter) Lift-served: 12,700 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,210 feet (674 meter)
Snowmaking Capability: 160 Acres
Lifts: 3 double, 2 triple, 3 quad, 1 surface lift and 1magic carpet (ski school only)
Average Snowfall: 400 inches (10.160 meter) based on 31 year average
Longest Run: 2 miles ( 3.218 Km )
Slopes: 13% Beginner 41% Intermediate and 46% Advanced

Getting to Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area is located on the Continental Divide
just 53 miles (85km) west of Denver or
 12 miles (19km) east of Silverthorne at exit 216  Interstate-70


Ski Cooper Ski Resort

Ski Cooper is a small resort located outside of Leadville. The terrain is mostly begginner and intermediate. The lift tickets are less expensive here than anyhwere else in the area.

Statistics for Ski Cooper Ski Resort

Elevation: Base: 10,500 Ft.
Summit: 11,700 Ft.
Vertical: 1200 Ft.
Skiable Acres: 400 Lift served
2400 Snowcat Served
Trails: 26 Total: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Expert
Ave Snowfall: 250 Inches per year: all natural
Longest Run: Trails End: 1.4 Miles

Getting to Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper is Located
110 miles from Denver International Airport via I-70 and U.S. Highway 91
135 miles from Colorado Springs via Highway 24
30 Miles from Summit County via Highway 91
Approximately 35 miles from Vail

Vail Ski Resort

Vail is a large resort with name recognition. If you want to drop names like, "I skied Vail on my vacation", then this is the place. You will pay for the privilege. Lift tickets are expensive and parking is expensive. If you are not familiar with the ski area, you may find yourself traversing a catwalk to get over to where you want to be. All the time the parking meter is ticking.

Statistics for Vail Ski Resort

Base Elevation 8,120 ft./2,476 m
Peak Elevation 11,570 ft./3,527 m
Vertical Rise 3,450 ft./1,052 m

Average Annual Snowfall 350 inches/889 cm

Total Skiable Area 5,289 acres/2,141 hec
Front Side 1,627 acres/658 hec
Back Bowls 3,017 acres/1,221 hec
Blue Sky Basin 645 acres/ 261 hec

Trail Classification:
53% Expert/Advanced
29% Intermediate
18% Beginner
Conventional Trails 193
Longest Run - Riva (4 miles/6.4 km)

Total number of lifts: 31
Gondola: 1
High-speed quads: 16
Fixed-grip quad: 1
Triple chairs: 3
Double chairs: 1
Surface lifts: 3
Conveyors: 6
Total Uphill Capacity: 54,963 people per hour

Terrain Parks:
3 Parks: Bwana, Pride & Golden Peak Terrain Park
1 Superpipe
1 Halfpipe

Getting to Vail

Vail is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just 100 miles west of Denver and just 30 miles east of Eagle. I-70 is a scenic and direct route into Vail from just about anywhere!

From Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Take Pena Boulevard from DIA to Interstate 70 (I-70) west
- Proceed for approximately 120 miles (estimated time: less than 2 hours) to the Vail exit #176

From Eagle County Airport (EGE)
- Take Cooley Mesa Road (main airport road) to Highway 6. Take a right on Highway 6. You will be heading east.
- Follow Highway 6 to signs for Interstate 70 (I-70) east.
- Proceed on I-70 for approximately 25-30 minutes, to the Vail exit #176.