Whether you’re looking for your first ski hill or are a seasoned park rider, there’s a powder spot for you on the Western Slope. The western mountains are far less crowded than the more well-known Front Range ski resorts, and there’s no shortage of terrain to explore all winter long.
But first, let’s kick things off with a refresher on some important skiing and snowboarding safety tips. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be more than ready to hit the slopes.
Before you head to the mountains, it’s important to understand the most important rules of skiing and snowboarding “etiquette”:
Beyond the basics, here are some additional tips to ensure a fun outing:
Now that we’ve gotten the safety talk out of the way, let’s move onto the fun stuff — where to ski and snowboard on the Western Slope.
If you’re near the Grand Mesa, you should add skiing at Powderhorn to your itinerary. It’s a great place for beginners and intermediates, with more than 70 percent of the resort’s terrain geared toward those groups.
There’s a reason people fly into Aspen from around the world. The conditions are excellent and there are tons of runs across four mountains.
Telluride has earned accolades, with Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers naming it North America’s #1 ski resort. The area gets an average of more than 300 inches of snow each year, has 2,000 skiable acres for all skill levels, and has minimal life lines.
Located between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, Wolf Creek’s conditions rarely disappoint. The area is best known for having the “most snow in Colorado,” receiving approximately 430 inches of powder every year. The stunning hike-to terrain is also worth a mention.
This independent ski resort is a local favorite, most well-known for its picture-perfect tree runs. Lift tickets are affordable, the runs aren’t crowded, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.