Lesser Known Colorado Ski Resorts



Get in Some Turns at These Off The Beaten Path Colorado Ski Resorts

You’ve got your gear and you’re ready to hit the slopes, but where to go?


Everyone knows about ski resorts like Vail, Breckenridge, and Aspen - but that's hardly all Colorado has to offer. There are plenty of smaller, lesser-known ski resorts in the state where you can enjoy pristine powder and crowd-free turns. Here are five of the state's best.


1. Eldora Ski Resort, Eldora

Eldora is a local gem that’s a quick and easy 21 miles away from Boulder, 43 miles from Denver, and 72 miles from Fort Collins. If you’re tired of dealing with I-70 and its frustrating traffic slog, Eldora is worth a visit.

The resorts boasts 300+ inches of snow per year, and the crowds should be far more manageable here versus some of the state’s other, more popular ski mountains.


2. Cooper, Leadville

Short lift lines and long runs are the name of the game out at Cooper in Leadville. This laid-back and family-friendly ski area has something for everyone, including wide and pleasant intermediate runs, backcountry options, and so much more.

Leadville is also the highest incorporated city in the country, and it’s a fun destination in its own right. Cruise the slopes and then explore the town for the ultimate ski getaway.


3. Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Mesa

Colorado’s Grand Mesa is the world’s largest flattop mountain, but that doesn’t mean the skiing is boring. The powder tends to be light and dry, and you’ll love exploring 1,600 acres of mountain terrain.

The lift lines are also short, which is welcome news for anyone who’s ever had to wait in the long lines at Breckenridge or Vail. Non-skiing members of your group can also enjoy activities like snowshoeing.


4. Monarch Mountain, Salida

Often overshadowed by nearby Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain certainly deserves more credit. It’s a smaller resort with 800 acres to ski, but you should be more than satisfied with what's available. If you like tree runs, you’ll fall in love with this mountain.

The lack of crowds mean fresh powder is waiting for you, and visitors adore the laid-back attitudes of the staff and their fellow skiers.


5. Silverton Mountain, Silverton

Silverton Mountain’s motto says it all: all thrills, no frills. A single chairlift deposits you at the top of 1,819 acres of adrenaline-spiking descents to explore.

It’s the highest and steepest ski area in North America, with elevations that top out at 13,487 feet. This place is an advanced skier’s dream — there are no groomed or beginner-friendly runs here, and the only way off the mountain is down.