The great news for you is Telluride Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resorts were voted two of the BEST ski resorts in Colorado according to Powderhounds! This is based on diverse terrain, excellent snow quality and amount, lack of number of people riding off-piste, infrastructure and service, and cost.
You really don’t need very much to ski when you think about it. Of course you need your outerwear and ski equipment most people bring from home. But it you want to rent or buy skis you can at both these resorts. Even if you forgot your ski jacket, snow pants, hats, and gloves, there are plenty of shops conveniently located to help you get all geared up! Other things you’ll need when you arrive are:
- Lift passes
- Perhaps Childcare
That should be plenty to get you started at either Breckenridge or Telluride.
Breckenridge Ski Resorts Copper Mountain boasts the best beginner and overall terrain. Vail is recognized for best advanced piste terrain and Buttermilk for top terrain park. And for you party goers the most exciting and alive nightlife seems to be at Breckenridge, Vail!
- You will find over 2,360 acres of skiable terrain, 25th largest in the U.S., with 34 lifts
- One not so positive note is that list tickets are considered a little more expensive than other resorts. Ringing in at around $120. The flip side is you get tons of skiable terrain for your dollar.
- You’ll get 155 named trails, which is above average. With the longest run about 12 minutes to ski down!
- You’ll find awesome rails and jumps in their 4 terrain parks and 1 half pipe.
Telluride Ski Resort was also voted the best overall terrain. Best lift infrastructure and daytime restaurants are also award winning features. Visitors also voted Telluride best lifts, piste trails, off-piste, overall Colorado ski resort, and powder skiing! Wow! Those are quite the accomplishments! This ever-popular resort has over 2,000 acres you can ski on. And it sits at 23rd largest in the U.S. according to Wanderbat. For all you ski fanatics the vertical is impressive at 4,425 feet from the base to the top. And because of the height you need to be prepared for wind and altitude sickness.
This is a one stop 4 season destination of fun. With Nordic skiing, skiing, terrain park, and loads of summer activities.
Other Features Are…
- 127 named trails, with one that takes about 16 minutes to ski down!
- For all you daredevils you’ll find 3 terrain parks.
- The number of lifts is a little less than Breckenridge, coming in at 18.
- The pricing is $109 per day. If you are planning to ski at least 17 days in the season a full season pass is worth it. And if a child is skiing at least 7 days or a senior at minimum 14 days, looking into a season pass could save you lots of money.
- The majority of the trails are advanced at 41%. Just 23% are beginner trails and a handful are intermediate. Make note there are no expert trails.
- When it comes to accommodation there’s plenty to choose from. Ranging from approximately $92/night at The Victorian Inn, to $475/night at Hotel Columbia.
You can see both of these spectacular ski resort destinations are excellent options. It will likely come down to the minor details in choosing because you really can’t go wrong. If you want more lifts and terrain park options you may go with Breckenridge. However if you are looking for a little bit of a cheaper pass and a longer run, Telluride fits the bill.
I can’t say I feel sorry for you here because you’re a winner with either of these top-notch ski resort destinations. Happy memories in the making is exactly what they are!