Look no further than Colorado for great getaways at resorts surrounded by picturesque mountains and white-powder slopes.
Enjoy gondola rides to snow-capped peaks in some of North America’s top winter destinations. Try snow sports and ice skating. Browse artisan goods in boutiques and savor a cup of hot chocolate or a local beer paired with a fabulous meal. Don’t think of ski resorts as winter-only destinations; they teem with fun in the summer months. After arriving at Denver International Airport (DEN), start your adventure by exploring Colorado’s gateway city before making your way toward one or more of these mountain towns.
Aspen/Snowmass: Double Your Fun
In west-central Colorado, explore Aspen and Snowmass, two charming and sophisticated towns that are a 20-minute drive from each other. Stay in luxury accommodations and visit boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars when you’re not enjoying outdoor activities.
Winter Adventures: Ski four world-class mountains – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Nearby, see the Maroon Bells, two amazing peaks that soar 4,200 meters above sea level and are believed to be North America’s most photographed mountains. Buy lift tickets, take a ski lesson and hit the slopes. Go snow tubing, learn to ride a snowbike and take a guided snowshoe tour. Ride the thrilling Breathtaker Alpine Coaster through a forest.
Can’t-Miss Experiences: Tour the outstanding Aspen Art Museum and admire artwork at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Stroll through the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies nature preserve, or see a show at the Wheeler Opera House, built in 1889. Go sightseeing via the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass Base Village, the Silver Queen at Aspen Mountain and the Summit Express Lift at Buttermilk.
The lights of Snowmass’ Base Village illuminating the valley
Breckenridge: Old West Vibes
This former mining town about 130 kilometers west of Denver features Old West-style buildings, an arts district and a variety of restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries. You’ll welcome the laid-back atmosphere in the high-altitude town of 2,900 meters.
Winter Adventures: Surrounded by five scenic peaks, Breckenridge Ski Resort is ideal for winter recreation, especially since the long ski season lasts from November until April. Hit the trails on a dog sledding excursion or rent a fat-tire bike to ride in the snow. Go snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, then take the kids sledding or for a ride in a sleigh.
Can’t-Miss Experiences: Warm up next to one of the outdoor fireplaces along Main Street during a break from shopping among more than 200 stores. Go on a guided ghost tour or venture into an underground mine. Hop aboard the highest lift chair in the USA, and perfect your moves at one of four terrain parks. Explore 187 trails that range from verdant pathways to rugged terrain above the tree line.