Comparing Colorado Ski Resorts

Which mountain town is your ideal location?

April 3, 2019

We'll compare Colorado ski resorts

So you can choose the best for you

Traveling can be stressful. You have a few ideas in mind but can't seem to decide on a destination. Relax. We're here to help.

Colorado is famous for its powder-filled mountains during the winter and its lush green scenery during the summer. So let us be the first to say: look no further than Colorado as your next travel destination. From white water rafting to hiking to skiing, Colorado has everything you need for the perfect mountain getaway. And now that you've settled on Colorado, the next question is which town you're going to stay in, and which resort may be best for your group or family. In this article, we'll provide a brief rundown of a few popular destinations, and how they compare with each other.

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Vail

The Largest Ski Resort in Colorado

During the summer, Vail is home to outdoor music festivals, golfing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and more, but come winter, this town really shines. Over the decades it's become somewhat of a mecca for backcountry enthusiasts all over the world. Not a skier? Not to worry. Tubing down the mountain, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are popular winter attractions.

Our guests often wonder how Vail compares to other Colorado resorts, so we created a few in-depth articles that explain the differences between Vail and Beaver Creek, how Vail compares with Aspen, and what makes Vail and Breckenridge distinct from each other.

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Aspen

A haven for the rich and famous

When you think of Colorado, beautiful images of Aspen's Maroon Bells tend to come to mind. This fairy tale destination is the most expensive resort in the state, and as such, has its share of high-end restaurants and stores. Not only is Aspen filled with art galleries and landmarks like the Wheeler Opera House that appeal to the most discerning guest, it's also a home base for avid outdoor enthusiasts.

People tend to compare Aspen and Vail, and for good reason. They're both tailored toward the high-end guest, offer world-class skiing, and are perfect for an epic Colorado vacation.

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Beaver Creek

"Not exactly roughing it."

Beaver Creek is what we call a hidden gem. It may not be the town that many out-of-towners talk about when discussing Colorado, but that's because Beaver Creek is our best-kept secret. A family-friendly mountain town with the charm of a small village but the amenities of a large resort town, and quiet hillside house rentals ideal for families. The charm of Beaver Creek spans the surrounding mountains, where skiing is aplenty in the winter and hiking and mountain biking are a daily excursion during the summers.

Beaver Creek is often referred to as Vail's "sister resort," however there are plenty of differences between these two destinations that could encourage you to choose one over the other.

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Breckenridge

Highest Chairlift in North America

Breckenridge is a unique mountain destination, with an equally exciting history—it has an impressive 250 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With the Gold Rush a large part of the town's past, there are plenty of historic sites, artifacts, and museums where you can learn more about this rich heritage. For those looking for something slightly higher-paced, Breckenridge has just about every outdoor activity under the sun—and moon—and has rental homes that are perfect for families, multi-generational reunions, and large groups of friends

Click here to see how Breckenridge compares to Vail, which is another question our Guest Experiences team handles all the time.

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