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Destination Guide to Colorado Ski Resorts and Towns


What was once an area bustling with gold miners hoping to strike it rich, is now a premier mountain destination getaway bustling with skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts hoping to explore the Rocky Mountains and all of their adventures. Summit County boasts numerous ski areas like Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Loveland. Other impressive Colorado mountain towns that are perfect for a Rocky Mountain getaway include Vail in Eagle County, Snowmass and Aspen in Pitkin County, Steamboat in Routt County (northwestern Colorado), and Telluride in San Miguel County (southwestern Colorado). All of these ski resort destinations offer plenty of activities that make them great vacation spots for the entire family. Thanks to their amazing locations, these mountain ski towns offer fresh powder in the winter months, beautiful colors and crisp mountain air in the fall, and plenty of sunshine all year long.

Whether you are traveling with family or friends, or you're hitting the road by yourself, the Rockies are an idyllic mountain getaway. And, if you're interested in visiting one of these great destinations during the winter months, Mountain Ski Trips offers discounts on ski passes and lift tickets for many of the resorts in which we also provide lodging. With numerous lodging accommodations throughout these Colorado mountain towns, we provide a complete vacation package - from gear rentals, lift tickets, and lodging to suggestions and advice on what to see, where to eat, and what to do. 

No matter which area in Western Colorado you choose for your mountain getaway, each area offers something unique. Discover the perfect vacation destination and let your Colorado mountain adventure begin. 

About Summit County

Summit County is centrally located in the heart of the Rockies just west of Denver, Colorado. Easy access to much of Summit County is via the highway, I-70: westbound from Denver and eastbound from Grand Junction, Colorado. Summit County is as rich in history, dating back to the Gold Rush, as it is in outdoor activities - hence why this county is referred to "Colorado's Playground."

Breckenridge | Copper | Keystone

About San Miguel County

With a mix of steep Rocky Mountain peaks and sweeping bluffs, southwestern Colorado is a beautiful place to relax and recharge. San Miguel County is full of small mountain communities that have anything but small views of the San Juan Mountain Range. Home to one of the area's more well-known towns, Telluride, this area has come to be known as the "Swiss Alps of America" thanks to its amazing scenery.


About Pitkin County

Located in western Colorado, Pitkin County is as rich in views as it is in income - having one of the country's highest per-capita income rankings. With vibrant landscapes and marketplaces, including Aspen and Snowmass, Pitkin County is the perfect mountain getaway for the elite traveler. Surrounded by 14ers, streams, and rivers, as well as lush valleys, this area is both picturesque and luxurious. 

Snowmass | Aspen  

About Eagle County  

Eagle County is located west of Summit County. Among its many features is Vail Valley, which is surrounded by dazzling mountain peaks and beautiful aspen trees. Travelers who find Denver International Airport to be a bit too far away can opt to fly into the Eagle County Airport via private jet. The White River National Forest covers much of the area with options for hiking, camping, fishing, and more. 

Vail | Beaver Creek

About Routt Count

Located in northwestern Colorado, Routt County combines wide-open plains and mountain forests. With the Yampa River flowing through much of the county, the Steamboat Springs area boasts plenty of fishing spots. This mountain destination is also full of history. Echoing days gone by, hunting, wrangling, and ranching are still very present in many of the towns within Routt County.  

Much of the "Wild West" is still alive and well in the town of Steamboat Springs. Don't be surprised if you see guys and gals hitting the slopes in wranglers and cowboy hats. Are you ready to explore the true west?

Steamboat Springs


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