Put Some Spring In Your Skiing

Things to Do, What's New — By Zain Iqbal on April 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

While parts of the East Coast have experienced record highs over the past two weeks, it still feels like early spring in many parts of the Rocky Mountains; and that means skiing and snowboarding is still on. So which resorts are still open for that late season snow? Check out these spots that aren’t that far of a drive from downtown Denver.

For a quick fix, Echo Mountain is about 35 miles away from Denver in the Rockies’ Front Range and has the area’s lowest prices on lift tickets and season passes. The central lift called the Milk Run Special connects skiers and riders to a variety of different runs with lots of freestyle terrain; however, the park is friendly to all ages and stages.

Loveland Ski Area is a true Colorado experience, only 53 miles away, and has retained its local vibe from its founding days. The park has one of the highest summit elevations in the area at 13010 feet, creating a separate base area for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders as well as a summit ridge for black and double black runs.

Take a scenic ride over the Berthoud Pass and you’ll come across Winter Park, a family friendly park about 67 miles from away from the downtown area. Three interconnected mountains offer a variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding, although it’s the moguls at Mary Jane which make it a freestyler’s paradise.

So you want to ski in May or even the first weekend of June? Arapahoe Basin sits about 68 miles from Denver and has one of the longest seasons in North America. From the Arapahoe Basin summit at 13050 feet you’ll get an epic 360˚ view of the surrounding peaks, before a 2270 vertical drop into the front bowl.

Tracks near the summit of Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain sits 80 miles away in Summit County and is regarded as one of the less crowded resorts in Colorado, with short lines and minimal waits at the lifts, even in the high season. The mountain’s runs are comparable to the best at bigger resorts like Vail and Breckenridge and has naturally separated terrain for beginners, intermediates, and advanced alike.

So you’re an advanced skier and itching to take on a mid-spring challenge? 358 miles from Denver sits Silverton Mountain, a 13487 foot peak in the San Juan Mountains. This one-of-a-kind park will challenge the skills of advanced and expert skiers on ungroomed trails and the mountain’s single lift takes you up to the top of the summit, where heli-skiing like terrain awaits.

[photos courtesy of dpwk and gregor_y]

Tags: Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Loveland Ski Area, Silverton Mountain, Winter Park