Colorado Safari

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James Rivers

"I love these road trips now just as much as the skiing. Experiencing old Wild West towns and watching the sun rise over the Rocky Mountains with Mule-Deer, Horses and other wildlife grazing in the fields, is a very special experience."

Safari Details

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Winter Park Denver Airport - Breckenridge 2 1/2 hrs
Steamboat Breckenridge - Vail 1 hr
Vail Vail - Steamboat 2 hrs
Beaver Creek Vail - Aspen 2 hrs
Aspen Steamboat - Winter Park 1 1/2 hrs
Breckenridge Winter Park - Denver Airport 1 1/2 hrs
Many more resorts, see map

The great thing about Colorado is the diversity of resorts allowing for every budget!  With over 11 amazing resorts scattered within easy reach of the Rockies, and average snowfall of up to 400" annually and high altitude, this area offers some of the best skiing throughout the ski season with the most dependable snow. 

Driving in Colorado couldn’t be easier, as all resorts are within easy reach of each other via The I70 (Interstate 70). We suggest hiring an SUV to give you complete freedom to explore, although some resorts are accessible by shuttle bus.

While you can ski a lot of resorts in one trip this can be expensive, so combining specific resorts not only makes geographical sense, but also works out cheaper with long stay offers at certain properties, and with lift passes covering multiple areas. We have been to all the Colorado resorts so can make suggestions to suit your preferences, but we have listed some suggestions below:

Route options

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin:

This is a very popular combination as an introduction to Colorado, and can be one of the cheapest.  By basing yourself in one resort you can maximise the long stay special offers on the accommodation, all resorts are included on the same Vail Resorts Lift Pass, and all are a short distance apart (from 15 to 50 mins drive).  Breckenridge is generally the preferred option as a base as it offers the greatest selection of good value accommodation with the best specials.  A traditional wild west mining town, it’s great for families, groups or couples because it’s affordable and the ski school is fantastic.

Winter Park and Steamboat

2 iconic resorts which both strive for Colorado’s highest snowfall totals. Both share the same discounted lift pass which can also include free days skiing.  Winter Park is the closest resort to Denver and half way to Steamboat. You can do this itinerary by hire car or transfer. The drive between the resorts is beautiful, meandering along the Colorado river and past ranches.  Steamboat tends to be a lot less busy so a great option over weekends and holidays.

The resorts offer kids ski free incentives, so a very popular trip for families at both Christmas and Easter. 

Aspen and Telluride

Aspen is made up of 4 resorts (Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands) and with a ski pass special of Buy 8 ski 14, there is enough incentive to stay here for the duration. A superb free shuttle service connects the town and ski areas, so no need for a hire car.  Aspen Town is a World Heritage Site, unique and one of the prettiest, funkiest ski towns in the world. It has pretty mountain scenery, and while the trail maps look small, this is deceiving as the runs tend to be longer than in other Colorado resorts. Snowmass is the bigger ski area with it’s own ski-in ski-out accommodation and very popular with families and couples where the priority is access to the slopes.

Telluride is known as the “Colorado Alps” with it’s spectacular scenery and charming rustic resort town. The mountain Village has some of the best quality and value luxury hotels in Colorado enjoying spectacular views. The ski area has one of the largest verticals in the USA and huge areas available for back country terrain – with some of the steepest in bounds skiing as well!! Heli-skiing is available from the resort village and can be booked “per lift” which is a unique way for an amazing experience, without committing to a huge price tag.

Telluride is a lesser known Colorado resort as a little harder to access, but is perfect for the adventurous looking for something different or for couples looking for something special and unique.  These 2 resorts complement each other extremely well, with an amazing 4 hour scenic transfer between them.

Aspen and Vail

Aspen can also be combined with Vail with shared transfers between. As these resorts have the most exclusive accommodation in Colorado this tends to be the most expensive combination of resorts. The exception for this can be from the 28th March to End of Season when due to the end of Spring Break the accommodation rates plummet.

Crested Butte and Telluride /Breckenridge

“The last great Colorado Ski Town”, Crested Butte oozes charm – laid back with a true western feel. Famous for it’s steep terrain, it also offers non-crowded groomers great for intermediates.

Combine it with Telluride for an amazing 10/11 night holiday with private transfers between.  Alternatively this is easy to combine with Breckenridge, as you can fly into Denver, drive up to Breckenridge, then onto Crested Butte after a further 2 ½ drive. It is a 5 hour drive back, but as the BA flight departs in the evening you have plenty of time to do it.

If you have room in your suitcase, driving back to Denver on the I70 you’ll go through Dillon & Silverthorne where they have Outlet Shops such as Nine West, Timberland, Nike and Donna Karen etc. There are some great bargains to be had!

After your powder filled days in the sunshine, get on the plane and start planning the next trip back. My advice, come again, there’s plenty more to ski!!

Price Guide

Prices start from £1,395 pp staying at different accommodation based on 2 adults travelling and includes accommodation, flights and hire of a standard SUV.

  • Winter Park (4*, 5 nights), Steamboat (4*, 9 nights) from £1,395 pp (4 people) or £1,425 pp (2 people)
  • Vail (3+*, 7 nights), Aspen (4*, 7 nights) from £1,550 pp (4 people)
  • Breckenridge (3*+, 7 nights) Beaver Creek (5*, 7 nights) from £1,655 pp (4 people) or £1,679 pp (2 people).

Click here to request a quotation tailored to your particular requirements, or please call us on 01273 224060.