Classic Colorado Ski Safari
Ski three fantastic resorts with some of America’s steepest terrain, best backcountry and authentic Colorado culture.
This unforgettable adventure puts your skiing to the test in three of Colorado’s most challenging resorts. With one of the largest verticals in the US, Telluride is known for its vast backcountry, while Crested Bute is one of our favourite places for chutes, trees and drops. Four hours’ drive away, Aspen has four local ski areas - the best skiers in our office love the hike-to bowl skiing at Aspen Highlands.
Another big draw is the mountain towns themselves. Each has authentic Western appeal, from the rustic charm of Telluride and the laidback vibe in Crested Bute, to Aspen’s World Heritage streets and glamorous bars. There’s something to love about them all, so we suggest splitting your time equally between all three.
Best suited to experienced ski safari customers, this is one of our more challenging road trips - the journey times between resorts are longer, and mountain passes can be weather affected. However, the stunning scenery and the reward of reaching such unique areas make it well worth it.
This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between all three resorts.
All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can adjust the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means more time in one resort, more time in Denver, or following our route in reverse.
Denver and Monarch Mountain
Land in Denver and get a good night’s sleep in a city hotel. The jetlag means you’ll wake up early the next day, so take advantage of this and set off for Crested Bute in time to beat the traffic.
Monarch Mountain - Break up the journey and stop en route at this classic resort. It’s a good place to warm up with groomers and great tree skiing.
Oozing charm, this authentic Colorado ski town is a fantastic place to spend a few days. The most challenging slopes are famously steep, and the uncrowded intermediate runs are great for cruising. On your last day, drive three hours to Telluride.
Telluride and Aspen
Divide the next nine days between Telluride and Aspen, choosing the balance that suits you best. It’s a scenic four hour drive between them.
Telluride - A rustic town with affordable luxury hotels, Telluride makes a great base for your second week. Prepare for an adventurous few days, with huge vertical, super-steep pistes and heli-skiing from the village centre.
Aspen - With beautiful Aspen town as your base, four local resorts (Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands) are skiable on the same pass and accessed by free shuttles. The cat-skiing is excellent and the lounge bars are perfect for people watching.
Denver Road Trip
The five-hour drive back to Denver is wonderfully scenic. Set off early and take your time as you pass deep ravines and high plateaus with horses and wild deer. Alternatively, continue west of Aspen to Montrose and catch a flight back to the UK from there.