Colorado Ski Safari
Build your own ski safari, combining Colorado’s best terrain with prestigious ski towns, Western villages and scenic drives.
Colorado’s huge diversity never ceases to amaze us, and this flexible ski safari means you can really make the most of it. From Vail to Telluride, there are more than 11 world-class resorts all within easy driving distance. While it’s possible to ski a huge number of resorts on one trip, this can get expensive. Instead, we suggest choosing two to four ski areas to maximize your ski time.
The best way to combine the resorts is via a multi-resort pass. The Epic Pass includes five resorts in total and, with long-stay accommodation offers in Breckenridge, it’s very good value. The Aspen Snowmass pass is another excellent option, with free daily shuttles between its four unique resorts.
If powder and challenging terrain are high on your agenda, the Route 40 pass gives you access to Steamboat’s champagne powder as well as Winter Park. You could also pick one of our ‘advanced add-ons’ as a third resort, or ski all three for a super-challenging ski safari.
All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can ski any combination of Colorado resorts, with any length of stay. However, for the best value, it’s a good idea to base your itinerary around one of Colorado’s multi-pass offers.
Epic Local Pass - five resorts on one pass
Ski all five resorts on the same pass. Breckenridge makes the best value base, and from here, you can visit the other resorts by car or shuttle.
Breckenridge - With all-ability skiing, this former gold mining town makes an excellent base. The skiing is divided into five linked ‘peaks’ and there are more than 100 bars and restaurants in town.
Keystone - A family favourite with tree-lined runs and beautiful piste grooming. There’s also cat-skiing and a freestyle park, while the car-free village has lots of non-ski options.
Vail - This exclusive resort is as famous for its bowl skiing as it is for its exclusive hotels and boutiques. The glade skiing is also very good.
Beaver Creek - The service here is incredible, from the immaculate piste grooming to the on-piste butlers serving fresh cookies at the end of each ski day. Easy to reach from Vail.
Arapahoe Basin - Close to Keystone, this small resort has very high altitude skiing with wooded runs and open slopes. The long season has an excellent snow record.
Route 40 Pass - Winter Park & Steamboat
Connected by Route 40 highway, these two Intrawest resorts are 90 minutes apart and easy to travel between by car or shuttle.
Winter Park - A quintessential Colorado resort with all-ability skiing in seven linked territories. The powder is top quality, and the cosy village is a good value base.
Steamboat - The official home of champagne powder, Steamboat has huge appeal both on and off the slopes. The ski area covers six peaks, and the town has rustic bars and an authentic cowboy vibe.
Aspen Snowmass - four resorts, one pass
Skiable on one pass, these neighbouring resorts are connected by free shuttles.
Aspen - Beautiful Aspen town is an appealing base, with its Victorian buildings, smart boutiques and excellent restaurants. The local slopes on Aspen Mountain are easily accessed from town.
Snowmass - Largest of the four ski areas with skiing for all levels. The purpose-built village has everything you need and, with ski-in ski-out convenience, it’s good as a lower-budget, family-friendly base.
Buttermilk - The gentle slopes here make it the best option for beginners, or for days when you’d prefer to take it easy
Aspen Highlands - Best for confident skiers, you’ll find some of the area’s steepest terrain here. Highland Bowl is particularly challenging but there are easier runs for the less experienced.
For steep descents and fantastic heli and cat -skiing terrain, these resorts are three of our favourites. Accessible on individual passes, you could add to your itinerary, or combine all three.
Telluride - Prepare for an adventure, with huge verticals, super steep pistes and heli-skiing from the village centre. With affordable hotels, the rustic town makes a good base.
Crested Butte - Famous for its in-bound blacks, the chutes, trees and drops are fantastic. For mixed groups, there’s easier cruising on piste, while the Western town is a relaxing place to stay.
Copper Mountain - The naturally divided trail system here has a super-advanced section that’s riddled with double-black diamonds. The cat-skiing is fantastic, and there are slopes for beginners and intermediates.