Colorado Ski Safari

I love these road trips now as much as the skiing. Watching the sun rise over the Rockies with Moose-Deer, horses and other wildlife grazing in the fields is a very special experience.
James Rivers
Product Manager - USA
I love these road trips now as much as the skiing. Watching the sun rise over the Rockies with Moose-Deer, horses and other wildlife grazing in the fields is a very special experience.
James Rivers
Product Manager - USA

Driving Times

Denver Airport - Breckenridge 2 hrs 30 mins
Breckenridge - Vail 1 hr
Vail - Steamboat 2 hrs
Vail - Aspen 2 hrs
Steamboat - Winter Park 1 hr 30 mins
Winter Park - Denver Airport 1 hr 30 mins

Summary

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.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Multi-pass Options

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.

Advanced Add-ons

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.

Price Guide

From 1,950pp for a 14-day Winter Park and Steamboat Colorado Ski Safari based on 2 adults travelling and includes lift pass, accommodation, flights and hire of a standard SUV.

Book by 31 August for up to 40% off accommodation.

All our holidays are tailor-made. This gives you complete flexibility and allows us to negotiate the best prices for you. With so many potential options, we don’t publish set prices for our ski safaris.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224 060 for a tailored price with your choice of resorts, activities and accommodation.

Reviews

Read honest reviews from valued customers who have experienced our Colorado Ski Safari. If you’ve returned recently, we’d love to hear from you.

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16/03/2016 Rob Creer

Over a 1000 miles driving but we only put $20 of fuel in the car! (Return empty, the tank must be huge!) Empty roads, stress free, beautiful scenery. Really enjoyed the driving and this time we did Monarch, Crested Butte, Telluride and Aspen. Monarch is well worth a stop, great day 1 to get the ski legs back, they'd just had 17 inches of snow! Onto Crested Butte and somehow they hadn't. Telluride was the prettiest, friendliest place and I'd rank this as our current joint favourite along with Utah. Back via Aspen, there are loads of other small and large resorts you could dive into. We took days off for the driving but it is easily doable skiing every day then driving on after the lifts close. Great trip.

25/02/2016 Laura Blackwood

We've used Ski Safari for a number of years but only started "safari-ing" last year and really enjoyed it. This year we travelled to Winter Park, Steamboat and Copper Mountain. It was an excellent safari, and the drives are not too long and the scenery well worth seeing. The three resorts are very different but we had a great time in all of them. Winter Park was quiet but welcoming (we had an excellent private lesson) and a fantastic start, with great varied skiing. We got a bit of culture shock when we arrived in Steamboat in a storm for winter carnival weekend (amazing nightime ski display and fireworks), then Denver Broncos won the superbowl... It's a lively town and we were lucky to experience the champagne powder, which is amazingly dry and light. Lots of nice trees. Copper Mountain was instantly likeable and skiing was very good with interesting terrain and bowls: great runs. Condos in all were well equipped and very comfortable: the one bedroom condo in Steamboat Grand was enormous and the complimentary breakfast excellent. There was great food to be had in all three places. This is an excellent safari for keen skiers/boarders and we would happily visit any of the resorts again. Icelandair flights were convenient and excellent value (skis/board included!). Thanks to Luke and James for helping put the trip together.

03/03/2015 Nigel Kay

Book a luxury SUV which means you will get a big SUV which has 4WD. Ordinary SUV's are not guaranteed to be 4WD. You will be driving over high passes and there is a serious risk of bad weather in the form of ice and snow. We had a luxury SUV by accident and we have never driven such a sure footed vehicle over ice and snow before. Brake and it stopped without skidding; point it in the direction you want to go and it went there: a must for any trip where you have to go over high altitude passes.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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