Skiing and Snowboarding from the Hotel
If you’re heading to Denver in winter, chances are a ski trip is part of your itinerary. Skiing (along with beer drinking) is pretty much the local pastime.
Colorado is a paradise for ski buffs, with 54 peaks over 4,200 meters – and a number of these are within easy day-tripping distance of Denver. If you’re pressed for time, head to Echo Mountain, the closest ski resort to the city, which is smaller in size than other resorts, but still offers plenty of acreage. Plus, slopes are open until 9 pm, so if you’re in Denver on business you can still make it up to the slopes to get in a quick run.
You can also reach Loveland or Arapahoe Basin in just under an hour if you don’t feel like spending a lot of time on the road, and lift tickets are cheaper than some other more posh locales. With 1,800 acres of terrain, you’re sure to find a run at your level.
If you’re able to go a little farther afield, Copper Mountain (known for its excellent layout), Breckenridge (one of America’s most popular ski resorts), and Keystone (which offers one of the state’s longest ski days) await about a 90-minute drive out of town.
Looking for a more distinctive ski experience? The Winter Park Express ski train combines the area’s rich railroad history and spectacular skiing. Take a double-decker Amtrak Superliner from downtown toward the Rocky Mountains, where you’ll enjoy exquisite views as you snake your way to some of the best local skiing at Winter Park resort. Bonus: With your legs quivering after a long day on the slopes, you won’t need to spend any time behind the wheel.