Anyone who dreams of a white Christmas knows Colorado is a must when it comes to holiday vacation spots. With over 20 ski areas in the state ranging from just a few trails to a quaint mountain getaway, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. We could go on and on about every type of ski resort in Colorado, but today we’ll touch on a few of the most popular holiday spots in the Rockies.
“Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” Not entirely correct, Lloyd, but Aspen is definitely something special. The city covers less than four square miles and is filled with fun shops to meander through, incredible ski slopes, and high end luxury accommodations. Aside from all that, the best part of Aspen has to be it’s location. Four ski resorts surround the area; Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. There’s also a free shuttle that will take you to and from each, so you can ski a new mountain each day of your vacation. If you’re looking for lodging, a popular one is the St. Regis hotel situated right at the base of Aspen Mountain. The area does get pricey, especially during peak season, so check out local deals and book early to solidify your spot in the beautiful town of Aspen for this year’s Christmas.
Coming in as the runner-up for “America’s Most Visited Ski Resorts” by Travel and Leisure, this mountain town is a happening place during the snowy months of the year and is a great destination not only for families but for the groups who are looking for a built out area and good nightlife. Ample restaurants and shops on Breckenridge‘s Main Street are a big draw towards downtown. Spend your morning at one of the many breakfast joints throughout Breckenridge, then hop on the gondola and head up to the Peak 8 to hit the slopes. Located in Summit County, Breckenridge is only one of the whopping five ski resorts in the 619 square miles. Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland are all in close quarters, leaving you with plenty of riding options during your stay. For those who are just heading out for the slopes and don’t fancy upscale accommodations, check out the Bivvi Hostel. Lodging is cheap, you’ll meet people from all over the world, and you’ll have a place to crash at the end of a long day.
Fun Fact: Dumb & Dumber was actually filmed in the town of Breckenridge in 1994.
Dubbed “Ski Town, U.S.A.“, Steamboat Springs has trademarked the term “Champagne Powder” for the abundance of fluffy snow it receives every year. With world class skiing on one end of town, and a lovely downtown on the other, Steamboat Springs should definitely be on your bucket list if it isn’t already. Though off the beaten path, you’ll be in heaven in this little snow globe. Many enjoy staying at a hotel such as the Steamboat Grand while visiting. The Grand is just steps from the gondola, and there are plenty of restaurants in the area to keep you full during your day on the slopes. The Rabbit Ears Motel is located downtown, and though it’s quite vintage looking, it has affordable rates and will be ideal for those looking to paint the town red.
With the Rocky Mountains covered in a blanket of snow, and the towns lit up with string lights of every color, the holidays are a remarkable time to visit Colorado. For those ice climbers on the hunt for adventure, check out our blog post about the Ouray Ice Festival in January. And if cold weather isn’t your cup of tea, start planning your summer vacation today by taking advantage of our 2018 deals!
*Featured image courtesy of Living Magazine.