Colorado has some of the best skiing in the world, and especially in the U.S. In Forbes’ The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013, Colorado resorts took half of all the spots. Which five Colorado resorts made the list? Keep reading to find out.


Telluride came the highest on Forbes’ list as the third best ski resort in America, first best in Colorado. It’s easy to see why as Telluride has it all: an incredibly charming ski town, perfectly dry powder, a high-tech lift system, beautiful weather, and runs of all skill levels. As Christopher Steiner, the author of the Forbes’ article says, “The nearby peaks’ proximity makes the town feel more like the Alps than another Colorado ski town.”

The resort continues to expand the skiing areas and the recently opened Revelation Bowl

has been getting rave reviews. Forbes isnt’t alone in thier gushing, either, as rated Telluride as the best ski resort in America.

Oh, and just to top it all off. Telluride restrooms “dominate” compared to other ski resorts’ facilities. That’s the word they chose to use, by the way, not mine.


As great as Telluride is, Vail is right on its tail at the fourth best ski resort in America. Vail is known worldwide and is one of the first names people think of when they talk about ski resorts around the world. Vail has everything from massive and varied terrain, a huge modern and efficient lift system, great vertical, tons of snow, vibrant nightlife, and a booming ski village.

For as big as Vail is (a whopping 5,289 acres), it’s just as crowded. With such a broad variety of terrain at Vail, those crowds are understandable. The resort also benefits from being on the west side of Vail pass, which results in more snow compared with resorts on the east side of the pass (Copper, Keystone, Breckenridge).

Vail has made massive technology upgrades in the past few years including new, ultra-fast gondolas that have mitigated long lines considerably, as well the EpicMix app for iPhones and Android devices. The app tracks riders’ vertical feet skied, creating lively bragging battles between friends and family.


Silverton is for advanced and expert skiers only. Although it’s not a destination resort like the others on this list, if you’re looking for adventure, rough around the edges, no crowds, a relaxed vibe, limited infrastructure, and plenty of awesome powder and terrain for the taking, then Silverton is the place for you.

The 1,819 acres of in-bound terrain is services by only one chair lift. The lift will take you up to 12,300 feet but there’s hiking along the ridgeline up to 13,487 where you’ll have access to more untouched powder then you’ll know what to do with. Between alpine bowls, chutes, drop-offs, and lots of steep tree skiing, Silverton will keep those brave enough to go entertained for days.

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek is blessed by the best snow in Colorado. That fact alone is why this resort is one of the best in the U.S. The downside? The resort, located in Southwest Colorado, is a little hard to get to, and it could do with more vertical and steeps. Those two inconveniences are the only things stopping Wolf Creek from reaching legendary status. As it is, it’s still a great spot because that amazing powder it receives last for a long time and there are much lighter crowds here. Both of these are the positive side effects of the mountain being hard to reach.

If you’re looking for a ski resort, Wolf Creek is not the place for you. It is mostly a local spot and the accommodations are much more basic than places like Vail. The plus side to that is that Wolf Creek is incredibly laid back and super affordable. Lift tickets, equipment rentals, and ski lessons at the resort are inexpensive, and in the nearby towns the accommodation and dining is relatively cheap. It’s possible to get accommodations, a lift ticket, ski rental, and lunch for under $100 a day.


Arapahoe Basin, or more commonly known as A-Basin, is a true local spot. You’ll find people treating the parking lot like it were an American Football game with tailgating, barbeques, and lots of boozing. A-Basin is the spot where gritty central Colorado skiers gather to ski legitimate steeps and epic lines on a powder day. You won’t find very many crowds here but the compact resort still has plenty to offer. The famous backcountry area, East Wall, along with open bowls, chutes, and steep mogul terrain will make you glad that this resort is open for a longer period of time than any other Colorado resort.