Best of the Best – Colorado Ski Resorts

PowderCam’s “Best of the Best” series continues by looking at Best of the Best Colorado ski resorts. The “Best of the Best” series looks at numerous “Best of” lists from magazines, newspapers, and websites and analyzes them to form our “Best of the Best” list. Let’s look at how the Colorado Ski Resorts ranked.

For our “Best of the Best Colorado Ski Resorts, we looked at 17 different lists from reputable publishers including USA Today, Ski Magazine, Forbes, Men’s Fitness and many others. Our analysis was done by taking the top 10 resorts on the various lists. We gave the resorts 10 points for 1st, 9 points for 2nd, etc. We also looked at the number of times the resort was on a list and the average place that the resort had when mentioned. None of the resorts made the top 10 in all the lists which goes to show how different everyone’s approach was.

Below is how the resorts stacked up when we were done.

  • 1. Telluride


    Telluride Ski Resort has been called the “Most Beautiful Place you’ll Ever Ski”. It boasts some of the steepest, deepest and most diverse terrain of any ski resort in the U.S. and it averages more than 300 inches of snow annually along with 300 days of sunshine each year. Telluride Ski Resort is home to more than 2,000 acres of terrain with a top elevation of 13,150 feet and a whopping 4,425 foot vertical drop. With 127 trails over this huge mountain and uniquely breathtaking scenery, it’s easy to see why Telluride Ski Resort is rated as one of the top overall mountains by numerous ski magazines including 11 of the 15 lists we looked at.

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  • 2. Vail


    Vail Resort, located in Colorado, is one of the world’s premiere ski resorts. With 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, seven bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain in the world, it is one of the largest and most incredible ski resorts in the world that provides skiers/riders an experience that truly is “Like nothing on Earth”. This is why Vail Resort is home to many world-class skiing and snowboarding athletes. Couple this with a Bavarian style village and all of its great restaurants, après-ski, and shops and you see why Vail Resort is one of the highest rated resorts in the world.

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  • 3. Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen Snowmass

    Snowmass Mountain is part of the Aspen Snowmass resorts group of mountains which includes Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Mountain (formally known as Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Snowmass has been called the perfect mountain due to its size and variety of terrain. You can ski on this mountain all week and never get bored. By having four resorts located in the same vicinity, you get access to four mountains on one lift ticket offering skiers/boarders a large variety of terrain covering 5,300 acres and close to the town of Aspen giving you access to a large amount of dining, nightlife, and shopping. All of this makes Aspen Snowmass one of the world’s most popular ski resorts and one of the best overall resorts.

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  • 4. Breckenridge


    Breckenridge Ski Resort, also known as “Breck”, is located in Colorado. It is an incredible mountain with a historic town making it one of the top rated resorts in the U.S. The mountain spans several peaks, hits high elevation levels, and offers a variety of terrain to please all levels of skiers/boarder. Breckenridge Ski Resort is very family friendly. The circa-1850 historic mining town is one of the most legendary ski towns in the world helping to earn the resort high ratings for Après-Ski, Dining, and Off- Hill Activities.

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  • 5. Crested Butte

    Crested Butte

    Crested Butte Ski Resort, also known as “The Butte”, is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range. Crested Butte Ski Resort is considered one of the few places remaining that can be called a true Colorado ski town with no traffic lights or chain stores. The town started as a coal-mining camp in the late 1800’s but eventually became a ski town in the 1960’s. Even with the change, the town has kept its saloons, Victorian houses, antique streetlights, and false-front stores, maintaining its historic charm. This is why Powder Magazine has rated Crested Butte Ski Resort as the #1 Ski Town in North America.

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