Hidden Gem Colorado Ski Resorts

Ski Granby Ranch

Ski Granby Ranch

It’s hard to believe that ski season is just around the corner. Season passes are on sale at the resorts and the gear shops are offering their season rental programs. Is it just us, or does this seem to be happening earlier every year?

In Colorado, we are blessed with some of the world’s best skiing, but with that brings long lift lines and big price tags, which is not always ideal when you have kids in tow. Avoid the crowds and big lift ticket prices at these family-friendly Colorado ski resorts:

1. Ski Granby Ranch

Located just 80 miles west of Denver and 20 miles west of Winter Park, Ski Granby Ranch is a family-owned ski resort, for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. There’s no need to hunt for parking, or battle for space to turn on the slopes. Their easy access, wide-open terrain includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs, as well as a terrain park.

2. Ski Cooper

Nine miles north of Leadville, Ski Cooper is one of Colorado’s most exciting ski mountains with affordable fun for the whole family. From green cruisers to trees to moguls, powder and groomed runs, and cat skiing at Chicago Ridge, there’s something for everyone.

3. Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight is just 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs where you can get in a full day of skiing for about half the cost of the mega resorts. You’ll park for free, walk to the lifts, and never stand in line. All 67 trails lead right back to the lodge where you can stow your brown bag lunch or pick up something hot at the grill. Après ski in the world’s largest hot springs pool.

4. Monarch Mountain

Near Salida, Monarch Mountain is only 2 hours from Colorado Springs and less than 3.5 hours from Denver. They boast cheap lift tickets, powder snow, family ski packages, learn to ski programs, steep terrain, tree skiing, and cat skiing.

5. Wolf Creek Ski Area

Near Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek gets the most snow in Colorado. Tons of powder, low prices, short lift lines, free parking, and friendly hospitality keep people coming back year after year.