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Page Title: Colorado Resort Towns - Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Copper Mountain, Steamboat Springs, Apsen Mountain, Telluride, A Basin, Snowmass
Page Synopsis: Overviews of Colorado's cities and resorts: Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Apsen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Telluride, Crested Butte.



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Vail :--: Beaver Creek :--: Breckenridge :--: Keystone :--: Arapahoe Basin :--: Copper Mountain :--: Winter Park :--: Loveland :--: Steamboat Springs :--: Aspen :--: Crested Butte :--: Telluride :--: Denver



Colorado's Cities


Animas River Colorado
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

Colorado is a mecca for those who enjoy the beauty of the mountains, outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, golf and kayaking just to name a few.  Colorado's topography is quite diverse depending on where you are within the state.  Denver is a major metropolitan city that sits on the edge of the foothills.  For the most part, Denver is pretty flat.  Denver offers great food; excellent culture and a climate that will make you drool. Denver receives over 300 days of sunshine per year and contrary to popular belief, you can play golf there almost year around.

Once you head into the mountains, it's a whole different ballgame.  Colorado is known for its mountain towns that offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world.  Driving out I-70 heading west into the Rocky Mountains is an activity in itself.  About half way to the Eisenhower Tunnel you can take Highway 40 north, which will take you Winter Park Ski Resort.  The further you go into the Rocky Mountains the better the views get. 


Colorado Creek
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

Summit County
Once you get to the Eisenhower Tunnel, you have a couple of options: you can go through the tunnel which goes under the continental divide and when you come out you'll have an absolutely stunning view of Summit County.  About 10-15 miles further west, you will come to the mountain towns of Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone, Frisco, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain Ski Resort.  This area has is one of the most popular areas for people to enjoy.  Because of the condensed nature of these towns, visitors have access to just about all the amenities of a major city.  Bars and restaurants are plentiful, grocery stores are conveniently located, an outlet mall and other stores make it a great area to shop, and you have four mountains to chose from if you've come to ski or snowboard. 

The other option is to take Loveland Pass, which is where Loveland Ski Area is located, and go over the continental divide.  If you have the time and the pass is not snowed in, it is well worth the trip.  Talk about a panoramic view...WOW!  Once you reach the peak and start heading back down the other side of the continental divide you will have a beautiful view of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, otherwise know as A-Basin.  There is not town at the base of A-Basin, but because of its altitude it is open later than most other resort in Summit County.  There have been many years that A-Basin has been open for skiing on the Fourth of July.  Just a few more miles down the mountain and you will be in Keystone. 

A few miles west of Frisco on I-70 and you'll be at Copper Mountain Ski Resort.  Copper is a great mountain that offers one of the largest selections of ski runs in the state.  Over the past few years, Copper Mountain has made some excellent improvements.  The village has been developed and today it is on its way to becoming a great mountain destination.  Several new condo and hotel developments have gone in and new restaurants and bars have opened, which has appealed to visitors that want the amenities of destinations such as Breckenridge and Keystone. 


Summertime in Steamboat Springs
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service
Steamboat Springs
If Steamboat Springs is your destination, go through the Eisenhower Tunnel and get off of I-70 at the Silverthorne/Dillon Exit and head north for about two hours and you'll be there.  Steamboat is a quintessential mountain town.  It is less commercialized than Breckenridge and the skiing is awesome!  Obviously, Steamboat Springs offers its visitor the opportunity to enjoy their natural hot springs located near the center of town.  Among other activities, you can also enjoy horseback riding at a local ranch.  If you're looking to get away from the hussle and bussle, Steamboat is an excellent choice. 

Vail/Beaver Creek
About 30 miles west of Copper Mountain Resort on I-70 and you will come to the largest ski area in Colorado...VailVail is world renowned for its Back Bowls.  This mountain truly is massive.  There is something for everyone at Vail.  The town is quaint and it has attracted a who's who of celebrities and wealthy individuals over the years.  Top rated restaurants, designer stores, and excellent accommodations are the norm at Vail.  Whether it's summer or winter, Vail is a fabulous place to visit. 

Just a little further west of Vail lies Beaver Creek Ski Resort.  Beaver Creek caters to a little older of a crowd, which makes the slopes less crowded, the restaurants are excellent and the atmosphere is very relaxing.  Beaver Creek has a few less amenities, but if you’re looking to relax in a beautiful mountain environment, Beaver Creek is a great choice.

Glenwood Springs

Once you pass Vail and Beaver Creek on I-70 you’re in for a treat.  Interstate 70 cuts directly through Glenwood Canyon, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful sections of the Rocky Mountains.  The interstate follows the Colorado River though this stretch and the high canyon walls provide scenery that even the most rambunctious kids will enjoy.  At the end of the canyon you will be at Glenwood Springs.  It is home to the largest natural hot spring pool in the world.  The hot springs sooth both the body and the soul.

 


Downtown Aspen Colorado
Photo Courtesy: Aspen Skiing Company - Susan Darch.
 
Aspen

About an hour south of Glenwood Springs and you will come to the legendary mountain town of Aspen.  Aspen is home to four great mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk Mountain.  Aspen has attracted celebrities and wealthy individuals for years and continues to be a top choice for the rich and famous to get away and enjoy life.  Aspen’s bars and restaurants are top notch, their accommodations are excellent, designer shops are abundant, and the surrounding mountains provide a plethora of outdoor entertainment.

 

Crested Butte

Another few hours south of Aspen and you will come to Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Tucked into the mountains, Crested Butte is about as different as you can get from Vail.  The town is quaint, the people are extremely friendly, and the natural unspoiled beauty attracts numerous visitors each and every year.  Crested Butte is more laid back than Vail, you won’t find many designer stores, but you will find good music, good food, and good nightlife in a very casual setting.  If you’ve been to some of the bigger resorts such as Vail or Breckenridge and you’re looking for a change, Crested Butte should certainly not be ruled out. 

 

Telluride

Located in the southwestern part of the Colorado is Telluride.  Telluride is much more isolated than most of the other ski resort in Colorado, but that also means that the slopes are less crowded.  Telluride is a true mountain town that welcomes its guests and makes them feel right at home.  You won’t find outlet malls or many designer stores, but that’s why people come in the first place…to get away from it all.  The skiing and snowboarding is first rate, the accommodations are good, and you will find plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy a fine meal at the end of a long day on the slopes. 


Vail · Beaver Creek · Breckenridge · Keystone · Arapahoe Basin · Copper Mountain · Winter Park · Loveland · Steamboat Springs · Aspen · Crested Butte · Telluride · Denver


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