You know it, and we know it: Colorado is one of the best places in the world for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. But which Rocky Mountain slope is best? We asked all of you in the CU Denver|Anschutz community to tell us on Facebook which mountain resort is your favorite, and now the results are in!
Filling the rankings between sixth and 10th place were Telluride Ski Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort and Winter Park Resort. And here are the top five!
Drum roll, please ...
#5 Loveland ski Area
Loveland's high elevation makes it one of the first slopes to open each year.
"Friendly and family-owned, with some of the best and most unique terrain in the state. It's one of the closest areas to the Front Range, so you don't have to go over Loveland Pass or through the tunnel." – James Simpson, student
"Only hill around with an old-school, volunteer Ski Patrol. You keep that kind of loyalty, you've got more than good snow. Loveland is a family, a real locals spot, and you can't fake that kind of authenticity." – Rachel Simpson, student
"The best place for locals to ski due to its price, location and slopes for all ability levels." – Marissa Mwendwa
#4 Vail Ski Resort
Vail is the second-largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S.
"Way more terrain than anywhere else, and on a powder day, there is no other place to be!!" – Andre Gonsalves, student
"The scenery is so beautiful that you feel like you're on vacation, even if you're just up for the day." – John Schloss
"The back bowls provide an endless source of winter magic!" – Alejandro Gutierrez
#3 Keystone Resort
Keystone is one of the only places in the state that offers night skiing.
"Great runs for all skill levels! ... All in all, a big reason I moved out to Colorado!!" – Mitch Baatz, student
"Keystone is a short drive from Denver, snowboarder-friendly (not many flat spots) and easy to navigate without a map. Plus, there's a bar/coffee shop conveniently located off the gondola." – Star Hess, student
"Some of the most diverse terrain ... the best terrain park in the nation. It's a great place to go for a great weekend with your friends or just to get away from the city for the day!" – Kyle Lanham, student
#2 Copper Mountain
Copper offers season pass promotion deals and lift ticket packages.
"Some of the best runs with no waiting time in lift lines." – Sarah Renteria
"Steep, open bowls and great parks and pipe." – Zack Doroshow, student
"After a long week at school, nothing is better than gathering all the buddies on a Friday to ski Copper. Copper Mountain is to skiing as CU Denver is to education: THE BEST." – Forrest Guthrie
... and the winner of the first-ever CU Denver|Anschutz Slope Battle ...
#1 Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge, a.k.a. "Breck," is one of most visited ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere.
"The best place to ski, because you can find a lot of variety—green, blue, black, diamond, etc. There are a lot of different peaks and lifts, so you can avoid the big crowds you might find at the bottom of [the mountain]." – Ana Gonzalez-Dorta, student
"Great skiing for all skill levels and one of the greatest après ski towns ever. Did I mention there's a brewery, too? Quintessential Colorado!" – Dan Kieu
"I love the community. Great place to walk, shop, eat, drink and relax any time of the year." – Trevor Lee, student
Check back in December 2014 for the next CU Denver|Anschutz Slope Battle, and vote for your favorite place to ski and board!
Published: Dec. 23, 2013