If you get the urge to ski, but don’t want to drive all the way to one of the resorts, take a look at these two ski areas close to Denver and Boulder.
Loveland Ski Area is perched right up on the Continental Divide. You can see the runs high above the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel, if you’re traveling westbound on I-70. The 93 trails are laid out on mountainsides covering 1,570 acres, with one of the lifts topping out close to the top of the Divide.
You won’t find a resort at the base of Ski Loveland, just a lodge and free parking lot close to the lifts. The lift-served vertical is 2,210, and there is also 100 acres of hike-to terrain. While the lifts aren’t high-speed, they’ll will take you to some interesting terrain.
Loveland’s Daytripper Package is designed for people who decide they’re in Denver and want to go skiing – but don’t have any ski clothes or gear. This package includes a lift ticket, rental equipment, ski pants, jacket, gloves, hat & goggles…everything you need for a day on the slopes. It’s perfect for someone visiting Denver that wants to ski, but didn’t bring any gear. The price will be listed on the website.
Eldora Mountain is just 21 miles from Boulder, and you can get there via a public bus! There’s not a lot of terrain – only 680 acres – but it’s more than enough for Boulderites who often head up there for a few hours to attend special women’s program, the Masters racing program, the Nighthawks program during the week, and kids programs on the weekends. The terrain stretches from gentle beginner runs to the double-black diamond Corona Bowl.