Hidden Ski Areas of Colorado

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Can you believe it? The 2016-2017 ski season has already begun. We've barely said goodbye to summer. Some of us still have tan lines!

With Arapahoe Basin opening on October 21, you could already have several days of trail riding under your belt. Perhaps you are excited for the season but not for the crowds? If that's the case, give these small ski areas a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Lake City Ski Hill

Ride the oldest lift in Colorado! You're not an adventure enthusiast if this doesn't at least peak your interest. Visit this four run ski area for a unique experience. At $20 per adult lift ticket and $10 per child, it's a cheap little adventure.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area

If you find yourself in Steamboat, change it up and visit Howelsen just across the way. Howelsen is Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area, since 1915, and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. With four lifts and 26 trails, you'll be able to keep yourself riding while everyone else waits in the Steamboat lift lines.

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Ski Granby Ranch

Are you looking for a family friendly ski area easily accessible from Denver? This ski area is THE beginners mountain. Not familiar with the ski area? Perhaps you'll remember it as Sol Vista or if you're really old (like this writer) Silver Creek. This cute little jem has had a face-lift and night skiing has been added!

Lee's Ski Hill

Have you ever used a rope-tow lift? In Ouray Colorado, you can do a little skiing and then visit the charming downtown. Or you can visit the Ouray Hot Springs Pool to warm up. Here you can do it all in one day!

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Silverton Mountain

If you are an expert rider and need a challenge with your little ski area experience, Silverton Mountain is for you. It is Colorado's highest and steepest ski mountain. With un-groomed expert terrain, you'll want to make sure your health insurance is up-to-date, but who cares! With 400 inches of average snowfall, the white fluffy pow-pow will ease your controlled fall down the mountain.


There are many small little ski areas to choose from. If these spots don't peak your interest, there are a few more to try. Hop over to Colorado.com for more information.