Nearby Mountains

Consider staying a few extra days before or after the Workshop (ie ski on a weekday without crowds)

Snow, Snow, Snow

MARCH and APRIL are great times to ski and play in the snow in Colorado. They have the highest snowfall of the year. And the base depth is often near its maximum too.

Downhill Skiing

Colorado is home to more than twenty mountain resorts (Colorado Ski Country USA). If you want to get a sense of the slopes, try using Google Maps' street view. A number of the trails at several resorts (ie Winter Park) have been imaged in street-view panoramic form.

The four closest ski areas to Boulder:


~35 min drive
base: 9,200' (2797 m)
summit: 10,800' (3284 m)

~50 min bus trip
Ski-n-ride RTD bus departs early from 14th & Walnut RTD Station in Boulder, stops downtown Nederland, then drops you off right in front of the Main Lodge at Eldora where it leaves to go back at the end of the day. Fare is approximately $5 one way.


~1 hr 20 min drive
base: 10,800' (3284 m)
summit: 13,010' (3956 m)

Arapahoe Basin

~1 hr 30 min drive
base: 10,780' (3278 m)
summit: 13,050' (3968 m)

Winter Park

~1 hr 40 min drive
base: 9,000' (2736 m)
summit: 12,060' (3667 m)

High Altitude

If you're flying from a low elevation, you may experience typical symptoms like headaches, fatigue or nausea. These symptoms can often be alleviated by spending a few nights at altitude before skiing, drinking extra water, eating complex carbohydrates, resting, and reducing caffeine, salt, and alcohol intake. Keep in mind that your skin can easily burn when you are skiing at a high altitude, so good sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. The weather can change quickly too. Dress for variable conditions.

Example Video


Winter Park Resort Insiders Guide - Powder Skiing & Snowboarding - Channel 17-Mountain TV

Cross-Country Skiing

Devil's Thumb Ranch

~2 hr drive
The Ranch has more than 100km of groomed trails (skate and classic Nordic) nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek valley at the base of the Continental Divide, And they have snowshoeing too.

Snow Mountain Ranch

~2 hr drive
Winter is filled with Cross country skiing, Nordic races, tubing hill, snowshoeing, indoor climbing wall and swimming pool, custom activities for groups and families and so much more!

Other Outdoor Activities

Many ski resorts provide addiitonal activities such as horse drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing hills, dogsled rides, ice-skating or snowmobiling.

And there are a number of State and National Parks close to Boulder that provide access for hiking, skiing, climbing etc. Two notable examples are:

Eldorado Canyon State Park

~20 min drive
Eldorado Canyon offers hiking trails, hundreds of climbing routes, and more.

Rocky Mountain National Park

~1 hr drive
Beautiful, large alpine park, including Long's Peak (14,259' / 4,346 m).



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