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Snowboarding in Colorado

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Snowboarding in Colorado

Of the many wonderful activities you can enjoy in Colorado, snowboarding is certainly one of the most popular. There are few places in the world that can match Colorado’s diverse landscape, range of difficulty and annual snowfall, all of which combine to make it an ideal location for snowboarding. It does not matter if you fall off the ski lift every time or if you race down expert runs without breaking a sweat, Colorado’s snowy peaks beckon to you. Come check out what they have to offer because snowboarding down these mountains will take your breath away.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, when snowboarding was still in its infancy and was most often associated with unruly teenagers, it clashed with the skiing culture and was consequently outlawed at many ski resorts. Since then, snowboarding has exploded in popularity and skill level, so much so that snowboarding is an Olympic sport and is welcomed at almost all ski resorts nationwide. It’s a fascinating and exciting sport, and if you’ve never strapped in before Colorado has some of the best schools and instructors ready to teach you the skills and balance necessary to fully enjoy it.

If you’ve never been to Colorado during the winter, you’re in for a real treat. The annual snowfall in Colorado is consistently among the highest in the nation, so the snowboarding season often runs for five to six months, usually from November to April. Plus, the dry climate produces some of the finest and purest powder in the world, which makes the Colorado snowboarding experience second to none. 

Denver is the big city of Colorado, and it has all the amusements and comforts you could want in a city, but it also has ready access to some of the best ski resorts in the state. Vail, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Winter Park Resort, and Loveland are all within easy striking distance of Denver International Airport, making them ideal for weekend trips for people flying in to Colorado. Arapahoe Basin, nicknamed “The Legend,” has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, open from October to June, and Vail is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. Or for a more low-key experience, try Eldora, which is less crowded but still has great runs and a terrain park.

Flying in to Colorado might be the only option for some, but the best way to truly see Colorado and to explore some of the best snowboarding locations is to drive. The best place to go if you’re driving is the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The area boasts some of the most unique ski resorts in the state: Silverton, the highest ski area on the continent with a peak of 13,487 feet; Telluride, a mountain serviced by a full-blown resort town with lavish hotels, five-star restaurants, and luxurious spas; Wolf Creek, known for its unbelievable annual snowfall and fluffy powder; and Purgatory, perfect for families due to its proximity to the vibrant historic mining town of Durango.

The most important thing to remember about snowboarding in Colorado, though, is that the possibilities are endless. If the names of all these ski resorts are confusing you, check out the site’s resort articles that deal with each specifically, so you can choose your destination based on what best suits your needs and capabilities. However, keep in mind that almost all of these resorts have the diversity and expansive terrain to satisfy even the pickiest snowboarders. Even the lowliest mountains in Colorado feature fresh powder and clean mountain air that will keep you coming back for more!

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