Loveland: 1 hour; 57 miles / Too many people drive by Denver’s closest skiing because it seems too close to be true. Believe. Loveland is a rocking hill: Lap straight under Chair 1 on a pow day or head out and hop on the free snowcat.
Eldora Mountain Resort: 1 hour, 15 minutes; 49 miles / Little Eldora packs a serious punch, especially when an upslope storm dumps more snow here than anywhere else in the state. Head to Brian’s Glades for athletic tree skiing. It’s also the closest skiing to the Skiing office (just 45 minutes away).
Arapahoe Basin: 1 hour, 15 minutes; 64 miles / On any given weekend you’ll find campers full of folks grilling brats and tapping growlers here, so make some new friends. It’s one of the country’s earliest openers, but the skiing is best in the spring, when the East Wall’s steep chutes open up.