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Ski/Snowboard Resorts Closest to Fort Collins – Beano’s Top Five

Beano, TSM

Winter means only one thing to skiers and snowboarders and being in Fort Collins, we’re close enough to be able to enjoy the powder of our state’s great mountains. Some resorts are a 3-6 hour drive away from our fair city. I don’t know about you, but the idea of 4 hours in a car each way for a day on the slopes can be a little daunting, so here are the 5 closest resorts to Fort Collins. (I did not include any back-country skiing areas, as some of those are dangerous and/or prohibited. That, and I’m not a back-country kind of guy.)


Eldora opened for skiing in 1962 and boasts one of Colorado’s best snow-making systems. It sits at a base elevation of 9,200 feet and is one of the few resorts that allows you to stay off of I-70.


Echo Mountain, Facebook
Echo Mountain, Facebook


Echo Mountain is one of the youngest resorts around, opening it’s lifts for the first time in 2005. It is situated on 85 acres of terrain with a base elevation of 10,050 feet and is the closest resort to Denver. Some of the perks at Echo; free close-in parking,WiFi and lifts that run as late as 9pm.


Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area is located 32 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming, in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest at a base elevation of 9,000 feet. They have ski/snowboard slopes, a terrain park, and even cross country ski trails.


Loveland Ski Area, Facebook
Loveland Ski Area, Facebook


Loveland Ski Area is located on the Continental Divide and offers free parking and free Wifi. They are also , traditionally, one of the first resorts to open every year.


Arapahoe Basin, Facebook
Arapahoe Basin, Facebook


Arapahoe Basin has been around since 1946, set at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass. Known as “A-Basin” to most locals they have over 100 trails and get over 350 inches of snow every year.


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