Best Colorado Ski Town

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Best Colorado Ski Town poll. We collected tens of thousands of votes for all three categories of towns (small, mid-sized, large) and the competition was great. We will be announcing the winners of  each category in our January/February issue of Elevation Outdoors. Again thank you for participating and be sure to come back to view the results.

The results of the poll are in! Be sure to read about who won best small, mid-sized, and large ski town!

52 Comments

  • Colorado racks up a lot of great ski towns, but nobody puts it together in true Colorado style like Telluride. The snow. The charm. The people. And the postcard views in every direction.

    Scott C   October 18, 2012, 11:21 am

  • Boulder isn’t even a ski town!

    Sarah   October 18, 2012, 4:22 pm

  • vail is the best

    joel press   October 18, 2012, 5:36 pm

  • Minturn is the best small town because you can ski Vail all day then ski right down to the saloon,no hustle and bustle with every one running around more laid back what more could you want in a small wonderful little town.

    Katherine   October 18, 2012, 7:35 pm

  • Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte is the REAL DEAL! A previous ad campaign for the ski area says it all… “Aspen like it used to be, and Vail like it never was.” Nothing compares to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte. Pure & Simple.

    Pamela   October 18, 2012, 7:59 pm

  • This is a terrible list of alleged ski towns. Many don’t even qualify as ‘ski towns.’ Crested Butte doesn’t make the list but Gunnison does? Boulder? Glenwood Springs? Sure there are ski areas sorta-kinda near them – and most on this list are great towns in their own right. But, only a few of these are actual ski towns. What a bogus list.

    Jeremy   October 19, 2012, 10:08 am

  • Steamboat Springs is perfect. Wonderful, friendly people, small town atmosphere, everyone does their best and making your visit memorable. GREAT skiing and then you can follow it up with a soak in the hot springs. What could be better than that?

    Renee Romano   October 19, 2012, 11:23 am

  • Crested Butte not only made the list… it’s leading the voting.

    ED   October 19, 2012, 12:23 pm

  • Durango …. by far is the best ski town….. you get it all in one stop…. friendly down to earth people willing to help and smile as they do so…. the scenery is beautiful the outdoor options are endless…. small town quaint feel…. and turn of the century charm….. no other town can offer all that Durango can….. from the incredible ski slopes and two other ski areas very close by to the train to Mesa Verde . The food choices are also amazing ( we have incredible chefs and restaurants here) and so are the night life entertainment choices…. I like the church options too…..never disapointed in a trip to Durango! Many things to explore here!!! The terrain also gives you ample choices to enjoy! The snowshoeing and cross country skiing options are just as wonderful! Even the horse sleigh rides in the snow add to the charm of this wonderful ski town!!!!
    Whatever you are looking for in a ski town you can find in Durango!!!!!! I love this place! :)

    kari t   October 19, 2012, 12:27 pm

  • Durango …. by far is the best ski town….. you get it all in one stop…. friendly down to earth people willing to help and smile as they do so ( no snobbery here)…. the scenery is beautiful the outdoor options are endless…. small town quaint feel…. and turn of the century charm….. no other town can offer all that Durango can….. from the incredible ski slopes and two other ski areas very close by to the hot springs and train to Mesa Verde . The food choices are also amazing ( we have incredible chefs and restaurants here) and so are the night life entertainment choices…. I like the church options too…..never disapointed in a trip to Durango! Many things to explore here!!! The terrain also gives you ample choices to enjoy! The snowshoeing and cross country skiing options are just as wonderful! Even the horse sleigh rides in the snow add to the charm of this wonderful ski town!!!!
    Whatever you are looking for in a ski town you can find in Durango!!!!!! I love this place! :)

    kari t   October 19, 2012, 12:31 pm

  • Crested Butte, sick mountain,charming town and amazing local community!! No question CB/ Mt CB rules!

    Terann Wight   October 19, 2012, 3:40 pm

  • What about a list of towns under 100? Marble Colorado’s one chair lift was closed over a decade ago, but who needs a lift? This is the place for back country skiing!!

    Karen   October 19, 2012, 5:05 pm

  • It must be Nederland, CO. Only town with a permanently snowed in resident. Plus it actually has restaurants with great tasting food for less than a new pair of skis.

    Ken Kehoe   October 19, 2012, 6:52 pm

  • Crested Butte has it all..great small town with wonderful restaurants and a fun mountain that we enjoy every year plus very interesting locals!

    Maria DeRaimo   October 19, 2012, 10:12 pm

  • Crested Butte has it all! Wonderful town with great restaurants, interesting locals and a mountain that we enjoy every year. Local arts center has a variety of entertainment that is easy to get to with free local bus service. What more could you ask for?

    Maria DeRaimo   October 19, 2012, 10:17 pm

  • Where’s Avon (Beaver Creek)? And why is Gunnison on there, Crested Butte is the ski town not Gunnison?

    Ian   October 20, 2012, 12:07 pm

  • We Love Gunnison and Crested Butte Mountain Resort Go Gunny Go CBMR
    The Boom-a-Rang gang

    Janet Lucas   October 21, 2012, 10:24 pm

  • It would be so nice to see SOME growth in S Fork. Wolf Creek GREAT ski slopes, but NOTHING to do in S Fork!! You go to S Fork for peace & serenity, needs restaurants, SOME shopping, & people that see the need for some growth. Lovely place but stuck in time by a small group that does not see need for growth that allow a small group of people to stall any growth. S Fork could be so much more. Love it there but needs growth.

    Barrie Thomson   October 22, 2012, 9:37 am

  • South Fork is a very cute, small and quiet town! We have wonderful little festivals, I am looking forward to the ice skating rink at the Community Center this winter! I LOVE the moonlight snow-shoe hikes in the winter!! With over 255 miles of snow mobile and nordic trails you really can’t complain that there is nothing to do. Um…..Vail we are not, but we never claimed to be.

    Shane   October 22, 2012, 12:22 pm

  • Perfect powder. Lovely locals. Divine hot springs. Down-to-earth, small-town ranching vibe. What’s not to LOVE about Steamboat, baby!

    Marianne Capra   October 22, 2012, 2:52 pm

  • Minturn is that cool, little town in the Vail Valley. Home of the Minturn Mile…the out of bounds ski run that takes you down the back side of Vail directly into Minturn. Check out world renown Holy Toledo with high end consignment clothing, to The Scarab for a trip around the world market and many food choices including BBQ, Greek, steaks, burgers, and sweets from our cafe. Many people visit the famous Minturn Saloon which is over 100 years old. Also home to the original Vail Valley market, the Minturn Market which has summer and winter markets. Concerts, movies, and many other events throughout the year in this awesome town.

    Jodi Jahrling   October 22, 2012, 9:39 pm

  • South Fork is a GREAT town because of many outdoor recreation opportunities and it is very affordable.

    Poppy   October 23, 2012, 11:54 am

  • South Fork winning are you kidding me, there is nothing about that place that says ski town, just being near a ski area does not make it so…

    W. Shane   October 23, 2012, 12:45 pm

  • Minturn Rocks! evidently a lot of people know where this South Fork is and think it’s awesome…never heard of it.

    Jodi Jahrling   October 23, 2012, 6:21 pm

  • Nice survey. Too bad less than half of these towns are actually ski towns. And for the record, Crested Butte has fewer than 2,000 full time residents. It is, however, the best, because the town is real, the locals are genuine, and the mountain offers the best lift served terrain in Colorado. Period. Honorable mention to Telluride and Steamboat, and Aspen, too, because 4 mountains and great blow are nothing to scoff at.

    Pete   October 23, 2012, 7:31 pm

  • South Fork!!!! This little town has been a part of my life for 30 years!! If you don’t know people in this town it’s because you have never been there. I live in a small town in Texas and claim South Fork as my home away from home. Wolf Creek is by far one of the best places I’ve ever skiied. The folks at the shops up there are like family to me. The mountains, in the summer, make for breath taking motorcycle rides. The other awesome thing about this place is that the costs are not resort inflated. See you on the mountain!!!

    Smokinmetal   October 25, 2012, 9:00 am

  • Love mountain towns. The best part about South Fork? It’s not the typical little ski town. South Fork does quirky well. Gotta love the quirk.

    Smalltowner   October 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

  • Durango is the best for sure! Rafting, hiking, great back country, and SNOWDOWN! P.S. Why is Boulder even on there?

    Sara   October 26, 2012, 2:24 pm

  • Shouldn’t the ski towns at least be ones you can ski into?

    Pete Seibert   October 31, 2012, 12:36 pm

  • South Fork is an amazing town! Skiing at Wolf Creek, just 17 miles away, is some of the best in the state. The small mountain village atmosphere is warm and inviting. and the folks in South Fork are wonderful. South Fork is DEFINITELY the best small town skiing – Colorado’s Best-Kept Secret!!!!!

    Suzy   November 1, 2012, 1:17 pm

  • For years Durango has been the most “ready for anything” ski town. Durango has something for everyone. In town the locals are helpful and friendly and it extends up the mountain.
    Farther north Copper always has the great snow when the others are bare and when your ski day is over there is always activities going on to extend your fun. Peaceful, awesome views and amazing hospitality.

    Shelley   November 2, 2012, 11:10 am

  • The only real ski town where folks actually come to ski is Silverton. Not shop, or spa or dine…. JUST SKI!!

    Mark   November 8, 2012, 12:47 am

  • Silverton is a VERY remote area and we do not care for the young ski crowds. If you are backcountry skier who expects nothing then Silverton is for you. Winter in this town can be as boring as heck,no bars and only a few very high priced restaurants. The loud wild groups that come will be sure to visit with local law enforcement.

    Gary Davis   November 11, 2012, 10:46 am

  • Silverton

    Dave Smith   November 11, 2012, 6:54 pm

  • South Fork is THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, not just Colorado!!
    The town is FUN and people are friendly, they want you to be there! The other towns on the list are not even real towns, there really is no contest. Pagosa should be #2, at least there you can go to real grocery store, and get gas after 7pm.
    Keystone #3…
    Silverton is a crap hole, run down spot on the map- take them off the list!!

    Katherine   November 17, 2012, 12:38 am

  • SOUTH FORK all the way!

    Every ski town should have shi rentals & shi lessons!! Other towns on the list DO NOT have those important things. Beside South Fork & Pagosa are REAL towns, they should be #1 & #2

    Katheryn   November 20, 2012, 2:13 pm

  • Silverton!

    Wonder219   November 21, 2012, 4:01 am

  • South Fork is the best ski town in NW Texas! I love the Hungry Logger!

    Nate   November 24, 2012, 4:00 pm

  • Silverton #1, Crested Butte #2, (Vail is where the upper middle class pretend to be millionaires and billionaires) and Telluride is the best ski town in this state!

    Mike A   November 28, 2012, 6:30 pm

  • REAL SKI TOWNS offer several things:
    * Ski rentals @ the Slopes
    * Ski Lessons @ the Slopes
    * Ski hills with more than 1 Lift & 1 Run
    * Welcoming & Friendly Community
    *Night Life
    SOUTH FORK offers ALL of this!! Silverton offers NONE of these!
    VOTE SOUTH FORK TODAY!!

    Kacy   November 29, 2012, 9:59 am

  • The towns that are going to win don’t need anything more people. Come on people.

    Jaded Local   November 29, 2012, 10:45 pm

  • Durango is the place to go.

    Robert   December 5, 2012, 2:41 pm

  • I like Breckenridge because of its history and atmosphere. The activities for kids as well as adults. Having younger children it is a place that they can still have fun, whether its hiking, doing snow, or just being there.
    Breckenridge is also close enough to enjoy the other nearby towns and a wide variety of activities are available.

    Evonne Clinkebeard   December 5, 2012, 5:28 pm

  • South Fork is the HONEST winner!!

    Silvertob is telling people on Facebook how to vote many times a day!!
    Maybe they should be removed from the contest to make it honest!

    Kate   December 5, 2012, 10:06 pm

  • Just another reason to vote South Fork!
    Wolf Creek listed on the Forbes top 10 ski areas! Way to go Wolf Creek.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophersteiner/2012/12/03/the-top-10-ski-resorts-in-the-united-states-for-2013/

    Jace   December 5, 2012, 11:59 pm

  • Thanks for letting us vote.

    Karin Kagan   December 6, 2012, 2:19 am

  • A bit weird for Steamboat to be in the same category as Carbondale, Boulder, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction … none of which are actually ski towns per se

    Anne Barounos   December 6, 2012, 1:32 pm

  • Usually what makes a ski town is there is a ski resort? this is the dumbest thing i have ever seen

    Keithh   December 6, 2012, 4:22 pm

  • Where ya gonna find a better family ski resort than Wolf Creek and also a better small town than Pagosa Springs. The low lift prices coupled with lower than average hotel/food costs make this a must visit for families!

    V kreizinger   December 6, 2012, 4:53 pm

  • Pagosa Springs is an awsome small community. We visit our 2nd home there frequently all seasons. It is especially a wonerdful alternative to Louisiana’s heat and humidity in the Summer and the Fall Color is unbelievably gorgeous!

    Ken Paulovich   December 7, 2012, 12:58 pm

  • I have lived in Vail, near Aspen(Carbondale), Summit Cty, Boulder, Nederland. I have visited ALL the ski areas in 22 years in Colorado and NOTHING beats Crested Butte. Great skiing, great restaurants and the people are what make it what it is. No fur, No Botox, No, or FEW trustfunders, just down to earth, hardy people. The funny thing is, ALL the ski towns offer their own uniqueness. But The Butte just has that little extra.

    John LaCrosse   December 7, 2012, 3:42 pm

  • Who WON?

    The Database wasn’t up the last few hours! I tried to vote and it wouldnt let me connect!!

    lucy   December 7, 2012, 5:25 pm

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