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Guides | 01.06.2022

Best Snowboarding & Skiing For Beginners In Colorado

These are the best mountains for learning how to snowboard & ski in Colorado.

There are countless ski and snowboard school learning programs in Colorado that are ready to introduce you to a lifelong love affair with the slopes. If you’ve tried skiing or snowboarding a few times and want to learn your way around the sport, even more, this guide is the perfect start to steer you in the right direction of helpful, professional lessons that will have you boarding and skiing like a pro.

Copper Mountain

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Not ready to hit the slopes just yet? Woodward at Copper Mountain offers year-round indoor snowboard and ski camps with foam pits, trampolines, fake snow, and more to give riders an easier, less intimidating way to get started on the slopes.

Arapahoe Basin

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A-Basin offers a three-pack of private lessons for both skiers and snowboarders. Although the slopes here are known to be rather challenging, the ski area comes with two mellow learning areas and scenic beginner terrain to help you learn your way around the slopes with a stunning view.

Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, & Buttermilk

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These four mountains have various ski and snowboard programs that include lessons for preschool-age kids, teens, adults, and seniors. The Teen Park & Pipe Camp is also the site of ESPN’s Winter X Games, so you’ll definitely sharpen those mountain moves and skills. The mountains also offer a Women’s Edge Skiers’ Program for four days and a women-specific camp that’s been well acclaimed for the past 25 years.

Beaver Creek Resort

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The learning-to-board and ski process at Beaver Creek Resort is a little different, but one that’s definitely worthwhile. The Nordic Lessons here take students into the White River National Forest backcountry to learn snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country, or telemark skiing.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

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This ski resort offers several groups and private courses for beginner boarders and skiers. These programs are for adults and children no matter their skill level and offer participants lots of one-on-one time with their instructor.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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This mountain resort has many knowledgeable pros and confident skiers and boarders that lead the guide programs to help beginners take their skills to the next level. Crested Butte’s terrain is known to be untamed and extreme, so this is the perfect place to sharpen your skills and board or ski to the max.

Sunlight Mountain

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Sunlight’s Williams Peak Backcountry Clinics bring alpine and telemark skiers and snowboarders on a half-day tour of Williams Peak. This mountain is home to steep ridges and broad powder bowls, and most of the Western Slope’s powder is known to fall here.

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