Idaho Springs Ski Vacation Guide

Idaho Springs is the perfect destination for serious Colorado vacationers intent on the top ski slopes and snowboarding action in the area. Only about 30 miles away from Summit County resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and top resorts like Vail and Beaver Creek, Idaho springs is a great place to stay and play when you're ready for a ski vacation.

Shopping in Idaho Springs is designed for the vacationer and the tourist with ski shops, souvenirs of the mass-produced and hand-crafted variety, and many stores that are pure Colorado tourism stops located conveniently in town. It's the perfect place to find nighttime entertainment and après ski when you want to get away from the mountain resorts for some nearby relaxation at night. Just a drive up I-70 from Idaho Springs takes to the finest ski resorts in Colorado, making it a perfect place to stay. Idaho Springs is also a fairly inexpensive town for one so close to so many tourists sports and resorts.

The area is super close to world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow tubing, ice skating and the most family friendly resorts in the state. And in less than an hour, you can experience city nightlife in Denver. Choose Idaho Springs if you want to stay in a budget- and family-friendly town with all the conveniences, but still be within a few minutes of the finest ski resorts in Colorado.

Idaho Springs Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

Idaho Springs is just minutes away from top Colorado ski resorts. The closest is Echo Mountain, only about 4 miles away, but even the world-class skiing in Summit County at places like Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone are less than 40 miles away. SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch, Aspen Snowmass, Vail and Beaver Creek are only a little farther. So top skiing and snowboarding action are barely a hop, skip and jump (or jib!) from the small tourist town of Idaho Springs.

Parks and Pipes

With Echo Mountain just five minutes away, snowboarders can have everything in Idaho Springs. Echo Mountain was originally just a terrain park and has only expanded to ski runs in the last couple of years. But much of the skiable acreage is still dedicated to terrain parks. The Treeline Terrain Park at Arapahoe Basin gets its name from being above the treeline, as the highest North American terrain park. Don’t miss the features of the two terrain parks here and the amazing quarter pipes, half pipes, and superpipes spread out among the many terrain parks in the Idaho Springs area resorts.

Out of Bounds

Colorado is known for snow, which is why the Idaho Springs area take it so seriously. The resorts in the area offer ski schools that are designed for learning skiers and first-timers. But even experienced skiers can learn new moves at the schools at places like Aspen Snowmass and Keystone. And don’t forget all the other great activities like spas, snowcat tours, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, and more.

Hangout & Hookup

The opportunities to gather and discuss the slopes or enjoy some great nighttime and après ski are everywhere in Idaho Springs. Avoid the high prices at the resorts and choose one of the many dinner destinations, pubs, taverns and lounges offering live entertainment to be found right in Idaho Springs.