Fort Collins has several ski and snowboard shops ranging from big sporting goods chain stores to the small, independent owner-operated retail shops. All of these stores and outlets offer great value when it comes to skiing and snowboarding equipment and rentals. These shops carry a wide variety of hard and soft goods that will accommodate any level of skier. Usually, you can find great discounts and specials on equipment like skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, jackets, helmets, hats, and much more.
Also known as the Choice City and Fort Fun, Fort Collins definitely less known than the bigger tourist cities in the state. It has a relaxed pace compared to other cities in the area, yet it still has the size and population to provide a good nightlife experience. By visiting for your next ski vacation, you can get the best of both worlds—a combination of small town charm and attractions of a major city all in one. The setting in the northern part of Colorado puts it in the perfect location for great winter weather. It combines clear days with an area with an average snowfall of 300 inches per year. Fort Collins offers a welcoming atmosphere with friendly locals, excellent dining experience, and proximity to the Rocky Mountains.
Fort Collins is a quick two hour drive from the ski areas in Summit County via Interstates 25 and 70. Vail and Beaver Creek are farther west and Steamboat Ski Resort can be reached in roughly three hours by driving over scenic Cameron Pass. Snowy Range Ski Resort, located outside Laramie, Wyoming, is also just under a two-hour drive. The area has a college town feel with spectacular views of the Rockies and is situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, just under 60 miles north of Denver. While it is often listed as one of the best places to live in the U.S., it is also a very welcoming city to tourists who visit because of its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and some of the best ski resorts in the nation.
Host to Colorado State University, it is probably best known as a college town, and while Denver is the number one city in the U.S. for breweries, this town is home to several well-known crafts, including New Belgium Brewing Company, the Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox Brewing, Funkwerks, and the Pateros Creek Brewing Company. So after a day of local beer drinking, you may want to check out some outdoor activities, of which the city has plenty. Home to 50 parks, 280 miles of trails, and only 35 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, there really isn't anything you can't do while visiting the area.
Snowboarders and skiers will be interested to hear Fort Collins is just over two hours from Winter Park and all that its four-peak resort has to offer and two hours and forty minutes from Granby Ranch. The Loveland Ski Area is about an hour and a half away, the Eldora Mountain Resort is about an hour and thirty minutes, and Keystone and A-Basin are about two hours and fifteen minutes away.
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