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Ski Experience - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a big town with a small town feel. It is home to great local shopping and dining, especially if you're in the area on a ski vacation. The area is within a short drive of many of Colorado's top ski resorts like Echo Mountain, Winter Park, Loveland, and Summit County skiing.

The nearby peaks get hundreds of inches of snow per year, and offer world-class skiing, snowboarding, and other activities like snowcatting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing and fun things like dog sledding and sleigh rides. The area is just east of the Continental Divide and often get skipped when cold fronts and heavy snow comes through Colorado—thus providing you with over 300 days of sunshine a year. You'll often find yourself wearing a sweater and a vest in January.

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Colorado Springs is full of shops and stores that offer ski and snowboarding equipment. From sporting goods chain and big box stores to small, family-owned shops, you can find everything you need to head up the interstate to top quality ski resorts. You can also find an extensive collection of rental equipment. The downtown area is home to more than a few local shops and authentic cuisine that offer great service and friendly atmosphere.

If you're willing to make the drive each day to places like Monarch Mountain and Ski Cooper, you can not only enjoy the scenic drive and the tourist stops and attractions on the way, you can save money on lodging over staying at almost any of the resorts. And the dining in Colorado Springs offers a huge variety of choices, from pub food to fine dining. Even though it's a fair drive to Summit County and surrounding resorts, you can still find that après ski atmosphere in Colorado Springs.

About 70 miles away from Summit County and only about 90 miles away from top skiing at places like Aspen Snowmass, Vail, and Beaver Creek. And the variety of slopes for beginners and expert skiers are staggering when there are this many top resorts in one place, with many of them offering Olympic quality runs and training areas.

Lodging in Colorado Springs runs the gamut. Ski cabins abound even though the resorts are 50 to 70 miles away. Condominiums offer luxury lodging with an easy commute to resorts, especially if you use limo or bus service. And the nightlife in Colorado Springs is comparable to that in a city like Denver, where you can choose from laid-back pubs to elegant wine and light fare.