Top 3 Freeriding Resorts in Colorado

Opening day at Silverton, Colorado, 2013

Silverton Mountain

Silverton Mountain’s bare bones “backcountry with a lift” guided and unguided operation is one of the most unique in the country. One two-seater lift, some old delivery vehicles as shuttles, a tattered yurt with cold beer and a warm fire, and a few Zircon storage containers provide all the support needed to tackle the remote, steep, and rugged sidecountry terrain.

Standout Terrain: $150 heli bumps, road-closing storms, no crowds

Don’t Miss: Avalanche Brewery and Café, Montanya Distillery

Average Snowfall: 400+ inches

Poll Overall Resort Rank: N/A*

 

Telluride

Tucked away in a pristine, box canyon valley of the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is a beautifully unique cultural concoction of part faded mining town, posh celeb escape, and hardcore outdoor haven. Its massive swath of lifts and runs stretch up into jagged alpine peaks, roll through pine and aspen forests and pour steeply into town like a Euro village.

Standout Terrain: Revelation Bowl and Palmarya Peak sidecountry

Don’t Miss: La Cocina de Luz, Baked in Telluride, Crazy Elk Pizza, The New Sheridan

Average Snowfall: 309 inches

Poll Overall Resort Rank: N/A*

 

Crested Butte

Crested Butte enjoys a subtle isolation from much of Colorado’s population that, combined with rugged terrain and snowfall, offers some challenging, and untouched freeriding accessible right from town. Long known for hosting big mountain contests and the infamous (RIP) Naked Ride Day Crested Butte has been a bit of a sleeping giant since the X Games left town.

Standout Terrain: Teocalli Bowl, The Extreme Limit, The North Face

Don’t Miss: Montanya Distillery, Crested Butte Hostel, Teocalli Tamale, Kochevars, Gas Café, Izzy’s Bagelry

Average Snowfall: 300 inches

Poll Overall Resort Rank: N/A*

*Too few poll votes for sample size.