For born and raised East Coasters such as myself, night skiing is something we grew up with. Friday nights after school got out and it was time to head to the icy mountains and ski until they shut the lights off.
Well, in Colorado night skiing can be rare. With so much terrain the resorts in Colorado have a lot more territory to cover when trying to shut down for the day. That being said, there are a few resorts that illuminate their slopes after the sun goes down, giving people a chance to experience a few nighttime turns.
At Keystone they boast the longest ski day in Colorado with some trails staying open until 8 pm, along with keeping their famous Area 51 terrain park open until 6 pm. Watch the sunset from Summit House right before you take a few laps to wrap up your evening.
Your lift ticket or season pass is good until the lights go down at Keystone, so no need to purchase an alternate ticket. 15 slopes are lit each night, Keystone is Colorado night skiing at its best where you can enjoy the most terrain open after dark.
Get ready to hit the slopes after dark at Steamboat Springs. The Christie Peak Express high-speed chair lift will shoot you to the top of Christie Peak (8,000ft) where you can start your night skiing adventures with five different trials to choose from including Sitz, See Me, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo. Rip down 1,100ft of vertical under Ultra-Tech state-of-the art lighting designed to improve your experience on the slopes at night.
And keep in mind Ikon Pass holders, you can add night skiing on to your already awesome season pass for $49
Granby Ranch offers a great deal for night skiing, at only $15 for all ages. Adding to the convenience is their proximity to Denver, with a short 90-minute drive. At Granby Ranch you will have access to trails and terrain parks providing options for all ages and abilities.
Ski under the lights at Granby Ranch December 29th, January 19th, February 16th and March 16th From 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Hesperus Ski Area
Best known for its night skiing and riding, Ski Hesperus’ double chair will take you up to the 8,888ft summit so you can cruise down 700ft of vertical. Just minutes from downtown Durango, CO Hesperus Ski Area offers 26 trails on 60 skiable acres and a whopping 150 inches of snowfall annually.
Open for night skiing on Monday and Thursday-Saturday, you’ve got plenty of time to get under the lights, and the price isn’t too bad either. Adults (age 21-59) can purchase a night skiing pass for only $29, Teens (age 13-20) and Seniors (age 60-69) for $25, and Children (age 8-12) for $21.
Situated right outside of Denver, CO, Echo Mountain Resort is back and better than ever after being closed for the 2017/2018 ski season. Open 6 days a week, with night skiing available from Tuesday-Saturday, Echo Mountain is the perfect place for an evening adventure.
Echo hasn’t put up their ticket pricing for the 2018/2019 season yet, but be sure to keep an eye on their ticket page for individual pricing and season pass pricing.
For some, it may be your first time out at night and for others it may bring you back to your first days on skis. Night skiing is a unique experience that everyone should give a go at some point. With less crowded slopes and dark forests lining the trails Colorado night skiing provides a different feel when cruising down the mountain. Enjoy!
*Original blog written by: Michael Arriola – updates made by SKIS.com staff writer*