The Best Ski Runs at Colorado’s Ski Resorts

The Best Ski Runs at Some of Colorado's Ski Resorts

From greens to blues to double blacks, our team at Corken + Company has a list of some of the most iconic ski runs at resorts across the state, helpful for all of those curious skiers out there!




Difficulty: Double black (expert)

The Draw: Most likely guarded by locals, this believed greatest run at A-Basin, Pallavicini ranks among the best. If you like moguls and long, wide slopes, this run is for you. The run offers access to the oft-sought-after spine and alleys, as well.



Highland Bowl 

Difficulty: Double black (expert)

The Draw: Considered the most iconic terrain in Colorado, this run is almost the hardest to reach. To get to the run, it is a 45-minute hike from the Loge Peak area. Once you arrive though, it offers some of the steepest and deepest skiing out there.




Difficulty: Double black (expert)

The Draw: Right off the gondola, Walsh’s offers steep terrain with epic views of Independence Pass. This run is loved by many locals for it’s jumps and runout at the bottom that allows you to lap the Gent’s Ridge chair.



Gold Dust 

Difficulty: Blue (moderate) and green (easy)

The Draw: Although Gold Dust is not the most difficult run on the mountain, it offers sweeping views of the valley, plenty of powder and even log slides.  Plus, it dumps out into Haymeadow, a fun groomer that delivers skiers to the base.



Whale’s Tail

Difficulty: Double black (expert)

The Draw: Just a short hike from Imperial Express (the highest chair in North America), this run is worth it. It is a wide-open bowl that packs powder all day long. Locals recommend riding it out to the base of the Independence SuperChair for one of the longest continuous runs in Colorado.



Klaus’ Way (formerly known as Tiehack Parkway)

Difficulty: Black (advanced)

The Draw: Off the top of Tiehack Express lift, you’ll find one of the most beloved trails amongst locals at Buttermilk. Once known as the Tiehack Parkway, this is a steep run on the ridge that overlooks Maroon Creek valley. With fresh powder, the run is perhaps, the most sought-after on the mountain.



Andy’s Encore 

Difficulty: Blue (moderate)

The Draw: The east side at Copper features a mix  of moderate and expert terrain. There are a few blue runs—particularly off the Super Bee lift—that are long and steep at some sections. There, you’ll find Andy’s Encore, which is among the best. It’s perfect for a warm-up run before hitting more expert grounds, but you can also lap it throughout the day and remain entertained.



Spellbound Bowl 

Difficulty: Double black (expert)

The Draw: The Spellbound Bowl is the epitome of Crested Butte’s terrain. It is very steep and home to some wild rock features. If you’re lucky, in some places, the snow remains untouched late in the day.




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