Are we really that surprised, though?
Colorado is known for its world-class skiing, so it should come as no surprise that many of the state's ski resorts ranked at the top of a recent list of best ski resorts in the country compiled by travel marketplace Koala. In fact, Colorado ski resorts claimed 10 of the top 20 spots.
Koala analyzed 450 resorts and ranked the top 100 based on a variety of factors, including length of slopes, number of lifts, adult ski pass price, social media references, 2019/2020 snowfall, and average temperature.
The highest-ranked Colorado resort, coming in at No. 2, was Vail with more than 767,000 feet of runs and the highest review score of all resorts at Skiresort.info. Vail also had the highest adult ski pass price of all ski resorts surveyed at $219 (tied with Beaver Creek).
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Vail was edged out by Park City, Utah, for the top spot on the list. Park City had the most ski runs by length (tied with Big Sky Resort in Montana), the most number of lifts at 39, and the most Instagram hashtags at 1.1 million.
Other Colorado resorts that ranked in the top 20 of the list were Winter Park (No. 3), Breckenridge (4), Snowmass (7), Telluride (8), Keystone (9), Beaver Creek (12), Steamboat (14), Copper Mountain (16) and Wolf Creek (20). Further down the list were Loveland (26), Crested Butte (31), Purgatory-Durango (43), Arapahoe Basin (49), Eldora (85), and Powderhorn (97).
Notably, Colorado ski resorts claimed seven of the top 10 spots based on length of runs, but adult lift tickets are also expensive in Colorado, with seven of the 10 most-expensive lift tickets sold at Colorado resorts. Winter Park was a close second to Park City in the social media department, garnering more than a million hashtags referring to the resort. Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Keystone also ranked in the top 10 most hashtagged ski resorts on Instagram.
Rounding out the top 10 were Big Sky Resort in Montana at No. 5; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at No. 6; and Mt. Baker in Washington at No. 10.
Which Colorado ski resort is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. And before you hit those slopes, make sure you're up-to-date on the 2020-21 plans for Colorado resorts.