Skiing doesn’t have to be expensive. Colorado has six publicly-owned ski parks that offer winter activities without the big price tag.
1. Lake City Ski Hill, located on Highway 149, is one mile south of Lake City in Hinsdale County. One Poma lift carries skiers and boarders up the hillside to access 7 runs and a terrain park. $20/day Adult (Equipment included: first come first serve availability) and $10/day Children
2. Kendell near Silverton in San Juan County actually features a two-seat chairlift and free outdoor ice skating nearby. Hard-core advanced (and more expensive) skiing available nearby at Silverton. Prices are $17-25/day with opening day scheduled for December 14th.
3. Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs is North America’s oldest operating ski area and is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs. With a planned opening on November 30th, it features a Double Chair, Poma Surface, Small Magic Carpet, and Boardwalk and costs $30/day for adults and $20/Day for kids and seniors.
4. Lee’s Ski Hill in Ouray offers rope tow access to 75 vertical feet from about December 20th until the end of February or mid-March. And of course, you can check out the natural hot springs for a soak or explore the ice caves if you still have energy after skiing.
5.Chapman Hill near Durango: Features two rope-tows and a terrain park for $15/day for adults $5.50/day for age 62 and over.
6. Cranor Hill in Gunnison County features a Poma platter pull lift to access 45 skiable acres and is $17/day, $60 for a season pass, seniors and small children FREE