Colorado is spoilt for choice when it comes to the number of places available to go skiing and snowboarding.
With all these options, night skiing isn’t nearly as popular as you might think but that doesn’t mean it isn’t available.
Fortunately for us, there are some resorts in Colorado where skiing and snowboarding doesn’t end when the sun goes down.
These resorts offer night skiing – an opportunity to get a few extra runs in under the stars and enjoy a truly unique experience.
In this article, we take a look at six Colorado ski resorts that offer night skiing during the winter season.
- Colorado Night Skiing Map
- Keystone – Night Skiing
- Steamboat – Night Skiing
- Hesperus Ski Area – Night Skiing
- Granby Ranch – Night Skiing
- Echo Mountain – Night Skiing
- Howelsen Hill Ski Area – Night Skiing
Colorado Night Skiing Map
The map below shows the location of every ski resort mentioned in this article:
1. Keystone – Night Skiing
First on our list is the Keystone Ski Resort.
Keystone is one of the most popular night skiing destinations in Colorado and there is a good reason for that.
The night skiing season extends almost the entire season, starting in November and finishing at the end of March.
Night skiing takes place on weekends and holidays, with the night skiing session starting at 4:00 pm and finishing at 8:00 pm.
A separate night skiing ticket, which can be purchased online, is required.
We recommend getting your ticket in advance online, as the night skiing tickets are limited and you pay a better rate.
If you want more information on night skiing in Keystone, then head over to our Keystone Night Skiing guide.
2. Steamboat – Night Skiing
There are two things the Steamboat Resort is well known for – Champagne Powder® and night skiing!
Steamboat is another top-rated night skiing destination in Colorado and one you should add to your list.
What we like about Steamboat is that it has five night skiing trails to choose from. These trails range from beginner to advanced so everyone is catered for.
Night skiing extends for almost the entire season starting in mid-December and finishing at the end of March.
For most of the season, night skiing takes place from Thursday to Sunday. This changes daily between Christmas and New Year’s.
Night skiing hours are from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Like Keystone, night skiing at Steamboat is an add-on. Tickets can be purchased online.
One thing to note is that if you are an Ikon Pass holder then you get unlimited access to night skiing at Steamboat.
We wrote a more comprehensive guide to Steamboat Night Skiing, so if you want more details then make sure you check it out.
If you’re looking for an alternative night skiing experience in Steamboat Springs then you can also check out the Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
3. Hesperus Ski Area – Night Skiing
Next on our list is the Hesperus Ski Area.
It is known as the largest night skiing operation in the South West and is located just 15 minutes west of downtown Durango, Colorado on Highway 160.
The Hesperus Ski Area offers 26 trails on 60 skiable acres, with 150 inches of snowfall each year.
The ski season here starts in January making it a bit shorter than the rest of the resorts on the list.
Night skiing takes place from Thursday to Saturday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Tickets to make use of the slopes at night are extra. At the time of writing, you can expect to pay $30 – $36 for a night skiing session.
More information about Ski Hesperus can be found on the official website here.
4. Granby Ranch – Night Skiing
Located 90 minutes from Denver and 15 minutes from Winter Park is the family-friendly Granby Ranch.
Granby Ranch is another Colorado ski resort that gives you an opportunity to ski under the stars on selected Friday and Saturday nights during the season.
Night skiing takes place on the East Mountain (great for beginners and intermediate skiers) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Night ski runs are accessed via the Quick Draw Chairlift.
At the time of writing, night skiing tickets were $45 for all ages and can only be purchased at the ticket window.
If you need to take a break or you’re not skiing, then you can also enjoy some hot cocoa or cocktails with family and friends at the firepit.
You can find more information about Granby Ranch night skiing on their events page here.
5. Echo Mountain Night Skiing
Located only 50 minutes from downtown Denver, Echo Mountain is billed as Denver’s closest and most affordable ski area.
Night skiing at Echo Mountain takes place on Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online. This is something we recommend as it guarantees you a ticket and the best price.
At the time of writing, the price for a night skiing ticket at Echo Mountain was as follows:
|Adult (ages 16 – 64)||$35|
|Children (ages 6 – 15)||$20|
Night skiing tickets are valid for the night skiing session (4:30 pm – 9:00 pm).
Unlike some of the other ski resorts on this list, a Full Day Lift Ticket at Echo Mountain also includes the night skiing session – there is no need to purchase an additional night skiing ticket.
One thing to be aware of is that for every Adult Night or Foot Pass Ticket, you get one free night skiing ticket for children under the age of 6.
Discounted tickets are also available – you can find out more information on their website (link below).
You should note that only intermediate slopes are available (indicated by blue squares on the trail map) for skiing and snowboarding at night.
You can find more information about Echo Mountain night skiing on their website here.
6. Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Last on our list is the Howelson Hill Ski Area – North America’s oldest continuously operated ski area since 1915.
Not far from the Steamboat Ski Resort, this ski area is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs.
Night skiing takes place from Monday – Friday and finishes at 8:00 pm.
Tickets aren’t available online, you can only purchase lift tickets at the Howelsen Hill Ticket Office, located in the NW corner of the parking lot near the main entrance.
You can find more information about the Howelson Hill Ski Area on its website here.
*If you’re looking for some summer fun, the Howelsen Hill Ski Area is also the location for the Howler Alpine Slide.
Before You Go..
We wrote comprehensive guides to Keystone Night Skiing and Steamboat Night Skiing – check those out if you want more information.
If you’ve never skied at night before, then make sure you take a look at our Beginners Night Skiing Guide for some useful tips and other information.