State of Shred: Colorado

By • Mar 7th, 2011 • Category: Features, Latest, States of Shred

Population: 5,024,748
State since: August 1,1876
Total Resorts: 22

Colorado is home to some of the top resorts in the nation. Even people from that Europe place come over here to stimulate our economy with their vacations and luckily they bring their hot daughters. Colorado has actual mountains: that get a lot of snow, that are steep, and that allow you to ride until late June some years. Colorado has it all, from a somewhat “big city,” to the quaint little meth towns out east, to schools for you to become learned at, and some sub par sports teams, oh and Coors. In my opinion Colorado is the best place to ride, and has the best variety of terrain anywhere. Does my opinion really matter? No. Did I write this little piece? Yes. So this is my opinion on the fine state of Colorado I realize that some people will disagree with what I wrote, and that is fine I don’t give two shits what you think.– Ross Kalsow

Best of Colorado

Best Park: Breckenridge for jumps Keystone for Jibs
Best place to ride pow: Crested Butte/Silverton
Hottest Ladies: Breckenridge in the springtime
Best Drive: Winter Park miss some of that Summit Traffic
Worst Drive: Red Mountain Pass
Gnarliest chair: Storm Peak Express has a tendency to roll back a little bit
Best Vibes: Winter Park
Worst Vibes: Vail/Aspen
Best Bar: Crooked Creek Saloon or Cecilias
Best place to ride the actual mountain: Winter Park
Best Contest: Sol Vista’s rail jams
Best Shop: Satellite Boardshop

**There are too many mountains to list all of the ones in Colorado, these are just SOME of the best.**

Summit/Eagle County


The most crowded place in Colorado and one of the finest places to see rich Europeans dress in dead animals but who knows maybe you will get lucky and get to bang their hot daughter Anka in the poop chute. It is a great place to go if you are learning to Double Cork Ballerina move, or love standing in balls to butt lines all day. Breck is home to one of the stops on the Dew Tour, nothing brings out the true spirit of snowboarding like some Double Cork throw your body maneuvers. Going here on the weekends is a worse idea than yelling bomb in an airport. Conditions wise Breck can get some snow, however be warned that it can be windier than Hurricane Katrina some days, making everything icy and all around quite miserable. However this is one of the better mountains to ride it has a little bit of everything and their jumps are always on point.


Chances are you are not hip/ghetto enough to ride here. From several experiences here, this mountain houses some of the tightest pants know to mankind and the most thugging of thugs ever to step out of Cherry Creek. If you snowboard you are probably riding Keystone for their park, which is a good decision because most of the other terrain is nothing special. Oh and their jumps are built for skiers, definitely a jibbers paradise.


Like a more expensive Breckenridge. If you love traversing ride here, this mountain was built for skiers and it sure seems like they want to keep it that way. If you can get past the fact that you have to traverse every other run just to get to ride able terrain then Vail has a little bit of everything to offer. Oh and while you are there make sure to get an autograph and your photo taken with Internet celebrity Jerm!



Like a more expensive Breckenridge and Vail combined, with even more smugness! Many celebrities decide to vacation this little spot snorting coke off of porn stars and all sorts of fun shenanigans. Aspen is also the home to the Winter X Games, every die hard bro from all around flocks to this area once a year to watch some of the industries finest throw there bodies around for our amusement.


Winter Park

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Is one of the most fun mountains to ride in Colorado. Winter Park has the best all around terrain to ride in the state. They have a decent park, good snow, and some of the best side hits, as well as rhythm sections in the trees. (See Respect Your Elders.) It is also one of the only mountains about 2 hours outside of Denver that still has that small mountain town feel. As well as one of the best places to avoid crowds on most weekends, and one of the best places to go if you just want to snowboard and not be caught up in a fashion contest. If you are ever in Colorado Winter Park is one of the mountains that you should ride but you probably won’t.


Is known for its champagne powder, and excellent trees. It is three hours away from Denver, which means its crowds, are never quite as balls to butt as some of the other mountains. Steamboat is the location of one of the Colorado Mountain Colleges, which means there is almost always a good group of kids riding everyday just ripping up the mountain.



Some of the best terrain in the state of Colorado, as well as some of the highest snow falls. Silverton only sells about 100 tickets per day so it is never that crowded, and might be one of the best places in the state to ride powder. To see Silverton watch “Respect Your Elders” that pretty much sums up what Silverton is like.

The rest of Southern Colorado

Gets shit on with snow. Literally just look at some of their annual snowfalls. They don’t have long lines, and once again they get tons of snow. If you are looking to ride powder this area is probably your best bet.

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33 thoughts on “State of Shred: Colorado

  1. minnesotanice

    another gnarly chair is the chair that services Vails big park if you stay on it to go up to the peak, rode it on a windy day by myself, pretty spooky.

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  2. jerm

    silverton is so sick. went there this year with not great snow and shitty weather and still had an amazing day

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  3. mn

    also, “the most thugging of thugs ever to step out of Cherry Creek” hahaha fuck keystone

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  4. ashblaster

    Best vibes is arapahoe basin for sure and nothing was said about beaver creek on a pow day !

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  5. hot toddy

    silverton video just turned me on. crusty butt is also the cat’s pajamas. jerm is an alcoholic, so you probably won’t find him at vail.. unless he’s watching over little children (should be illegal). You could venture to his house… but he’ll be blacked out, shirtless, drinking whiskey, and dancing to Beyonce. not. even. kidding.

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  6. satan

    winter park is fun but it is getting too much credit. a lot of resorts are just as good if not better

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  7. tommy


    I’m pretty sure this website is ran by some east coast shop kids.

    Talking shit on Vail? Serious. Obviously can’t hang.

    Guaranteed this guy has never ridden at Silverton. Mommy won’t buy him a beacon.

    And I get the hate on Breck. You won’t hit our jumps. Puss.

    Getting vibed at keystone? Go back to NH.

    And Winter Park just sucks ass.

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  8. HBake

    pretty biased review. definitely filled with some exaggeration and generalization, but also a good deal of truth. the beav is amazing on a pow day…no one rides the stuff. i wish a-basin and telluride would have been mentioned; they’re both great mountains.

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  9. john hancock

    winter park blows, its true i bet you havent even been to Silverton and if you did you wouldnt enjoy it because they dont have a park, if keystones jumps are made for skiers why does andreas wigg practice on them? man your a tool

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  10. pootie tang

    Loveland is the best, honestly. Closest to denver, never a lift line, tons of natural jibs and jumps that never get roped off, and the best part is that a powder day lasts all day, not just 30 minutes like at Breck or Keystone.

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  11. Sam

    Living in summit I can say quite firmly that you are fucking retarded. Winter park has the best vibes? Is this supposed to be a satire? And going to Breck on the weekends is a worse idea than yelling bomb in an airport? It is so painfully obvious that you know absolutely nothing about colorado.

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  12. dustin

    I dont know Sam, breck blows on the weekends. you spend more time in the lines than actually riding. and keystone has some cool terrain too, you just have to go out and find it. keystone is so good for hot laps too. and if you’ve never been to silverton, go there, it will be the coolest place you ride in your life, unless you get to go to alaska.

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  13. arizona kid

    any self respecting arizonan such as myself (fuck off haters todd richards endorsed my mountain in 1997 you ain’t got shit on that) would never drive all the way up to fancy pants area around denver. have more fun, go to telluride, silverton, durango, or my personal favorite, wolf creek. wait. don’t go to wolf creek. you’re not worthy. you probably won’t even be able to make it over to alberta lift.

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  14. H8onyah

    I would say keystones jumps are skier friendly if i sucked at jumping too. Breck is only good once keystone closes and the spring break crowd clears out. A Basin shoulda got a shout. great mountain to just kick it at and BBQ or find the hidden pow stashs with pillows tree jibs and more. Also riding loveland pass on a full moon is always dope. But u right it is your opionion.

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  15. Kaily

    HAHA I love all the Coloradan posts. If you have lived here all you life, or at least over 3 seasons, you know what’s up.

    Completely different vibes on EVERY mountain if you ride in the middle of the work vs weekends.

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  16. DOOD

    Steamboat’s weak? I bet you couldn’t ride a full day with us up here. we got natural park shit that you actually have to judge to be able to hit

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