Affordable Colorado IKON Road Trip
Updated: May 26
So by now, you've heard of the IKON pass, and you want to go on an adventure. I have come up with my own version of the IKON travel map for the mountains in Colorado, and I wanted to share that with you all.
Their recommendation can be found here. It is an 8-day and 6 destination journey. We couldn't quite get hotels that would allow us to stay within the budget for their journey, so here is what we did instead. There was more driving for us because we stayed a little further away from the mountains.
Stop 1: Aspen Highlands
My idea for the first stop was to go to the furthest mountain and work our way back towards Denver. The drive from the Denver airport to Aspen is around four hours and 198 miles.
We stayed in Redstone, Colorado, about an hour from the mountain, at a wonderful Airbnb; check out here. Our first night was just traveling to the location and having dinner.
There were fabulous restaurants on the mountain and where we were staying; if you want to read about the Aspen Highlands, you can read more about it in my blog post.
Stop 2: Aspen Snowmass
We decided to go to Aspen Snowmass on our second day of skiing and writing because we were very close to it. With the pass, you get access to Aspen's four mountains. We chose Highlands and Snowmass because they seemed like the best out of the four. With the full IKON pass, you get seven days at Aspen mountains.
From the mountain, we drove directly to Georgetown, CO. This is about 3 hours of driving. We stayed at a very convenient hotel that gave us great access to the highway.
Stop 3: Copper Mountain
For our third and fourth days of skiing, we decided to ski at Copper Mountain. This was around 45 minutes from where we were staying in Georgetown, CO. If we could've stayed closer, we would have, but all extremely convenient places were not in our price range. We also weren't planning to ski at Copper for two days, but we really liked it and wanted to explore more of the mountain.
Stop 4: Arapahoe Mountain
What was amazing about our hotel was that it was convenient to many mountains. So on our fifth day, we decided to ski at Arapahoe. It was amazing, and you can check out my blog about it here.
After our day of skiing at Arapahoe, we went straight to Granby, CO. This drive was about an hour and a half away.
Stop 5: Winter Park Resort
Where we stayed was only about 30 minutes away from the mountain. And we were able to ski our sixth and final day of skiing at Winter Park Resort.
While we could have skied here on the morning of our flight, too much, and we then drove from Winter Park resort back to the Denver airport the following day.