If you’re looking for some fantastic mogul skiing in Colorado, you’ll want to be a bit more picky about where you go.
Mary Jane at Winter Park
You know a run is going to be great fun when it has the slogan “No Pain, No Jane.” Mary Jane is a whole mountain at Winter Park resort and has a passionate following of fans who are constantly challenged by the bumpy terrain.
Many seasoned skiers would call this area the best for mogul skiing in North America, and the U.S. Freestyle Mogul Team knows Mary Jane all too well, having trained there for the Olympics as well as pre-season for the last 14 years.
The phenomenal bumps and fast runs are favored by the locals and experienced skiers, but Winter Park is a great resort for families, too. Take your family along for a relaxing holiday and while they make the most of the best ski school in the state, you can go off and try some of the challenging runs Mary Jane has to offer.
Little Burn at Copper Mountain
If you want to get acquainted with mogul runs, this is a great place to start. It’s easily accessible as it’s just under one of the lifts. This is where Copper’s mogul clinics take place, so if you want to improve your bump skiing, or are just getting into it, book yourself onto one of these two day courses.
If you want to go at it alone and don’t want to show off your skills (or lack thereof) to a lift full of skiers, you can head on over to the The Moz, a half-groomed, half-mogul run that’s out of sight of the lifts.
Copper Mountain has loads to offer if you want to do more than just ski. You can soar over the lake on the Alpine Rush Zip Line, or you could make the most of Happy Hour, which actually lasts three hours, and unwind with a few cheap drinks.
Bell Mountain at Aspen
If you want to hone your mogul running skills, Bell Mountain is the place to visit. There are wide, open bumpy runs where you can focus on your technique, or you could tackle some of the more challenging runs that are very narrow in places and dotted with trees.
There are a few double black diamond runs on Aspen Mountain, so this is a good choice if you really want to challenge yourself but if you’re a novice skier, Aspen might not be for you because of the absence of green runs. Similarly, it might not be best for you if you love skiing through thick powder because if there is a big dump, it doesn’t tend to last long at Aspen.
A visit to Aspen will push you to your limits if you’re an intermediate skier or above. The whole mountain will give you the chance to try tricky runs, or to have a play on some of the more interesting moguls.
This is a small resort, but it offers a lot for skiers of all abilities. If it’s mogul runs you’re looking for, then you should take the Pallavicini Lift; from there you’ll be able to access all sorts of bumpy terrain. From steep, open mogul runs to cliff drops through the trees, there’s something for everyone.
Much of the resort is above the treeline, but it offers some amazing views. You could take some time to relax at the Snow Plume Refuge at the top of Arapahoe Basin. Warm yourself in the hut and look out over the amazing scenery of the Continental Divide.
Bald Eagle at Beaver Creek
This is an untouched run where the moguls grow over the course of the season. It’s one of the toughest runs in the Beaver Creek area, which is usually known for its pristine groomed runs and luxurious lifts. This is one of the best mogul runs in Colorado, but you’ll find plenty more in this area, too. In fact, Beaver Creek has 13 bumpy runs that range from small, groomed moguls to those the size of a small car.
Once a year, you can try your hand at the Talons Challenge to complete all of the mogul runs at Beaver Creek. If you ski all the runs, you get a goody bag of prizes. Take a look at the Beaver Creek website for details.
If you are looking for some of the best mogul runs in Colorado, these are a great place to start. If you’ve tried these runs or have another recommendation, let us know in the comments.