Silverthorne

The town of Silverthorne is located along the Lower Blue River Valley. The town is considered the gateway to Summit County because it is the first exit west of the Eisenhower Tunnel along I-70. Located near all the popular skiing resorts in Summit County, Silverthorne is home to the 62,000 square foot Silverthorne Recreation Center. A popular shopping hub, the Silverthorne Factory Stores Outlets have 70 brand name companies. The Riverwalk area, built along the banks of the Blue River, offers retail stores, picnic facilities, and a performing arts center for concerts and community events. The information offices for the Arapahoe National Forest are also located in Silverthorne.

The Blue River, a Gold Medal trout stream, runs through the center of the town. The river is a popular destination for fishermen, kayakers, canoeists and rafters. Silverthorne has many amenities for local residents as well as visitors. There are many commercial businesses, as well as the UPS and Federal Express offices that serve Summit County. The surrounding grandeur of the Rocky Mountains is met with the functionality of this 21st century town.

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Montezuma

The Town of Montezuma is a very small town located above Keystone. The town permanent population was 42 at the last U.S. census. Incorporated in 1881, the town was originally populated by miners coming over from nearby Georgetown. According to some sources, Montezuma is considered a ghost town but the small permanent resident population as well as second homeowners enjoy the beauty of this spectacular spot.

A former mining camp, the town has an elevation of 10,200 feet. Montezuma has some of the most popular backcountry skiing, biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and hiking trails in Summit County and is listed as one of Colorado’s top scenic places in John Fielder’s Best of Colorado. The town still maintains a school house dating from the 1880s, which is listed on the State of Colorado Historical Site. There is a paved road to the town but once inside town limits, there are only gravel and dirt roads.

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Frisco

Frisco is centrally located in the heart of Summit County. Its rich history includes the indigenous Ute Indians, who first lived in the area. The much-sought-after commodity of beaver fur brought trappers, or mountain men, to the area by the early 1800s. By the mid-to-late 1880s, the area was home to many mines. The town was founded in 1873 to accommodate the increasing need to service the growing population of miners. As with many mining towns, Frisco almost disappeared when fur supplies dwindled and mining strikes lessened. By the mid-20th century, the population had decreased to only 18 people.

The development of the local ski areas revitalized this sleepy little town and it now has a permanent population of close to 3,000 people. Summit County attracts close to 3 million visitors a year and Frisco is located in the center of this bustling County. Frisco shares the shore of Lake Dillon with Dillon and Breckenridge, and has a newly enhanced marina on the lake. A favorite summer activity is to rent a kayak or canoe and paddle in the brackish waters close to shoreline for a glimpse of the extensive local animal and bird population. Frisco is also home to the Frisco Historic Park. Visitors have the opportunity to experience life in Frisco in the 1880s. The Park contains eight historic buildings including Frisco’s original 1881 Jail, Log Chapel, a recreated Trapper’s Cabin, Schoolhouse Museum, and four homes circa 1880s. The rich history of this town and the natural beauty of the mountains enhance the desirability of the area.

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Blue River

The town of Blue River is a residential community which is part of the larger whole of Breckenridge, Colorado. Just south of Main Street Breckenridge, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles, of which 2.2 square miles is land and .1 square miles is water. To the west of Blue River lies Mohawk Lake, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains. The source of the Blue River is located near the town. The Blue River runs through the town of Breckenridge and joins the mighty Colorado River. Approximately 700 residents of this small town enjoy the luxuries provided by nearby Breckenridge but appreciate a more alpine environment.

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Keystone

Keystone is another town centered around a resort. With 2 world-class golf courses, access to Arapahoe Basin and Keystone ski areas, and five-star dining, this is one town that truly does have it all. Keystone is proud to vie with Loveland Ski Area in Colorado and Killington in Vermont to be the first ski area each year to open. Since Arapahoe Basin boasts the latest closing every year, this gives Summit County an nine month ski season! Keystone is oriented around two separate villages: “the Pond” with activities such as ice-skating and hockey, and River Run, a newer village at the base of the Gondola. Both have shops and restaurants to tempt any tastes.

Keystone has four different mountains to ski. Together they offer 2,227 skiable acres of terrain serviced by 24 lifts. Three mountains are accessible from the Keystone Village Base area. The fourth, Arapahoe Basin, is a 10-minute shuttle ride up Loveland Pass. Keystone Mountain is known for its groomed, wide trails, and designated slow skiing areas, perfect for families and beginners. North Peak boasts steep mogul covered runs, and smooth cruisers that cater to the more advanced skier. The Outback features glade-tree skiing to offer the adventurous intermediate and advanced skiers powder skiing long after the main runs turn to packed powder. Keystone is also one of the few ski resorts in the world that offers brightly lit night skiing, extending your ski experience well into the evening hours.

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Dillon

The town of Dillon is located on the shores of the Lake Dillon Reservoir. The full-service Dillon Marina offers access to beautiful Lake Dillon and world class alpine level sailing in Colorado. Boating, trout fishing, and an assortment of mountain recreational activities are available. The marina offers boat rentals, sailing instruction, racing regattas and is home to the Dillon Yacht Club, the highest yachting club in North America, with an elevation over 9000 feet.

Dillon has all the charm of a small mountain town. The town is within distance of many of the local ski areas and has many lodging options. Summer in Dillon is a sought-after destination for family fun with boating on Lake Dillon, free Nature Nights, Friday Farmers Markets and concerts at the open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Warm weather activities include scenic walks, inline skating, or biking along the paved bike path that circles the lake. During the winter months, Dillon is a snowy, winter wonderland! The surrounding National Forest is a perfect destination to experience the astounding Rocky Mountains in every season.

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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a resort with the feel of a mountain village setting. Located off Highway I-70, this newly renovated resort boasts fabulous skiing for all abilities, a self-contained village and its own Golf Course. Copper is home to a variety of musical entertainers, summer and winter. The annual music and crafts festival held each Labor Day weekend draws visitors from all over the country.

Many locals will admit that this is their favorite ski mountain, with tremendous variety and especially challenging back-bowl terrain. After skiing, locals and visitors alike, flock to see if their favorite entertainer, Moe Dixon, is playing at Happy Hour. Moe’s ability to weave his spell puts a cap on the Copper experience that makes everyone feel that they’re in the ultimate “ski movie!”
When the U S Forest Service finished the first surveys for Copper Mountain, they observed, “If there were a mountain that had terrain for skiing it would be Copper Mountain. It is probably the most outstanding potential ski area in the Arapahoe National Forest, and possibly Colorado. The north facing peaks of Copper Mountain offer an excellent variety of development for expert, intermediate and beginner skiers. The unique thing is that all three varieties are separated by definite terrain features, and in all three cases the skier can ski back into the base area. The mountain has good snow and sparse tree cover created by old burns, which offers a tremendous opportunity to create natural type runs that blend in with the surrounding countryside.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Blessed with a nearly perfect mountain, Copper is one of Colorado’s best ski areas, enjoying more than thirty years of awesome skiing and snowboarding. Several hundred years ago, Copper was home to the Ute and Arapaho Indians who fished the streams, trapped and hunted deer, buffalo, elk and bear. Of course, they also enjoyed, respected and reveled in the natural beauty and scenery created thousands of years earlier. Today, visitors and locals alike enjoy the abundant snow and sunshine each day, season and year.

In the mid 1800s, miners discovered Summit County. Mining villages sprung up throughout central Colorado and copper was discovered in the area that now takes its name from that mineral. By 1880, Judge John S. Wheeler established a settlement at the junction between the Ten Mile and Gore mountain ranges. The old buildings can still be seen in the area near the base of Alpine Lift or, if you’re exploring in the summer months, scattered along the back nine of Copper Creek Golf Club. Wheeler recognized the potential for development and promoted the area as a trout fishing and horseback riding retreat.

The Colorado settlement boomed. Miners, loggers, fur traders and prospectors, as colorful and storied as the environment itself, staked claims and called Wheeler Junction home. An energetic and wild boarding house offered amenities such as china dishes, authentic silverware and tablecloths in the midst of a rough and tumble mountain town. Dances, balls and card parties filled the nights as settlers sought their fortunes in the rich opportunities the area offered.

In 1971, Chuck Lewis, Copper’s founding father, took one look at the current site of Copper and told his friends, “I’m gonna build me a killer ski resort.” He negotiated a deal to purchase 280 acres at the base and worked with the Forest Service to establish parameters and guidelines for the ski area. Chuck was both a renegade and a visionary. During the summer of ’71, initial construction began on the ski trails.

Over the years, new lifts were added and Copper grew to its current size of 2,433 acres. What was once a sleepy little day ski area is now one of Colorado’s premier year-round destination resorts. In 1997, the resort was purchased by Intrawest – a worldwide leader in resort operations and development.

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Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Breckenridge Ski Resort is a large, four-mountain resort that is adjacent to the town of Breckenridge. The property has over 2,300 acres, with wide groomers, glades, chutes and powder-filled bowls. Skiers and riders of all abilities will find the perfect run. There are four professionally-developed terrain parks, featuring kickers, carved trails and three world class half-pipes. Many of the top professional skiers and riders in the world visit Breckenridge; the opportunity to see, as a spectator, some of the best skiing in the world happens on a daily basis.

Breckenridge Ski Resort was named as one of the top five ski locations in the world by the BBC, and consistently ranks as one of the top ten best ski resorts by SKI magazine. Visitors enjoying riding the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift. The ride itself provides some of the most breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. This newest addition to the area provides extreme terrain above treeline and steep, unparalleled bowls.

In addition to the winter recreational activities, there are many activities in the other three seasons, including horseback riding, hiking, rafting, gold medal fishing, mountain biking, and golfing. The largest attractions of the Breckenridge Ski Resort are the mountains, of course. Regardless of the season, from snow covered peaks to the autumn colors of the fall, the beauty and splendor of the terrain is awe-inspiring.

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Breckenridge

Established in 1859, the town of Breckenridge is an authentic Colorado mountain town, with the charm that dates back to its pioneer mining days. Modern-day Breckenridge is laid back yet has all the modern amenities of a bustling ‘hot spot’ for visitors from every part of the world. There is a variety of festivities and events available throughout the year. Breckenridge also offers a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences. There are dozens of restaurants, cafés, night spots, and galleries to enjoy. Surrounded by the towering Rocky Mountains, this quaint Victorian town has transformed itself into a social hub of activities for people of all ages.

The Breckenridge Ski Resort is within walking distance to the town. With the recent addition of the Gondola, linkage to the base of Peaks 7 and 8 is easy and offers a glimpse of wildlife, and backcountry beauty not seen from the road. Breckenridge provides an assortment of lodging for vacationers and travel-seekers interested in pursuing all the outdoor adventures the area has to provide. At 9,600 feet above sea level, the climate for Breckenridge is considered High Alpine. Skiing, hiking, rafting, fishing, golfing, and mountain biking are just a few of the numerous activities available to the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the social scene in town or spend your time in the surrounding mountains, Breckenridge is an ideal four season destination.

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Arapaho Basin

“The Legend” isn’t any ordinary ski mountain. With a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, this ski area offers the highest skiable terrain on the North American continent. Set at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin, also referred to as A-Basin, has over a hundred expertly carved trails, including above-timberline bowls and deep powder stashes. With groomed cruiser runs, chutes and glades, A-Basin has every type of skiing experience. Arapahoe Basin is famous for being steep and deep; this no-frills area boasts some of the most exciting and challenging skiing around.

Since 1946, Arapahoe Basin has been providing fantastic rides for skiers or riders from the Colorado area as well as the world. Arapahoe Basin receives over 350 inches of snowfall annually. Half of the mountain is above timberline with open bowl skiing and snowboarding through spring and into early summer. One of its signature runs, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado’s steepest and longest trails. The newest building addition to A-Basin is the Black Mountain Lodge. During the winter season, the lodge serves as a day lodge and as the featured venue for Full Moon and Snowshoe Dinners. With guest accommodations for up to 300 people, Black Mountain Lodge showcases spectacular views of the Continental Divide as well as Colorado’s summer fauna, flora, and wildlife.

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Summit County

Summit County is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, just over the Continental Divide. Approximately one and a half hours west of Denver, Summit County encompasses 599 square miles. Within the county, there are four major ski resorts , five golf courses, gold medal fishing, two recreational lakes, and six incorporated towns. nearly 3,000,000 visitors come to Summit County each year to enjoy the world class ski resorts and the outdoor activities that the breathtaking Rocky Mountains have to offer.

The ski resorts of Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone are surrounded by the incorporated towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, and Silverthorne. With over 19,000 year-round residents, Summit County Government provides a variety of services such as snowplowing, motor vehicle registration, transportation, public nursing and social services. The Summit Stage, a public service provided for free by Summit County Government to visitors and residents, offers year-round transportation between the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne and the four ski resorts. The towns of Fairplay and Alma in neighboring Park County also offer housing, shopping, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing opportunities.