Summit County Colorado consists of a variety of towns and communities located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Located about an hour and a half West of Denver – Summit County is a mountain treasure just a hop and jump away from the big city! Summit County attracts locals and international travelers alike. There are 4 mountain resorts and 6 mountain towns located within in a 30 mile radius!
Breckenridge Ski Resort is located in the town of Breckenridge. Probably the most popular ski resort in all of Summit County, Breckenridge resort has a total of 2,908 acres of skiable terrain. With the town being located at the base of the mountain, this truly is a mountain town with a lively, thriving community. Not just a place for alpine skiing and snowboarding, Breckenridge is filled with tons of stuff to do from après ski stops, to spas, restaurants and lots of shopping – there is fun for the whole family to enjoy. It spans from Peak 6 to Peak 10 across the famous “Ten Mile Range.” Easy to access from I-70 using the Frisco exit, traveling is quick to and from Denver.
Keystone is notably different from other mountain resorts in Summit County. Consisting of 3 major peaks, Keystone ski resort has a unique feel. With a total of 3,148 acres of skiable terrain it is largest resort in Summit County. The 3 mountains at this resort are Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback. Each mountain is unique; the further back you travel, the more advanced the ski runs become. Most advanced terrain is located in the Outback, while beginning skiing is made easy from Dercum Mountain. Keystone has a lot of lodging, aprés skiing stops, restaurants and some shops. The closest town to Keystone is Dillon, located just 5 minutes away and Silverthorne about 10 minutes.
Up the mountain pass from Keystone is a little gem: Arapahoe Basin (more lovingly referred to as A-Basin). A-Basin is cherished by locals in the Summit County community because of it’s true mountain appeal – no bells and whistles here! This resort has an old-school mountain vibe featuring 960 acres of skiable terrain and sticks to it’s original roots. A “beach” area in the parking lot features a place for friends, family and furry four-legged buddies to hang-out, grill out and just relax. You might find groups of people dressed up for the day or just lounging in their beach chairs between runs. Considered to still be a truly original ski resort, A-Basin has one lodge at the base of the mountain for food and the most delightful Bloody Mary’s after a long day of skiing. The closest town is Dillon located about 10 minutes away.
Copper Mountain is located right off I-70, 5 minutes past the Frisco exit. With 2,465 acres of skiable terrain and a village that feels more like a neighborhood, there are plenty of things to do at this resort. A popular resort for Frisco locals, Copper Mountain is also an early season destination for many professional ski racers using the course for training. Camp Woodward – a unique training camp for skiers and snowboarders keeps this resort bustling throughout the year. Visitors will find plenty of ski-in, ski-out lodging, après ski entertainment, restaurants and some shopping at Copper Mountain.
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