The three main resorts of Summit County are Keystone, Breckinridge, and A-Basin (Arapahoe Basin)and if you are a keen skier you would have heard of them and the famous powder snow that falls on their slopes.
Each one has a different “vibe” as they like to say in the resorts. All provide some of the worlds finest skiing on deep powder snow. Summit County gets some of the highest snowfalls in North America, which allows the season here to be longer than anywhere in Europe. Snow depths are measured in feet, not a mere few inches.
The ski trails are all superbly signed and maintained, allowing all levels of skier and snowboarder to enjoy their time on the mountains. The best way to ski the three resorts is to purchase the Epic pass in advance of your journey to Colorado. The pass is valid for the whole season and initially seems expensive but when you divide the cost by the number of days you ski, it is superb value. Costs come down to around $38 a day for ten days skiing.
Plenty of rental shops adorn each resort, or take advantage of late-season sales in the shops and purchase your own kit. Prices are low anyway, then they discount up to 70% so bargains are everywhere.
Hearthstone Restaurant serves American dishes elevated to give the diner a superb culinary experience. The majority of the ingredients are sourced locally and all within Colorado. Lots of choices on the seasonal menu, and great specials. Try the Trout caught in the Colorado River.
Le Petit Paris produces top quality French dishes worthy of any Parisian Restaurant. Expect all your favourites, Beef Bourguignon, Coq au vin, and their own signature
Bouillabaisse. Bon Appetite.
Relish is another high-end American restaurant, preparing dishes with their own spin on classics. Fresh seasonal ingredients presented beautifully. Try the slow-cooked beef in beer.
Ember caters for people wanting to eat from an international menu. Dishes from around the world created with love, which shows when they come to the table. Peking duck is amazing.
The Summit County area offers so much more than skiing, I can only touch on a few of the many activities available.
Fat Bike riding has taken off, quickly becoming the trendy activity. A mountain bike with oversized wheels allows you to ride through snow and experience some amazing cycle trails. Hard work but very rewarding when you reach the top of some hills, which expose fantastic views.
Snow Shoeing is very popular, modern snowshoes allow far quicker walking as they are lightweight and attach to normal shoes easily. This activity allows you to walk over very deep snow and head off the beaten track.
I love to rent a Skidoo and take a guided tour of the area. These are great days, where you head off in the morning and skidoo to a fantastic location. When you arrive you have hot drinks, then tuck into some buffet food. After you are fed and watered you take a different route back to the start point. Great memories.
Another memorable activity is taking a Husky sled ride. Help put the leashes on your set of dogs and then choose to sit in the sled or stand with the Musher. Feeling brave you can take control of the dogs, or them the control of you. You will be talking about this for a long long time.
Less adventurous, the Breckenridge Health and Rec centre offers a sanctuary to relax in. The outdoor hot tub is lovely especially at night when you can sit in the heat, looking at millions of stars. There is a large indoor hot tub too, with a large heated pool. A flume allows you to plummet into one of the sectioned off areas. The sauna and steam room allow you to completely relax, heating those aching muscles from skiing or the other mentioned activities. Far better than shopping.
I loved my time in sunny Summit County, Colorado and would recommend to everyone as the area has so much to offer. World famous Skiing, great dining, fabulous accommodation and many, many activities. Colorado really does captivate.
You can discover more about the area on the official Colorado Tourism website here.