Winter In The Colorado Rockies

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Winter In The Colorado Rockies

Summit County located in the Colorado Rockies sits 7,947 ft above sea level and is home to some of the most famous ski resorts in the country. You can fly to Denver then drive or hop on a shuttle to get here. The ski resorts are a 1-3 hour drive from Denver Airport. Make sure to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated once you are at a high altitude to not get altitude sickness. Summit County is full of adventures that include but are not limited to the slopes. It offers great dining options, shopping, extreme sports, boating, and more. Here are the top 3 skiing destinations in the county.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge is one of the most popular skiing resorts in the Rocky Mountains of Summit County. It is a 2 hour drive from the Denver Airport. It is the most visited resort because of its amazing resort but also because of its lively town. The mountain has over 2,300 acres of terrain for every level of skier. Breckenridge has an average of 350 inches or more of snow every year. It also has the highest lift in North America, the Imperial Express. Fun fact, the ski passes for the mountain work year round! If you decide to take a trip in the summer you are welcome to use your pass to enjoy the higher elevations snow-free. The mountain is a part of the Epic Pass.

What’s great about Breckenridge is that there is still so much to do if you don’t ski. The town is full of life with many boutiques, restaurants, spas, coffee shops and so much more. Be sure to visit Cabin Juice in Gravity Haus located at Peak 9. This eatery & bar is the place to enjoy family style dishes and crafted cocktails after a long day on the slopes. 

Keystone

Keystone is actually the largest resort in Summit County with 3,148 acres of skiable terrain. The mountain is a part of the Epic Pass. It’s only an hour and a half drive from Denver airport. An advantage to Keystone resort is that you can always find an easy way down if needed. The mountain is good for every level of skier, there is everything from groomed trails to powdered tree lines. 

Keystone is one of the few resorts that also offer night skiing. If you want to avoid the crowds on a weekend try night skiing instead, make sure to dress warmly as the temperature drops significantly once the sun sets. We recommend hitting the slopes mid-day, taking a lunch break, or going to the River Run fire pit for some hot chocolate and smores and then hitting the slopes again once the sun sets and the crowds clear.  

Copper Mountain
The copper mountain gets its name from the mineral copper when miners found copper in the area in the 1800s. Copper mountain is actually the 3rd biggest mountain in Summit County following Breckenridge and Keystone. It has 2,490 acres of skiable terrain. The mountain receives an average of 304 inches of snow every year and is part of the Ikon Pass. The mountain is great for beginners because it’s naturally divided, you can slowly increase the level of difficulty as you go from West to East. This is also great for advanced skiers because you don’t need to worry about beginners being in your way. 

Copper Mountain has 3 villages that are all pedestrian-friendly. Go to Center Village to relax, sit by the fire and eat s’mores after a long day of skiing. While you are there be sure to have some of the infamous mini donuts at Sugar Lips.

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