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With Colorado's most concentrated skiing activity, Summit County is the getaway region of choice for many Denverites. Situated just 70 miles west of Denver, Summit County has the Front Range with the Continental Divide to the east while the Tenmile and Gore ranges are to the west. Dillon Reservoir is a capturing of the Blue River: a water supply for Denver and a prime recreation site.

With four full-fledged ski resorts, historic old towns and forests all around, it's a great place to visit.

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With four full-fledged ski resorts, historic old towns and forests all around, it's a great place to visit.

The old mining town of Breckenridge is the soul of the area, having been established during the gold rush of 1859. Some silver was found and extracted at Montezuma and then the boom became bust but Breckenridge and several other small towns survived. Today, they're the object of interest by visitors who go to enjoy the resort ambiance which is more relaxed than in the more snooty social whirl of Aspen and Vail.

Skiing

The four ski resorts in Summit County have terrain for every taste and skiing level. You may purchase ski tickets for the individual hills or buy "Ski The Summit" passes which are good for four or six days.

Copper Mountain Resort, located on Interstate 70 ten miles west of Frisco, is an extremely well laid out mountain (natural and man made resources) with more than 20 lifts attracting skiers of all levels to separated areas. A shuttle bus runs from the east parking lot to the mountain base; otherwise you have a fair distance to walk. Night skiing is a popular activity at Keystone Resort which is situated about ten miles east of Dillon on Highway 6. The runs here are not for the more adventurous expert skier but Keystone attracts many beginner and intermediate skiers who enjoy the early snow (from snow making machines) and the gentle runs. Almost half of the runs are bathed in light on winter nights. The Keystone ski school operation is very popular.

There are four Nordic skiing centers in the county in addition to backcountry skiing in Arapahoe National Forest (ranger station in Silverthorne). There are groomed trails and Nordic centers at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Frisco and Keystone. The Copper Mtn. trails system has more than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of groomed trails operated by the ski resort. A lift takes skiers up the mountain for heart racing Nordic thrills. The Keystone Nordic Center has 27 kilometers (17 miles) of groomed trails and a respected cross country ski school. It's located 2 miles east of the resort on Montezuma Road.

While Keystone is a novice hill, Arapaho Basin is just the opposite, popular with expert and intermediate skiers. Arapahoe is the oldest operating ski hill in the county and is blessed with the state's highest ski summit, at 12,450 feet. The operation here is enhanced with frequent shuttle bus service to nearby Keystone. Thus families with expert and novice skiers may come here and enjoy both ski operations. Lift tickets are good at both hills. The basin is located on Highway 6, east of Keystone.

What to See and Do

Summer activity in the county includes golf, fishing, cycling (even helicopter mountain biking) and back road touring. During the gold rush days, a network of roads was built across the mountains to service the remote mining camps.

Two of these routes are suited for 4WD vehicles. Georgia Pass lies at 11,600 feet and the summit provides fine views of the Tenmile Range and the South Park Valley. To reach this road, drive north on Hwy. 9 from Breckenridge for four miles and turn right onto Tiger Road. Webster Pass is reached by driving southeast from Keystone on Montezuma Road. Webster Pass Road leads off the highway, about 2.5 miles beyond the community of Montezuma. The road is best driven during mid summer into the fall months and it is best to turn around at the pass to return to Keystone.

The Boreas Pass and Hoosier Pass roads can be driven by any vehicle and provide a loop tour with great views and historical reminders. Boreas Pass Road begins near Breckenridge (Forest Rd. 223) and travels over an old rail bed. If you drive to Como and then Fairplay (in South Park), you can return via Hoosier Pass which is 10 miles south of Breckenridge.

Fishing in the Dillon Reservoir is good, either from a boat or from the shore. There are marinas which rent boats and the lake is stocked with rainbow, kokanee, cutthroat and brook trout. Green Mountain Reservoir, 25 miles north of Silverthorne, is noted for its large kokanee. Other parts of the Blue River system are favored by anglers, including the area downstream from Breckenridge (for rainbow trout). The lower Blue River stretches have convenient fishing access parking and this area is designated Gold Medal water (catch & release).

There are four Nordic skiing centers in the county in addition to backcountry skiing in Arapahoe National Forest (ranger station in Silverthorne). There are groomed trails and Nordic centers at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Frisco and Keystone. The Copper Mtn. trails system has more than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of groomed trails operated by the ski resort. A lift takes skiers up the mountain for heart racing Nordic thrills. The Keystone Nordic Center has 27 kilometers (17 miles) of groomed trails and a respected cross country ski school. It's located 2 miles east of the resort on Montezuma Road.

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Tiger Run Resort (campground)
This deluxe camping resort offers RV sites with full hookups (as well as RVs for rent) an indoor pool, tennis courts, a hot tub and laundry. It's located on Highway 9, south of Frisco. (970) 453 9690.

Breckenridge Resort Accommodations:
Central Reservations: 800-221 1091
800-525-1319 (outside Colorado).

Copper Mountain Accommodations:
Central Reservations, 800-458-8386.

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