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Summit County

Summit County give their residents the ease and convenience of being able to ski in and ski out any time they please. The advantage of Summit County ski homes lies in their proximity to what Summit County is ultimately known for: its excellent slopes. With the county boasting four excellent skiing destinations – Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Keystone – seasoned skiers and snowboarders along with those who are just learning the ins and outs of winter sports can choose from ski areas that are up to their skill level.

The dramatic terrain of Summit County, its miles of ski runs, high speed lifts, and variety of slopes, make living in Summit County real estate a dream come true.

Besides the fantastic skiing in Summit County, residing here enables one to enjoy everything else in this area, no matter what the season. As the county enjoys over 300 days of sunshine every year, almost everyday is a perfect day.

During summer, temperatures are in the mild 70’s. With weather like this, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, and white water rafting make for perfect outdoor activities. If you would rather relax and take it easy, Summit County has a lot of cultural events, such as plays and music festivals, as well as serene spas to put your mind and body at ease.

Frisco

Town of Frisco

Frisco, Colorado is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and is in the heart of Summit County. World class downhill skiing/boarding at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin are only 10-20 minutes away, and Vail, Beaver Creek and Loveland are within 30 minutes. The town has an excellent cross country ski area where sleigh rides are offered at night and a marina for summer boating. It is approximately 75 miles from Denver on I-70 at Exits 203 and 201. It has been an active town for over 130 years.

Frisco’s history began with the Ute Indians who first followed buffalo herds through today’s Summit County and up onto Vail Pass. Trappers then followed, to trap beaver that were plentiful in the streams and rivers, from 1810 to around the 1840’s. Then, from the 1870’s to until 1918, there was a mining boom in and around Frisco (the old mine remains are still visible on the hillsides). By 1882 the permanent population reached 250 with two railroads, many businesses, hotels and saloons (which was a big town for the times). Even during the Depression, when the population dropped to only 18 residents, Frisco kept going as a mining town and persevered. With the current recreational visitor boom, Frisco now boasts a current population of just under 2,800 full-time residents and is a vibrant small town with an active and picturesque Main Street. The creation of the Dillon Reservoir in the 1950’s gave this mountain town a “lakefront” view and a place to build its marina.

The White River National Forest and Lake Dillon surround Frisco providing many opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, boating, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Ten Mile Creek provides fishing and kayaking. Nearby you can play golf at the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Breckenridge Golf Course, the Copper Mountain Course, and Keystone’s two courses. There are also many scheduled summer and winter town events, from concerts and parades to BBQ challenges.

 

Keystone

Keystone, in addition to having a world class ski resort, has a nationally known resort and conference center which brings visitors here year round.It is located about 80 miles west of Denver and 7 miles from the I-70/Silverthorne exit 205.

This area was named in the late 1800’s by miners who traveled west from Pennsylvania (the Keystone State) in search of gold and silver. In 1967, Max Dercum got the backing of a group of businessmen and founded the Keystone Ski Area, which opened in 1970. Snowmaking was added in 1972, which put this resort in the forefront of modern ski areas. Up until this time, early season skiing had been a big gamble, so snowmaking eliminated the worry about investing in a Thanksgiving vacation.

Today, Keystone Resort is part of the Vail Resort Corporation and has more than 2,000 acres of skiing on 3 mountains, with a vertical rise of approximately 3000 ft. from a base area elevation of 9400 ft. There are 24 ski lifts and it is the only area to feature night skiing. The wide, gentle runs of Dercum Mountain (recently renamed to honor Max and Edna Dercum, skiing pioneers and Keystone founders) are perfect for families and beginners with a large snowboard park. North Peak and the Outback cater to the advanced skier pursuing steep, mogul covered runs.

Keystone Resort has a close association with the Arapahoe Basin ski area (A-Basin), which is 5 miles up the road and connected to the resort by bus or car. Arapahoe Basin is a small, friendly area with great skiing for beginners and experts who enjoy the steep and the deep. It is the highest lift served ski area in North America.

Keystone has a large conference center and a large variety of guest housing, from simple hotel rooms, to multi-bedroom condos, and luxury homes. There are two villages that provide lodging, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Keystone Village is built close to a lake (fun for kayaking or ice skating) and River Run (at the base of ski area). There is always something happening at Keystone, with events like Celtic Festival, Italian Festival, the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, the Wine, Jazz, and Arts Festivals, plus other events in the Park Lane Pavilion performing arts tent. Within the resort are two world-class golf courses, both of which offer staggering views and enhanced drive distances that benefit from the thin air at 9000+ ft. Keystone Resort has an extensive free bus system throughout the resort, with connections to the Summit Stage.

Silverthorne

The Town of Silverthorne is located high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, approximately 70 miles west of Denver, at an elevation of 8,730 feet. It is situated along the lower Blue River valley below snow-capped peaks reaching to 13,000 feet. Silverthorne is considered the gateway to Summit County.

Of all the towns in Colorado, few have experienced the overwhelming change that Silverthorne has in the short time since its incorporation in 1967. Over the course of its brief existence, Silverthorne has gone from a makeshift construction camp for workers building the Dillon Dam, to a period in which the most the town had to offer was a convenient refueling stop along I-70, to a full-service, well-balanced community of over 3,500 people.

Today hikers can find both beauty and seclusion on the numerous hikes through the White River National Forest. Bikers can traverse the town on a paved bikeway that connects to the countywide bike path system. Wildernest, although out of the town limits, is where many Silverthorne residents and second home owners live. Hiking to the top of Buffalo Mountain or across to Lily Pad Lake are highly recommended. Relaxing in the Silverthorne Recreation Center’s pools and hot tubs while the kids zoom down the water slide is a great way to round out a day full of fun in beautiful Silverthorne, Colorado.

The Blue River runs through the middle of Silverthorne. It is a Gold Medal trout stream and some of the best fishing in the state. Gold Medal designations are given out sparingly and only to the highest quality rivers, streams and lakes in Colorado. Of the 6,000 miles of trout streams in the state, only 158 miles and three lakes, are designated Gold Medal. On your next trip to Silverthorne make sure to bring your rod and reel, but leave the frying pan at home. Gold Medal fishing is “catch and release” only.

For golf, visit the The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks. Located below the majestic Gore Range, it offers panoramic vistas at every turn. The golf course is an appealing blend of traditional and contemporary architectural design styles. Golf courses bearing the Raven name meet exceptionally high standards of quality for course conditions, guest service, playability, and overall guest experience. Routed through towering Colorado pines, quaking aspens, crystal clear creeks and trout filled lakes; the golf course overloads the senses with the mountain beauty of Silverthorne, Colorado.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort is popular destination, summer or winter. It is a great place to vacation! There is a wide variety of accommodations and lots to keep everyone entertained. Copper Mountain is a 10 minute drive west of Frisco or an hour west of Denver on I-70.

The history of Copper Mountain dates back to the mid 1800’s when miners invaded Summit County. Copper was discovered in the area that now takes its name from that mineral. In 1880, Judge John S. Wheeler established the settlement and railroad yard (Wheeler Junction) in the only flat area between Frisco and Leadville. It is a beautiful location between the Ten Mile and Gore mountain ranges. The old buildings can still be seen near the base of Alpine lift and along the back nine at Copper Creek Golf Course. After the gold rush, Wheeler recognized the potential for development and promoted the area as a trout fishing and horseback riding retreat.

Within Copper Mountain are three separate areas: East Village, Main Village & Plaza, and Union Station.

East Village offers a variety of restaurants, shops and lodging choices. The tubing hill is located here, where you ride back up the top of the hill holding on to a bar connected to a tow. The east side of the ski mountain is predominately intermediate skiing to expert runs. J.J.’s Rocky Mountain Tavern offers après’ ski and exciting entertainment to help finish off your day’s skiing experience.

Main Village & Plaza are the center of the resort, where you will find two high speed quad chairlifts speeding you up to the top of the pristine beginner and intermediate slopes. Most of Copper’s après’ ski, nightlife and entertainment take place in the Village at Endo’s Adrenaline Café and Jack’s Slopeside Bar & Grill. Alexander’s on the Creek rounds out Copper’s culinary experience by offering high-end fine dining. Shops abound where you can find ski equipment, clothing for any time of the day, or chocolate dipped strawberries at the Chocolate Factory. Rental equipment can be obtained for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or, in the summer, paddle boats and fishing on the pond, Gore Creek, or Ten Mile Creek.

Union Creek serves as a day base area for the new skiers. You will find a great cafeteria in the day lodge here. A beginner’s ski paradise and the ski school house cater to those who are just starting to enjoy the thrills of skiing/boarding. Copper’s winter sleigh rides and summer trail rides originate from this sector of the resort as well.

Copper is the largest ski area in Summit County – with 2,433 acres of terrain and 22 lifts (1 six-person high-speed, 4 high-speed quads, 5 triple chairlifts, 4 double lifts & 3 conveyor belts) offering 2.602 vertical feet, 125 trails (21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert). The ski area receives an average 280 inches of snowfall annually. Snowmaking covers 380 acres. Its base elevation is 9,712 feet and rises to 12,313 feet at the Summit. Copper Mountain first opened for skiing in 1973 and has grown into one of Colorado’s premier year around destination resorts.
Copper Mountain in the summer is also very busy! Golf is the major activity, but many enjoy bike riding, free rides up the ski lift, horseback riding, hiking, and fly fishing.

Free parking is restricted to the perimeter of the Village areas and visitors walk or are shuttled in from conveniently located free parking lots.Copper has preserved the focus in the Village to people activities rather than cars.

Copper’s full service resort offers complete conference facilities with multiple boardrooms, meeting rooms, scrumptious meals served to attendees, and comfortable on-site accommodations. There is a fine Athletic Club strategically located in the center of the resort. It has an Olympic size pool, hot tub, cardiovascular & weightlifting machines. The building also houses the check-in office for many of Copper’s guests.

Dillon

The current Town of Dillon is a relative youngster compared to the town that existed for almost 100 years at the confluence of the Blue, Snake and Ten Mile rivers. In 1961, the entire town was uprooted and moved to make way for the new Dillon Reservoir. It now sits on the wooded shores of this 3,300 acre body of water. Dillon Reservoir is one of Colorado’s most beautiful water recreation areas, surrounded on all sides by unrivaled mountain panoramas. The crystal clear water, cool mountain air and breathtaking scenery combine to create an unforgettable experience for those that recreate in this beautiful area.

The waters of the Dillon Reservoir provide the focal point for summers in Dillon. The Dillon Marina, home of the world’s highest yacht club, attracts boating enthusiasts from throughout the country and regattas are a regular summer fare. The lake literally comes alive on summer weekends with vibrant, colorful sails set against bright blue water, lush green mountains, and quite often still snow-capped peaks. In addition to summer weekend regattas, the marina hosts an ASA certified sailing school as well as a wide array of boat rentals, June through October.

The Town of Dillon is home to many amenities in addition to the marina. A scenic path encircles the lake for the enjoyment of bikers, runners and walkers. The Lake Dillon Amphitheater is home to the free Thursday evening “Nature Night” program, the free “Sunset at the Summit” Saturday evening concerts and the Sunday morning non-denominational worship services throughout the summer months. An evening at the Dillon Amphitheater is a great way to experience a magnificent sunset over the lake while giving your ears a musical treat. For those who enjoy amateur local talent, the Lake Dillon Theater provides plays and concerts in its historical building. The Friday Farmer’s Market is one of Dillon’s most popular ongoing summer events. Held every Friday throughout the summer and early fall, this market features Colorado’s premier growers, specialty foods, flowers, artisans, textiles and jewelry in the Marina parking lot. Dillon’s main street is home to numerous locally owned shops and restaurants, and the Dillon Ridge Marketplace has larger stores and a multiplex movie theater. The Dillon Dam Brewery and Pug Ryan’s both produce fine local beers and good food.

Dillon offers great lodging and dining opportunities in a quaint, real town atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of the large resorts. No matter what your definition of fun and adventure might be, you can find it in Dillon, Colorado. Dillon has something for everyone.

Breckenridge

When the town of Breckenridge was established way back in 1859, there were not too many Breckenridge homes to speak of, at least not the kind of luxurious Breckenridge homes that can be found in the five square miles that make up the town today.

Back then all that mattered was gold and during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, prospectors came in droves. Placer gold mining, hard rock mining, hydraulic mining, and even dredging were done in Breckenridge, enabling the mining district to produce somewhere around 31,000 kilograms of gold.

Gold mines are a thing of the past now. No longer operational, several of these mines are open to tourists who would be interested to learn more about how Breckenridge began. Breckenridge Real Estate is the new gold these days. Priceless in every way, houses in Breckenridge offer their residents an excellent quality of life in a place of almost surreal beauty.

Created by General George Spencer, Breckenridge originally takes its name from then US Vice President John Breckinridge. During the days of the Civil War, when John Breckinridge opted to side with the Confederates, the citizens of the town changed the name to “Breckenridge” and it has stayed that way since 1961.