Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, are names that bring a smile to any Colorado family ski vacation planners heart.
Summit County Colorado is Colorado's Playground. Home to four world class resorts, Summit provides year round recreation for alpine activities. Keystone, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin are the corner stones for winter ski and snowboard fun while Lake Dillon rounds out a robust set of Summer Activities. Dubbed Colorado's Playground, Summit County draws 3.4 million skiers each year, more than the entire state of Utah. The county covers 600 square miles with around three-quarters of it in national forest. That leaves around 150 square miles of private land.
Public transportation in Summit County is provided for free by the Summit Stage. Bus service is available to most ski areas, shopping centers, medical centers, and some residential areas in Summit County.
Fly fisherman have long favored Colorado’s Blue River. The 1-1/2 miles stretch directly below the Dillon Dam offers the catch and release angler exceptional opportunities to catch trophy size Rainbow Trout. The Colorado department of Fisheries releases hatchery brook stock after their useful hatchery years have expired. Many of these fish reach 5-6lb size. Occasionally an exceptionally skilled fisherman lands a trout in the 8-10lb class, a trophy by anyone’s standards.
Much of the surrounding area is owned and managed by the US forest Service. There are virtually hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain bike trails which offer access to Summit County’s back country. Complete details maybe obtained by visiting the forest service ranger Station located at 135 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.
If you have the passion to tame the winds and set sail on a nautical adventure then the waters of Lake Dillon is just what you need. With consistent winds, Lake Dillon offers sailors of all experience levels time at the helm to test their seamanship. Sailboat rentals are available at both Dillon and Frisco Marinas.
Gold seekers find Summit County a treat to explore. Occasionally a luck prospector actually brings some of Summit County’s dense gold home. But if panning through slurry material and probing the rocks for that magical glitter don’t stir bits of excitement, then perhaps a trip to one of the many casinos in Central City or Blackhawk might. A brand new highway was just built from Idaho Springs to Central city. The highway is a beautiful drive on the tops of the foothills to the Rockies and should not be missed.
Summit County’s prize possession by far is white gold. Some people call it snow. Hundred of inches of clean white snow magically appear from the heavens to grace the hills of Summit County each year. Through massive development efforts, Summit County can boast four destination ski resorts all within 15 miles of each other. In addition to downhill skiing, there are several high quality Nordic centers throughout the county which offer the back country skier every possible amenity. Also, snowmobiling is quickly gaining recognition among area visitors both rentals and private tours are available.
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