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Hurtle down snow-covered mountainsides in the cold months of winter, trek lofty mountain peaks on snow-shoeing expeditions into the wild, and party till dawn in chic hotel nightclubs when the season gets into full swing, the glittering snow-capped mountains of the Summit County ski area are enticing to intrepid travelers. Alpine lodges, and cozy bistros line wide avenues, and you can follow the twisting turns of exciting mountain trails into steep valleys, and over indomitable gorges. Summit County offers an escape into a winter wonderland, less than a day’s drive from the hectic metropolis of vibrant Denver.

Things to see

Billed as offering world class skiing, the steep slopes and pine covered faces of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort area are certainly worth traveling for. Throughout snow season, freshly graded runs are open for novices to experts, as throngs of winter sports enthusiasts hop on board lifts to the craggy mountain tops. The après ski scene here is vibrant, and lively, and on Main Street, trendy pubs, elegant restaurants, and casual bars throw their doors open to excited visitors. The Riverwalk Center is an indoor entertainments venue overlooking the gently ambling waters of the Blue River. Orchestral performances, and town festivals are given a home here, and two weeks every January are given over to the elaborate snow sculpture carving festival. Just past the serene banks of the picturesque Dillon Reservoir, the Keystone Ski Resort enjoys an alpine location between Tenderfoot and Swan mountains. Its Nordic Center is dedicated to all things white and snowy, and if you’ve ever fancied trying a spot of snow-shoeing, this is definitely the place to come.

Hotels in Summit County

While this area is popular for winter sports, you don’t have to be a skier to enjoy a stay in one of the hotels in Summit County. Their quaint alpine décor is welcoming all year round, and typically, most hotels fit into in the mid-budget range, hosting travelers in wooden chalet style interiors, roaring fires in stone-built fireplaces, and access to nearby ski centers. If you are traveling in wintertime, and you’re here for skiing or snowboarding, many of the luxury hotels in Summit County have the benefit of ski-in ski-out locations right on the slopes, as well as elegant décor, luxury bathrooms, cable television, and WiFi. Budget travelers and groups can find some welcoming lodges and resorts that offer the benefit of self-catering rooms.

Where to stay

The area of Breckenridge is arguably the most popular tourist choice in the Summit County area. It’s a commercialized tourist zone, with multi-level alpine chalet resorts, quaint old fashioned pioneer style buildings in its heart that reflect its early days as a mining town, and pretty low level shops with street-front windows, and local handicrafts for sale. Not far away, the towns of Keystone and Copper Mountain are a little less busy, their roads trailing up the mountainsides in twisting and turning bends through the trees. You’ll find some luxury hotels in Summit County between these resorts, enjoying the tranquility of their isolated mountainside locations.

How to get to Summit County

The nearest and most convenient airport is Denver International Airport, which lies to the east of the Rocky Mountains. Onward travel is possible by bus, and long-haul companies like the Greyhound service, as well as dedicated mountain shuttles, will bring you to Summit County. It’s far easier to travel by car though, and the interstate offers a straightforward route to your chosen ski destination.

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