Guest Hook Travel Guides Summit County, Colorado - Page 3

MEET ANNA & THE REAL SUMMIT COUNTY... I didn’t learn to ski until I was 23, which proves that you don't have to start skiing young to love it! In 1996, I joined my husband Nick’s family’s longstanding tradition of spending Christmas skiing at Copper Mountain. Since then we have been season pass holders! We moved to the Denver Metro area in 2008 and it didn’t take long for us to decide to purchase a ski home. Our mountain home was our weekend place — only 90 minutes from Denver. We could escape to the mountains after dinner on Friday night and return on Sunday. It was a wonderful way to spend time together with our children and extended family. The panoramic view of the Continental Divide across to the Tenmile Range is stunning. You truly feel you can touch the mountains outside! Our home at the top of Wildernest is incredible, so very quiet and peaceful, and yet only 20 minutes' drive to the slopes! When we moved to Northern California in 2012 we sold our Denver home, but kept our Summit County home. Rather than leave it empty for most of the year, we chose to open our home for guests to enjoy. Any season of the year, Summit County has so many things to do. You will want to visit again and again! Winter offers world-class winter sports. You are able to go ice skating, tubing, cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and of course Alpine skiing. With four down-hill ski resorts to choose from in Summit County, plus 3 more in neighboring counties, you can pick one or choose to experience a different resort everyday. Our personal favorite for downhill skiing is Copper Mountain. The terrain is nicely divided on ability level, and the lift lines tend to be shorter than other areas. Keystone caters to families, while Breckenridge is one of the largest ski areas in North America. Arapahoe Basin is famous for some of the highest altitude skiing in North America, and is frequently running through to Fourth of July. In the summer, you are able to experience all types of hikes. Whether you prefer challenging summit accents of Fourteeners, or leisurely strolls through meadows of wildflowers, Summit County has it. Golf, mountain biking, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, and kayaking are additional choices. The activity centers at Breckenridge and Copper are open in the summer, allowing kids (and kids at heart) to zip-line, bungee trampoline, ride the alpine slide, race Go-Karts or get sopping wet in the bumper boats. Breckenridge and Frisco have bustling Main Streets. It's a pleasure to people watch, window shop and have a bite to eat. You'll have your choice of great restaurants. For shoppers, don't miss the Outlets at Silverthorne. There are numerous shops with lots of great deals. Stop by the visitor's center to pick up a discount card. No