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Surrounding Area of Breckenridge, Summit County and The Colorado Rocky Mountains

Permanent Population: Breckenridge 2,803, Summit County 24,537
Elevation: 9,603 feet/2,927 meters
Amenities: Over 100 Restaurants, 40 bars/clubs and 250 Shops
Average Temperatures:
Summer :70 degrees daytime ,50 degrees nighttime
Winter :28 degrees daytime, 15 degrees nighttime
Sunshine: Average of 300 days of sunshine a year
Snow: Average of more than 250 inches of snow a year

Breckenridge is one of Colorado's most popular resorts, with expert skiing up to 12,998 feet (if you want to hike up the last bit). The ski area is spread over 4 peaks. Breckenridge is not purpose-built but an original mining town with 171 listed buildings. It is the most popular US destination for European skiers and the second most popular ski resort in the US in terms of skier visits (1.2 million).

The skiing is served by almost two-dozen lifts, including six high-speed quads, and spreads over four lift-linked mountains (Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10), with double-black diamond bowl and chute skiing above. Off the slopes its a busy and vibrant resort with an excellent range of eating, shopping and other leisure facilities, made all the more pleasant by the backdrop of historic buildings.

The resort's history is a long one - with the Ute Indians knowing it for around 9,859 years and knew it as Nah-oon-kara before European settlers discovered Gold in the area in August 1859. It then took less than a week for a town of 360 acres to be established and for more than a thousand miners to arrive. The Breckenridge Ski Area first opened in 1961 with two chairlifts serving a handful of runs on Peak 8, operated by a timber company. After a Denver businessman set up Breckenridge Ski Corporation in 1966 it was bought and owned by Aspen for almost two decades up to 1988 during which time the resort opened Peaks 9 and 10, introduced snow making and installed the world's first high-speed quad, starting the on-going high speed lift technology revolution in 1981.

It broke the 1 million-skier visits record in 1988 when Aspen sold the resort to a Japanese company. In 1993 Peak 7 opened and a company called Ralston Purina bought Breckenridge from the Japanese owners. This company merged with Vail Resorts in 1997 to form the largest mountain resort company in the US, owning Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek. [Stock: MTN]

Summit County Area
Ski Areas

Summit County Area
Golf Courses

  • A-Basin
  • Breckenridge
  • Copper Mountain
  • Keystone
  • Loveland
  • Vail/Beaver Creek
  • WinterPark
  • Breckenridge Golf Course
  • Copper Creek
  • Keystone Ranch Golf Course
  • Eagle's Nest

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Summit County, is located right in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains about 100 miles west of Denver. Thousands of activities to choose from near the Vail / Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, Keystone Ski Resort, and Copper Mountain Ski Resort. The best kept secret in Summit County, Colorado is that there is actually more to do in the summer than in the winter! The area is extremely popular with Colorado residents and tourists alike for many reasons. The county's boundaries are the Eisenhower Tunnel to the east, the top of Vail Pass to the west, Hoosier Pass to the south, and Green Mountain Reservoir to the north. The highways that serve as major access to the county are I-70 from the east and west, and State Highway 9 from the north and south.

When the winter snows melt away Summit County and the Vail Valley come alive with the activities you could imagine. If you're adventourous there are hiking and mountain bike trails that reach the many mountain summits many approaching 14,000 feet in elevation. For less strenuous activity you might paddle a canoe in one of the many lakes, cast your line in one of the gold medal trout streams or ride a horse to an abandoned gold mine. Of course, you don't have to do anything to enjoy the Summer in this Rocky Mountain paradise. You might just want to read a book by a stream, watch the sailboat races form the shores of Lake Dillon, or stroll through the many shops to find that perfect souvenir.

The county has four primary population centers in the towns of Breckenridge, which is the oldest town and serves as the county seat, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne, with the majority of residents living in unincorporated Summit County. Summit County's population is approximately 24,000 and it remains one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. Summit County is also the home of four major ski resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone. Popular summertime activities include hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating and river rafting.

Summit Chamber: www.summitchamber.org (800) 530-3099.

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Say “Colorado,” and the first thing that comes to most people's minds is skiing. The U.S. Continental Divide — spine of the Rocky Mountains — slices through Colorado, creating some of the world's best skiing terrain and scenery. Colorado offers a wide range of skiing options and resorts to fit every ability and pocketbook — from snazzy, jet-set Aspen and Vail to homey, “the-way-it-used-to-be” Ski Cooper and Loveland. Skiers can choose from enormous ski areas with so many runs and lifts that they can't all be skied in a day to small areas that take only a few hours to figure out. Some areas are complete resort villages or historic towns unto themselves; others are for day visits only.

Telluride, Steamboat Springs and Durango. But don't think Colorado's snow country is reserved just for skiers. These mountains have lots more to offer than days spent dodging moguls. Choose from traipsing through the woods in snowshoes, zipping along in a snowcat or snowmobile, relaxing while horse or dog teams drag your sleigh, careening downhill in an innertube or gliding across a icy lake in skates. Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park [www.nps.gov/romo] can make that claim.

The adventures aren't over when the winter snows melt. That's when you lace up your hiking boots, grab your fishing poles, backpack and tent and take to the glorious mountains once again.

Few of the area activities



Alpine Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Skating
and more. . .

Mountain Biking
Fly Fishing
White Water Rafting
Horseback Riding
and more. . .

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