Nighttime Activities in Summit County
Posted by: admin March 31st, 2016
We all know what to get into during the winter daytime hours in Summit County, don’t we? Skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and much, much more are your go to options! But, when the sun sets behind the majestic Rocky Mountains you may not know that there are some amazing activities to keep your day alive well into the evening hours. So grab your friends, family, coworkers, and whomever else you would like to hang with and check out the following under-the-stars Summit County activities.
Just up the highway from our Frisco hotel is the famed Copper Mountain ski resort. From 10am to 9pm daily (weather permitting), you can visit West Lake in the heart of Copper Mountain and enjoy some time on the ice for free! Ice skating, hockey, and broomball are a few of the activities to take part in, but what may really make your night is the stunning view of the surrounding mountain peaks and the chance to cuddle up next to the outdoor fire pit between spins. As mentioned, the ice is free, but if you need to rent skates you can do so for a $10 charge for the day.
Just 15 minutes from the Frisco Lodge, in the other direction, Keystone Resort offers a couple of ice skating options as well. Lakeside Village, Keystone’s centrally located five-acre outdoor lake, is the largest Zamboni-serviced outdoor ice rink in North America. You can simply enjoy the lake on skates or you can join a pick-up hockey game at one of the best spots to snap a perfect family photo. Reservations are not required, but you do have to pay an admission ($13 Adults, $9 Children) and pay for skate rentals if you need them ($11 Adults, $5 Children).
For the free option, visit the 7,200-square-foot Dercum Square Ice Rink. Located in the heart of River Run Village, from 11am to 8pm daily you can skate for free with your own skates, or rent a pair ($15 Adults, $10 Children) for skating, hockey or whatever suits your needs.
Tubing options are abundant in Summit County, but our favorites are the tubing hills at Keystone, Copper Mountain and the Frisco Adventure Park. Snow Tubing at Keystone’s Adventure Point is open until 6:30pm from Wednesday through Sunday and offers a multi-lane hill with a lift that will enable more runs in your hour-long session. If the kiddos are under 42 inches tall, there is a tubing area adjacent to the hill for free children’s tubing options.
Copper Mountain’s tubing hill is open until 7pm on selected days, so enjoy some nighttime fun on its four lanes with banked curves, jumps and a long straight away to finish off your run. Children must be at least 36 inches tall to ride the hill, but there is an interactive play area called Critterland next to the hill that is an interactive snow play-area for you to enjoy with your children.
The Frisco Adventure Park, Summit County’s newest addition to the tubing scene, features 1,200-foot long tubing lanes with lift service back up the hill. Open until 6pm daily, this is a great family activity to take part in after a day on the slopes.
Just down the street from our bed and breakfast lies the Frisco Peninsula, the perfect setting to enjoy the starry night skies of the Rocky Mountains. There are three draft mule-team-driven sleigh rides to choose from, including the Scenic Hot Cocoa Ride, Dinner Sleigh Ride, and Private Sleigh Ride. The one-hour hot cocoa ride that departs at 4pm, takes you to a remote setting amidst the snow-capped mountains where you will be treated to fresh baked cookies, hot cocoa, and live music. The 2 ½ hour dinner ride leaves at 5:15pm and 7:45pm and includes a three-course dinner and live music show, while the private sleigh ride is a 45-minute romantic ride that visits a secluded location for hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps.
Whichever of these activities you choose to take part in, just know that your day doesn't have to end when visiting Summit County and the Frisco Lodge.
*Photos/videos courtesy of the Summit Daily, Copper Mountain & Keystone Resort.