Skiing Not Your Thing? Here’s 5 Other Things to do in Summit County This Winter
Posted by: admin December 26th, 2014
As you are probably well aware of, Summit County Colorado is home to four world-class ski resorts, and accordingly, ski industry tourism accounts for most of the county’s economy during the winter months. But, many families visit the high country during the winter, and maybe mom, dad, or one of the kiddos just isn’t into all that encompasses downhill skiing? What are they to do? Well, here’s a list of five other local activities that you can sink your teeth into while visiting Summit County.
Escape the crowds and lift lines and find your own stretch of untracked snow with a snowshoeing excursion. The old adage is true … if you can walk, you can snowshoe. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the beautiful nature that Summit County has to offer, snowshoeing is a great alternative to skiing/snowboarding. Get off the beaten path by freelancing any one of the hundreds of snowshoeing trails in the area on your own, or book a trip with one of the numerous outfitters and/or Summit County Nordic Centers in Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Silverthorne.
If you’re looking for a place to experience awesome snowshoeing in a variety of ways, give Summit County a try. You won’t leave disappointed.
One thing for sure during the winter months in Summit County is the wide availability of snow and ice. Accordingly, ice skating is another fun activity to partake in for the whole family. There are numerous frozen lakes to enjoy on your own, or you can visit one of the many ice rinks in the county.
The Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge is the only indoor ice rink in the county, but there is also an outdoor sheet of ice (weather permitting) for those that want to feel the brisk cold breeze on their face. The arena has public skating times and times for public hockey for both the indoor and outdoor rinks, and skate rentals are available.
Maggie Pond is an outdoor rink located between Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge on Peak 9. Naturally the rink is weather dependent, so when it is open, skates can be rented from The Village.
Westlake at Copper Mountain is a frozen pond in the Village at Copper. Open for public skating from 10am to 9pm, Westlake does not rent skates, but they can be rented rom The Woodward Cage, depending on ice condition.
Just minutes from our Colorado bed & breakfast (behind Walmart in Frisco), Meadow Creek Pond is a great place to host a skating party. Equipped with a great pavilion and a BBQ, bring your own skates or rent a pair from the Breckenridge, Copper, or Keystone ice rinks.
The Keystone Lake Ice Rink at the Adventure Center in the Keystone Village is the largest Zamboni maintained outdoor rink in North America. You can skate around the two trees in the middle of the ice or head to the hockey boards for a pick up game. Young children just learning to skate can use walkers, and toddlers can take a sleigh ride pulled by a skater.
Keystone Resort also includes the Dercum Square Ice Rink located just outside River Run Village in Keystone. Smaller (7,200-square-feet) than the Keystone Lake Ice Rink, skating is free day and night, and skate rentals are available from the rental shop adjacent to the rink.
North Pond in Silverthorne is a large frozen pond equipped with its own Warming Hut. You must have your own skates to use the pond, but, again, skates can be rented from the Breckenridge, Copper, or Keystone ice rinks.
There are several “hills” in Summit County for public sledding, but you must have your own sled if you decide to use some of these non-groomed and unsupervised hills.
Carter Park – Breckenridge
Located at the end of High Street on the East side of Main Street Breckenridge, Carter Park is one of the only sledding locations in town.
Frisco Adventure Park
While the Frisco Adventure Park includes a tubing hill for those in search of a more exhilarating experience, there is also a small hill suitable for younger children.
The steepest hill in Summit County is located off of Highway 6 on the way to Keystone. Summerwood has one serious incline, so you will get winded walking back up the hill.
Rainbow Park at The Town of Silverthorne Recreation Center has two small hills on the playing fields behind the recreation center.
One of the best aspects of Summit County is that it offers hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails for riders of any level. There are too many outfitters to list here, but you have the choice of guided and unguided rentals, as well as full-day and half-day experiences. All towns and resorts offer snowmobile rentals, so your choice for a rental company might just come down to location.
Frisco Adventure Park
Just a short walk from the Frisco Lodge bed and breakfast, the Frisco Adventure Park offers a tubing hill featuring lengthy 1,200-foot tubing lanes with lift service up the hill for tubing day or night under the lights.
The Tubing Hill at Copper Mountain features four lanes with banked curves, jumps, and a long run out. The quick and efficient surface lift, “The Stinger,” will whisk you to the top for your next run.
With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift to take you back up the hill, Snow Tubing at Adventure Point is available day or night. With multiple lanes of tubing, get ready for some serious fun at Keystone.
While this list only includes five other activities to partake in during your vacation in Summit County, it should be a good way to get you started. If none of these suit your fancy, other popular activities include, dog sledding, fly fishing, cross country skiing, scenic cat & snow coach tours, sleigh & carriage rides, and zip line tours.
Whatever you decide upon, make the most of your winter paradise in Summit County without ever strapping on those boards or skis.