Your Complete Guide to Summit County Skiing

Posted by: admin October 8th, 2014

With summer now over, and fall winding down in the high country, it is time to dust off the skis and boards and stretch out those quads, as ski season is rapidly approaching in Summit County. The Frisco Lodge, Summit County’s premier lodging, just so happens to be located within easy driving distance from a multitude of world-class ski resorts. So, rather than putting miles on the car, head to Summit County, book you stay with us and have unfettered access to hundreds of miles of pure white gold. The county straddles the Continental Divide along the I-70 corridor with four world-renowned ski resorts within a snowball’s throw of each other.

The following list will help you get started in planning your day trips from our Summit County lodging:

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (28194 US Hwy 6, Keystone, CO 80435, 888-272-7246, Google Map):

Arapahoe Basin Ski ResortDo you want to head to extreme terrain with the most snow of the four Summit County resorts? Arapahoe Basin – referred to as A-Basin by locals – may just be the place for you. Approximately a 25-minute drive from our Summit County lodging, A-Basin is the smallest of the four resorts, but its lifts will take you up 2,270 vertical feet to the highest Colorado ski resort.

Popular runs for powder are the East Wall and Zuma Cornice, but Palavicinni takes A-Basin into the record books as the state’s longest and steepest run. The recently added Montezuma Bowl upped the number of beginner and intermediate runs, as well as opening new chutes, glades and cornices for the advanced skiers.

A-Basin offers its “Elevation 4-Pass” for 4 days of skiing/riding the 2014-15 season with no blackout dates ($129 for a limited time), the “Transferable 4-Pack,” which includes 4 lift ticket vouchers good for anyone, any day on the hill during the 2014-15 season ($149 for a limited time) and the 2014-15 A-Basin Season Passes which includes unlimited skiing/riding for the entire season with no blackout dates ($289 for a limited time).

Breckenridge Ski Resort (1599 CO Road 3, Breckenridge, CO 80424, 970-453-5000, Google Map):

Breckenridge Ski ResortSet to open its doors on November 7th, Breckenridge Ski Resort is the most popular of the four resorts and has topped the list for annual number of skiers with over 1.6 million visits. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, summit elevation of 12,998 feet and a 3,398-foot vertical rise, Breckenridge has a little something for everyone.

Located just a 15-minute drive from the Frisco Lodge, its five huge peaks span 2,908 acres and include North America’s highest chairlift (Imperial Express), 1,061 acres within its 11 bowls, 25 acres within its 4 terrain parks, a 22-foot Superpipe, 187 trails and 34 chair lifts. Breckenridge’s terrain is comprised of 58% expert/advanced trails, 31% intermediate and 11% beginner trails.

The five interconnected peaks (Peaks 6-10) offer amazing variety for every skill level. Peak 10 offers steep runs and challenging moguls with its mostly expert-only terrain. Peak 9 is the best for those beginners, with wide-open avenues and groomed trails. Situated in the heart of the resort, Peak 8 offers trails for all levels and includes three terrain parks and even an alpine coaster. Intermediate skiers will feel most at home on Peak 7’s blue runs, while those seeking an above-treeline experience will get their thrills on the resorts’ newest peak – Peak 6.

The resort offers 5 different passes for the budget conscious … the “Epic Pass,” “Epic Local Pass,” “Summit Value Pass,” “Epic 7-Day” and “Epic 4-Day.” Single day and half day tickets are also available at the ticket offices located on Peaks 7, 8 & 9.

Copper Mountain Resort (Copper Circle, Copper Mountain, CO 80443, 970-968-2318, Google Map):

Copper Mountain Ski ResortOne of the closet resorts to our Summit County lodging, just a 10-minute drive, is Copper Mountain Resort. Typically where the locals go, Copper spans 3 peaks, which naturally break into beginner, intermediate and expert zones – each with their own base, but interconnected via upper mountain lifts. One of the largest and least crowded resorts in Summit County, Copper averages 306 inches of annual snowfall to ensure optimal conditions throughout the winter season.

Opening October 31st, Copper’s beginner green runs depart from Union Peak, the intermediate blue runs lead up from Center Village and flank Copper Peak, while the expert terrain is easiest accessed from the East Village. Copper also includes the Catalyst Terrain Park off of the American Flyer lift for the freeskiers and boarders looking for giant tabletops, rails and a quarter-pipe.

Copper Mountain offers over 140 trails, 23 lifts, 2,465 acres of terrain, a 12,313-foot peak height and a 2,601-foot vertical drop. 2014-15 season passes are available now, as well as the “Four Pack,” the brand new “Copper Secret Season Pass,” the “Rocky Mountain Superpass” and the “Rocky Mountain Super Pass+.”

Keystone Resort (100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435, 800-354-4386, Google Map):

Keystone ResortOpening October 31st, and a little over 9 miles from the Frisco Lodge’s Summit County lodging, is Keystone Resort. If you are looking for the biggest terrain in Summit County, then Keystone is the place to be. The resort sprawls over 3,000 acres across 3 mountains – Dercum, North Peak and The Outback.

Those looking for the A51 Terrain Park, tubing and long blue and green groomers such as the 3.5-mile Schoolmarm, head to Dercum Mountain. Those who are looking for knee-pounding mogul runs, head to the top of North Peak. And, those experts searching for tree skiing, The Outback offers some of the best tree skiing in Colorado. For the more adventurous type, take a snow cat guided tour in the expert terrain in the Independence, Bergman and Erikson Bowls.

Keystone Resort, with a base elevation of 9,280 feet and summit elevation of 12,408 feet, offers 3,148 skiable acres within its 131 trails, 3,128-feet of vertical, 20 lifts and two gondolas, all nestled at the foot of 2 unique villages. In terms of degree of difficulty, there is something for every level of skier/rider with 57% expert terrain, 29% intermediate and 14% beginner.

In addition to the typical full day or half-day lift tickets, Keystone offers 5 unique season pass options. One can choose from the “Epic Pass,” “Epic Local Pass,” “Summit Value Pass,” Keystone A-Basin Pass” and the “Epic 7-Day Pass.”

Though your stay at the Frisco Lodge offers easy access to all 4 resorts, it is just as easy to hop on one of the free local shuttles from Main Street Frisco, just outside our front door. Book your stay at the Frisco Lodge now, and see why Summit County’s reputation for epic snow is no fluke. Summit County is indeed the crown of Colorado skiing.