Best grab-and-go breakfasts near Summit County, CO ski resorts
January 19, 2016
Nothing quite matches the anticipation felt when rolling out of bed and discovering a powder day waits on the mountain. "Quick!" you think. "No time to make breakfast; need to get to the hill before it's all tracked out." But then again, you ponder, "Nutrition is needed, to keep pushing that heavy powder…"
Luckily in Summit County, dilemmas like these are easily solvable, as a number of grab-and-go food options sit just a stone's throw away from the slopes. Utilizing these locales will help you stay nourished and slashing pow turns all day long.
Hearty, Greasy-Spoon Meals
If you're the type of person who eats bacon with your eggs, the Inxpot Coffeehouse in Keystone Village may be for you. Conveniently located just steps away from the River Run Gondola, Inxpot offers great slope-side fare served at a fairly quick pace. Although it has the appearance of a basic coffee shop, the menu and food options at Inxpot make it anything but. Most noteworthy on their menu is the el-train — a mouth-drooling concoction of a burrito, filled with eggs, cheese, bacon and sausage. It's the perfect item for keeping your body warm on those frigid mid-winter days. Also worth checking is the independence bowl — a hot and steamy plate, featuring potatoes, cheese and sausage gravy or chili. Inxpot Coffeehouse: 195 River Run Rd, Keystone
Looking for a place with some local flare? Look no farther than the Blue Moon Bakey in Silverthorne. The Blue Moon has a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a jaw-dropping assortment of pastries and baked goods. One particularly scrumptious meal is the bagel with lox. The sandwich will conquer almost any appetite, smeared thick with cream cheese and a healthy portion of fish — a great source of energy — on a long day of riding. If baked goods are your modus operandi, the Blue Moon has more bars, cannolis and brownies than you can shake a stick at. Blue Moon Bakery: 235 Summit Place Shopping Center, Silverthorne
If on the south side of the county, making a trip to Daylight Doughnuts should be a no brainer. The Main Street Breckenridge shop may be renowned for their wonderfully doughy, plump doughnuts, but what many don't know is that Daylight offers a great selection of other items as well. These include pigs in a blanket (sausage links in rolls), ham and cheese pockets, and sweet potato waffles, to name just a few. Make sure to call ahead if in a rush, as it is a popular spot. Only cash is accepted. Daylight Doughnuts: 305 N. Main St, Breckenridge
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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it doesn't mean it needs to have 5,000 calories, even if you are riding powder all day. For those health-conscious snow sports enthusiasts out there, a number of choices are available.
Bun-in-the-oven Bakery in Frisco has a wide range of nutritious items to choose from, including grain-free cupcakes, blueberry granola and homemade nutella. Chef and owner Julie Landon specializes in paleo baking, providing one of the largest gluten-free assortments in Summit County. Do note though, they are only open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bun-In-The-Oven Bakery: 319 Frisco Street, Frisco
Also in Frisco is the Butterhorn Bakey. The Horn boasts speedy service and delectable meals that won't haunt you on the scale later on. If looking for a Mexican meal not drenched in carbs, try the burrito naked — a tortilla-less plate, still packing a great "south-of-the-border" taste. Butterhorn also has grilled sandwiches, layered with homemade bread and fruits and nuts. Looking to go foreign? Then try the Thai chicken wrap, a meal that'll make you swear you're in Bangkok. Butterhorn Bakery: 408 Main St, Frisco
Although more known for its coffee, Cuppa Joe in Breckenridge still brings the heat when it comes to wholesome food. Their sweet potato burrito is a great source of starch and a fiesta for your mouth. Also worth trying is the brie, apple and bacon sandwich. This nourishing piece pairs excellently with the oatmeal latte. Cuppa Joe: 118 S. Ridge St, Breckenridge
Accidentally hit the snooze button, and now you're really running late? These markets and delis, serve food at an especially fast rate, without cutting quality.
Natural Grocers in Dillon may not have a deli section, but it does have a sizable grab-and-go selection, featuring fresh sandwiches, salads and soups, hummus and burritos. Every item in the store is organic, so you're guaranteed a higher standard of food than your average fast food fare. Natural Grocers: 761 Anemone Trail, Silverthorne
Deli Belly’s Delicatessen in Frisco specializes in making sandwiches East Coast style — hearty and fast-to-go. Most notable on their menu are the pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, offering a taste so authentic, one might almost think they are on a corner in Brooklyn, rather than Summit County. Deli Belly's Delicatessen: 275 Main St, Frisco
Lastly, if you're really crunched for time, and planning on riding at Keystone, check out the Rockin Ranch Market. Albeit far from gourmet, the Ranch does have a nice selection of snack and full-meal items, and a convenient location smack-dab in Keystone Village. It can be a great place to grab a breakfast burrito before jumping on the gondola, but be careful, as food at this market does come with a resort price. Rockin Ranch Market: 91 River Run Rd, Keystone
Copper Mountain Eats
Although often thought of as separate from the Summit scene, Copper Mountain Resort does in fact lie within county boundaries, and is surrounded by a few quality food establishments worth mentioning.
The Healthy Tomato is a trendy joint, located across the street from Copper, serving nutritious food solutions in an appetizing manner. The Caesar wrap is highly recommended, as are the potato, bacon and cheese soups. Healthy Tomato isn't for those looking for cheap, but the Daylight Doughnuts also sold on campus might make the splurge worth it.
Sky Chutes Coffee, located next to the Healthy Tomato, is a classic coffeehouse with a sizable breakfast menu to boot. Sky Chutes has juices, burritos and homemade pastries — all items easy to eat, while lacing or buckling a boot in the parking lot.