Skiing the Summit |

Skiing the Summit

Summit County and skiing are nearly synonymous. With four ski resorts – Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin – the area is one of the biggest ski counties in the nation.

“.With the most skiable acres, the highest peaks, the most vertical, some of the most challenging terrain in the United States and more than 300 days a year of sunshine, Colorado is still the No. 1 place to ski,” boasts a Colorado Ski Country USA publication.

From the nation’s highest ski peak, at A-Basin, to North America’s most-visited ski resort, Breckenridge, Summit County has something for just about everybody who likes to play in the snow. Take Keystone, with its new Adventure Point recreation area that offers tubing, snowbiking and snowshoeing.

Traditionally the first or second ski area in the nation to open each season, Keystone has Colorado’s largest night-skiing experience as well as famed tree-skiing in The Outback. It’s known for its family atmosphere but has recently added more than 1,000 acres of black diamond terrain for the hard-core experts.

A-Basin, a small, 53-year-old resort known for its extreme skiing opportunities, was recently granted snowmaking rights that will help it stay open with a summer snowfield at least through the Fourth of July each year, if not through August. The 490-acre ski area has a reputation as a quaint, challenging resort that has maintained its locals’ atmosphere as others have become mega-resorts.

Copper Mountain is in the midst of a $500 million “renaissance” project – designed to update the resort, make the villages more pedestrian-friendly and provide guests with more amenities. And Breckenridge is equally a winter wonderland. The ski area recently added a new double-loading six-seater chairlift, the first of its kind in North America. Breckenridge is known for its real-town feel, with Main Street shopping and parking creating easy access to the resort. Each ski area has terrain for alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, and all but A-Basin have cross-country opportunities.

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