Summers in Summit not about missing snow |

Summers in Summit not about missing snow

Bike Guide/Brad Odekirk

This may come as a surprise to would-be ski-bums and weekend warriors: Summit County does not shut down when Frosty the Snowman melts.

As skiing becomes a memory and people trade studded tires for kayaks and hiking boots, the county becomes a weekend-haven for Front Rangers looking to escape 100-degree afternoons.

Weekend festivals and events ” some of which compete against each other ” draw crowds to resorts and towns. Frisco and Dillon each boast championship barbecue competitions and free concerts, Keystone rolls out numerous excuses to experiment with beer and wine and Copper Mountain has a knack for snagging hit-makers like Lyle Lovett, the Village People and Bret Michaels.

Breckenridge is entrenched in the arts, too. Its orchestral music season runs all summer, the 4th of July is crazy and September’s Breckenridge Festival of Film premieres new features and shorts each year.

These heavily orchestrated events perhaps play second fiddle to the camping, hiking and biking that the snow-barren mountains offer.

A thawed Dillon Reservoir provides an arena for regattas, paddling and fishing. Tiki bars in the Dillon and Frisco marinas offer shade, food and libations.

So, yeah, summer doesn’t exactly reduce Summit County into a collection of ghost towns pining for the good old days of winter.

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