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Summit County, CO recreation centers

Summit Daily/Janice Kurbjun

Summit County residents are some of the most active in the nation. But in order to fully enjoy their outdoor activities — and help avoid injuries — they tend to go inside for a little cross training.

The county has two recreation centers, one in Silverthorne and one in Breckenridge. Taxpayers fund both (priorities, priorities), so if you live in the respective towns — or work for a business that does — you can get a discount. Here’s the pertinent info:


So here’s how you work it: Go to the Silverthorne Recreation Center in the late morning, take a class or something to actually increase your pulse rate, and then get your hand stamped so you can come back in the evening for a dip in the hot tub.

The rec center has plenty of ways to get your water fix in our dry climate: It has four pools, which include lap, kiddie, deep and splashdown pools — yep, that means a 140-foot waterslide. It also has a steam room, sauna and two hot tubs to keep you toasty and a wide variety of classes for all ages.

The 65,000-square-foot facility has a gymnasium, indoor track, newly renovated and expanded cardio and free-weight areas, aerobic/fitness room, racquetball courts, cycling room, personal training and a pro shop. It also offers free lectures, fitness screenings and an annual blood drive.

Kids Korner gives parents with children ages 6 months to 6 years a break in morning and evening hours.

SILVERTHORNE Recreation Center

Phone: (970) 262-7370

430 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne

Daily admission:

$12 adults, $7 ages 12-17,

$6 kids 4-11, $10 seniors,

free for 3 and under; $2 off with ID showing Summit County address

Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday;

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Pools open 6 a.m. to

8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

During ski season, Silverthorne’s busiest time is after 4 p.m. It also has regular 6 a.m. and noon crowds.


Breckenridge is the rec center to visit if you like to climb; it offers an indoor wall covering more than 1,400 square feet. It’s a great place to learn (it’s softer than rocks), and it has advanced routes for pros. Routes change frequently.

The aquatics center has two spas, a steam room and sauna and two pools — a lap pool and leisure pool with a temperature in the low 80s. Oh, and did we mention the two-story Summit Plummet (and baby slide), the rope swing or the lazy river swim stream and a vortex pool with a fountain?

It’s no wonder the rec center is an award-winning facility. General admission of $15 for adults ($12 for seniors) and $7.50 for kids includes everything except the tennis courts, climbing wall and fee-based classes and services. If you squeeze in during the last hour, the fee is only $7.50. Most locals take advantage of economical long-term memberships.

Other amenities include an indoor-outdoor tennis complex with Summit County’s only clay courts, a racquetball court, a gymnasium, a free-weights room, child care, a community room with a kitchen, a running track, a dance studio, a circuit weight area with cardiovascular equipment, a pro shop, lighted skateboard park and numerous playing fields.

Daily fitness classes are free with admission. Some of the more popular classes are authentic BODYPUMP by Les Mills, multiple weekly yoga sessions for all levels, cycling, water aerobics, circuit-based classes, boot-camp style cross training and Pilates and other core development classes using both tools and body-weight resistance. Progressive session-based fitness classes such as Winter Conditioning are also offered. Classes rotate based on seasons, so contact the rec center for the current schedule.

The busiest times for Breckenridge are 6 to 8 a.m., the noon hour and 5 to 7 p.m.

BRECKENRIDGE Recreation Center

Phone: (970) 453-1734

880 Airport Road, Breckenridge

Daily admission:

$15 adults, $7.50 ages 3-17, $12 seniors, or last hour is $7.50

(call for hours)

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