The Breakdown: Ah, Summit in the summer
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Summit County, Colorado
I’d like to thank Tigers Woods for helping me realize something very important (and, actually very obvious) Saturday morning. You see, when the top cat in golf looked toothless for a few holes Friday in the Open Championship – eventually making him miss the cut – I was able to cut my ties to the tournament for the weekend.
Or at least break away from the couch for those few hours of coverage in the morning.
Since I no longer truly cared about watching the tourney, I was set free, and that’s when I really noticed something: Summit County is a better place to live in the summer than the winter.
OK, before you start e-mailing me about shredding the gnar, stomping some pow-pow or some other phrase that doesn’t use real words, hear me out on this one: There’s no arguing that we live in ski country. Our towns and our economy depend on the revenue from the resorts and the tourists they bring up here. That being said, skiing (and boarding) is what makes our winters unique. Period. Done. It’s that simple.
But at the same time, you could ask 10 people about what makes Summit County a unique area in the summer, and you’d probably get 10 answers.
This is where my point comes in. (I know, it’s taking a while, just stay with me.)
Rather than having one main activity to focus on, like we do in the winter, there are too many summer options to even keep track of. Really, this area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.
Let’s start with the obvious, the basics.
In case you’re an incredibly unobservant person, Summit County has more Spandex-clad regulars than comic books. What does this mean? There are some (very) serious cyclists up here. These aren’t just your average road warriors you find in the Front Range, either, because this area seems to attract some of the best fat-tire riders in the country.
Sure, a lot of them may pass through while participating in the slew of races offered locally, but the real reason they come is the quality of trails. I had more than a dozen out-of-state competitors from the inaugural Breck Epic stage race tell me that the trails in and around Breckenridge were some of the best they’d ever seen or ridden in their lives.
There’s also a great deal of path riding as well, but for those of you who aren’t into sports on two wheels, there are still plenty of other activities to choose from.
The Blue River – which runs out of Breckenridge into the reservoir then north of Silverthorne – has areas of fishing for people of all casting levels, not to mention more trout than you could ever snag with a fly. This is probably my favorite part of the county, because no matter which town you’re in, you can drive about five minutes to some of the best fishing waters in the state.
Speaking of water, we also have kayaking, rowing, sailing, canoeing and rafting up here.
Not enough to sway you?
How about playing a championship-caliber golf course? (We have five.) Or going on a hike? (We have more trails on our maps than the most crunchiest of locals have pieces of granola in their cupboard.)
We also have access to campgrounds, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pools, baseball diamonds and alpine slides.
And if you’re really that obsessed with getting on some snow, you can still find some on the higher trails or at the terrain park that Woodward at Copper has access to.
The possibilities are endless, even if our summer season isn’t.
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