While the Vail Valley offers some expansive terrain, Summit County is home to four, world-class ski resorts with access to more than 400 trails that provide thrills and fun for the whole family within a 30-minute commute of one another. Free public transportation shuttles you between locations if you want to leave your vehicle behind. Breckenridge is home to the world’s highest lift, the Express Superchair, which drops you at 12,480 feet above sea level. The resorts’ four award-winning terrain parks offer jumps, ramps and rails, while the 22-foot superpipe enables happy athletes to soar high above the ground. Keystone Ski Resort comprises three mountains, Dercum, North Peak and the Outback that are connected by a series of lifts with runs for all ability levels. Keystone is recognized for its youth-friendly Kidtopia program with snow forts, mazes, tubing, lessons and age-appropriate terrain. Arapahoe Basin celebrates its 70th anniversary during the 2016/2017 season, and is best known for its daredevil, above-tree-line terrain and its extended season (October through mid-June is typical). One of A-Basin’s signature runs, Pallavicini, is among the state’s longest and steepest trails. Copper Mountain offers naturally divided terrain featuring distinct sections of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails. Copper is a resort in trios: three peaks, three bowls and three villages, each with its own appeal.
Summit County Ski Resort Highlights
Each Summit County ski resort has special features that make the destination interesting. Among the more distinct elements, Woodward at Copper is an action sports training ground with lessons and camps in summer and winter. Its Barn complex has foam pits where tricksters can land safely before trying their new skills outdoors. The superpipe and terrain parks at Breckenridge host international events like the annual Dew Tour. Copper Mountain also hosts international competitions and is selected regularly by teams from around the world as a training home base. There are no ski resorts in Frisco or Dillon, but with their central location to the others combined with affordable lodging, they make a great starting point for any Summit County skiing adventure.