Frequently Asked Questions
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Using this Website:
How do I use this website?
Ready , aim, click! That’s all it takes to do your vacation planning! Our sites are designed to be user friendly and act as virtual vacation-planning guides. You’re just a click away from planning your next perfect vacation. Here are some tips on the navigation of our sites. Let’s get started!
- It isn’t all done for you – you do have to decide exactly where you want to go and what you want to see.
- Next question to ask yourself is when you want to take this vacation. - during the summer or winter months? If the answer is the summer – you will want to investigate summer activities and events. And of course, winter will have different things to do and to see. Just click on the season.
- Okay, now based on your itinerary (what you absolutely have to see) and the time you have to see it in, where is the best place to stay. Explore the various lodging options by simply clicking on the name of a property. You will be directed to their website for a full and complete description of the accommodation.
- If all this decision-making has become overwhelming, then simply consult the Vacations Tab. Here you will find sample vacations and itineraries.
Our sites are intended to make your vacation planning easy and fun! They are filled with resources that will take the stress out of your planning. With direct connections to lodging, dining, activities and more, you’ll be able to make your decision and finalize your plans with ease. If you want to speak to a real, live person, just click on LIVE CHAT and a travel consultant will be able to help you and make suggestions while planning your trip. If you still would like to browse through brochures and pamphlets I suggest contacting the local chambers (phone numbers below).
Summit Chamber of Commerce (800) 530-3099 or (970) 668-2051
Summit Information Center (800) 530-3099 or (970) 468-5780
Colorado Department of Transportation (Road Information) (303) 639-111
Road Information in Summit County (970) 668-1090
White River National Forest (970)945-2521
Keystone Ski Resort (877) 625-1556 or (970) 496-2316
Copper Mountain Ski Resort (888) 219-2441
Breckenridge Ski Resort (970) 453-5000
Arapahoe Ski Resort (888) 250-4428
Where is Summit County, Colorado?
Summit County is located in the heart of the mountains in central Colorado with great skiing and high-end resorts and real estate. It is filled with big mountains with lots of forest and lots of excellent hiking and biking trails.
What are the closest major cities?
Summit County sits on the western side of the Continental Divide approximately 60 miles west of Denver. Interstate-70 crosses east to west through the county. Exit 205 serves Silverthorne, Dillon and Keystone. Exits 203 and 201 serve Frisco and Breckenridge. Exit 195 serves Copper Mountain. Colorado State Highway 9 crosses north to south.
Where are the closest airports?
Denver International Airport - Located just outside of Denver, the airport is 90 miles Summit County via Interstate 70. Denver International Airport is a nonstop destination for over 21 national and international carriers. Shuttles and car rentals are available at the airport.
Vail/Eagle County Airport – Vail/Eagle County Airport is 65 miles west of Keystone. Direct flights are available from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York/LGA, Newark, Philadelphia. Shuttles and car rentals are available at the airport.
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport – Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is109 miles from Summit County. Shuttles and car rentals are available at the airport.
What is the average temperature?
Winter Temperatures: 28° F daytime / 15° F nighttime
Summer Temperatures: 70-80° F daytime / 50° F nighttime
Average days of sunshine per year: 300
Facts & Tidbits:
What is the population of Summit County, Colorado?
Summit County includes the towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Dyersville, Frisco, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma and Silverthorne. The entire year-round county population was 23,538 at as of the U.S. Census of 2000. The County Seat is Breckenridge.
What is the elevation in Summit County, Colorado?
Summit County's elevation ranges between 8,000 and more than 14,000 feet above sea level.
What makes Summit County, Colorado so special?
Summit County is Colorado playground. Home to four major ski areas – Keystone, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin - it is a winter wonderland and a wonderful summer recreation area.
- Breckenridge is home to the largest Historic District in the State of Colorado.
- The Gold Pan Saloon, established in 1859, is the oldest continuously operated bar west of the Mississippi.
- In 1887, "Tom's Baby," a 13.5-pound gold nugget, was discovered near Breckenridge.
Activities & Attractions:
What are some stats on each of the four ski resorts?
- Vertical: 3,128 ft
- Base elevation: 9,280 ft
- Summit elevation: 12,408 ft
- Number of Lifts: 20
- Average Annual Snowfall: 230 in
- Number of Trails: 135
- Longest Run: 3.5 Miles/Schoolmarm
- Skiable Area: 3,148 acres
- Degree of Difficulty: Easiest: 19 percent, more difficult: 32 percent, most difficult: 49 percent
- Vertical: 3,601 ft
- Base elevation: 9,712 ft
- Summit elevation: 12,313 ft
- Number of Lifts: 22
- Average Annual Snowfall: 282 in
- Number of Trails: 126
- Longest Run: 2.8 miles
- Skiable Area: 2,450 acres
- Degree of Difficulty: Easiest: 21 percent, more difficult: 25 percent, most difficult: 54 percent
- Vertical: 3,398 ft
- Base elevation: 9,600 ft
- Summit elevation: 12,998 ft
- Number of Lifts: 30
- Average Annual Snowfall: 305 in
- Number of Trails: 155
- Longest Run: 3.5 miles
- Skiable Area: 2,358 acres
- Degree of Difficulty: Easiest: 15 percent, more difficult: 33 percent, most difficult: 52 percent
- Vertical: 2,270 ft
- Base elevation: 10,780 ft
- Summit elevation: 13,050 ft
- Number of Lifts: 7
- Average Annual Snowfall: 350 in
- Number of Trails: 105
- Longest Run: 1.5 miles
- Skiable Area: 900 acres
- Degree of Difficulty: Easiest: 10 percent, more difficult: 30 percent, most difficult: 60 percent
What are the most popular summer activities?
Guides and Tours
Hiking and Backpacking
Kids Summer Fun
Kayak and Canoe
ATV / Offroad
What are the most popular winter activities?
Guides and Tours
Kids Winter Fun
What are the some of the best events in Summit County?
International Snow Sculpture Championships
Copper Mountain Sunsation
A Basin Festival of the Brewpubs
Shakin at the Basin Concert Series
Breckenridge Music Festival
Colorado BBQ Challenge
Frisco Colorado Run the Rockies
Breckenridge Firecracker 50 Bike Race
Summit County July 4th Celebrations
Breckenridge Genuine Jazz Festival
13th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival
Breckenridge Colorado Octoberfest
Breckenridge Ullr Fest
Summit County Christmas Celebrations
Hartford Ski Spectacular
Summit County New Years Eve Celebrations