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THINGS TO DO IN SUMMIT COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: WINTER EDITION

THINGS TO DO IN SUMMIT COUNTY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: WINTER EDITION

Due to the new Summit County Public Health order in effect on 11/20/20, Warren Station has had to cancel a few upcoming events.

Luckily, there is still plenty of safe outdoor winter fun to be had in our Colorado mountains. We recommend doing these outdoor activities with ONLY the members of your immediate household or traveling companions. To read the full Public Health order, click here!

This December may be different whether you are visiting or a local of Summit County, CO.  Here are some fun, safe, outdoor, winter activities to do to make the most of the end of 2020.

beautiful ice formation at the Dillon Ice Castles
Amazing Ice Formation at the Dillon Ice Castles

Discover the Dillon Castles:

This December may be different whether you are visiting or a local of Summit County, CO.  Here are some fun, safe, outdoor activities to do to make the most of the end of 2020. 

A December Dillon tradition, the ice castles are returning for the 2020-2021 season! Explore the 25 million pounds of ice erected in Dillon Park and watch the color-changing LED lights sparkle in the dark night. The ice castles make both an amazing playground and the perfect Instagram photo-op! How many icicles can you count?

 

Two girls enjoying snow tubing at Keystone's tubing hill
Keystone’s Tubing Hill Will Be Open by Reservation

Feel the Wind in Your Hair on Keystone’s Tubing Hill:

At the top of Keystone Resort lies a multi-lane hill with a convenient lift that will take you back to the top so you can get in as many laps as your heart desires. Race your whole family down the snow tubing hill and feel the wind in your hair as you slide through the cool December air! The entire family will be laughing when you link up and get spun down the mountain. This year we recommend packing a thermos of hot chocolate to sip on in between exhilarating tubing runs or visit the Summit House where food and beverages will be grab n’ go only. There are other tubing hills throughout Summit County that you can also go check out!

Troll attraction in Summit County, CO
Isaak Heartstone Located in Breckenridge

 

Go On a Troll Hunt for Isak Heartstone:

Isak Heartstone, the famous Breckenridge Troll, resides along the Trollstigen Trail in White River National Forest. Lace up your snow boots, put on some sunscreen, and set out to see this famous sculpture from the 2018 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. Remember to respect both the trail and the troll by leaving no trace! For more troll details and directions, click here!

 

Take a Cross-Country Ski Tour Across Summit County, CO:

Cross-country skiing is not for the faint of heart but you will love sliding across the snow, feeling like Bambi every now and then! Below are a couple cross country tour options for the newbies and experts in Summit County, CO.

Green TrailThe Keystone Resort Nordic Center is a great place to start for anyone new to the sport. With 9 miles of groomed trail and access to 36 miles of trail in the White National Forest, you will love the view and are sure to get your legs under you. The Nordic Center even offers lessons to build your confidence and work up to our next blue cross country tour! 

man nordic skiing on a cross country ski trail
Cross Country Skiing is a Peaceful Summit County Sport

Blue TrailFrisco Nordic Center not only has great Nordic trails but spectacular views of peaks in all directions including  Lake Dillon. Jump on the blue run named Crown Point to get your heart rate up as it takes you around the entire peninsula. For a shorter blue run, check out Frisco Bay. Make sure to bring the camera (and a snack) as you cruise along the shores of Lake Dillon. 

Black Trail – The Gulch Road on the backside of Keystone Resort is a fun “black” cross country tour. You will need your own equipment or can rent from a local shop. We recommend Gore Range Sports, they specialize in Nordic skiing and will hook you up with the best gear. The Gulch Road meanders through the beautiful forest and up over 3 miles to Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ at the base of Keystone’s North Peak. Indulge in a BBQ sammie and a beer before getting your courage up to skate down back to the car. The Gulch Road is a local favorite and also is dog friendly! 

No matter which level your legs can handle, don’t forget to bring your sense of humor, water, and mask along for the day!

 

A sparkling Christmas tree in the River Run Village
River Run’s Holiday Tree is Always a Delight

Marvel in the Magic at the Lights of River Run:

Instead of a big village lighting event this year, we have decided to bring joy all season long to River Run Village located at the base of Keystone Resort. Stroll the village in the evening and find holiday delights around every corner. We have something for all ages from the kids to the kids at heart! Find Santa’s mailbox and send your Christmas wishes to the North Pole. Next head to the River Run holiday tree and gaze at the sparkling lights, follow with a photo at the big chair to take a photo. Lastly build your best snowman at the snowfield by Ina’s Bridge. Celebrate the holidays and welcome winter with us at Keystone, CO this December! 

Summit County is full of fun this winter! Get outside and enjoy the beautiful mountains while staying safe! Don’t forget your mask for all these activities to stop the spread and protect your neighbors.