Category Archives: Outdoor Activities

A Hut Experience

Summit County and surrounding counties are home to some wonderful “hut” systems.  The word “hut” is a bit of a misnomer, since they are mostly beautiful log cabins.  But regardless, they offer a wonderful back-country experience that I highly recommend.

This weekend, my husband, Rick, and I joined our good friends in a cross-country ski trek to the 10th Mountain Hut.  Described as, “Nestled at timberline below the majestic peaks of the Colorado Continental Divide, 10th Mountain Division Hut forms a perfect destination for a single hut trip or ski-through using other nearby huts. In summer, dozens of hiking and cycling routes start or end just outside the door.”

For us, we stuck our skins on our cross-country skis and made the 4.4 mile, 1,445′ elevation gain from Crane Park to the hut.  Ok – let me be honest, we cut off around a mile (but not much elevation gain), by parking a bit closer to a small trail that connected to the main trail.

It took us around 3 1/2 hours to climb to the hut.  And then we were treated an amazing weekend of being totally disconnected, heat via the wood-burning stove, an out-house that was just a bit chilly, and the opportunity to meet fellow skiers who enjoy the back-country probably even more than we do.

This hut is a haven for the AT skiers.  As for me and Rick, we stuck to just trekking around on our x-country skis and enjoying the scenery.

If you are looking for a new experience, try out hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing to a hut.  It is truly a wonderful experience!!

On the Water – Lake Dillon

One of the most beautiful features of Summit County is Lake Dillon – which was created as a main water source for the city of Denver.  During the Great Depression, the Denver Water Board had acquired most of the water rights in the Blue River Valley and in 1956, the DWB notified all residents and business owners in the town of Dillon (which WAS where the lake is now) that they had to leave by September 15, 1961.  The construction of the dam was started in 1961 and completed in 1963.  It diverts water from the Blue River Basin through the 23.3 mile Harold D. Roberts Tunnel under the Continental Divide into the South Platte River Basin.

The lake now serves as a beautiful feature to Summit County and the place for much recreation.  There are 26.8 miles of shore, it sits at 9,017 feet in elevation and covers 3,233 acres.  The average depth of the reservoir is 79′.

Come visit Summit County today and enjoy life on the lake through either the Frisco Marina or the Dillon Marina!

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2015 Opening Days at Summit County Ski Resorts!!

Aching to head to the slopes?  Wondering when you can hop a lift?  So am I!!

While it has been a pretty dry autumn for Summit County, we are hoping to be blessed with more of that white gold this week.  With snow expected on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – we are all crossing our fingers for opening days.  However, the resorts are working hard to create some of that beautiful snow on their own.  At this point in time, opening days look like this:

Arapahoe Basin – Stay tuned….it all depends on the weather – but they are hoping to open SOON!

Keystone – Currently planning to open on November 6th

Copper Mountain – Currently planning to open on November 6th

Breckenridge – Currently planning to open on November 13th

See you on the slopes!!

Hiking – Summit County’s Boulder Lake

My favorite part of Summit County – and the reason I love living here – are the hiking trails.  From easy walks in the woods, to an incline that gets your heart pumping, to the all-day destination hikes, I love them all.  I wish my schedule allowed for more all-day hikes, but I squeeze in as many 1/2 day hikes as I can.

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful morning hike to Boulder Lake which is just north of Silverthorne.  Quite frankly, the toughest part of the hike was the drive to the trailhead – but once there, you are treated to a wonderful trail full of wildflowers, views, the devastation of pine beetle, but the hope of the new growth under the dead trees, cute little streams of water, and finally, yes – Boulder Lake.

Enjoy these pictures from my hike – and feel free to call or email me for hiking ideas.


Rocky Mountain Triathlon in Silverthorne this year!!!

So – if you thought the high country was only about skiing and snowboarding, you are sorely mistaken!  Summertime in the Rockies plays host to many, many activities.  And – if you like the idea of competition, there are many to choose from.

As for me, I’m a runner.  My first race will be this Saturday at Run the Rockies in Frisco.  Having dealt with a terrible chest cold for the past 2 weeks, I’m definitely not ready for this race – but will give it a try, all the same.

The Rocky Mountain Triathlon is an incredibly popular event.  If I liked swimming, I’d probably give it a try – but the water just isn’t my thing.  However, many, many Summit County locals and front range racing fanatics really love the Triathlon – and this event is especially fun.

The Summit Daily featured this article about the event: Rocky Mountain Triathlon

So – head to Summit County this summer!!  There are many activities to choose from!!


Spring Golfing in Summit County

One of the many outdoor activities you can enjoy in Summit County is Golf!  With 5 courses to choose from, golf has already started (although with our latest snowstorm, it could prove difficult to find that little white ball!)

The Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne has already opened.  This course offers Summit County’s hilliest terrain.  Enjoy spring prices between $55-$75 with a cart and these prices will last until June.

The Copper Creek Golf Course is tentatively schedule to open on June 12th.  This course is great for people like me…a “less experienced player”.   Although I’m not sure “less experienced” is the best way to describe me…I’ve golfed quite a bit in my former life in the insurance industry, but was just never very good!  For just $5 for a bucket of balls, you can hit their driving range, or for $51 – $73 you can golf until June 29th.

The Jack Nicklaus designed Breckenridge Golf club sits just outside the town of Breckenridge and will open Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy prices from $67 – $85 until June 11th.

And, finally, Keystone offers two fabulous courses at Keystone Ranch and River Courses.  The River Course plans to open May 15th while the Ranch will open May 29th.  Enjoy $85 prices until June 4th.

For more detailed information about Summit County’s golf courses, click here to read Summit Daily’s article on Spring Golf in Summit County.


Ice Fishing in Summit County

Summit County is obviously well known for our amazing ski hills.  From Breckenridge to Keystone, A-Basin to Copper Mountain – our 4 world class ski resorts offer the best there is in downhill skiing.

But not everyone loves the hills!  Or – even if they do, they just can’t get away from that one passion – FISHING!!

That’s my youngest son, Jordan.  If he isn’t skiing, then chances are you will find him hunting or fishing – and yes, he likes to fish in the winter.  This year he has geared himself up with an ice fishing tent, a comfy chair, a small heater, and many friends who are willing to join him.  You will often find him on a pond or lake even after dark…sometimes as late as midnight.  He and his buddies have had some good luck this year…and he’s enjoyed fresh trout for supper on more than one occasion.

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But, I’ve noticed that it’s not just the reward of the fish that they love.  These young men enjoy just slowing down, enjoying some downtime with their buddies and the challenge of a fishing hole.

The Summit Daily features fishing information throughout the winter.  Here is their latest article on Ice Fishing:    Fishing

Summit County isn’t just about skiing – we live for anything in the great outdoors!!

Amazing Colors in Summit County’s High Country

Fall 2014 - 1The colors are beginning to change. I get so excited for summer that I often forget how absolutely beautiful autumn is in the high country.  We experienced such a heavy monsoon season – that these sunny fall days are truly glorious.

So many people live for winter in the High Country, or they long for the few warm days in the summer to sail, bike or hike. But don’t forget to explore the mountains in September and October.

You can start by checking out some amazing homes at the Summit County Builders Association’s Parade of Homes September 27th & 28th.  Many of the homes are for sale, but those that aren’t still provide great ideas for your own home and give you the opportunity to meet a number of builders and subcontractors to help you build or remodel your own home.

I’m including some photos that I took this weekend north of Silverthorne, Colorado.  The mountains truly are shimmering in gold!!

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Exploring Summit County

Summer has arrived in Summit County – which is my most favorite time of year!  The glorious blue skies, the green, green grass against the snow-capped mountains are just breath-taking views that I get to enjoy daily.

On Sunday, my family and I took a drive around the north end of the county up by Green Mountain Reservoir.  While the rivers are rushing – and over the banks in some areas, we are still waiting for our reservoirs to fill up.  However, I will defer to the powers-that-be to control the water flows.  There is definitely a science between the amount of snow we have combined with the temperatures, the rate of melt, and the amount of water flowing into the lakes.  Thankfully we have experts in this area that do their best to keep us from experience extreme flooding – or any flooding at all for that matter.

I thought I would share with you a few pictures from this weekend!


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End of Season beginning to Wrap Up

The 2013/2014 ski season is coming to a close this month at 3 of Summit County’s ski resorts.

Keystone Resort wrapped up their season this weekend and Copper Mountain & Breckenridge closing this next weekend on April 27th (although they are already closed during the week and will re-open for the weekend only).

See Summit Daily’s article on Keystone’s Season Wrap-up here:

Arapahoe Basin has yet to determine a closing date.

So – what does that mean for mountain enthusiasts?  It means that hiking is just around the corner!!  Follow me to get the latest on my Summit County hikes this summer!