Summit County, Colorado

I work in Breckenridge. I live in Dillon. I (well, used to) row in Frisco. I ride in Keystone, Silverthorne and beyond. I love calling this place home.

Since I’m in the process of re-working the site, the most recent posts (below) will be the most relevant. But, if you’d like to dive into the Summit County archives, you can also look at posts per destination: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne.

Trail Profile + PHOTOS: Mayflower Gulch & Boston Mine

Route: Mayflower Gulch is a short, easy out-and-back up a scenic gulch Start/Finish: The trailhead is located on highway 91 between Leadville and Copper Mountain. The parking lot is just under 6 miles from Copper and will be on the left. Mayflower Gulch seasons: hike it in summer/fall; ski or snowshoe …

(PHOTOS) Early season turns

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Drowning my sorrows in wild raspberries

When it snows in June in Summit County, we typically remind ourselves that we need the water. We’re simply putting on that brave face, the one that’s so ready to unleash a stream of expletives over weather that’s not atypical for 9500-plus feet. Long after most of the country has …

(PHOTOS) Big Mountain Enduro: Keystone Day 1

We went to Keystone Saturday and saw two stages of the Big Mountain Enduro. After tasking myself with the goal of getting one decent shot of each of Eric’s friends, I succeeded (sort of). Check out my best shots of the boys, plus a few more. I still need some …

A new focus for Colorado Summit Life

It seems dramatic, but I’ve been dazzled. A recent trip to Barbados re-lit my fire for travel. The heat never died, but a little breeze was all it took to fan coals into major flames. I get to write at work (awesome), but I suppose I’m inspired to start writing …

Memorial Day in Colorado’s Mountains: Bikes + Food + Hike

Merriam-Webster online defines crapshoot as “something that has an unpredictable outcome”. Planning outdoor adventures in Colorado’s high county over the Memorial Day weekend is typically just such a venture. Comments comments

Fall Bike Rides in and around Summit County, Colorado

Shorter days are a symptom of summer becoming winter and it means I hit the magic hour each time I commute. Check it out for yourself on one of these rides. And don’t forget the camera.

Overnight Bike Tour: Summit, Winter Park & the Fraser Valley

Why wait for a week or two off work? Go overnight. Living in Colorado makes this bike touring motto especially easy. Some would argue difficult, as for the most part in Summit County, the only two route options are uphill and downhill. And with one comes the other. Regardless, there …

My Commute Is Cooler Than Yours, Part 1: Flumes Trails

  Route: Loop on Lower Flume, Middle Flume and Upper Flume Start/End: Flumes trailhead on County Road 450, near the Breckenridge Recycling Center Flumes Trail Season: Summer and fall (running, mountain biking), provided there’s not an excess of moisture*; some areas popular with cross country skiers in winter *Please be …

Rowing at Altitude: Frisco Rowing Center in Summit County, Colorado

I haven’t been this excited in a long time. Well, let’s qualify that. I haven’t been this excited about a sport in a long time. Sport in question? Rowing. Comments comments

Trailbuilding Projects in Summit County, Colorado: 2011 Dates

Like many residents of Summit County, Colorado, I spend much of my summer exploring the expansive trail network our home has to offer. With the local trails seeing so much use, it’s important to go beyond respect and give back with a little (or a lot of) manual labor. Several …

Spring Bike Rides in Summit County, Colorado: Montezuma Hammer Time

Route: Highway 6 east toward Keystone and up Montezuma Road Start/End: Out and back from Dillon, Colorado Season: spring, summer and fall; Montezuma is a great spring ride when trails are still snowy and the major roads are majorly dusty Vandalism probably shouldn’t make me smile, but I’ve always appreciated …

Spring Bike Rides in Summit County: Ute Pass near Silverthorne, Colorado

Route:Highway 9 north from Silverthorne and up Ute Pass Road Start/End: Out-and-back from Dillon, Colorado Season: Highway 9 / Ute Pass is typically rideable year round, but it’s best in winter and spring when everything else is snowy or wet Comments comments

Skate Skiing in Summit County: Lessons at the Frisco Nordic Center

It seems many of the aerobic freaks who win randonee events also Nordic ski. Also, many cyclists use it for cross-training in the winter. It’s not my goal to become an aerobic freak or race bikes, but staying fit while playing outdoors (rather than in a gym) is pretty appealing. …

Arapahoe Basin’s Full Moon Dinner Series: 2011 Dates Announced

With the first of Arapahoe Basin’s five dinner events behind us, I figured it was about time to post the dates of the remaining four. Really, I was just procrastinating on registering for the January event and wanted to secure our spots before I shared with the rest of the …

Straight Creek Trail Overview: Neighborhood Trail in Summit County’s Dillon Valley

Route: Straight Creek trail from Dillon Valley toward the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels Start/End: Out and back via trailhead accessed from Forest Rd. 51 and multiple neighborhood trails around Dillon Valley Season: Year-round My personal athletic accomplishments have always been a result of stubbornness rather than physical prowess. Though close …

Great Fun for a Great Cause: CAIC Benefit Bash Hits the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center November 13, 2010

What: CAIC Benefit Bash When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 Where: Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado Cost: $25/person includes entry, food, two drink tickets and a door prize ticket Just last Friday, the Summit Daily News ran a photo of a longtime local catching early season turns on Loveland Pass. It’s …

Road Biking Colorado’s Swan Mountain Road: Dillon, Summit Cove, Breckenridge and Frisco Bike Path

UPDATE: You’re diving into the archives! Be sure to see the site’s best face by visiting the home page, ColoradoSummitLife.com. Route: Swan Mountain Road loop, clockwise around Lake Dillon Start/End: Dillon, Colorado Season: Spring-Fall Since I started mountain biking in Colorado (last season), I’ve definitely been splitting the time I …

Triple Bypass Ride Report: Supported Colorado Road Bike Ride from Bergen Park to Avon

For the second year in a row I went online at exactly noon on exactly the right date to secure entry for myself, my husband and my dad in the Triple Bypass. Hosted by Team Evergreen, this 120-mile supported, organized road bike ride summits three well-known mountain passes in one …

Road Biking Loveland Pass: Summit County, Colorado

Route: out-and-back up the west side of Loveland Pass Start/End: Dillon, Colorado Season: Spring – Fall One of the many, many great things about living in Summit County, Colorado is the overwhelming number of places to ride. Road biking, mountain biking, path cruising, dirt jumping and downhill; you name it, …

Mountain Biking the Peninsula Recreation Area: Frisco, Colorado

Route: Perimeter trail, and then some Start/End: Intersection of Colorado Hwy 9 and Water Dance Dr/Peak One Circle/CR 1004 in Frisco, Colorado Season: Spring – Fall Difficulty: Beginner, compared to most trails in Summit County, Colorado When I was recently searching for info on the development of the Frisco/Summit County …

Climbing Overview: Swan Mountain Road Near Breckenridge, Colorado

Routes: beginner and intermediate short, top-rope routes Start/End: parking area near the Prospector Campground on the north side of Swan Mountain Road Route Access: Via a short hike from the parking area It’s open season for rock climbing on Swan Mountain Road between Breckenridge and Keystone, Colorado.  Eric is the …

Frisco Peninsula’s 18-Acre Bike Park: Public Groundbreaking Means the Summit County Bike Park Is On

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 4, the Town of Frisco held a public groundbreaking for new construction taking place at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area. The plans include winter and summer development, and of course, that 18-acre bike park. A few highlights of features planned for the Frisco bike park: Slopestyle Lanes: …

Full-Moon Skiing and Snowshoeing: Under the Stars in Summit County, Colorado

One of the most popular posts on the site so far has been the Black Mountain Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner piece. So I decided to pass on a few of my favorite spots for full-moon snowshoeing and let folks know about a few group tours in surrounding counties. And, …

Skinning Up the Ski Slopes: Our Thoughts on the Best Routes in Summit County

Now that Eric and I have been skinning/snowshoeing at local resorts a few times a week, I’ve definitely picked some favorite uphill runs. The end goal is to finish the Imperial Challenge, so in order to make it before the time cutoff, I want to make sure my lungs and …

Overview of the Peaks Trail: Summit County, Colorado

I’ve gotten some questions about the Peaks Trail, one of my favorite trails in Summit County, Colorado. So here’s an overview of what I’ve discovered. A longer version will be published soon at goColorado.com, so I’ll post the link when the article goes online. Trailheads With a trailhead in Frisco, …

Video of the RMD Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado

Thanks to Eric, here’s some video of the RMD mogul competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Or, read about the mogul event — Rocky Mountain Division Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado Comments comments

Rocky Mountain Division Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado

“I’m too old for that.” I heard it a lot this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, parents and spectators looked on as folks waist-high to full-grown launched down the moguls of Mach 1 and gracefully flipped themselves …

Breckenridge, Colorado’s Annual Ullr Parade: Floats in Photos

As a Louisiana native, I have memories of Mardi Gras and parades that date from early childhood. And I’ve seen Mardi Gras pictures of our entire family dressed as clowns, costumes hand-made by Mom, that date back before my memory developed. Now that I live in Colorado, I’m a little …

Peaks Trail in Winter: Snow Play on Summit County’s Frisco to Breckenridge Throughway

Route: Breckenridge to Frisco via the Peaks Trail Start: Peaks trailhead in Breckenridge, Colorado, accessed by Ski Hill Rd. End: Miner’s Creek Road to County Commons in Frisco, Colorado Season: Winter For more specific route information on the Breckenridge to Frisco Peaks Trail, read Overview of the Peaks Trail: Summit …

Working Out to Get to Work: Skinning up the Ski Slopes in Breckenridge, Colorado

Route: Top of Peak 10 via Sundown, in Breckenridge Start: Beaver Run End: 9 Restaurant Season: Winter, silly In winter I work on the mountain at Breckenridge, and the one thing I can never complain about is the view. Our shack sits halfway up Peak 9, with the town of …

Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado: Mike Riddle Wins Ski Halfpipe

Yes, we need snow, but I won’t argue with the sunshine we had toady. Not so during the recent holiday season … December 25: As a hefty breeze whips white stuff from the trees and the wind chill hovers something around -30, I rejoice that such weather waited until Christmas to show its …

Climbing Q&A: Climbing Swan Mountain Road in Dillon, Colorado

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Not even close. Climbing guide Eric Zerowin sets anchors high above the shores of Lake Dillon, in Dillon, Colorado, as his two guests absorb the views. The late-morning sun shines brightly in the blue sky, and it’s too early in the day …

Gatherhouse: Glassblowing in Frisco, Colorado

It’s called Gatherhouse, after the glassblowing term of gathering, or collecting molten glass from the furnace. Here at this Frisco, Colorado studio and gallery, the name seems to have a second meaning. Minutes ago I was helping stretch an orange and yellow gob of hot glass into 15-foot rod, no …

Arapahoe Basin Snowshoe Dinner Series: Summit County, Colorado

I enjoy skiing and snowboarding at A-Basin so much I bought a hat. So it’s no surprise that on an early-season weeknight, bored out of my mind, I would cruise arapahoebasin.com searching for any info on when new terrain will open. Knowing full well that winter needs to really arrive …

Skiing and Snowboarding Summit County: Lesson Deals at "Colorado Gems"

“Just turn!” says boyfriend. Tears well up in girlfriend’s eyes. “Just turn … like this,” says boyfriend, who proceeds to demo the move. Anyone who skis or snowboards in Summit County (or anywhere in Colorado) has probably witnessed this scenario more than a few times. They’ve watched the scene explode …

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) Benefit Bash: November 14, 2009 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado

For a mere $20 get food, 3 beer tickets and a door prize ticket. But we heard the stories from last year’s inaugural event, which apparently involved plenty of swag flying from the stage. Expect Breckenridge and Summit County residents as well as supporters from across the state. Colorado Avalanche …

Breckenridge Opening Day Eve: Summit County Resorts Ready for Snow

Free coffee is quickly becoming a Breckenridge tradition on opening day eve. If you live in Breckenridge, or maybe anywhere in Summit County, you probably picked up your free coffee and mug this morning. What local doesn’t have a collection of Wake Up mugs? Comments comments

Uneva Pass: Frisco to Copper Overnight Backpacking

The sounds of our breathing as we punched our feet through knee-deep snow was mostly what we heard at near 12,000 feet. That, and the occasional jet flying overhead.