All About Summit County, Colorado, Ski Areas

If snow sports are your thing, Summit County is the place to be. Our region of Colorado has tons of incredible recreation destinations, including some of the most famous ski areas in North America.

With so many options, how do you choose? The first step is knowing the different things each of the Colorado ski areas has to offer. Once you’ve decided where to visit, Summit County Mountain Retreats has comfortable and luxurious vacation rentals to complete your vacation planning. Here’s an overview of the nearby Colorado ski resorts.


There are five world-famous Summit County ski resorts for you to explore. They all offer the basics: ski lessons, lifts, and rentals. However, there are some differences.

  • Keystone has 128 trails with the longest run being three and a half miles. Those trails span across three mountains and five bowls. Breathtaking gondola rides transport skiers between mountains. It is owned by Vail Resorts, which operates 37 different ski areas across the country. So if you have a season pass to a Vail-owned resort back home, be sure to bring it for access to Keystone! For an extra special experience, try their night skiing.
  • Breckenridge is another of Vail’s Colorado ski areas, so the season pass tip still applies. While Breck has 187 trails, their longest run is three and a half miles, just like Keystone. The trails cover five different peaks, simply named Peaks 6–10. Get right to Breckenridge, Colorado, skiing each morning by staying near Peak 8 or Peak 9 with Summit County Mountain Retreats.
  • Copper Mountain has over 140 marked trails. The longest run is just under two miles. It also has a scenic roller coaster. It’s known for having one of the most organized trail layouts, ranging from easiest to most challenging, so it’s an excellent choice for novice and expert skiers alike.
  • Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest season in Colorado. It has 147 trails, and the longest run is one and a half miles. It has been open for skiing on July fourth seven times! Even the most advanced skiers can find a challenge at A-Basin. Tickets are rather affordable, too.
  • Loveland is a bit smaller than the other Colorado ski areas on this list, with 97 trails, but their quality is just as good. It operates a separate area called Loveland Valley with more gentle terrain. That makes it one of the most accessible Colorado ski resorts for new skiers.


There are two more incredible Colorado ski areas near Summit County Mountain Retreats. The original Vail Colorado ski resort (pictured) is only 30 minutes from our Frisco vacation rentals, and Beaver Creek is just 45 minutes. Like Keystone and Breckenridge, these two Colorado ski areas are included in Vail’s Epic Pass. So if you want to shred all the best mountains during your visit, Summit County is the ideal place to stay. Contact us to begin planning the ski trip of a lifetime!

Published on Monday, February 10, 2020