Guide to Ski Resorts in Summit County


With winter around the corner, many of us want to make the most of it by heading to a ski resort. Summit County is a great place to do just that, as it has always been a popular destination for winter skiing.

Check out the following list in no order of popularity, of world-class ski resorts found in Summit County, Colorado.


1. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Do you live for adrenaline-inducing adventure?

If so, then Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is perfect for daredevils like you. Its extreme landscape has some of the longest and steepest skiing terrains in North America. Two of its notoriously challenging terrains are Pallavicini (famously called “The Legend”) and the East Wall.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (or A-Basin as locals have dubbed it) is roughly half an hour away from the Summit County lodging. Despite being considered the smallest of the four popular resorts in Summit County, its lifts can still deliver you up the mountainside at 2,270 feet to ski.

Another popular skiing area is Zuma Cornice, where you will enjoy 360-degree views. Beginners and intermediate skiers will be delighted to find that the Montezuma Bowl has increased powder runs for their category. Advanced skiers will also welcome the additional openings of new cornices and glades.


A-Basin offers seven days of parking for free and a Kids Snowsports Center with snow sports programs for kids.

What could be better incentives for families?

If you want to save money on lift tickets, purchase online in advance for maximum savings. There is also open registration for kids aged 3 to 16 for multi-week ski and snowboard programs. All levels are welcome. This is a great offer to take advantage of if you have kids who love outdoor snow sports.

A-Basin also has season passes available. This translates to unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates for the 2019–2020 season. A full season pass costs an adult (aged 16-69) $549, a youth (ages 15-18) $369, and a child (ages 6-14) $209.

Depending on your preference, other types of season passes are also available, like the 2019–2020 Midweek Season Pass, Double Down 2-season Pass, 2019–2020 Any Day Pass, and many more. There are special prices for different categories, like active veterans and dependents, seniors (aged 70+), college students, and children.


2. Breckenridge Ski Resort

Tagged as one of the most popular ski resorts, Breckenridge is just a 15-minute drive from Frisco Lodge. This ski resort is famous for having a bit of something for everyone. Its terrain is divided into advanced/expert trails (58%), intermediate level (31%), and beginners (11%).

Breckenridge has five impressive peaks, four terrain parks, eleven bowls, and the Imperial Express, renowned as the highest chairlift in North America. The resort also boasts family-friendly terrain with a first-rate global ski school.


Breckenridge possesses breathtaking mountain views. Its locals have heartwarming spirits and friendly natures, drawing a huge number of skiers annually. The town also has several restaurants, bars, and year-round activities to entice multiple visits. It is no wonder people come to Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Breckenridge constitutes Peaks 6–10, designed for different skill levels. The newest is Peak 6, suitable for those looking for an above-treeline experience. Skiers with intermediate skills will relish Peak 7. Peak 8 welcomes all skill levels, and Peak 9 is excellent for beginners with its wide spaces. Peak 10 is reserved mostly for advanced skiers with its challenging, steep runs.

This ski resort offers different passes, like Epic, Summit Value, Epic Day, and Epic Local. However, its popularity also means they can sell out fast. It is better to be a pass holder and save up to 40% on lift ticket prices with the Buddy Ticket offer. Other discounts can be enjoyed through a Ski With A Friend promo. Always plan and book in advance if you want to enjoy the captivating Breckenridge Ski Resort.


3. Copper Mountain Resort

If you prefer a less crowded (but still large) ski resort, then Copper Mountain Resort is the best fit for you. A quick ten-minute ride from the Summit County Lodging will bring you to this mountain village. It is a year-round destination offering an authentic, comfortable, and unobtrusive atmosphere.

Copper Mountain’s resort consists of three peaks divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections. The three courses have their own bases but are interlinked and can be accessed easily through the mountain lifts.

Advanced skiers love Copper Mountain Resort for its challenging bowls. Beginners appreciate its terrains and top-notch Copper Ski and Ride School instructors.


This resort has affordable winter 2019­­–2020 season passes. Copper Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing/riding at Copper Mountain Resort. Adults pay $629, college students and teens (13-17) pay $449, children (4-12) cost $309, and kids four years old and younger are free. Other types of passes are the IKON, IKON Base, and Military Season.

For those looking for great deals on lift tickets at the Copper Mountain Resort, make sure to book online. Purchasing at least a day in advance entitles you to as much as a 48% discount! There are also military discount tickets available. If you want to save even more, book a lodging package. This gives you the lowest prices of lift tickets.

What are you waiting for?

It is time to head to Copper Mountain Resort to enjoy more than 140 trails, 2,465 acres of terrain, and an exciting vertical drop of 2,601 feet.


4. Keystone Resort

Keystone Ski Resort has long been a staple favorite for family bonding. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Keystone resort has you covered. Possessing the largest terrain in Summit County, Keystone Resort offers 3,000 skiable acres.

This resort spans three mountains: Dercum, North Peak, and The Outback. Depending on the kind of thrill you enjoy, you can choose which mountain to make a beeline for. Dercum Mountain is where you will find the A51 Terrain Park. For heart-pounding challenging runs, make your way to the North Peak. For some intoxicating tree skiing, The Outback is the perfect place to station yourself. Daredevils can maximize their experience at Keystone Resort by going on a snowcat guided tour. This is available in the advanced zones in the Independence, Erikson, and Bergman Bowls.

What’s interesting about Keystone Resort is its wonderful trails to explore (all 131 one of them!). There are two charming villages, twenty lifts, and two gondolas in this resort. All types of skiers are welcome. Its terrain is divided into advanced/expert trails (57%), intermediate level (29%), and beginners (14%).

If you are not quite confident yet in your skiing abilities, Keystone Resort has a Ski&Ride School brimming with options for guests. Family private lessons are available to learn the sport and strengthen skills together. This paves the way for creating memorable and lasting bonding experiences. Other programs available are designed for a fun learning environment for young skiers. Kids have options to partake in the Keystone All Mountain Performance program, Kroozers Program, or Explorers Program.


Aside from skiing, the resort also offers impressive first-rate dining options and an outstanding luxury spa to unwind and recharge. Kids will never get bored with the endless free daily Kidtopia events. Families can also enjoy mountaintop tubing, gliding through ice rinks, night skiing, and the world’s largest snow fort.

If you have kids aged twelve and below, you might consider at least a two-night stay in the resort so they can enjoy some free skiing. Keystone Resort is the ultimate family getaway.

To score the lowest price for lift tickets, it is best to book online seven days in advance. Apart from that, Keystone Resort offers a Buddy and Ski With A Friend ticket for deep discounts to pass holders. They also offer a Keystone Plus Pass, Epic Local Pass, Summit Value Pass, Epic Pass, and a Keystone Crested Butte 4-Pack.

A Keystone Plus Pass pertains to unlimited access to Keystone, five days at Crested Butte with limited holiday restrictions, and unlimited access to Breckenridge after 4/1/20. For those content to ski at two resorts with limited restrictions, a Summit Value Pass is recommended. It offers unlimited skiing at Keystone and limited restrictions in Breckenridge. The other passes allow guests multiple access at 17 peak ski resort areas. Serious skiers would consider this the best pass to purchase.

Those who want to enjoy four days at Keystone and Crested Butte will find the Keystone Crested Butte 4-Pack Pass a wonderful deal. It is good to check online first to see which passes are available considering the popularity of ski season.


The Bottom Line

These are the four biggest ski resorts in Summit County, and each has fantastic offers. Pick one that will make your winter experience amazing. Or better yet, try them all to find your favorite.


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