In Summit County, Colorado, when the air turns crisp, the clocks turn back, and the first hint of snow begins dusting below the treeline of Breckenridge and Keystone resorts, it can only mean that everyone's favorite season is finally upon us:
And while the most avid downhillers dust off the boots and wax the skis in August or September, most begin their annual preparations right about now. So whether you're a Summit County local, a new resident, or a luxury home buyer considering an alpine investment, there's no better time to get ready for ski season and catch up with Summit County's twin-gem ski resorts of Breckenridge and Keystone.
About Breckenridge Ski Resort
Then, there is the Breckenridge Resort, one of the country's premier ski destinations, encompassing almost 3,000 acres of stunning mountain slopes and runs spread over five awe-inspiring peaks. Featuring incredibly diverse terrain that is both challenging and fun for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, the resort is perfect for families, couples, and large groups.
Breckenridge by the numbers:
- Base elevation: 9,600 ft
- Highest elevation: Peak 8 at 12,998 ft
- Average snowfall: more than 350 inches annually
- Terrain: 2,908 acres of skiable terrain
- Trails: 187
- Lifts: 35, including the Imperial SuperChair, at 12,840 feet, the highest lift in North America
About Keystone Ski Resort
Keystone also offers night skiing for the adventurer who isn't ready to let the day end, and its A51 Terrain Park is recognized as one of America's best. Beyond skiing, the acclaimed resort draws rave reviews for its attention to detail, comfort, and world-class amenities that cater to those who appreciate the finer things in life, including shopping in River Run Village and pampering at Alpenglow Spa.
Keystone by the numbers:
- Base elevation: 9,280 ft
- Highest elevation: 12,408 ft
- Average snowfall: more than 225 inches annually
- Terrain: 3,149 acres of skiable terrain, the most in Summit County
- Trails: 139
- Lifts: 20
Ski pass options
For those wanting to keep their skiing hyper-local, the Summit Value Pass affords purchasers unlimited resort access to Breckenridge (excluding peak dates) and Keystone (no exclusion dates) for $584 for adults, $474 for teens, and $326 for children. Prices are due to increase on November 19.
Benefits for both passes include 20% off food, lodging, group lessons, and rentals. For those seeking a more bespoke ski experience, exclusive club memberships at both resorts provide additional privileges and refined comfort.
Parking for Breckenridge and Keystone
In Keystone, the thoughtfully designed parking setup is highly convenient – from the River Run Lot to the Mountain House Base Area, you'll find free and paid parking suited to your preferences. Shuttle services at both resorts provide a hassle-free transition from your vehicle to the lifts.
Of course, if you're in the neighborhood, please stop by the NestSeekers office in the heart of downtown Breckenridge or call us, and we can direct you to our private parking lot to avoid crowds.
Dining and apres ski
In Breckenridge, refined dining is prevalent, and the nightlife always promises a great time during the peak of ski season. Your best opportunities for lively apres-ski are in Breckenridge, specifically at Sevens at the base of Peak 7 or the ski-up convenience of The Maggie on Peak 9.
Keystone takes a more laid-back approach to slopeside cuisine with River Run Village, featuring fine dining, casual eats, and wonderfully relaxed bars. When dining on the mountain, you can't go wrong with the trifecta of LaBonte's Smokehouse, Timber Ridge Lodge, or Summit House.
Ready to own in Breckenridge or Keystone?
If you're ready to explore Breckenridge Ski In Ski Out Homes or the outstanding options that await in Keystone, visit our office located in the heart of Breckenridge or call the Team at NestSeekers Colorado today and allow our team's extensive experience and expertise to help you navigate luxury Summit County Homes for Sale.