Summit County Welcomes The Inagural USA ProCycling Challenge!

Get ready for the Inagural USA ProCycling Challenge!  Between August 22nd and August 28th Colorado will play host to the most difficult stage race EVER held in the United States. Some of the Best Cyclists in the world will compete in this 7 Day race across the highest mountain passes ever ridden in a stage race. This race has already gained the attention of the world media and many of the top cyclists in the world have chosen to ride this race instead of the final of the three “Grand Tours, La Vuelta D’Espana”.

One of the stages, and possibly the most exciting stage of the race will finish in Summit County on Main Street in Breckenridge on Saturday the 27th of August. The stage will begin in Steamboat Springs and wind over the challenging “double summit” of Rabbit Ears pass. The cyclists will then come down Highway 9 through Kremmling to Silverthorne. The final approach to the finish will go up the hill from Silverthorne to Dillon, around the reservoir, over Swan Mountain Road and swing all the way through for a possible sprint finish in downtown Breckenridge, CO.

Keystone is only about 2 miles from Swan mountain road and one of the most exciting points of the stage. This is a great place to relax with some great mountain hospitality as you enjoy being part of this astounding event.  Chat with locals and bike enthusiasts as they give you a crash course on the best riders in the world and the local consensus about the USA ProCycling Challenge. For those who want to ride up to watch the race, bikes will be allowed on the route at all times, although as the race approaches you will be asked to dismount and move to the side of the road. Wait on the side of the road and cheer on your favorite rider as they churn up the mild category 4 climb or fly by you down Swan Mountain Road, hitting speeds of over 40mph, hugging the road with only 1” of rubber. Follow the riders to Breckenridge, grab a bite to eat, walk around the old town of Breckenridge and then come back to Keystone and relax away from the crowds.

SummitCove will be happy to provide further information for you about the race, as well as to help find the perfect lodging for cycling enthusiasts.

Enjoy Your July 4th Weekend in Summit County!

There is no shortage of options for your 4th of July weekend in Keystone, Colorado!  There are many nearby activities and festivals throughout Summit County that you may want to take advantage of while you’re in town.  We’ve sorted the activities for you, so all you need to do is get here!  If you are still deciding on where to stay for the holiday weekend, SummitCove is glad to help you out.

Keystone will host River Run Rocks on Saturday at 3:30pm, with a free concert featuring Five 13 and the Six Million Dollar Band.  9pm fireworks will follow the concert.  On Monday the 4th, don’t forget about the KidsFest in River Run along with the Kids Fishing Derby in Lakeside Village.  This event will feature a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face paining and much more.  At about 9:30pm, you can catch a fireworks show at Lakeside Village displayed over Keystone Lake.

Frisco hosts the 3rd Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair from 10am to 5pm on Main Street on Saturday and Sunday.  Founder’s Day also takes lace from 10am to 4 pm at Frisco Historic Park on Saturday.  This fun-filled day will include activities for all ages, including refreshments and ice cream available for sale.  Kids will love the donkey rides, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and gold panning.  Several musical performances will also take place in the park throughout the day.  On Monday the 4th, don’t miss out on the 12:30pm 4th of July Parade on Main Street.  At 7-9 pm performance from Colorado based Opie Gone Bad and 9:30 Fireworks at Frisco Bay Marina will top of the perfect day!

Dillon will host Saturday Morning Adventures; meeting at Marina Park from 10-11:30 am for a historic tour.  In the evening, the amphitheater will play host to “Never Forget Our Soldiers: An Evening of Tribute” featuring the United States Air Force Academy Band and Randall McKinnon.  Monday morning, be sure to catch the National Repertory Orchestra at Dillon Amphitheatre to start of your holiday.  Come early to snag a seat.  At noon, you can catch a children’s bike parade at the town park, and enter or watch the apple pie or watermelon eating contests or work on crafts with your children.  The 3 pm boat parade takes place on Lake Dillon where you can cheer on decorated boats.  Catch a 7 pm USO Show and step back in time to an era of swing music reminiscent of the WWII era.   End your evening by catching the Frisco Bay fireworks display.

Breckenridge is hosting a 10K Trail run on Monday, the 4th at 7am.  This scenic trail running race offers some incredible views and ends in time to catch the many holiday activities in the area.  Click here for registration information.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July from all of us at SummitCove!

Colorado Resort Opening Day 2010 2011 Season

There is a lot of activity on the mountains these days. The past few mornings we have noticed that Keystone has been blowing snow. Unfortunately, it is still getting up into the 60s during the day and that is not the best climate for snow. There are some colder temperatures predicted in the forecast in the coming days. So if mother nature can help us out a little, the resorts should be opening on time! Below are all the opening dates for the mountains in Summit County, as well as the other resorts in Colorado. Think snow!

Summit County

Keystone Ski Resort – Nov. 5 2010

Arapahoe Basin– Oct.  ? (any day now)

Breckenridge- Nov. 12

Copper Mountain- Nov. 5

Surrounding Areas

Aspen Highlands- Dec. 11

Aspen Mountain- Nov. 25

Buttermilk- Dec. 11

Crested Butte- Nov. 24

Echo Mountain- Dec. 1

Loveland- Oct. ? (any day now)

Monarch- Nov. 24

Powderhorn- Dec. 16

Snowmass- Nov. 25

Steamboat- Nov. 24

Sunlight- Dec. 3

Telluride- Nov. 25

Vail- Nov. 19

Winter Park- Nov. 17

Wolf Creek- Nov.5

Arapahoe Basin on 10/21/10

Breckenridge Resort Chamber Offers Dining Deals

The county is busy these days as everyone is running around preparing for winter. It is also the time of the year to snag some great deals. Everything from ski and snowboard gear to dining deals. Be sure to grab a Summit Daily News, and check out all the great deals going on these days.

One cool deal is taking place in Breckenridge now through October 16. The Breckenridge Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association is offering a “Dine for 18.95” special. Participating restaurants in downtown Breckenridge will be offering specially-crafted foods and specially-priced menus through Saturday.

Participating Restaurants include:

Briar Rose Chophouse         Burke & Riley’s          Downstairs at Eric’s      Fatty’s       Giampietro Pizzaria     The Hearthstone    Jake’s Dive Bar    Kenosha    Lucha Colorado Catina

Michael’s Italian Restaurant    MiCasa     Modius    Relish    Salt Creek Steakhouse     Sevens Restaurant      Spencer’s Steakhouse

This is a great opportunity to sneak over to Breckenridge and have a nice evening out at a restaurant you haven’t experienced before. For more information on this deal go to the Breckenridge Resort Chamber.

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News in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Alpine Coaster

Construction at Breckenridge Ski Resort has been underway to bring us all a new Alpine Coaster! Known as the Gold Runner, the coaster is located at the Peak 8 base area and will operate year round, winter and summer! The Gold Runner features around 2500 feet of track with plenty of twists, turns and dips and will run between the two ski runs. What’s nice about this coaster is that the two passenger cars have speed controls so adults and children can go down the coaster at a safe and fun velocity!

Construction is almost complete and is slated to be opened no later than November 12, or Breckenridge Ski Resort’s opening day! Other improvements include revamped snow making materials and multiple renovations in local restaurants and other hospitality operations included bowling alleys and a new apres ski bar that is slope side! While you’re in Keystone, consider taking a trip over to Breckenridge and checking out the Gold Runner and the new bars and restaurants, after all, your ski passes are usually good in this neck of the woods.

Summit Ski Museum Grand Opening Today!

The Summit Ski Museum, located in Breckenridge, Colorado in the Shops on Old South Main Street, is having its grand opening today. The new Summit Ski Museum is a tribute to the first ski town of Colorado, Breckenridge. The Museum will cover the first 100 years of Summit County skiing, according to the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

There will be exhibits ranging from clothing, photographs, equipment, all of that time period. There will also be a special exhibit about the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army.

Thursday February 11th’s evening events include free admission, appetizers and beverages from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance or call (970)453-9767.

308-B S. Main Street
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 1:00PM to 6:00PM
Admission: FREE! $5 suggested donation