Many of Summit County’s winter visitors come to ski at the area’s acclaimed resorts; Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Loveland, and Arapahoe Basin are all about 30 minutes from town. But, there are countless ways to celebrate winter in Silverthorne beyond the slopes.
Ice Skating at North Pond
From December through February, the town of Silverthorne plows and maintains this local’s favorite. Bring your own skates (and hockey sticks) anytime from dawn to dusk. Warm up in the adjacent hut and check the calendar of events—Silverthorne hosts everything from a Twilight Skate to an international pond hockey tournament.
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing let you connect with the quiet, dormant natural world in its snow-covered tranquility. Many of the area’s popular hiking trails like the Oro Grande and the Tenderfoot Mountain Trail serve as excellent terrain for winter exploration, and the nearby Raven Golf Course transforms into a winter Nordic center. Warm up in the Raven Clubhouse with complimentary hot and cold beverages and snacks, including peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and hot soup, for purchase. Wild Ernest Sports and Blue Valley Ski & Board Rentals rent cross-country skis and snowshoes, and the town of Silverthorne also sponsors moonlight snowshoe tours throughout the winter.
It’s like parasailing, but in the winter and on frozen ice. It’s also extraordinarily popular at Dillon Reservoir, where a range of skiers and snowboarders attach themselves to colorful kites with harnesses and let the wind guide them. Curious but apprehensive? Take a lesson from Colorado KiteForce.