Silverthorne, Colorado: The heart of Summit County
Explore the heart of Summit County this winter in Silverthorne and discover where art meets adventure. From family-friendly weekend getaways to adrenaline packed excursions, Silverthorne is the perfect basecamp for all your high country exploring. Ski or snowboard at one of five world-class ski resorts, hit the trail and cross country ski right in town, or attend one of the signature First Friday community events. With expanded dining options and a variety of affordable lodging, Silverthorne has everything you need for your winter getaway. Here is the perfect itinerary for your next Colorado mountain adventure!
Silverthorne is located 68 miles west of Denver, making it a great location for an easy weekend getaway. Head up to the mountains after work on Friday and attend one of the signature First Friday community events like the Lighting of Silverthorne on Friday, December 7, a Sledding Competition on Friday, January 3, Noche de Candela on Friday, February 7 or Burning Snowman on Friday, March 6.
If it is not the First Friday of the month, enjoy dinner and late night libations at The Bakers’ Brewery for local craft beer, an awesome made-from-scratch food menu, live music and a good time.
Start your morning at Sunshine Café, where the portions come big and the food is homemade. The popular Blue River Special, grilled ham, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes, scrambled eggs and a heaping serving of hash browns, always hits the spot.
After fueling up, hit the trail at the Silverthorne Nordic Center, where there are nearly 10-kilometers of regularly groomed trail, free to use. Located at the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club, the Nordic center’s two courses, north and south, offer terrain for skiers of all abilities along with spectacular views and exhilarating twists and turns.
If you are after a different type of gliding and sliding, check out the new sledding hill at Maryland Creek Park. The recently opened park is Silverthorne’s newest and largest park, and has a large sledding hill, constructed at the perfect angle, that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. The park also has social trails that can be used for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and warm up in between laps in the warming hut.
After the morning’s activity, enjoy a savory soup or hearty sandwich at Mountain Lyon Café, a Silverthorne classic. In the afternoon, hit the ice-skating pond at North Pond Park, or relax in one of the hot tubs or sauna at the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
Top off a fun filled day with dinner at Sauce on the Blue. Featuring views and al fresco dining along the Blue River, Sauce on the Blue offers signature pasta dishes like penne Gorgonzola and rigatoni and sausage, New York style pizza and an extensive wine list.
Wake up early and grab breakfast and coffee at Red Buffalo Coffee and Tea. Locals congregate at their favorite tables at this shop, an intimate, wood-hewn café filled with used books and local art. Grab your burrito and coffee to go so you can beat the ski crowds as you head toward the hill.
Spend your day making turns at one of Summit County’s world-renowned ski slopes. With average snowfalls of more than 300 inches and high peaks boasting open bowls, superlative tree skiing, extensive intermediate and beginner terrain and award-winning facilities, the resorts around Silverthorne beckon visitors from around the globe. Choose from Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Loveland or Vail.
After a big day on the slopes, skip the overpriced grub at the ski resorts and beeline back to one Silverthorne’s famed local breweries, Angry James Brewery. Pouring house brews including a Norwegian farmhouse ale, an American style IPA and an American style brown ale, Angry James features a variety of seasonal brews. While you’re there, grab a snack from Cultivate Kitchen – the beet sliders are an absolute must!