FREE Winter Activities in Silverthorne

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Ski, Skate, Sled, Snowshoe and Stroll in Silverthorne

 Rainbow Sledding - credit Mark Fox/Summit Daily

 Sledding at Rainbow Park    Photo: Mark Fox/Summit Daily

Summit County offers a remarkable array of activities for all ages. Newspaper ads tout endless opportunities to ski, tube, snowmobile, ride in horse drawn sleighs, and more. All of these pastimes provide a wow factor for visitors and residents alike; however, many also come with a significant price tag. In contrast to high priced entertainment, the Town of Silverthorne offers many no-charge recreation opportunities for everyone to enjoy in the winter. So, keep your hard earned money in your wallet and partake in some favorite wintertime classics this season. Sledding, ice skating, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and trail walking are all available to you, compliments of the Town of Silverthorne.

Sledding: The Rainbow Park sledding hill is the perfect place for families to play together. Parking is adjacent to the hill, and can be accessed via a driveway behind the Recreation Center. Or, simply park on the north side of the Recreation Center’s main parking lot at 430 Rainbow Drive. The sledding hill offers a variety of pitches and heights for all ages and wraps around the multi-purpose field which is an ideal place for snow man building or snow ball throwing. The Recreation Center is right next door and offers public restrooms, a warm lobby, and a variety of low priced snacks on sale at the pro shop. And, for the more adventurous, many features at the Rainbow Park playground are accessible in the winter, too. The giant slide is a lot faster with snow pants, so hold on tight!

 North Pond Skating - credit Mark Fox/Summit Daily

 Skating at North Pond Park Photo: Mark Fox/Summit Daily

Skating: If ice skating or stick and puck are your thing, go to North Pond Park. Located directly across the street from the Silverthorne Elementary School at Hamilton Creek Road and Highway 9, North Pond Park offers a warming hut, restrooms, parking, and access to the best natural pond skating in Summit County. Bring your own skates, hot chocolate, and hockey sticks and play all day. Non-skaters can view the rink while staying warm inside the heated warming hut or relax on the dock while watching the fun. 

ski at RavenNordic Skiing/Snowshoeing: Next, head over to the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club at 2929 North Golden Eagle Road, for a Nordic experience that offers some of the most spectacular views around. Two courses present a variety of trails for cross country skiers and snowshoe users. The North Course has more challenging terrain with plenty of changes in elevation. Novices will be most comfortable on the South Course, which is flatter but still offers an abundance of twists and turns. Parking is located at the clubhouse where course rules are posted. Please note that dogs are not allowed and that the groomed routes are intended for use by those with skis and snow shoes only, as regular foot traffic damages the grooming.

blue river winterStroll the Trail: Finally, one of the easiest ways to enjoy Silverthorne in the winter is to take a walk along the Blue River Trail. Many trail sections are plowed between snow storms. Sunny winter days and mild temperatures allow trail users to appreciate the Gold Medal Blue River’s snowy beauty up close and personal while strolling with family or jogging for a refreshing outdoor workout.  To see a trail map click here.

It's all FREE:  Each of these services is provided to the public free of charge. Amenities are open from dawn until dusk and are maintained by the Town’s Public Works Department as time allows, with street and sidewalk maintenance being the Town’s first priority. To get more information on any of these activities, call the Recreation Center at 970-262-7370.