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Living at the Summit Year Round

Colorado's reputation for perfectly-groomed cruisers and knee-deep, fresh powder bring people here for ski vacations, but the summers make true locals out of ski-time affectionados.

When you own a home in Summit County, you start thinking like a local. You'll make big lists of what you need to do when you head down to the big city for music, art or sports so you can get your errands in and get back to the high country. You'll wonder about when it will be easiest to find yourself near as possible to alone on the highway whether going inter-county or to the city or westward, and most importantly, you'll wonder when it is most likely to have the slopes to yourself.

Long-time locals remember a time when there were no major grocery stores in town, and appreciate now the addition of specialty wine stores, cheese shops, and all the farmers' markets and produce stands.

You'll find opportunities to get in shape pre-ski-season; and you'll be hard pressed to figure out what sports and recreation you'll focus on during the off season. You'll get the answer to the riddle: how can you tell it's spring in Utah?

The answer will be on your car - on your Colorado license plate.

All the license plates are green.

Spring is challenging in the high country because it still snows. And snows. But the reward is that summer temperatures are rarely over 85 °F. Who doesn't want to go mountain biking on a sweet July day - or take a picnic and get caught in the most delicate of summer showers?

Breckenridge, surrounding Summit County and the Colorado high country are known for the best snow in the nation with an average of 300 inches of snowfall each year. But the spectacularly mild summers and abundant outdoor activities raise up the plus column so high that not many places can compare. If you are looking for the perfect spot to start your mountain living adventure, look no further than Summit's best historic ski town, Breckenridge, central Frisco, Keystone, or the convenient Copper Mountain Resort.  The spectacular picturesque views, amazing activities, wonderful amenities, friendly atmosphere and, of course, world-class snow make Summit County the perfect place to call home.

The Summit County Lifestyle

Year-round adventure for all generations.

Beyond the slopes, there are many activities to keep every person, every family and every generation happy and ready for more. Sail along on Lake Dillon while the sun is setting and admire the alpenglow of the surrounding peaks. Bike or hike through the forest, take a scenic gondola ride with the family or head to one of the area's signature events, from classical music under the stars in the summer to the premier snowboarding events in the winter.