rsz_carter_park.jpgThe view from the top of Carter Park looks west at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Do you have memories as a child sledding with your siblings or friends on the hill in your neighborhood? Create those memories with your family in snowy Summit County! In Breckenridge, Carter Park, located on the southeast edge of town, has gorgeous views of the mountains across the valley. While this spot can get busy on weekends or after a large snowfall, it is within walking distance of Main Street and also features a dog park. Also located in Breckenridge is a sledding hill on Airport Road which was built by the town of Breckenridge in recent years. Located in Frisco near the marina is the Adventure Park; a free sledding hill can be found here. Rainbow Park in Silverthorne has varying heights of pitches to sled from, located near the Recreation Center. For more advanced sledders, Summerwood hill located in Dillon off Highway 6 is steep and better for older youth and brave adults.

While sledding at the Frisco Adventure Park may be free and great for smaller children, they also have the option for snow tubing! The tubing hill is open Thursday through Monday, 10 am-5 pm, for $32 per hour. Instead of having to walk up the hill before each fun-filled ride down, a lift will take you and your family up the hill. Multiple lanes feature different grades from mellow to steeper providing a fun time for the entire family! Reservations are required. Both Keystone Ski Resort and Copper Mountain have a tubing hill on site. Copper Mountain’s tubing hill is open from 10 am-7 pm and costs $49 per person, reserve here. Keystone’s tubing hill is open Wednesday through Sunday through March 27th, reserve your spot online for $48 per person.

rsz_20220110_180142.jpgHorses are ready to take a group on an evening sleigh ride on Peak 9 in Breckenridge.

You know the scene in Hallmark Christmas movies where the couple rides on a horse-drawn sleigh as it begins to snow? Is this secretly a dream of yours to experience with your partner or family? In Breckenridge, Colorado, you can! Breckenridge Stables offers sleigh rides on Peak 9 near The Village (thru April 10th). If you'd like dinner and a sleigh ride (or just a scenic sleigh ride further from town), head to the second location at the Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center (thru March 15th). Scenic sleigh rides are priced at $69 for adults and $59 for children (aged 4-12, free for 3 and under), while dinner sleigh rides are $99 for adults and $69 for children. Scenic views of the mountains above, falling snow, wildlife, and the stars shining bright on a clear night - how romantic! To make a reservation and find more information, visit their website.

If you’re visiting Summit County with small children, consider a visit to the Mountain Top Exploratorium located in Breckenridge. Opening at 9 am every day, the museum offers “a method based engineered environment designed for hands-on learning and engagement that promotes connections.” (Mountain Top Exploratorium) Admission costs $15 for children 1-14, $5 for adults 15+, and is free for children under the age of 1. There are two recreation centers located in Summit County, located in Breckenridge and Silverthorne, that feature a variety of activities for children of all ages: a climbing wall, Kid’s Korner, aquatics center including slides, and more. Check out their websites by clicking the town name above to find pricing, hours, and lessons. Located in Breckenridge is an ice rink with time slots for public skating: for more information on times and pricing at the Stephen C. West Ice Rink, check out the website. Located in Dillon on the northside of the county are a movie theater and bowling alley to mix up all of the snowy activities!

rsz_120211203_161516.jpgThe Breckenridge Nordic Center on 9 Grandview Dr in Breckenridge

Summit County is obviously known for its world-class ski resorts with four located in the county: Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin. Plan for long lift lines at Breckenridge and Keystone as they have been consistent throughout this season. Ski lessons are a great option for children of all ages as it allows parents to enjoy their day on the mountain while their kids make new friends and learn how to ski or snowboard! Located at the base of these resorts are restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and souvenir shops. If cross country skiing is more your speed, check out Gold Run Nordic Center (located in Breckenridge), Breckenridge Nordic Center, or the Frisco Nordic Center. These locations also rent out snowshoes which can be used on numerous trails across the county.

If you were worried about how to spend your time while in Summit County over spring break this month, I hope I’ve given you plenty of options to consider for the whole family!