Escape to the Rocky Mountains
Wander into the heart of the Rocky Mountains for your next vacation in Colorado and explore all that Colorado Ski Country has to offer.
Investigate all there is to do in Colorado Ski Country
Whether you're with family, friends, summer or winter - there's always fun to be had in the Rocky Mountains.
Colorado Ski Country
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Frequently Asked Questions When Visiting Colorado
What is the weather in the summer?
Colorado boasts sunshine year round. During the summer we often have very nice mornings and afternoon thunderstorms.This means try to get your outdoor adventures done before lunch.
What is the altitude?
Summit and Eagle counties have varying altitudes depending on where you are. Elevation ranges from around 6,000’ in the far western side of Eagle County to over 9,000’ in parts of Summit County. The altitude at the top of the ski areas is over 10,000’. There are several mountains over 14,000’, and are popular hikes for those who want to challenge themselves, and have the bragging rights of climbing a Colorado 14’er.
And just a short drive to Leadville will get you a stunning view of the two highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Whether you are driving or flying to the high country, it is best to plan to spend a night in Denver to get a bit acclimated before coming to the higher elevations of Summit and Eagle Counties. Once you arrive, plan to take a day or two to take it easy. Drink plenty of water and eat a higher carb diet. Avoid alcohol and smoking for the first couple of days while you adjust to the altitude. Most people adjust and are able to have a great time.
What should I pack for my summer vacation?
Summers are generally warm. Usually from the low 60s to the mid 80s depending on your location. When packing, take into account the activities you plan on participating in while here. The evenings and nights still get quite chilly in the summer, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. Sunscreen is always a good idea at this high altitude.
What types of activities are there in the summer?
Colorado ski country offers a plethora of summer activities. The excitement is never far with all the options. Take a day and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting. Experience the joy of summiting a 14’er. Relax on a stand up paddle board. Take in the scenery on horseback.Need a break from the great outdoors? Look no further, the area also offers a variety of unique shops, restaurants, escape rooms and art classes. The options are endless!
How far are you from Denver?
Getting to the mountains is an easy drive from the Denver area.
- Vail is approximately 110 miles West of Denver. It is about a 2 hour drive.
- Breckenridge is about 80 miles West of Denver and should take about 1 ½ hours.
Will I see any wildlife?
If you are lucky, you might see any number of wildlife. Deer, elk, moose, fox, coyote, brown bears, and antelope all live in the area. As a general rule, you need to get up early and head out on a quiet hike to see these animals. But you never know, sometimes you find them in the least expected places. Bald Eagles and Osprey can often be seen soaring overhead, and along the rivers fishing for a meal.
What to do in Colorado Ski Country
Besides deciding on what ski resorts to hit, discover all kinds of fun
in the Vail Valley & Summit County areas.