April in Summit County can be one of the best times of year to visit. All of your favorite winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are still active, and you can enjoy them in warmer spring weather. But there are also numerous other activities to try during the spring. This April why don’t you give a new sport a try?
Did you know you can dog sled nearly all year in Breckenridge?
Dog sledding is an awesome activity to take the whole family out to enjoy. You’ll get to mush the dog teams yourself as you explore the beautiful Swan River Valley on a 6-mile tour through gorgeous winding trails. Each tour begins with a short introduction from the guides who will explain how to run the sled and work with the Siberian Huskies. You’ll get to switch between driving the sled, riding in the sled, and riding with the guide during the more than an hour-long tour stopping along the way to take in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This truly is a unique way to experience the Colorado Rockies. You’ll need to make a reservation for these exhilarating tours at Good Times Adventures.
Did you know you can skin up the mountain for the best sunrise you’ve ever seen in your life?
Skinning is an increasingly popular activity in Summit County with plenty of people looking to beat the crowds by hitting the slopes early and earning their turns. You can try this fun workout too but make sure you read our skinning specific blog to get all the information you need before you go. Some resorts require you to register, follow specific routes, or get a free “uphill access pass” so make sure you familiarize yourself with each resort’s rules before heading uphill. You can rent skinning gear from Blue River Sports or Wilderness Sports.
Not quite to the level of skinning yet? Try Cross Country Skiing!
New this year you can cross country ski on a groomed trail all the way from Breckenridge to Frisco! The two towns teamed up to groom the Blue River Bike Path that connects their small mountain towns making for one of the best groomed (and free) cross-country ski routes in Summit County! There are also numerous options to ski at Nordic clubs around the county where you can enjoy groomed paths. Gold Run Nordic Center is the Nordic center operated at the Breckenridge Golf Course during the winter. Breckenridge Nordic Center is located at the base of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Keystone Nordic Center is a great Nordic center in Keystone. And the Frisco Nordic Center is located just outside of Frisco on the banks of Dillon Reservoir. Nordic centers are great if you are new to the sport as the groomed trails make for easy skiing and excellent skate skiing. If you are looking for a more adventurous cross country ski trip than check out all of the local winter trails at the Outdoor Recreation Information Center’s helpful trail list and map function. You can rent cross country skis from Blue River Sports but make sure you are prepared with extra layers of clothes, water, and emergency supplies before heading into the trails systems around the county as the weather can change rapidly.
Did you know you can rent a fat bike and hit the local mountain biking trails before they are snow free?
Fat Biking is the newest craze in mountain towns as it allows die hard bikers to ride during the winter months. You can rent fat bikes in Breckenridge and ride most of the local trails when the conditions permit. Check the winter trail conditions before heading out and make sure you are dressed warm enough! There are two local bike shops that offer fat bike rentals as well as guided fat bike tours. One is Breckenridge Bike Guides who offer rentals and tours of the local trails systems. The second is Ridden who offers rentals as well as a fat bike brewery and distillery tour, a really unique way to explore the best brews and cocktails Breckenridge has to offer!
Did you know that some of the best deals on dining are available during April in Summit County?
Many restaurants offer two for one discounts or free appetizers or desserts during this time of the year and the Breckenridge Restaurant Association offers a spring dining passport with great deals to numerous local restaurants. Check their website for the most recent dining passport. You can typically buy the passports at the Breckenridge Welcome Center after they go on sale.
If you didn’t know there are tons of fun events and activities during April in Summit County, now you do! Plan on joining us for one of our favorite times of the year this year!