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“Winter is Coming!” How to Pack for Your Next Summit County Trip

Winter in the Colorado high country means amazing snowfall, but it also mean chilly temperatures! Breckenridge is located 9,600 feet about sea level, which means: Be ready for anything! For example:

  • The sun is VERY intense while it’s out! Sunscreen isn’t an option — it’s essential.
  • Once the sun disappears behind The Tenmile Range, the temperature plummets.

Even if you’re a seasoned high-country veteran, use this packing checklist to make sure your next winter trip to Summit County goes off without a hitch:

  • Hat (winter wool/fleece)
  • Gloves
  • Ski/snowboard helmet
  • Waterproof pants
  • Wool socks
  • Long Johns top and bottom (remember, cotton does not dry well — select wool or another quick-dry material)
  • Waterproof snow boots
  • Sunscreen (a year-round essential)
  • Chap stick with SPF
  • Backpack for water, snacks and extra clothing
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Additional layers, e.g., a vest or another quick-dry layer
  • Goggles
  • Slippers and a swimming suit for après ski relaxation

Other winter tips:

Lift tickets: You may save some cash by purchasing your lift tickets in advance. Most online deals require that you purchase tickets seven or more days before your first ski day. Pay close attention to blackout dates and any additional restrictions. Here are a few places to look:

Dining: I always play my cards safe when it comes to ski-season dining. By the time you head out for dinner, you’ve had an epic day of pow-crushing and are ready to hit the sheets early. To save time, make a reservations whenever you can. Here’s a great dining guide with all kinds of Summit County restaurants to choose from.

Remember: Breckenridge Ski Resort opens Friday, November 13. Be prepared — and have fun!

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW: What‘s your favorite Summit County restaurant?