Fun – and Safety – on the Snow in Summit

By Samantha Blair | Wednesday, January 16, 2019

There is no such thing as too much snow in Summit County. But there is such a thing as not playing in the snow safely. Luckily, local businesses and organizations are working to keep you safe, no matter where or how you like to play outdoors. Check out these events in the county this week. 

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook

Copper's Safety Fest

In support of National Ski Area Association’s Safety Awareness Week, this weekend, January 19 and 20, is Copper’s Safety Fest. Enjoy yoga, raffles, free hot cocoa, closing the mountain with ski patrol, avalanche airbag demos, a visit from the Copper avalanche dogs and so much more. Check out the full schedule online.

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook

Twilight Skate

Sunday, January 20, is the Twilight Skate at North Pond Park in Silverthorne. People are invited to come skate for free and enjoy a bowl of chili and a treat. Headlamps are encouraged. Skates will not be available for rental so bring your own.

Photo: Silverthorne Colorado Facebook

Bamboo at Broken Compass

Customize your own bamboo ski poles with Grass Sticks at Broken Compass Brewing on Sunday, January 20, from 1 to 8 p.m. Poles will be 10 percent off, and your purchase will include one free beer.

Photo: Grass Sticks Facebook

Ice Castles

Ice Castles is a stunning display of twinkling lights in 25 million pounds of ice that's been sculpted into an acre-large ice castle in Dillon. Catch the Ice Castles Fire Performances with fire-breathing, spinning, hula and more on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets available online.

Photo: Everything Summit, Ice Castles


Join Colorado Adventure Guide’s Powderhunt crew every Saturday to explore a new zone of untracked powder. The group is open to the public and priced at a group rate with no minimum size. The tour costs $150 per person or you can buy a three-punch pass for $375. These tours are designed for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Photo: Everything Summit, Colorado Adventure Guides

Getting Women in the Backcountry

Colorado Adventure Guides is also offering a Women’s Backcountry Skiing 101 course on Saturday, February 16. Sign up to learn the backcountry basics and safety tips.

Backcountry Babes is running a two-day workshop with the media company Thumbs up Birds on Hoosier Pass starting on Tuesday, January 22. Learn to use your split board and AT setups, the basics of winter backcountry travel and safety and the gear and tools you’ll need. Professional backcountry instructors will teach you how to plan for a trip and how to point out avalanche terrain. Meals and lodging are included. Register online.

Photo: Everything Summit, Colorado Adventure Guides

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.