Summit County's springtime off season begins this week

By Caitlin Row | Monday, April 24, 2017

All winter resorts but Arapahoe Basin Ski Area are closed for the season. That means Summit County has officially entered its spring off season — or, as locals like to call it, mud season.

It's that time of year when the trails finally thaw out for hiking, running and biking (and things certainly can get muddy out there). It's also the season when some shops and restaurants close for a few weeks, leaving towns a little quieter until Memorial Day weekend. That doesn't mean there's nothing to do, however. Plenty of places remain running through May, and there are a lot of food and shopping deals available.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Summit This Week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, view from Residence Inn Breckenridge's outdoor pool

Things to Do This Week

A-Basin is hosting its first Shakin' at the Basin Spring Concert Series this Saturday, April 29, with the Robbie Wicks Band performing. Live music is scheduled for the Base Area Plaza from 1-4 p.m. It's free and family friendly. What's really cool about Shakin' at the Basin is the Summit Stage offering free transportation from Keystone to A-Basin on Saturdays and Sundays through May 28. 

The Town of Breckenridge also recently made an announcement that its paid and three-hour parking rules are suspended from April 24 through May 31. Touted as "locals appreciation," that's certainly helpful for accessing Breck this spring. Paid parking starts back up on June 1.

According to Kim Shrum of Everything Summit, she hears that the Oro Grande Trail in Dillon is hikeable and wildflowers are starting to bloom. 

Photo: Robbie Wicks Band

Seek Out Summit Deals

Mud season always means discounts around Summit County. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for fun deals and sales to share in my blog over the coming weeks. 

Right now The Bakers' Brewery is offering a 2-for-1 special on your two first beers, meaning you'll get two beers for the price of one with this digital coupon. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in Breckenridge is offering 2-for-1 entrees with the Breckenridge Dining Passport (a pamphlet focused on dining deals that also raises funds for local scholarships). Blue River Bistro, also in Breckenridge, is advertising half-priced bottles of wines all day.

REI is hosting its grand-opening celebration in Dillon the first weekend in May. That means lots of special deals and fun for those who attend the launch. Read more about the celebration here.

Photo: The Bakers' Brewery Facebook

Look Ahead to Summer

Brews and Tunes kicks off Friday, June 9, at Copper Mountain Resort. From there every Friday evening through summer will offer free live music on the West Lake Stage. Saturdays through the summer at Copper will feature fireworks if weather permits.

Attack of the Big Beers, also at Copper, is scheduled for June 24-25. The beer festival will feature tastings and the Brewzilla Cup competition.

The Breckenridge Town Party is Thursday, June 15. The event includes food and drinks, live music and a bike valet. Consider this the kick-off party to summer in the High Country.

Click here for more daytime, nightlife and community events around Summit County this week and into the summer.

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a High Country local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all Summit County has to offer.