Summit County Opens for Winter

By Samantha Blair | Monday, November 6, 2017

The snow is here to stay, and the whole county is awaiting a big opening weekend. With three major ski areas dropping ropes, it's hard not to be excited for winter. Not into skiing or snowboarding? Check out the other great events happening around Summit this week, including educational sessions, movies, shopping and more. 

Photo: Keystone Resort Facebook

Snowshoeing Basics

On Wednesday, November 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., learn the Snowshoeing Basics at REI. The class will teach basic techniques and the necessary gear to get out in the snow and have some fun. Register for free online

Photo: Everything Summit

Opening Days

Friday, November 10, is opening day at three huge ski areas in Summit County. Each mountain has its own traditions and flair when it comes to kicking off the season.

KeystoneLifts start turning at 9 a.m. KSMT will be broadcasting live, and Ripperoo will be giving out high fives in Gondola Plaza. Grab a free coffee or hot chocolate and Chef Ned’s doughnut holes to give yourself a little energy boost on day one.

CopperCopper’s opening day and homecoming weekend is going to be full of fun. The first people in line on Friday, November 10, will win a YETI Rambler Tumbler. Stick around for giveaways and live music by DJ Landry. The first 50 people in line on Saturday will get a limited release Copper canvas bag. Make sure to check out the brand-new restaurants at Copper and grab a bite and drink after a day on the hill.

BreckBreckenridge opens on Friday, November 10, too. Check the website for opening day schedule and details coming very soon.

Photo: Copper Mountain 

Girls in STEM Retreat

Sign up your girls for Keystone Science School’s 2nd Annual Tech Retreat for girls in STEM. The two-night program, from Friday, November 10, to Sunday, November 12, will focus on Stop-Motion Animation film making. The girls will work in teams to create short films that they will present to an audience and their families. STEM helps girls explore technology and explore new skills and career paths while making new friends. The program costs $150 and includes all meals and supplies. Scholarships are available. The program is open to girls in grades 5 to 9. Register online.

Photo: Keystone Science School Facebook

Barn Bash

Saturday, November 11, is the Woodward Barn Bash at Copper from 12 to 8 p.m. Kick off the season with a day of pros, sweet sessions and films. Play for free in the barn all day, including drop-in and skate/bike/scooter sessions. If you’re new, take a free intro session. There will be prizes, raffles and giveaways, and pros Torstein Horgmo, Cam Fitzpatrick and Taylor Bingaman will be around for meet and greets and a Bowl Jam Expression Session. Shred Bots' R3BOOT and Faction Skis' This is Home movies will both premier. There will also be live music by the Well Beings. Guests can purchase food and drinks at the cash bar.

Photo: Woodward Cooper Facebook

Charity Shopping Extravaganza

The Outlets at Silverthorne are hosting the 12th annual Charity Shopping Extravaganza on Friday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with exclusive savings and deals benefiting local charities, attendees will get a $5 gift card, complimentary lunch, dessert, wine and cordial tastings along with live entertainment. Purchase tickets online or from local participating charities and you will also be entered to win more than $25,000 in prize drawings.

Photo: Outlets at Silverthorne Facebook

Thanksgiving Buffet

On vacation? Or just don’t feel like slaving over a Thanksgiving meal this year? Beaver Run is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Colorado Ballroom. Check out the festive menu and buy your adult and children's tickets online. A house beverage is included with each ticket. 

Photo: Everything Summit

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do.



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.