Regional Guide

Basecamps - Central Colorado and Ski Country

The gateway to the mountains of Summit County, the Silverthorne/Dillon area offers a solid basecamp for skiers and all kinds of mountain adventurers. More utilitarian than authentic, Silverthorne serves up all kinds of lodging, restaurants, and outdoor suppliers, with the added benefit of being relatively close to Denver and just off Interstate 70.

Crested Butte
"Like a Western movie town come to life" is how the town of Crested Butte describes itself, a statement that holds true. A turn-of-the-century feel imbues this laid-back village, where you can certainly find modern amenities as well. Grab a homemade beer in the local brew pub and enjoy menus that include Swiss, Mexican, French, Asian, American, seafood, and vegetarian cuisines. The mountains, of course, are right on the edge of town, with all sorts of operators and transportation to get you there.

Keep an eye out for movie stars! Hollywood's skiers flock here in the wintertime. But there's more than just glitz: With theater and music options, Aspen is also a cultural hub in the mountains. And while it's not the cheapest resort town in Colorado, you can still find deals here (especially in the summer). Don't miss out on experiencing this famed community!

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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