Silverthorne, one of Summit County's bustling ski-area gateway towns right off I-70, can provide a less expensive alternative to staying at the base of the mountain. Lodging, from condos to cabins, can be more affordable around Silverthorne and is still just a short drive to all of Summit County's ski areas.
This is also a great place to rent skis; it's often cheaper to go with a multi-day rental from a Silverthorne ski shop than rent on the mountain. The surrounding Ptarmigan and Eagles Nest Wilderness areas are excellent for outdoor recreation of all kinds.
Once the snow melts, Silverthorne’s Blue River becomes a big draw for anglers. The Blue River sports four different types of fat and feisty trout. Fly-fishing is the preferred method, but lure fishing is also effective along the banks.
If fishing or skiing don’t suit your fancy, then perhaps Silverthorne’s prime shopping will excite you. Today, one the town's biggest draws is the Outlets at Silverthorne, featuring a multiplex of more than 70 name-brand stores and deep discounts. While you're there, stop into the Colorado Welcome Center for trip ideas and planning resources.