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.
Silverthorne 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 — designated as a Gold Medal trout stream by the Colorado Wildlife Commission — sports four different types of fat and feisty trout. Fly-fishing is the preferred method, but lure fishing is also effective along the banks.
The Raven Golf Course at Three Peaks caters to golfers of all skill levels and features a lovely layout amid pine and aspen forests, sparkling lakes and snow-marbled 13,000-foot peaks.
There are also several scenic trails in the area for hiking and biking — including the Blue River Trail, which connects the northern and southern portions of town and unites with the Summit County Recreational Pathway System offering routes to Dillon, Keystone and Frisco.
If fishing, skiing, golfing or hiking 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.