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They don't call this place Summit County for nothing—mountain passes above 10,000 feet allow for relatively easy access to high-country terrain and some of the area's best snow. But remember this word of caution: avalanche-related deaths are all too common in Summit County (more often involving snowmobilers than skiers). Don't judge an area solely on appearances, as slopes that look gentle may slide. Never head into the backcountry without checking weather conditions, wearing appropriate clothing, and carrying survival gear.
Dillon Ranger District Office of the White River National Forest. For information on snow conditions and avalanche dangers, contact the Dillon Ranger District Office of the White River National Forest. Breckenridge, CO. 970/468-5400.
Summit County Huts Association. One popular touring route is the trip to Boreas Pass, just south of Breckenridge. The 12-mi-long trail follows the route of a former railroad, with good views of distant peaks along the way. The Summit County Huts Association has four backcountry cabins where skiers can spend the night (two are open for summer hikers). 970/453-8583. www.summithuts.org.
10th Mountain Division Hut Association. If you're traveling farther afield, there are also cabins available through the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Breckenridge, CO. 970/925-5775. www.huts.org.
Breckenridge Nordic Center. The Breckenridge Nordic Center has 18.5 mi of groomed tracks for classic and skate skiing, as well as ungroomed trails in the Golden Horseshoe. There are also 6 mi of marked snowshoe trails. Breckenridge, CO. 970/453-6855. www.breckenridgenordic.com.
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