- 5 Things To
- Become a master chef
- Tour an ice castle
- Lakeside Bowl, Dillon
- Breck & Keystone events
- Mountain Top Museum
You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to have a great time in the central Colorado Rockies.
Whether you're taking a day off the slopes or you simply don't ski or ride, there's plenty to keep you happy in and around Breckenridge and Keystone.
Sure, you can find amazing shopping and relax the day away at plenty of spas—but what if you’re looking for something more original?
We asked the locals and rounded up five can’t-miss activities off the snow, including some truly unexpected favorites. Add these to your list for the days you feel like trying something different.
1. Become a master chef.
Learn to cook a five-star dinner on your vacation; when you get home you can impress your friends.
Several chefs in Summit County will come to your condo, stock your refrigerator, and cook for you—but did you know some will also teach you to prepare your own gourmet meals?
Try chef Ian T. Buchanan of Open To The World or The Mobile Chef.
2. Tour an ice castle.
Bundle up for the tour of a lifetime through a real ice castle.
Built by hand using more than 20 million pounds of ice, Breck’s Ice Castle features towering glacial formations, caverns, archways, and tunnels to explore.
With an elevation of more than 9,600 feet, Breckenridge has the highest of this year’s ice castles nationwide.
It will likely be the first to open and the last to close for the season.
3. Get bowled over.
Most people don’t think of bowling when planning a Colorado ski vacation.
But what better activity to keep warm, grab dinner and drinks, and have fun with the family?
Lakeside Bowl on Main Street in Dillon is a local favorite for bowling, pool, foosball, and enjoying music and cocktails at the bar.
Drive a little farther to Vail and you’ll find Bol, a trendy, upscale bowling alley that offers a full dinner menu, a 100-bottle wine list, beer, signature cocktails, and plenty of kid-friendly options.
Staying at One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge? There’s a private bowling alley on the property that offers a warm escape and full hospitality menu.
4. Be cultured.
Whether it’s live bands on the patios at the resorts, indoor dance performances, art shows, the symphony, indie movie festivals, or celebrity speakers, there are plenty of offerings that can feed your craving for art and music all winter long.
For schedules and ticket details, talk with your concierge or view the online events calendar at your ski resort. You can also find calendars online for the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, and Frisco.
You don’t have to go to Denver to tour impressive museums.
Summit County is full of them, and they appeal to all ages.
For the little tykes, try the hands-on children’s museum in Breckenridge, which offers a fun break from the cold.
For history buffs, Frisco’s historic park on Main Street includes several historical cabins.
In Dillon, you’ll find the George Rowe Museum at 9th and Main streets, or the Dillon School House museum at 4th and La Bonte. Or, take the self-guided historic tour at the Dillon Town Hall.
In Breckenridge, don’t miss the Barney Ford House Museum. Ford was an escaped slave who became a prominent entrepreneur and Colorado civil-rights pioneer.