Summer in the Rockies - Family fun at Peak One 103

March 25, 2013

FRISCO — Most of our guests choose their Copper Mountain vacation condo based on traditional factors, like the number of beds, or access to the ski lifts, but there's much more to our selection of rental properties. Each one of the units has its own distinct personality and flavor.

If you stay at our Peak One unit in Frisco, you'll feel like like a local, because the condo is tucked away near the end of a quiet residential street, where neighbor kids ride their bikes and walk their dogs.  

yesPeak One also has a great selection of books that offer insight into the culture and history of the West. Make sure to check out one of the best coffee table books about skiing. It's called Ski Pioneers: Ernie Blake, His Friends, & the Making of Taos Ski Valley, and tells the story of how rugged individualists came to the Rocky Mountains to jumpstart the ski industry in the U.S.

This Peak One condo is a great base camp for family adventures in the RockiesAfter you've read the book, you can walk out the door to the Peaks Trail, just a few blocks away. Right near the trailhead, look up on the hillside and try to spot the remnants of an old Nordic ski jump, harking back to the Nordic roots of skiing in this part of Colorado.

The Austrians and Swiss might get most of the glory, but the true story is that Scandinavian miners, lured by Rocky Mountain gold, brought their skis and love of snow with them to Summit County,  organizing jumping competitions and cross-country races to pass the time during the long high country winters.

Winter or summer, the Peaks Trail is a classic Summit County adventure, contouring along the base of the Tenmile Range. If you're feeling ambitious, you could ride your bike, hike or cross-country ski all the way to Breckenridge, although many people like to ride the free Summit Stage bus for the uphill leg, then head back to Frisco with a gravity assist.

The trails are so close that an early riser could do a quick climb of Mt. Royal, Frisco's landmark peak, before breakfast. If you do reach the summit, be sure to look for the bristlecones, the oldest trees in the world.

After a day of biking or hiking:

  • Enjoy a soak in the giant indoor stainless steel hot tub
  • The kids will retreat to the bunkroom, tucked away downstairs
  • The cooks in the family can go crazy in the well-equipped kitchen, perfect for preparing giant spaghetti feasts or grilling burgers on the sunny back deck
  • You may have to poke around in the cupboards to find it, but there's even a giant Lodge cast iron skillet, big enough to make chili for 15 people

And while a slope-side ski-in, ski-out condo is perfect for a winter ski trip, Peak One fits the bill for all your summer adventures in the high country. Along with easy access to the trails, you'll only be a couple of blocks away from Frisco's classic mountain-town Main Street, with well-known events like the BBQ cook-off and Music on Main Street.

The big festivals are fun, but Frisco's unique historic district is also within walking distance. The town's mountain and mining heritage comes to life in the old mining cabins, where the town offers free talks and movies, along with walking tours, or just find a shady patch of grass to relax and enjoy a summer day in the Rockies.




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