Dillon Journals

Thanksgiving in Summit County

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A November 2002 trip to Dillon by books

Orofino Photo, Dillon, Colorado More Photos
Quote: A gamble on snow paid off this time in a big way when we were offered cheap flights to Denver and found a condo available in Dillon for Thanksgiving week. Summit County was a winter wonderland with snow at typical January levels at Breckenridge.

Thanksgiving in Summit County

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Skiing at Breckenridge was such fun. Conditions were nearly perfect -- several inches of new snow, sunshine, and 25 degrees. The view is awesome for us flatlanders. The thing I like best about ski trips, though, is the opportunity it gives you to have fun with your teenagers.Quick Tips: Virgin Island Ski Rental in Silverthorne was a great place to rent skis. We saved 40% over the prices "on the mountain." They have all sorts of skis -- used and new, regular or high-performance. You can pick them up the night before so you don't have to waste time in the morning. It is a full service ski shop that stocked everything that you could possibly need. It is located in the shopping center nea...Read More

Orofino

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Hotel | "Orofino by Straight Creek"

Orofino Photo, Dillon, Colorado
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Best Things Nearby:Breckenridge, Keystone Mountain, Vail, and Copper Mountain.Best Things About the Resort:Numerous ski areas within 35 miles.Resort Experience:The unit has a television with cable and VCR, a gas log stove/fireplace, a full kitchen, and laundry facilities. It is two stories with the living areas downstairs with a half bath/laundry room, and two bedrooms and two baths upstairs. The downstairs living areas are open and spacious. The unit has two outside doors. The front door opened into the dining room, but we most often used the "back" door, which opened into the living room because it was more convenient to the parking lot. The gas log "fire...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Orofino
0390 Straight Creek Drive
Dillon, Colorado
(970) 468-8363

Lake Dillon Paths

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Lake Dillon Paths Photo, Dillon, Colorado
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There are miles and miles of paved trails along Lake Dillon. You can park your car at the Dillon City Park on Lake Dillon Drive. There is also a marina where you can rent boats in the summer. The trails are open to walkers, joggers, roller bladers, and bicyclers.

There are several places to access trails as you drive from Dillon toward Breckenridge on the road that crosses the lake dam. The trail in the immediate vicinity of the town was cleared of snow. We only walked a mile or maybe a little more so I can't speak for the paths on the other side of the lake.

The views are awesome. As you can see in the pictures, the amount of sunshine makes a huge difference in color.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2003

Lake Dillon Paths
Interstate 70, Exit 205
Dillon, Colorado

Keystone Resort

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Attraction | "Keystone Mountain"

Keystone Resort Photo, Keystone, Colorado
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The altitude here is 9-11,000 feet. I recommend letting your body adjust a day or so before you hit the slopes. The runs here are long, and they seemed steeper than other greens we have skied. The bus picked us up in the parking lot very quickly. The workers even helped load our skis on the racks on the side of the bus. Buses made the rounds of the parking lots and base areas every few minutes. Two in our group had not skied before so they signed up for a lesson, which lasts all day. The lift to the easiest slope was closed on the Monday before Thanksgiving so they never got to practice getting on a real lift. They only used the "Magic Carpet" all day. Had we skied Breckenridge before, we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2003

Keystone Resort
Summit County
Keystone, Colorado 80435
(970) 496-2316

Downtown Breckenridge

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Downtown Breckenridge Photo, Dillon, Colorado
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Breckenridge is a picturesque Victorian town established in 1859. Many of the old buildings have been refurbished to house shops of all kinds.Besides the usual t-shirt shops and resort name clothing typical in all resort towns, there are shops that sell unique, high quality clothing. Beautiful sweaters and other cold weather clothing was available in several shops along the main street and in the mini-malls opening off Main Street. Joy of Sox had ordinary and wild, crazy socks for the whole family. I found darling "frog" socks for my two-year-old grandaughter. They also had many accessories, stuffed animals, etc. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was also next door!Other shops that i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Downtown Breckenridge
Main Street
Dillon, Colorado

Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Photo, Dillon, Colorado
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It's no wonder that Breckenridge is considered one of the places to ski. We've skied a number of times, but this was our first visit to Breckenridge. What a magnificent place!Breckenridge is huge and has runs for every member of the family. The greens are wide and gently sloped. There are plenty of blues for the intermediate skier and, I'm told, extremely challenging blacks for you experts and daredevils.Only Peak 9 was open on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving; Peak 8 opened on Wednesday. My husband and I skied mostly greens on Peak 9 while the girls tried some of the blues and felt they became progressively harder as they moved to the right.We packed a lunch and ate it at the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 31, 2003

Breckenridge Ski Resort
P.O. Box 1058
Dillon, Colorado 80424
(303) 573-7350