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Local’s Guide to Shoulder Season in Summit County, Colorado

Posted by admin on October 19, 2016

‘Come for the winter, stay for the summer’ is the unofficial Summit County slogan, but what about the in-between seasons? When leaf peeping is over and the tops of 14ers are dusted with snow, locals enjoy some relief from the hustle and bustle of tourist seasons. There is a quiet pause, even in the summit county real estate market. We’re in shoulder season, call it the calm before the winter storm. But just because the tourists are gone and everything feels a little sleepy, doesn’t mean you need to hibernate.

We may be known best for our snowy white slopes or wildflower blanketed hills, but don’t discount off-season. Take advantage of the thin crowds and calm environment before the winter rush hits. Live music, dining deals, and seasonal events abound for locals this fall.

Live Music

There is live music every weekend across Summit County, and shoulder season is no exception. Tribute bands, blue grass, funk, rock ’n roll jam, and jazz are just a few examples of what can be heard in the upcoming month. Check out these venues for their fall line-ups. 

The Brown Hotel, Breckenridge
The infamously haunted Brown Hotel has live music every Friday & Saturday nights, and is also hosting an after party for Still on the Hill.


Snake River Saloon, Keystone

Open since 1954, Snake River Saloon serves up a mean prime rib in their restaurant and some lively tunes in their bar. They have music scheduled every Friday & Saturday, and the cover fee is waved if you dine in their restaurant prior to enjoying the scene in the rustic saloon. 

Arapahoe Basin, Summit County
Kick off the ski season on October 29th at their Base Area Plaza with DOWN2FUNK. A-Basin knows how to throw a party, and season opening is a great reason to celebrate.

The Motherloaded Tavern, Breckenridge
Boasting homemade recipes inspiring nostalgia for your mother’s cooking, The Motherloaded Tavern offers atmosphere, happy hour, and live music every night of the week. If you’re feeling adventurous, every Monday is Open Mic Night.

Dining Deals

While many resort-owned dining options close during off-season, locally-run restaurants take advantage of this time with specials for us locals.

Dining Passport
The Breckenridge Dining Passport is your hookup for all the fall dining promotions in the Kingdom of Breck, with over 2 dozen restaurants offering special menus to passport holders. One passport (only $10 and benefitting Summit County Cares) is valid for two people and is good from September 26th through November 17th.

Pug Ryans Brewery & Steakhouse, Dillon
Venturing to central Summit, Pug Ryans's Brewery & Steakhouse offers  1/2 price appetizers, happy hour, and nightly specials. Sign up for their E-Deals to receive coupons and special promos as well.

Arapahoe Cafe, Dillon
You’re not a Summit County local unless you’ve dined in the Pub Down Under. Their specials rotate on a nightly basis and most are only offered in the Pub. Take advantage of the shorter wait times and quieter atmosphere of this local’s favorite.


Tavern West, Frisco

Tavern West is the County's new dining adventure. Duck tacos, buffalo, and a variety of other meats make Tavern West the carnivore's delight. Enjoy their every-change on-tap beers and exotic cocktails.

Seasonal Events

Though things calm down during shoulder season, there are still a few hot ticket events around Breckenridge and Summit County.

Country Boy Mine Tour, last day October 21st
Explore the history of mining in Summit County with tours and gold panning before it closes for the winter season.

Craft Beer & Food Pairing Dinner, October 18th
Craft beer is claiming its place in the culinary world. Explore the world of craft beer with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Still On The Hill Craft Spirits Festival, October 21st
From historic tours to workshops to the grand tasting event, the festival is a weekend long celebration of Colorado craft spirits.

Wine in the Pines, October 21st -22nd
Explore Friday’s wine dinner at the Keystone Ranch, then on Saturday night come taste creations from top Keystone restaurants and sample over 500 international wines, and dance the night away. Proceeds benefit Colorado Gives.

Frisco’s Haunted House, starting October 28th
The annual haunted house is a fun, festive way to support the Mountain Mentors Teen Program.

These are just a few highlights of the season. If you’re in the market for a new home for sale in Breckenridge, Keystone, or Frisco, Fall is a great time to buy your new ski home and we’d love to show you what’s on the market. And for those of us super excited about getting on the slopes…

Resort Opening Days

  • Loveland - October 27th, or earlier
  • Arapahoe Basin - October 27th, or earlier
  • Keystone - November 4th
  • Breckenridge - November 11th
  • Copper Mountain - November 11th

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