The Best of Mountain Living

With over 30 years living in Summit County The Mountain Living Team has found some things we consider to be the best in the county.  Feel free to email us with some of your “best of” thoughts that we can add to the list.

The Best…Continental Falls

  • Wildlife Hike: Buffalo Mountain – While Buffalo Mountain is a long, strenuous hike it is by far my favorite to see wildlife.  We saw mountain goats, ptarmigan, pika & chipmunks.
  • Waterfall Hike: Mohawk Lakes/Continental Falls – Very similar hike to McCullough Gulch.  Both have waterfalls on the way to a lake.  The magnitude of Continental Falls is hard to top!
  • Hiking Book: The Summit Hiker – No surprise here.  Mary Ellen Gilliland’s guide is our best reference to most of the hikes we do around the county.
  • Local Band: Flux 5 – Our Buyer Specialist, Matt Cheek, is the singer/guitar player in this jazz funk band.  Maybe we’re biased but we don’t think so.
  • Ski Boot Fitter: Jeff Bergeron – Not only can he recommend which boots you should buy based on your feet and your stance, he can adjust the ones you have giving you more control and, therefore, making you a better skier!
  • Anytime Lift: Resolution Lift at Copper Mountain – Even if the mountain is crawling with people this lift services some great runs that will make you feel like you have the mountain to yourself.Jason Skiing
  • Ski Club: Over the Hill Gang at Copper Mountain – A fun ski club for people 45 and older.  A knowledgeable guide will take you to the best spots on the mountain in a group of people with similar abilities.
  • Powder Stash: Ore Bucket at Breckenridge – The place to lay some fresh tracks when the rest of the mountain is skied off.
  • Place to Lay Fresh Tracks: The back bowls at Keystone – You can count on fabulous powder in these bowls anytime after a little fresh snow.
  • Best Deals on Ski Equipment: Christy Sports Labor Day Tent Sale –  Don’t miss out on great deals on new skis, demo skis, snowboards and accessories.  Held in Dillon every year around Labor Day.
  • Fly Fishing: Lower Blue River – It’s hard to go wrong in this gold medal river.  Check the fishing report for specific tips to catch the big one.
  • Fishing Shop: Blue River Anglers in Frisco – A great selection of equipment for all your fishing needs plus expert advice.  Don’t know how to fly fish?  They’ll teach you and they offer guided fishing trips too.
  • Working Man’s Lunch: Breckenridge Brewery – Lunch specials Monday thru Friday that come in working man’s portions at a working man’s price.
  • Daily Specials at a Great Price: Arapahoe Cafe in Dillon – The place to go for a great meal at a great price.  The special changes daily so you may find yourself with a new weekly tradition.
  • Breakfast Burrito:  The Mountain Lyon Cafe in Silverthorne – A huge burrito covered in spicy green chili really gets your day started right.  Want another opinion?  Read the Trip Advisor’s review of The Mountain Lyon Cafe.
  • Gluten-Free Choices: Food Hedz in Frisco – Those people that have to avoid gluten will appreciate the choices available to them at Food Hedz World Cafe.  It’s easy, just talk to the chef and see what he can whip up.  Delicious choices for gluten eaters too.Blue
  • Place to Find a Friend: Summit County Animal Shelter – Even if you don’t want the responsibility of owning a pet you can volunteer your time and just visit.  You may be surprised at the impact it makes on you and the animals.
  • Blog on the Summit County Lifestyle: – Joanne with the Mountain Living Team blogs about not only real estate but interests pertaining to living and vacationing in Summit County.
  • Local Traffic Info: Traffic Cams at – Less headaches!  Read the message boards and view traffic cams for the I-70 corridor, Vail to Empire, before leaving home.
  • Gas Discount: Loaf-n-Jug – Kroger owned Loaf-n-Jugs will give you 3 cents off per gallon when you swipe your City Market/King Soopers card.  If you don’t have a card, they are free at any City Market.