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Summit County’s Best Powder Stashes and More: A local’s guide to Silverthorne and Summit County

Published March 29, 2019

If you tune your radio dial to C-Rock 103.3, you know Meredith Fox, aka “The Fox.” She moved here to snowboard for a few months, and 17 seasons later, she’s a local veteran who has picked up a tip or two along the way.

By the way, we’re just kidding around with that headline. As any good local can tell you, no one reveals his or her powder stashes!

Fox does have some great insider tips for enjoying your time in the ‘thorne. As the heart of Summit County and one of Colorado’s greatest basecamp destinations for accessing year-round mountain recreation and entertainment, Silverthorne has become a thriving local community and visitor’s destination. Here are some of Fox’s top tips for enjoying this great town as the locals do.

  1. Get breakfast at the Mountain Lyon Cafe. It’s a staple. Their breakfast will fuel you all day long, and the people who work there are fun and chatty.
  2. In this town, we are a family. Don’t be surprised to find that close-knit feel that will bring you back to Silverthorne, time and again. The people you meet here stick with you. They become your chosen family.
  3. For hiking, seek out the Willowbrook trailhead, where you’ll go up over logs and little streams. It’s a beautiful hike, and not too crowded, yet.
  4. 4. Also, the great thing about Silverthorne is that it’s close to the highway – you can be at Red Rocks Amphitheater for a show in 40 minutes, and you can cruise over to Copper Mountain in just minutes.
  5. The Silvy Recreation Center is a great place to get a quick workout in or just hang out in the pool.
  6. Caffeinate at Red Buffalo, especially in the summer – grab a coffee and sit by the river, one of my must do’s to start the day.
  7. Grab a beer at Angry James. It’s a relaxed environment and part of the chosen family community.
  8. It’s a quick run off season in spring so if you have time to squeeze in a duckie trip down the Blue it’s a cold wakeup call!
  9. Thanks to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, and all the locals who “pray” to him each year check out the Ullr Fest Parade in January, one of my favorite Summit County events.
  10. If there’s a FREE concert, go. From the Dillon Amphitheater to First Fridays in Silverthorne, we are so fortunate to have so much great free music come through Summit County.