Summer Resorts 2000¿Southern Rockies, Breckenridge, Colo.


Many ski towns are just starting to come into their own as year-round resorts. Not Breckenridge. Its rare combination of a thriving Victorian town at the base of a mammoth mountain resort has long drawn faithful summer crowds. Rent a place in town. That way you can rise in your own sweet time, mosey on down to The Stage Door, grab a decadent cinnamon roll and a latte to go, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast by the Blue River. Once your juices are flowing, hike or bike the more than 200 miles of backcountry roads and singletrack that wind through the local hills. Or load your ride onto the Colorado SuperChair for a trip to the summit of Peak 8, and scream down Pioneer Trail. Traveling with the family? Hit the Summer Fun Park at the base of Peak 8. Between the miniature golf course, two alpine slides and the giant two-level maze, you have hours of options. In the evening, settle in at the outdoor Riverwalk Center amphitheatre, and gaze at the silhouette of the Continental Divide as you listen to classical, rock or jazz musicians. From late-June through mid-August, the Breckenridge Music Festival (970-453-4201) hosts various orchestras and solo performers. On another evening you might want to catch a show at the community Backstage Theatre (970-453-0199). Breckenridge may not be Broadway, but you are guaranteed entertainment of a much purer variety.

DON'T MISS A guided trip with Breckenridge Outfitters (970-453-4135) to fly-fish the Blue River's secret spots.

BEST DEAL A two-bedroom condo at the Village At Breckenridge, home to the Adventure Outpost, for $175 per night. Call (800) 800-7829, or visit