The town of Silverthorne has seen more changes than most in Colorado since its incorporation in 1967. Starting out as a makeshift construction camp for workers building the Dillon Dam from 1961 to 1963, the town became a convenient refueling stop along the interstate once the dam construction was complete. The residents built the second most populated town in Summit County, creating a full-service community of over 4,000 year-round residents about 15% of the County’s residents. Silverthorne averages only 103” of annual snowfall and has a milder climate with an average summer temperature of 87 degrees and 40 degrees during winter.
The town of Silverthorne has many recreational amenities, including the Gold Medal trout stream Blue River, the Blue River Trail, an18-hole golf course, 62,000 square-foot recreation center, and four parks that provide skateboarding, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, playground equipment, and a soccer field. Silverthorne is well known for its variety of retail shops. With over 130 retailshops and 26 restaurants, including 80 in the three villages of the Outlets at Silverthorne. Considered by many residents to be the heart and soul of the community, the Blue River meanders through the heart of town, providing a scenic stretch for some of the best catch-and-release fly-fishing in the state, as well as ample whitewater for kayakers, canoeists and rafters. The Blue River Trail runs along the shores of the Blue River and connects to the countywide bike path system. Silverthorne is home to the 18-hole Raven at Three Peaks Golf Course, widely considered one of the top courses in the country with its spectacular setting and challenging Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry design. One of the best-kept secrets in Colorado, The Green Mountain Reservoir is a short drive from Silverthorne’s town center. A unique area, the reservoir features ample opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, boating, cliff jumping, bird watching, and just plain relaxing.
Five world-class ski areas are within a half-hour drive (Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland) and a few others (Vail, Beaver Creek, and Ski Cooper) are less than an hour away. The Silverthorne Nordic Center at Raven Golf Course offers a free “use at your ownrisk” cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail system. Available from dawn to dusk, December through March, the Nordic Center offers different levels of trails for beginner to advanced.
Opening in 2001, The Silverthorne Pavilion is a scenic, stylish venue for hosting weddings, fundraisers, or any other events. The Silverthorne Pavilion is one of Summit County’s premier arts and entertainment facilities, hosting national bands, comedians and other acts. The pavilion accommodates up to 400 people with its 12,000 square feet of space.