In the spring, during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, Colorado’s Summit County — home to the sought-after mountain destination of Breckenridge — enacted one of the strictest stay-at-home lockdowns in the country.
For weeks, hotels and other short-term lodgings were required to close, and during the harshest stretch of these regulations, non-locals were even asked to leave the county so as not to potentially become a strain on its resources. Ski areas also had to shut down to discourage visitors, and locals were given a limit on how far they could travel outside their homes. Eventually, restrictions eased to allow life and commerce to return to the county, and during the summer, Breckenridge, like many of America’s most beloved mountain retreats, experienced a fairly busy tourism season.
Summer in Breckenridge looked a little different than in previous years, given its mask-wearing mandate (you have to wear one when in public whether indoors or outdoors, except when eating or drinking) and the temporary pedestrianization of its Main Street to allow for social distancing. But hiking its mountains, breathing its fresh alpine air, and admiring the changing leaves proved to be seductive enough, especially among visitors from neighboring states like Texas. Now that we’re entering winter, the Rockies’ bread-and-butter season, Breckenridge has welcomed clever initiatives — an investment it spearheaded way back in July — that will hopefully position it as both a safe and desirable vacation destination for ski enthusiasts.