In Summit County’s prettiest valley, tour a mountain ­modern community that’ll have you 15 minutes from Copper, Keystone

If you’re a Summit County regular, you know that Cop-per and Keystone don’t have the prettiest scenery in this part of the mountains.

Rather, that’s along the Blue River Valley north of Silverthorne, tucked up against the Gore Range, where you can tour some homes today that could put you up close to the majesty — and only 15 minutes from the ski areas.

Summit Sky Ranch, five minutes north of I-70 on Colorado 9, is a village of luxury homes on 416 aspen-shrouded acres, 60 percent designated to open space, with the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and serrated 13,000-foot peaks as a backdrop.

It’s also five minutes from Silverthorne’s redeveloped Blue River Parkway and the town’s attractive Performing Arts Center, luring nicer shops and dining now, including Angry James Brewery and Sauce on the Blue.

“We’re a ski community, but we’re not necessarily ski-centric,” says Matt Mueller, development director for Summit Sky Ranch, who showed me an imaginative grouping of Alpine amenities as impressive as the views: 20-acre Maryland Creek Ranch Park taking shape along the entry drive, with an amphitheater for summer concerts and a nice sled-ding hill; a private fly-fishing spot along the Blue; and an Aspen House community center with year-round pools and lodge-like entertaining spaces that are attracting wedding bookings from the 120-plus families that have already bought here.

Still to come: a 20-acre stocked lake set to have its own Lake, House club; an observatory with 20-inch telescope to bring in the very dark skies; and a trail to be constructed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, to rise 3½ miles where it will link up with the Gore Range Trail. Pulling all of that together, Summit Sky has a full-time activities director —doing yoga classes at the park during summer, leading Nordic skiing there now.

That Alpine lifestyle is matched to what developers are calling “mountain modern” homes, with eight single-family plans from 2,000 square feet to 3,400, from around $1 million (you’ll tour two models including a 3,431-foot Summit, with options Maryland Creek Ranch Park taking shape along the entry drive, with an amphitheater for summer concerts and a nice sled-ding hill; a private fly-fishing spot along the Blue; and an Aspen House community center with year-round pools and lodge-like entertaining spaces that are attracting wedding bookings from the 120-plus families that have already bought here.

Still to come: a 20-acre stocked lake set to have its own Lake House club; an observatory with 20-inch telescope to bring in the very dark skies; and a trail to be constructed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, to rise 3½ miles where it will link up with the Gore Range Trail. Pulling all of that together, Summit Sky has a full-time activities director —doing yoga classes at the park during summer, leading Nordic skiing there now.

That Alpine lifestyle is matched to what developers are calling “mountain modern” homes, with eight single-family plans from 2,000 square feet to 3,400, from around $1 million (you’ll tour two models including a 3,431-foot Summit, with options for a walk-out finish that has plenty of room for visiting cousins, and a full-wide oversized three-car garage).

Meanwhile, you can see plans for a new series of paired-cabins — two roomy units with the look of a single-family home, from the high $900s.

If you like the looks of this, Summit Sky can arrange an overnight for you and the family, providing you are a qualified buyer.

You’ll see a very attractive community where modern architecture is a good match to the snowy surroundings, and where the monthly HOA fee for the year-round amenities is pretty reasonable — $349-$398/month. Take Colorado 9 north from I-70 about 3 miles and turn left at the Summit Sky Ranch entry sign.