Posted by admin | Wednesday, February 7, 2018
A Great Activity for the Whole Family.
Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.
Washington Gold Mine Tour
Learn about Breck’s history in mining from a local expert! You can explore the Washington Mine and learn about the history of this expansive gold and silver mine. You will even get to pan for gold yourself and keep your findings! This tour is highly recommended as a fun family activity in Breckenridge. As you plan, keep in mind that it is only available during the summer season, June through September.
Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
This walking tour is designed specifically for adults 21 and up. You will learn about the saloons that have been around since the 1800’s and sip some of the best drinks historic downtown Breckenridge has to offer.
Ski Through History Mountain Tour
Skiing is the heart and soul of Breckenridge in modern history. Most of Breckenridge’s visitors are drawn to the town because of the world class skiing it offers. On this skiing tour, you can learn the history of the runs, skiing, and the town as it relates to the ski resort. Intermediate skill in downhill skiing is required for this adventurous tour.
Breckenridge Haunted Tour
If you and your family love ghosts, this is the tour for you! This walking tour leads to some of Breckenridge’s oldest homes on a quest to encounter the residents that are still rumored to haunt them. Learn the history of the area with the added thrill of experiencing the supernatural. This tour is offered year round.
Victorian Tea and Tour
Learn about what life was like for a woman in the early 1900’s. Tour downtown from the view point of Katie Briggle, a socialite who dominated the culture and high society of Breckenridge. Then, tour her Victorian home, where she was known for hosting elaborate parties and events. Enjoy tea and treats as the tour concludes. This tour is only available on specific dates, so be sure to call ahead.
High Line Railroad Park
While not exactly a tour, we can’t ignore the High Line Railroad Park, located on Boreas Pass Rd. The park includes a real train engine, one of the last few remaining of its kind. There is also a caboose, rotary snowplow and flatcar. Lastly, there is a small museum. Kids and adults alike will love this close up view of the train cars and the history of the railroad. The trains are accessible every day, sunrise to sunset, but the museum has limited hours so check before you go.
You can learn more about all of the tours offered and book online through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While you are visiting Breckenridge, don’t miss out on experiencing its rich history on a fun tour, lead by a knowledgeable local.
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office
How We Address Complaints or Unhappy Customers
Posted by admin | Monday, January 29, 2018
To successfully rent your property over time, it is important to have happy renters. Renters increasingly expect more from their vacation rental. If you are having trouble delivering, you risk bad reviews, and comments on social networks that can negatively effect your future revenues. At Breckenridge Resort Managers we recognize the significance of customer satisfaction, not only to retain loyal renters, but also to win new ones.
We know that a big part of a cultivating a positive rental experience is being proactive and anticipating the needs of our renters. Based on our years of experience, we have policies and protocols in place so that renters feel cared for and attended to from the moment of their arrival throughout their stay. Thorough housekeeping and extensive property checks ensure that everything is in proper working order and clean before guests arrive.
Clarity and Managed Expectations
At Breckenridge Resort Managers we clearly state all of our policies and what our properties include so that there are no surprises. We want our guests to feel comfortable with their rental agreement and know exactly what to expect from us during their vacation.
Despite our best efforts to avoid complaints and provide a positive experience for our vacationers, we know that occasionally things will go wrong that we cannot control, resulting in complaints. A heater can suddenly go out, or a hot tub can quit working.
We have an emergency hotline that can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day. The answering service will relay messages to the on-call manager and requests will be appropriately responded to according to need. If a true emergency exists, guests can expect a quick response time.
We have learned that most clients just need to be heard and to know that their complaints are being taken into consideration. We do our best to manage any issues that arise and be responsive to the needs of our clients.
Most clients recognize our efforts to go above and beyond so that any dissatisfaction is quelled quickly. Because we are local and active in our community, we are able to respond quickly. Because there is an easy phone number to call and an office to visit, guests feel heard, and there is no need to spread bad reviews or complaints on social media.
This is the advantage of working with a professional property management company. When you are far away and helpless to address needs and emergencies, we are close at hand. We are able to respond quickly and have the resources and contacts to make timely repairs. Not only do we keep clients satisfied with your property, we eliminate your stress load. Enjoy peace of mind and streams of satisfied renters when you work with Breckenridge Resort Managers.
2018 Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 8, 2018
Watch lifeless blocks of snow transform into magnificent creations at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Breckenridge. At this unique festival, snow sculptors from all over the world gather to bring their best designs to life.
The festivities begin the week before the actual competition. January 16-21 the blocks of snow are constructed. They are given time to sit, compact, and solidify, making it easier for the sculptors to work with the snow. You can watch the process of the blocks being made or even volunteer to help. Contact information for volunteering can be found at GoBreck.com.
The sculptors begin their work on Monday, January 22nd. They have until Friday to complete their sculptures. Visitors are allowed to walk through and watch the artists dig out their masterpieces from the bare blocks of snow. All sculptures must be completed by Friday (many work into the wee hours of the night to complete) and there will be an awards ceremony Friday evening at 6:00. The sculptures are judged by a panel of judges. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are awarded. There is also a People’s Choice Award, for which any visitor can vote.
Throughout the weekend the sculptures can be viewed day or night. After dark is a magical time to experience the snow sculptures. Impressive lighting displays bring added character to these magnificent works. Be aware that snow is impacted by the weather and warm temperatures can begin to play a role in deteriorating the snow. Catch the sculptures early if you want to see them fully intact. The sculptures will be removed Monday night, January 29th and the magic is over until next year.
Kids and grown-ups alike look forward to this event. There is typically a snow sculpture that is not part of the competition that kids are invited to play on. On Saturday, the 27th, kids 9 and up are invited to participate in the junior sculpting competition. They will get to work on a sculpture using the same type of snow blocks as the competitive sculptors, and learn the craft of sculpting from Breckenridge’s own sculptor, Mauricio Meneses. This event will take place at Main Street Station and is free and open to the public.
The snow sculpture competition will take place in the area around the River Walk Center, off of West Adams Avenue. Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot with a free shuttle service. Free public transportation is also available throughout Breckenridge.
Plan Your Trip
Consider planning your ski vacation during the end of January so that you can enjoy the slopes and participate in this unique and captivating event. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a great property for your ski getaway.
Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge offers a renowned ski and ride school. You can start your tiny tot in ski or board lessons as early as age three. Age groups continue from three on to adult. Groups lessons are typically full days, you can sign your child up for a single day or multiple days. Private lessons are also available for more individualized instruction. Or, you can book family lessons and all learn together. Childcare is available in three different locations (although Peak 8 is currently closed due to construction) so that you can choose a spot closest to your accommodations. You can even add on a ski school lesson, during which your child will be taken out for a ski lesson while they are at childcare. In addition to great options for kids, the town of Breckenridge features multiple parks, a fun children’s museum, and many family dining options.
Keystone has made an effort to become one of the best places to ski with kids. It provides plenty of ski-in/ski-out lodging, and parking at the base, making it easier for parents and kids to get out there faster. Complimentary red wagons take the hassle out of lugging equipment and kids to and from the car or lodging. Their signature Kidtopia offers kids and family activities everyday of the week. Most activities and events are free. Learn about critters or stars from the Keystone Science School, make crafts or watch a movie. The Kidtopia headquarters also provides toys and games everyday when your little ones need a break to warm up. Catch the parade on Saturday evenings or explore the snow fort any day of the week. In addition to the amenities that cater specifically to kids, there is great terrain for all skill levels. Everyone will find satisfying skiing at this resort.
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek ends everyday on the slopes with cookie time. They hand out free cookies at 3:00 pm. What better way to encourage your child to love skiing? In addition to cookie time, Beaver Creek offers childcare and an excellent ski school. They also feature ideal family friendly lodging. You can feed the whole family’s sweet tooth at the Candy Cabin. Grab a special treat so that you can power through the next run! This candy shop is located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. There are many other resorts that offer plenty of family friendly ski vacation options. When you are planning your vacation, look for childcare options, ski school, and convenient lodging for everyone. This will make your family ski vacation memorable and enjoyable for everyone!
What to do in Breckenridge During the Christmas Season
Posted by | Friday, December 15, 2017
We love Christmas in Breckenridge! It is an amazing place to be during the holiday season. The whole town is decked out with lights and holiday décor. Even mother nature will help with the decorations and adorn the town with a snowy white blanket. It’s absolutely stunning. Breckenridge has something to do for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorite events during this holiday season.
Skate with Santa
On Christmas Eve you can treat your kids to the magical adventure of skating with Santa. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena is open to the public for Skate with Santa from 9:00-3:00. There is a designated outdoor skate from 11:15-1:00. You can rent skates for the whole family or bring your own.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas
The Backstage Theatre is hosting a production of A Rocky Mountain Christmas. This holiday musical features a Christmas celebration that takes place in historic 1880s Breckenridge. A family must stick together during a surprise snowstorm. Your whole family will be entertained by this charming holiday production. The show runs December 14th-29th you can purchase tickets online at BreckCreate.org.
Yonder Mountain String Band
On December 30th, catch this band live at the Riverwalk Center. The band features a sound that fuses bluegrass with rock and other influences. The Riverwalk Center offers a great environment for enjoying music. The intimate theatre feels up close and personal. A concession stand offers high quality food, beer and wine. You will enjoy an evening out with the thoroughly unique and entertaining Yonder Mountain String Band.
You can attend a wonder-filled and awe inspiring Christmas Eve service at one of Breckenridge’s historic churches. Father Dyer Methodist Church offers a family service at 3:00 and four candlelight services throughout the evening. St. John’s Episcopal Church offers a family service at 4:00 pm and three candlelight services throughout the evening, as well as a 10:30 am Christmas Day service. The Catholic church will be hosting mass at 4:00 and 6:00pm at the Riverwalk Center. St. Mary’s will host a mass at 9:00pm.
The Lighting of Breckenridge
The formal Lighting of Breckenridge took place on Dec. 2nd. It was celebrated with a Santa run, and Christmas celebrations in the local shops and business. While the official lighting has already taken place, the lights throughout the city are stunning. Walk on Main St. after dark to enjoy the beauty, color, and warmth of the lights on a cold night.
Skip the meal prep so you can enjoy more family time or more time on the slopes this year. Many restaurants are open, but very busy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you know where you want to eat, so that you won’t have to wait hours for your meal.
A Magical Christmas
Christmas is magical in the mountains. Whether you spend all of your time on the slopes, or take in some of the events around town, you are a sure to have a special holiday. With bright lights and white snow, you can have a memorable Christmas!
Photo Credit: Carl Scofeild / Breckenridge Tourism Office
How to Pamper Yourself on Your Breck Vacation
Posted by toby | Monday, November 27, 2017
Vacation is the perfect time to relax and rejuvenate. It is the ideal opportunity to pamper yourself so that you feel great when you return home. While Breckenridge is known for its skiing and snowboarding, it also offers many ways to pamper yourself on your vacation!
Get the Massage and the Facial
If you are out on the slopes or hiking miles on the trail, your body and mental state will benefit from the outdoor exposure, but your muscles may feel sore. Before you head home, schedule a massage. A massage will leave you feeling loose and relaxed. While you are at the spa, go above and beyond for yourself and add on a facial or body treatment. It is not very often that you have time to take care of your body, both inside and out. Take full advantage of this opportunity to go back to the daily grind refreshed and rejuvenated.
Breckenridge has numerous restaurants featuring all kinds of cuisine. You can enjoy comfort food, international food, cuisine with modern flair, or food served with a view. Try out new restaurants, new dishes, and splurge on eating well. In Breckenridge you can even eat well with out indulging on calories with all of the healthy options available.
Summit County offers breweries, wineries, distilleries and more. No matter what type of drink you enjoy, you can find some truly distinct beverages that are unique to this particular region. Check out the region’s breweries on Colorado Brewery List. Taste wines at The Continental Divide Winery on Main Street. Try decadent whiskeys and other spirits at the Breckenridge Distillery.
Book a Unique Excursion
In Summit County there are exciting adventures that you can rarely encounter anywhere else. You can go on a dog sled tour and enjoy the winter scenery in a way that is entirely unique. Or, you can book a snowmobile tour for a high adrenaline adventure through magnificent scenery. Check out Good Times Adventures for their various tours. Take a magical sleigh ride pulled by stunning draft horses. Sip hot cocoa as you enjoy the quiet scenery of the mountains or book a sleigh ride to a cozy, hearty dinner and show.
Whether you love fine food and drinks, or the adventure of a unique excursion, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself in Breckenridge. Invest in a massage, bring back some local spirits, and relax and drift off beside the fire. You deserve a fantastic vacation, so plan ahead so that you can make the most of it!
For a full list of local companies we recommend, visit our concierge page!
Dew Tour and Other Sports Events for the Whole Family on your Breck vacation
Posted by | Monday, November 13, 2017
Are you looking for a fun and free event that will entertain the whole family on your Breck vacation? The Dew Tour brings extreme skiing and snowboarding to Breckenridge. This five day event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 14th and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 17th. The event features individual events in ski and snowboard slopestyle and superpipe. Qualifiers take place on Wednesday and Thursday and finals happen on Friday and Saturday. Sunday features a special team competition.
All of the competitive events are free to spectators. You can watch some of the world’s top ranking skiers and snowboarders tackle challenging terrain and attempt gravity defying tricks and jumps. The whole family is welcome to enjoy this thrilling event.
In the evenings there are a variety of events at the Riverwalk Center. The Powder Awards by Powder Magazine take place on Thursday night. The Transworld Snowboarding RIDERS POLL AWARDS will happen on Friday night. Catch the Floozies in concert on Saturday night. All of the Riverwalk Center events require tickets and they can be purchased in advance on the Dew Tour website.
In addition to the events on the slopes, the town will feature a festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 2-6 pm on the Blue River Plaza and on Main Street. Friday will also include a streetstyle competition on Main Street. Click here for a map of all of the Dew Tour events.
More Sporting Events
If you are looking for more sporting events check out the holiday ice skating show. This show features students and teachers at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The event showcases skills and routines developed over the course of the year. The performance will be on Dec. 8th. Tickets are $6.50 and kids under three get in free! On Saturday, Dec. 2nd your family can run or watch as hundreds of Santas make their way down Main Street during the annual Santa Run.
Register to run together for this .75 mile race or watch the fun for free. Following the race, the awe-inspiring lighting of Breckenridge kicks off the magical holiday season.
Enjoy the slopes together and then take in some of these fun events as a family. The Dew Tour will be sure to enthrall everyone in the family as professionals showcase their impressive skills. Other fun events around Breckenridge will keep your whole family entertained. Cherish quality time on your family vacation during the exciting winter season in Breckenridge.
Photo Credit: Breckenridge Tourism Office
Shopping in Breckenridge
Posted by | Monday, October 30, 2017
When you want to take a break from the slopes you can enjoy meandering on Main Street in Breckenridge. Historic Main Street offers blocks of traditional downtown shopping. Whether you are looking for gear, one-of-a-kind boutique clothing, or souvenirs to remember your trip, Breckenridge has something for everyone.
If you are into gear, there are shops that carry specific name brand gear such as Patagonia, North Face and Columbia. Other shops offer a broad range of outdoor brands and equipment. Many shop owners and employees are outdoor enthusiasts themselves and are very knowledgeable about the best kinds of gear for your outdoor adventures. Check out Mountain Outfitters on Ridge St. for helpful staff and a collection of backcountry equipment you won’t find anywhere else.
Not into gear? Main Street boasts a variety of boutique clothing shops. At one of these fun and funky shops you can find the perfect, unique clothing piece that no else has. Pop into Vintage Sweet and Chic or Moxie to grab a new look.
Breckenridge also has a rich arts culture and various galleries feature many local artists, both from Breckenridge and around Colorado. Breckenridge Gallery is on Main Street and displays a variety of artists from around Colorado featuring dreamlike landscapes, whimsical sculptures, stunning portraits, and more. Raitman Art Galleries describes their gallery by stating, “Art should be unique. Art should be uplifting. Art should be fun. Above all, the art we collect should make us smile.” The striking art displayed in their gallery is also by a wide variety of Colorado artists.
Main Street is charming. It evokes the feeling of shopping in a small, quaint town, but the shops offer current and contemporary art, clothing, and top of the line gear. You can even get a commemorative Christmas ornament at the Christmas Shop! Nothing is quite as inviting as the warm glow of the lights through the shop windows just after sunset on Main Street. While you can find just about everything you need and want right on Main Street, don’t forget to get off the beaten path and check out the shops and galleries on Ridge St., French St. and the gear shops on N. Park Avenue. When you are not enjoying all of the outdoor activity Breckenridge has to offer, take time to stroll around town and enjoy the shops. For a full directory of shops in Breckenridge check out GoBreck.
Photos: Breckenridge Tourism Office
Colorado's Best Leaf-peeping Hikes and Drives
Posted by toby | Monday, September 18, 2017
September is Colorado’s golden month. The weather is cool, but sunny and inviting. The aspen put on a spectacular display before the winter. It is the perfect time to head out for a drive and enjoy the high country. Keep in mind that the aspen in the high country change much sooner than those on the front range. You will have to catch these brief blazes of glory by mid-September if you want the best show. The Smokey Mountains offers a fun interactive leaf prediction map for the entire country during the fall of 2017. You can watch the map predict when the leaves will be at their peak where you are. If you plan to head into the mountains, here are three drives that will not disappoint.
An easy loop that will take you from Denver and back again starts on Hwy 285. From C-470 take this highway south towards Fairplay. You will pass through the stunning display while the South Platte River flows down the mountains alongside the highway. The summit of Kenosha Pass offers spectacular views, access to the Colorado Trail, and a comfortable picnic area. Descending the pass into South Park, you will have an exquisite vista of this high mountain plain. Take a right at Hwy 9 in Fairplay to summit Hoosier Pass and drop into Breckenridge. Stop here and enjoy the foliage along the Blue River. Then continue on Hwy 9 to Frisco. Instead of taking I-70 from Frisco, take a right on Dillon Dam Road and savor the scenic views along Lake Dillon. From the Dillon/Silverthorne area you can get back on I-70 and return to Denver. This entire route is paved and is easy for any vehicle to manage.
If you are feeling adventurous, Boreas Pass offers an alternative to Hwy 9 and Hoosier Pass. Take Hwy 285 as you would toward Fairplay. After Kenosha Pass, take a right in Como (before Fairplay) off of Hwy 285 and follow Boreas Pass into Breckenridge. This pass is unpaved for the majority of the route, but is passable for most vehicles. At the top of the pass stop to take a hike on the well-developed Black Powder Pass trail. The aspen and views along this pass are magical. Boreas Pass is closed in the winter, so be sure to go before the snow flies. If you stay in Breckenridge for a day or two, hike McCullough Gulch or take the Gondola to the top of Peak 8 for even more golden vistas.
Aspen is named for the trees that are so irresistible in September. There are several enticing leaf peeping drives in this area and getting there can be another adventure! To take the long way, drive Hwy 285 South all the way to Buena Vista. Go north on Hwy 24 through Buena Vista. The Arkansas River rolls along this road and there are beautiful cliffs and canyons to take in. At In-dependence Pass or Hwy 82, head towards Aspen. This will bring you along Twin Lakes and to the summit for high alpine views of fall foliage. Once in Aspen, The Aspen Chamber suggests driving Maroon Creek Drive and Castle Creek Road. See the famously photographed Maroon Bells in person. Take I-70 home and stop in Glenwood Spring for a soak in the hot springs, or hike the spectacular Hanging Lakes Trail.
Trail Ridge Road
Rocky Mountain National Park is right in Denver’s backyard. For one of the most scenic loops through the park and back, take Hwy 6 through Golden, head north on Hwy 119 towards Black Hawk. Stay on Hwy 72 to Estes Park. Enter the park on the east side and drive the famous Trail Ridge Road across the top of the park. Exit through Grand Lake on the west side. Go south on HWY 40, through the Winter Park area, taking Berthoud Pass back to I-70. Rocky Mountain National Park is extremely busy on the weekends during peak leaf season, so plan to visit during the week, or start out early in the morning to avoid long lines. Remember that entrance to the park will require a fee.
These three leaf peeping trips will inspire awe and wonder as you experience the most stunning views Colorado has to offer. As you head out, keep in mind that early in the morning is often the best time for views. Afternoon thunderstorms can obscures views at high altitudes. Also, be pre-pared for cooler temperatures and intense sun. High altitudes are often much chillier than weather on the Front Range. Don’t forget sunscreen. Even a few minutes of exposure at high altitudes can cause skin damage. With a little planning you can spend a day or weekend enjoying one of Colorado’s most glorious seasons.
Beginner Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge CO
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 20, 2017
Mountain biking is a thrilling way to experience the beautiful views, stunning wildflowers, and wildlife that Breckenridge has to offer. However, if you are new to the sport, it can be a bit intimidating. Breckenridge offers a wide variety of trails ranging from easy to very difficult. Many of them can be accessed from town so there is no need to load up your bike and drive.
As you bike, keep biking etiquette in mind. Most trails are open to hikers and horseback riders. Some trails even have off road vehicles. Mountain bikers should keep an eye out for and yield to hikers and horses. Bikers going uphill also always have the right of way. If you are unsure about what to do, just stop for a moment and say hello.
What to Consider
When you are looking for trails to ride be sure to consider the elevation gain, type of trail, whether it is road, dirt road or single track, distance, and if it is a loop or an out and back trail. This information will help you decide whether or not a trail fits your comfort level. For tips, recommendations, and even rentals you can always stop into one of the many bike shops in town. They can alert you to any unfavorable trail conditions and let you know what the best trail for your skill level would be.
Three Trails to Try
These three trails are great trails for beginners to get started in mountain biking. Don’t forget to bring water, a snack, a pump, and an extra tube. You never know what might happen out on a ride and it is important to be prepared.
This is a four mile loop of single track. You can get to the trail from a parking lot off of Tiger Rd. You can access trails to Keystone off of this loop if you are looking for a longer ride. To stay on the loop keep to the left at the intersections. Bikenridge offers more explicit trail instructions.
Blue River Trail
This trail is a simple out and back trail covering about three miles. You can look for it on the first big curve on Boreas Pass Road or you can find it from the Little Mountain Trails near the ice arena. The trail is primarily single track, but there are two short stretches of paved road. It includes a few short climbs, however, the trail only climbs 320 ft. total. This is a very comfortable and rewarding trail that is accessible from town. More detailed directions, pictures, and information are available from MTB Project.
Sallie Barber Trail
This trail will take you past some historic mine sites, alongside streams and through aspen groves. You can ride to this trail from town. It includes paved road, dirt road and single track. The route is about 12 miles long. Go east up Wellington Rd. until it turns into French Gulch Rd. At about 6.7 miles up French Gulch Rd. look for Sallie Barber Rd. that curves to the right. You will look for the single track Barney Ford Trail, follow signs toward Moonstone Tr. and finally take Carter Park Trail back into town. For more detailed instructions see this article from Summit Daily.
Whether you have an hour or a whole day, you can find a trail near Breckenridge that can suit your abilities and time constraints. If you are concerned about starting out on your own, there are also several guided rides and courses offered throughout the summer to learn basic mountain biking skills. Get started biking today!
2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures Championships
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 2, 2017
This is one of our favorite events of the year. It truly is spectacular. If you have never been, you must experience this one of a kind event. Teams from around the world come to Breckenridge to carve snow sculptures from a ten foot block of snow. Sculpting with snow has its own set of complications. Not only do teams compete against each other, they also must work against weather conditions and time. Too much sun will cause the fragile sculptures to melt. Too much snow can add extra weight or obscure detail on the structure. They have 65 hours to complete their sculpture and many carve throughout the night. Teams are only allowed to use rudimentary tools - no power tools. You’ll see pick axes, wire brushes, chisels and even a garden ho or two. Here are some of our favorite sculptures.
Sweden’s “4(ever) Wheels Reflection”
This sculpture is meant to reflect on the duality of our relationship with vehicles in modern society. Note the impressive detail and structure of this sculpture. It looks as if this car could drive right off its snow mound and speed off!
This sculpture just drew me in. The expression and soul in the mermaids was striking. They seemed to move and shift with the light around it.
Team Turkey’s “Wormholes of the Universe”
Every year we get one or two sculptures that seem to defy gravity. This year’s “Wormholes of the Universe” and Team Vermont’s “(What’s Your) Sine Wave” do just that. This year’s sculptures were finished on Saturday am and will be open for viewing throughout this upcoming week. We encourage you to check out this one of a kind event. The forecast for this week predicts some sun and warmth, so these masterpieces will not last long! See you there.
5 Activities for the Whole Family on Your Breckenridge Vacation
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In Breckenridge, you will find so much more than skiing and shopping.
In fact, you can find activities for everyone of all ages and interests. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your entire family, Breckenridge is the place to visit because it has plenty of amazing family-friendly adventures to offer.
Round up your loved ones and try one, a few, or even all of the following winter activities in Breckenridge:
1. Sledding at Carter Park
The sledding hill at Carter Park is bigger than most at 300 feet in length, and it has a few bumps to give the daredevil in your family an adrenaline rush. The hill is so big and fun that your family can easily spend a few hours sledding there. An added bonus is the dog park right next to it, where your family can hang out with the dogs whenever someone needs to catch a breather from trekking up and down the hill.
2. Ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena
At $8 per person and $4 per skate rental, your family can spend hours in the rink on a budget. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a fun event like Ullr Skate or Disco Ball Skate Night!
3. Visiting the Mountain Top Children’s Museum
This museum, which is located at the south end of Main Street, offers fascinating exhibits, creation stations, and activities for children ages 10 and under. The museum’s mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and curiosity in children by exposing them to all kinds of fun subjects, including (but not limited to) animals, ski patrolling, outer space, color experimentation, arts and crafts, recycling, construction, dressing up, and more.
4. Spending an entire day at the Breckenridge Recreation Center
Fork over $15 per adult, $7.50 per child, $12 per senior citizen, or $38 for the whole family and enjoy 69,000 square feet of pure fun. The Breckenridge Recreation Center, which is found on Airport Road, has a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts, a sauna, spas, a pro shop, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a child care center.
5. Hanging out at Downstairs at Eric’s
This place has it all. Children and teenagers will find delight in the many arcade games around the restaurant. Parents and grandparents will jump at the chance to sit at the bar and throw back a few beers while watching the game on one of the few TVs behind the bar. The entire family will enjoy the extensive menu that includes burgers, pizza, gyros, sandwiches, salads, and more. An evening at Downstairs at Eric’s is time well spent.
In addition to the above activities, there are many more family-fun winter activities in Breckenridge. You can look into taking an art class with your children in the Breckenridge Art District, snowshoeing, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, or exploring at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. There is something for everyone in your family!
Celebrate Winter with Ullr Fest 2017!
Posted by toby | Friday, December 16, 2016
Every January, locals and tourists gather for Ullr Fest to celebrate the reason we are all brought together – a passion for snow and winter!
This annual festival in Breckenridge takes place every January. It is a weekend long festival with events for the whole family - a parade, an attempt at a world record, ice skating and more. You will find something for everyone is your family!
Before we get into the specifics, let’s get into a little history. Ullr is the Norse god of winter. He is known for traveling the countryside on skis or skates and being a lover of snow and winter. He is also known to love a good party, be handsome, strong with a bit of a rowdy streak. (Can you see why locals love him?) To locals, he brings snow and optimal winter conditions to worthy skiers and snowboarders.
This festival is our time to celebrate winter and blow off a little steam. Consider it a weekend long party or snow dance.
The festival kicks off with a parade and a world record.
Participants over 21 years of age are invited to join in breaking the world record for the World’s Longest Shot-ski. If you have never seen a shot ski before, it is a ski with shot glasses attached. The shot takers line up, lift the ski and take the shot together. In this case, a quarter mile worth of skis are attached. Last year, we had 831 participants!
Immediately after the shot-ski, we have the parade. Locals do enjoy getting dressed up in their Viking costumes, so expect to see some characters - on and off the floats. Local businesses pull out all the stops for their floats. Past years have had floats towing skiers, hot tubs complete with crazy locals in bikinis, giant snow globes and all manner of rowdy locals.
If you are looking for a more family friendly activity, there will be a hockey game at the ice rink. Steven C. West Ice Arena will also have public ice skating and Ullr helmet decorating for the kids in your family.
Family Snow Day, at Carter Park, will have snowman contests, sledding and other games for the whole family.
Lastly, what winter celebration is complete without an ice plunge? Watch over 200 people prove their bravery by jumping into Maggie Pond in the dead of winter.
To see photos of past years, as well as a full schedule, visit GoBreck.com. See you out there! Pray for Snow!!
Our Favorite December Holiday Events in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Monday, November 28, 2016
If there’s a town in Colorado that’s really bustling in the month of December, it’s Breckenridge. The quaint town of Breckenridge is renowned for its ski resort and holiday festivities that look and feel like they came straight out of a postcard. In addition to the cozy and welcoming Christmas lights lining Main Street, Victorian-style architecture from the 1800s, fresh white powdery snow, and horse carriage rides, Breckenridge boasts a handful of holiday events that significantly add to the winter wonderland experience the town has to offer. We decided to feature the following three Breckenridge holiday events as our favorites simply because these events are truly memorable and cannot be missed.
1. Race of the Santas
December 3, 2016. This is one of the yearly events in Summit County much anticipated by the locals. It takes place on the first weekend in December every year. This year, it will benefit a local charity called Adopt an Angel. You will see over 400 participants, all of whom are adults donning Santa suits, maneuvering through a course stretched out for six blocks. There is a cookie and milk station along the way, and the top winners of the race will be crowned with Ullr helmets and given other prizes. Both locals and visitors can participate and/or help a participant raise money for the charity. This race has raised at least $8,000 for various charities since the tradition began. You can register here.
2. Lighting of Breckenridge
December 3, 2016. Nothing shows off Breckenridge’s small town charm than the Lighting of Breckenridge. Locals and visitors alike gather together right after sunset to watch the massive Christmas tree next to the Breckenridge Welcome Center light up for the season. It’s a great way to top off a day full of festive events like the Race of the Santas, dance shows, holiday carols, and the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. Be sure to head over to the Blue River Plaza for some free hot cocoa and cookies at 4:30!
3. Torchlight Parade
December 31, 2016 (New Years Eve). Head over to town to watch the folks from the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School glide down from the top of Peak 9 while carrying torches. Watching them illuminate the entire mountain after dark is really something to write home about. Even better, stick around until 9:00 PM and you will get to enjoy the fireworks, too!
What to do in Breck for the Non-Skiier
Posted by toby | Saturday, October 22, 2016
Breckenridge may be a ski wonderland, but it’s still a worthwhile visit for non-skiers. The quaint town is chock full of amazing restaurants and lively bars that can keep you occupied during the entire duration of your vacation.
However, if you’re looking to add a little “oomph” to your trip, check out the following Breck activities you can enjoy without having to hit the slopes.
1. Shopping on Main Street
Breckenridge has its share of souvenir shops, but what makes the town truly exceptional is the fact that it’s also peppered with old buildings and houses converted into locally-owned shops selling handmade goods by local artists. Such items include soap, chainsaw wood carvings, chocolates, ornaments, paintings, Native American jewelry, art pieces, and many more. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it’s still fun to stroll up and down Main Street and soak in all its shops have to offer.
If you’ve always wanted to check out the hiking trails in Breckenridge, you’re in luck. The trails may be blanketed in snow, but a pair of wool socks and snowshoes make it possible for you to navigate the paths less traveled in the winter. Did you know that Breckenridge has at least 30 miles of snowshoeing trails? Head over to the Breckenridge Nordic Center and rent a pair of snowshoes for only 20 bucks!
3. Ice Skating
The Stephen C. West Ice Arena located right off the south end of Main Street boasts an indoor ice rink and an outdoor ice rink. Admission is $8, and you can rent a pair of figure or hockey skates for $4. Twelve bucks for a full day’s fun? Count us in!
Bust out your winter gear, grab a snow tube or sled at the Walmart in Frisco, head over to Carter Park, and get to sleddin’. The sledding hill at Carter Park is something to write home about, as it is pretty high and about 300 feet in length. You can walk down to Main Street after you’ve had your fill of sledding and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House.
5. Touring a Distillery
The award-winning Breckenridge Distillery, also known as the world’s highest distillery, offers free tours with complimentary tastings of their spirits every day between 11am to 6pm. You can also splurge on an after hours VIP tour, which offers a more comprehensive overview of the art of distilling alcohol and the chance to sample any new flavor they may be working on at the moment.
6. Attending a Concert
Breckenridge is actually quite cultured with its Riverwalk Center just a block over from Main Street. The beautiful venue hosts many different concerts on a regular basis. Maybe there’s one right up your alley when you’re in town.
7. Get Pampered
Many folks love a good old fashioned pampering while on vacation. Get a massage, facial or manicure at one of our many top rated salons.
8. Sleigh Ride and Dinner Theater
Take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh through the beautiful snowy forests. Your ride will finish at a historic mining camp where you’ll meet some of Breckenridge’s most infamous characters. This dinner theater is something the whole family will enjoy!
You can also attend a festival, take a cooking class, play board games at The Crown, go snowmobiling, or pretty much anything else. While Breckenridge is most known for the adventure, that is far from all it has to offer.
The possibilities are endless!
The 4 Best Hikes to Experience the Aspens in Summit County
Posted by toby | Sunday, October 9, 2016
Autumn has arrived, and what better way to soak it all in than to go on a hike in the midst of a sea of Aspen trees?
Every year, autumn brings us a spectacular opportunity to watch the leaves of our Aspen trees turn from a vibrant green to stunning shades of red, yellow, gold, and orange against the clear blue sky.
You don’t have to stray very far from Summit County in order to enjoy the beautiful change of color. In fact, you can stay right here. Grab your best camera and embark on a hike on one of the following 4 hiking trails that are abundant with color-changing Aspen trees.
1. Eaglesmere Lake
7 miles round-trip / Intermediate
Located on the very north side of Summit County, this trail is nestled in the middle of a thick aspen forest and boasts wildflowers, fewer than 2,000 feet of elevation gain, and backcountry camping sites. The trail leads you to Eaglesmere Lake and offers stunning views over Lower Cataract Lake and Cataract Falls.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue for approximately 5¼ miles to County Road 1725. Turn left at the juncture and then continue for 2 miles. The parking lot is located at the right fork.
2. Peaks Trail
15.5 miles one way / Beginner–Intermediate
The fall foliage is strong with this one. If you’re looking for an easy hike, start at the Breckenridge trailhead, as the trail goes downhill from there. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Frisco trailhead is the place to start, because you’ll be going uphill most of the time.
The trail stretches between Breckenridge and Frisco, and it provides majestic scenery over Summit County, as well as plenty of aspen trees changing colors at the onset of autumn. The trail also passes by Rainbow Lake in Frisco, where you can take great photos of the fall foliage against the vibrant blue sky and the lake.
Directions to Breckenridge trailhead: Take Highway 9 to Breckenridge, and then make a right onto Ski Hill Road. Continue on Ski Hill Road to the top. Make a right at the Peak 8 base area and drive past the Grand Timber Lodge. The trailhead parking lot is ahead.
Directions to Frisco trailhead: Drive west on Frisco’s Main Street and then make a left onto 2nd Avenue. Drive to the end of the street and then park. Walk over the paved bike path and then you’ll see the trailhead.
3. Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail
2.25 miles round-trip / Beginner-Intermediate
This trail has a waterfall, a creek, a bridge, a lake, and plenty of aspen trees that add a lot of color to the scenery. It goes around the Lower Cataract Lake, so there are plenty of photo ops along the way.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue about 5.6 miles to Cataract Creek Road, and make a sharp left turn there. Drive to the end of the road, where the trailhead is.
4. Boreas Pass/Aspen Alley Trail
1 mile round-trip / Beginner
What better way to experience the Aspen fall foliage than to hike a trail named after Aspen trees? This short hike is a great way to soak in the fall scenery without too much planning, driving, and walking. There are so many Aspen groves along this trail that it is practically shaded the entire way. There is also an old mine dump you can explore. Not only that, but if you’re up for a scenic drive, you can drive up
Boreas Pass Road to the very top, where the fall foliage is stunning.
Directions to trailhead: Drive south on Main Street in Breckenridge. Take a left at Boreas Pass Road and then take the road all the way up the mountain. It will turn into a dirt road. When that happens, keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead parking lot on the left side less than half a mile up the dirt road.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 - Schedule
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 17, 2014
Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 – schedule of events
2014 is the 20th year of our renowned Breckenridge Oktoberfest celebration, and we get better every year, offering more and better foods and beers. The party begins on Main Street in Breckenridge, Friday the 12th 2014 at 2 p.m., for those who are brave! The party continues each day, through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Friday the 12th
2– 6 First day of our Main Street Biergarten Party
6– 9 the succulent Brewmaster Dinner: Paulaner beers uniquely paired with fantastic food. This is how kings eat!
Saturday the 13th
10 - 1 Breckenridge Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run
10 – 6 Main Street biergarten Party- Save you strength!
Sunday the 14th
10– 5 Main Street Party- if you have made it this far, one more day wont hurt.
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014- Schedule of Events
Posted by toby | Friday, May 30, 2014
Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014
June 13 2014- Friday
Barney Ford, Edwin Carter Museum tours - 11– 3
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2104 Town Party- 4 – 9
June 14 2014- Saturday
Gun Fights! Shots fired at Main Street Station- 10 to 12 and 2 to 4
Reading of the Breckenridge Kingdom Days Proclamation at the Breckenridge Welcome Center- 11
Kids' outdoor activities- 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11 – 3
Meet Red Tail, the Breckenridge mountain man at 111 N. Ridge Street from 11 – 4
Petting zoo and museum tour of the Barney Ford House at 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11– 4
Mining activities and gold panning in the Blue River Plaza on Main Street from 11 – 5
Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the Barney Ford parking lot from 12 – 4
National Repertory Orchestra concert at the Riverwalk Center starting 7:30
June 15 2014- Sunday
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014 Sunday Market at Main Street Station from 9– 2
Gun Fights, again! Hunker down at the Main Street Station three times throughout the day- 10, 12, 2
Breckenridge Kids Fun Area on the Riverwalk Center Lawn from 11-4
Breckenridge Outhouse Races- Main Street, 2 p.m.
Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
Posted by | Friday, March 14, 2014
Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014- too much snow and too much fun.
Breckenridge Spring Fever is our month long celebration of both the end of winter and the ski season of 2014 and the beginning of summertime, with its warm temperatures and bountiful offering of activities. Spring in Breckenridge is the perfect blend of killer snow, awesome skiing, warm temperatures, and outdoor fun.
Schedule of events for Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
· Performances by nationally recognized musicians form the Spring Fever concert series.
· Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup
· Ripperoo’s Winter Mascot Olympics
· Park, Pipe, and Big Mountain Camps
· The Breckenridge Spring Fever Chili Cook-off
· Easter egg hunts
· Easter service at the TenMile Station on the Breckenridge Ski Resort
· The 18th Annual Imperial Challenge- April 12
· Super G & Giant Slalom Races
· Big mountain freestyle competition on Peak 6
· Throwback Throw down superpipe/minipipe competition hucks into its third year.
· Breckenridge Ascent Series, every Wednesday
Performances during Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
To be announced!
Four major concerts will close out the final weekends of Spring Fever and the 2014 ski season in style. Each Saturday and Sunday during the final two weekends of ski season, the base of Peak 8 will heat up with nationally touring acts, preforming live for you. Each day will bring a new act, a new flavor, and a new way to enjoy closing out the 2014 ski season.
Saturday- April 12
Sunday- April 13
Saturday- April 19
Sunday- April 20
Breckenridge rafting and Breckenridge summer activities
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Breckenridge Rafting, bike rentals, fishing guides, horseback riding, and a ton of information on Breckenridge summer activities from Resort Managers summer activity partner, Colorado Adventure Center.If you have already booked your summer lodging with us (if you have not, do it now!) the next thing you need to be looking for is an awesome activity, like Breckenridge rafting, to add a little more spice to your vacation. Good times rafting and high side adventure tours are run out of the Colorado Adventure Center, 210 N. Main st, and will offer a perfect compliment to your vacation. Good times rafting offers several Breckenridge Rafting options down 4 rivers- Colorado, Blue, Clear Creek, and the Arkansas. You can choose your length, difficulty, and location from several different combinations. If you are not ready for your first Breckenridge Rafting adventure, then stop on in to the Colorado Adventure Center anyway for a Vail pass shuttle bike trip (12 miles of downhill through the most beautiful country on earth), a guided fly fishing trip, a horseback adventure, or for some knowledgeable information on what else there is to do in Breck. Please visit our Breckenridge Rafting page to submit an inquiry, or contact them directly- Highside Adventure Tours Good Times Rafting 210 N.Main st.Breckenridge, CO 80424Toll free # 800-808-0357Local # 970-453-5559www.raftingcolorado.com email@example.com
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