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What to do in Breckenridge During the Christmas Season
Posted by | Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Activities in Breckenridge

 

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.

 

What to do in Breckenridge during Christmas Season

Church Services

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.

 

Christmas Activities in Breckenridge CO

 

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.

Eating Out

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

Pamper Yourself on Your Vacation Breckenridge

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.

Massage on your Vacation in Breckenridge

 

Eat Well

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.

Drink Well

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.

What to do on your Breckenridge Vacation

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.

Evening Events

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-Town Events

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.

Quality Time

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

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

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.

Gear

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.

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

Boutiques

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.

Galleries

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.

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

Around Town

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

Best Leaf-peeping Hikes in Colorado

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.

Kenosha Pass

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.

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoBoreas Pass

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.

Independence Pass

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.

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoTrail 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.

Plan Accordingly

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.


Oktoberfest
Posted by toby | Friday, August 25, 2017

Oktoberfer 2017 in Breckenridge CO

Don’t miss one last opportunity to party in the streets of Breckenridge before the snow flies. Soon everyone will be looking for epic runs, but this fall you will have a chance to enjoy sunshine, food, beer and golden leaves. Oktoberfest in Breckenridge will be held September 8th-10th. While the street party will be downtown, there will be celebrations and events throughout Breckenridge. 

The Street Party

Oktober Fest 2017 Breck

The street party will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the afternoon. It will include German food vendors, beer, live entertainment, traditional costumes, and polka! Each year party goers get their commemorative stein to enjoy drinks and keep as a souvenir. You can order this year’s stein ahead of time, and you should because they often run out. While this event is centered around brews, there are also games, face-painting, and entertainment for kids. 

Leave Your Pets at Home

Unlike most other events in Breckenridge, this festival doesn’t include dog friends. The abundance of food and drink makes it too challenging to create a safe environment for pets.

Brewmaster Dinner

The Brewmaster Dinner will be held at 10 Mile Station. It will include four courses paired with carefully chosen beers. Each course will feature a traditional German dish from appetizers to dessert. Reservations are required for this decadent event.

Trail Run

If you would like to get a workout before splurging on sausage, spatzel, and Bavarian brews, join the 5K trail run. You can enjoy local trails and cross the finish line in time to celebrate all afternoon at the street party.

Oktoberfest 2017 Breckenridge COBrunch 

You could also start out your day on Saturday with a brunch hosted by Breckenridge Brewery. Savor local craft beers and relish creative and artistic dishes over a several course meal. This event also requires a reservation.

 

Check Out the Leaves

In addition to all of the festivities in town, the aspen leaves will be at their peak. Wander down trails under a thick canopy of golden leaves. Take scenic drives or go for a bike ride. This will be an ideal weekend to take in all of the best sites and spectacular views that the mountains have to offer.

Get Away

Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to get away for the weekend. Enjoy friends, music, tradition, food, and beer. Take in stunning vistas and revel in the last golden days of the season. Check out Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a comfortable condo or house to share with friends in a convenient location for the weekend. For a full schedule of events, to order steins or make a reservation for an event go to Go Breck.

Photo Credits: Breckenridge Tourism Office


Beginner Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge CO
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in Breckenridge CO

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.

Etiquette Tips

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

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Breckenridge 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.

Blair Witch

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

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Breckenridge 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.

Get Started!

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!

 


Best Decks in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Best Outdoor Decks in Breckenridge

In the summer, the weather is unbelievably perfect in Breckenridge. Dry air and mild temperatures make outdoor dining comfortable and pleasant. In addition, there are very few mosquitos and other bugs that tend to make eating outside at lower altitudes less enjoyable. And if you are wondering what are the best places for outside dining in Breckenridge, we’ve got you covered.

Kenosha Steak House

This steak house offers a homey deck to relax and enjoy a beer as well as a gorgeous view of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Choose from thirty-one beers on tap and soak in a sunny view. This easy-to-access deck is right off of Main Street so you won’t have to travel far. They even have horseshoes in the back garden.

Traverse

For some of the most stunning views in Breckenridge, head to the Traverse. This restaurant is located in the Lodge at Breckenridge and involves a short trek up Boreas Pass Rd. The travel time is worth the vistas. You won’t find this view anywhere else. 

The Motherloaded Tavern

If you are looking for something a little more lively, head on down to The Motherloaded Tavern. This tavern’s menu is full of rich comfort food with unique flair. The Motherloaded Tavern is known for having local artists perform and even open mic nights.

Mi Casa

Relax on the water on Mi Casa’s casual patio. This inviting deck offers a view of the dredge pond and the surrounding mountains. There no better place in Breckenridge to sit back and enjoy a margarita while the sun slips down behind the mountains.

Fatty’s Pizzeria

For family friendly outdoor dining, try Fatty’s Pizzeria one block from Main Street Breck. With a menu sure to please everyone in the family, this restaurant offers generous portions, housemade pizza, sandwiches and salads.

Sevens

When you want to eat above 10,000 feet, take the gondola to Sevens. Sevens is located in the Grand Lodge at Peak 7. The large patio at Sevens opens up to the grassy hills on Peak 7. You can join friends in a game of corn hole and dogs are allowed on the patio. This is the ideal place to relax with family or refuel after your mountain bike ride.

The Quandary Grille

The Quandary Grille can be found on the south end of Main Street, inside Main Street Station. The large patio offers a view of Maggie Pond and Peaks 9 and 10. Enjoy a steak or burger on this inviting patio. Main Street Station also offers two hours of convenient parking, free in their underground lot.

The Crown

If you want to enjoy your coffee outdoors, stop into The Crown. The Crown offers excellent breakfast dishes until 11:30 and then serves a lunch menu. 

The Crown is located right on Main Street, so you won’t have to travel far to find it. If it is too late in the day for coffee, you can enjoy a drink from the bar. The Crown closes at 8:00 pm so it is best to enjoy their patio earlier in the day.

Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to stop after your hike or mountain bike ride. Relax and take in an outdoor meal at one of Breckenridge’s many excellent and welcoming restaurants.

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What To Do In Breck During The Summer
Posted by toby | Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Family Activities in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has tons of summer activities for the whole family. If the cool, fresh mountain air, spectacular views and fields of wild alpine flowers are not enough to draw you into the mountains, there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy with your friends and family. Here are a few of our favorites.

Tours with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a broad range of walking tours guided by local experts. You can take a leisurely stroll through the historic district in downtown, join friends for a Victorian Tea in a historic home, or take a Twilight Tombstone Tour. They also offer hikes to historic mining ghost towns and other places of interest near Breckenridge.

Family Summer Activities in Breckenridge

Country Boy Mine 

Located just two miles from downtown Breckenridge, the Country Boy Mine is the perfect place to learn about the area’s rich mining history. Once an active gold mine, you can now take a mine tour and see what it was like working underground. This isn’t just a museum; you can also try panning for gold yourself or slide down the 55 ft. ore shoot. The Country Boy Mine is a great attraction for the whole family.

Festivals

There are festivals and events most weekends throughout the summer. Plan your trip around an event that piques your interest, such as the WAVE: Light + Water event, Breckenridge Beer Fest, or The International Festival of Arts. Take in exhibits and events throughout the festivals while enjoying all the shops and dining in downtown Breckenridge.

Events at the Riverwalk Center

The Riverwalk is a venue that offers concerts and events ranging from free late night movies to classical performances to folk concerts. Check out their schedule and enjoy your favorite artists in this stunning venue.

Hike a 14er

Colorado is proud of its many peaks over 14,000 feet, lovingly called 14ers. There is no shortage of 14ers near Breckenridge. Mt. Quandary is one of the most commonly ascended peaks. The trailhead is easy to access, located off of Highway 9 going south toward Hoosier Pass. Start early in the morning to avoid dangerous afternoon thunderstorms. If your family is not up to a 14er, there are many easier hikes that allow you to enjoy beautiful scenery at a comfortable pace. See our past post about best hikes to view the wildflowers.

Local Hiking Trails

If a 14er isn’t in the schedule for you, try one from Breckenridge’s extensive trail system with hiking trails for all skill levels. Beginners, kids and families will enjoy Boreas Pass Rd which has great views, but is relatively flat and wide. More advanced hikers will enjoy Boreas Pass mountain trail or Baker’s Tank Trail which is littered with wild roses and other wildflowers. (Learn more about our local wildflowers here.) There are many options for trails of all lengths, which you can learn about here: http://www.breckenridgerecreation.com/fun-things-to-do-/open-space-trails/trail-maps

Epic Discovery

Take the Gondola up the mountain and experience Epic Discovery. An all day pass will get you access to the alpine slide, alpine coaster, ziplines, climbing walls, a bungee trampoline, mini golf and so much more. Epic Discovery provides a full day of activity for everyone in the family. Some of the activities have age and height requirements, so check to make sure your family can enjoy the activities they were looking forward to. Epic Discovery also offers off-road jeep tours, guided hikes, and guided mountain bike rides.Summer Family Activities in Breckenridge

Get Away

Summer is the ideal time to plan a getaway to the mountains. Leave the business and heat of the city behind. Enjoy quality time with your family at the many family friendly attractions. Find adventure on a hike or mountain bike ride. Enjoy miles of paved trails for road biking, play a round of golf and check out your favorite artists all within the vicinity of this relaxing mountain town. Book the perfect home base for your summer adventure with Breckenridge Resort Managers.

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Photo: "Old Gold Mine Near Breckenridge" by Lars Plougmann

Photo: "Blue Colombine on Boreas Pass" by Colorado's Wildflowers


Breck Bike Week
Posted by toby | Friday, May 26, 2017

Breckenridge Bike Week - Summer Family Activity

Breckenridge has more to offer for outdoor adventurers than just skiing. As soon as the snow melts and the mud dries, it is time to bike! There are amazing trails all over Summit County perfect for mountain bikers ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. Road biking on miles of paved trails is another way to enjoy the stunning scenery throughout Summit County. Breck Bike Week offers the ideal opportunity to learn more about biking, bike trails, trail etiquette and all the latest equipment, as well as celebrate the sport with friends.

Mountain and Road Biking Clinics in Breckenridge CO

Kick Off The Week

Breck Bike Week kicks off on Wednesday, June 21st with the Summit County Bike to Work Day. Start the day biking in for a cup of coffee at Blue River Plaza and close out the day with a bike-in movie.

Clinics

The week will include various clinics. Women can check out the mountain bike clinic designed specifically for women interested learning more about single track riding. There are also workshops for more advanced riders. Learn about bike maintenance in the maintenance clinic. You can even do a bike crawl exploring the best high altitude distilleries and breweries.

Expo

Friday and Saturday feature a Vendor Expo and Demo. Check out the latest bikes and even take some out for a demo ride. Get a feel for the best new components and see what’s the latest in the world of biking equipment.

Poker Ride

The Poker Ride, a fundraiser for Summit Fat Tire to support their local trail work takes place on Saturday. Ride between all the stops, gathering a poker card at each stop. Present your hand at Napper Tandy’s during the Poker Rider Party party to compete for an awesome prize. If your hand is a dud, you will still be entered for great raffle prizes.

Pond Crossing

For some entertainment check out the Pond Crossing. If you are brave, you can join participants as they try to cross the dredge pond on a 10” plank. Dress up to match the disco theme and win a prize for best costume or most spectacular fall. You can even enter the big wheel race that circles the pond.

Activity for the Family in Breckenridge Summer

More Information

Both avid and casual riders will find an event they enjoy during Breck Bike Week. Many of the events throughout the week are free, however they are limited to only a few participants. Go to GoBreck.org to view all of the details for each event. The page also provides contact emails to sign up for specific events. Get to know a new side of Breckenridge through all of the events offered during Breck Bike Week. The tips and trails you can learn about during this week will help you enjoy biking all summer long.

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Best Happy Hour in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best Happy Hours in Breckenridge

One of the best ways to unwind after a day of tearing it up on the ski hill is to enjoy a drink with friends. Breckenridge has a wealth of unique restaurants and bars that cater to après ski. Here are some of the best places to find good happy hour specials.

The Motherloaded TavernBest Happy Hours in Breckenridge

The Motherloaded Tavern is the perfect stop for a cold evening. From 3-6 pm you can get $6 dollar hot drinks or mason jar cocktails that include house infusions such as maple walnut bourbon or cran-orange clove rum. Their happy hour specials also include $1 off beers with a selection of Colorado beers on tap and $3 cocktails and infusion shots. Toast a marshmallow at your table or enjoy disco tots with cheese and gravy to warm up. 

Hearthstone

If you want to enjoy a quiet glass of wine to wind down, Hearthstone offers an intimate and charming atmosphere set in a Victorian house with views of the ski resort. From 4-6 pm you can indulge in sophisticated small plates like wild caught red snapper or Colorado lamb meatballs. Choose from an extensive wine list for $6 or $8 dollar glasses. Their martinis are also one of a kind.

Kenosha Steak House

When you want a Colorado craft beer head to Kenosha Steak House. This happy hour gets started early running from 2-5 pm every afternoon. They offer $2 off their beer and wine. Choose from 31 different beers on tap.

Mi Casa

Happy hours in Breckenridge

Mi Casa is known for their margaritas. Choose from their vast selection of tequilas or one of their many Mexican beers. Nothing quenches a hunger and thirst quite like tacos and margaritas. They also offer free chips and a few different salsas in the bar area. The bar area is packed most days during happy hour, so get there early!

Modis

Modis offers two happy hours, 3-6 pm and 10-12 pm. They have an extensive list of creative and vintage cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. They also have an expansive collection of wine. Enjoy the contemporary atmosphere and artful food at this modern bar and restaurant.

Gold Pan Saloon

Experience a piece of history while you enjoy your drink and a burger. Established in 1879, the Gold Pan Saloon holds the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. With remnants of the gold mining era everywhere you look, the Gold Pan Saloon offers a relaxed and historic atmosphere.

Ease out of the day and trade stories of epic runs at these quintessential Breckenridge happy hours.

Sources

“The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Locals Guide” Best of Breckenridge

“Best Happy Hour in Breck” Breck


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!

 

China’s “Mermaid”

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

Family Activities in Breckenridge

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.

Family Friendly Activities in Breckenridge

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 Activities for the whole family in Breckenridge

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

Breckenridge winter family activities

 

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.

Ullr 2017 Breckenridge winter activitiesParticipants 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.

Breckenridge winter family activitiesFamily 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

Breckenridge Holiday Activities 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.

Our Favorite Breckenridge Holiday Activities

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

Our Favorite Breckenridge Holiday Activities

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!

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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.

2. Snowshoeing

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!

4. Sledding

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.


The Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Family Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge

 

Eating out with kids in a new town can be a challenge. Not every restaurant offers an comprehensive menu for adults in addition to a selection of pizza, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets for the pint-sized.It may be difficult to find such a restaurant that not only offers such an accommodating menu, but also serves amazing food worthy of a four- or five-star review. Luckily, Breckenridge has a lot to offer in the way of family friendly restaurants.  After dining at one (or two, or all) of the restaurants listed below, the entire family’s going to want to come back for more.

 

1. Blue Moose Restaurant 

Mom and Dad can enjoy some wake-me-up mimosas, Irish cream coffee, or Bloody Marys at this breakfast joint while the kiddos have tasty pancakes, French toast, omelets, oatmeal from the kid’s menu, and other breakfast classics to choose from.

2. Downstairs at Eric’s Family Friendly Restaurants in Breck

Arcade games, wings, beer, pizza, and flat-screen HDTVs: this restaurant has it all.  Kids, teenagers, college students, parents, and even grandparents would enjoy this place with its incredibly large menu that includes burgers, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads, and more. Kids can find hot dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for lunch or dinner -  if you can drag them away from the arcade games long enough to eat!

3. Empire Burger

With the incredibly fresh and juicy burgers, outta-this-world hand cut fries, full children’s menu, and outdoor area where families can hang out, you can’t beat Empire Burger for a family burger outing in Breckenridge. It also sports a gorgeous view of the mountain from its deck.

4. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Parents love the mango duck quesadillas, avocado fritos, and habanero bacon wrapped shrimp. Kids love the chicken quesadillas, nachos, and cheeseburgers. And then we have the delicious Mexican pastries, tres leches cake, Mexican chocolate-plantain bread pudding, and deep-fried ice cream. What more does a hungry family need?

Restaurants for Families in Breckenridge5. The Crown

The Crown offers a diverse menu for adults and children, as well a fun night out for the whole family. In addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch menus, they offer coffee, ice cream, booze, free wi-fi, and board games. Stop by for an after dinner treat and a game of Jenga with the family.


2016 Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts
Posted by toby | Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Good Family Activity in Breck

BreckCreate, the town of Breck’s organization to promote the arts, culture and creativity, is putting on the second Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) this August 12-21. This event will be 9 days long, jam packed with creative performances such as circus and acrobat performances, installation arts and workshops for adults and kids and film. There will be something for every member of the family at this festival! This year’s theme is Adventure + Play + Creativity.

Here’s a few highlights of what to expect.

Dance, Circus and Acrobatics

fun activity for kids in Breckenridge

STREB Extreme Action Company combines extreme sports, dance and circus acrobatics in one gravity defying performance. In their performance, they do acrobatics with a 21 foot ladder while it rotates. I, for one, had to watch the video to understand this as words cannot do this performance justice! You just have to see it. See the video here.

There will also be a one man circus by Swiss performer, David Dimitri. His performance includes a high wire, a human cannon ball, music and dance.

Musical Performances

Sila: The Breath of the World is an experimental form of music where each individual musician plays a tone at his or her own tempo. The only condition is that the tone they play must be played for the length of one full exhalation of breathe. The musicians are dispersed throughout an area and spectators can wander about to enjoy one artist or the combination of all playing together. It promises to be unique, haunting, intriguing and like nothing you have ever heard before.

There will also be 24 pop-up performances throughout the festival, called the Trail Mix Concerts. In short, artists will have concerts on the hiking and biking trails of Breck, allowing you to experience the music in an entirely different setting.

If you prefer the more traditional musical arts, there are also performances by an internationally renown cellist, violinist and an alt-country band with a Spanish flair called Calexico.

Workshops

Get your creative juices flowing by participating! STREB Extreme Action Company will be hosting a workshop for kids, ages 5 and up, to learn about stunts and acrobatics. Installation artist, Tasha Lewis is also hosting a workshop to create and install her art installation, Swarm, consisting of fabric butterflies. Read more about Swarm here.

Performance

Breck Festival of Arts - Kids Activity

This street theater group is sure to be a favorite with the kids. Actors on stilts will don 19 foot dinosaur costumes and perform throughout the streets of Breck. On alternating days, the company will also do a choreographed drumming performance on stilts.

Installation Art

Check out installation arts at your own schedule. Tasha Lewis will have 2 installations, Herd and Swarm, with sculptures of her animals and butterflies in motion. Artists Andrew Dentate and Robert Wertz will also have installations. Most installations will be at the Old Masonic Hall, and will be available for viewing through the festival.

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts has something for the whole family and is sure to be an experience to remember. Most events are free, but be sure to check the schedule and individual events for more details.

View the full schedule here.

All Photos: Courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.


Wildflowers of Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Activities for Families in Breckenridge

Wildflowers are the crowning glory of Breckenridge summers. They line the roadsides and trails and color the landscape. While they hit their peak in late July, different variations can be seen throughout the spring and summer.

Wildflower hikes are a great summer activity for the whole family. Here are a few you are likely to see and where you can find them.

Colombine

This flower is Colorado's state flower and pride and joy. No matter how many times you see it, its unique shape and coloring continues to impress. It grows to about 12-24 inches tall and prefers shaded areas. There is nothing more lovely than a patch of delicate columbines in the shade of an aspen grove.

In the wild, it is most commonly found in purple and white but many other colors exist in gardens and the wild alike. Coloradans love their columbines, so the best place to see them is in the gardens in town.

Wildflower hikes in Breckenridge

Silvery Lupine

This flower grows almost anywhere in Breckenridge, taking over whole hillsides and cropping up along the roads. You have likely already seen it, cheerfully greeting visitors that drive into town. The tiny pea shaped flowers are actually bluish-purple but have white on the underside, giving it a silvery appearance from a distance. To see this flower in detail, hike the Dickie's Trail around Lake Dillon. This trail sports several varieties of wildflowers and is perfect for beginners.

Wild Rose

The wild roses are much simpler than their domesticated cousins with only 5 petals. They are most commonly found in magenta, pale pink and white. They grow in scraggly bushes along the sides of the road and trails and are recognizable by their bright yellow centers. To see this flower, hike the Boreas Pass trail. A few are already beginning on Boreas Pass Road!


Heartleaf ArnicaYellow Wildflower - Breckenridge Hikes for Families

This bold yellow flower can be found in almost all wooded areas. You can't miss it. Look for the triangular pointed petals in the shaded forests around Breck.

Late Summer pink wildflowers in Breckenridge

Fireweed

 

Fireweed is a tall plant with magenta flowers. It gets its name from its ability to return quickly after a wildfire. This flower blooms in ditches, meadows, gardens - anywhere! It blooms a bit later than other wildflowers and is known as a herald to the coming winter.


Scarlet Gilia, Fairy Trumpetwildflower hikes in Breckenridge

This flower is shaped like a tiny reddish orange trumpet. At closer inspection, there is often white or yellow spotting inside the flower. You'll see it in drier areas, roadsides and open meadows. It's very tiny, so can be hard to spot.


orchid-wildflower-summer-family-activity.pngCalypso Orchid Fairy Slipper

The Fairy Slipper Orchid is a rare occurrence and you should count yourself lucky to find it. It is found in forested, well shaded areas, and is usually in small groups of 1-5 flowers. This particular photo was taken on the Illinois Gulch trails and was the only flower of this type in the area.

Whether you are hiking or driving, wildflowers can be found in abundance in all of Breck. If hiking, don't forget to bring the necessary provisions such as water and rain gear. The high altitude climate is known to change weather with little notice, especially in the afternoons. Hike safe!


Breckenridge Spring Fever Schedule for 2016
Posted by toby | Friday, March 4, 2016

Breckenridge Spring Fever Schedule for 2016

Concert Schedule!- Just Announced!

  • April 9th- Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • April 16th- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • April 17th- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Competitions during Spring Fever 2015

  • Mtn Dew Spring Open: 4/1/16
  • Breck Ascent Series Final: 4/13/16
  • Spring Fever Park Jam: 4/1,8,15/2016
  • Fever Battle Charity Hockey Game Dates: TBD
  • Imperial Challenge: 4/23/16

In town shopping and fun!

  • Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival: 4/9/16
  • Fever Reliever Main Street Shopping Discounts
  • Spring Fever Chili Cookoff Dates: April 3, 2016
  • Golden Easter Egg Hunt: 3/27/16

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016
Posted by toby | Thursday, December 31, 2015

Schedule for Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016

  • January 14th – 17th, 2014- Technical week- Stomp, shape, pack, measure, layout, and planning all take place this week as the artists carefully craft their visions.
  • January 21st - 25th, 2014- Sculpting week- Time for the artists to dig in, and use all the hand tools they have available to create their vision, and gently augment their snow into art.
  • January 25th – February 2nd- Viewing week- Time to bask in the glory, and put their finished works on display for everyone to enjoy.

Teams Competing in the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Germany- Agrawal
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia- Batmunkh
  • Mongolia- Bayanmunkh
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Yukon- Canada
  • USA- Breck!
  • USA- Loveland
  • USA- Vermont
  • USA- Wisconsin

Blue River Sports and Mountain Wave- Partners we Love!!
Posted by toby | Friday, November 27, 2015

As a local lodging company, we have a lot of Breckenridge businesses ask us to promote their services to our guests.  Generally, we like to help out, and will promote those businesses who we feel offer the best goods and services in town, specifically those that make our guests happy.  I must say, this town is full of quality businesses, well versed in guest service, and deserving of our endorsement.  However, every so often we run across a business, or more correctly business owners, that we like to highlight as a business we trust above others. 

                                    

The folks at Blue River Sports and Mountain Wave have developed a relationship with Resort Managers dating back many years, and have become a business we reccommend to every guest who walks through our door due to their value, service, and friendly ownership and staff.  Sody, Dave, and John are longtime locals that truely represent the best Breckenridge has to offer.  They donate thier time and energy to many local entities, and exemplify what a true Breckenridge local business is- Friendly, Welcoming, and Fun!

I know each of these men personally, and am proud to reccommend their services to our guests.  Trust me, you will be in good hands. 

Ski & Snowboard Rentals in Breckenridge since 1982. Oldest locally owned & operated shop in Breckenridge with the largest selection of ski and snowboards. Rossignol, K2, Salomon, Blizzard, Volkl, Never Summer, Burton, Icelantic, Faction, Line, LibTech, Roxy & Sims. Boots are fitted, not just handed to you. Fittings take 20 minutes, usually less. Free breakage insurance and storage. Clothing rental. No charge for pick-up the evening before. Kids under 5 free with adult rental. 5th day free. Only charge 2.5% tax. Enjoy. We've been doing it right for a long time. Open 8am - 9pm daily. 600 S. Park Ave., Peak 9 Base Area. 970-453-1110.

Book Direct with them for your upcoming winter vacation at 10% off!- http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/directory/breckenridge-ski-rentals--onsite/blue-river-sports


Breckenridge Winter Dew Tour 2015 - Schedule of Events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, October 13, 2015

For our 8th time, Breckenridge will host the athletes of the winter Dew Tour, December 10th to 13th 2015.  This is the final event in the 2015 Dew Tour Championship series, culminating in our wonderful winter town.  The event will consist of freeski and snowboard events, as well as some great events, activities, and your chance to meet the athletes.  The Dew Tour has one stop for its winter championships, and that s Breckenridge, so don’t miss out on your last chance to see these high flying athletes in action!

Dew Tour 2015 Events will include-

  • Men’s and Women’s ski and board Slopestyle
  • Men’s and Women’s ski and board Superpipe
  • Men’s Snowboard Streetstyle

All event times to be announced at a later date, and updated here.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2015 – schedule of events
Posted by toby | Sunday, August 23, 2015

Breckenridge Oktoberfest is now in its 21st year, and we are getting better every year.  More food, fun, events, activities, music, and of course the beer!  Main Street in Breckenridge hosts the kickoff, Friday the 11th 2015 at 2 p.m.  The party continues each day, through Sunday at 5 p.m.

Friday Oktober 11th, 2015

  • 2– 6 Main Street Biergarten Party, day one! 
  • 6:30– 9 the euphoric Brewmaster Dinner: Delectable five course menu paired with a selection of Paulaner beers.   

Saturday Oktober 12th, 2015

  • 10 - 1 Breckenridge Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run
  • 10 – 12:30 Enjoy the Breckenridge Brewery Oktoberfest 2015 Brunch- another multi course meal paired with select beers. 
  • 10 – 6 Main Street biergarten Party- Day two, pace yourself!

Sunday Oktober 13th, 2015

  • 10– 5 Main Street Oktoberfest Party- This is day three, and only for the strong.

Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) 2015
Posted by toby | Monday, August 10, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) 2015, happening in and around Breckenridge all through August and September 2015.  This year, the International Festival of Arts is a 10 day event, consisting of a multitude of artistic renditions, events, concerts, classes, performances, and entertainment.  BIFA 2015 highlights a phenomenal year of arts district expansion in Breckenridge, including the new and improved Breckenridge Arts District, and the remodeled mason’s hall on Main Street. 

Below is our Schedule of events for the Breckenridge International Arts Festival-

  • Australia’s “The Fruits”- 8/13-16 on the Breck Riverwalk Center Lawn
    Trail Mix- 8/14 – 23
  • “The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimpoilos- 8/14 – 9/14
  • “Abound” by Julie Hughes- 8/14-23, 2015 at the Old Masonic Hall
  • Michael Ward- Bergeman and Groanbox and BMF- 8/15 at 7:30pm in the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.  Tix $40-$25
  • ETHEL’s Documerica- 8/16 at 7:30pm in the Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25
  • “VOLO” by Diavolo- 8/18-19 at 7:30pm in the Breck Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25, $10 Kids
  • ARTCRANK- 8/19 – 30 at the Old Masonic Hall
  • The Austin Bike Zoo- 8/20-21at Breck Create Festival Square
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band- 8/20 at 7:30pm in Breck Create Festival Square
  • Los Lobos!- 8/21 at 7:30pm on the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Lawn
  • An Evening with Ira Glass- 8/22 at 7:30pm in the Breck Riverwalk Center. Tix $70-$45
  • The Triplets of Belleville Featuring Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville and composer Benoit Charest- 8/23 at 7:30pm in the Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25, $10 Kids

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2015
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 2, 2015

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2015

Breckenridge Day 1- USA Pro Challenge Stage Four is on August 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM

From Aspen to Breckenridge, over Independence Pass, Trout Creek Pass and Hoosier Pass, finishing with the awful Moonstone road climb and down Boreas Pass to the finish line.

Day 1 Activities for the USA Pro Challenge-
• Scavenger Hunt on Main Street
• Bike-themed fun at the new Breckenridge Arts District
• Stunt Show in the Village from 12-6
• The Strider Cup on Main Street at noon
• The Wish for Wheels parade at 12:30
• Street Sprints on Main Street at 1
• Music by Trout Steak Revival in the Village beginning at noon
• Music by Dave and Brad in the Village beginning at 2
• Watch the finish in town or on the big screen at the Riverwalk Center lawn at 3
• USA Pro Challenge 2015 awards ceremony beginning at 4
• More music by Trout Steak Revival in the Festival Village at 4:30
• Bike decorating and costume parade through town at 6
• Concert by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at 7:30

Breckenridge Day 2- USA Pro Challenge Stage Five- Women’s and Men’s time trials on August 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

This 8.5 mile time trial starts out on the flats, then a sharp climb up Moonstone road.

Day 2 Activities for the USA Pro Challenge-
• Stunt show on the Riverwalk Center lawn
• Bike-themed fun at the new Breckenridge Arts District
• Time Trials begin at 10
• USA Pro Challenge women’s awards at 12-1
• Bike Pond Crossing on the Dredge pond starting at 1
• Kids’ games and bike rodeo in the Village starting at 1:30
• Live feed of the final time trial competitors on the big screen at the Riverwalk Center lawn starting at 2
• USA Pro Challenge 2015 men’s awards at 4
• Free concert with Los Lobos at the Riverwalk Center starting at 7:30


Breckenridge 4th of July 2015 schedule of events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Independence Day in Breckenridge is full of wonderful events, activities, and free concerts for the family.  Below is our schedule of events for 4th of July 2015.

  • 10K Trail Run - 7 a.m. start at Carter Park.
  • Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race –Main Street starting at 9:30.
  • Fourth of July Garden Party - 9 a.m. at the Barney Ford Museum
  • Breckenridge 4th of July 2015 Main Street Parade –10am on Main Street
  • Kids’ Water Fight – 1- 3 on Main Street
  • Main Street Arts Festival – July 3rd – 5th all day
  • Viper Show - 12:30  – 3:00 on Main Street
  • Free concert at the Breckenridge River Walk Center – BoDeans at 2.
  • National Repertory Orchestra 4th of July Concert- 8:00pm at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, Indoor tickets- $5, $10 or $15.
  • Fireworks! -  9:45, can be seen from anywhere in the town core, but the Blue River Plaza and Riverwalk Center Lawn are prime spots!
  • 32th Annual July Art Festival – Main Street Station July 3-5th

Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2015
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2015

Sunday, June 21st- 8th Annual 2015 Breckenridge Outhouse Races from 12:00 - 3:30 at the 100 block of S. Ridge St. *People's Choice Voting at 1:00

June 19th - 21st- Gold Panning Championships from 10am - 4pm at Blue River Plaza

Schedule for Museums and Historic Tours:

Barney Ford Victorian Home Tour at 111 East Washington Avenue-  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday

Edwin Carter Discovery Center at 111 North Ridge Street-  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday

Summit Ski Exhibit at 308-B South Main Street-  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday

Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour at Breckenridge Welcome Center- 5pm, Friday and Saturday, $15/adults

Historic Walking Tour at Breckenridge Welcome Center- 11am & 1:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday

Haunted Tour of Breckenridge at Breckenridge Welcome Center- Saturday 7:30, $15/adults, $10/kids

Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch at 301 Ski Hill Road- 11am – 3pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,  $10/adults, $5/kids

Gold Panning at the Blue River Plaza on Main Street- June 15th & 16th 11:00 – 5:00


Breckenridge Spring Fever Events and Activities 2015
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Breckenridge Spring Fever Events and Activities 2015

Competitions during Spring Fever 2015

  • Peak 6 Big Mountain Challenge Dates: 3/22/2105
  • Breck Ascent Series Dates: Wednesdays throughout Spring Fever
  • Throwback Throwdown snowboard Date: 3/29/2015
  • Ski Area Scavenger Hunt Dates: 4/5/15
  • Fever Battle Charity Hockey Game Dates: TBD
  • Imperial Challenge Race Date: 4/11/15
  • Throwback Throwdown halfpipe competition Date: March 28, 2015
  • 5 til 5 terrain park happy hours dates: April 3, April 10, and April 17, 2015
  • Epic Pro Team Big Air Showdown Dates: 4/26/15

In town shopping and fun!

  • Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival Dates: 4/5/15
  • Fever Reliever Main Street Shopping Discounts
  • Spring Fever Chili Cookoff Dates: April 3, 2015
  • Closing Day Luau Dates: TBD
  • Golden Easter Egg Hunt: 5/20/15

Concert Schedule!

  • April 11
  • April 12
  • April 18
  • April 19 (closing day)

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 4th of July 2014 schedule of events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Breckenridge 4th of July 2014 schedule of events

7- Independence Day Trail Run – Starts at carter park

9:30- Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race –Race will start on Main Street, right before the parade!

9- BHA Fourth of July Garden Party - 9:00 a.m. on the Barney Ford museum lawn.

10- Main Street Parade (wooo!) – The parade will consists of 30+ floats of all shapes and sizes, rolling down main street, on to park avenue, and into history.

9 to 7- Budweiser Clydesdales

12:30 to 2:30- Kids’ Water Fight – right on main street, fire hoses included!

2- Free concert at the Breck River Walk Center

8:30 NRO: 4th of July Concert at the river walk center

9:45- Fireworks!  These can be seen from pretty much anywhere in town.


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 Summer 2014- schedule of events to welcome summer
Posted by toby | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Breckenridge Summer 2014- schedule of events to welcome summer

                Yeah it is summer, and you should be excited!  Breckenridge is your home for summer vacations, offering you a wide variety of activities, events, sights, and intense adventures to keep you free for the lingering reminders of work, and full of your senses experiencing our mountain paradise. Breckenridge Summer 2014 will “officially” open with our signature Breckenridge event, Kingdom Days, kicking off June 14th 2014.  During Kingdom days, Breckenridge comes alive with colorful flowers, raging rivers, open trails, miles of recreation paths, and plenty of sights to see for the first time.  Our summer is literally warming up in June, with the introduction of golfing, the Blue River Concert series, the gondola and fun park, and the excitement of our historic Main Street. 

Here are the opening events for Breckenridge Summer 2014!

  • Breckenridge Golf Course Opening- May 23rd 2014
  • Breck Fun Park Opening- June 13th 2014
  • Breckenridge Music Festival “Blue River Series”- Trombone Shorty June 20th 2014

We hope to see you soon, in June!  Book your Breckenridge Vacation Rental right now.

Early Summer Special- Save in June! - 20% off any stay of 3 nights or more!

Terms, conditions, and blackouts apply.  Not all units participating.

Use promo code- stayinjune20


Breckenridge Spring Lodging Deal 2014
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Summer special time is here!  June is one of our favorite months in Breckenridge for many reasons.  It provides the first legitimate taste of enduring summer weather, and the fear of an isolated snow storm can be surrendered.   The flowers are blooming, aspen trees are leafy, and people have fully adopted a summer wardrobe.  Activities are in full swing, rivers are at their peak, and the wilderness becomes a playground.  The gondola opens mid-month, and Breckenridge Kingdom Days kicks off with its official welcome to the summer season.

To make this time of year even more special and enticing to our valued guests, we are offering 20% off any 3 or more might stay in June.  As if you needed any more excuse to make a summer journey to Breckenridge, this great deal makes it just a little bit sweeter.

We hope to see you soon, in June!  Book your Breckenridge Vacation Rentals right now.

 

Early Summer Special- Save in June! - 20% off any stay of 3 nights or more!

Terms, conditions, and blackouts apply.  Not all units participating.

Use promo code- stayinjune20


Breckenridge Spring Vacation Rental Blowout- 25% off everything, no blackout, no restrictions!
Posted by toby | Monday, March 24, 2014

Just a few weeks left of Breckenridge ski season 13/14, and just a few more chances to catch a few last runs before it is all gone.  Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014 is in full force with 40 events to close out the season, and accentuating your vacation with free concerts and warm temperatures.   

Spring in Breckenridge captures both the fantastic skiing our mountain offers, as well as giving us a taste of those fantastic summer months we are all craving right now.  Spring is the perfect bland of seasons, topped off with the biggest event schedule of the year, making it the right time for you to take one last break to Breck.

 The three biggest surprises about Breckenridge in Spring-

  1. You will never be able to dress appropriately.  On Friday it may be 45 and sunny, and Saturday it will be 10 and dumping snow.  Make sure you pack for both!
  2. You can ski in a bathing suit!  Actually, this has been a tradition since the 60’s, during the spring months.  However, before you go parading about in front of your creator in your speedo, check the weather.
  3. Groomers are your friend.  Almost every spring day, the hot sun gives way to a frozen evening, creating layers of ice on virtually every surface.  The mountain is no different, and our runs get extremely hard and icy in April during the morning, followed up with mushy and slushy afternoons.  The best skiing of the day is in the mornings, and on our endless groomed trails. 

Along with the acres of melting snow, our rates are melting away at the end of the season, making a vacation in Breckenridge even more affordable!  We are closing 13/14 with a fantastic Breckenridge vacation rental deal- Take 25% off any stay 3 nights or more, for the rest of the season!


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. 

Concert dates: 

Saturday- April 12

Sunday- April 13

Saturday- April 19

Sunday- April 20


USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2013 Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Thursday, August 8, 2013

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Three years straight, the USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge has delighted cycling fans with the best riders in the world, competing  through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the country.  This year, 2013, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge makes Breckenridge a finish, and a start, back to back, heightening the excitement, and giving race fans two different perspectives on this amazing race. USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2013- route, events, and dates! Thursday, Aug. 15 – Sunday, Aug. 18- Breck bike weeks opens the festivities, bringing education, information, gear, and fun for every level of cyclist. Monday Aug. 19- 11:00- Stage 1 Race Coverage on the Jumbotron located on the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Lawn Tuesday, Aug. 20

Pro Cycling Finish Map

11:00am: Here it comes! Coverage of Stage 2 on the riverwalk Jumbotron  1:00- Line up for the finish begins at the Tiger Dredge lot (RWC parking) 1:00- Summit Mountain Challenge Junior League Street Sprints 2:00- Hand cycling race 2:00 – 5:00- Rip-Stoke Mountain Bike Show 2:00- Pine Beatles play a free concert at the Finish Festival Stage 3:30- Stage 2 Finish rolls into Breckenridge- depending on riders of course. 3:45- Awards for Stage 2 of U.S.A Pro Cycling Challenge at the Finish Festival stage 4:15- Summit Mountain Challenge #6 - Peaks Trail 5:30- Railroad Earth Concert at the Riverwalk Center 6:00- shut it down, get ready for the start!  

Wednesday, Aug. 21Pro Cycling Start Map 9:30- Festival Village comes alive in the Blue River Plaza 9:30- Autograph Alley- get you favorite racers Hancock on Main St. 9:30- Strider Challenge- little shorties sprinting for the win on Main Street 10:00 – 12:00- Rip Stoke Mountain Bike Show 11:00- Race Coverage of Stage 3 on riverwalk Jumbotron 12:10- Start time for stage 3! 1:00- Pond Crossing Challenge on the Dredge Pond   Thursday, Aug. 22 11:00- Race coverage of stage 4 on the Riverwalk Jumbotron 8:00- Movie Night- Caddyshack, on the back deck of the Warming Hut Restaurant Friday, Aug. 23 11:00- Race coverage of stage 5 on the riverwalk Jumbotron 5:30- Movie Night- American Flyers, on the Riverwalk Center Lawn Saturday, Aug. 24 11:00- Race coverage of stage 6 on the riverwalk Jumbotron  5:30- Movie Night- Pee Wees Big Adventure, on the Riverwalk Center Lawn Sunday, Aug. 25 11:00- Race coverage of stage 7 on the riverwalk Jumbotron   


Breckenridge Summer 2013- What to do
Posted by toby | Friday, June 7, 2013
Time to "warm up" and plan you summer vacation in Breckenridge this year.  Yes, we have had late season snow, but make no mistake, summer is on the way, and people are getting ready to explore the myriad of activities and events that make Breckenridge such a wonderful summer Vacation spot.   My five favorite recommendations for this summer- 1. Early Season whitewater rafting- As the snow melts, it provides some of the best flows of the season, and you have to catch it early to get the good stuff.  As summer progresses, and less snow is melting, less water flows.  Rafting is at the peak in June! 2. Kingdom Days- Our first summer event, is all Breck.  Celebrating the history of Breckenridge,  you get to experience mining history, museum tours, outhouse races, and a unique Breckenridge gunfight on Main Street. 3. Biking- No matter if you are a mountain or road biker, the paths, flumes, and trails are fresh, fun, and empty for most of June. 4. In Bloom- Breckenridge blooms in June a bevy of flowers, trees, and plants.  The town dresses up main street with a beautiful blend of flowers, running up and down main street, that will test your knowledge of colors.  Aspens are popping open, exposing their "ace" shape to the sun, and providing a refreshing green color to our town.  Our columbines, the Colorado state flower, peak in late June, mixing several beautiful colors with one of the most attractive flowers one can find. 5. Lodging is inexpensive- Prior to mid June, lodging is extremely affordable, then it becomes affordable after June 15th.  All summer long, you can experience all of Breckenridge, for an unbelievable price.  

Breckenridge Spring Fever 2013- Top 5 Reasons to be Here
Posted by toby | Friday, March 15, 2013
  springfever Top 5 Reasons to Visit Breckenridge this spring!
  1. FREE on mountain concert series
  2. Biggest spring event/activity lineup in the Rockies
  3. One last chance to hit the slopes before the mountain closes
  4. Easy to afford lodging and lift tickets
  5. Breckenridge wants you!
Breckenridge Sring Fever 2013 Concert Series- Sat. April 6th – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Sun. April 7th – The Dirty Heads Sat. April 13th – 3OH!3 Sun. April 14th – Matisyahu We don’t stop there- other Breckenridge Spring Fever 2013 events
  • Breck Ascent Series- uphill skin/snowshoe races
  • Gondola operating hours are extended
  • Ripperoo’s Winter Olympics
  • Breck 5 Peaks Mountaineering Race
  • Spring Fever Beer Fest
  • Breckenridge Imperial Challenge bike & ski race
  • Breck Chili Cook-off at Seven’s
  • St. Patrick’s Day Party at Seven’s
  • Extended after-hours Terrain Park events on Friday at the 5 Chair
  • Breck Throwback Throwdown and Throwback Party and Concert at the Riverwalk Center
  • Easter egg hunts
  • Ripperoo Mini World Cup
  • Fever Reliever merchant discounts

Breckenridge Ullr Fest 2013
Posted by toby | Thursday, January 10, 2013
It is time!  Breckenridge Ullr Fest 2013!  Below is the schedule of events- Sunday, 6th –Ullr King and Queen Crowning (6-9pm), live music by The Luv Brothers– Breckenridge Riverwalk Center   Tuesday, 8th – Ullympics (6 - 8pm)- frying pan toss, ski racing and ski boot relay   Wednesday, 9th – Ullr Dating Game (7pm)- Cecilias, call KSMT at 970-453-2234 ext. 20 to be involved.   Thursday, 10th – The big event- Ullr Fest parade then town bonfire. Parade starts at 4:30pm, Bonfire 5-7 pm, and Fireworks at 7 pm. longest "shot ski” attempt!   Friday, 11th – Comedy night: Comedy Works comics descend on Breckenridge for a night of big laughs at Beaver Run Resort. See the tab above for more information.   Saturday, 12th – Ullr Classic, Pond Hockey Tournament and the Ullr Fashion show

What to do in Breckenridge, Besides Skiing, in Winter
Posted by toby | Thursday, December 13, 2012

Winter Activities in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is about much more than just skiing. If you want to experience everything, do this!

Download the PDF to take with you here

Haunted Tours of Breckenridge Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for an evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district.  Along the way, the eerie stories from Breckenridge’s rough and uncertain past will be told but remain unexplained.  Reservations required by 5p.m.  Allow 90 minutes to complete the tour.  Great for adults and kids (4-12) 203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum)www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767
Music on the Mountains(Kids activity) http://www.musiconthemountains.com 703.424.0337   Music on the Mountains is an early childhood music and movement center located in La Cima Mall downtown Breckenridge for children birth to five and the adults who love them.  We invite families who are traveling and visiting with us here in Summit County to come join in for a magical musical experience!  Please sign up on line or contact the center to confirm class day and time. Drop in Rate: $20.00 per family (includes 5 song sample CD, egg shaker, and unlimited number of attendees at class)Please email director@musiconthemountains.com to attend a drop in class.
Mountain Top Museum(Kids activity) http://www.mtntopmuseum.org/ 605 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO 80424 970-453-7878 The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is an educational institution that promotes informal learning through interactive exhibits and programs, imaginative play and engagement in active experiences for children ages 10 and under and their families/caregivers.  Admission $7 per child $5 per adult. Children under 1 and Seniors FREE (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Winter Hours (December 18 – April 19)Open everyday..10am-4:30pm
Ready Paint Fire(Kids activity) 323 North Main Street 970-453-5765 www.readypaintfirebreck.com

KIDS PAINTING PARTIES!

every Sunday afternoon

ages 3-5 at 4pm  -  ages 6+ at 5-6:30

Drop off the kids for some creative fun and go grab a Martini or a nap ;)

 
Woodward at Copper Mountain0505 Copper Road Copper Mtn (970) 968-3400 www.woodwardatcopper.com Whether you are interested in snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, or trampoline and tumbling we have sessions waiting for you with highly trained coaches! You can meet once or sign up for a series of private sessions so you can work with the same coach each week to progress your skills even further. The sessions are fully coached and available to anyone from ages 8 to 108!     
Tubing Tubing (typically 36 inches or taller) is available at Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Center, and Keystone (must be 42”). Just like when you were a kid, only on a much bigger hill with its own tubing lift - during the day or under the lights. With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you. Get ready to laugh until it hurts in this must-do experience for all ages. Frisco Adventure Parkwww.friscoadventurepark.com (800) 424-1554 Copper Tubing Hill http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/plan_and_buy/tubing Call 866.416.9874 for reservations Keystone Adventure Point - Keystone 970-496-3000
Critterland(for small ones under 36”) There is no reason why your little ones should miss out on a bit of snow play and that is where Critterland comes in – a place filled of magical characters and a safe, fenced-off area with things to satisfy the youngest generation. Inside Critterland, located at the bottom of the Tubing Hill in East Village, guests will find Copper’s new and exciting snow characters.  Bearilla, Elkguin, Squeal, Ducktopus, Cheetaphant and the Alliroo are all anxiously awaiting your arrival. Copper Mountain
French Gulch Snowshoe Tour203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum) www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767 Join one of our experienced guides for a snowshoe tour in French Gulch.  The trails of French Gulch pass through Breckenridge’s fabled Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s more fertile mining regions.  No experience is necessary and snowshoes are provided.  Space is limited and reservations are required by 8:00p.m. Sunday.  Allow 2.5 hours to complete the tour. Call for directions to the trailhead.Mondays at 1:00p.m. Adults and Kids (4-12) $5 discount if you have your own snowshoes
Iowa Hill Miner’s Snowshoe Tour203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum) www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767 Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour that goes through the historic Iowa Hill mine site.  See an original minter’s boarding house and learn about Breckenridge mining era while snowshoeing. No experience is necessary and snowshoes are provided.  Space is limited and reservations are required by 8:00p.m. Friday.  Allow 1.5 hours to complete the tour. Iowa Hill Trailhead off Airport RdSaturdays 10a.m. Adults and kids (4-12) $5 discount if you have your own snowshoes
SwimmingBreckenridge Recreation Center 880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734 After getting off the mountain from a day of skiing, or after a strenuous hike, the pools and spas are great places to spend some time with the family. Our Leisure Pool has a large slide that both children and adults can enjoy. It also has three play features. They are operated by a hand crank allowing water to spray or dump back into the pool. A small slide keeps the little ones happy. Other amenities include a lazy river swim stream, basketball hoop and a vortex pool. In addition to four swim lanes, the Lap Pool has two basketball hoops and a rope swing. Breckenridge Recreation Center880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734
Rock ClimbingBreckenridge Recreation Center 880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734 Belay Rides/Try-A-Climb  Try rock climbing today! Let our professional staff handle the technical side while you enjoy the thrill of climbing. Ages 6 and above (including adults), are welcome. All equipment is provided. $12 for 15 minutes or $5 for 5 minutes of climbing. Space is limited, so sign up today! Days: Every day Time: 12:00-6:00 pm Cost: $12 for 15 minutes or $5 for 5 minutes
Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour Taste the spirits of the Breckenridge distillery and learn about the historic saloons of Breckenridge.  Tour includes Distillery tasting when available.  Reservations required by 4p.m. Space is limited. 203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum)www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767
Zip Line Tour See the Rocky Mountains from areas never before accessible to the public. Our spectacular 2000 acre private property has views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, and rests on the splendid slopes of Mt. Arkansas, an almost “Fourteener” at 13,795 feet. Course has five separate zip lining sections, each with entirely different exciting elements of speed, height and terrain, with cables up to 850 feet, some more than 300 feet off the ground. www.topoftherockieszipline.com800-247-7238 Call for details and reservations
Ready Paint Fire323 North Main Street 970-453-5765 www.readypaintfirebreck.com

Canvas Painting Parties - Every Thursday and Saturday in season - 7pm to 10pm (ish) (or by appointment with 20 people)

Bring your friends, drinks and snacks and paint your own masterpiece! 

Follow along step-by-step with a talented local artist NO experience necessary!

We show you what brush to use, what paint to mix and where to put it.

You can't go wrong in this stress-free party atmosphere! And we promise you'll walk out with a painting to be proud of. (Example artwork Breckenridge Skyline, Ullr, snowboarding)

 

  
Jewelry Making At Flourish, take home something special to remember your vacation.  Simple Silver Ring – Make a simple silver band ring – this class shows you how to size and solder a sterling ring.  Select from a variety of band styles. 3 hour class includes the silver. Flourish Artisan Jewelry226 South Main Street 970-389-5301  
Glass Art Workshop Live flame working demonstration 2nd Saturday of December, Jan, Feb. and March 2013 December 8, 1-7pm -Demonstration by Deidre Sewell December 22, 1-7-pm. - Demonstration by Louis Spahni January 12, 2013, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Christopher Wirth February 9, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Brett March 9, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Deidre SewellBreckenridge Gallery Walks Every 2nd Saturday on each month 4-8 pm Fox Ridge Fine Art Glass GallerySouth end of Main Street above Rasta Pasta 411 S. Main Street 970-547-8192
Breck Arts District The Arts District is alive year round, offering live music, performance, film and a wide variety of visual arts opportunities. Come and play with clay at the Quandary Antiques Cabin, create a hand-painted silk scarf or learn the basics of printmaking at the Fuqua Livery Stable. The creative opportunities are endless from hands on art workshops for children, teens and adults to demonstrations and cultural events. We invite you to be a part of the growing art scene. Information: 970-453-3364Arts District Calendar: http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=539    
Breckenridge Theater Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Backstage Theatre has been presenting terrific live theatre in Summit County for 38 years. Great shows, great prices, always a great night out! Offer: $2 off regular ticket price (not valid with other offers) Backstage Theaterwww.backstagetheatre.org   970.453.0199   121 S. Ridge Street
Snowmobiling Explore Colorado's back-country via a guided tour. Summit County offers snowmobile tours through beautiful forest glades to the Continental Divide, atop Georgia Pass at 11,000 ft. with unparalleled panoramic views. White Mountain Snow Mobile Tourswww.whitemountainsnowmobiletours.com 970-668-5323   Good Times Adventures www.goodtimesadventures.com 800-477-0144 guide@goodtimesadventures.com 6061 Tiger Road Breckenridge, CO 80424
Dog Sledding Believe it or not, You are the Musher! We offer a 6-mile relay tour through the Middle Fork of the Swan River, which can handle up to 6 people. The tour is run as a "relay"; all guests will switch off between running the dogs, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide. The tour runs for a little more than an hour stopping along the way for everyone to trade places. This tour is a unique and interactive way to experience dog sledding and Good Times Adventures is the only local provider.  Due to the nature of the sport, children under 3 years and women who are pregnant are not recommended. Good Times Adventures  www.goodtimesadventures.com   800-477-0144 guide@goodtimesadventures.com 6061 Tiger Road Breckenridge, CO 80424
Breckenridge Old Time Photo Stake your claim in History at Breckenridge’s only Old Time Photo Shop.  Historic Old west outfits and props for the entire family.  3D sets for authentic old west pictures.  Remember your Breckenridge Experience with flair. 326 South Main StreetBreckenridge, Co 80424 453.4444  
Sleigh Rides Sleigh rides offer a five-star experience for the whole family. Evening and afternoon sleigh rides are available!You’ll love our gorgeous, Amish handcrafted sleighs pulled by powerful, draft Belgian and Percheron horses. Gold Run Sleigh Rideswww.goldrunsleighride.com (970) 389-1701   Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Rides 970-453-1520 www.dinnersleighrides.com   Nordic Sleigh Rides (970) 453-2005 www.nordicsleighrides.com
Ice Skating The Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers ice skating and hockey the whole family can enjoy. Public skating sessions are offered daily. Group and private lessons and equipment rentals are available for all levels of skaters. Our fully-stocked pro shop and friendly staff can get you on the ice and ready to skate so you'll have a fantastic skating experience in Breckenridge!  Want outdoor action?  Call the Gold Run Nordic Center for outdoor Skating pond availability.  It’s free with your own skates.  Stephen C. West Ice Arena(970) 547-9974     Gold Run Outdoor Natural Ice Rink (970) 547-7889  

Breckenridge Ski Season 2012- Fresh and fun
Posted by toby | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Just. Can't. Wait. Breckenridge ski season 2012 is about to kick off!  November 9th 2012 marks the opening day of Breckenridge ski area, and your first oppurtunity to experience the fresh and fun season in the rockies. If you need to know what opening day has to offer, check out the top 5 things to experience on Breckenridge opening day, then do them! Just 9 short days away...

Breckenridge USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2012
Posted by toby | Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Welcome back- Breckenridge USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through Breck Friday, August 24th 2012! This year we welcome back the hardcore riders, awesome parties, free music, and amazing excitement of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in a whole new way- an starting stage.  Unlike the finishing stage we hosted last year, this year will bring the excitement of hanging with the riders, getting autographs, and maybe munching some powerbars with the lean, mean atheletes. This exciting stage 5 start will take our riders from Breckenridge, over the 11,500 foot Hoosier pass, through fairplay and Woodland Park, and ending up coasting by Pikes Peak and the garden of the gods on the way to the Colorado Springs Finish. Don't miss this stage 5 start of the Breckenridge USA Pro Cycling Challenge, happening August 24th 2012!

Breckenridge Hiking Trails - Where to go
Posted by toby | Friday, July 20, 2012
  If you are coming to Breckenridge on a summer vacation, you are no doubt going to explore our wonderful wilderness in one of many different ways.  One of the least expensive, and most fulfilling ways to explore is visiting our huge network of Breckenridge Hiking trails that wind through the national forest the surrounds us.  These Breckenridge Hiking trails are a few of our favorites, and we hope you get the chance to enjoy them as well. BOREAS PASS - This dirt road follows the old railroad route along Boreas Pass. It is a gentle incline with fabulous views of the 10 mile range and Quandary Peak. Drive South on Hwy 9 (Main Street) to the 2nd traffic light from the Welcome Center and turn left onto Boreas Pass Road. Follow the road up the hill and past the Breckenridge Lodge and continue until you come to the point where the road turns to dirt. (10-15 minutes). Park in the lot and begin walking here. You may encounter occasional car and bike traffic. This hike is out and back. It is 3 miles to Bakers Tank, and 6.4 miles to the old Boreas Station at the top of the pass. BAKERS TANK LOOP - This is a six mile loop that begins at the Boreas Pass Lot. Look for the trailhead marker on the left hand side of the road. This trail winds up the hill through the woods and comes out at Baker's Tank on Boreas Pass Road (about 3.5 miles from the parking lot). When you come to an intersection along the way with multiple options, follow the blue blazes. The trail will bring you back down to Boreas Pass Road after about 3 miles, at Bakers Tank. From there, follow the dirt road back to the parking lot. SALLY BARBER MINE - From the Welcome Center, drive north on Hwy 9/ Main Street two blocks and turn right onto Wellington Road. Set your odometer to 0 here. From here, the trailhead is 3.9 miles on the right hand side. Follow Wellington up the hill, staying right at the Y intersection of Wellington and Reiling Road (1.1 miles). You will now be on French Gulch Road. From this point, continue on French Gulch Road until you see the parking lot with a big forest service map on the right hand side at 3.9 miles. From the parking lot, walk along the road for one tenth of a mile turn right at the fork with the gate across the trail. Continue along the old mining road another mile or so. You will see the remains of the Sally Barber Mine on your right, and you will have a wonderful view of the French Gulch Mining Valley from here. This trail is a little over 2 miles out and back. SAPPHIRE POINT- (Scenic Overlook) - From the Welcome Center, drive North on Hwy 9 (Main Street) through the round-a-bout as you leave town. After about five miles you will come to a traffic light where you will see Summit High School on the left and Swan Mountain Road to your right. Turn right and continue up to the summit (appx. 5-7 minutes) where you will see a small parking lot on the left. The overlook is approximately % mile ahead, with spectacular views of lake Dillon, Summit County. From there, the trail continues in a short loop back to your car.   REILING DREDGE TRAIL  From the Welcome Center, drive North on Main Street two blocks and turn right onto Wellington Road. Follow Wellington road 1.1 miles to the intersection of Wellington and Reiling road. You will now be on French Gulch Road. Stay right and follow French Gulch road as it turns to dirt and then continues past the Country Boy Mine on the right. From the Country Boy Mine, the entrance to the Rieling Dredge trailhead is 1 mile on the right hand side. It is not well-marked, but there is a wooden trail head marker directly across from the parking lot on the right side of the road. Park in the lot on the left and walk across the road to the trailhead. Follow the trail across the creek to the Reiling Dredge. This is a short, easy walk of less than a mile out and back. IOWA HILL TRAIL   this is a one mile loop in a mining area with interpretive stops along the way. The trail winds its way up and then down a hillside. From the Welcome Center, drive north for one mile on Hwy 9 (you will pass through the roundabout). Turn left on Valley brook Road and then right on Airport Road. After .25 miles the Iowa Hill trailhead will be on your left, directly north of the Publics Works facilities. As you turn in, stay right and drive up the dirt road to the second Iowa Hill trail sign. Bus route: From the Bus transit station, take the Airport Road route and get off at the Public Works stop. BURRO TRAIL - Drive south on Hwy 9 / Main Street from the Welcome Center and turn right at the 1st traffic light onto Park Avenue. Continue on Park for one block and then turn left onto Village Road. Continue for a couple of blocks to the parking lot on your left just before Beaver Run Resort hotel. Enter the lot and continue driving to the left far corner of the lot and exit at the sign that says "County Road." Park here. Follow the dirt road until you see a pole fence on the left. Go through the gap in the fence and cross the ski trail between lift tower 5 and 6. You will see a sign for the Burro Trail straight ahead. It eventually intersects Spruce Creek Road. From here you can turn back, or continue on to the Spruce Creek Loop or Mohawk Lakes Trail. Approximately six miles round trip. SAWMILL TRAIL—This is a P/2 mile round trip up to the Sawmill Reservoir and back. This hike is accessible from town and great for kids or just a short easy hike. Go up Four O'Clock Road and continue uphill for .3 miles. At the intersection of Four O'Clock Road and Kings Crown Road, turn left and the trailhead is located immediately on the right next to the Snowflake Lift.

Breckenridge Fourth of July 2012
Posted by toby | Friday, May 18, 2012
  Schedule of events for the Breckenridge Fourth of July 2012 Updated!- Fireworks cancelled due to stage 2 fire ban July 4th, Wednesday Independence Day 10K Trail Run – 7:00 a.m. The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – kicking off the fourth of July parade at  9:30am. Breckenridge Fourth of July Garden Party 9:00 a.m. ticket prices – Adults $40 ($75 day of), Children $40 and Children 5 & under $10. Main Street Parade –9:30 Live Air Show!- 11:30 a.m. over peaks 9 and 10- free viewing of the highest air show on earth!  Kids’ Water Fight –12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dodge Viper display - 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free Concert: at the Riverwalk Center –Free! Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays at the riverwalk center! free show at 2 pm! National Repertory Orchestra Breckenridge 4th of July Concert 8:30pm -indoor reserved  tickets cost $5, $10 and $15. There will be a limit of 5 tickets per order Fireworks – Due to the fire ban countywide, our fireworks have been cancelled this year.  Fireworks are also cancelled in all surrounding towns- Keep Colorado Safe- Fire Ban! National Repertory Orchestra - Saturday, July 7th at 7:30p.m. 29th Annual July Art Festival July 6-8, 2012 Friday, July 6th- Riverwalk Center - Cody Canada and the Departed , call the box office at 970-547-3100. July 6th - 8th, Friday – Saturday, Breck Bike Week

Breckenridge Summer Begins June 15, 2012
Posted by toby | Friday, May 18, 2012
Breckenridge Summer Begins- June 15-17, 2012 Fire up your summer vacation in Breckenridge this June with Kingdom Days, The Breckenridge Fun Park early opening, early summer gondola opening and more! Fourth of July: July 4, 2012 Breck Bike Week: July 5-8, 2012 Breckenridge PRCA Pro Rodeo: Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 4 – Sept. 2 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 5 Start: Aug. 24, 2012 Labor Day in Breckenridge: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2012 Oktoberfest: Sept. 14-16, 2012 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Oct. 5-7, 2012

New year's eve in Breckenridge 2011/2012- What to do
Posted by toby | Friday, December 30, 2011
Time for New years Even in Breckenidge, and here is a list of what you can do to ring in the New year in Breckenidge!

New Year’s Eve in Breckenridge

  • Breckenridge Torchlight parade Starts at 6p.m., look at the ski area!
  •  Yamn at the  Riverwalk Cneter- w/ the Oak Creek Band
    • $20 in Advance and $25 Day of the Show
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks (the real stuff!) start at 9, look at the mountain!
To party:
  • Napper Tandy’s- youngsters
  • Burke & Riley’s Pub- adult
  • Liquid Lounge- youngsters
  • Cecilia’s- youngsters
  • Beaver Run- adult
  • Ollie’s- New Year’s Eve Party- adult
  • Quandary Grill- adult/youngsters
  • Mother Loaded Tavern- adult
  • Mi Casa-adult
  • Park Ave. Pub- adult
To Eat:
  • Spencer’s- Buffet Dinner $100 per person
  • Twist- 3 Course Dinner with Champaign toast for $60
  • Relish- 4 Course Dinner for $90 Reservations Required
  • Steak and Rib- Regular Menu and NO Reservations!!!
  • Brian Rose Steakhouse-
  • Salt Creek- A Special Reservations Only Dinner
      • Fixed Menu Adults-$85.00 Kids-$41.00
  • Ember- Special New Year’s Eve Menu    Adults-$95 Places Still Available!
  • Swiss Haven- Menu à la carte

Breckenridge opening Day 2011 2012 is...
Posted by toby | Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Breckenridge Opening day 2011/2012 is 11/11/2011!  It is already early October, aspens are almost gone, firewood is being stocked, plow trucks are waking up, and it is time for ski season!  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Breckenridge ski area, and it all kicks off on 11/11/2011 with the opening of the mountain.  Book your ski vacation now, Search our lodging for a wide selection of vacation homes and condos before your place is booked!

Breckenridge events 2011/2012- get ready for some excitement!
Posted by toby | Friday, August 19, 2011
Breckenridge events for 2011/2012, check out this great video that gives you some great ideas about where to stay, when to come, and what to do on your breckenridge vacation. Play Movie Full Screen

Breckenridge Memorial day 2011 2012
Posted by toby | Tuesday, May 31, 2011

After a long and beautiful winter of over 500 inches of snowfall, I think summer is finally here!   Breckenridge memorial day seemed to mark the begining of what hopes to be a full on Breckenridge summer of 60 degree temps and bluebird skies.  Summer in Breckenridge brings a vacation that many say is better than winter due to the weather and the host of outdoor activities that one can experience in the high country. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Great time to come on vacation and get a great deal! Stay in any of our wide selection of lodging properties and get 25% off 3 nights or more.  You have to book by June 12th, so hurry!

Breckenridge Beer Festival 2010
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 1, 2010
It is time for Breckenridge Beer Festival 2010! Beer food free music rocky mountains If you have never experienced Breckenridge Beer Festival before, you are missing out!  This year 24 Brewers from around the world are competing for your tastebuds, 3 bands will be competing for your ears, and the rest of your senses will be filled with the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.  Brewers include- New Belgium (fat tire, yummy!), Red Hook, Sam Adams, and The Breckenridge Brewery. Bands playing are- WhiteWater Ramble's, Funkiphino, and Kinetix. The event is on Friday July 17th at 2p.m. in the Main Street Station.

Breckenridge rafting and Breckenridge summer activities
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BReckenridge Rafting

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 80424
Toll free #  800-808-0357
Local # 970-453-5559
www.raftingcolorado.com
info@raftingcolorado.com

Breckenridge Snowmobiling tours and Breckenridge dog sled tours
Posted by toby | Monday, March 15, 2010
Breckenridge Snowmobiling tours and Breckenridge Dog Sled Tours- a completely different rocky mountain experience!
Board with skiing on our 2,700 acres and 155 runs? Tired of waiting in lines and dodging a hillful of other bodies? Well then, time to try a brand new rocky mountain experience that is sure to become one of your favorites!
Breckenridge Resort Managers has teamed up with Good Times Snowmobile Tours to offer our guests Breckenridge snowmobile tours and Breckenridge dog sled tours at a great price. If you stay in a Resort Managers vacation property you are eligible for a 10% discount on a Breckenridge snowmobile or dog sled tour Right here in breck with Good Times tours!
Good times Snowmobile tours is a first class tour operator located in Breckenridge. Here is a description of what they offer-
-Open Meadow practice area
-Over 40 miles of groomed trails
-Continental Divide tours to Georgia Pass at 11,585 feet
-Panoramic views of the Swan River Valley, Summit County and the White River National Forest
Good Times Adventures offers one of winters most popular activities just minutes from downtown Breckenridge, providing access to some of the most scenic spots in Summit County. With our large lodge and 100 snowmobiles Good Times is perfect for individuals, families, or corporate groups.

Not only does Good Times offer awesome Breckenridge Snowmobile tours, they also offer a one of a kind experience, Breckenridge Dog Sled Tours-
Our dog sled tours begin with our guides explaining the operations of the sleds and how to handle the beautiful Siberian Huskies we run. We offer a 6-mile relay tour through the Middle Fork of the Swan River, which can handle up to 6 people. The tour is run as a "relay"; all guests will switch off between running the dogs, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide.
For more information on Breckenridge Snowmobile Tours or Breckenridge Dog Sled Tours you can go to www.snowmobilecolorado.com

Top 19 Most Popular Reasons to Experience Breckenridge in 2010
Posted by toby | Monday, February 15, 2010
Breckenridge, Colorado has something for everyone in 2010. No matter what season you visit this popular ski destination, you can bet that there will be a cultural, sports or entertainment event for you to enjoy. Check out the jam packed year ahead and make your travel plans now!

1. Ski with a Forest Ranger Tour - now through April 2nd - Each Friday at 11 am, volunteer rangers lead a small group of people down the intermediate trail on Peak 7 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. You’ll learn about local wild life, the history of the area, avalanche awareness and local conservation programs. In order to participate, you must have a lift ticket and intermediate skiing or snowboarding abilities.

2. Breckenridge Beer Festival – April 3 - Who doesn’t like beer? The fifth year of this popular beer festival will be even bigger than ever. Located at Main Street Station, the festival brings together microbrews from breweries around the area. There’s also food, vendors and live music entertainment.

3. Spring Massive – April 1st through April 18th - Spring Massive is a yearly festival that brings diverse activities and people together. Live music, ski and snowboard competitions, food events and a beer festival are packed into the first few weeks of April. Don’t miss the Slopestyle Competition \and Superpipe Competition.

4. Thursday Wilderness Hikes – June 4th, June 11th, June 18th and June 25th - Explore the summer wilderness with four special tours during the month of June. The tours start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and are $8 per person/$22 per family.

5. Frisco Roundup – June 5th - This is the first of the Summit Mountain Challenges that the Colorado Freeride association holds throughout the summer. Riders race in four different distances from 3 miles to 12 miles.

6. Summit Foundation Golf Tournament – June 13th and 14th - The Summit Foundation holds an annual golf tournament to raise money for a variety of local non-profit organizations. In addition to the tournament, there is live entertainment, a raffle and silent and live auctions. The cost is $75 for the welcome party on the 13th and $100 for VIPs.

7. Tour De Trash – June 12th - This unique mountain bike tour sends cyclists on a tour right by the local landfill. Once you get past the sights and smells of the landfill, there’s some beautiful mountain wilderness to behold. This tour is one of the Summit Mountain Challenges.

8. Kingdom Days– June 19th through 20th - Breckenridge was accidentally left off of the U.S. map and it came to be known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until it was incorporate in 1936. Kingdom Days celebrates the old days of gold prospecting, mining and adventure – in some very unique ways! The centerpiece of the event is the Outhouse Races. Teams from around Colorado create portable outhouses to push or pull down the track to the finish line. The winner receives the “Gold Throne” followed by the “Silver Moon” and “Bronze Bucket” (2nd and 3rd place respectively). Other events this weekend include the Repertory Run, Kid’s Dash and a re-enactment of a Wild West gun fight. Live music and museum tours are also part of the fun.

9. Gold Rush Run– June 26th - Another event on the Summit Mountain Challenge circuit, this run features an awards dinner at the Country Boy Mine and drinks provided by the Backcountry Brewery.

10. 2010 Firecracker 50 – July 4th - The Firecracker 50 is a mountain bike racing event that will be celebrating its 9th year in 2010. There are two separate events that cyclists can compete in – the Firecracker 50 (which can be done as an individual or a team of 2) and the Sparkler (a 14 mile portion of the course). Registration opens on March 3rd and the field is limited to 750 race plates.

11. Swan River Rampage – July 17th - This Summit Mountain Challenge event includes a kid’s course, a “middle” course and a “big” course. Awards ceremonies follow the event and you can get two complimentary beers by presenting your number plate.

12. Breck Nordic Center – July 24th - This kid’s only cyclist event is put together by the Summit Mountain Challenge group. The course is a 1.85 mile loop and racers are broken up into six different age and experience groups.

13. Peaks Trail Time Trial – July 25th - This SMC event starts in Breckenridge and finished in Frisco, with 10 different age/skill groups. The total length of the raise is 7.9 miles and pre-registration is recommended. The post race party will take place at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco.

14. Pennsylvania Gulch Grind – August 14th - This cyclist event from SMC includes a junior boys and junior girls event, as well as a 11.75 mile and 15.25 mile trail group.

15. The Breck Ball – August 21st - The last event of the season from SMC includes a kid’s course, beginner men’s and women’s and advanced men’s and women’s courses. The post race party will be held at the Quandary Grill at the Main Street Station.

16. Labor Day Weekend – September 3rd through 6th - Labor Day brings a lot of activities to the Breckenridge area. The Great Divide Art Festival is back for its 35th year. The Water House Wine Festival takes place at the Great Rubber Duck Race on September 4th, both at Main Street Station. The Wine Festival features live music and samples from over 30 Colorado Wineries. The Great Rubber Duck Race has two separate events – one for adults and one for kids. Local businesses compete to see who can sell the most ducks for participants. Finally, the Breck Crest Mountain Marathon offers three different course lengths for
runners – a 5 mile trail run, half marathon and full marathon.

17. Breckenridge Oktoberfest – September 18th through 20th - Locals and visitors alike look forward to this yearly event that brings a little bit of Germany to Breckenridge. This year will be the 16th annual Oktoberfest and features beer, Bavarian dancers, German food, polka music and a 5K run.

18. The Lighting of Breckenridge – December 4th - This old fashioned tradition brings the magic of the holidays to the Breckenridge area. A holiday craft workshop, a visit from Santa, free cocoa, cookies, caroling and tree lighting are all part of the festivities.

19. Victorian Winter Wonderland – December 4th through 31st - December is a fun filled month in the city of Breckenridge. After the Lighting of Breckenridge event on the 4th, the city is host to holiday art workshops, Main Street caroling, Winter Dew Tour, Winter Wonderettes Performances and the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on New Year’s Eve.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest- Oktoberfest in Breckenridge is September 18-20, 2009
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2009 is on the way, come and join all the fun Oktoberfest in Breckenridge has to offer. This years celebration will be held September 18th -20th, a beautiful time to visit Breckenridge and take in all of the fall colors and scenery.
This years Breckenridge Oktoberfest will mark the 15th annual celebration, which will be sponsored by Paulaner Beer. Events during Breckenridge Oktoberfest this year include the brew masters dinner, German food, polka music, kid's activities, dancers, main street oktoberfest in Breckenridge Party, and a river of beer.
BReckenridge Oktoberfest main street party kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
For more details please visit us online at www.BReckenridgeresortmanagers.com/oktoberfest.asp for lodging deals for your Oktoberfest in Breckenridge vacation.

Breckenridge Beer Festival in Breckenridge Colorado
Posted by toby | Friday, July 3, 2009
The 2009 2010 Breckenridge Beer Festival is being held July 18th, 2009, don't miss this awesome event.

The 2009 Breckenridge Beer Festival will be held from 1-6 at Main Street Station at the south end of town, next to the village at Breckenridge. This is the fourth annual beer fest and they have been getting better every year. Each year more brewers come, this year 26 breweries will be represented at the beer fest, each with their own style and flavor.

To enjoy the Breckenridge Beer Festival you must purchase a mug. They come in regular for $30 for unlimited tastings, and VIP which includes a commemorative mug, lunch buffet, and VIP room access for $55. I would highly recommend the VIP package as lunch will cost you about $15-$20 anyway. Plus it is great to be able to interrupt the beer slamming with a bite to eat when you start to "feel it".

There are also three bands playing during the event- The Pimps of Joytime, Oakhurst, and the Luv Brothers. SO come, drink, eat, jam out, and have a great time in Breck.

Visit us on the web at http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog// and book lodging for your Breckenridge Beer Festival vacation.

Breckenridge film festival-Breckenridge festival of film
Posted by toby | Thursday, June 11, 2009
This year the Breckenridge festival of film begins June 11th and lasts until June 14th. This year marks the 29th Annual Breckenridge Festival of Film, as well as the 150th anniversary of Breckenridge. The Breckenridge Film Festival has been a longstanding tradition in Town, and it never fails to disappoint the movie junkies that attend. A wide variety of films are screened during the Breckenridge Film Festival, in several locations. A schedule for the Breckenridge film festival is below.

Thursday, June 11
Indie movies playing all day long from 10am-4pm
4pm at the Breckenridge Theatre-Peaks on the Past by Wendy Wolfe
7pm at the skyline theatre in Dillon- Whatever Works
9pm at River Mountain Lodge-President’s Party

Friday June 12th at the Breckenridge Film Festival
9-3 Indies at the speakeasy
3-11 Independent Films and filmmaker questions
6pm at Skyline Theatre, Dillon -answer man
9pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- What Goes up

Super Saturday June 13- Breckenridge Festival of Film
9-3 Indies at the speakeasy
3-11 Independent Films
9-11 Film Studies
10-11Films from Summit High School students
3pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Race to Witch Mountain
6pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Paper Heart
9pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Hump Day
7pm Open Mic Night– Cecilia's, Breckenridge

Final day Of the Breckenridge Film Festival Sunday June 14th
10-3 Best of Fest Films at the Speakeasy
5 Breckenridge Film Festival Awards Ceremony
6 at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- In the Loop
8:30 Breckenridge Festival of film closing Party at the Blue River Bistro

If you are looking for lodging during you film fest experience, please visit us at www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com

4th of July in Breckenridge is on way
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Wondering what to do, or what is happening during the 4th of July in Breckenridge? If you have not experienced Breckenridge 4th of July, you need to. IF you enjoy fireworks in your hometown, you will be stunned by the 4th of July fireworks in Breckenridge. Breckenridge 4th of July is actually a multiple day event that culminates with our Breckenridge 4th of July parade down main street and our fireworks display with the backdrop of the ten mile range. Again, if you have never seen a large fireworks display in front of 10 miles of 13,000 foot Rocky Mountains, you need to. Here is a brief summary of some of the events that we host During Breckenridge 4th of July.
  • Breckenridge 4Th of July Parade
  • Fireworks display over peak 8
  • water fight and other activities for the kids
  • mountain bike races
  • free concerts at the river walk center
  • food and drink
  • town tours
For complete info on 4Th of July in Breckenridge, a schedule of events, or to find lodging for your vacation, please visit- http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog//4th_of_july.asp

What to do on your Breckenridge Summer Vacation
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 22, 2009




It is late April, Breckenridge ski area is closed, time to start planning for a Breckenridge Summer Vacation. Summer Vacations in Breckenridge are arguably as fun and exciting as winter vacations in Breck. Our summer vacation season kicks off in mid June and lasts until late August. The weather during our summer is typically sunny, around 70 degrees during the day and 20 degrees at night. We do have the occasional mid afternoon rain, but it usually blows through fairly quickly. So pack shorts and a light jacket for your Breckenridge Summer Vacation and get ready to enjoy paradise in a whole different way.

So, what can you do during your Breckenridge Summer Vacation that makes it so special, and in my opinion one of the most underrated summer vacation destinations?



Here are just a few of the unique activities and events you can only experience during summer in Breckenridge-

Ø Horseback riding on one of several thousand acre cattle ranches
Ø Fly fish the Blue River, or Lake Dillon
Ø Take a sailboat or motorboat out on Lake Dillon
Ø Hike up the Breckenridge ski area
Ø Take a 4 wheeler over the acres of mountain trails
Ø Take a bike ride on the bike path that goes from Vail to over the pass
Ø Camp in one of several location around the county

Of course, this is merely a sample of what you can do on your Breckenridge Summer vacation. The town comes alive in Mid June and peaks with our Breckenridge 4th of July parade (detail on out breckenridge 4th of July events). 4th of July in Breckenridge is one of a kind. As summer fades and falll sets in, the changing leaves of our aspen trees is a picturesque sight that must be seen in person.
Biking, hiking, rafting, whatever adventure you seek, a Breckenridge Summer vacation is the ticket to paradise. Please visit http://www.rmlodging/ for a variety of Breckenridge Lodging and rental homes to host your summer trip to Breckenridge


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