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

Wildflowers of Breckenridge

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!


What to Look for in a Professional Property Management Company
Posted by toby | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Breckenridge Property Management Company

Your property is an asset and you've worked hard for it. But does your property work hard for you? A professional property management company can help you get the best return for your investment property.

Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, we believe that the key to getting the best return on your property are professional property management and guest satisfaction. If your guests are happy, they will return, recommend their friends, and tell others about their experience online. The key to guest satisfaction is no mystery. You need a quality property management company.

But how do you choose a property management company? If you choose solely cut rate commission, the guests will suffer, your revenue will suffer, and your service will suffer. (Don't even get us started on extra fees!) Over the years, we've learned a few things about quality property management, and even introduced some new concepts. To be successful in renting your home short term, here are some strengths you should look for in a professional property management firm.

Professional Experience

When choosing a property management company, it's important to find a company that knows their area well and has a solid backing of experience in the vacation rental industry. Each tourist destination has its own unique features and its guests will as well. A professional PM company should have professional credentials, industry leadership, and nuanced expertise in their market and industry.

Ask a prospective company how many years have they been in business, what certifications they hold, what boards are they active in, what leadership experience do they have, what is their staff to property ratio, how long have their employees and housekeepers been with them.

Property Management Company in Summit County Colorado

Guest Experience

Vacationers expect a lifetime of memories to come from their vacation. They want a smooth and seamless "hotel experience", a prompt and polite communication process throughout the vacation, and the extra touches only a professional property management company can provide. A good company values and respects this guest experience, understanding how crucial it is to success and how to provide it to each and every guest.

Ask a prospective property management company how many and what type of staff is employed full time. What is the staff to guest ratio? Do they have their own maintenance crew or do they use contractors? What are their office hours? Average response time for client requests? What technology do they use for guest communications? How are their employees trained to provide an experience of a lifetime to each guest?

Guest Selection

An abundance of quality renters are essential to turning a profit on your investment. Ask a prospective property manager what their tenant selection process is like. What sort of marketing do they do in order to find quality renters? How do they increase their closing ratio? How do they remarket to past guests? What other channels do they use to procure guests? How quickly do they respond to guest leads? What is their average occupancy?

Professional Property Management Company

The Relationship between Owner and Property Manager

Lastly, the relationship with your management company must be open, honest, and collaborative to ensure complete confidence that your home is being managed properly. You should get a clear definition of the responsibility of the owner and the responsibility of the property management firm before you sign anything. You should review a proposed management agreement, along with the fee structure and what is included in those fees. Most importantly, ask them who you will be dealing with on a daily basis (owner, manager, and employee). Remember, this is a business RELATIONSHIP. Be careful who you select, and make sure it will be a positive experience.

We know that renting your second home can potentially be stressful and time consuming. The wrong renter, long vacancies or general mismanagement can drastically reduce your profits and enjoyment of your property. A professional property management company will minimize your stress and give you more freedom to do the things you love.


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.

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