International Snow Sculptures
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| Monday, January 14, 2019
The 29th International Snow Sculpting Championships held in Breckenridge are coming up!
Close out January with this enchanting event. The event begins with the creation of the snow blocks during the week of January 15th. During this week, the organizers will be creating the canvas for the sculptures, huge blocks of snow. Carving starts January 21st and will be complete by 9:00 am Friday, January 25th. Viewing continues throughout the weekend and end the evening of Wednesday, January 30th. The event is free and open to the public during the entire process. For the best experience, visit as they are carving the sculptures and after they are finished, so you can see the whole process.
The snow sculptures are subject to changes in weather, so if the sun is out and temperatures are higher, you may want to view them earlier in the weekend. It also gets very crowded Friday evening, so plan accordingly.
If you want to be part of the action, you can volunteer to help make the snow blocks. The snow blocks pack together 20tons of snow to make a 12 foot block. They are crafted with heavy equipment and human power. One volunteer job is to dance on top of the snow as it is being packed into the mold. This takes place January 15-18th so that the blocks have time to settle and compact, making them ideal for carving. Visit GoBreck.com to sign up to be a volunteer.
Then, on January 21st, 16 teams from around the world gather to begin carving. The teams this year include Ecuador, two from China, France, 2 from Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Turkey and 3 from the USA. The teams are only allowed to use hand tools for carving. They work all week to create intricate and delicate forms. The sculpting closes at 9:00 on Friday morning. Often, the sculptors stay up all night on Thursday to put the finishing touches on their sculptures. The sculptures are then judged and the awards are presented at the Riverwalk Center on Friday night at 6:00. You can even vote for your favorite sculpture in the people’s choice awards.
After dark is the best time for viewing the sculptures. Each one is illuminated with colorful lights creating a magical effect. On Saturday night the light show is augmented with a fireworks display. A concert by the local band, El Passo Lasso, will end the evening. Plan to dress warm when attending this event at night. The temperature drops significantly after dark. It can also have icy terrain, so be sure to wear sturdy boots.
There will be a free shuttle to the event from the Colorado Mountain College parking lot on Airport Road. You can also access the event from Breckenridge’s free ride public transportation. The stop at the F-Lot is the closest to the event.
The Best of Breckenridge
Stay for the week and enjoy world class skiing and remarkable snow sculptures. This week in January is one of the best times all year to enjoy Breckenridge. For all the details and a full schedule of events go to GoBreck.com
. Find an ideal place to stay, close to all of the action with Breckenridge Resort Managers
Photos Courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
How to Use Your Vacation Rental in Breck for Tax Breaks
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| Friday, December 28, 2018
Taxes can quickly become very complicated when you own any kind of income property. How you will use you Breckenridge vacation rental property will impact what kind of tax breaks you can get. It is highly recommended that you hire a tax professional to help you find all of the potential tax breaks and avoid any costly mistakes. You should be aware of the following tax breaks as you make decisions about how to use and rent your vacation home.
14 Day Rule
You may have heard of the 14 day rule, but don’t know what it means. In order to consider a property an income property, and therefore claim deductions as such, you may not use your property for personal use more than 14 days out of the year. That means if you want to spend an entire season at your property, you cannot count it exclusively as a rental property and claim losses. However, you can make proportional deductions. Alternatively, if you rent your property less than 14 days you do not have to classify it as an income property. Avalara
points out that days used to perform maintenance on the property are not counted as personal use days. You may be able to extend your vacation as long as you are fixing or upgrading your property.
The new tax code has changed the amount of debt that you can receive a mortgage interest deduction for. Fortunately, this new change does not impact rental properties. If your vacation home is a full time rental property you can deduct all of the interest on the mortgage as a business expense.
reminds vacation rental owners that any fees you pay to services that maintain, advertise, or book your vacation rental can be deducted as business expenses. Some services charge a percentage of your rental, while other require a subscription fee, or flat fee. Keep track of what you pay to advertise and book your home, because it can save you some money in taxes.
Travel to your vacation rental property can be deducted if it is directly related to renting the property, according to Accounting Today.
Mileage for driving to meet a renter, clean the property, or make repairs can be deducted. Keep track of your mileage and a log of what business function you performed while you were there.
If you are paying income tax on your Breck vacation rental property, the number of deductions continue to go on and on, just as though your are running a business, or are an independent contractor. Meticulous records will be your best friend when is comes to tax time. Be sure to keep track of all the expenses put into your vacation rental, ranging from a bottle of windex to a new heating system. With excellent records, a competent tax professional can help you take advantage of all the potential deductions, while still helping you meet your obligations.
Best Family Friendly Ski Runs in Breckenridge
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| Saturday, December 15, 2018
One of the best things about skiing is that the whole family can enjoy it. Even four and five year olds can ride a lift and get down a hill with some practice. Teens love the thrill and adventure of the sport. At Breckenridge you can find a slope that will be satisfying for everyone in your crew. If you want to stick together and check out the slopes, here are a few that are ideal for bigger groups and a wide range of skill levels.
If you are staying in town, Peak 9 is a great place to start out. You can jump on the Quicksilver SuperChair and have access to a variety of green runs. Everyone can pick their own path and easily meet up again at the lift. You can also access two kids Adventure Zones, Haunted Forest and Ripperoo’s Forest. These are like mini-terrain parks that offer challenges that kids can tackle to build their skills and confidence. For a warm-up, start on Frontier or Lower Lehman, but take care because these can be high traffic runs.
Try a family zone to find a place where everyone can move a little slower and take time building their skills without people flying around them. Breckenridge has four designated family zones, two green runs, and two blue runs. Springmeier and Powerline can be accessed from the 5 Chair on Peak 8. When you are ready to challenge the family a little more, Cashier and Bonanza can be accessed on Peak 9. Take advantage of these spaces where skiers will take more care and caution, looking out for one another. This is especially helpful if you have small children with you.
Advanced Family Skiers
For the more advanced family with a few thrill seekers, head over to Peak 6. The Kenosha SuperChair will take you to both blue and black runs. The more confident skiers can try their luck on Intuition or Wonderland, while those who are little more cautious can work down Daydream.
The Quicksilver SuperChair, Kenosha SuperChair and Independence SuperChair, can all carry up to six people to the top. It is likely that your whole family can fit on one lift and ride together. SuperChairs are great meeting spots, as most runs will lead to one. Even if you take different routes down, you can go up together.
Remember that it is so important to learn to ski in control. You should always accommodate the lowest skill level in your family and never push someone into terrain they are uncomfortable with. Skiing is more fun for everyone when skiers feel confident and in control. Helping the youngest and least experienced members of your family will set them up to have a lifetime of family skiing fun. Don’t forget that you can also sign up to take a lesson together as a family. This is highly recommended for a family of brand new beginners. With a little planning your family can make unforgettable memories on the ski slope.
Photos by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
What to Look for in Property Management Company
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| Friday, November 30, 2018
When you set out to buy a vacation rental property it can be an exciting journey. If you live at any distance from your vacation home, something you need to consider during that journey is hiring a property management company based in Breckenridge. More and more people are renting vacation homes, but along with their growing popularity comes higher expectations for quality service. No one wants their vacation ruined by a poorly managed home. One or two negative reviews can ruin your chances of regularly renting your home. When you are ready to hire a property management company, there are a few things you should look for to be sure you are getting the service you need.
Many property management companies advertise a low figure for caring for your property, but then they tack on extra fees for services you are likely to need. These extra services are where they make up for the low rate being offered. Ask about additional fees and add up what you will need. It may be that a property management company with a higher rate is better deal because of the services included in the rate.
Some large property management companies hire out local employees, but don’t oversee the operations themselves. This situation might work well if you only want a cleaning service. However, if you want assistance with managing emergencies, helping with check-in or check-out, or troubleshooting unexpected problems, a locally based company can be much more helpful.
Make sure your property management company knows how to handle repairs and routine maintenance. Some needs may be handled by the management company itself, but most jobs are likely to be referred to other contractors. Make sure your property management company has connections with reputable contractors. Ask if they are willing to check in on the work as it progresses. These local connections to dependable and reasonably priced contractors can be invaluable. Make sure the property management company also routinely checks major appliances, such as the heater, water heater, hot tubs, and kitchen appliances. Then, you can stay ahead of major repairs and make necessary repairs before something happens while you are hosting guests.
A lot of your business will depend on your vacation rental being visible on most rental sites and repeat business. Many vacationers come back year after year if they had a good experience. Ask your local property management company how they advertise your property and how they encourage loyalty and repeat renters. A property management company that works to keep your rental booked is worth the investment. You lose money when your home sits empty, and a good property management company will work hard to keep your property occupied with paying renters.
As you search for a property management company for your Breckenridge vacation rental, make a list of criteria that is important to you. Think about items such as marketing, emergency care, cleaning, and screening renters. Be sure that the company you hire offers all of the services you want and the you know how much their services will cost. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. You want to be sure your investment is in the right hands. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers
to see if our approach to property management is the right one for your vacation rental.
The Holidays in Breckenridge
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| Friday, November 23, 2018
The holidays in Breckenridge are always a wonderful experience! They bring the nostalgia of the small town holiday that you’ve always wanted to experience. The dark nights are lit up with festive, twinkling lights; everyone celebrates and enjoys snow; and friends and neighbors gather to enjoy the season together. Snow doesn’t just bring world class skiing to Breckenridge, it also brings magic. Don’t miss these amazing events in Breckenridge during the holidays!
Race of the Santas
The season kicks off with the Lighting of Breckenridge. Main Street comes alive with thousands of lights and festive decorations. This festival is always celebrated during the first full weekend in December. The 2018/19 season will be celebrated the weekend of December 8th. On Saturday afternoon, the Santas will take over Main Street and run six blocks for the Race of the Santas. You can dress in your favorite Santa suit and join the race, or you can watch the fun. Register online to run in the race by Friday, December 7th.
Lighting of Breckenridge
After the race, at 5:00, Santa himself will flip the switch in Blue River Plaza to light up Breckenridge. Enjoy cookies with neighbors and friends as you take in the glow of the lights. The cookies are provided by the Breckenridge Tourism Office.
From 5:30-7:00 check out the historic Barney Ford House all decked out for the season. Your little ones can visit Santa, tell him their Christmas wishes, and you can get your traditional holiday picture.
Holiday Dog Parade
If you want to enjoy the festivities with your four legged friend, sign up for the Holiday Dog Parade. This takes place before the Santa run at 3:45. Register from 3:00-3:30. Dress up with your dogs in your most festive costumes. The parade will start at Main Street Station and end at Blue River Plaza.
BreckCreate will be hosting holiday karaoke after the lighting of Breckenridge at the Old Masonic Lodge. This event is free and a cash bar will be available.
For a full schedule of the Lighting of Breckenridge events and registration for the Race of the Santas go to Go Breck
Holiday Shopping All Season
All season long, the lights are bright, and the shops are warm. Find unique gifts for loved ones at the independent shops along Main Street. You can also find plenty of ski and snowboarding gear for the outdoor person in your life. Close out your day with fine dining and locally crafted spirits. Relax and enjoy your holiday shopping this year in Breckenridge’s small town atmosphere.
If you plan to spend your Christmas vacation in Breckenridge, you are sure to have a memorable time with your family. Breckenridge can be very busy during this season so be sure to plan ahead. Rent a vacation home so that you can cook homey meals together. If you plan to go out on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Years Eve be sure to make advance reservations. The hottest spots will fill up fast.
Breckenridge is the idyllic mountain town all through December. Take a trip to the mountains to enjoy excellent skiing and holiday spirit like you won’t experience anywhere else.
Photo: By Carol Scofield courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo: By Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Why Ski In / Ski Out Properties in Breckenridge Are Worth It
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| Wednesday, October 24, 2018
As you are planning your ski vacation, you may notice that ski-in/ski-out vacation condos in Breckenridge are quite a bit more expensive than other properties in or around town. While, you might be tempted to save a little, there are some great reasons to go ahead and splurge on the convenience of ski-in/ski/out.
Ideal for Families
If you have had the whole family along on your ski vacation, you know about the endless amounts of stuff that needs to be hauled to the ski hill and home again at the end of the day. It can be hard for younger kids to manage their skis and gear and you are left trying to balance everything and get everyone on the mountain. If you are staying at a ski-in/ski-out condo in Breckenriddge, you simply put on your skis and get on the lift. The snacks, sunscreen, and other essentials can stay at home and you can pop in and grab it when you need it. There is also no need to carry skis for long distances. Your teens can stay out longer when the rest of the crew is ready to come home. You can stop in for lunch or breaks and still have plenty of time to get back on the slopes. When you are moving around a group of people, a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental will give you the most time together to do the thing you came to do.
More Time for Other Activities
Often, the hardest part of vacations are travel time between activities. Everyone is cold and tired and just wants to be home. Being able to ski straight back to your property cuts out the time needed on other transportation getting home. There is no lag between getting off the ski hill and taking off your boots. Simply ski to your place and start relaxing and enjoying the evening. You will have plenty of time to grab a drink or go out for a nice meal.
Ski-in/ski-out lodging has great views and atmosphere! You get to enjoy all of the ambience you imagine when dreaming about a ski vacation. Some of the most beautiful views around Breckenridge are found on the mountain.
Distance to Town
At many ski resorts, ski-in/ski-out property can mean remote and hard to get to. Because Main Street in downtown Breckenridge is so close to the resort, it is easy to get into town. The gondola and an extensive free bus and shuttle system make getting off and on the mountain simple. So, while you will get mountain access convenience, you will also have easy access to all you favorite aprés ski activities.
Make sure you know what type of terrain you will have access to at your ski-in/ski-out property. For example the Warrior’s Mark neighborhood offers easy access to a lift, but that lift only services advanced terrain. You wouldn’t want to be a beginner staying in this location and expect to ski-in/ski-out. Know all the details about your location so that you can find a place that meets your hopes and needs. Check with Breckenridge Resort Managers to find the ideal ski in/ski out property for you.
Photo by Bob Winsett courtesy of the Breckenridge Department of Tourism
Photo Courtesy of the Breckenridge Department of Tourism
Off-Hill Family Friendly Activities for your Ski Vacation
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| Thursday, October 11, 2018
Even the most adventurous kids and families can get worn out when skiing several days in a row. If you are looking for some family fun that doesn’t include the ski slopes, Breckenridge still has some great options for you! There are plenty of fun activities in the town of Breck that the whole family can do together.
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
is a great place to take younger children when it is too cold to be outside any longer. At this museum, kids can explore with free play, trying out different experiments, building, making crafts, or trying on costumes to put on a show! This museum will keep the kids entertained and learning for hours. It is conveniently located on South Park St. near The Village at Peak 9.
Take the whole family skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. This ice skating rink offers public skating times every day October through April. You can pay a single admission for your whole family and rent skates for everyone. Whether you are just learning, or are a pro on skates, this is a fun sport for the family to do together.
Sledding at Carter Park or Hoosier Pass
When you want your kids to experience outdoor fun in the snow, but they aren’t quite ready for the slopes, there are a few great places to go sledding. Carter Park offers a variety of hills so you can find the right thrill level for your crew. If you want a more adventurous sledding experience, head up Highway 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park in the lot on the west side and take a short hike into the woods. The path will be obvious. You will come to a steep, mostly clear slope, this is a great spot for sledding. You will wear out the kids as they run up and down the slope enjoying exhilarating rides. You can pick up a sled to use at the local City Market.
Breckenridge Rec Center
The pool at the rec center will keep your family happy for hours. The kids will love the lazy river and the two story waterslide. While the kids are enjoy the pool, the adults can enjoy the sauna, steam room, or hot tub. The rec center also has climbing walls for a whole day of fun. You can buy daily passes, a punch pack, or a family pack for a discounted rate.
Activities For The Whole Family
Breckenridge has much more to offer than just skiing. There are plenty of fun activities for your whole family to do whether you want to spend your days on the slopes or come inside to warm up.
Rec Center Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office