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Summer Activities the Whole Family Will Love
Posted by admin | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Summer Family Activities Breckenridge CO
 
Summer in Breckenridge is the perfect time to enjoy quality time with your whole family. You can find a range of activities that will satisfy all ages in your family. Whether you are looking for high adventure to thrill your teenagers, or ways to keep your toddler entertained, there is something for every member of the family in Breckenridge.

On the Mountain

The Epic Discovery Center is full of mountain activities for the whole family. You can take the free gondola to the base of Peak 8. Younger kids will love a mini-zipline, maze, and bounce house. The whole family can enjoy the alpine slides, alpine coasters, guided interpretive hikes, mini golf, and a climbing wall. For more high adventure for older kids, check out the new Alipineer Challenge Course and the Zipline Tour. You can make reservations, buy tickets, and plan ahead on breckenridge.com.

Mountain Top Children’s Museum

If you are looking for indoor fun, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum offers hours of creative, interactive play. Kids can build and create, put on costumes and perform, or experiment with fun STEM activities. In addition to drop-in fun for the family to enjoy together, there are also drop-off summer camp programs, and kids night out programs that provide supervised fun while adults enjoy more grown-up activities. Visit their website for a full schedule of events and pricing information.

Breck Colorado Family Activities

Trail Rides

A great way to experience the trails around Breckenridge is on horseback. There are a variety of trail riding outfits in and around Breckenridge. You can find a group trail ride or private, wrangler led trail rides. Breckenridge Stables offers trail rides for all abilities and ages. Small children up to three years old can ride with an adult. Older kids can manage their own horse with the help of a wrangler. Give your family an authentic old west experience with a trail ride.

Mining Tours

Mining was an essential part of Breckenridge’s rich history. There are several mines in the area that offer exciting mine tours that the whole family will enjoy. Go underground and learn how mines used to operate. Most mine tours also offer an opportunity to pan for your own gold. Learn history through experience with a mining tour. The Country Boy mine offers guided tours, a chance to slide down a 55 ft. ore chute, and time to pet the burros.

Sled Dogs

Sled Dogs aren’t just for the winter. You can get a sled dog experience with a cart tour in the summer. The dogs pull a cart and you can enjoy the scenery and the adventure of riding with dog power. This tour is available to kids and adults ages three and up. It also includes a tour of the dog yard. For a high adventure experience with your teens, you can ride a dog-pulled scooter. This tour is for adults ages 16 and up. It requires some physical ability, so be sure to call ahead to ensure your whole group is up to the challenge.

Family Summer Activities Breck Colorado

Making Memories

Breckenridge is the perfect place for families to make memories together. There are activities to thrill teenagers and engage younger children. Enjoy the mountains together during the glorious summer months. For a condo or vacation home that can meet your family’s needs, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers.
 
Photo 1: Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort
Photo 2: Courtesy of Vail Resorts and Breckenridge Office of Tourism

What to Do When You See Wildlife
Posted by admin | Tuesday, June 26, 2018

what to do when you see wildlife breckenridge colorado

Seeing wildlife is one of the most magical parts of enjoying the outdoors in Colorado. You can encounter moose, big horn sheep, mountain goats, pika, deer, and even bear. They are all beautiful and graceful and it is truly a joy to see them in their natural habitat.

That being said, it is important to remember that you are in its home and habitat. No matter how beautiful, wildlife are indeed wild animals and will respond to you with natural, animal instinct. If you do not treat wildlife appropriately, a wildlife encounter can quickly become dangerous.

Keep Your Distance

The best way to ensure your safety and the animal’s safety is to stay a respectful distance from the animal. Even a mild animal can react if they feel backed into a corner or surprised. Don’t directly approach an animal. Make plenty of noise as you hike on a trail, so wildlife won’t be surprised by your approach. You can wear a bell, or shout occasionally to announce your presence.

wildlife encounters breckenridge colorado

When You Get Too Close

Bears, mountain lions, and moose can be particularly dangerous if you get too close. Bears are generally afraid of humans and don’t want to be near you. However, if you catch one by surprise, or get between a mama and her cub, it may attack. Mountain lions are rarely encountered in the wild. But, as private property encroaches on mountain lion territory, human/lion interactions are happening more often. Small children or pets can be perceived as prey and attract lions. It is important to watch children playing outside and keep them near you on the trail. If you encounter a mountain lion or a bear too close, make yourself look larger. Put your hands in the air or pull a jacket up high over your shoulders. Speak firmly and calmly, saying a phrase such as “I’m going to back up!” Then back up slowly. Resist the instinct to run, that can signal that you are prey.

Respect Moose

Moose are different. Moose are very curious and usually not afraid to approach humans. While they look friendly and docile they can be very dangerous. Male moose are territorial, especially during the fall and may defend their territory. Female moose are protective of their young calves during the spring. The only predator moose face are wolves, as a result, dogs can also trigger a moose’s aggressive defense instincts. You can tell a moose is agitated or in an aggressive state when its ears are laid back flat and its hairs are raised on its back. In a moose encounter, first you want to stay calm and make yourself look large. If the moose charges, it is ok to run. Get a large object such as a tree or car between you and the moose. If you fall down, return to a standing position as soon as possible. In the presence of a moose keep your dog on leash and under control.
 

Stay Safe

Negative encounters with wildlife are very rare. When you are being safe and smart in the wilderness, you will get to enjoy your wildlife encounters. Never feed wildlife and never approach them at an unsafe distance. For more information about how to camp and hike safely in bear and mountain lion territory see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webpage.

Why Locals Love Summer in Breck
Posted by admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018

World class skiing is what comes to mind first when you think of Breckenridge. However, this charming mountain town isn’t just for winter sports. Locals in Breck have a saying: “Come for winter, stay for summer.” There is so much to do and see that you can stay just as busy in Breckenridge in July as you can in January.

Ideal Weather

While temperatures soar all over the country during the hottest summer months, Breckenridge holds steady at a comfortable 70-80. The high altitude and dry air keep temperatures pleasant even during the longest days of summer. At night, the air cools down and offers the perfect temperature for a bonfire. Forget heat and humidity, Breck offers sunny days and relaxing, cool nights.

Summer activities in Breckenridge CO

Outdoor Sports

Even though the ski slopes have thawed out, there are still plenty of outdoor sports to do in Breckenridge. The abundance of trails make hiking and mountain biking the two most popular outdoor sports. Trails can be accessed right in town, so you can be out in the wilderness in minutes. In addition to biking and hiking, fishing is also popular in the high country. Catch a trout in one of the pristine, high alpine lakes around town. If you are up for even more adventure, try a scooter tour with the sled dogs at Snow Caps

Motor Sports

There is no shortage of jeep, ATV and dirt bike trails to explore when you want to go a little further than your feet can take you. Some amazing mountain passes can only be summited with a high clearance, 4x4 vehicle. You can download White River National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps with this link. For trail opening dates and conditions contact the Dillon Ranger Station. As you take off in your motorized vehicle, be sure to respect forest service postings and rules about what is allowed on roads and trails. The high alpine environment can be fragile; take care to follow the rules so that you and everyone else can enjoy it for years to come.
What to do in Summer in Breckenridge

Dining and Shopping

When you are done adventuring, Breckenridge offers excellent dining and shopping. Take advantage of the many porches and patios throughout town to enjoy an al fresco meal in the fresh mountain air.

What to do in Breckenridge in SummerFestivals

In addition to all of the great amenities that can be enjoyed every day, Breck locals also love all of the festivals that happen over the summer. It is the perfect opportunity to get out, mingle with your neighbors and meet new friends. Outdoor concerts, art festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and more draw a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. There is always something to do in Breck, whether it is an outdoor movie, an art class, a science workshop for the kids, or a bike parade. When you are not enjoying the wild, mountainous surroundings, you can find entertainment and activity in town. Locals love Breck for the sense of community that they find there all year long. Come, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers for a cozy and comfortable condo or vacation home, and find out what you love about Breck in the summer!
 
Photo “FlyFishing2” by Liam Doran, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Infographic Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
 

Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
What to do in Breckenridge
 
Summer is a glorious time to wander through the woods, slopes, peaks, and brooks that surround Breckenridge on all sides. Whether you are a family looking for a hike all ages will enjoy, or you are out to conquer a fourteener, Breckenridge trails have something to offer for everyone.
 
When you set out, aim to hit the trail early in the morning. Afternoon thunderstorms roll in almost daily and getting caught in the lightening at high elevations can be very dangerous. Pack snacks and water. You need to stay hydrated even on a short hike, and you never know when you might encounter a problem that could delay you. Having a granola bar handy can stave off emergencies. Bring layers. A brisk morning can become very warm in full sun, or a single cloud can dramatically drop the temperature. Rain or even snow can come up in the blink of an eye. Stay prepared with light and easy layers and don’t forget a hat, gloves, and sunscreen. Now that you know the basics, you are ready to head out.

What hiking trails to do in Breckenridge

McCullough Gulch

McCullough Gulch is an extremely popular hike, for good reasons. The terrain is interesting, the end destination is a stunning waterfall, it is easy to access, and short enough to accomplish in a few hours. It is an in and back trail that is 1.3 miles, one way. Some of the terrain requires a bit of hiking up and over rocks and around wet, muddy patches. This is a great trail for families that have done a bit of hiking before, but aren’t quite ready to log long miles. This is also an ideal trail when you are headed out alone, because there is a steady stream of fellow hikers. There is no danger of getting lost or stranded on this trail. 
 
Access McCullough Gulch off of Highway 9. Head toward Hoosier Pass from Breckenridge and turn right on Blue Lakes Road or Forest Road 850, take another quick right on Forest Road 851 and follow it to the gate. Park here and follow the well marked trail.

Peaks Trail

The Peaks Trail is about nine miles one way. It runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. It meanders through forests, along streams and through clearcuts. You are sure to catch spectacular glimpses of the Tenmile Range all along the trail. Stunning wildflowers are also an added bonus. The Peaks Trail can be accessed from the base area of Peak 7 and drops out at the Rainbow Park Trailhead in Frisco. This hike is ideal if you don’t want to use a car. You can easily start on the Gondola to Peak 7 and then take the Summit Stage from Frisco back to Breckenridge. This hike is also a popular mountain bike trail, so expect some bike traffic and be courteous to one another. 
 

What to do in Breckenridge Hiking

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

Quandary Peak

No list of hikes in Breckenridge would be complete without including Quandary Peak. Quandary is one of Colorado’s famed peaks above 14,000 feet. The trail is only 3.1 miles to the summit, but it includes a challenging 3,330 feet of elevation gain. It is imperative to start this hike early in the morning to avoid getting caught above timberline in a dangerous thunderstorm. While Quandary Peak is challenging, most avid hikers can complete this trail to the summit without complication. It does not require any technical or mountaineering skills. It is a very popular trail, so you are sure to meet some new hiking buddies along the way. The trailhead is visible from Highway 9 and can be accessed from Blue Lakes Road.

Detailed Trail Information

For detailed information about all of the trails in the area, including topographical maps go to the unofficial Dillon Ranger District webpage. You can enjoy Breckenridge in a whole new way when you take to the trails in the summer. Try one of these three trails on your next visit. 

Our Favorite Tree Runs in Breck
Posted by admin | Friday, March 30, 2018

Best Tree Runs in Brek

Trees are a great way to get out of the crowds, find fresh powder long after a snowfall, and challenge your skills. Keep in mind that there are risks when you ski into the trees. Go with a friend, or tell a friend where to look for you at the end of the run. And, always wear a helmet. That said, here are the best places to tear it up in the trees.

Ore Bucket

Ore bucket is a great place to hone your tree skills. Only blue and black terrain can be accessed from this area, so you are sure to be skiing with other similarly skilled skiers. Take a right off the Independence SuperChair. Head towards Monte Cristo, then go towards your left where you can drop into the trees at Ore Bucket. The hill isn’t too steep through Ore Bucket allowing you to take some more generous turns around the trees. You can finish up with Monte Cristo all the way back to the Independence SuperChair or take the Zendo Chair over to Peak 6.

The Burn

The Burn is spread out, offering plenty of lines to maneuver through. If you want to try out a tree run, The Burn is a great place to start. Take the Falcon SuperChair and make a hard right when you unload. Follow Crystal under the lift. You can take a left into the trees. You will come out on Upper Lehman, so keep an eye out for other skiers on this popular run.

Best Tree Skiing in Breckenridge

Needle’s Eye

Rightfully named, this tight tree run is for the experts. If you are starting from the bottom, take the BeaverRun SuperChair and unload to the right. Head past The Overlook and follow Volunteer to the left of the C-Chair. A little more than halfway down Volunteer you can drop into the dense trees though a gate on the left. Needle’s Eye can be closed from time to time, so don’t cross any gates or rope lines.

Best Tree Ski Runs in Breckenridge

Haunted Forest

If your skiing with the kids and want to give them a chance for adventure, check out the Haunted Forest or Ripperoo’s Forest. Both of these tree runs are designed for kids to try out some new skills, while parents can still keep a watchful eye. These runs are perfect for family adventure, and will set your kids up to know how to navigate tree runs in the future. Both runs can be accessed from the Quicksilver SuperChair.

Breckenridge has so much terrain to offer. Don’t hesitate to try something new and head into the trees. There are tree runs for advanced and intermediate skiers, and even kids!

Photos By Breckenridge Tourism Office


Our Favorite Historical Tours in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Breckenridge Historic Mining ToursA Great Activity for the Whole Family.

Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.

Family Activity in BreckenridgeWashington Gold Mine Tour

Learn about Breck’s history in mining from a local expert! You can explore the Washington Mine and learn about the history of this expansive gold and silver mine. You will even get to pan for gold yourself and keep your findings! This tour is highly recommended as a fun family activity in Breckenridge. As you plan, keep in mind that it is only available during the summer season, June through September.

Swinging Doors Saloon Tour

This walking tour is designed specifically for adults 21 and up. You will learn about the saloons that have been around since the 1800’s and sip some of the best drinks historic downtown Breckenridge has to offer.

Ski Through History Mountain Tour

Skiing is the heart and soul of Breckenridge in modern history. Most of Breckenridge’s visitors are drawn to the town because of the world class skiing it offers. On this skiing tour, you can learn the history of the runs, skiing, and the town as it relates to the ski resort. Intermediate skill in downhill skiing is required for this adventurous tour.

Breckenridge's Historic ToursBreckenridge Haunted Tour

If you and your family love ghosts, this is the tour for you! This walking tour leads to some of Breckenridge’s oldest homes on a quest to encounter the residents that are still rumored to haunt them. Learn the history of the area with the added thrill of experiencing the supernatural. This tour is offered year round.

Victorian Tea and Tour

Learn about what life was like for a woman in the early 1900’s. Tour downtown from the view point of Katie Briggle, a socialite who dominated the culture and high society of Breckenridge. Then, tour her Victorian home, where she was known for hosting elaborate parties and events. Enjoy tea and treats as the tour concludes. This tour is only available on specific dates, so be sure to call ahead.

High Line Railroad Park

While not exactly a tour, we can’t ignore the High Line Railroad Park, located on Boreas Pass Rd. The park includes a real train engine, one of the last few remaining of its kind. There is also a caboose, rotary snowplow and flatcar. Lastly, there is a small museum. Kids and adults alike will love this close up view of the train cars and the history of the railroad. The trains are accessible every day, sunrise to sunset, but the museum has limited hours so check before you go.

Book Online

You can learn more about all of the tours offered and book online through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While you are visiting Breckenridge, don’t miss out on experiencing its rich history on a fun tour, lead by a knowledgeable local.

 

Photos: 

Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Daniel Dunn / Breckenridge Tourism
Office

 


How We Address Complaints or Unhappy Customers
Posted by admin | Monday, January 29, 2018

Addressing Complaints in Vacation Rentals Breckenridge

To successfully rent your property over time, it is important to have happy renters. Renters increasingly expect more from their vacation rental. If you are having trouble delivering, you risk bad reviews, and comments on social networks that can negatively effect your future revenues. At Breckenridge Resort Managers we recognize the significance of customer satisfaction, not only to retain loyal renters, but also to win new ones.

Preventing Complaints

We know that a big part of a cultivating a positive rental experience is being proactive and anticipating the needs of our renters. Based on our years of experience, we have policies and protocols in place so that renters feel cared for and attended to from the moment of their arrival throughout their stay. Thorough housekeeping and extensive property checks ensure that everything is in proper working order and clean before guests arrive.

Clarity and Managed Expectations

Addressing Complaints in Vacation RentalsAt Breckenridge Resort Managers we clearly state all of our policies and what our properties include so that there are no surprises. We want our guests to feel comfortable with their rental agreement and know exactly what to expect from us during their vacation.

Presence

Despite our best efforts to avoid complaints and provide a positive experience for our vacationers, we know that occasionally things will go wrong that we cannot control, resulting in complaints. A heater can suddenly go out, or a hot tub can quit working.

We have an emergency hotline that can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day. The answering service will relay messages to the on-call manager and requests will be appropriately responded to according to need. If a true emergency exists, guests can expect a quick response time.

Addressing Renters Complaints in Vacation Rentals We have learned that most clients just need to be heard and to know that their complaints are being taken into consideration. We do our best to manage any issues that arise and be responsive to the needs of our clients.

Most clients recognize our efforts to go above and beyond so that any dissatisfaction is quelled quickly. Because we are local and active in our community, we are able to respond quickly. Because there is an easy phone number to call and an office to visit, guests feel heard, and there is no need to spread bad reviews or complaints on social media.

This is the advantage of working with a professional property management company. When you are far away and helpless to address needs and emergencies, we are close at hand. We are able to respond quickly and have the resources and contacts to make timely repairs. Not only do we keep clients satisfied with your property, we eliminate your stress load. Enjoy peace of mind and streams of satisfied renters when you work with Breckenridge Resort Managers.


2018 Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 8, 2018

 Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge 2018

Watch lifeless blocks of snow transform into magnificent creations at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Breckenridge. At this unique festival, snow sculptors from all over the world gather to bring their best designs to life.

Technical Week

The festivities begin the week before the actual competition. January 16-21 the blocks of snow are constructed. They are given time to sit, compact, and solidify, making it easier for the sculptors to work with the snow. You can watch the process of the blocks being made or even volunteer to help. Contact information for volunteering can be found at GoBreck.com.

Sculpting

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures 2018 The sculptors begin their work on Monday, January 22nd. They have until Friday to complete their sculptures. Visitors are allowed to walk through and watch the artists dig out their masterpieces from the bare blocks of snow. All sculptures must be completed by Friday (many work into the wee hours of the night to complete) and there will be an awards ceremony Friday evening at 6:00. The sculptures are judged by a panel of judges. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are awarded. There is also a People’s Choice Award, for which any visitor can vote.

Viewing

Throughout the weekend the sculptures can be viewed day or night. After dark is a magical time to experience the snow sculptures. Impressive lighting displays bring added character to these magnificent works. Be aware that snow is impacted by the weather and warm temperatures can begin to play a role in deteriorating the snow. Catch the sculptures early if you want to see them fully intact. The sculptures will be removed Monday night, January 29th and the magic is over until next year.

Kids’ Events

Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures 2018Kids and grown-ups alike look forward to this event. There is typically a snow sculpture that is not part of the competition that kids are invited to play on. On Saturday, the 27th, kids 9 and up are invited to participate in the junior sculpting competition. They will get to work on a sculpture using the same type of snow blocks as the competitive sculptors, and learn the craft of sculpting from Breckenridge’s own sculptor, Mauricio Meneses. This event will take place at Main Street Station and is free and open to the public.

Location

The snow sculpture competition will take place in the area around the River Walk Center, off of West Adams Avenue. Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot with a free shuttle service. Free public transportation is also available throughout Breckenridge.

Plan Your Trip

Consider planning your ski vacation during the end of January so that you can enjoy the slopes and participate in this unique and captivating event. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a great property for your ski getaway.


Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Best resorts for families and kids summit county CO Family ski vacations are some of the most treasured memories that families make. As a parent it brings great joy to teach a sport that you love to your children, and kids can start learning to ski at a very young age. It is truly a winter sport the whole family can enjoy together. However, skiing with kids can also pose challenges. Skiing with your kids means you may have to sacrifice time on the trails to teaching, when you could be enjoying more challenging runs. The best places to ski with kids offers a happy medium with plenty of family runs as well as more challenging runs, childcare options, lessons, and family-appropriate après ski. This will make your family ski vacation enjoyable for all members of the family.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge offers a renowned ski and ride school. You can start your tiny tot in ski or board lessons as early as age three. Age groups continue from three on to adult. Groups lessons are typically full days, you can sign your child up for a single day or multiple days. Private lessons are also available for more individualized instruction. Or, you can book family lessons and all learn together. Childcare is available in three different locations (although Peak 8 is currently closed due to construction) so that you can choose a spot closest to your accommodations. You can even add on a ski school lesson, during which your child will be taken out for a ski lesson while they are at childcare. In addition to great options for kids, the town of Breckenridge features multiple parks, a fun children’s museum, and many family dining options.

Keystone

Best resort for kids to learn to skiKeystone has made an effort to become one of the best places to ski with kids. It provides plenty of ski-in/ski-out lodging, and parking at the base, making it easier for parents and kids to get out there faster. Complimentary red wagons take the hassle out of lugging equipment and kids to and from the car or lodging. Their signature Kidtopia offers kids and family activities everyday of the week. Most activities and events are free. Learn about critters or stars from the Keystone Science School, make crafts or watch a movie. The Kidtopia headquarters also provides toys and games everyday when your little ones need a break to warm up. Catch the parade on Saturday evenings or explore the snow fort any day of the week. In addition to the amenities that cater specifically to kids, there is great terrain for all skill levels. Everyone will find satisfying skiing at this resort.

Family Ski Vacations in Summit County CO

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek ends everyday on the slopes with cookie time. They hand out free cookies at 3:00 pm. What better way to encourage your child to love skiing? In addition to cookie time, Beaver Creek offers childcare and an excellent ski school. They also feature ideal family friendly lodging. You can feed the whole family’s sweet tooth at the Candy Cabin. Grab a special treat so that you can power through the next run! This candy shop is located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. There are many other resorts that offer plenty of family friendly ski vacation options. When you are planning your vacation, look for childcare options, ski school, and convenient lodging for everyone. This will make your family ski vacation memorable and enjoyable for everyone!

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

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!

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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.


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!

 


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.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 - Schedule
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 – schedule of events

2014 is the 20th year of our renowned Breckenridge Oktoberfest celebration, and we get better every year, offering more and better foods and beers.  The party begins on Main Street in Breckenridge, Friday the 12th 2014 at 2 p.m., for those who are brave!  The party continues each day, through Sunday at 5 p.m.

Friday the 12th

    2– 6 First day of our Main Street Biergarten Party

    6– 9 the succulent Brewmaster Dinner: Paulaner beers uniquely paired with fantastic food.  This is how kings eat!

Saturday the 13th

    10 - 1 Breckenridge Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run

    10 – 6 Main Street biergarten Party- Save you strength!

Sunday the 14th

    10– 5 Main Street Party- if you have made it this far, one more day wont hurt.


Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014- Schedule of Events
Posted by toby | Friday, May 30, 2014

Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014

June 13 2014- Friday

Barney Ford, Edwin Carter Museum tours - 11– 3

Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2104 Town Party- 4 – 9

June 14 2014- Saturday

Gun Fights! Shots fired at Main Street Station- 10 to 12 and 2 to 4

Reading of the Breckenridge Kingdom Days Proclamation at the Breckenridge Welcome Center- 11

Kids' outdoor activities- 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11 – 3

Meet Red Tail, the Breckenridge mountain man at 111 N. Ridge Street from 11 – 4

Petting zoo and museum tour of the Barney Ford House at 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11– 4

Mining activities and gold panning in the Blue River Plaza on Main Street from 11 – 5

Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the Barney Ford parking lot from 12 – 4

National Repertory Orchestra concert at the Riverwalk Center starting 7:30

June 15 2014- Sunday

Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014 Sunday Market at Main Street Station from 9– 2

Gun Fights, again! Hunker down at the Main Street Station three times throughout the day- 10, 12, 2

Breckenridge Kids Fun Area on the Riverwalk Center Lawn from 11-4

Breckenridge Outhouse Races- Main Street, 2 p.m.

 


Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
Posted by | Friday, March 14, 2014

Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014- too much snow and too much fun. 

Breckenridge Spring Fever is our month long celebration of both the end of winter and the ski season of 2014 and the beginning of summertime, with its warm temperatures and bountiful offering of activities.  Spring in Breckenridge is the perfect blend of killer snow, awesome skiing, warm temperatures, and outdoor fun. 

Schedule of events for Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014

·      Performances by nationally recognized musicians form the Spring Fever concert series.

·      Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup

·      Ripperoo’s Winter Mascot Olympics

·      Park, Pipe, and Big Mountain Camps

·      The Breckenridge Spring Fever Chili Cook-off

·      Easter egg hunts

·      Easter service at the TenMile Station on the Breckenridge Ski Resort

·      The 18th Annual Imperial Challenge- April 12

·      Super G & Giant Slalom Races

·      Big mountain freestyle competition on Peak 6

·      Throwback Throw down superpipe/minipipe competition hucks into its third year.

·      Breckenridge Ascent Series, every Wednesday

 

Performances during Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014

To be announced!

Four major concerts will close out the final weekends of Spring Fever and the 2014 ski season in style.  Each Saturday and Sunday during the final two weekends of ski season, the base of Peak 8 will heat up with nationally touring acts, preforming live for you.  Each day will bring a new act, a new flavor, and a new way to enjoy closing out the 2014 ski season. 

Concert dates: 

Saturday- April 12

Sunday- April 13

Saturday- April 19

Sunday- April 20


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

BReckenridge Rafting

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

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