With all this heat, you may be dreaming about your ski vacation. July is a great time to start planning so that you can secure your perfect vacation rental property before they someone else beats you to it. There will be greater availability if you start planning early, and you will end up with more choices if you book early. For the ultimate winter luxury and convenience, a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental is exactly what you need. You can hit the slopes earlier, stay out longer and come home for lunch when your vacation rental has easy access to the mountain. Here are the best neighborhoods for ski-in/ski-out in Breckenridge and what is so great about them!
There are a number of neighborhoods west of Main Street that offer slopeside access. The Four O’Clock neighborhood is one of them. It is named for the Four O’Clock run, one of the the longest runs in Breckenridge. It goes all the way into town so you are able to ride back to your property at 4:00 when the ski lifts close. The Snowflake Chairlift is easy to hop on when you are ready to head out in the morning. It is easy to get to all of the peaks from this convenient location.
Nestled away just to the south of Peak 10 is the “White Cloud” area of warrior’s mark. This neighborhood boasts some luxurious single-family homes, with stunning views. Though this area is noted as ski-in/ski-out, the path to Peak 10 to upper Lehman is a bit more difficult to access for beginner skiers and can be inaccessible in the early season depending on snow conditions. However, the serenity of the area, views, and luxurious choice of homes is unmatched in Breckenridge.
Peak 7 and 8
Peaks 7 and 8 have quickly become the “village” of Breckenridge and offer several luxury lodges and single family homes. From these areas you can access lifts on Peak 7 and Peak 8 just steps outside the lodges. This area offers stunning views and is a little quieter than the neighborhoods closer in towards Main Street.
The base of Peak 9 is full of activity. It has condos that are situated close to the quicksilver and Beaver Run chairlift. It also has great options for aprés ski dining and entertainment. Many Breckenridge celebrations and events are centered at the base of Peak 9 due to the easy access to town both using the free town bus and your own feet.
The Best Vacation Rental For Your Trip
The great thing about Breckenridge is that you are never far from town or from the slopes. An excellent shuttle system and gondola keep the whole town well connected. Unlike other ski resorts, Breckenridge ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals are not remote, hard-to-get-to locations. They are close to the runs and close to town. You can get a few runs in on the slopes, and a few minutes later be enjoying a massage at a spa, or savoring a meal in town. In addition, if you don’t choose a ski-in/ski-out property for your vacation, it is not too hard to get to the chairlift. You can use the free shuttle system to get on the mountain fast, without having to worry about parking. With advanced planning, you will be able to choose from plenty of properties so that you can find the right one for your ski vacation. Check out Breckenridge Resort Managers to begin planning your ski vacation today.
Summer brings warm daytime temperatures, cool comfortable nights, beautiful mountain views, wildflowers, and calm flowing streams. In addition to the ideal climate and setting in the summer, Breckenridge offers fun activities for the whole family. Check out these five family-friendly activities that will keep everyone entertained.
Epic Discovery offers high adventure for older family members including climbing walls, a high ropes course, and a zip line. Younger kids will enjoy the bounce house, mini zip line, and tubing. The whole family can enjoy mini-golf, the Mineshaft Maze, and the alpine coaster. Be sure to call ahead to make sure the weather conditions are right for the activities you want to do.
You can rent road bikes or mountain bikes from a variety of outfitters in town. There are many paved and single-track trails throughout Breckenridge and Summit County. You can find a trail for any skill level. You can also rent a bike trailer or a tag-along, so even the littlest family members can join in.
You don’t want to miss the wildflowers in Breckenridge during the summer. You can find them on almost any trail. There are several easy trails with access from right in town. Lengths of the trails range from less than one mile to 10+. Check a map to see how much distance your hike covers, and how much elevation gain the hike includes. This will help you plan how much time it will take. Don’t forget to bring extra water and rain gear, as afternoon showers are normal.
There are several mines in the immediate Breckenridge area that offer tours and activities. Mining is a big part of Breckenridge’s history. With these tours you can learn about this incredible history in a way that will fascinate everyone. Family members of all ages will love sliding down the ore shoot, gold panning, and petting the burros at the Country Boy Mine.
The streams, rivers, and high alpine lakes surrounding Breckenridge are well known for their amazing trout. Fishing is an activity that everyone can do together. You can stop at an outfitter and rent equipment to go out on your own. You can also schedule a guided fishing tour or take a class to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing.
These are just a few ideas for family friendly activities in Breckenridge, there are many more. Take time out from your everyday life and enjoy a vacation. With these activities, your family can have quality time all together, no matter the age range. Get out and make memories this summer with an adventurous vacation in Breckenridge.
Most people think of Breck as a winter ski town, but there is so much to do in the summer as well. You can choose from high adventure sports like mountain biking and zip lining, or take it easy and go for gentle hikes, take a walking tour, or fish in a mountain stream. Here are some of the things we love doing in Breckenridge during the summer.
Epic Discovery is the perfect place to explore for a family vacation. Thrilling activities will entertain even the hardest to please teenagers. Alpine Camp offers rock climbing and zip lines. A high ropes challenge course and the Gold Runner Coaster create adventurous memories. In addition to dramatic adventures for teenagers and adults, there are also family friendly activities such as mini-golf, the mineshaft maze, and guided wildflower hikes. The youngest members in the family will enjoy the massive bounce house and the Lil’ Nugget Tubing. You can take the free gondola to the Epic Discovery Basecamp on Peak 8. All of the Basecamp activities will be open beginning June 14th. The Alpine Camp activities will open as weather and conditions permit. Call ahead to make sure the adventure you are hoping for is available.
Gold Mine Tours
Schedule a tour of the Country Boy Mine. At this mine you can explore and walk through the exhibits, while petting the burros; take a tour deep into the mine; slide down a 55 foot ore chute; and try your hand at panning gold. When you are done, check out the general store to find a treasure to take home. The Country Boy Mine is only two miles from downtown Breckenridge so this makes an easy half day activity. The Lomax Placer mine is right off of Ski Hill Road. It is free to look around the historic buildings. You can also learn to gold pan for a small fee.
Historic Walking Tours
Breckenridge is full of history, particularly from its mining days. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a vast range of guided walking tours. Some meander through Victorian homes, other through notorious saloons, and still others to famous gold mines. You can book a tour for your group online. Be aware that some tours, such as the saloon tours, are not suitable for people under a certain age. Some tours also cover more ground than others, make sure you are physically up to the tour that you would like to take.
Biking is one of the most beloved summer pastimes in Breckenridge. You can take a mountain bike out over miles of challenging single track. If you prefer paved trails, you can bike all the way to Lake Dillon on miles of paved trails throughout Summit County. Bike rentals are easily available at shops around Breckenridge. Ask your rental shops for advice on the best trails to get started on. The cool weather and stunning terrain make biking irresistible during the summer months.
Explore deep into the heart of the mountains with a jeep, ATV, or other off-road vehicle. You can schedule a guided tour, or just rent the equipment to go out exploring on your own. Epic Discovery offers 90 minute off road 4x4 tours in an open-air vehicle. High Country Activities can take you on a variety of tours throughout the back country Summit County. These tours help you get off the beaten path so you can see wildlife and scenery in a whole new way.
This is just the beginning of activities to do in Breckenridge in the summer. Get away from the heat of the city and lower elevation. Cool off and enjoy all the wonder, and adventure Breckenridge has to offer.
Photo by Andre Maguire courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
This winter had some incredibly extreme snowfall. As all that snow melts and moves down the mountain it encourages stunning, well-watered wildflowers. The more moisture the mountains get, the more magnificent the wildflowers are. This year is sure to be spectacular. You can discover wildflowers on any hike in the area, but these five hikes offer particularly beautiful displays of the mountain’s finest.
Black Powder Pass
Black Powder Pass trail is accessible from Boreas Pass Road. From Breckenridge, take Boreas Pass all the way to the top. The trail begins at the section house. It is a 3.4 mile out and back trail. It climbs through an open meadow and offers amazing views in all directions. In July and August, the meadow features all of Colorado’s best wildflowers. The road to access the trail is closed during the winter. Because of the high amount of snowfall this year it may be closed later than usual. You may want to save this trail for later in the summer.
This trail is accessed off of Ski Hill Road. During the winter it serves as cross country ski and snowshoe trails for the Breckenridge Nordic Center. The trail meanders through meadows, by streams and ponds, and through forest offering a range of wildflower habitats. There is little elevation gain over 2.9 miles making it an excellent beginner hike or first day at elevation hike. You are also likely to see moose and other wildlife along the way. The trail is closed until July 9th for wildlife conservation.
This short, 1.5 mile hike is ideal for families. You can access the trail from town, so you don’t need a car to get there. Look for the trailhead near the Snowflake Lift. This trail winds back and forth across the creek with the help of charming wooden bridges. It is forested, so you can see all of the wildflowers that enjoy the shade offered by tree cover.
Guided hike on the Horseshoe Bowl Hiking Loop
One of the best ways to see high alpine flowers is to take a chair lift. You can take the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp. Every day at 11:45 there is a free ranger guided hike through this area. Learn all about the landscape as you hike this high alpine terrain. You can learn more about the area and how to get lift tickets at breckenridge.com.
You will have to drive a bit to get here, but it is worth the distance. Emma Lake can be found outside of Alma, a small mountain town just on the north side of Hoosier Pass. Take the road to the Kite Lake day use area. This is a popular jumping off point for several fourteeners. There is a small fee to park here. The trail wanders through open meadows and climbs to a stunning high alpine lake. The wildflowers are dense and brilliant, especially along the stream that flows through the meadow. The road to Kite Lake can be difficult to navigate. It is best to take this trail later in the summer when the roads are dry.
Remember, as you hike that the same conditions that make wildflowers so abundant can also make the trails difficult. Roads may be wetter than usual and even impassible. Wear sturdy hiking boots and wool socks so that your feet will stay comfortable even if they get wet. There may still be snowfields to cross even late into summer. If you are headed to high alpine terrain, do it early in the morning to avoid being caught in a dangerous afternoon thunderstorm. Whether you trek to a high alpine lake or hike forested trails near town, any trail is sure to offer bountiful mountain wildflowers.
Photos by Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Summer is prime time to rent out your vacation home. Families gather for reunions, old friends meet up, and couples find some one on one time during June, July, and August. You can make your vacation rental appeal to all of these groups so that your rental stays booked all summer long.
The Great Outdoors
Unlike winter in Breckenridge, guests flock to the mountains in summer for the variety of activities that can partake in outside and in nature. Hiking, cycling, water sports, and simply sitting in the woods and having a picnic are all reasons guests love to come to Breckenridge in the summer. No matter if the trail or stream is out your back door or way down the road, highlighting how a guest can easily access the great outdoors from your property will catch their interest and give them a reason to book your property. Supply directions, maps, and details to make their decision easy, and their vacation wonderful.
Outdoor spaces are key for summer rentals. Vacationers love to use outdoor seating, grills, hot tubs, hammocks, and more. It doesn’t take much to set up an inviting outdoor space. Hang a swing on your front porch. Provide a fire pit and some Adirondack chairs. Put a propane grill on your patio along with a table and chairs. If you don’t have any outdoor spaces available, point out your proximity to local parks, trails, or other activities. Remember to consider fire danger and take appropriate precautions. If there is a fire ban and you have a fire pit or charcoal grill remind your guests that they are not allowed to use them. Do not provide firewood or charcoal during a fire ban. Make sure you have any burn permits easily accessible so that your guests know all of the rules and regulations.
Highlight Family Spaces
Many people use vacation rentals instead of hotels because they are traveling with a group of people. Show off any bunk spaces or rooms with multiple beds. Families prefer homes that have spaces for older children to stay together, or rooms large enough for families with young children to sleep together. Be sure to point out any amenities like pool tables, ping-pong tables, or even yard games and fishing equipment.
Many summertime vacationers look forward to taking their favorite furry friends with them on their adventures. Hiking with dogs is an especially loved pastime. Consider making your property pet friendly. Many visitors would gladly pay a fee instead of having to pay for a kennel to board their pet.
These simple steps will help your property stand out as the ideal summer vacation home. Know the best things to do in your area during the summer and highlight them for your guests. Think about what a summer renter wants in a vacation home and do your best to provide as many of those amenities as possible. When you rent your home in the summer, you can get premium rates and enjoy the fruits of a high traffic season.
Mud season is changing around Breckenridge. It used to begin in late April, when the ski resort closed. It would stretch through May, as late season snows kept trails muddy and sometimes impassible. Many restaurants, shops, and lodges offered deep discounts during this time. Mud season is different this year because the ski resort will be opened through May 27th, weather permitting. Not only will there be great mud season discounts, but also skiing! Come enjoy spring time in Breckenridge, take advantage of great deals, and the last few weeks of skiing.
Spring Dining Passport
Get your spring dining passport at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or any of the participating restaurants. For a $10 donation you can take advantage of two-for-one deals at many restaurants, as well as other discounts and specials. The Breckenridge Restaurant Association invests the donations back into the community. In the past, it has been used to offer scholarships to local students. These dining passports are good for use from April 22nd to June 6th.
Breckenridge is putting on its spring finale. Some terrain will be open until May 27th this year. You can get a lift ticket for as little as $99 when you buy it in advance. During the weekends there will be outdoor music and activities, such as snow volleyball. Get out on the mountain and enjoy some extra runs this mud season. Keep in mind that not all of the terrain will be accessible, and some lodging will no longer be ski-in/ski-out. For more information, visit breckenridge.com.
As gear shops wind down their rental season and make space for the newest models, they tend to clear out their old merchandise. You can find deeply discounted jackets, helmets, ski socks, and snow pants. You can also usually find deals on used rental skis and boards. Mud season is the ideal opportunity to update your gear.
Lodging can also become more affordable during mud season. Many vacation rentals and lodges are available at a lower price than during peak season. Breckenridge Resort Managers offers a last minute booking deal. If you book within 14 days of your vacation, you can get up to 25% off of your stay. When you need a quick getaway to recharge in the mountains, Breckenridge can be the ideal place in the spring,
Find the Best Deals
Just about everywhere you look during mud season you can find discounted prices. Check out your favorite restaurants, boutiques, and gear shops to find the best deals around Summit county. Keep in mind that some of your favorite places may be closed or offer reduced hours during the mud season. If you are looking for a more relaxed vacation, with fewer people, and time and space to explore, mud season is the perfect time to vacation in Breckenridge.
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Summer is full of fun community events in Breckenridge. You can gather with locals and tourists to celebrate art, music, acts of physical endurance, and great food and drink. The following is a list of our favorite summer events, but there are certainly more throughout the summer. What will you celebrate in Breck this summer?
This event kicks off the summer. Be entranced by this magical festival that happens in June. WAVE focuses specifically on sound, water, and light. Huge, interactive installations invite the onlooker to participate in the art. The best time to view these displays is after sunset when the light and color vividly come to life against the dark mountain sky. Check out workshops, live music, kids activities, and more, during this weekend of wonder from May 30th to June 2nd.
4th of July
Celebrate Independence Day with the whole family. Start the day off with a parade, check out art installations or enjoy the sunshine along the river. If you are feeling competitive, you can participate in the 10K trail run or 50 mile bike race. The quaint Main Street in Breckenridge is the idyllic place to enjoy this summer holiday. Get out of the heat and relax in the mountains for Independence Day. Be aware that dry conditions can exist and fireworks displays can be and are often cancelled due to fire danger.
Summer Beer Festival
Who can wait until Oktoberfest to enjoy all of the great beers Colorado has to offer? The Summer Beer Festival is scheduled for July 13th, 2019. Vendors from craft breweries all over Colorado and even as far as Montana will be bringing their best brews for you to taste. Enjoy sunshine, live music, food vendors, and beer tasting all at the Beaver Run Resort area. Kids are welcome at the event, but kids 12 and older will need to purchase a general admission ticket. When you buy your tickets online, you can get into the event an hour earlier than if you purchase them at the gate.
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
This ten-day festival features artists from all over the world. The festival includes live music performances, outdoor installations, dance, film, and other outdoor activities. This year Thomas Dumbo will create a new wooden troll. The dance troop BANDALOOP will perform vertical dance in various locations, including a dance on a 14,000 foot mountain. This year the event will run from August 9th-18th. Schedule quality time with your family before the kids head back to school and enjoy this truly distinct art festival. Look for the full schedule of events on the BreckCreate website in May.
Labor Day Weekend
Come back to the mountains for one last hurrah before the snow starts to fly. Don’t miss the annual Duck Race put on by the Summit Foundation. Each Labor Day the Blue River is filled with bright rubber ducks swimming the current to the finish line. This event includes fun for the whole family with a bounce house, toddler zone, and other fun activities. Take advantage of discounts at the annual sidewalk sale. Breckenridge’s unique shops and boutiques, take their wares outside and offer deep discounts. Whether you are looking for new gear, charming home decor, or a chic outfit, this is one of the best opportunities to explore Breck’s one-of-a-kind shopping scene.
Plan Your Vacation
Take time to plan a vacation and enjoy some of Breckenridge’s best festivals this summer. There is something happening almost every weekend throughout the summer to keep everyone entertained. Rent a condo or home through Breckenridge Resort Managers so that you can stay in the middle of all the action.
Photos Courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Important Renovations and Maintenance for Your Vacation Rental
Because Breckenridge is a seasonal town, it’s easy to forget the value of an off-season. We get so busy during high season, that we tend to just shut off when things slow down. There’s real value in downtime. We understand that. Nonetheless, we can also learn how to make the mud season work for you.
Here are a few ways that you can make the most out of your vacation rental’s downtime and maximize profits during the high season.
Routine Maintenance for Your Vacation Rentals
Routine maintenance is not an impressive renovation, but mud season is the ideal time to complete it. Have your furnace and water heater checked, get your hot tub serviced, and check the roof for any damage. The last thing you want is a broken water heater in the dead of winter, during prime time rental season. If it can ward off any major malfunction during peak season, these routine checks are worth it.
Now’s the time to go over the numbers. What time period yielded the highest revenue, and what time period yielded the lowest? Why was the lowest time period different than other weeks?
Secondly, read over your and highlight any area you can improve. A little introspection will go a long way in increasing your profits.
Ask yourself the important questions with an open mind and plan out how you can improve the following year.
Now that you’ve had some visitors to your vacation rental, you know what can be improved on, to make your rental unit stand out. Here’s a few renovations that we know work.
Add Luxury to Your Bathroom
When vacationers are on a getaway, they are hoping to relax. A lavish and inviting bathroom can help renters feel like their stay was everything they were hoping for. Considering adding a Jacuzzi tub, or even just a rainfall shower head. A little bit of luxury can go a long way.
An Outdoor Room
Update your outdoor space to get ready for the summer. Create an inviting outdoor room. This could mean putting up a pergola for some shade, adding seating and a gas fireplace, or even putting in an outdoor kitchen. Summer vacationers look forward to spending time outside and cherish the gorgeous Breckenridge sunshine. When you have a space that is comfortable, inviting, and easy to use, you will stand out to potential renters.
A quick coat of fresh paint on the walls, especially in the highest traffic areas can bring a new, clean look to your vacation rental. With a lot of people moving through your home, it can easily show wear and tear. Painting is a simple, do-it-yourself project that can quickly and affordably make your home look like new.
Carpet can be really hard to take care of. It can attract stains and dirt and after a short period of time can begin to look dingy. Consider adding wood, tile, or an alternative such as laminate in places where it is appropriate. This is much easier to clean after guests leave. If you are a pet friendly vacation home, this can be even more helpful as carpet tends to collect dust and fur. After the carpet is gone, add rugs that are easy to clean. This will keep your home feeling warm and comfortable even if there isn’t much carpet.
Try to knock out a few renovations this mud season so that you can attract even more renters in the peak summer and winter seasons. As you renovate, choose styles and pieces that are timeless, cozy, inviting, and fit with the feel of your location. These renovations will endure throughout the years so that you won’t need to constantly changing your rental home.
Connect with Your Property Manager
Reach out to your property manager and discuss the past high season. Your property management company will be intimately knowledgeable about your renters’ experiences and can provide valuable feedback. Make use of that knowledge!
Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, we value our owners and the relationships we build with them. We look forward to hearing from them!
Reach out to discuss your vacation rental, or becoming one of our valued property owners.
There are so many options for choosing a vacation rental. Between hotels, hostels and the myriad of AirBnBs – all that compete for loyal vacationers – how do you stand out in a crowd? Luckily in our years of experience, we have learned a few things that will help your vacation rental shine and be noticed. Here five things that can set you apart from other rental properties.
Hot tubs are always desirable, but many vacation rentals have them. There are other amenities that renters enjoy that can be even easier than hot tubs. Think about local activities and equipment that might help your renters enjoy their destination. Kayaks, bikes, snowshoes, sleds, and fishing gear are a few examples of things that might be fun for a renter to use.
Many families prefer vacation rentals to hotels because they can put young children to sleep and still stay awake, or they can have separate spaces for kids and adults. Lower-level game rooms are a big draw for families with teens. Bunk rooms for multiple kids to sleep together are also an amenity that families value. If you really want to appeal to families, you may also want to consider some outdoor play equipment, or toys and games to play with indoors.
An inviting outdoor space can attract nature lovers. Hammocks, cozy fire pits with chairs, grills, Adirondack chairs, and porch swings can create an ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
4)Easy, Flexible Check-in/out
Make check-in and check-out as smooth and easy as possible. If your renter has special requests, such as an early arrival or late departure, do your best to accommodate them. Many vacation rentals have strict rules about this due to cleaning needs and quick turnover. When you are able to be more flexible, it will help you stand out as unique. People with special check-in and check-out requirements will be more likely to book your property.
People love to experience the local Breckenridge scene when they are on vacation. They like to feel that they have the inside scoop on their beloved vacation spot. Make a book with your “best of Breck” tips that include restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other off the beaten path places. If you know of any local parties or events that may not be widely advertised, be sure to invite your guests. These kinds of connections are what encourage renters to return year after year.
A cozy, inviting home is always the goal for a vacation rental in Breckenridge. What will make you stand out above the crowd is helping your renter have a distinct experience. Consider your location and the amenities that will help your renters connect with their destination. Whether it is a local party, sporting equipment, a warm fire pit with all the makings for s’mores, or a headache free check out, giving your renter the ideal experience will make them want to return and tell their friends about what a great time they had.
Most visitors to Breck are used to sliding down the slopes at top speeds, carving per-fect turns, and enjoying the thrill of a day on the slopes. However, there are other types of skis that are just as fun. Cross country skiing offers a whole new way to experience the mountains. This sport offers a quieter way to get deep into the mountain terrain and experience views and maybe even wildlife like you have never seen it before. This ski vacation consider heading out on one of Breck’s excellent cross country ski trails.
Breckenridge Nordic Center
If you are a beginner, the Breckenridge Nordic Center is the ideal place to start. It has miles of groomed trails that make cross country skiing more accessible to the beginner. You can also rent equipment and schedule a lesson with their friendly staff. There are also advanced trails that stretch into the Cucumber Gulch area that can challenge even advanced skiers. In addition, there is a cozy lodge where you can relax with a glass of wine and an appetizer by the fireplace after you ski.
Bemrose Ski Circus
When you want to head out on your own, the Bemrose Ski Circus is an ideal loop to try. It is easily accessible from Highway 9. Go south on Highway 9 and park at the top of Hoosier Pass. Carefully cross the highway on foot and you will see a trail marker just up from the embankment. The snow is nearly always ideal in this area and the views are spectacular from anywhere on the trail. There are several loops to choose from so you can make a longer or shorter trip.
Boreas Pass is usually known for its fall foliage in September. However, when winter hits, this road is closed to car traffic and is an excellent cross country ski trail. There is a steady incline, so be prepared to put in some effort to get to the top of the pass. It is a little over six miles to the top of the pass. Then, you can glide back down. Or, you can rent a hut at the top and stay the night. If you prefer not to go all the way up, you can turn at Banker’s Tank and take a loop back to the trailhead.
Gold Hill Trail
The parking lot and trailhead for Gold Hill Trail can be found on the left side of Highway 9 when going north out of Breckenridge. This is a relatively straight trail that climbs about 700 feet over three miles. The trail intersects with the Peak Trail if you want to go further, or you can head back down to the parking lot.
A Sport for Everyone
Cross country skiing is a sport that anybody can try and enjoy. While it comes naturally to many people, a lesson can really help beginners navigate the more challenging ter-rain that is common to the Breckenridge area. Once you are confident on your skis, you can see so much more of the beauty that Breckenridge has to offer. Try something new on your ski vacation this year!
Photo by Liam Dorian courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo by Scofield courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Snowmobiling is a high-adventure, high-adrenaline sport that is the most fun in the deep powder, backcountry spaces that Summit County has to offer. On a snowmobile, you can travel far into the backcountry and see views unlike any other in the county. Unfortunately, snowmobiles can be very difficult to travel with. Whether you are a first-timer at this sport, or an experienced snowmobiler, you may want to consider a guided tour. There are many outfitters throughout Summit County that offer tours that are ideal for families, newbies, and experts. Check out some of these outfitters and plan a tour for your vacation.
This outfitter offers guided tours in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail, and Beaver Creek. They have three levels of guided tours ranging from family oriented, to high adventure for the experienced rider. Children ages four and up can ride with an adult on the tour. Teenagers 15 and up, with a learners permit, can drive their own snowmobile. You can also rent your own snowmobile and head out onto the Vail Pass trail system for a day at your own pace.
Colorado Snowmobile operates out of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail. They offer a two-hour tour that is ideal for families. Younger riders can accompany adults on this tour. A longer, high-adventure tour is also available for single riders. This tour has the option of a three-hour tour for a half day, or a six-hour tour for a whole day. A hot lunch is included in the full-day tour. There is even a youth lap track, where kids over the age of four and under 80 pounds can try out driving their own kid-sized snowmobile.
Good Times Adventures
Good Times Adventures offers two-hour tours that will take you to the top of the Continental Divide. First, you will have the opportunity to get comfortable with your snowmobile in an open meadow. Then, the tour continues up Georgia Pass, where the summit offers unbelievable views. After your tour you can enjoy hot cocoa by the fire in a cozy lodge.
Keep in Mind
It can become very cold and wet when you are snowmobiling. Be sure you have the appropriate clothing so that you can have fun on your adventure. Some outfitters have snowsuits and boots available to rent or complimentary with the tour. Ask ahead of time to find out if you will need additional clothing. The sun is also intense. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, even if your face will be mostly covered with a helmet and goggles.
If you are a family group, in most cases, kids under 14 will have to ride as a passenger, while kids between 15-18 cannot carry riders while driving their snowmobile. Make sure you have the right driver to rider ratio, or inquire about special accommodations. In some cases, a passenger may be able to ride with a guide.
These tours book quickly, so if you want to included snowmobiling in your vacation be sure to plan ahead. Many outfitters offer online booking, but it can also be helpful to call and talk with the outfitter to make sure you have all of the correct information. Snowmobiling will give you an entirely new perspective on Summit County. Don’t miss this exhilarating sport.
Photo by Leisa Gibson courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Renting out your Breckenridge vacation property can be an excellent way to own a vacation home while supplementing some of the costs. However, vacation homes are a huge investment and, if it is done without much forethought, you could encounter some major headaches along the way. Take time to do your research and ask yourself important questions about your goals. Then, you will be able choose the best vacation rental investment property for your needs.
Know The Laws
The local Summit County communities are beginning to enforce strict vacation rental regulations. Take time to research what laws are in place and how many days homes in certain areas can be rented for. While communities may allow vacation rentals, they may have specific guidelines and restrictions. In addition, homes in covenant neighborhoods may have other rules and regulations you will need to follow. Make sure your goals for your vacation home line up with any regulations that may be in place.
Taxes can become very complicated with vacation rentals. To be considered an income property you cannot vacation in your home for more than 14 days, or to be considered a short-term rental you cannot rent your home for more than 14 days. There are different tax advantages to each approach. You should consult a tax professional to discuss your plans and make sure that a rental property is the right investment for you. You should also look into property taxes. Knowing how much you will need to pay in property taxes will help you estimate how much you will need to earn in rent to recover these costs.
Do You Enjoy It?
Would you like to vacation in this home? If you are likely to use the home for yourself, will you enjoy spending time in it, doing repairs, and being part of the community? If you love it, it is likely that renters will too. You may want to consider other factors including available amenities, location, and peak- and off-peak seasons. Peak-season rates can often compensate for slow seasons. Research how long each season is and whether or not you can command high enough rates to bring in enough income to meet your goals.
Maintenance is a big part of owning any home. It becomes even more challenging when you live far away from your home. Local short-term regulations require that someone be able to be onsite within a short period of time, should emergencies arise. It is important to plan for how much you will need to spend on maintenance and upkeep. Will you hire a professional property management company to look after your home? Do you intend to do repairs on your own? What will travel cost you? Do you have connections to local contractors for major repairs? You will need to respond quickly to maintenance needs if you have renters in the home. Otherwise, they will have a bad experience and share that experience with other potential renters. Before you purchase your home make sure you know how you plan to cover maintenance costs and that you have the resources to ensure the maintenance gets done.
A Fun Investment
Owning a vacation rental home can be a very fun investment. Bringing joy to travelers is rewarding, earning extra income is helpful, and having your very own vacation spot is ideal. Before you make your purchase, know the rules and regulations, and the anticipated costs. Then you will be able to determine whether or not a particular vacation rental home will meet your investment and/or your personal needs.
Aside from the usual challenges of altitude sickness, Breck’s high altitude climate can pose other challenges that can catch first time vacationers unprepared. A first-time visit to the mountains can be magical, as long as you are ready for everything a high-altitude climate has to offer.
Protection from the Sun
The sun is intense any time of year. With a thinner atmosphere at high altitudes there is very little between your skin and the UV rays of the sun. According to Healthy Travel, “If you are hiking at 8,500 feet, you are exposed to almost 60% more sun than you would be at the beach." You should plan to wear protective clothing. Lightweight, long sleeves and a wide brim hat are great tools to keep the sun off in the summer. In the winter, be sure to wear goggles or sunglasses. In any season, you should apply sunscreen to exposed skin. Reapply after a few hours, or if you have been sweating.
The air is also very dry in high altitudes. Water evaporates quickly. This means you can dehydrated quickly. Drink plenty of water, starting the day before you arrive. You will also benefit from lotion and chapstick. It can be challenging for your body to adjust to such a dry environment, so always keep a water bottle with you. If you are hiking, skiing, or participating in another adventure, plan to bring more water than you would normally need. Headaches often associated with high altitude can also be a result of dehydration. To avoid feeling groggy, limit your alcohol intake as well.
Quickly Changing Weather
The weather can change very quickly at high altitudes. On a sunny day, passing cloud cover can lower the temperature significantly. In the summer, it is wise to carry a sweatshirt or jacket with you. In the winter, snowy weather can move in swiftly. Always dress in layers. One of the most important things to remember is that summer thunderstorms are common in the afternoon. It can be very dangerous to be caught on an exposed mountainside during a thunderstorm. When you are planning a long hike to a high elevation (especially above tree-line), plan to leave early in the morning. Then, you can reach the summit and be on your way down before there is any chance of lightning. In addition, always carry rain gear with you to stay warm and dry.
The intensity of the sun results in warm days, but as the sun goes down, the atmosphere doesn’t hold in the heat. The nights can become very cold any time of year. In the summer, you may want to have a light hat, gloves, and a warm jacket if you plan to be out after dark. In the winter, put on an extra layer and plan for it to be much colder than it was during the day.
Cool, sunny days in the summer and comfortable snowy days on the slopes make the mountains an ideal year-round destination. A little preparation for the unique high-altitude climate will help you feel safe and comfortable.
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
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.
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.
TurboTax 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.
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
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 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
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
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
October is the perfect time to warm up with some delicious spirits, come together with neighbors and friends, and enjoy Breckenridge’s rich (and sometimes spooky) history. The Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival celebrates local distilleries with tastings, classes and parties, and offers family events such as hikes and walking tours. Set aside October 19-21st to enjoy craft spirits in Breckenridge.
Still on the Hill
The main event of the weekend is the Still on the Hill tasting event. This event is only for those 21 and up, so you may need to hire a babysitter. It kicks off at 4:00 at the Riverwalk Center. It will feature tastings, craft cocktails, appetizers, and live music. If you want to try a little of everything, this is the place to experience all of the spirits Breckenridge has to offer. Tickets are limited and will be available the day of the event if there are any left. We recommend you go ahead and buy yours in advance.
Some of the buildings in Breckenridge that host bars and restaurants now were saloons back during the mining boom. If you are over 21, you can take a guided tour of these historic saloons, and learn some of the less savory history of Breckenridge. If you want an activity for the whole family, try a historic walking tour, or go on a longer guided hike to an old mining camp and ghost town. Sunday evening offers a twilight tombstone tour in Breckenridge’s historic cemetery. Learn about some of the notable figures buried there. You can register for many of the hikes and tours online to secure your spot. Some tours require preregistration, and others take walk-ups.
On Saturday you can take a course on how to start your distillery, learn about mixology, or how to cook with spirits. Take your love of craft spirits to a new level, sign up for a class and go a little deeper. The cooking course at Colorado Mountain College even includes a three course lunch. Sign up ahead of time to ensue your place in the class and enjoy learning from experienced locals.
Where to Buy Tickets
There will be plenty of other activities around town throughout the weekend. Breck Create will be hosting Día De Los Muertos activities. The Breckenridge Visitor’s Center will have dining passports that will include discounts and specials that local restaurants are offering throughout the weekend. Several bars will be hosting after parties that will take the festivities late into the evening. For a full schedule of events and to buy tickets or make reservations go to the Still on thehttps://www.breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/ Hill website. Plan your fall getaway now so that you don’t miss this fun event.
Photos By Art Baluff courtesy of The Breckenridge Tourism Office
Are you looking for the best place to stay for your Breckenridge vacation? Look no further. Any place you stay in Breckenridge will offer easy access to skiing, hiking trails, mountain biking, dining, and shopping. However, each neighborhood in Breckenridge has its own feel and offers unique amenities. Whether you want a secluded getaway or an action filled ski vacation, the below post will help you find the perfect neighborhood for your Breckenridge vacation.
Warrior’s Mark is on the Southwest edge of town, not far from the historic district. It backs up to Peak 10 and The Falcon SuperChair is accessible from this neighborhood. Peak 10 boasts some of the most difficult terrain in Breckenridge, so if you are looking for ski-in/ski-out convenience, this neighborhood is ideal for very skilled skiers. It also has access to hiking and biking trails along the Blue River, making it ideal for summer getaways or a fall leaf-peeping trip.
The Peak 9 area hosts a variety of condos that are ideal for a ski-in/ski-out vacation, particularly families or new skiiers. You can access the ski area via the QuickSilver SuperChair, which gives access to some of Breckenridge’s easiest terrain. Secondly, Peak 9 is a short distance from aprés ski. Some of the best bars are within the Peak 9 neighborhood and as well as many fine dining restaurants.
Peak 7, which has several lodges, offers access to the Breck Connect gondola, making it easy to get on the slopes or take the gondola into town. Many of the condos available in the lodges near Peak 7 have excellent amenities including game rooms, pools, ski storage, and spas. If you want the idillic ski vacation that has fun for the whole family, Peak 7 delivers.
The Highlands area is on the north side of town near the Tiger Run Golf Course. Homes in this area are picturesque and luxurious. Many of these homes are situated on large lots offering quiet seclusion. The Highlands area offers the ideal place to truly get away from it all. The large homes also offer space for multi-family gatherings. Proximity to an open space provides plenty of room to roam and explore. While a bit further from the slopes, quick access is still available via the expansive bus system that runs throughout Breckenridge.
Ski Hill Road
Ski Hill Road winds up to the base of the ski slopes on the west side of town. The Breckenridge Nordic Center is also along this road and offers miles of cross-country trails. Large, luxury homes have stunning views and quick access to the mountain and to town.
The Historic District
The Historic District is also referred to as downtown Breckenridge. Just off of Main Street, to the east, are historic Victorian homes. These homes have been beautifully updated and include modern amenities. In addition, there are smaller condos tucked in this neighborhood. You can experience the quaint small town feel throughout the historic district. If you want to be within easy walking distance from shops, entertainment, the BreckConnect Gondola, and dining, the historic district is the right place to stay.
The Ideal Location
Families, couples, thrill seekers and ski buddies can all find the perfect place for their vacation. Decide whether you want plenty of quiet space, access to easy transportation, a quick trip to the mountain bike trailhead, or ski-in/ski-out convenience. Then, you can look for the neighborhood of your vacation dreams through Breckenridge Resort Managers.
Photo By Alex Neuschaefer Courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Close out your summer with the exquisite pairing of bacon and bourbon. From August 24th-26th Breckenridge will be offering the finest pairings of pork and whiskies. Indulge in supreme meats and tantalizing spirits with neighbors and friends.
The event will take place at Main Street Station and stretch into the Village at Peak 9. There will be a number of vendors that will have pork dishes, whiskies, bourbons, and mixed drinks to sample. In addition to the fair, with a variety of food available for purchase al a carte, there are several ticketed events. Most of these events require advance purchase of tickets. Get ready for the weekend by buying your tickets online at Rocky Mountain Events.
Four Course Dinner
The weekend kicks off with a four course dinner. Each course features a pork inspired dish and will be paired with a bourbon. While you enjoy your meal, a bourbon specialist will share the unique histories of the various bourbons. The featured chef will discuss the particular flavor pairings. This event will begin at 6:30 on Friday night at Sauce on the Maggie.
The Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting begins at 2:00 on Saturday. A ticket buys you access to five pork dishes, bacon samplings, and fourteen bourbon samples, as well as a commemorative glass. There will be live music for entertainment. A VIP pass will get you into a tasting seminar at 12:30. It will also give you access to the VIP lounge in Sauce on the Maggie, and unlimited pork dishes. If you want to experience this festival to the fullest, consider the VIP pass.
If you still have a taste for bacon on Sunday, Wheatly Vodka will be hosting a brunch at Sauce on the Maggie. Enjoy a spread of breakfast foods and sparkling drinks such as mimosas. The meal will begin at 10:00 on Sunday morning and conclude at 1:00.
To honor their significant role, designated drivers will get high class treatment during this event. If you come with your friends to help them return safely, you get free access to all the great food and music without the bourbon!
Breckenridge Hogfest is happy to partner Tender Belly. Tender Belly promotes sustainable and humane practices as they process their meat. The ingredients are thoughtfully chosen to be environmentally friendly, as well as good for your body. Because of their diligence and care, you can enjoy your food with confidence.
Savor the last days of summer with unmatched bourbon and delicious bacon in the fresh mountain air. Get up to Breckenridge to enjoy this flavorful festival.
Make no mistake; property management is a job, and not an easy one. When you become a vacation rental property owner, there are quite a few fundamental decisions to make to ensure your property and guests are cared for properly. If you live in another state, or even a good distance away, it is likely that you will need some type of property management service for your Breckenridge property to maintain a professional standard. Some vacation rental owners prefer to be more hands on and deal with property servicing, while others prefer someone else to take care of all the details so they can relax and enjoy. Depending on which type of owner you may want to be, you have a couple of options to address your needs.
Full-Service Property Management
Full property management offers a “hands off” experience to owners who just want to enjoy their property and collect a monthly check. For these owners and guests, every detail is professionally taken care of; items such as advertising, booking, cleaning, emergency response, general maintenance and guest services are all included in this type of management. For owners looking to rent their property in Breck, but do not have the time to devote to a “second job” of property management, this option is the perfect fit.
Partial/Partner Property Management
Partial property management has a more nuanced definition, as these services can vary based on the needs of the owner, or the offerings of the manager. Some Breckenridge vacation rental owners prefer to manage their own bookings, and keep up with their own marketing, but require professional guest services and cleaning services. Other owners prefer a property manager to keep track of their listings, handle the marketing and take care of housekeeping so the owner can focus on dealing with guests. This option lets the property owner scale their service to meet their needs, and adjust as needed.
Choosing Which Option is Best for You- What Is Your Time Worth?
When you are choosing between the two types of vacation rental management services, think about what type of property owner you want to be. Are you challenged by technology and don’t want to manage your listings, or do you like the thrill of posting your own listings and interacting with guests? Do you want to be hands-off or fairly involved in the rental process? Would you prefer to invest more time or more money into your property? Talk to your potential property management companies about what you hope to get out of your vacation rental and what combination of services would be right for you.
Many Breckenridge vacation rental owners start out intending to do everything on their own. However, they quickly find it is harder to find guests than they thought, emergencies come up and reliable services are hard to procure from far away. Again, managing a property professional is a JOB, not a hobby, and demands a certain amount of time and attention to make guests happy. Often, investing in full property management will lead to greater revenue in the long run, when your property is booked more often, and satisfied guests return. If full-service property management is not for you, Breckenridge Resort Managers is happy to work with you to find the right level of property management for you needs.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your vacation rental is not just a rental home. It’s your second home! You want it to stay in great shape for you and your renters. Bad renters can cause damage that can cost you money and headaches. Everyone has nightmares about renters who trash a place. We don’t want you to lose any sleep over worrying about your property. There are several ways Breckenridge Resort Managers protects your vacation rental from bad renters and damage.
How Do We Prevent Bad Renters?
Each renter goes through a screening process to ensure that they are a good match for you and your property. In addition, they are asked to sign a thorough contract so there are no surprises for them or for you. We also strive to create an environment that encourages repeat renters. This means your property will be rented more often and we develop long-term relationships with good renters.
While we strive to find the best renters for your property, there can be no guarantees that a renter we are unfamiliar with will treat your property perfectly. In addition, accidents can happen, even when the best renters are staying at your property. To offset potential damage costs, we hold a damage deposit. The credit card number of the renter is held until the property has been thoroughly inspected and there is no sign of damage beyond normal wear and tear.
Professional Cleaning Staff
Our professional cleaning staff does an inspection both before and after a property is rented. We always know what condition the property is in and what damage is caused by renters. We can also keep tabs on potential upcoming repairs due to regular use of the home. We have connections with contractors who can fix any damages or provide regular maintenance. With our detailed inspections, there are rarely any surprises when it comes to damaged property. You can have peace of mind knowing that your property is cared for after each and every rental.
Processes and Policies
The processes and policies we have in place at Breckenridge Resort Managers allows us to minimize risk for property owners. We set policies in place that prevent or penalize bad renters. If damage does happen, you will always be aware of how we handle the damage, and we will contact you as soon as we are aware of any potential problems. Contact us to learn more about how we can care for your property so that owning a vacation rental is simple and easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
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.
Mud season is coming up, that in-between time when the snow is not quite good enough for winter sports, but hanging around enough to make summer activities challenging. The end of April through the end of May is the perfect time to make sure your Summit County vacation rental is in top shape.
Here are a few items from our annual to-do list for the offseason.
Furnace and Water Heater
It is a good idea to have your furnace and water heater serviced routinely. Replace filters where necessary to ward off any potential problems down the line. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a broken water heater.
Check the Roof
Winter can be very hard on your roof. Either take a quick look yourself, or hire a professional to get on top of the house and identify any potential problems. Even the smallest leaks can cause a lot of damage. When you are proactive, you can catch and fix minor problems before they become huge headaches.
Restock the Kitchen
After a season of kitchen use, it is likely that some of the staples you provide are getting low. Restock any missing utensils, soaps, spices, and other essentials. Now is also a good time for a deep clean. Clean the oven, stovetop, microwave, and other surfaces that a cleaning service does not deep clean between each stay. A deep clean during every off season will keep your rental looking fresh and new.
Walls begin to look worn and tired, especially in rooms where there is a lot of traffic, such as the kitchen and living room. You may be able to brighten the walls with a quick wash. But, if they still look dingy, consider a paint job. A fresh coat of paint can leave a room looking brand new.
Some time spent on the landscaping can help freshen the outside of the home and create a more inviting look. A small planter of pansies or other easy flowers at the entry can be a welcoming touch. Trim up any branches that may be in the way of sidewalks or driveways. Check trees for damage and plan for removal if necessary. Restock any wood piles.
Staying on top of routine maintenance in the offseason can help make the busy season go smoothly. With many different users, it is easy for things to become weathered and worn. Have important components like furnaces, water heaters, and hot tubs serviced regularly so that you can catch repairs before they become major problems. You don’t want to lose out on any income during the peak season, so invest in maintenance and upkeep now.
Is your Breckenridge vacation rental family friendly? Have you thought about the amenities that a family with children will need? We have!
Families prefer vacation rental homes, instead of the traditional hotel room, for a variety of reasons. With a condo or townhome, they can put their children to bed and then stay up and enjoy adult company without having to worry about waking up kids. With a kitchen to make food and space to run around and play, families are more content and at ease and can enjoy their vacation more.
Appealing to families is a great way to add value to your vacation rental. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your vacation rental in Breckenridge stand out from the crowd.
Family Friendly Kitchen
Kids and small children need booster seats and highchairs but these items are notoriously difficult, if not impossible to travel with. They are an inexpensive addition that may make all the difference for your renters.
For family gatherings, the more kids you can get into a bedroom, the more space adults can enjoy. Making one or two bunk rooms that can accommodate 3-4 people can make a home a lot more enticing to a large family or a gathering of two or more families.
Pack ‘n Play
Along those same lines, having a pack ‘n play available can be very helpful. They fold away, so they won’t eat up a lot of space in your rental, but it is so convenient not to have to bring one if you are traveling.
A family with teenagers will be looking for entertainment. A game room equipped with a pool table, ping pong table, or air hockey will attract families with older kids. Having a well stocked cabinet of board games and larger group games can also be a perk that will be remembered. An entertainment center well stocked with family friendly movies can help spend time together and relax.
A Place for Gear
Families generally have to travel with a lot of stuff. Whether it is skis, bikes, or other outdoor gear, have a designated place to stash items that shouldn’t be left in the car, but don’t need to be in the way. A garage, mud room, porch or entry way can be ideal for these items. Consider installing a ski rack or a bike rack. Easy gear storage will attract families seeking adventure.
Consider installing child safety locks on cabinets with dangerous materials. Cleaning products, trash cans, and other households items attract curious little hands. You can give parents peace of mind and help them relax knowing that their toddler can’t accidentally get into something dangerous when their back is turned.
It doesn’t take much to make a vacation rental ideal for families. When families stay in your rental and have a fun time, they may choose to make your vacation rental a family tradition. Enjoy families returning year after year when you make your home an easy place for families to savor time together.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
With the off season quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning upgrades to enhance the quality and appeal of your Breckenridge vacation rental. If the goal is to ensure your vacation rental home appeals to more potential vacationers next season, strategic upgrades will help you attract more guests and increase rentals. As you begin to consider upgrades, you should consider upgrades that will also increase the overall real estate value of your home. Many potential upgrades can be attractive to vacation renters, but if you choose the right projects, they will also add value to your home over the long term.
Below are five upgrades that can serve the dual purpose of attracting vacation renters, as well as adding value to your home.
1) The Kitchen Adds Function, and Creates Value
The kitchen is the heart of the home and many renters choose to rent a home or condo instead of a traditional hotel because it allows them to sprawl out with their family, and create family memories. A functional and inviting kitchen with updated appliances and plenty of seating will attract vacationers. Consumer Reports informs that having updated appliances and an attractive, granite countertop can boost the value of your home 3-7%.
Renters Tip: List all of the extras you have available such as a crockpot, grill, griddle, etc… anything that you think might be helpful for a renter. Renters will know they can save money by not eating out, and can allocate more of the budget to housing.
2) The Basement Can Hold Value, and Memories
Many renters are keen on plenty of space for their children and family to be able to spread out in, enjoy, and create memories. A finished basement is the perfect place for a large family of renters to recreate in, play video or board games, or have family movie nights. The more entertaining space available in your home, the more appealing it will be to vacationers with larger families. Buyers are also looking for multi-use spaces for their use, and a finished basement adds to the overall usable square footage and offers space for a home theatre, office, game room, exercise room, or playroom. The possibilities are endless and a basement can be easily customized by the buyer, and enjoyed by a renter.
Renters Tip: Including a pool or ping pong table or entertainment center in the basement will make your home appealing and unique.
3) “Eco” is Not Just for Show
Energy efficiency and sustainability is a growing concern with today’s vacationers, and “eco tourism” is a growing sector in the vacation rental industry. Making your home energy efficient and sustainable can be very appealing to renters, and can significantly reduce your energy bills, which will help keep holding costs down. Adding Solar panels, recycling centers, timed and motion lights, smart thermostats, or entire home energy management systems is unique and attractive for vacationers looking for the ability to vacation with a conscience. Adding these smart technologies to your home can provide property value for prospective buyers, who are looking to purchase a home with low energy costs, and eco-friendly impacts.
4) Bathrooms Are the Hidden Superstars of Homes
An updated bathroom may not necessarily draw in additional renters, but an unattractive bathroom will prevent them from returning. When you rent your property frequently, a bathroom can develop wear and tear quickly. While it may be perfectly sanitary and clean, stained grout, shower doors, and vanities can be very off-putting. Put some time into the bathroom to re-grout if you need to. You may want to consider adding granite counters, new cabinets, a large tub, or improving your shower heads. This Old House points out that even a new toilet seat can make a difference. Luxury bathrooms will keep guests happy and add long term value to the house as well.
Renters Tip: Be sure your bathroom is well stocked with toilet paper and small toiletries such as shampoo and soap.
5) Outdoor Attractions Are in Demand
Guests love to spend an evening around the fire, sitting on the patio set, grilling at the pit, or enjoying the hot tub to truly make vacation memories. An outdoor patio that makes it simple to enjoy the outdoors will attract renters, set your property apart from others, and be an attractive sales feature for prospective buyers. Creating a space outdoors that feels like an extension of the home is an easy way to add value, and improve the experience. A few paving stones, some nice patio furniture, a fire pit, and a little thought put into the landscaping will do the trick, and provide a new level of enjoyment for guests.
Renters Tip: Make sure seating is available. Patio chairs will do, but something whimsical like a hammock or a porch swing will really make a really nice impression.
A High Return
Try these five tips to attract more renters and add value to your home. An investment in your rental house can mean more revenue from renters, as well as a higher overall value when you are looking to sell.
Put March 7th-11th on your calendar and plan to come to Breckenridge to ski and celebrate! There are so many reasons to have pride in the Breck community and all of the diverse people that are part of it. While Breck is known for its world-class skiing and outdoor opportunities, it is also known for its vibrant community of locals and Pride Week is the perfect place to celebrate the heart and soul of Breck. The Breckenridge Resort website states, “Breck Pride is for everyone - LGBTQ, straight, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts, supporters – come one, come all! Come as you are.”
How to Register
Be sure to register for this event. Registration is free and it will get you access to special events throughout the week. You will pick up a badge that will also be your ticket to free local events, as well as deals and specials reserved for Breck Pride Week participants. Register online and pick up your badge at the Tarn Room at the Village at Breckenridge on March 7th. Then, head over to the Forest Room to kick off the week with a complimentary reception.
If you don’t have a ski buddy, don’t worry. A meet-up is scheduled everyday of the event at 9:00 am, at the Quicksilver Chair. At this meet-up you can connect with other skiers with similar skill levels and enjoy the slopes together.
On Friday, March 9th, Breckenridge Resorts is offering a unique way to enjoy the mountain. Make the first tracks on freshly groomed snow as the sun rises on the mountain. You can take the Quicksilver Chair starting at 7:30 and use the Mercury Superchair until the rest of the resort opens. This event requires online preregistration. It costs $25 in addition to a lift ticket.
Bring Pride Week to a close with the Color Run on Saturday afternoon. Those who want to participate are invited to meet at the Overlook by 3:30. A DJ will provide entertainment as participants gather. Come in your brightest Pride Week costumes. Skiers will then parade down the slopes and conclude at the Pride Festival in the Village at the base of Peak 9. This event requires intermediate skill level and comfort on blue runs.
There are also celebrations hosted by local restaurants and businesses. Check out the Secret Love Collection at the Breckenridge Theater. It is an installation that includes objects and images compiled from Breck Pride Week. On Thursday, Breckenridge Gallery will be hosting a cocktail party so you can enjoy fine art and the best local spirits. Take in a brewery tour at Broken Compass or join friends for Karaoke at Beaver Run Resort on Friday night. Celebrate the last night of Breck Pride Week on Saturday, with a dance party at the Riverwalk Center. For a full schedule of event times, locations, and special deals check out GoBreck.org.
Don’t miss this week long party celebrating all of the amazing people that love Breckenridge. Book your lodging with Breckenridge Resort Managers so that you can enjoy this one of a kind week of great skiing and fun events.
Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.
Washington Gold Mine Tour
Learn about Breck’s history in mining from a local expert! You can explore the Washington Mine and learn about the history of this expansive gold and silver mine. You will even get to pan for gold yourself and keep your findings! This tour is highly recommended as a fun family activity in Breckenridge. As you plan, keep in mind that it is only available during the summer season, June through September.
Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
This walking tour is designed specifically for adults 21 and up. You will learn about the saloons that have been around since the 1800’s and sip some of the best drinks historic downtown Breckenridge has to offer.
Ski Through History Mountain Tour
Skiing is the heart and soul of Breckenridge in modern history. Most of Breckenridge’s visitors are drawn to the town because of the world class skiing it offers. On this skiing tour, you can learn the history of the runs, skiing, and the town as it relates to the ski resort. Intermediate skill in downhill skiing is required for this adventurous tour.
Breckenridge Haunted Tour
If you and your family love ghosts, this is the tour for you! This walking tour leads to some of Breckenridge’s oldest homes on a quest to encounter the residents that are still rumored to haunt them. Learn the history of the area with the added thrill of experiencing the supernatural. This tour is offered year round.
Victorian Tea and Tour
Learn about what life was like for a woman in the early 1900’s. Tour downtown from the view point of Katie Briggle, a socialite who dominated the culture and high society of Breckenridge. Then, tour her Victorian home, where she was known for hosting elaborate parties and events. Enjoy tea and treats as the tour concludes. This tour is only available on specific dates, so be sure to call ahead.
High Line Railroad Park
While not exactly a tour, we can’t ignore the High Line Railroad Park, located on Boreas Pass Rd. The park includes a real train engine, one of the last few remaining of its kind. There is also a caboose, rotary snowplow and flatcar. Lastly, there is a small museum. Kids and adults alike will love this close up view of the train cars and the history of the railroad. The trains are accessible every day, sunrise to sunset, but the museum has limited hours so check before you go.
To successfully rent your property over time, it is important to have happy renters. Renters increasingly expect more from their vacation rental. If you are having trouble delivering, you risk bad reviews, and comments on social networks that can negatively effect your future revenues. At Breckenridge Resort Managers we recognize the significance of customer satisfaction, not only to retain loyal renters, but also to win new ones.
We know that a big part of a cultivating a positive rental experience is being proactive and anticipating the needs of our renters. Based on our years of experience, we have policies and protocols in place so that renters feel cared for and attended to from the moment of their arrival throughout their stay. Thorough housekeeping and extensive property checks ensure that everything is in proper working order and clean before guests arrive.
Clarity and Managed Expectations
At Breckenridge Resort Managers we clearly state all of our policies and what our properties include so that there are no surprises. We want our guests to feel comfortable with their rental agreement and know exactly what to expect from us during their vacation.
Despite our best efforts to avoid complaints and provide a positive experience for our vacationers, we know that occasionally things will go wrong that we cannot control, resulting in complaints. A heater can suddenly go out, or a hot tub can quit working.
We have an emergency hotline that can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day. The answering service will relay messages to the on-call manager and requests will be appropriately responded to according to need. If a true emergency exists, guests can expect a quick response time.
We have learned that most clients just need to be heard and to know that their complaints are being taken into consideration. We do our best to manage any issues that arise and be responsive to the needs of our clients.
Most clients recognize our efforts to go above and beyond so that any dissatisfaction is quelled quickly. Because we are local and active in our community, we are able to respond quickly. Because there is an easy phone number to call and an office to visit, guests feel heard, and there is no need to spread bad reviews or complaints on social media.
This is the advantage of working with a professional property management company. When you are far away and helpless to address needs and emergencies, we are close at hand. We are able to respond quickly and have the resources and contacts to make timely repairs. Not only do we keep clients satisfied with your property, we eliminate your stress load. Enjoy peace of mind and streams of satisfied renters when you work with Breckenridge Resort Managers.
Watch lifeless blocks of snow transform into magnificent creations at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Breckenridge. At this unique festival, snow sculptors from all over the world gather to bring their best designs to life.
The festivities begin the week before the actual competition. January 16-21 the blocks of snow are constructed. They are given time to sit, compact, and solidify, making it easier for the sculptors to work with the snow. You can watch the process of the blocks being made or even volunteer to help. Contact information for volunteering can be found at GoBreck.com.
The sculptors begin their work on Monday, January 22nd. They have until Friday to complete their sculptures. Visitors are allowed to walk through and watch the artists dig out their masterpieces from the bare blocks of snow. All sculptures must be completed by Friday (many work into the wee hours of the night to complete) and there will be an awards ceremony Friday evening at 6:00. The sculptures are judged by a panel of judges. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are awarded. There is also a People’s Choice Award, for which any visitor can vote.
Throughout the weekend the sculptures can be viewed day or night. After dark is a magical time to experience the snow sculptures. Impressive lighting displays bring added character to these magnificent works. Be aware that snow is impacted by the weather and warm temperatures can begin to play a role in deteriorating the snow. Catch the sculptures early if you want to see them fully intact. The sculptures will be removed Monday night, January 29th and the magic is over until next year.
Kids and grown-ups alike look forward to this event. There is typically a snow sculpture that is not part of the competition that kids are invited to play on. On Saturday, the 27th, kids 9 and up are invited to participate in the junior sculpting competition. They will get to work on a sculpture using the same type of snow blocks as the competitive sculptors, and learn the craft of sculpting from Breckenridge’s own sculptor, Mauricio Meneses. This event will take place at Main Street Station and is free and open to the public.
The snow sculpture competition will take place in the area around the River Walk Center, off of West Adams Avenue. Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot with a free shuttle service. Free public transportation is also available throughout Breckenridge.
Plan Your Trip
Consider planning your ski vacation during the end of January so that you can enjoy the slopes and participate in this unique and captivating event. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a great property for your ski getaway.
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 has made an effort to become one of the best places to ski with kids. It provides plenty of ski-in/ski-out lodging, and parking at the base, making it easier for parents and kids to get out there faster. Complimentary red wagons take the hassle out of lugging equipment and kids to and from the car or lodging. Their signature Kidtopia offers kids and family activities everyday of the week. Most activities and events are free. Learn about critters or stars from the Keystone Science School, make crafts or watch a movie. The Kidtopia headquarters also provides toys and games everyday when your little ones need a break to warm up. Catch the parade on Saturday evenings or explore the snow fort any day of the week. In addition to the amenities that cater specifically to kids, there is great terrain for all skill levels. Everyone will find satisfying skiing at this resort.
Beaver 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!
We love Christmas in Breckenridge! It is an amazing place to be during the holiday season. The whole town is decked out with lights and holiday décor. Even mother nature will help with the decorations and adorn the town with a snowy white blanket. It’s absolutely stunning. Breckenridge has something to do for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorite events during this holiday season.
Skate with Santa
On Christmas Eve you can treat your kids to the magical adventure of skating with Santa. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena is open to the public for Skate with Santa from 9:00-3:00. There is a designated outdoor skate from 11:15-1:00. You can rent skates for the whole family or bring your own.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas
The Backstage Theatre is hosting a production of A Rocky Mountain Christmas. This holiday musical features a Christmas celebration that takes place in historic 1880s Breckenridge. A family must stick together during a surprise snowstorm. Your whole family will be entertained by this charming holiday production. The show runs December 14th-29th you can purchase tickets online at BreckCreate.org.
Yonder Mountain String Band
On December 30th, catch this band live at the Riverwalk Center. The band features a sound that fuses bluegrass with rock and other influences. The Riverwalk Center offers a great environment for enjoying music. The intimate theatre feels up close and personal. A concession stand offers high quality food, beer and wine. You will enjoy an evening out with the thoroughly unique and entertaining Yonder Mountain String Band.
You can attend a wonder-filled and awe inspiring Christmas Eve service at one of Breckenridge’s historic churches. Father Dyer Methodist Church offers a family service at 3:00 and four candlelight services throughout the evening. St. John’s Episcopal Church offers a family service at 4:00 pm and three candlelight services throughout the evening, as well as a 10:30 am Christmas Day service. The Catholic church will be hosting mass at 4:00 and 6:00pm at the Riverwalk Center. St. Mary’s will host a mass at 9:00pm.
The Lighting of Breckenridge
The formal Lighting of Breckenridge took place on Dec. 2nd. It was celebrated with a Santa run, and Christmas celebrations in the local shops and business. While the official lighting has already taken place, the lights throughout the city are stunning. Walk on Main St. after dark to enjoy the beauty, color, and warmth of the lights on a cold night.
Skip the meal prep so you can enjoy more family time or more time on the slopes this year. Many restaurants are open, but very busy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you know where you want to eat, so that you won’t have to wait hours for your meal.
A Magical Christmas
Christmas is magical in the mountains. Whether you spend all of your time on the slopes, or take in some of the events around town, you are a sure to have a special holiday. With bright lights and white snow, you can have a memorable Christmas!
Photo Credit: Carl Scofeild / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Vacation is the perfect time to relax and rejuvenate. It is the ideal opportunity to pamper yourself so that you feel great when you return home. While Breckenridge is known for its skiing and snowboarding, it also offers many ways to pamper yourself on your vacation!
Get the Massage and the Facial
If you are out on the slopes or hiking miles on the trail, your body and mental state will benefit from the outdoor exposure, but your muscles may feel sore. Before you head home, schedule a massage. A massage will leave you feeling loose and relaxed. While you are at the spa, go above and beyond for yourself and add on a facial or body treatment. It is not very often that you have time to take care of your body, both inside and out. Take full advantage of this opportunity to go back to the daily grind refreshed and rejuvenated.
Breckenridge has numerous restaurants featuring all kinds of cuisine. You can enjoy comfort food, international food, cuisine with modern flair, or food served with a view. Try out new restaurants, new dishes, and splurge on eating well. In Breckenridge you can even eat well with out indulging on calories with all of the healthy options available.
Summit County offers breweries, wineries, distilleries and more. No matter what type of drink you enjoy, you can find some truly distinct beverages that are unique to this particular region. Check out the region’s breweries on Colorado Brewery List. Taste wines at The Continental Divide Winery on Main Street. Try decadent whiskeys and other spirits at the Breckenridge Distillery.
Book a Unique Excursion
In Summit County there are exciting adventures that you can rarely encounter anywhere else. You can go on a dog sled tour and enjoy the winter scenery in a way that is entirely unique. Or, you can book a snowmobile tour for a high adrenaline adventure through magnificent scenery. Check out Good Times Adventures for their various tours. Take a magical sleigh ride pulled by stunning draft horses. Sip hot cocoa as you enjoy the quiet scenery of the mountains or book a sleigh ride to a cozy, hearty dinner and show.
Whether you love fine food and drinks, or the adventure of a unique excursion, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself in Breckenridge. Invest in a massage, bring back some local spirits, and relax and drift off beside the fire. You deserve a fantastic vacation, so plan ahead so that you can make the most of it!
Are you looking for a fun and free event that will entertain the whole family on your Breck vacation? The Dew Tour brings extreme skiing and snowboarding to Breckenridge. This five day event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 14th and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 17th. The event features individual events in ski and snowboard slopestyle and superpipe. Qualifiers take place on Wednesday and Thursday and finals happen on Friday and Saturday. Sunday features a special team competition.
All of the competitive events are free to spectators. You can watch some of the world’s top ranking skiers and snowboarders tackle challenging terrain and attempt gravity defying tricks and jumps. The whole family is welcome to enjoy this thrilling event.
In the evenings there are a variety of events at the Riverwalk Center. The Powder Awards by Powder Magazine take place on Thursday night. The Transworld Snowboarding RIDERS POLL AWARDS will happen on Friday night. Catch the Floozies in concert on Saturday night. All of the Riverwalk Center events require tickets and they can be purchased in advance on the Dew Tour website.
In addition to the events on the slopes, the town will feature a festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 2-6 pm on the Blue River Plaza and on Main Street. Friday will also include a streetstyle competition on Main Street. Click here for a map of all of the Dew Tour events.
More Sporting Events
If you are looking for more sporting events check out the holiday ice skating show. This show features students and teachers at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The event showcases skills and routines developed over the course of the year. The performance will be on Dec. 8th. Tickets are $6.50 and kids under three get in free! On Saturday, Dec. 2nd your family can run or watch as hundreds of Santas make their way down Main Street during the annual Santa Run.
Register to run together for this .75 mile race or watch the fun for free. Following the race, the awe-inspiring lighting of Breckenridge kicks off the magical holiday season.
Enjoy the slopes together and then take in some of these fun events as a family. The Dew Tour will be sure to enthrall everyone in the family as professionals showcase their impressive skills. Other fun events around Breckenridge will keep your whole family entertained. Cherish quality time on your family vacation during the exciting winter season in Breckenridge.
When you want to take a break from the slopes you can enjoy meandering on Main Street in Breckenridge. Historic Main Street offers blocks of traditional downtown shopping. Whether you are looking for gear, one-of-a-kind boutique clothing, or souvenirs to remember your trip, Breckenridge has something for everyone.
If you are into gear, there are shops that carry specific name brand gear such as Patagonia, North Face and Columbia. Other shops offer a broad range of outdoor brands and equipment. Many shop owners and employees are outdoor enthusiasts themselves and are very knowledgeable about the best kinds of gear for your outdoor adventures. Check out Mountain Outfitters on Ridge St. for helpful staff and a collection of backcountry equipment you won’t find anywhere else.
Not into gear? Main Street boasts a variety of boutique clothing shops. At one of these fun and funky shops you can find the perfect, unique clothing piece that no else has. Pop into Vintage Sweet and Chic or Moxie to grab a new look.
Breckenridge also has a rich arts culture and various galleries feature many local artists, both from Breckenridge and around Colorado. Breckenridge Gallery is on Main Street and displays a variety of artists from around Colorado featuring dreamlike landscapes, whimsical sculptures, stunning portraits, and more. Raitman Art Galleries describes their gallery by stating, “Art should be unique. Art should be uplifting. Art should be fun. Above all, the art we collect should make us smile.” The striking art displayed in their gallery is also by a wide variety of Colorado artists.
Main Street is charming. It evokes the feeling of shopping in a small, quaint town, but the shops offer current and contemporary art, clothing, and top of the line gear. You can even get a commemorative Christmas ornament at the Christmas Shop! Nothing is quite as inviting as the warm glow of the lights through the shop windows just after sunset on Main Street. While you can find just about everything you need and want right on Main Street, don’t forget to get off the beaten path and check out the shops and galleries on Ridge St., French St. and the gear shops on N. Park Avenue. When you are not enjoying all of the outdoor activity Breckenridge has to offer, take time to stroll around town and enjoy the shops. For a full directory of shops in Breckenridge check out GoBreck.
We love winter in Breckenridge! While all the seasons hold their charm, winter is the main reason people flock to Breckenridge. Since your rental property will be bustling throughout the winter, it’s important to prep it now for the upcoming busy season. The last thing you want is an emergency repair during Christmas week.
Here’s a few shoulder season prep items we recommend for every vacation rental in Breckenridge.
Make sure your furnace and all appliances are in great condition.
Have a technician to check the heating system, replace any filters and ensure that it is in working order for the busy season. Check all appliances for wear and tear. If any are starting to show their age, consider replacing now so you aren’t surprised with a repair at an inopportune moment. A major disaster could ruin someone’s vacation, equal income loss or poor reviews during a busy weekend.
Consider investing in a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat that you can control from your phone. Turning down the heat while you property is unoccupied will save a lot on utilities.
Clean and Inspect the Fireplace, Wood Burning Stove
If your property has a fireplace or a wood burning stove, have the chimney cleaned and inspected. Make sure the flue is in proper working order. Split and stack wood in accessible locations. A warm fire on a cold night is a big draw for many visitors. If you don’t have a fireplace or stove, you may want to install one to attract more renters. Also be sure to include thorough written instructions for use to avoid any mishaps and to make this amenity simple and easy to use.
Inspect the Roof
You should inspect your roof for any damage. Clean out gutters and remove debris. If you see any shingles that need repair, flashing that doesn’t look right, or damage to chimneys or vents, call a contractor to make the needed repairs. By taking care of your roof you will extend its life. Clean gutters and proper insulation can prevent problems caused by ice dams which are formed when heat from the house causes snow to melt. The melted snow then refreezes to make an ice dam. Water can back up behind an ice dam and seep into your home, causing damage to both your roof and your interior. Signs of water damage in the interior may indicate you have a problem with insulation or with your roof.
Hire a Snow Removal Contractor
If you’ve been through a winter here, you know you need a plan for snow removal. If you choose to hire a contractor, be sure to know what their rules are regarding parking during or after a big snowfall. Clean sidewalks and driveways will make your property pleasant for guests. However, guests whose vehicles are in the way can prohibit your contractor from doing their job. Make sure you and your guests have a clear understanding of how snow removal will work.
Winter in Breckenridge is magical. Don’t let a vacation rental that is not prepared for big snows and cold temperature hinder guests from experiencing the magic. Performing minor repairs and preparing your home for winter can save major headaches and expenses later in the year.
September is Colorado’s golden month. The weather is cool, but sunny and inviting. The aspen put on a spectacular display before the winter. It is the perfect time to head out for a drive and enjoy the high country. Keep in mind that the aspen in the high country change much sooner than those on the front range. You will have to catch these brief blazes of glory by mid-September if you want the best show. The Smokey Mountains offers a fun interactive leaf prediction map for the entire country during the fall of 2017. You can watch the map predict when the leaves will be at their peak where you are. If you plan to head into the mountains, here are three drives that will not disappoint.
An easy loop that will take you from Denver and back again starts on Hwy 285. From C-470 take this highway south towards Fairplay. You will pass through the stunning display while the South Platte River flows down the mountains alongside the highway. The summit of Kenosha Pass offers spectacular views, access to the Colorado Trail, and a comfortable picnic area. Descending the pass into South Park, you will have an exquisite vista of this high mountain plain. Take a right at Hwy 9 in Fairplay to summit Hoosier Pass and drop into Breckenridge. Stop here and enjoy the foliage along the Blue River. Then continue on Hwy 9 to Frisco. Instead of taking I-70 from Frisco, take a right on Dillon Dam Road and savor the scenic views along Lake Dillon. From the Dillon/Silverthorne area you can get back on I-70 and return to Denver. This entire route is paved and is easy for any vehicle to manage.
If you are feeling adventurous, Boreas Pass offers an alternative to Hwy 9 and Hoosier Pass. Take Hwy 285 as you would toward Fairplay. After Kenosha Pass, take a right in Como (before Fairplay) off of Hwy 285 and follow Boreas Pass into Breckenridge. This pass is unpaved for the majority of the route, but is passable for most vehicles. At the top of the pass stop to take a hike on the well-developed Black Powder Pass trail. The aspen and views along this pass are magical. Boreas Pass is closed in the winter, so be sure to go before the snow flies. If you stay in Breckenridge for a day or two, hike McCullough Gulch or take the Gondola to the top of Peak 8 for even more golden vistas.
Aspen is named for the trees that are so irresistible in September. There are several enticing leaf peeping drives in this area and getting there can be another adventure! To take the long way, drive Hwy 285 South all the way to Buena Vista. Go north on Hwy 24 through Buena Vista. The Arkansas River rolls along this road and there are beautiful cliffs and canyons to take in. At In-dependence Pass or Hwy 82, head towards Aspen. This will bring you along Twin Lakes and to the summit for high alpine views of fall foliage. Once in Aspen, The Aspen Chamber suggests driving Maroon Creek Drive and Castle Creek Road. See the famously photographed Maroon Bells in person. Take I-70 home and stop in Glenwood Spring for a soak in the hot springs, or hike the spectacular Hanging Lakes Trail.
Trail Ridge Road
Rocky Mountain National Park is right in Denver’s backyard. For one of the most scenic loops through the park and back, take Hwy 6 through Golden, head north on Hwy 119 towards Black Hawk. Stay on Hwy 72 to Estes Park. Enter the park on the east side and drive the famous Trail Ridge Road across the top of the park. Exit through Grand Lake on the west side. Go south on HWY 40, through the Winter Park area, taking Berthoud Pass back to I-70. Rocky Mountain National Park is extremely busy on the weekends during peak leaf season, so plan to visit during the week, or start out early in the morning to avoid long lines. Remember that entrance to the park will require a fee.
These three leaf peeping trips will inspire awe and wonder as you experience the most stunning views Colorado has to offer. As you head out, keep in mind that early in the morning is often the best time for views. Afternoon thunderstorms can obscures views at high altitudes. Also, be pre-pared for cooler temperatures and intense sun. High altitudes are often much chillier than weather on the Front Range. Don’t forget sunscreen. Even a few minutes of exposure at high altitudes can cause skin damage. With a little planning you can spend a day or weekend enjoying one of Colorado’s most glorious seasons.
Are you thinking about renting your investment property in Breckenridge? Wondering how to make your property stand out from the many other properties in Breckenridge?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your short term rental desirable. But there are a few easy things that you can do to make your vacation rental inviting and entice guests to come back, year after year. A return guest and positive referrals can significantly increase the amount of days your property is rented.
Here’s a few amenities that will make your renter’s stay unique and memorable, ensuring guest satisfaction, positive reviews and repeat visitors.
Tripping cites a survey that found wifi and internet was the most important amenity to travelers surveyed. Many vacationers won’t even consider a place that doesn’t have wifi available. People work on the go and almost everybody connects with friends to share their adventures. Staying connected is significant to your guests, so make sure your internet connection is fast and easy to use.
Fully Stocked Kitchen
Vacation rentals offer the advantage of being able to cook meals - something a standard hotel room cannot offer. Make your kitchen convenient by stocking items that most people wouldn’t want to buy for a weekend of meal prep. Basic spices are important, but also consider items like sugar, flour and cooking oil. Keep cereal, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee on hand. Storage containers are also a convenient touch. Small appliances, such as a slow cooker, blender, and mixer also make the kitchen easy to use for meal prep.
Outdoor Fire Pit
Everyone enjoys lounging under a starry sky around a warm bonfire. Create an inviting space with seating provided. Make sure your permits are clearly posted, as well as any important regulations such as fire regulations. If a fire pit isn’t a possibility for your location, any kind of deck or outdoor seating will be attractive. Hammocks, rocking chairs, or a porch swing also make a positive impression.
Adventuring can be messy. A great amenity to have on hand is in-unit laundry, at no additional cost. Families in particular appreciate this amenity. Go above and beyond and provide laundry soap to truly make your guests feel cared for.
Games, Sleds and Insider Info
And lastly, it’s important to do what you can to make your guests have a memorable and fun-filled vacation. Stock the house with board games and playing cards, sleds for family winter activities, brochures about various activities or recommended restaurants. Anything you can do to make your guests feel more at home in a new place and help them create memories. Some owners even choose to have a Netflix or Hulu account attached to the TV and ready for use by the guests.
The Small Touches
It is often the smaller, thoughtful touches that make the biggest impressions on guests. These six amenities will help your guests’ trips go smoothly and allow them to thoroughly enjoy your vacation rental. When you need help managing your vacation rental don’t hesitate to contact Breckenridge's professional property managers, Breckenridge Resort Managers to find out how we can help you offer the best possible stay for your guests.
Mountain biking is a thrilling way to experience the beautiful views, stunning wildflowers, and wildlife that Breckenridge has to offer. However, if you are new to the sport, it can be a bit intimidating. Breckenridge offers a wide variety of trails ranging from easy to very difficult. Many of them can be accessed from town so there is no need to load up your bike and drive.
As you bike, keep biking etiquette in mind. Most trails are open to hikers and horseback riders. Some trails even have off road vehicles. Mountain bikers should keep an eye out for and yield to hikers and horses. Bikers going uphill also always have the right of way. If you are unsure about what to do, just stop for a moment and say hello.
What to Consider
When you are looking for trails to ride be sure to consider the elevation gain, type of trail, whether it is road, dirt road or single track, distance, and if it is a loop or an out and back trail. This information will help you decide whether or not a trail fits your comfort level. For tips, recommendations, and even rentals you can always stop into one of the many bike shops in town. They can alert you to any unfavorable trail conditions and let you know what the best trail for your skill level would be.
Three Trails to Try
These three trails are great trails for beginners to get started in mountain biking. Don’t forget to bring water, a snack, a pump, and an extra tube. You never know what might happen out on a ride and it is important to be prepared.
This is a four mile loop of single track. You can get to the trail from a parking lot off of Tiger Rd. You can access trails to Keystone off of this loop if you are looking for a longer ride. To stay on the loop keep to the left at the intersections. Bikenridge offers more explicit trail instructions.
Blue River Trail
This trail is a simple out and back trail covering about three miles. You can look for it on the first big curve on Boreas Pass Road or you can find it from the Little Mountain Trails near the ice arena. The trail is primarily single track, but there are two short stretches of paved road. It includes a few short climbs, however, the trail only climbs 320 ft. total. This is a very comfortable and rewarding trail that is accessible from town. More detailed directions, pictures, and information are available from MTB Project.
Sallie Barber Trail
This trail will take you past some historic mine sites, alongside streams and through aspen groves. You can ride to this trail from town. It includes paved road, dirt road and single track. The route is about 12 miles long. Go east up Wellington Rd. until it turns into French Gulch Rd. At about 6.7 miles up French Gulch Rd. look for Sallie Barber Rd. that curves to the right. You will look for the single track Barney Ford Trail, follow signs toward Moonstone Tr. and finally take Carter Park Trail back into town. For more detailed instructions see this article from Summit Daily.
Whether you have an hour or a whole day, you can find a trail near Breckenridge that can suit your abilities and time constraints. If you are concerned about starting out on your own, there are also several guided rides and courses offered throughout the summer to learn basic mountain biking skills. Get started biking today!
In the summer, the weather is unbelievably perfect in Breckenridge. Dry air and mild temperatures make outdoor dining comfortable and pleasant. In addition, there are very few mosquitos and other bugs that tend to make eating outside at lower altitudes less enjoyable. And if you are wondering what are the best places for outside dining in Breckenridge, we’ve got you covered.
Kenosha Steak House
This steak house offers a homey deck to relax and enjoy a beer as well as a gorgeous view of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Choose from thirty-one beers on tap and soak in a sunny view. This easy-to-access deck is right off of Main Street so you won’t have to travel far. They even have horseshoes in the back garden.
For some of the most stunning views in Breckenridge, head to the Traverse. This restaurant is located in the Lodge at Breckenridge and involves a short trek up Boreas Pass Rd. The travel time is worth the vistas. You won’t find this view anywhere else.
The Motherloaded Tavern
If you are looking for something a little more lively, head on down to The Motherloaded Tavern. This tavern’s menu is full of rich comfort food with unique flair. The Motherloaded Tavern is known for having local artists perform and even open mic nights.
Relax on the water on Mi Casa’s casual patio. This inviting deck offers a view of the dredge pond and the surrounding mountains. There no better place in Breckenridge to sit back and enjoy a margarita while the sun slips down behind the mountains.
For family friendly outdoor dining, try Fatty’s Pizzeria one block from Main Street Breck. With a menu sure to please everyone in the family, this restaurant offers generous portions, housemade pizza, sandwiches and salads.
When you want to eat above 10,000 feet, take the gondola to Sevens. Sevens is located in the Grand Lodge at Peak 7. The large patio at Sevens opens up to the grassy hills on Peak 7. You can join friends in a game of corn hole and dogs are allowed on the patio. This is the ideal place to relax with family or refuel after your mountain bike ride.
The Quandary Grille
The Quandary Grille can be found on the south end of Main Street, inside Main Street Station. The large patio offers a view of Maggie Pond and Peaks 9 and 10. Enjoy a steak or burger on this inviting patio. Main Street Station also offers two hours of convenient parking, free in their underground lot.
If you want to enjoy your coffee outdoors, stop into The Crown. The Crown offers excellent breakfast dishes until 11:30 and then serves a lunch menu.
The Crown is located right on Main Street, so you won’t have to travel far to find it. If it is too late in the day for coffee, you can enjoy a drink from the bar. The Crown closes at 8:00 pm so it is best to enjoy their patio earlier in the day.
Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to stop after your hike or mountain bike ride. Relax and take in an outdoor meal at one of Breckenridge’s many excellent and welcoming restaurants.
Owning a rental property is profitable and can offer high returns. It can be a great way to fund a vacation property that you use occasionally or even to earn extra income. Nonetheless, it can also be complex. Here are five tips that will help you get the most out of your investment property.
1) Book Return Renters
One of the best ways to ensure a continual revenue stream is to keep it regularly booked. Satisfied renters like to take the guess work out of planning and will return to your property year after year. Going above and beyond to help you clients have a comfortable, fun and worry-free stay will encourage your guests to book their next trip as soon as possible. When your property is in high demand it sends a signal to other potential renters that your property is high quality and trustworthy.
Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, client satisfaction and return customers are at the very core of how we work.
2) Know Your Tax Deductions
Did you know you can receive tax deductions on rental properties for renovations or repairs? However, claiming a vacation home as a rental property has some very specific rules attached. For example, you cannot use the home for more than 14 days of personal use or you must figure taxes using percentages of your time staying in the home. The more you know about the tax laws, the more potential you have to keep your profits. If you are not familiar with tax code, it will be worth your money to hire a professional to make sure you are getting the most out of your property.
3) Know Your Renters
Some vacationers want an affordable place to sleep but plan to spend the majority of their time on other adventures. Other vacationers want an attractive and luxurious place to stay with all of the bells and whistles. It’s important to know which clientele best suits your property.
If most of your renters are only looking at the price point, don’t spend extra money on fancy upgrades or expensive amenities. Keep the rental price low to attract a steady flow of adventurers. If your renters tend to be the latter, you will want to make sure your property is up to par. Comfortable furniture, a well stocked kitchen, a game room, a fireplace or fire pit, and a hot tub are all amenities that will that many vacationers will splurge for and will make your property stand out.
4) Excellent Customer Service
Renters want to feel like they are a priority. Consistent communication, a quick response to complaints, and a property that is easy to use will help your renters feel more at home. It’s crucial that quick and professional communication be the norm with clients, no matter the request. (Did we mention we have a 24 hour answering service for guests?)
5) Property Management Service
RealEstate.com reports that a property management service will help improve your returns, save you time and headaches, as well as increasing your profits.
It can be hard to offer excellent customer service, make repairs and ensure client satisfaction and loyalty when you live far away from your rental property, or even when you have a full time job that demands your attention. While a property management service costs a percentage of your rental value, the benefits outweigh the costs. A property management service like Breckenridge Resort Managers is crucial for getting the most profit from your investment property. We will ensure that your clients stay happy, are cared for and look forward to returning.
If you are considering a rental property or are already invested in one, seek out financial and property management professionals to help you determine how to get the most out of your investment property.
Breckenridge has tons of summer activities for the whole family. If the cool, fresh mountain air, spectacular views and fields of wild alpine flowers are not enough to draw you into the mountains, there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy with your friends and family. Here are a few of our favorites.
Tours with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a broad range of walking tours guided by local experts. You can take a leisurely stroll through the historic district in downtown, join friends for a Victorian Tea in a historic home, or take a Twilight Tombstone Tour. They also offer hikes to historic mining ghost towns and other places of interest near Breckenridge.
Country Boy Mine
Located just two miles from downtown Breckenridge, the Country Boy Mine is the perfect place to learn about the area’s rich mining history. Once an active gold mine, you can now take a mine tour and see what it was like working underground. This isn’t just a museum; you can also try panning for gold yourself or slide down the 55 ft. ore shoot. The Country Boy Mine is a great attraction for the whole family.
There are festivals and events most weekends throughout the summer. Plan your trip around an event that piques your interest, such as the WAVE: Light + Water event, Breckenridge Beer Fest, or The International Festival of Arts. Take in exhibits and events throughout the festivals while enjoying all the shops and dining in downtown Breckenridge.
Events at the Riverwalk Center
The Riverwalk is a venue that offers concerts and events ranging from free late night movies to classical performances to folk concerts. Check out their schedule and enjoy your favorite artists in this stunning venue.
Hike a 14er
Colorado is proud of its many peaks over 14,000 feet, lovingly called 14ers. There is no shortage of 14ers near Breckenridge. Mt. Quandary is one of the most commonly ascended peaks. The trailhead is easy to access, located off of Highway 9 going south toward Hoosier Pass. Start early in the morning to avoid dangerous afternoon thunderstorms. If your family is not up to a 14er, there are many easier hikes that allow you to enjoy beautiful scenery at a comfortable pace. See our past post about best hikes to view the wildflowers.
Take the Gondola up the mountain and experience Epic Discovery. An all day pass will get you access to the alpine slide, alpine coaster, ziplines, climbing walls, a bungee trampoline, mini golf and so much more. Epic Discovery provides a full day of activity for everyone in the family. Some of the activities have age and height requirements, so check to make sure your family can enjoy the activities they were looking forward to. Epic Discovery also offers off-road jeep tours, guided hikes, and guided mountain bike rides.
Summer is the ideal time to plan a getaway to the mountains. Leave the business and heat of the city behind. Enjoy quality time with your family at the many family friendly attractions. Find adventure on a hike or mountain bike ride. Enjoy miles of paved trails for road biking, play a round of golf and check out your favorite artists all within the vicinity of this relaxing mountain town. Book the perfect home base for your summer adventure with Breckenridge Resort Managers.
Photo: "Old Gold Mine Near Breckenridge" by Lars Plougmann
One of the best ways to unwind after a day of tearing it up on the ski hill is to enjoy a drink with friends. Breckenridge has a wealth of unique restaurants and bars that cater to après ski. Here are some of the best places to find good happy hour specials.
The Motherloaded Tavern
The Motherloaded Tavern is the perfect stop for a cold evening. From 3-6 pm you can get $6 dollar hot drinks or mason jar cocktails that include house infusions such as maple walnut bourbon or cran-orange clove rum. Their happy hour specials also include $1 off beers with a selection of Colorado beers on tap and $3 cocktails and infusion shots. Toast a marshmallow at your table or enjoy disco tots with cheese and gravy to warm up.
If you want to enjoy a quiet glass of wine to wind down, Hearthstone offers an intimate and charming atmosphere set in a Victorian house with views of the ski resort. From 4-6 pm you can indulge in sophisticated small plates like wild caught red snapper or Colorado lamb meatballs. Choose from an extensive wine list for $6 or $8 dollar glasses. Their martinis are also one of a kind.
Kenosha Steak House
When you want a Colorado craft beer head to Kenosha Steak House. This happy hour gets started early running from 2-5 pm every afternoon. They offer $2 off their beer and wine. Choose from 31 different beers on tap.
Mi Casa is known for their margaritas. Choose from their vast selection of tequilas or one of their many Mexican beers. Nothing quenches a hunger and thirst quite like tacos and margaritas. They also offer free chips and a few different salsas in the bar area. The bar area is packed most days during happy hour, so get there early!
Modis offers two happy hours, 3-6 pm and 10-12 pm. They have an extensive list of creative and vintage cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. They also have an expansive collection of wine. Enjoy the contemporary atmosphere and artful food at this modern bar and restaurant.
Gold Pan Saloon
Experience a piece of history while you enjoy your drink and a burger. Established in 1879, the Gold Pan Saloon holds the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. With remnants of the gold mining era everywhere you look, the Gold Pan Saloon offers a relaxed and historic atmosphere.
Ease out of the day and trade stories of epic runs at these quintessential Breckenridge happy hours.
This is one of our favorite events of the year. It truly is spectacular. If you have never been, you must experience this one of a kind event. Teams from around the world come to Breckenridge to carve snow sculptures from a ten foot block of snow. Sculpting with snow has its own set of complications. Not only do teams compete against each other, they also must work against weather conditions and time. Too much sun will cause the fragile sculptures to melt. Too much snow can add extra weight or obscure detail on the structure. They have 65 hours to complete their sculpture and many carve throughout the night. Teams are only allowed to use rudimentary tools - no power tools. You’ll see pick axes, wire brushes, chisels and even a garden ho or two. Here are some of our favorite sculptures.
Sweden’s “4(ever) Wheels Reflection”
This sculpture is meant to reflect on the duality of our relationship with vehicles in modern society. Note the impressive detail and structure of this sculpture. It looks as if this car could drive right off its snow mound and speed off!
This sculpture just drew me in. The expression and soul in the mermaids was striking. They seemed to move and shift with the light around it.
Team Turkey’s “Wormholes of the Universe”
Every year we get one or two sculptures that seem to defy gravity. This year’s “Wormholes of the Universe” and Team Vermont’s “(What’s Your) Sine Wave” do just that. This year’s sculptures were finished on Saturday am and will be open for viewing throughout this upcoming week. We encourage you to check out this one of a kind event. The forecast for this week predicts some sun and warmth, so these masterpieces will not last long! See you there.
In Breckenridge, you will find so much more than skiing and shopping.
In fact, you can find activities for everyone of all ages and interests. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your entire family, Breckenridge is the place to visit because it has plenty of amazing family-friendly adventures to offer.
Round up your loved ones and try one, a few, or even all of the following winter activities in Breckenridge:
1. Sledding at Carter Park
The sledding hill at Carter Park is bigger than most at 300 feet in length, and it has a few bumps to give the daredevil in your family an adrenaline rush. The hill is so big and fun that your family can easily spend a few hours sledding there. An added bonus is the dog park right next to it, where your family can hang out with the dogs whenever someone needs to catch a breather from trekking up and down the hill.
2. Ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena
At $8 per person and $4 per skate rental, your family can spend hours in the rink on a budget. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a fun event like Ullr Skate or Disco Ball Skate Night!
3. Visiting the Mountain Top Children’s Museum
This museum, which is located at the south end of Main Street, offers fascinating exhibits, creation stations, and activities for children ages 10 and under. The museum’s mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and curiosity in children by exposing them to all kinds of fun subjects, including (but not limited to) animals, ski patrolling, outer space, color experimentation, arts and crafts, recycling, construction, dressing up, and more.
4. Spending an entire day at the Breckenridge Recreation Center
Fork over $15 per adult, $7.50 per child, $12 per senior citizen, or $38 for the whole family and enjoy 69,000 square feet of pure fun. The Breckenridge Recreation Center, which is found on Airport Road, has a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts, a sauna, spas, a pro shop, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a child care center.
5. Hanging out at Downstairs at Eric’s
This place has it all. Children and teenagers will find delight in the many arcade games around the restaurant. Parents and grandparents will jump at the chance to sit at the bar and throw back a few beers while watching the game on one of the few TVs behind the bar. The entire family will enjoy the extensive menu that includes burgers, pizza, gyros, sandwiches, salads, and more. An evening at Downstairs at Eric’s is time well spent.
In addition to the above activities, there are many more family-fun winter activities in Breckenridge. You can look into taking an art class with your children in the Breckenridge Art District, snowshoeing, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, or exploring at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. There is something for everyone in your family!
Every January, locals and tourists gather for Ullr Fest to celebrate the reason we are all brought together – a passion for snow and winter!
This annual festival in Breckenridge takes place every January. It is a weekend long festival with events for the whole family - a parade, an attempt at a world record, ice skating and more. You will find something for everyone is your family!
Before we get into the specifics, let’s get into a little history. Ullr is the Norse god of winter. He is known for traveling the countryside on skis or skates and being a lover of snow and winter. He is also known to love a good party, be handsome, strong with a bit of a rowdy streak. (Can you see why locals love him?) To locals, he brings snow and optimal winter conditions to worthy skiers and snowboarders.
This festival is our time to celebrate winter and blow off a little steam. Consider it a weekend long party or snow dance.
The festival kicks off with a parade and a world record.
Participants over 21 years of age are invited to join in breaking the world record for the World’s Longest Shot-ski. If you have never seen a shot ski before, it is a ski with shot glasses attached. The shot takers line up, lift the ski and take the shot together. In this case, a quarter mile worth of skis are attached. Last year, we had 831 participants!
Immediately after the shot-ski, we have the parade. Locals do enjoy getting dressed up in their Viking costumes, so expect to see some characters - on and off the floats. Local businesses pull out all the stops for their floats. Past years have had floats towing skiers, hot tubs complete with crazy locals in bikinis, giant snow globes and all manner of rowdy locals.
If you are looking for a more family friendly activity, there will be a hockey game at the ice rink. Steven C. West Ice Arena will also have public ice skating and Ullr helmet decorating for the kids in your family.
Family Snow Day, at Carter Park, will have snowman contests, sledding and other games for the whole family.
Lastly, what winter celebration is complete without an ice plunge? Watch over 200 people prove their bravery by jumping into Maggie Pond in the dead of winter.
To see photos of past years, as well as a full schedule, visit GoBreck.com. See you out there! Pray for Snow!!
If there’s a town in Colorado that’s really bustling in the month of December, it’s Breckenridge. The quaint town of Breckenridge is renowned for its ski resort and holiday festivities that look and feel like they came straight out of a postcard. In addition to the cozy and welcoming Christmas lights lining Main Street, Victorian-style architecture from the 1800s, fresh white powdery snow, and horse carriage rides, Breckenridge boasts a handful of holiday events that significantly add to the winter wonderland experience the town has to offer. We decided to feature the following three Breckenridge holiday events as our favorites simply because these events are truly memorable and cannot be missed.
1. Race of the Santas
December 3, 2016. This is one of the yearly events in Summit County much anticipated by the locals. It takes place on the first weekend in December every year. This year, it will benefit a local charity called Adopt an Angel. You will see over 400 participants, all of whom are adults donning Santa suits, maneuvering through a course stretched out for six blocks. There is a cookie and milk station along the way, and the top winners of the race will be crowned with Ullr helmets and given other prizes. Both locals and visitors can participate and/or help a participant raise money for the charity. This race has raised at least $8,000 for various charities since the tradition began. You can register here.
2. Lighting of Breckenridge
December 3, 2016. Nothing shows off Breckenridge’s small town charm than the Lighting of Breckenridge. Locals and visitors alike gather together right after sunset to watch the massive Christmas tree next to the Breckenridge Welcome Center light up for the season. It’s a great way to top off a day full of festive events like the Race of the Santas, dance shows, holiday carols, and the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. Be sure to head over to the Blue River Plaza for some free hot cocoa and cookies at 4:30!
3. Torchlight Parade
December 31, 2016 (New Years Eve). Head over to town to watch the folks from the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School glide down from the top of Peak 9 while carrying torches. Watching them illuminate the entire mountain after dark is really something to write home about. Even better, stick around until 9:00 PM and you will get to enjoy the fireworks, too!
Breckenridge is truly a winter wonderland that has the potential to give you a magical once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. The absolute best way to make the most out of your Breckenridge vacation is to relax at a nice, comfortable, and cozy ski in/ski out rental property after a long day of playing in the snow. The place you choose to rent can make or break your vacation. That’s why we put together a list of three of the very best ski in/ski out properties in Breckenridge. Even our budget friendly ski in/ski out properties offer an optimal lodging experience with a fireplace, full kitchen and a top-notch location. Our most high end property is incredibly luxurious and offers more than you could have imagined.
1. Trails End
455 Village Road / Breckenridge, CO
1-bedroom condo, starting at $109/night
Why we love this property: Even though the unit at Trails End is ridiculously affordable, it still offers more bang for the buck than usual. For only $109 - $239 a night (depending on the time of the year), you get enough bedding for 4, a full kitchen, a fireplace, a private deck, and access to indoor and outdoor hot tubs. Did we mention that the unit is only a block from Main Street and the Quicksilver chair lift is right in its backyard? Click here to book this rental property.
2. Tyra Summit
800 Four O’Clock Road / Breckenridge, CO
2-bedroom condo, starting at $139/night
Why we love this ski-in/ski-out property: A walking distance from the Snowflake chair lift and downtown Breckenridge, the 1124 square-foot unit at Tyra Summit boasts an oversized foyer for degearing (an absolute must, given how wet and dirty skiing gear can get), comfortable leather couches, a full updated kitchen, a laundry room, and a large rear deck. On the premises you can find underground parking, an indoor pool, hot tubs, and a clubhouse. Click here to book this rental property.
3. Crystal Peak Lodge
1891 Ski Hill Rd / Breckenridge, CO
4-bedroom condo, starting at $425/night
Why we love this property: If you’re going all out on your vacation, we highly recommend this luxurious 2060 square-foot unit. It comes with all the bells and whistles, including (but definitely not limited to) a full high-end kitchen with all the appliances and supplies, windows with majestic views, the richest linens, and plenty of plush oversized seating. Not only that, but also the complex is located right next to the Independence chair lift at the base of Peak 7. It’s also next to the Breck Connect Gondola, which will take you right downtown in a matter of 10 minutes. The unit is luxurious and high-end, but it doesn’t stop there. The complex, which is just as luxurious, also has plenty to offer, including onsite hot tubs, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a steam room, a fitness center, fire pits, and various recreation areas. Click here to book this rental property.
Breckenridge may be a ski wonderland, but it’s still a worthwhile visit for non-skiers. The quaint town is chock full of amazing restaurants and lively bars that can keep you occupied during the entire duration of your vacation.
However, if you’re looking to add a little “oomph” to your trip, check out the following Breck activities you can enjoy without having to hit the slopes.
1. Shopping on Main Street
Breckenridge has its share of souvenir shops, but what makes the town truly exceptional is the fact that it’s also peppered with old buildings and houses converted into locally-owned shops selling handmade goods by local artists. Such items include soap, chainsaw wood carvings, chocolates, ornaments, paintings, Native American jewelry, art pieces, and many more. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it’s still fun to stroll up and down Main Street and soak in all its shops have to offer.
If you’ve always wanted to check out the hiking trails in Breckenridge, you’re in luck. The trails may be blanketed in snow, but a pair of wool socks and snowshoes make it possible for you to navigate the paths less traveled in the winter. Did you know that Breckenridge has at least 30 miles of snowshoeing trails? Head over to the Breckenridge Nordic Center and rent a pair of snowshoes for only 20 bucks!
3. Ice Skating
The Stephen C. West Ice Arena located right off the south end of Main Street boasts an indoor ice rink and an outdoor ice rink. Admission is $8, and you can rent a pair of figure or hockey skates for $4. Twelve bucks for a full day’s fun? Count us in!
Bust out your winter gear, grab a snow tube or sled at the Walmart in Frisco, head over to Carter Park, and get to sleddin’. The sledding hill at Carter Park is something to write home about, as it is pretty high and about 300 feet in length. You can walk down to Main Street after you’ve had your fill of sledding and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House.
5. Touring a Distillery
The award-winning Breckenridge Distillery, also known as the world’s highest distillery, offers free tours with complimentary tastings of their spirits every day between 11am to 6pm. You can also splurge on an after hours VIP tour, which offers a more comprehensive overview of the art of distilling alcohol and the chance to sample any new flavor they may be working on at the moment.
6. Attending a Concert
Breckenridge is actually quite cultured with its Riverwalk Center just a block over from Main Street. The beautiful venue hosts many different concerts on a regular basis. Maybe there’s one right up your alley when you’re in town.
7. Get Pampered
Many folks love a good old fashioned pampering while on vacation. Get a massage, facial or manicure at one of our many top rated salons.
8. Sleigh Ride and Dinner Theater
Take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh through the beautiful snowy forests. Your ride will finish at a historic mining camp where you’ll meet some of Breckenridge’s most infamous characters. This dinner theater is something the whole family will enjoy!
You can also attend a festival, take a cooking class, play board games at The Crown, go snowmobiling, or pretty much anything else. While Breckenridge is most known for the adventure, that is far from all it has to offer.
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.
Eating out with kids in a new town can be a challenge. Not every restaurant offers an comprehensive menu for adults in addition to a selection of pizza, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets for the pint-sized.It may be difficult to find such a restaurant that not only offers such an accommodating menu, but also serves amazing food worthy of a four- or five-star review. Luckily, Breckenridge has a lot to offer in the way of family friendly restaurants. After dining at one (or two, or all) of the restaurants listed below, the entire family’s going to want to come back for more.
1. Blue Moose Restaurant
Mom and Dad can enjoy some wake-me-up mimosas, Irish cream coffee, or Bloody Marys at this breakfast joint while the kiddos have tasty pancakes, French toast, omelets, oatmeal from the kid’s menu, and other breakfast classics to choose from.
2. Downstairs at Eric’s
Arcade games, wings, beer, pizza, and flat-screen HDTVs: this restaurant has it all. Kids, teenagers, college students, parents, and even grandparents would enjoy this place with its incredibly large menu that includes burgers, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads, and more. Kids can find hot dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for lunch or dinner - if you can drag them away from the arcade games long enough to eat!
3. Empire Burger
With the incredibly fresh and juicy burgers, outta-this-world hand cut fries, full children’s menu, and outdoor area where families can hang out, you can’t beat Empire Burger for a family burger outing in Breckenridge. It also sports a gorgeous view of the mountain from its deck.
4. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Parents love the mango duck quesadillas, avocado fritos, and habanero bacon wrapped shrimp. Kids love the chicken quesadillas, nachos, and cheeseburgers. And then we have the delicious Mexican pastries, tres leches cake, Mexican chocolate-plantain bread pudding, and deep-fried ice cream. What more does a hungry family need?
5. The Crown
The Crown offers a diverse menu for adults and children, as well a fun night out for the whole family. In addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch menus, they offer coffee, ice cream, booze, free wi-fi, and board games. Stop by for an after dinner treat and a game of Jenga with the family.
BreckCreate, the town of Breck’s organization to promote the arts, culture and creativity, is putting on the second Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) this August 12-21. This event will be 9 days long, jam packed with creative performances such as circus and acrobat performances, installation arts and workshops for adults and kids and film. There will be something for every member of the family at this festival! This year’s theme is Adventure + Play + Creativity.
Here’s a few highlights of what to expect.
Dance, Circus and Acrobatics
STREB Extreme Action Company combines extreme sports, dance and circus acrobatics in one gravity defying performance. In their performance, they do acrobatics with a 21 foot ladder while it rotates. I, for one, had to watch the video to understand this as words cannot do this performance justice! You just have to see it. See the video here.
There will also be a one man circus by Swiss performer, David Dimitri. His performance includes a high wire, a human cannon ball, music and dance.
Sila: The Breath of the World is an experimental form of music where each individual musician plays a tone at his or her own tempo. The only condition is that the tone they play must be played for the length of one full exhalation of breathe. The musicians are dispersed throughout an area and spectators can wander about to enjoy one artist or the combination of all playing together. It promises to be unique, haunting, intriguing and like nothing you have ever heard before.
There will also be 24 pop-up performances throughout the festival, called the Trail Mix Concerts. In short, artists will have concerts on the hiking and biking trails of Breck, allowing you to experience the music in an entirely different setting.
If you prefer the more traditional musical arts, there are also performances by an internationally renown cellist, violinist and an alt-country band with a Spanish flair called Calexico.
Get your creative juices flowing by participating! STREB Extreme Action Company will be hosting a workshop for kids, ages 5 and up, to learn about stunts and acrobatics. Installation artist, Tasha Lewis is also hosting a workshop to create and install her art installation, Swarm, consisting of fabric butterflies. Read more about Swarm here.
This street theater group is sure to be a favorite with the kids. Actors on stilts will don 19 foot dinosaur costumes and perform throughout the streets of Breck. On alternating days, the company will also do a choreographed drumming performance on stilts.
Check out installation arts at your own schedule. Tasha Lewis will have 2 installations, Herd and Swarm, with sculptures of her animals and butterflies in motion. Artists Andrew Dentate and Robert Wertz will also have installations. Most installations will be at the Old Masonic Hall, and will be available for viewing through the festival.
The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts has something for the whole family and is sure to be an experience to remember. Most events are free, but be sure to check the schedule and individual events for more details.
This is it, Breckenridge ski season 13/14 is coming to a close this weekend, and we watch it go with both the sadness of packing up our sticks, and the excitement of breaking out the shorts. Spring in Breckenridge is an interesting mix of warm sunny days, and wet heavy snow storms. Every spring brings the mystery of what type summer we will get. Will it snow until June, and create a short summer; or will the skies offer a heaping portion of sunny blues, and create a never ending summer playground?
All we know for sure is that come Sunday, when the last run has been skied, we will all be looking for the mystery to unfold, and the clouds to roll back, opening up permission to wear flip flops, and eat an ice cream by the river.
The snow that will create that river is now melting, running down and through the bedrock of this fantastic town. By the numbers of our winter snow totals below, water levels should be consistent and full this summer, bringing to life the abundant nature and activities that we all look forward to enjoying.
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3 things to know as winter leaves, and summer comes home-
Sure, May and early June are muddy, but they are six of the most relaxing weeks in Breckenridge. Visitors can really relax, and locals are able to take a breath, and enjoy the town we call home.
Wildlife come to life in May- creatures great and small, along with their human counterparts, begin to creep out into the forest, and frolic in the summery climate. Be careful of bears!
Breckenridge is known for our ski area, but summer is when you need to be here. Forget the beach, come rafting, hiking, camping, wheeling, riding, and biking in our never ending playground this summer.
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 ToursGood Times Rafting210 N.Main st.Breckenridge, CO 80424Toll free # 800-808-0357Local #firstname.lastname@example.org