Posted by admin | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
On the Mountain
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
What to Do When You See Wildlife
Posted by admin | Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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.
Keep Your Distance
When You Get Too Close
How We Protect Your Vacation Rental from Damage and Bad Renters
Posted by admin | Friday, June 15, 2018
How Do We Prevent Bad Renters?
Professional Cleaning Staff
Processes and Policies
Why Locals Love Summer in Breck
Posted by admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
World class skiing is what comes to mind first when you think of Breckenridge. However, this charming mountain town isn’t just for winter sports. Locals in Breck have a saying: “Come for winter, stay for summer.” There is so much to do and see that you can stay just as busy in Breckenridge in July as you can in January.
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.
Dining and Shopping
Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Detailed Trail Information
Offseason Must-Do Maintenance and Prep
Posted by admin | Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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
Check the Roof
Restock the Kitchen
Extra Amenities to Attract Families to Your Vacation Rental
Posted by admin | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Family Friendly Kitchen
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
A Place for Gear
Our Favorite Tree Runs in Breck
Posted by admin | Friday, March 30, 2018
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!
Photos By Breckenridge Tourism Office
5 Upgrades to Add Value and Appeal to your Breckenridge Vacation Rental
Posted by admin | Saturday, March 17, 2018
1) The Kitchen Adds Function, and Creates Value
2) The Basement Can Hold Value, and Memories
3) “Eco” is Not Just for Show
4) Bathrooms Are the Hidden Superstars of Homes
5) Outdoor Attractions Are in Demand
A High Return
Breck Pride Week - 2018
Posted by admin | Saturday, March 3, 2018
How to Register
Our Favorite Historical Tours in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Wednesday, February 7, 2018
A Great Activity for the Whole Family.
Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.
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.
You can learn more about all of the tours offered and book online through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While you are visiting Breckenridge, don’t miss out on experiencing its rich history on a fun tour, lead by a knowledgeable local.
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office
How We Address Complaints or Unhappy Customers
Posted by admin | Monday, January 29, 2018
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.
2018 Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 8, 2018
Watch lifeless blocks of snow transform into magnificent creations at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Breckenridge. At this unique festival, snow sculptors from all over the world gather to bring their best designs to life.
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.
Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge 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 CreekBeaver Creek ends everyday on the slopes with cookie time. They hand out free cookies at 3:00 pm. What better way to encourage your child to love skiing? In addition to cookie time, Beaver Creek offers childcare and an excellent ski school. They also feature ideal family friendly lodging. You can feed the whole family’s sweet tooth at the Candy Cabin. Grab a special treat so that you can power through the next run! This candy shop is located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. There are many other resorts that offer plenty of family friendly ski vacation options. When you are planning your vacation, look for childcare options, ski school, and convenient lodging for everyone. This will make your family ski vacation memorable and enjoyable for everyone!
What to do in Breckenridge During the Christmas Season
Posted by | Friday, December 15, 2017
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
How to Pamper Yourself on Your Breck Vacation
Posted by toby | Monday, November 27, 2017
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!
For a full list of local companies we recommend, visit our concierge page!
Dew Tour and Other Sports Events for the Whole Family on your Breck vacation
Posted by | Monday, November 13, 2017
Are you looking for a fun and free event that will entertain the whole family on your Breck vacation? The Dew Tour brings extreme skiing and snowboarding to Breckenridge. This five day event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 14th and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 17th. The event features individual events in ski and snowboard slopestyle and superpipe. Qualifiers take place on Wednesday and Thursday and finals happen on Friday and Saturday. Sunday features a special team competition.
All of the competitive events are free to spectators. You can watch some of the world’s top ranking skiers and snowboarders tackle challenging terrain and attempt gravity defying tricks and jumps. The whole family is welcome to enjoy this thrilling event.
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.
Photo Credit: Breckenridge Tourism Office
Shopping in Breckenridge
Posted by | Monday, October 30, 2017
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.
Photos: Breckenridge Tourism Office
Prepping Your Vacation Rental in Breckenridge For Winter
Posted by admin | Friday, September 29, 2017
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.
Colorado's Best Leaf-peeping Hikes and Drives
Posted by toby | Monday, September 18, 2017
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.
5 Must Have Amenities for your Rental Property
Posted by admin | Friday, July 28, 2017
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.
Beginner Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge CO
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 20, 2017
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!
Best Decks in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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.
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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Investment Property
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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.
What To Do In Breck During The Summer
Posted by toby | Friday, June 2, 2017
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.
Local Hiking Trails
If a 14er isn’t in the schedule for you, try one from Breckenridge’s extensive trail system with hiking trails for all skill levels. Beginners, kids and families will enjoy Boreas Pass Rd which has great views, but is relatively flat and wide. More advanced hikers will enjoy Boreas Pass mountain trail or Baker’s Tank Trail which is littered with wild roses and other wildflowers. (Learn more about our local wildflowers here.) There are many options for trails of all lengths, which you can learn about here: http://www.breckenridgerecreation.com/fun-things-to-do-/open-space-trails/trail-maps
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
Photo: "Blue Colombine on Boreas Pass" by Colorado's Wildflowers
Best Happy Hour in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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.
2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures Championships
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 2, 2017
This is one of our favorite events of the year. It truly is spectacular. If you have never been, you must experience this one of a kind event. Teams from around the world come to Breckenridge to carve snow sculptures from a ten foot block of snow. Sculpting with snow has its own set of complications. Not only do teams compete against each other, they also must work against weather conditions and time. Too much sun will cause the fragile sculptures to melt. Too much snow can add extra weight or obscure detail on the structure. They have 65 hours to complete their sculpture and many carve throughout the night. Teams are only allowed to use rudimentary tools - no power tools. You’ll see pick axes, wire brushes, chisels and even a garden ho or two. Here are some of our favorite sculptures.
Sweden’s “4(ever) Wheels Reflection”
This sculpture is meant to reflect on the duality of our relationship with vehicles in modern society. Note the impressive detail and structure of this sculpture. It looks as if this car could drive right off its snow mound and speed off!
This sculpture just drew me in. The expression and soul in the mermaids was striking. They seemed to move and shift with the light around it.
Team Turkey’s “Wormholes of the Universe”
Every year we get one or two sculptures that seem to defy gravity. This year’s “Wormholes of the Universe” and Team Vermont’s “(What’s Your) Sine Wave” do just that. This year’s sculptures were finished on Saturday am and will be open for viewing throughout this upcoming week. We encourage you to check out this one of a kind event. The forecast for this week predicts some sun and warmth, so these masterpieces will not last long! See you there.
5 Activities for the Whole Family on Your Breckenridge Vacation
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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!
Celebrate Winter with Ullr Fest 2017!
Posted by toby | Friday, December 16, 2016
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!!
Our Favorite December Holiday Events in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Monday, November 28, 2016
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!
Our Favorite Vacation Ski In/Ski Out Rentals in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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.
What to do in Breck for the Non-Skiier
Posted by toby | Saturday, October 22, 2016
Breckenridge may be a ski wonderland, but it’s still a worthwhile visit for non-skiers. The quaint town is chock full of amazing restaurants and lively bars that can keep you occupied during the entire duration of your vacation.
However, if you’re looking to add a little “oomph” to your trip, check out the following Breck activities you can enjoy without having to hit the slopes.
1. Shopping on Main Street
Breckenridge has its share of souvenir shops, but what makes the town truly exceptional is the fact that it’s also peppered with old buildings and houses converted into locally-owned shops selling handmade goods by local artists. Such items include soap, chainsaw wood carvings, chocolates, ornaments, paintings, Native American jewelry, art pieces, and many more. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it’s still fun to stroll up and down Main Street and soak in all its shops have to offer.
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.
The possibilities are endless!
The 4 Best Hikes to Experience the Aspens in Summit County
Posted by toby | Sunday, October 9, 2016
Autumn has arrived, and what better way to soak it all in than to go on a hike in the midst of a sea of Aspen trees?
Every year, autumn brings us a spectacular opportunity to watch the leaves of our Aspen trees turn from a vibrant green to stunning shades of red, yellow, gold, and orange against the clear blue sky.
You don’t have to stray very far from Summit County in order to enjoy the beautiful change of color. In fact, you can stay right here. Grab your best camera and embark on a hike on one of the following 4 hiking trails that are abundant with color-changing Aspen trees.
1. Eaglesmere Lake
7 miles round-trip / Intermediate
Located on the very north side of Summit County, this trail is nestled in the middle of a thick aspen forest and boasts wildflowers, fewer than 2,000 feet of elevation gain, and backcountry camping sites. The trail leads you to Eaglesmere Lake and offers stunning views over Lower Cataract Lake and Cataract Falls.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue for approximately 5¼ miles to County Road 1725. Turn left at the juncture and then continue for 2 miles. The parking lot is located at the right fork.
2. Peaks Trail
15.5 miles one way / Beginner–Intermediate
The fall foliage is strong with this one. If you’re looking for an easy hike, start at the Breckenridge trailhead, as the trail goes downhill from there. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Frisco trailhead is the place to start, because you’ll be going uphill most of the time.
The trail stretches between Breckenridge and Frisco, and it provides majestic scenery over Summit County, as well as plenty of aspen trees changing colors at the onset of autumn. The trail also passes by Rainbow Lake in Frisco, where you can take great photos of the fall foliage against the vibrant blue sky and the lake.
Directions to Breckenridge trailhead: Take Highway 9 to Breckenridge, and then make a right onto Ski Hill Road. Continue on Ski Hill Road to the top. Make a right at the Peak 8 base area and drive past the Grand Timber Lodge. The trailhead parking lot is ahead.
Directions to Frisco trailhead: Drive west on Frisco’s Main Street and then make a left onto 2nd Avenue. Drive to the end of the street and then park. Walk over the paved bike path and then you’ll see the trailhead.
3. Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail
2.25 miles round-trip / Beginner-Intermediate
This trail has a waterfall, a creek, a bridge, a lake, and plenty of aspen trees that add a lot of color to the scenery. It goes around the Lower Cataract Lake, so there are plenty of photo ops along the way.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue about 5.6 miles to Cataract Creek Road, and make a sharp left turn there. Drive to the end of the road, where the trailhead is.
4. Boreas Pass/Aspen Alley Trail
1 mile round-trip / Beginner
What better way to experience the Aspen fall foliage than to hike a trail named after Aspen trees? This short hike is a great way to soak in the fall scenery without too much planning, driving, and walking. There are so many Aspen groves along this trail that it is practically shaded the entire way. There is also an old mine dump you can explore. Not only that, but if you’re up for a scenic drive, you can drive up
Boreas Pass Road to the very top, where the fall foliage is stunning.
Directions to trailhead: Drive south on Main Street in Breckenridge. Take a left at Boreas Pass Road and then take the road all the way up the mountain. It will turn into a dirt road. When that happens, keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead parking lot on the left side less than half a mile up the dirt road.
The Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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.
2016 Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts
Posted by toby | Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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.
Goodbye Breckenridge Ski Season 2013-2014
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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.
Last 24 hrs: 0 "
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Last 48 hrs: 0 "
Last 7 days: 5 "
Base Depth 86 "
Season Total 439 "
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 and Breckenridge summer activities
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Breckenridge Rafting, bike rentals, fishing guides, horseback riding, and a ton of information on Breckenridge summer activities from Resort Managers summer activity partner, Colorado Adventure Center.If you have already booked your summer lodging with us (if you have not, do it now!) the next thing you need to be looking for is an awesome activity, like Breckenridge rafting, to add a little more spice to your vacation. Good times rafting and high side adventure tours are run out of the Colorado Adventure Center, 210 N. Main st, and will offer a perfect compliment to your vacation. Good times rafting offers several Breckenridge Rafting options down 4 rivers- Colorado, Blue, Clear Creek, and the Arkansas. You can choose your length, difficulty, and location from several different combinations. If you are not ready for your first Breckenridge Rafting adventure, then stop on in to the Colorado Adventure Center anyway for a Vail pass shuttle bike trip (12 miles of downhill through the most beautiful country on earth), a guided fly fishing trip, a horseback adventure, or for some knowledgeable information on what else there is to do in Breck. Please visit our Breckenridge Rafting page to submit an inquiry, or contact them directly- Highside Adventure Tours Good Times Rafting 210 N.Main st.Breckenridge, CO 80424Toll free # 800-808-0357Local # 970-453-5559www.raftingcolorado.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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