12th Annual Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski-a-thon

Breckebeiner 60K Ski-a-thon Breckenridge


The Breckenridge Nordic Center will host the 12th Annual Breckebeiner 60K Ski-a-thon on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Breckenridge Breckebeiner 60K Ski-a-thon!

This fundraising event will benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, a local organization that provides assistance, programs and opportunities for adults and children with disabilities to experience the outdoors. Approximately 2,000 participants with disabilities and special needs benefit each year from this program, which was established more than 38 years ago. 

The Breckebeiner 60K is not a relay, so teams can ski the groomed nordic trail together. The Nordic Center course offers a 6K loop series, a 3K snowshoe loop series and a 1K snowshoe loop for families with young children. There will also be a children's treasure hunt. 

Teams of 2-10 are encouraged to dress up in funky costumes as there will 

be a costume contest. Participants will also enjoy live entertainment by Helmet Fricker and Gene Dayton, door prizes, warm food and more! 

Rentals are available at the Nordic Center at a reduced rate for all participants. 

Additional information from www.boec.org

Criterion loops, teams and individuals. 
• 8 am – 2 pm: Registration Ski/Snowshoe
• 12 pm: Children’s 1K Snowshoe with Treasure Hunt
• 12 pm – 2 pm: Food and Beverages donated by Vail Resorts Echo
• 1 pm: Costume Contest and Door Prizes! 
$25.00 minimum donation for each adult and/or $10.00 per child (age 17–7 years old)


Take I-70 West to the Frisco/Breckenridge Exit 203. Travel South on Hwy 9 also called 
Summit Blvd through Frisco about 9 miles to Breckenridge. At “round-about”, stay in 
right lane, staying on Hwy 9. Travel 6 long blocks to the 2nd stoplight and yield/turn 
right onto Ski Hill Road. Go up 1/2 mile and turn right at the Breckenridge Nordic 
Center sign into free parking. Carpooling appreciated!

To register or to make a donation, click here: http://www.boec.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/BOEC_Breckebeiner-Registration_2014.pdf

TO GET INVOLVED CALL 970.453.6855 or BestNordicSki@gmail.com

Thank you to the following event sponsors! 

       Grand Lodge            Town of Breckenridge Logo                                   Runa


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Love GTL

We have a 3BR unit at GTL and invited our new daughter-in-law from Denver and her family from Boston to stay with us. Our son joined us on the weekend. We had a wonderful time! We had plenty of room and enjoyed having most meals in our well-appointed unit. Her family loved the downhill skiing and snowboarding on peaks 9-7. My husband and I did Xc skiing and snowshoeing at the gorgeous Nordic Center on Ski Hill Rd. We shared a wonderful evening of fondue and amazing Belgian beers at Swiss Haven! The GTL shuttle was very handy for trips to the ski areas or downtown. Great vacation!

Name: Mary
City: Des Moines
State: Iowa

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge

(Photo credit: www.GoBreck.com

Laissez les bons temps rouler! 

(or in other words... Let the good times roll!)

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge might not be as long or as wild of a celebration as it is in New Orleans, but we do know how to let the good times roll! Beads, masks and purple, green and gold feathers are sure to be plentiful. Celebrate Mardi Gras in the mountains this year! 

Schedule of events from GoBreck

Mardi Gras Ball:

Saturday, March 1, 2014 (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. )
The evening will feature dancing, drinks, great Nawlins style cuisine and the crowning of the Rex and Queen. Entertainment by The Hazel Miller Band.
Where: Beaver Run Resort
When: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Attire: Summit County Formal a.k.a. anything goes! Guests can wear a Mardi Gras costume, formal ball gown or a favorite mask and pair of blue jeans.
See some of the threads from last year:

Mardi Gras Parad‚Äče:

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge Colorado








Fat Tuesday Celebration Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

Where: Main Street
When: 4:30pm
Cost: Free

The procession will stage on North Main Street between Lincoln and Wellington Street and head south to Park Avenue.

Check out the festivities from last year!

Taste a bit of NOLA!  

Looking for some Cajun flavors? The Lost Cajun in Breckenridge offers a wide selection of Louisiana cuisine! From fried oysters, po-boys, crawfish etouffee' to their powder-sugar coated beignets, you can't go wrong! If you're not sure what to order, not a problem! When you sit down, you will be brought a sample tray of  selection of their best dishes! Wash it all down with some southern sweet tea, a mexican coke or an Abita! 

Mardi Gras and King Cakes go hand in hand! Go ahead and order a slice! If you happen to find the baby hidden in your piece, tradition calls that you will be asked to continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake party. 

Need last minute lodging? Visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com or call 888.783.8883 x3046 for more information! 

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Film Festival Breckenridge

One of the largest and most esteemed mountain film festivals is on tour and returning to Breckenridge.  Selected films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival will be featured in more than 285 communities and 30 countries around the world.  The actual Banff Mountain Film Festival is a multi-day event, so not all of the selected or award-winning films will be featured during the world tour stops.

The film screenings will be held at the Riverwalk Center in the heart of Breckenridge on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7-10 p.m.  

Banff Mountain Film Festival Breckenridge

“This year’s tour will feature a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.” (www.BOEC.org )


Banff Mountain Film Festival Breckenridge Tickets

Ticket information: (Note: This event will sell out! Get your tickets asap!)

General admission- $20 and can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

VIP Tickets-$50 Includes a private reception, advanced seating, light fare, dessert and beverages. To purchase, call the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at (970)453-6422 or (800)383-2632.


Click here to view clips of some of the chosen world tour films. 

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Epic Snowfall

Sunrise over Breckenridge Ski AreaIt snowed all last week. We missed the storms last year by about 1-2 weeks. But this year hit the mother load. Beautiful conditions and loved every day on the slopes. Our 4 year old son wasn't potty trained last year when we came about the same time frame. But this year, we put him in 3 days and the other 2 days I worked with him one-on-one. He loved every minute of it as his first experience. Reminds me of our girls, now 17 and 19, when they first started. Always good times in Breck...we've been coming for 13 years to either GTL and now GL7. Love the town, proximity to COS, and it's our home away from home.

Name: Rob
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado


Family gathering

Family gathering Labor Day weekend 2011. The first time we were all able to get together with all of our children in several years. We stayed at gold point resort in the pent house which worked well to accommodate all of us. We hired breckenridge portrait company to take our photos. What a great memory to have!

Name: Sherrie shoemaker
City: Greeley
State: Colorado


The TenMile Flyer Zipline

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A. My oh my, what a wonderful day! (We’re sure this will be stuck in your head now for the rest of the day…)

New this year at the Breckenridge Ski Resort is the TenMile Flyer Zipline! At speeds up to 45 mph, this is just another way to get your adrenaline pumping as you fly right over the terrain park on Peak 8, 50 feet off the ground!  This two-circuit zipline can be accessed via the Rip’s Ride Chair Lift.

Although you can’t wear your skis down the zipline, you can ski right up to the entrance and leave your equipment at the operator’s booth.

Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Building next to Chair 5. Single ride tickets are $29, or you can purchase a combo ticket to include a single ride on the TenMile Flyer Zipline and the Gold Runner Coaster fro $39. For additional information, call 970.453.5000 or click here.  

Plenty of sunshine heading my way. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A! 

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Blue Bird Ski day

We came to Breckenridge to find some snow to ski. We are from Oakland and the ski conditions are pretty bad with no rain or snow in sight. We were amazed and delighted by the conditions at Breckenridge. The lift lines moved fast and the mountain is so large that it never seems crowded like many of the lake Tahoe ski resorts. We explored a mixture of intermediate and advanced runs and loved them all.
The Grand Timber lodge was a great place to stay and enjoy before and after the mountain runs. The mixture of the indoor/ outdoor pool and the hot tubs made it a great way to relax after some time on the hills. The restaurant and spa were a nice bonus as well.
Can't wait to come back
Thanks for a wonderful time

Name: Allen Todd
City: Oakland
State: California


The 2014 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

This year marks the 24th year of the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Artists from all over the globe will sculpt jaw-dropping masterpieces from January 21 through January 25. After 65 hours of carving, molding and shaping, the top three sculptures will receive a gold, silver and bronze award. The public will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorites for the People’s choice and Kids’ choice awards, which will end at 2:00 p.m. on January 26.

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Budweiser

The Snow Sculptures are located near the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue in Breckenridge in the Tiger Dredge parking lot. Admission is free to this event. Viewers are allowed to walk through the area all week long as the artists create their works of art, which will be on display until February 2, weather permitting.

Preparation for the sculptors’ arrival began last week, when local volunteers are invited to help “stomp the snow.” Colorado machine-made snow was placed in 12-foot-tall molds, where the volunteers had to climb down inside the mold and stomp the snow until it was firm and compact. Then, more snow was added and stomped. This cycle was repeated until a 12-foot, 20-ton block of snow was formed. A blank slate, if you will, for the artists to transform into spectacular works of art over a period of five days.

Snow sculptors in Breckenridge

Sixteen teams were chosen to represent their countries this year. Submissions are selected based on past participation, sketches, experience and team resumes. Team USA Breckenridge’s sculpture, Winter Fun, will capture the idea of the winter playground that is available for people of all ages here in Breckenridge. What a great concept to pay tribute to our own wintery Never-Neverland!

For more information about the chosen teams, bios and submission sketches, visit the GoBreck, by clicking here.

Or click on each country below:

Catalonia-SpainEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreat Britain-WalesItalyLithuaniaMongolia (team 2)Mongolia Munkh-Erdene (team 1)RussiaUSA-Colorado/Black ForestUSA-Colorado/BreckenridgeUSA-Wisconsin and USA-Vermont.

No power tools are allowed to sculpt the snow, so the artists tend to get creative with the tools they use. Handsaws, hatchets, chisels, brooms, shovels and gardening tools are just a few items that are popular to use to shape and mold the most intricate designs.

“What takes an hour to do in wood, you can do in 30 seconds with snow… you can move as fast as you think.”

Last year's winners: 

In 2013, Team Mongolia won took home the gold as well as the People’s Choice award with their “Mongolian Warriors” piece.

Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures- Team Mongolia

Taking home the silver medal, Team Catalonia-Spain paid homage to Picasso with their piece, “Banyista Nua.”

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship

Team Estonia won third place with their “Dawn and Dusk” piece that told a story of two lovers that only are able to meet twice a year.

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Team Estonia

Each piece is designed with a story to tell and can be read as you walk through. However, Team Canada captivated their audience last year by telling the dramatic story behind their piece “An Inuit Moral Tale,” which ending up winning the Kids’ Choice award.

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Team Yukon

Watch the progress over the next week right here on our Facebook page! 

Click here for a gallery of last years participants! 

For detailed information visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships

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Previous Snow Sculpture Blogs: 

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge


Great weekend

Friday was a perfect day...clear skies...nice temps. Started the day with breakfast at the Columbine Cafe (highly recommended) followed by a gondola ride up to Peak 8. Took the wife and daughter up there as they do not ski. They loved the chance to see what my son and I see while we snowboard. They were able to take a lot of great pictures. My son and I also rode the Alpine Slide...a good time. Went back to town to do a little shopping on Main Street and then headed back to Beaver Run. It snowed quite a bit overnight as we were expecting. My son and I hopped on the slopes for a little snowboarding in the afternoon. Nothing like snowboarding on fresh powder. We had an in-room dinner that night and then hit the road in the morning for what was a great 4-day trip. We will definitely be back!

Name: Jim Haugh
City: Topeka
State: KS


Valentine's Day Couples Massage!

Treat your Sweet this February!

Soothe Day Spa in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 will be offering Couples 50 min and 80 min Massages ths February the Valentine’s Weekend.  What a perfect way to end a day of skiing and riding with your special someone. Ski in to luxury and the ultimate spa experience at Soothe Day Spa.

The Couples Massage will feature one of these three romance-inspired aromatherapy choices featured by ZENTS, a Colorado company.  Couples will receive a complimentary gift upon check-out.
SUN: A top note of luxurious French vanilla, heart notes of sweet blood orange and pink grapefruit, and base notes of sultry sandalwood and golden amber make this scent warm and sensuous, like the feeling of being home.
ORE: A citrusy top note of bergamot, heady heart notes of orris, violet, and jasmine, and deep base notes of bay laurel, clove, and black pepper make this sexy and intoxicating scent perfect for your wild side.
Zents Sun ProductsPETAL: Delicate freesia and exhilarating lemon top notes, a heart note of lily of the valley, and a base note of fresh rain infuse this light, dewy floral scent with the freshness of spring. 

Soothe Day Spa is a full service day spa located in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 at the base of Peak 7 in Breckenridge. Visit Soothe Day Spa or call 970-547-8701 to book your couples treatment today.


The 52nd Annual Ullr Festival


Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Ullr Float

Ullr must be very happy with Breckenridge this year! Over 150 inches of snow have blanketed our quaint little ski town this season so far! So join us and celebrate Ullr, the Norse god of snow all week long from January 5-11!

The King and Queen have been sworn in! Congratulations to Lenny and Mary Hoffius! A well-deserved honor, as they both support the community in various ways. Len volunteers at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, and Mary serves as a board member for the local Backstage Theater and Summit County Animal Shelter, and also serves as a member of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber Ambassadors. We’re proud to have them as members of our community and are thankful for all the work they do for the Town of Breckenridge!

Sign up today and be a part of history for the 2nd world record attempt for the longest shotski brought to you by the Breckenridge Distillery! $5 will hold your place and will be donated to the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club. See below for details! 

Each year the parade gets bigger and better! The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 seems to have a knack for building prize-winning Ullr floats! Will they take the cake for the third year in a row? You’ll just have to stand along Main Street and see!

For a full schedule and detailed event information, scroll down or click here! See you there!

GoBreck’ s schedule of events:

Sunday, January 5

Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen:  (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) – Includes live bluegrass by the Honey Gitters, plus a free beer stein or Viking helmet for the first 400 through the doors. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave.  FREE

Monday, January 6
Family Snow Day (3:30 pm. – 5:30 p.m.)   - Bring the kids for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, Ullr Helmet making, S ’mores over the fire pit and other family friendly activities. Breckenridge Nordic Center on Ski Hill Road. Free

Tuesday, January 7
Ullympics  (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)  Partake in wild events such as the frying pan toss, group ski racing and ski boot relay.  Email events@gobreck.com to register. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Lawn, 150 West Adams. FREE

Wednesday, January 8
SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film (5:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.) – High Country Conservation Center and Continental Divide Land Trust are partnering to bring the film festival to Breckenridge. HCCC and CDLT share complementary missions of resource and land conservation. We are excited to come together to bring the community thought-provoking and beautiful films to inspire involvement and action. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave. $15.00 For more information and to buy tickets click here.

Breck’s Got Talent (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.) – Join local radio station, Always Mountain Time, for a town-wide talent show. For more information or to register contactjohnny@alwaysmountaintime.com. Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge. $5.00. Advance tickets available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center.


Thursday, January 9
Ullr Parade (4:30 p.m.) – The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest parade showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun. Main Street Breckenridge. Don’t miss the World Record Shot Ski Attempt at 4:00 just prior to the parade (click here to sign up for the shot ski). Register for the Parade HERE

Ullr Bonfire (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) – Join us for the town bonfire.  Christmas trees are welcome! South Gondola Parking Lot. FREE

Friday, January 10
Comedy Night (7:00 p.m. Doors Open, Show at 8:00 p.m.) – Comedy Works comics descend on Breckenridge for a night of big laughs. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave. Admission TBD

Saturday, January 11
2nd Annual Ullr Classic Pond Hockey Tournament (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Close out the week with a pond hockey tournament held at the Gold Run Nordic Center, 200 Club House Drive.  Register online  $150 per team and FREE for spectators.

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Ice Castles in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Ice Castles















Breckenridge is known as a world-class ski destination, where the best skiing and snowboarding hedge up to a perfect mountain town. With a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, a trip to Breckenridge will create memories that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime.

Breckenridge Ice Castles

From hitting the slopes, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, shopping, to enjoying great après atmosphere at one of the many restaurants and bars along Main Street, you’ll never run out of things to do here.

A unique attraction has appeared in the Tiger/Dredge parking lot in downtown Breckenridge. Over the past few weeks, more than 20 million pounds of ice have transformed into a magical Ice Castle. At an elevation of 9,600 feet, the Breckenridge Ice Castle is surely the highest of its kind in North America this year. Other locations include Midway, UT and Lincoln, NH. Last year Ice Castles were located in Silverthorne, CO, at the Mall of America in MN and also in Steamboat Springs, CO.

The idea sprouted literally in the backyard of architect Brent Christensen, when he created an ice rink for his kids to enjoy. It quickly developed into an ice rink equipped with a 20’ slide, a castle tower and an ice cave. Talk about “Go big, or go home!”

The Ice Castles take shape with the guidance of sculpting teams. Each day, more than 5,000 icicles are “grown”, strategically placed and then drenched in water. Each formation is unique and evolves throughout the winter.

The Ice Castles change drastically from day to night, and offer a completely different experience with each visit. So take a stroll through the caves and caverns, gaze up at the tunnels and archways and escape to a magical place within the Breckenridge Ice Castle.

Breckenridge Ice Castles

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  2pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday:  noon – 10pm

Ticket Prices:

General Admission, age 12 and up:    $10
Children 4 to 11: $8
Young Children under 4 years old:  Free

Military / Seniors: $8 (must show ID)

Season Pass: $30

* Senior and Military discount, $2 off General Admission
* Non-Profit discount available for groups of 10+ and Group Discounts for groups of 15+.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, contact groupsales@icecastles.com for rates.


Map and Directions


150 West Adams Ave.
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Directions From Denver:

  • Take I70 West
  • Take exit 203 toward Frisco / Breckenridge
  • At the traffic circle, veer Right, onto Summit Blvd
  • The Ice Castle will be on your left!

Customized directions can be created from your location to the Ice Castle by clicking on “Directions” on the pop-up on the map, or by clicking on “View Larger Map” at the bottom of the map image.

To purchase tickets, click here! 

For more information, visit: www.IceCastles.com

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Previous Related Blog Posts: 

Silverthorne Ice Castles

Winter Activities for People Who Hate Winter

What is Your Favorite Outdoor Activity in Breckenridge?

New Snow in Breckenridge!





Dew Tour in Breckenridge

Dew Tour in Breckenridge
















The Dew Tour is back in Breckenridge! For the first time in history, the event is an Olympic qualifier, so the best of the best will need to pull out all the stops and give it their all in order to make it on to the U.S. Winter Olympic team.  This will be the first event of five stops in the Olympic trials process. The others are during the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., Northstar, Calif., Park City, Utah and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

The party won’t just take place in the park at Breckenridge Ski Resort. From the Dew Tour Showcase: Recognize Film Festival, at the Riverwalk Center where the most epic films in the industry will be featured, playing tribute to the many talented athletes and filmmakers out there, to the Streetstyle event downtown on Friday night as well as the Fitz and The Tantrums concert on Saturday night, Breckenridge sure knows how to play host!

To purchase ancillary event tickets, visit the Riverwalk Center’s website.

Several of the competing athletes call Breckenridge home, so go out and cheer them on! Good luck to Bobby Brown, Anna Segal, Keri Herman, JJ Thomas and Eric Willett! Make sure to take a peak at the rest of the Breck Epic Pro Team. Big name riders and skiers like Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Louie Vito will be sure to grab some attention, but it’s anyone’s game!

Snowboarder Zack Black spreads the mustache cheer at the 2012 Dew Tour in Breckenridge




Local Pro Snowboarder, Zack Black spreading the mustache cheer at the 2012 Dew tour in Breckenridge. 






Can’t make it to Breckenridge, no problem. Watch it streaming live here: http://stream.nbcsports.com/dewtour/?pid=88

Schedule of Events from GoBreck:


Thursday, December 12th

9:30 a.m. - Men's Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final

1 p.m. - Men's Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final

7:30 - 9 p.m. Reconize: Film - A movie showcasing the past season's most notable films in the ski and snowboard industry, and paying homage to successes of athletes and videographers outside of competition. $5 tickets (including fees), all proceeds will be donated to SOS Outreach, a youth development nonprofit. Riverwalk Center. Click here for details.

Friday, December 13th

9:30 a.m. - Women's Freeski Superpipe Final

11:30 a.m. - Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final

3 p.m. - Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final

5 p.m. - Men's Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final

7:30p.m. - Main Street - Snowboard Downtown Streetstyle Final

Saturday, December 14th

10 a.m. -  Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final

12:15 p.m. - Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final

2 p.m. - Women's Freeski Slopestyle Final

4:30 p.m. - Men's Freeski Superpipe Final

7:30p.m. Concert at the Riverwalk Center - Fits and the Tantrums - Click here for more information

Sunday, December 15th

10 a.m. - Men's Freeski Slopestyle Final

1 p.m. Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final


For more local event information, visit GoBreck: http://www.gobreck.com/events/community-events/dew-tour

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.Allisports.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

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Previous Dew Tour Blogs:

Breckenridge Welcomes the Dew Tour this December 13 – 16 Top Athletes Coming to Breckenridge this Weekend! Breckenridge Celebrates its 50th Anniversary and the Dew Tour Comes to Town This Weekend!


Great Vacation Getaway

We had a wonderful stay at GLP7. We enjoyed the activities that were offered on the property, snow shoeing, survival bracelets, family movie night; plus all the winter sports such as skiing, and snowmobiling. The activities desk was great in helping coordinating our vacation week. We met some new friends at the movie night and out on the trails!

Name: connie
City: Medicine Lodge
State: KS

Lighting of Breckenridge this Saturday

LIghting of Breckenridge procession at the BLue River Plaza in BreckenridgeCome take part in a classic Breckenridge holiday tradition tomorrow at the annual Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas/ Race of the Reindeer. Part of Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays, The Lighting of Breckenridge is the anchor to the first weekend of holiday festivities in December. Come help Santa celebrate the lighting of the Town Tree in the Blue River Plaza. Join the procession as it moves down Main Street escorting Santa’s sleigh.

The Lighting of Breckenridge events start at 1:45 p.m. and include family art, holiday carolers, dance performance, free hot cocoa and more. The Race for the Santas is a six block foot race on Main Street where everybody must be dressed as Santa and the top finishers win prizes including Ullr helmets. The Race of the Reindeer is the kid’s version of the race and anyone over 12 is encouraged to participate. All kids will get reindeer antlers to wear. The Racing commences at 4:15 p.m. so come to run or come to watch but don’t be late. Click here for more information and to register for the race.

Santas running down Main Street Breckenridge.The Lighting procession starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Red White and Blue Firehouse. Santa will arrive in his horse drawn carriage. Join in the procession as it works its way down Main Street towards the Blue River Plaza where Santa will preside over the lighting of the Town Tree. After the lighting kids can visit with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum and get a photo as well. For more information on tomorrow’s Lighting of Breckenridge festivities click here.

Next up in Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays is the Dew Tour. The Dew Tour is an amazing event that brings together the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete in superpipe, big air and slopestyle. This year the stakes are even higher as the Dew Tour will be a 2014 Winter Olympic qualifying event for the US Ski and Snowboard Team. Click here for details.


Local Breckenridge Business Embraces Renewable Energy

Breckenridge Grand Vacations owner and developer, Mike Dudick, attends the Grand Opening of Breckenridge's community solar gardens. (Photo special to Clean Energy Collective.)







Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fosters Solar Farm

Purchase affords renewable energy sharing with local community.

Award-winning timeshare resort development company, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has partnered with Clean Energy Collective and the Town of Breckenridge as one of the largest local owners in Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program with a $1 million purchase in Breckenridge’s Ullr and Sol Community Solar Arrays.

The two community solar gardens are named after Ullr, the Norse god of snow, and Sol, the god of sun. The gardens can produce enough energy to offset the power usage and utility cost of almost 80 homes, and allows homeowners and businesses to offset their carbon footprint without having to install panels on their roof or property.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations will own 28% of Ullr and Sol solar arrays located on the Stillson and McCain properties, land owned by the Town of Breckenridge on the north and east sides of Breckenridge. The solar energy will power Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ corporate offices on Main Street as well as the Breck Inn, a boutique hotel the company manages.

BGV will ultimately see a return on the investment, but that was not the company’s primary goal. The Developers want to support the green initiatives of the Town and also set the precedent for other businesses that can make a difference by offsetting their energy consumption.

“This is an awesome project, a no-brainer. We love our community and an investment like this is simply the right thing to do,” said Mike Millisor, Owner and Developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations.

Brother and Co-Owner Rob Millisor added “Giving back to the community has been part of our corporate mission from the beginning. BGV continuously contributes to the enhancement of the community whenever possible and encourages its employees to give back as well.”

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1985, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor, along with partner Mike Dudick, developers of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts, have been creating great vacations for thousands of families. The company has always defined success by how much it positively impacts its owners & guests, employees, investors, and the community. This philosophy has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business in Breckenridge, CO. For more information, visithttp://www.breckenridgegrandvacations.com.

For high resolution images from the Grand Opening, download them here: (Photos Special to Kelsey Fowler at the Summit Daily News) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y57u8i0at3vahtf/d-6AOzyJXA

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Breckenridge Opening Day and Colorado Ski Report

Snowmobile at the Peak 8 Base Area in Breckenridge Snow! And plenty of it is falling on Breckenridge and Summit County! The new ski season is off to a roaring start. 49 inches of snow have fallen on Breckenridge so far this year. Wow! That is going to make for an amazing opening week here.

There is currently snow in the forecast for multiple days this week and we are hoping the big, early start continues.

Opening Day was awesome. There was plenty of tasty goodies including Bavarian cream stuffed Nutella éclairs, courtesy of the Ski Hill Grill, Nature Valley Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares, complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks, and other prizes. Hundreds showed up to carve their first turns of the season on opening day.

Currently Breckenridge is sporting an 18 inch base and is offering skiing and riding on Peak 8. There are 5 lifts running and there is skiing on 7 runs comprising a total of 127 skiable acres right now. Open runs include Springmeier, Crescendo and the Park Lane Terrain Park. More is opening every day so check the Breckenridge terrain report for the latest updates.

Breckenridge was not the first ski resort in Colorado to open. There are other areas open and by Friday all four ski resorts in Summit County will be open. Here is the scoop on all of the best skiing around Breckenridge. 

A-Basin was the first ski area to open in Colorado this year and has an 18” base with 6 runs open. Both the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Lifts are open and the Lenawee Face is open which is pretty fun early season skiing and riding.

Loveland Ski Resort has already had 65” of snow this year. That’s what you get when you are at the top of the Divide. Loveland is sporting a 20” base with 6 runs and 3 lifts operating lift 2 with access to the mid station.

Bus on snowey day in BreckenridgeKeystone is open and has a 26” base with skiing on four runs. Expect more terrain to open rapidly as Summit County continues to get more snow.

Copper Mountain is sporting a 22” base and has only seen 14” of snow so far this season. The snow total is coming up even now over in Copper. Copper is reporting 3 lifts operating with 4 runs open for skiing.

Winter is back in Breckenridge and we are off to a great start. Come join in the celebration of winter, strap on your skis and boards and get some!

For discounted lodging packages all year long, make sure to visit: www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

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Why Wax? The Benefits of Maintaining Your Hardgoods

                                            Why Wax? The Benefits of Maintaining Your Hardgoods

When it comes to skis and snowboards, getting a quick tune up is something that is often overlooked. Regular maintenance will prove a smoother ride with sharper, more controlled turns.

With new technology coming out every season, people are tempted to just replace their equipment year after year or every few years. However, a simple maintenance regimen will keep your skis and boards in tip top shape to be enjoyed for many years to come or at least in good shape if you want to sell your used equipment at a resale shop such as Ridden in Breckenridge. (Shameless plug for a co-workers shop...But really, check it out, they have some killer deals! www.RiddenGear.com )

What to look for:


You need to get your equipment waxed if you see dullness on the bottom of your skis or board. Does it look shiny or grey? Shiny is good!  The latter means the wax on your board or skis has worn away. It will be more difficult to control speed and turns, especially for beginners. Worn off wax also exposes your equipment to more wear and tear.


Did you know they were metal? Imagine cutting a steak with a dull butter knife. Now apply that to your skis and snowboards “cutting” into the side of a mountain. If your edges are smooth and sharp, you will be able to carve with more precision.

We know it’s not realistic to tune your equipment after only hitting the slopes a handful of times like the advanced to expert level skiers and riders do, but try to keep it in mind throughout the season.  You’ll notice a difference in the performance and heck, you might even get better! Beginners should get edges tuned after about 10 days on the mountain, but should get their boards or skis waxed even more frequently. Intermediate to advanced riders tend to tune after about 6-8 days on the slopes.  Advanced riders lean towards 3-5 days of use before they tune their equipment. The Shaun Whites of the world most likely ride with fresh edges every time.

If you learn to tune and wax your boards and /or skis yourself, you’ll save quite a bit of change. Check out these video tutorials by Tognar.com, an online waxing/tuning supply company:



Sharpening edges:


Or, make friends with a local shop. Sometimes a six pack goes a long way!

Here are the Best of Breck’s top picks of places of where to get a tune while you’re in Breckenridge: (Click on the hyperlinked store names for additional pricing information.)

Pup’s Glide Shop: 107 Ski Hill Road- Choose from same day service or an overnight tune! Easy as pie!

Lone Star Sports: 110 South Park Avenue- Frequented by athletes and coaches, this shop has been around for 37 ski seasons and is the longest running ski shop in Breckenridge.

Base Mountain Sports: 500 South Park Avenue- They offer many tuning, mounting and repair services.

Have other suggestions of where to get your board or skis tuned? Leave a comment below! 


Breckenridge Grand Vacations Pledges $500,000 Towards Historical Restoration Project

Donation Paves Way for a Much Needed Multi Purpose Community Center

Members of Breckenridge Town Council, the Heritage Alliance, Summit County Board of Commissioners and Summit County Libraries accept a check for $500,000 from the owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations. The donation will help make the historic Harris Street building into a new community center. The restored building will be called the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and will host a public library, local non profits, a movie theater and mixed-use community space. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Fowler of The Summit Daily News









Breckenridge Grand Vacations owners Mike Millisor, Rob Millisor and Mike Dudick present a check made out to to "The People of Summit County" for the restoration of the Harris Street school house in Breckenridge. The restored building will be called the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and will host a public library, local non profits, a movie theater and mixed-use community space. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Fowler of The Summit Daily News)

October 10, 2013- Breckenridge, CO Longtime local resort developer, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has recently pledged to donate $500,000 for the rehabilitation of the historic schoolhouse building on Harris Street into a community center and library. The building, commonly referred to as the “old CMC building” will be called “The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center.” The expected grand opening is slated for October of 2014.

“We felt compelled to be a part of this project because it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has been so great to us,” said Mike Dudick, Owner and Developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations. “The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center will fulfill the expressed need for a central gathering place for visitors and locals alike.”

Following the renovation, the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center will host the greatly expanded South Branch Library, which will encompass separate areas for adults, teens and children, a state-of-the-art computer center and space for enhanced library programs. Free internet and computer access will be available for all residents and visitors.

The building will also be home to The Speakeasy Movie Theatre, a defining cultural highlight in Breckenridge for nearly 20 years. The overhaul will reconfigure the 160-seat theater to feature first run films, film festivals and also to serve as a presentation venue.

Multiple non-profits will soon call the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center home, including Breckenridge-based organization, The Summit Foundation. BGV works closely with The Summit Foundation, which distributes grants and provides assistance to more than 90 smaller non-profits in the area. The building will also contain offices for the Breckenridge Festival of Film, as well as the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.  

There will also be rooms allocated for mixed-use and conference space.

“We are pleased to partner with Breckenridge Grand Vacations on this exciting restoration project, transforming a part of our heritage into a spectacular community gathering space,” said Leah Arnold of the project’s Capital Campaign Committee. “This gift shows pride in our town and its future, and we hope many will follow Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ lead.”

The renovation project is expected to cost about $8 million and is currently the largest historical restoration project in the state. The Capital Campaign Committee seeks to raise $2 million, with the remainder of the funds being split by the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Government. The Capital Campaign is now well past 70% of its goal continues to seek donations from businesses and individuals.

Donations of any size are welcome and opportunities for naming rights are available in amounts ranging from $250 for a seat in the upgraded movie theater to $50,000 for a room in the new library. For a minimum donation of $100, people can join the Founders’ Circle and will receive a Founder’s Kit which includes discounts on movie concessions and historical tours, as well as commemorative tote and special edition library card. Founders’ Circle memberships will be limited to the first 300 people. To donate, please visit www.BGVCenter.org or contact Leah Arnold at 970-453-9767 x104 or via email to Leah@townofbreckenridge.com.

Owners and Developers of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor along with partner, Mike Dudick, have donated millions of dollars over the past 30 years to various other community projects, event sponsorships and local fundraising efforts. BGV continuously contributes to the enhancement of the community whenever possible and encourages its employees to give back to the community using various proactive approaches.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1985, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor, along with partner Mike Dudick, developers of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts, have been creating great vacations for thousands of families. Their solid, 4 component business philosophy—comprised of investors, owners & guests, employees and the community, has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business in Breckenridge, CO. For more information, visit www.breckenridgegrandvacations.com.

Owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Rob Millisor, Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick tour the construction site.













Owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Rob Millisor, Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick tour the construction site.

Construction crew poses for a photo in front of the school house in 1908.  Breckenridge's first high school completed in 1909. Students attended from all over Summit County.















Construction crew poses for a photo in front of the school house in 1908. Breckenridge's first High School was completed in 1909. Students attended from all over Summit County.