It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the 4th of July already but that is the nature of Breckenridge in the summer. The perfect balance that exists between warm sunshine and cool air is fleeting in the high country of Breckenridge. This summer we have been blessed with exceptionally good weather.
With Friday being the 4th of July this year, Breckenridge will be hopping and full of energy next weekend. Breckenridge always pulls out all the stops for the 4th but this year will prove to be more exciting with a true three day weekend. There will be more to do and enjoy in Breckenridge this 4th of July weekend then mere mortals will be able to fit into 3 days. If you are planning on a trip to Breckenridge this 4th, here are ten ideas for things to do to help you dial in your schedule of fun for the weekend.
Don’t miss the Main Street parade – Time honored family entertainment! Starting with the Firecracker 50 and the Red White and Blue Color Guard, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street with colorful floats and celebration all the way!
Rafting is awesome this summer! – Rafting is awesome any summer but this summer the rivers have been raging. Although flows are coming down rafting conditions are the most perfect they have been in a long time this late into the season. There are many outfitters that offer full and half day trips that leave from Breckenridge.
Rev it up with a 10K – get out and get your exercise before you hit your big BBQ in the afternoon. The Independence Day 10k Trail Run is a scenic 10k trail race offering some of the best views in the Breckenridge area. The race starts at 7 a.m. Register at www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call 970.453.1734 for more info.
Hike or Bike –Take some time to commune with nature by getting in it. There are miles of Backcountry all around Breckenridge and Summit County that offer a spectacular diversity of trails for any level of hiker and rider. Visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center and check out the hiking info book they keep at the main desk.
Find your Groove at the Riverwalk Center – come out to the Riverwalk Center at 2 p.m. on the 4th and check out Dumpstaphunk for Free! Led by Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk serves up a colossal low end and filthy grooves.
Get festive with art – The Breckenridge July Art Festival features over 100 artists presenting ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! The festival takes place in the Wellington Lot area in the Watson Street Alley Friday to Sunday July 4th – 6th.
Have kids? Have fun! – take the kids for the time of their lives in Breckenridge and find yourself having just as much fun. Go to the Peak 8 Fun Park! Try the human maze, of bungee trampoline, Take a scenic chairlift or 4x4 tour across the mountain. But for the most fun try the Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster or the new Ten Mile Zipline.
Watch out for Vipers – Dodge Vipers from all over will be displayed all along Main Street on Friday the 4th from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
More free music! Come to the annual NRO 4th of July concert - For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert at the Riverwalk Center! Lawn seating is Free! The event starts at 8:30 on Friday the 4th but get there early for the best spots on the lawn. The box office will be selling tickets for inside on Friday.
Last winter’s epic snow means Fireworks!!! – All of our snow from winter means conditions are perfect for Fireworks. Celebrate the 4th on Friday at 9:45 p.m. the fireworks will be set off between Peaks 8 and 9 and will be able to be seen from all over town.
Breckenridge is so much fun on the 4th of July and this year with Friday being the 4th there will be an extra charge in the air. There is so much to do that you will never be able to do it all so choose wisely!
The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race is a staple in Breckenridge’s 4th of July weekend festivities. The Firecracker 50 Leads the Independence Day Parade on Friday, July 4th and starts bright and early at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street. Join thousands of spectators and cheer on these riders as they start on their 50 mile expedition throughout Breckenridge’s beautiful network of trails. Top contenders are rewarded with a cash prize and the lucky first place winner in all 4 categories receives $500!
The Firecracker 50 lives on, getting bigger and bigger each year.
The Firecracker 50 is one of the first organized events on July 4th. Competitors, viewers and awesome volunteers continue to grow this event with traditions such as The Wild Turkey Challenge which, amps up contestants to jump a ramp and slug down mysterious amber liquid from a cup as they continue on their trek.
Bikers of any class are can register for the Firecracker 50. Register under Pro/Elite, Expert, Sport, Beginner or the Maverick Open 45+. With a class for everyone, you are sure to find your place! Recognizing Past Pro Champions from 2013 are Gretchen Reeves and Oliver Zurburegg.
Registration opened on April 4, 2014 and tends to fill quickly. Entry fees are as follows:
$95 for Pro/Open Solo
$85 for all other Solo categories
$140 for a 2 person team
Entry fee includes:
For a full breakdown of the Firecracker 50, visit Maverick Sports Promotions
Don’t miss out on this fun event or the rest of activities Breckenridge’s Independence Weekend celebration has to offer.
Looking for other biking events that Breckenridge offers? Come cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders before welcoming the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge as it wraps up in Breckenridge at the Stage 5 finish on August 22nd, 2014. Watch two to five years old race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. The BGV Strider Challenge starts Friday morning August 22nd.
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Blue Ribbon Bacon tour will be back at Keystone Resort's River Run Village on Saturday, June 21-22, 2014.
Nearly 3,000 lbs of bacon is expected to be served at the two day event. Bacon lovers will be able to sample bacon from all over the country in the form of ice cream, bloody mary's from Colorado's largest bacon bloody mary bar, mixed with mac and cheese, and more!
(Photo courtesy of Lori Midson/Westword)
This is one of Colorado's summer festivals that you won't want to miss. While you are sampling the mouth-watering bacon dishes, enjoy live music from Big Onion, Hell's Belles, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco, The Woodies and The Great Unknowns.
• $20 Piglet Package Saturday OR Sunday (12 & under) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
• $30 Samplin' Swine Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or 2 non-alcoholic beverages *Must be 21yrs of age and have a valid ID to receive alcoholic drink tokens
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
• $50 Hungry Hog Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
8 tasting tickets = eight dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
Participation in the festival's Whiskey Tour *Must be 21yrs of age to participate in the whiskey tour
• A-la-carte Tasting Tickets: $4 for one Tasting Ticket - each tasting ticket will be exchanged for one item at any of the participating food vendor tents
Need Lodging? For the BEST lodging deals in Breckenridge, visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.
About 2,000 cyclists from all over the world will be entering Breckenridge on Day 7 of the Denver Post Ride the Rockies annual bicycle tour. Each day, treks can be anywhere from 40-100 miles long. This non-competitive, yet challenging event provides host communities with grants for deserving non-profits and proceeds from the event benefit other non-profits all over Colorado. The event began on Sunday, June, 8th in Boulder. Riders will travel nearly 500 miles and cross over six mountain passes, and will end in Golden, Colorado on Friday, June 13th.
Breckenridge's Mayor John Warner is participating in this year's event for the seventh or eighth time. The first day proved challenging for all the riders as they passed through adverse weather conditions, and decent of more than 11,000 feet down Berthoud Pass.
Breckenridge has an entire day of live music planned to welcome in the riders. There will be a large party at the Riverwalk Center on Thursday, June 12, starting around noon with food and drinks from Foodhedz and Breckenridge Distillery, entertainment, and music from DJ DC, Noah and the Arks and Chris Daniels and the Kings.
Riders will head out on Friday morning up Swan Mountain Road to embark on their final leg to Golden.
Check out the video from last year's ride and get to know what type of items are absolutely essential for a successful ride through the Rockies!
Breckenridge kicks off summer with a bang with it's annual celebration of Kingdom Days, a two-day event that pays homage to Breck’s history. Join us for the ever-so-hilarious Outhouse Races down Main Street, free burro rides, train rides, face painting, gold panning, concerts, historical tours and more!
Check out this video about Kingdom Days from GoBreck!
Weekend Activities Schedule:
Breckenridge Fun Park Opening Weekend- Cruise over the ski resort on the new zipline, take the chairlift up and mountain bike down, play mini golf, take a 4x4 off-road tour and much more! The gondola will also be opening for the season and offers free access to Peak 8.
Outhouse Races- Find a spot to stand along Main Street to witness teams from near and far race their hand built outhouses. Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs for the People's Choice Award. Feel like testing your running skills? Sign up your team to run the race by visiting clicking here! Enjoy
the street party while The Luv Brothers play a free concert!
National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night- The NRO opens for the summer season with a performance titled, "Welcome to the New World". Individual tickets and season passes are available for purchase. Click here for more information.
For additional events and activities, visit www.GoBreck.com
Our neighbors over in Frisco are hosting the 21st Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge from Thursday, June 12- Saturday, June 14! Click here for more
Need lodging? Stay the whole weekend and enjoy the fun! For the BEST lodging deals in Breckenridge, click here!
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.
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)
DIRECTIONS TO THE NORDIC CENTER
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!
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(Photo credit: www.GoBreck.com)
(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:
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 Parade:
Where: Main Street
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.
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.
“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 )
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.
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.
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.
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-Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain-Wales, Italy, Lithuania, Mongolia (team 2), Mongolia Munkh-Erdene (team 1), Russia, USA-Colorado/Black Forest, USA-Colorado/Breckenridge, USA-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.
Taking home the silver medal, Team Catalonia-Spain paid homage to Picasso with their piece, “Banyista Nua.”
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.
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.
For detailed information visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships
Previous Snow Sculpture Blogs:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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!
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.
For discounted lift tickets and the Best of Breckenridge’s lodging specials, visit: http://www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/specials/websp/websp.html
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Come 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.
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.
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.
Keystone 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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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 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. 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.
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.
Join the Adventure: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings
Conrad Anker to Breckenridge
The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store present The Impossible Climb
ALAMEDA, California—Sept. 19, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Conrad Anker will come to Breckenridge, Colo., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.
Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.
Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition.
The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM. It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant. All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs. This year there also will be a chance to win numerous The North Face products including jackets, pants, gift certificates, passes to the local rec center and much more all for only a $5 donation per ticket. Raffle tickets may be purchased online, in the store, or at the event. All raffle proceeds will go to the BOEC. You must bring your ticket to the 7:00PM event. The presentation will then take place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams, Breckenridge, CO 80424, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. The VIP reception tickets are available for $20.00. Again, The VIP reception begins at 5:30 PM, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.
The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.
Wow! Breckenridge and Colorado’s High Country are currently getting pounded with snow. It really feels like Mother Nature wants to get a jump on the 2013/14 ski season. Today’s snow is the 3rd significant snowfall the Breckenridge area has received in the last few weeks. There have been whispers of this year being a truly epic winter but after today’s snowfall everybody will be roaring about it. The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a huge winter for the whole country. For Colorado, the almanac suggests more snow in early October as well as into November along with colder temperatures. We are starting to see this play out now
Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area have started their snowmaking operations will open mid October. That’s weeks away! Breckenridge Ski Resort and most other ski areas will be starting up their snow guns shortly. What happened to summer?
Well it’s time to start looking forward and think about all of the winter fun we are going to be having soon!
Here are the scheduled opening dates for other ski resorts in Colorado:
For more information and lift ticket and season pass prices for all of these resorts, visit http://www.coloradoinfo.com/wintervacationplanner/lift-tickets-and-passes
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Winter weather is expected to start arriving in Breckenridge and Summit County any time. With winter season just around the corner and the fall weather getting cooler and cooler every day people are starting to get excited for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Although the summers in Breckenridge are truly amazing most agree that Breckenridge and Summit County come to life in the winter. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment with 4 world class ski areas all located in the same county!
As expected with winter being so amazing and exciting there are a ton of winter events that are happening throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of the some of the major events happening this winter in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day, 11/8 - Opening day is always exciting, but even more so this year as the season will bring the addition of Peak 6, an expansion of more than 500 acres of skiable terrain. Plus, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting quite the snowy winter – we’ve already experienced early season September snow, so here’s hoping that rings true! Click here for more information.
Lighting of Breckenridge and Running of the Santas, 12/7 - Watch Breckenridge transform into a winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree. Click here for details.
Dew Tour, 12/12 – 12/15 - The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and Breckenridge locals Eric Willett and Bobby Brown. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings, giveaways in the Festival Village and more. Click here for more info.
Ullr Fest, 1/5 – 1/11 - Ullr Fest celebrates 50 years this January! During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers as more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr the Norse god of snow. Ullr Fest is a weeklong winter festival with events for everyone including the Ullr Parade on Main Street Thursday, January 9th. Click here for a full lineup of this year’s events.
International Snow Sculpture Championships, 1/21 – 1/25 - Watch as 10 feet tall, 20 ton blocks of snow are transformed into amazing works of art using only hand tools. The incredible sculptures are created by teams from all over the world over the course of five days in January. The International Snow Sculpture Championship is the signature event in Breckenridge during the winter drawing thousands to witness the spectacle. Click here for details.
Mardi Gras, 3/4/14 - Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the Mardi Gras season and on Fat Tuesday join in the Mardi Gras Procession that marches its way along Main Street while thousands cheer on for beads and candy! Click here for more information.
Inspire, Educate and Entertain. The mission of the Breckenridge Film Festival is to enrich lives through the ideas and emotions inspired by the art of film making.
Back for its 33rd year, the Breckenridge Film Festival is packing quite the punch this year. With more than 50 films screening at seven different venues throughout Breckenridge, attendees will not be disappointed with the assortment of independent films.
For several years, this film festival kicked off summer activities. We’re glad that they chose to host the festival in the fall this year. We welcome filmmakers and observers from near and far to our charming mountain town. There are plenty of activities to enjoy during the day, so go out and soak in those beautiful golden aspens on a mid-day hike or take in the sights on a scenic drive up Baldy Mountain. Plenty of visitors like to just take in the views from a bench facing the ski resort in the Blue River Plaza, just across the lawn from the Riverwalk Center.
We hope you are moved, inspired and energized by the films selected for the 2013 Breckenridge Festival of Films! Enjoy!
There are too many films to list! Click here for the full event schedule, screening locations and forum information:
Tickets may be purchased at these locations: (NOTE! Online ticket sales end on Friday, September 20 at 11 p.m. MST)
For every $100 individual donation via www.BreckFilmFest.com, received is a four-punch pass and special festival gift
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It’s time to break out your lederhosen and oversized steins again! It’s time for Breckenridge’s 19th annual Oktoberfest celebration taking place next weekend, September 13th – 15th. Last year the powers that be decided to extend the party to 3 days starting the festivities on Friday. This year they are continuing the tradition so come up early and enjoy the extra day.
Oktoberfest is Breckenridge’s largest street party where Main Street closes and is lined with booths brimming with traditional German food. There is music, dancing, Paulinar Bier and more. Breckenridge comes to life with traditional costumes, German food, Oompah and polka music, Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg-tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, did we mention Paulaner Bier.
The party starts next Friday the 13th at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. On Saturday for those interested in a little morning exercise there is a 5k trail run at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Don’t worry! You can get back to drinking right after as the Main Street Party starts at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t forget to get your stein sooner than later. Steins generally sell out before Sunday and they will not get more. Oktoberfest is a no pet event so please leave the critters at home.
For more information and to pre purchase steins visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/breckenridge-oktoberfest.
For the best deals on Breckenridge Oktoberfest lodging, visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.