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.

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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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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.

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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!

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My Wife and I stayed at the Gold Point Lodge for a week and the experience was most relaxing. It was like we were staying in our own home. The room/apartment was comfortable and we were able to see and experience all the we wanted too. When we come back to Colorado we will most definitely stay here again.

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New Snow in Breckenridge!

Snow falling near Main and Lincoln in BreckenridgeWow! 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:

  • November 1: Keystone, Copper Mountain
  • November 8: Breckenridge Ski Resort, Wolf Creek
  • Fall snow covers tree branches in Breckenridge, ColoradoNovember 13:  Winter Park
  • November 22:  Vail, Eldora
  • November 27:  Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Steamboat
  • November 28:  Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Telluride
  • November 29:  Purgatory
  • November 30:  Howelsen Hill
  • December 6: Sunlight
  • December 11:  Ski Granby Ranch
  • December 12:  Powderhorn
  • December 14:  Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
  • December 21:  Silverton

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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Snow, Snow and more Snow!

September Snow in Breckenridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like Mother Nature wanted to get a jump start on the 2013/14 ski season this year when she dusted the peaks of the Breckenridge Ski Resort with snow last week! We've been hearing whispers about this year being an epic winter! The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting significant snowfalls for parts of every zone of the country. For Colorado, the almanac suggests more snow in early October along with colder temperatures. Maybe it will stick. Maybe not! We’ll see…

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area will open mid October. That’s less than a month away! What happened to summer? Here are the scheduled opening dates for other ski resorts in Colorado:

November 1:

Keystone, Copper Mountain

November 8:

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Wolf Creek

November 13:

 Winter Park

November 22:

 Vail, Eldora

November 27:

 Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Steamboat

November 28:

 Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Telluride

November 29:

 Purgatory

November 30:

 Howelsen Hill

December 6:

Sunlight

December 11:

 Ski Granby Ranch

December 12:

 Powderhorn

December 14:

 Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 21:

 Silverton

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It’s “Season Pass” Season in the High Country

Snowblowers will be firing up in no time.That’s right! We know you are out there. School’s back and they’re already playing college football. Where did the summer go? Well we know that some of you are already thinking about the upcoming ski and snowboarding season. Being that it is almost the end of August that means we are only six to eight weeks away from the start of the first ski runs opening to the public. Breckenridge opens on November 8th and even that is just about 9 weeks from now. You might be thinking about winter and craving some fresh powder even though the summer’s rocking right now. Some of us here are in a ski mindset too and the ski areas are thinking about ski and snowboarding season right now for sure. Now is the time to look at the different season passes being offered by Colorado ski resorts. The resorts offer the best deals for early bird purchasers. If you do not live close and you are planning even a 5 day trip it is worth looking at the price of a season pass vs. the cost of lift tickets in season. Often the season pass is a better deal and if you are thinking even a little that you might get ten days or more on a hill in Colorado then it is a no brainer. Here is a lineup of the current season pass offers in and around Summit County.

Epic Pass

If you like Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek then the Epic Pass should be your first consideration. This pass is offered now for $689. The Epic Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, The Canyons in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California, Mt Brighton in Michigan, Arapaho Basin and Eldora located just outside of Boulder, Colorado.

For a little Less at $529 you can get the Epic Local Pass which offers unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Mt Brighton in Michigan, and Arapaho Basin. You will also get 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. 

One other Epic option is the Summit Value Pass which offers unlimited skiing at Keystone and Arapaho Basin and restricted access to Breckenridge. The Summit Value Pass is going for $439.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a very popular ski resort just about 15 miles north of Breckenridge at the other end of the Ten Mile Range. Copper offers 2,465 acres of skiing from Beginner to double black diamond skiing. Right Now a Copper Pass is just $369, a great deal.

Arapaho Basin

Arapaho Basin or A-Basin as people who are in the know call it is offered as one of the ski areas on the Epic Pass but A-Basin offers season passes of their own at prices that are much less expensive than the Epic Pass. A-Basin has been a local’s favorite for over 50 years. Located near the top of Loveland Pass about a 45 minute drive from Breck, A-Basin perches atop the Continental Divide and offers an unpretentious experience. A-Basin offers the best steep and un-groomed terrain in Summit County and for just $269 the lowest prices on a season pass anywhere.

Loveland Ski Resort

Loveland Ski Area is just over the hill in Clear Creek County and is another small ski area that offers really fun un-groomed terrain that is a little less steep than A-Basin. In addition to groomed and off-piste terrain Loveland offers some of the most amazing views from a ski area in Colorado. The Loveland Season Pass is $379 and offers a bunch of bonus days at other Colorado resorts including, Monarch, Crested Butte, Durango and more.

If you are planning a winter ski/snowboard adventure around Summit look first to the season pass rates before buying you lift tickets and always remember no matter what list tickets you decide to buy that they are always less expensive when you buy them before getting to your destination.

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Late Summer and Fall Activities in Breckenridge

Fall Colors in BreckenridgeSummer is coming to an end in the High Country and the golden days of fall are just around the corner. Many locals feel like the autumn in Breckenridge is the most enjoyable time of the year. The typical High Country fall starts in late August/early September and lasts through the beginning of November when most of the ski areas are open or opening. During the fall expect cooler temperatures dipping to downright cold at night. The weather tends to get quite dry; in fact the driest months of the year are September and October. Cooler temperatures and dry conditions are the perfect mix for all sorts of activities. The summer vacation season is winding down and there are fewer crowds. Most restaurants and retail establishments offer their best deals of the year and almost all businesses remain open during the fall since they have to staff up to get ready for the upcoming winter season. The fall is also one of the best times of the year to get awesome deals on lodging.

Hiking

If you are looking to experience the golden fall colors of the changing aspen trees a hike is one of the best ways to go. There are many trails for all abilities that offer stunning walks through golden aspen groves. One of the best things about hiking is that it is pretty easy and totally free. There are many hikes that offer great exposure to the aspens. One of our favorites is Mohawk Lake. Located just a few miles from Breckenridge, Mohawk Lake is the perfect intermediate family hike. The trail winds through the woods for about two miles before breaking out above tree line. The trail continues to Lower and Upper Mohawk Lakes offering stunning alpine vistas along the way.

Biking

Biking is another fantastic way to see and experience all that is fall in Summit County and Breckenridge. Like hiking, biking is relatively inexpensive. Bike rental is the only real expense and the extensive bike path system as well as backcountry trails offer rides for anyone. Many local companies offer shuttles to the top of Vail pass so you can ride the bike path down from the top of the pass back to Frisco or Copper Mountain. For a little more adventure look for a backcountry trail. Breckenridge and Summit County offer miles and miles of trails. One of our favorites is the Peaks Trail that starts just after the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and goes about 9 miles to Frisco. You can start at either end and ride back on the bike path to where you are staying. The whole ride is about 20 miles and takes under 3 hours.

Golf

If you like golf there is nothing better than golf at altitude. If you are looking for perfect golf weather mixed with epic mountain courses and the best deals of the season. There are five world class golf courses in Summit County and most stay open into early October. Closest to Breckenridge is the Breckenridge Golf Club. Operated by the Town of Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Golf Club is the only Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf course in the world. The Breckenridge Golf Club stays open until October 6th ad offers tee times as low as $30 for 9 holes after 4:30 p.m.  Other Summit County golf courses include the Keystone River and Ranch courses, the Raven in Silverthorne and Copper Creek in Copper Mountain. Each course is unique and plays beautifully.

Shopping in Breckenridge!Shopping and Dining

Breckenridge has over 160 shops in the downtown corridor and almost 80 restaurants and bars. The fall is a great time to find great deals on all kinds of stuff from outdoor gear to fine art. Restaurants always break out the famed and eagerly anticipated 2 for 1 dining offers and other great food and drink deals as well. The reason the fall is so great for deals on food and stuff is that it is the off season of course. More than that stores and restaurants are generally staffed up or hiring staff for the winter season and need to find ways to keep their staffs working while waiting for the return of winter. That means store owners do whatever they can to generate off season business and that includes big sales and promotions. One thing to always be on the lookout for is last year’s winter clearance items. There are always killer deals to be had on ski and snowboard gear in the fall.

Fall Events

Fall in Summit County and Breckenridge means the beginning of event season. Events including Labor Day Weekend and Oktoberfest have become Breckenridge event staples and provide family entertainment for thousands who visit each year. The capstone event of the fall in Breckenridge is Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a three day long street party that celebrates the world renowned beer drinking holiday that was born in Munich. During Oktoberfest Main street is closed and lined with booths offering the best German beer and traditional food found anywhere in Colorado. For a full lineup of events happening in Breckenridge and Summit County this late summer and fall click here.

The events and activities that are found in Breckenridge and the Colorado High Country are some of the best happening in Colorado in the fall and are offered at the best prices of the year. If you are planning a trip to Breckenridge soon make sure you are dialed in on all that is going on before you come.

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STRIDER PROS TO HIT THE STREETS OF BRECKENRIDGE

 Grand Lodge on Peak 7

 

 

 

STRIDER PROS TO HIT THE STREETS OF BRECKENRIDGE 

Preschoolers take to the streets to kick-off the Pro Cycling Challenge in Breckenridge

(Breckenridge, CO) August 15, 2013—The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge, presented by the Stork & Bear Company, will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 just before the Stage 3 start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Breckenridge.

The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge welcomes children ages two to five years old, of all riding abilities. Participants must provide their own balance bike and helmet. All racers will receive a gift bag following the event.

“We are ecstatic to host such a fun event for kids this year during the Pro Cycling Challenge stage in Breckenridge,” said Ginny Vietti, Vice President of Marketing at Grand Lodge on Peak 7. “It should be an entertaining race to get the crowd energized before the start of the main event.”

To register, stop by the Stork & Bear Company at 610 Main Street in Frisco, Co, or by calling the store at 970.668.5937. All registrants and parents must check in on the day of the race at the Stork & Bear booth in the Blue River Plaza on the corner of Washington and Main Street in Breckenridge by 9:00 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m.

Five Summit County locals have been training hard, preparing for their racing debut. JP Vietti, 4, of Silverthorne, Matthew Grattan, 5, of Dillon, Hannah Webb, 4, of Frisco, Max Klein, 4, of Silverthorne, and Grace Klein, 2, of Silverthorne, were the shining stars in the promotional video produced by Epic Mountain Productions for the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge.

This event will also promote the Axel Project, a non-profit that encourages bicycle use among youngsters in Colorado. The organization is dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. For more information, visit www.axelproject.com.

The Grand Lodge on Peak 7, the award-winning luxury resort developed by Breckenridge Grand Vacations, is located at the base of Peak 7 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 boasts ski-in/ski-out mountain access, state-of-the-art aquatics area, the ultra lavish Soothe Day Spa private theater rooms, fitness center, putting green, the eclectic Sevens restaurant and more. Offering fractional ownership and nightly rental options, the Grand Lodge on Peak7 is the premier destination in Breckenridge, Co. For more information, visit www.GrandLodgeonPeak7.com.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes.  The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.striderbikes.com.

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Need last minute lodging for the Breck stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge? Enjoy a FREE 2 night stay at the Breck Inn, or upgrade to a Beaver Run unit for $45!  A tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is included with this promotional stay. The first 6 people to call will receive the upgrade for FREE! Call 866.576.2053 to book your stay today! 

Watch as five Summit County locals train for the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge! Feel free to share! Sign up today! Space is limited! 

 

Get Ready. Get Set. It's Race Time!

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What’s up in Breck this weekend?

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Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

The weather is outside is delightful! Bluebird skies paired with the warmth of the Colorado sunshine, why not make a trip up to the high country? We’re hearing lots of stories of people “beating the heat” of high temperatures and escaping to the mountains. We’re expecting average daytime temperatures in the mid 70’s. Ahhh. Life is good here in Breckenridge!

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, June 28:

6:00 p.m.- The Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC)is hosting the 2nd Annual Runway Fashion Show fundraiser at the Riverwalk Center and will feature a prerformance by the all-vocal group, FACE. For tickets and more information, click here.

FIRC: Fashion Show Fundraiser


7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 29:

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.PRCA Pro Rodeo Breckenridge

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Brahms & Sibelius at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, June 30:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

The Backstage Theater Presents: Charlotte's Web

1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

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What’s up in Breck This Weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

There’s never a dull moment up here in the High Country! Aside from hiking, biking, climbing and rafting, Breckenridge is the perfect place to escape the heat and have a ton of fun.

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, June 21:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.- Dillon Farmers Market- Take a water taxi over to Dillon from Frisco and stroll through the open-air farmers market. The market features over 90 vendors that offer Colorado grown produce, crafts, textiles, flowers, jewelry and more. Click here for more info.

Backstage Theater Breckenridge presents Avenue Q

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30-9:30 p.m.- Breckenridge Music Festival- The Riverwalk Center is hosting two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell  Leahy. Tickets start at $28. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 22:

2013 Bacon Festival

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Tchaikovsky & Schumann at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, June 23:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here

PRCA Pro Rodeo in Breckenridge- Photo: www.GoBreck.com

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Peaks Trail Overview

Lower Peaks Trail Rainbow Park

This week the Best of Breckenridge crew, along with Breckenridge Grand Vacations and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, started their annual trail maintenance project. Each summer we work on our favorite trail, the Peaks Trail. The Peaks Trail is about 9 miles and runs from Breckenridge to Frisco (and vice-versa). The trail follows an old mining road from the 1800’s and has a section that runs alongside an aqueduct that was built by miners to funnel and sift water containing precious gold and silver.  The Peaks Trail offers a relatively easy hike with minimal elevation gains with breathtaking views of the Ten Mile Range. The Peaks Trail is popular among both hikers and mountain bikers.

 

There are three ways to access the Peaks Trail. You can find a trailhead just past the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 near the Peak 7 Base Area in Breckenridge, from the Rainbow Park trailhead in Frisco or you can also connect to it from the Gold Hill Trail. The Gold Hill trailhead is located on Gateway Drive (across from the Tiger Run RV Resort) about five miles north of Breckenridge on Highway 9. The Gold Hill Trail connects with the Peaks Trail after about 3 miles, and you can continue on the Peaks Trail either towards Breckenridge or Frisco. It is a great starting spot if you want to do a one-way hike to either the Peaks trailheads. The Gold Hill Trail is also part of the Colorado Trail which stretches 400 miles from Denver to Durango.

Peaks Trail Breckenridge Frisco


The trail winds through forests of lodgepole pines, meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams. 

The elevation gain is only 995 feet over the 9 mile course. The Peaks Trail can be hiked as a there-and-back or a point-to-point trip.  If you are staying at the Grand Lodge or another Peak 7 or Peak 8 property, you can take the hotel shuttle to the Gold Hill trailhead and walk the Gold Hill/Peaks Trail back.

 

If you are planning on hiking in the High Country, here are some tips from the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Website:

 

High Country Hiking Tips

Bring lots of water. Breckenridge has very dry air. Sweat evaporates from the body quickly, so continual replenishment of fluid is essential.

Prepare for any weather. A favorite local’s saying is “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Always be prepared for different conditions on the trail.

Wear sunscreen. The sun at high elevations is more intense than at lower elevations, and with over 300 sunny days a year in Breckenridge, you are bound to have sunshine. Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and apply often.

Be courteous. Many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails and shared by hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. A little friendliness can go a long way!

Stay on the trail. Going off the trail can damage or destroy sensitive areas. Please respect the natural beauty so others can enjoy.

Plan ahead. Always leave hiking information with a friend before going out. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the hike. That way if there is a problem, help can be summoned.

Pick up after your dog.: It's the law in Summit County and the right thing to do.

Good hiking shoes and socks are important. A good pair of hiking shoes and socks can be the difference between the perfect hiking experience and a difficult hike.

For more information on Breckenridge and to book the Best lodging in Breckenridge visit www.grandlodgeonpeak7.com.

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TGIF! Breckenridge’s Best Decks and Patios to Enjoy a Happy Hour

It’s gotta be 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Well, in Breckenridge, happy hours typically start at 3 o’clock! Even better.  And, most of them run seven days a week, so you technically don’t need to wait until Friday either. Win-win!  With the sun shining until well past 8 o’clock throughout the summer, there’s no better place to be, than on one of Breckenridge’s restaurant decks to soak it all in.

If you aren’t familiar with the bars and restaurants that have nice patios in Breckenridge, there’s no need to waste precious vacation time by roaming around the streets looking for one. We’ve done the busy work for you. Here are the Best of Breckenridge’s top 10 picks for best patios:

Best of Breckenridge Best Happy Hour Patio

1.       Kenosha Steakhouse - Since their sign out front says, “Best Deck in Breck” it must be true.  Every day from 3-6 p.m. wines, wells and drafts are $1 off, PBRs are $2 and appetizers range from $2.50 to $5. Check out their spring specials while you’re there. They are currently offering 12 oz pints for $2 which includes most of the 30 craft brews that they have on tap. Sidebar- Get there early to hold your place for a game of horseshoes!

2.       Mother Loaded Tavern- Camp out on the back patio and enjoy $2 off wines and cocktails, $1 off beers and shots and $5 appetizers everyday from 3-6 p.m.  Play a game of cornhole in the alley while you’re at it! From chicken and waffles to grilled PB&J packed with homemade potato chips, MLT certainly offers the best comfort food in town.

3.       Relish –Mix and match drinks and appetizers on their 2 for $10 menu. Choose from house wines, sangria, margaritas and martinis or their mouth-watering starters, soups and salads. Beers and well drinks range from $2-$3. Located on the second floor, the patio offers striking views of the ski resort and also overlooks the Riverwalk Center.

4.       Hearthstone Restaurant- From 4-6 p.m., grab a table on one of the west-facing decks of the 120 year old Victorian home and watch the sun set over the mountains. Enjoy a taste of their menu with $5 small plates as well as $3.50 Colorado microbrews, $2.50 domestics, $6 cocktails and martinis and $5 wines.

5.       Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub- Located in La Cima Mall, on the south end of Breckenridge, you’ll find a rather large rooftop deck with one of the best views of the mountains in town. Sunday through Thursday all drinks are half-off. On Fridays and Saturdays, Coors and Coors light drafts are $2, select shots are $3 and car bombs are $5.

6.       The Whale’s Tail- Swab one of two decks here! From 3-6 p.m. daily, you can’t find a better deal than ten cent peel and eat shrimp and fifty cent chicken wings! Wash it down with a $2 domestic bottle, $2 well or $3 house wine. You might have seen the Whale’s Tale featured in an episode of last season’s Deadliest Catch. Check it out here.

7.       Quandary Grille –Soak in the sun on their huge deck that overlooks Peak 9, Peak 10 and the Maggie Pond.  Play a game of cornhole while you snack on ½ price appetizers and enjoy $3 wells, drafts and house wine.  

Best of Breckenridge Best Patio Happy Hour

8.       Fatty’s Pizzeria – Head over to Ridge Street and take your pick of the upstairs deck or downstairs patio to enjoy the views.  Happy hour is 7 days a week from 4-6 p.m., with $2 domestic bottles and drafts, $3 micro drafts and $3.50 wells.

9.       The Dredge – This 2 million pound replica of Breckenridge’s largest and longest operating dredge sits above the remains of an actual dredge that sank many years ago. Happy hour runs a bit later here and is from 4-6:30 p.m.  Appetizers are half off and drink specials vary from day to day with prices ranging from $2-$4. Oh, just across the pond, Mi Casa has a couple nice decks too.  Take your pick!

10.    Did we not list your favorite patio? Let us know where your favorite patio or deck in Breckenridge is to enjoy happy hour or après ski! Comment below this blog or visit https://www.facebook.com/best.breckenridge and leave your top pick under our Facebook Happy Hour post to be entered to win free Breckenridge swag!

We can’t write about the best patios to have happy hour at without mentioning the nearby marinas. While they aren’t in Breckenridge, they are definitely worth the trip to enjoy the views.

Best of Breckenridge Best Happy Hour Patio

Island Grill at Frisco Bay Marina- Escape to the islands and enjoy a pina colada and some popcorn shrimp while feeling the breeze on the second floor, open-air deck that overlooks Lake Dillon. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. with live music on Fridays.

Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar at Dillon Marina - It might seem like quite the hike from Breckenridge, but it is definitely worth it. You can take a fun water taxi ride from the Frisco Marina for $10. The last boat back is at 5 o’clock, so keep that in mind. Voted by Sunset Magazine as the 5th best deck in the western U.S., you’ll understand why it’s always busy. From 3-6 p.m., enjoy $2.50 pints and wells, $3 margaritas, $1 off wines and 25% off appetizers.

 

 

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Summer Funner!

 

Breckenridge SummerThe beautiful, bright blue Breckenridge summer skies are back,

the river is flowing more powerfully than the early spring melt trickle, and flowers are budding and blooming. The summers are what make locals, well, locals. Most of us wanted to come and live in this quaint mountain town for a winter season, but claimed Breckenridge as home because of its amazing summers.

Plenty to see and plenty to do. With Kingdom Days, Fourth of July celebrations, Sunday Farmers Markets, free concerts, the PRCA Rodeo, art festivals, beer festivals, movie festivals, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and more, Breckenridge certainly does not fall asleep when the ski season is over. The town is alive, vibrant and bustling with people from near and far.  Aside from the variety of events, there are plenty of activities including biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, exploring and more. There is something to do for everyone.

The gondola and the Peak 8 Fun Park will be up and running on June 14th. Take the gondola up to Peak 8 from town and enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family. Race through the trees on the Gold Runner Coaster, or for a little bit longer of a rush, make your way to the alpine slide and zoom down any of the three 2,600 foot long tracks. Prove your putting skills at quite possibly the most scenic mini golf course. The Peak 8 Fun Park also features a rock climbing wall, Mineshaft Maze, SuperBungee Trampoline, a bouncy castle and scenic chairlift rides that will take you to some awesome hiking trails. New to the park are 4x4 off-road and Segway tours! For more information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#activities#Top

For thrill seekers, bring your mountain bike or rent one at the Peak 8 Base Area, and load it on the Colorado SuperChair. There are 11 blue and black mountain-bike trails to choose from and range from single track and mountain roads with banked corners, berms and bridges to challenge any rider. Chair hauls are not included in the Fun Park Pass, and are $15 for single rides or $30 for unlimited rides for the day. For the novice, Breck is now offering beginner and intermediate/advanced mountain bike lessons for ages six and up. Guides are available to take your riding to the next level, but are also available to take your family down the hill as well.

Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park Alpine Slide Have older kids that want to experience the park, but also have wee ones that aren’t quite big enough to participate? No problem. There is a children’s center onsite that provides childcare for $20 per hour for kiddos ages 2 months to 5 years old and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ticket  Prices:

You can purchase a full day pass, or pay for individual activities. If it’s your first time, I would recommend purchasing the pass to get a taste of everything. Guided tours are not included in the day pass, but are definitely worth checking out!

Adult Fun Park tickets are $68 and children’s tickets (ages 3-7) are $34.

For more detailed information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#summerpricing

Summer Hours of Operation:


June 14 - September 2 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
September 6 - 15: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
Dates & times are weather permitting

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The Kick-Off to Summer is Just Around the Corner

It seems as though Mother Nature wants to skip over spring up here in the high country. That’s fine by us! With temperatures finally getting into the 60’s, say hello to summer!Breckenridge Colorado Kingdom Days Outhouse Races Grand Lodge on Peak 7

In less than a month, Breckenridge will welcome summer with an ode to the town’s heritage during Kingdom Days, which sprouted because the town was not included on early U.S. maps during the mid 1800s and became known as “Colorado’s Kingdom.” In 1936, the town became incorporated and held a ceremony to make it official. Nowadays, the local community celebrates Kingdom Days with three days of festivities, beginning with the town party on June 14th, free historic walking and mine tours, gold panning, burro rides, concerts and much more! Visit the event website for more detailed information:  http://www.gobreck.com/events/kingdom-days

 

On June 16th, the 5th Annual Outhouse races will raise quite the stink.

As the signature event of Kingdom Days, it certainly is something you won’t want to miss. Spectators can cast their votes for their favorite commodes during the People’s Choice voting on Ridge Street from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  After that, locals will battle against “Johns” from surrounding territories to secure their seat on the golden throne. The costumes and creativity of the outhouse designs are second to none.

Breckenridge Colorado Kingdom Days Outhouse Races Grand Lodge on Peak 7Watch as the teams push and pull their latrines down Ridge Street, and see who will get crowned with the Golden Toilet Seat. In between races, kids from the crowd will get called out for various mini contests and games.

The Outhouse Races just so happen to fall on Father’s Day, so make a weekend of it! In addition to the fun festivities of Kingdom Days, golf in Breckenridge is in full swing, the BreckConnect Gondola and Peak 8 Fun Park will both open for the season, local shops will be having a giant sidewalk sale and the Sunday Farmers Market begins.

Come up and enjoy the sunny blue skies, the fresh mountain air and as many fun activities as you can fit in! Hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, golfing, gold panning, horseback riding, zip lining, summer dog sledding, shopping and more… Breckenridge has it all!

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Rafting Season in Breckenridge and Summit County

Rafting near Breckenridge, ColoradoOn my way to work this morning I was thinking about the crazy spring weather we have had these last few weeks. I really enjoyed my drive because we have finally turned the corner on the snowy spring weather and are looking at high temperatures in the 60’s and sun every day in the ten day forecast. I was thinking about how the season change from winter/spring to summer is so sudden. One day it’s snowing and everything is frozen and then the next it’s 60, the trees are budding, the snow is gone and the lake is getting ready to melt. This is the week that the snowmelt and spring runoff starts in earnest.

Spring runoff means rafting season is almost here. The rivers will start swelling and the flows will grow steadily as they get to their prime flows in the next few weeks. Spring is the best season for rafting and Colorado’s High Country around Breckenridge is full of some of the best rafting in the state. There are many professional, reputable companies located in Breckenridge that offer full and half day rafting trips to many rivers all around. Here is the lowdown on the best rafting spots around Breckenridge and Summit County.

Upper Colorado River:

The Colorado River is the only river in the area that is navigable year-round. A friend of mine actually uses a raft to go goose hunting in the dead of winter. It sounds crazy but he bags a lot of geese. Fortunately the spring is here and the Upper Colorado is flowing. The Upper Colorado consists of about 17 miles of mostly slow-flowing water punctuated by gentle rapids that runs through beautiful canyons flanked by the a Union Pacific rail route.  Commonly referred to as “The Upper C,” the northern portion of the Colorado River is frequented by an abundance of wildlife including bald eagles, elk and bighorn sheep. The rapids are considered class II – III. Depending on the flows, the Upper Colorado is the most family-friendly stretch of water in the area and is great fun.

It is worth mentioning that there is one section called Gore Canyon that is anything but family-friendly. Gore Canyon is a class V section of the river that includes a mandatory ten-foot drop to get through. Commercial rafting companies offer trips though Gore Canyon, but you have to be qualified which includes passing a test to be allowed to go. It is considered by many to be the wildest section of river in all of Colorado.

Arkansas River

The Arkansas River is a widely-popular stretch of river and home to some of the most exhilarating and enjoyable whitewater in the area. The Arkansas has easier stretches that offer class II - III rapids but is best known for Brown’s Canyon which is considered class III - IV. The best rapid on Brown’s Canyon is Big Drop, which in high water sends’s you over a six-foot wave directly into a huge hole that you have to power through to avoid getting sucked out of the raft. It is hair-raising when it is at its high levels.  Brown’s Canyon and the Numbers are perfect for those who have some rafting experience. But experience is not necessary to go on a trip, so if you are looking for an adrenaline rush and a relatively safe trip, these areas are perfect.

Not to be outdone by Gore Canyon, further down the Arkansas below the Numbers is the Royal Gorge. Slightly less dangerous than Gore Canyon, Royal Gorge is a class IV - V experience that will offer a high level of excitement.

Blue River

Located just north of Silverthorne the Blue River is the closest rafting to Breckenridge. The Blue is only navigable for a short time in the spring and early summer but offers a wonderful class III experience that is a perfect family option. If you are visiting while the flows on the Blue are up consider this trip as it is close and the mountain views of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges are impressive.

Clear Creek

The Clear Creek is a fun and challenging stretch of river that runs right next to Interstate 70 out of the Georgetown area. Like the Blue River, the Clear Creek runs best in the spring and early summer and is hard to navigate later in the year. Clear Creek is considered class III-IV and has some pretty tight sections. It is a little more than beginner, but is reasonably easy and commercial companies offer trips to anyone. A neat twist on the traditional rafting trip is offered on the Clear Creek. A couple of years ago Clear Creek built a series of zip line towers and offers a combo rafting/zip line trip where you raft and stop to fly over the river on the zip lines. This is a fantastic alternative to just rafting.

Spring has finally arrived in Breckenridge and with it so has rafting season! Get out there and experience Colorado in new way. If you are planning a trip to Breckenridge this spring or early summer, try a half or full day rafting trip. You will not be disappointed.

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Summit County Golf Update

Golfing in Breckenridge, ColoradoMay in Breckenridge and Summit County has been a little on the wet side. But, the moisture we have received in Summit has been much needed. Currently, the snowpack is almost back to normal levels. However, this has proved to be a challenge to the golf courses’ hopes for early openings. Even though most of the golf courses will be opening later in May and early June this year, they will be opening with fantastic conditions. Never fear though, if you are planning a trip to the high country this weekend and want to get a little golf in, the Raven golf course in Silverthorne (15 miles north) is opening this Friday! The River Course in Keystone will be opening the weekend of May 17th Here is the rundown on the five Summit County golf courses.

Breckenridge Golf Club – Opening in the 3rd or 4th week of May.

Breckenridge Golf Club was just named #35 on the list of the country’s top 50 municipal golf courses by Golfweek Magazine. Breckenridge boasts the only Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course in the world. Offering 27 challenging holes, the Breckenridge Golf Course sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet. At this altitude, the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations, as there is less air resistance.

Keystone River Course – Opening May 17th.

Step up to the first tee on the River Course and be blown away. The River Course in Keystone is a dramatic mountain course with amazing elevation changes and breathtaking scenery.  The par-35 front nine is oriented around the path of the Snake River and the par-36 back nine winds through a lodgepole pine forest. Impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards, and five sets of tees on each hole combine to challenge golfers of all abilities.

Keystone Ranch Course – Opening May 31st.

This Robert Trent Jones Jr. course is the older (and more challenging) of the 2 golf courses in Keystone. The front nine is a traditional course with slight elevation changes while the back nine is a challenging links course that winds though Colorado sage brush and pines.

The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club – Opening May 10th.

The Raven is the most challenging golf course in Summit County. It also traditionally opens the earliest. The Raven is located on the north end of Silverthorne, which is commonly referred to Summit County’s “Banana Belt,” as it sees less snow and warmer temps then most of the rest of the county.  The Raven has a slope rating of 146 and was ranked as the #1 golf experience in Colorado by Avid Golfer Magazine.

Copper Creek at Copper Mountain – Opening June 14th.

Located at the base of Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Copper Creek is the highest golf course in elevation and traditionally the latest to open. Designed by Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek accommodates the novice golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the accomplished golfer at the back tees. Surrounded by amazing views of the back side of the Ten Mile Range it is a neat change from the mountain views in Breckenridge.

If you are looking for an early spring escape considers golf in the High Country this May. With Golf available starting Friday, low early season rates and small crowds. Breckenridge is a perfect choice for a weekend getaway. 

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Early Summer in Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado Rafting  in the Summer Early Summer in Breckenridge

Spring is the wettest season of the year in Breckenridge. All of the spring snow Breckenridge is getting now (and it’s a ton!) is going to translate into a lush and beautiful early summer. Soon the Blue River will be bursting with fresh melt water on its way to feed the trees and flowers in the wilderness around Breckenridge. Early summer in Breckenridge is a time of awakening from the long winter and celebrating the rebirth of summer.

Summers in Breckenridge are best described as being “just right.” The weather is just right if you are looking for cool breezes and warm sunshine. Colorado is known for its sunny days and Breckenridge is no exception. Often there will not be a cloud in the skies for most of the day in the early summer. The temperatures are warm but much cooler than most of the rest of the country. The water from the snowmelt adds a lushness that is special to the early summer season. The rivers and streams are swollen, everything is a little greener, flowers grow faster giving the feeling that Breckenridge is “shaking off” the cold and snowy winter season.

The best part of the return of summer is the wide variety of activities and events that take place in Breckenridge and Summit County. Everybody knows that the winter in Breckenridge is a time for skiing and snowboarding but the secret of the Rocky Mountains is the summer. Besides the amazing weather there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy in the High Country. It is impossible to share all of the different activities there are in Breckenridge in one article but her are a few. Adventure activities first come to mind when thinking about Breckenridge and Summit County in the summer. Hiking and biking are the 2 mainstay activities and are enjoyed by many. Hiking is as easy as finding the right trail and putting one foot in front of the other. Biking is almost as easy. With hundreds of miles of paved an unpaved trails for all ability levels and bike rental shops all over the place biking is an inexpensive summer activity for all types of people.

In early summer Breckenridge celebrates the return of water. It is an especially good time for rafting and fishing. The snowmelt creates the best conditions on the various rivers that can be found all around Breckenridge. There are many rivers that have runs of all abilities and no lack of river outfitters to help get you down them. A popular easy stretch of river is the Upper Colorado. Class 2 rapids such as Eye of the Needle and Yarmony Rapids are exciting and easy to navigate for anyone. A more challenging river in the spring is the Arkansas. Brown’s Canyon and the Numbers offer hair-raising class 4 and 5 rapids that flow strong in the early summer. Early summer is also a great time to fish. Most of the rivers around Breckenridge are Gold Medal which means they are reserved for the biggest and best fish. There are also some really nice lakes including Dillon Reservoir, Officer’s Gulch and Trent pond in Silverthorne. If you want to try something a little different grab you gear but keep it light. Take a hike to Mohawk, Surprise, Boulder or Lilly Pad Lakes which are just a few high alpine lakes that are great fishing. The unspoiled water and amazing alpine views are worth the hike.

 In mid June the Peak 8 Fun Park Opens. The Peak 8 Fun Park is a top attraction in Breckenridge. The original draw was and still is the alpine slides. Now add to the adrenaline rush with the Gold Runner Coaster and one can see why the Peak 8 Fun Park is so popular. Over the years the Fun Park has grown from the alpine slides to an amusement park with activities for kids. Click here for more information on the Peak 8 Fun Park.

When it comes to Breckenridge summer activities there really is too much to bring up in just one article. This is just a highlight of some of the summer activities that Breckenridge is best known for. One highly recommended activity is to just take a walk through town. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Breckenridge’s Historic Main Street. Take a historic walking tour with or without a guide. Stop into a museum and learn a little more about Breckenridge’s rich history.

If you are thinking of visiting Breckenridge this summer one of the best weekends is Father’s Day Weekend. Father’s Day Weekend is generally the unofficial kickoff to the peak summer season. The Peak 8 Fun Park and the gondola both open for the summer and the weekend is anchored by Kingdom Days. Kingdom Days is a celebration of the town’s 153 year history and includes events and activities like the Outhouse Races, the annual Breckenridge Town Party, free admission to all historic sites and museums and more. Visit http://www.gobreck.com/ to learn more about Kingdom Days. Also Father’s Day Weekend just down the road in Frisco is the Annual BBQ Challenge.  This year is the 20th anniversary of the Frisco BBQ Challenge and there will be over 70 different BBQ choices, live music, pig races along with the usual assortment of characters and good times.

Just taking a look at this small sample of activities and events, not to mention the great weather it is easy to see why some people would call the early summer Breckenridge’s “secret season.”

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Florida Loves Colorado!

We Floridians traded our summer week for a winter week in the new North Building in the Grand Lodge at Peak 7, and our Colorado adventure began! My husband and I hadn't skied since our last trip to Breck in 2008, and now we're both retired. We were proud to manage our equipment and maintain our blue slope status - with the blue Monte Cristo on Peak 7 as our favorite! Our Denver granddaughters (12 and 9 years old) who had never skied joined us one day to learn the basics on the bunny slopes near the magic carpet on Peak 8. The 12 year old then had no problems on the lift at Rip's Ride and swished down green Dyersville slope much faster than her grandmother! The warm pools and hot tubs of the Grand Lodge were our reward that afternoon. Back in the lodge, we enjoyed stuffing and designing t-shirts for our fox, wolf, and raccoon cuddly critters! But perhaps the most memorable thing grandparents and grandgirls did together was spending time in our own movie theater in the lodge! Priceless time together, and the only thing we purchased were the refreshments! The girls also loved tubing and negotiating the "hamster ball" in the Adventure Park in Frisco on our return trip to Denver.

We enjoyed exploring the unique town of Breckenridge, with its beautiful snow and magical Christmas lights! Dinners at Le Petit Paris, Hearthstone, and MiCasa were delicious - and we were ever so thankful for the shuttle service to and from town from the Grand Lodge at Peak 7.

We had been looking forward to this trip for almost a year, and our experience exceeded our expectations. (Well, except for the fact that our flight home from Denver was cancelled due to bad weather at the airport!) This retired couple may even decide to plan another ski trip to Breckenridge and the Grand Lodge at Peak 7 next year. Florida loves Colorado!

Name: Rebecca Sickles
City: Orlando
State: FL
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