The snows of last winter have retreated to all but the highest mountain peaks and summer is in full swing in Breckenridge. Hiking season is now and all of the best trails are open and dry.
Breckenridge is a paradise for hikers with literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails for all levels all around. Everybody at the best of Breckenridge office has a favorite trail they like to hike or run. We polled the office and here are the top five vote getters among the staff:
1.Mohawk Lakes: Listed by the Summit County Explorer as Intermediate, this trail garnered the most votes in a landslide. The Mohawk lakes Trail is an absolute favorite hike that offers rewarding exercise (but not too much!), awesome views, mining ruins and of course pristine high alpine lakes. The trailhead is pretty close to town. Just go about 2.4 miles south on Highway 9 towards Hoosier Pass and turn right on Spruce Creek Road and drive for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead. The trail is a seven mile “there and back” that starts in a think forest. After about 2 miles the trail heads towards Mayflower Lake and then on to Continental Falls which is a nice rocky waterfall. After the falls the trail climbs up to Lower Mohawk Lake. When you reach Lower Mohawk Lake, follow the left bank around and go about another half mile to upper Mohawk Lake. You will not be disappointed.
2.Lily Pad Lake: This short and rewarding hike was discussed around the office as “the perfect after work hike.” Lily Pad Lake offers many spectacular views and of course an alpine lake that rivals Mohawk Lakes but is only a third of the distance at about 2 and a half miles total. This is considered an “easy” hike by most standards. There are two distinct ways to get to the lake and the office was split on which way is better.
If you are coming to Breckenridge this summer get out and hike! There are tons of resources on hiking trails in Summit. If you are looking for more information on these hikes or looking for other option (and there’s tons) stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street or pick up a Summit Hiker which is for sale at many stores in Breckenridge.
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Turn off your televisions and turn soil instead!
High Country Conservation Center is showing Summit County that although growing at 9,000 feet has its challenges, our mountain gardeners are hardcore! High Country Conservation Center is taking the steps to teach you where your food comes from and the energy involved in growing, harvesting and transporting.
Currently Summit County’s Garden Network has FIVE community gardens across the county; Breckenridge Community Garden, Dillon Valley Elementary Garden, Nancy’s Community Garden in Frisco, Silvana’s Community Garden in Silverthorne, and the Living Classroom Garden and Greenhouse also in Frisco. Growing season is from May – September and plots are open to the public. If you still want to get your hands dirty Dillon Valley has 6 plots available. Click here to learn more.
We are in our second year managing plots at the Breckenridge Community Garden. This summer we have 5 plots each with 7-10 team members. Fellow gardener, Karla Swintz, says “I love being a part of the community garden. Our team works hard and we reap the benefits!” We have learned in the past two years that right place, right time in the Rocky Mountains is key! Lettuce thrives here and we are able to harvest nutty spinach and spicy arugula from our plot and not make a trip to the store for a head of lettuce!
Need some advice or want to take a class on what vegetables grow best? In a short version, we can tell you that cool-loving veggies like spinach, broccoli, carrots, peas, radishes, potatoes and chard do well in this environment we love! Check out SCGN’s Garden Workshops that offer online videos as well as in class tutorials on how to make the most out of your high country harvest!
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.
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!
(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
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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.
PETAL: 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.
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.
Breckenridge is known as a world-class ski destination, where the best skiing and snowboarding hedge up to a perfect mountain town. With a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, a trip to Breckenridge will create memories that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime.
From hitting the slopes, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, shopping, to enjoying great après atmosphere at one of the many restaurants and bars along Main Street, you’ll never run out of things to do here.
A unique attraction has appeared in the Tiger/Dredge parking lot in downtown Breckenridge. Over the past few weeks, more than 20 million pounds of ice have transformed into a magical Ice Castle. At an elevation of 9,600 feet, the Breckenridge Ice Castle is surely the highest of its kind in North America this year. Other locations include Midway, UT and Lincoln, NH. Last year Ice Castles were located in Silverthorne, CO, at the Mall of America in MN and also in Steamboat Springs, CO.
The idea sprouted literally in the backyard of architect Brent Christensen, when he created an ice rink for his kids to enjoy. It quickly developed into an ice rink equipped with a 20’ slide, a castle tower and an ice cave. Talk about “Go big, or go home!”
The Ice Castles take shape with the guidance of sculpting teams. Each day, more than 5,000 icicles are “grown”, strategically placed and then drenched in water. Each formation is unique and evolves throughout the winter.
The Ice Castles change drastically from day to night, and offer a completely different experience with each visit. So take a stroll through the caves and caverns, gaze up at the tunnels and archways and escape to a magical place within the Breckenridge Ice Castle.
Monday – Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: noon – 10pm
General Admission, age 12 and up: $10
Children 4 to 11: $8
Young Children under 4 years old: Free
Military / Seniors: $8 (must show ID)
Season Pass: $30
* Senior and Military discount, $2 off General Admission
* Non-Profit discount available for groups of 10+ and Group Discounts for groups of 15+. Tickets must be purchased in advance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates.
150 West Adams Ave.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Directions From Denver:
Customized directions can be created from your location to the Ice Castle by clicking on “Directions” on the pop-up on the map, or by clicking on “View Larger Map” at the bottom of the map image.
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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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Award-winning timeshare resort development company, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has partnered with Clean Energy Collective and the Town of Breckenridge as one of the largest local owners in Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program with a $1 million purchase in Breckenridge’s Ullr and Sol Community Solar Arrays.
The two community solar gardens are named after Ullr, the Norse god of snow, and Sol, the god of sun. The gardens can produce enough energy to offset the power usage and utility cost of almost 80 homes, and allows homeowners and businesses to offset their carbon footprint without having to install panels on their roof or property.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations will own 28% of Ullr and Sol solar arrays located on the Stillson and McCain properties, land owned by the Town of Breckenridge on the north and east sides of Breckenridge. The solar energy will power Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ corporate offices on Main Street as well as the Breck Inn, a boutique hotel the company manages.
BGV will ultimately see a return on the investment, but that was not the company’s primary goal. The Developers want to support the green initiatives of the Town and also set the precedent for other businesses that can make a difference by offsetting their energy consumption.
“This is an awesome project, a no-brainer. We love our community and an investment like this is simply the right thing to do,” said Mike Millisor, Owner and Developer of Breckenridge Grand Vacations.
Brother and Co-Owner Rob Millisor added “Giving back to the community has been part of our corporate mission from the beginning. BGV continuously contributes to the enhancement of the community whenever possible and encourages its employees to give back as well.”
Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1985, brothers Mike and Rob Millisor, along with partner Mike Dudick, developers of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts, have been creating great vacations for thousands of families. The company has always defined success by how much it positively impacts its owners & guests, employees, investors, and the community. This philosophy has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business in Breckenridge, CO. For more information, visithttp://www.breckenridgegrandvacations.com.
For high resolution images from the Grand Opening, download them here: (Photos Special to Kelsey Fowler at the Summit Daily News) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y57u8i0at3vahtf/d-6AOzyJXA
Full release with additional images: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11388760.htm
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.
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.
Name: D Perusse
City: Prescott Valley
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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We had a girls' weekend in Breckenridge and stayed at the lodge. It was so beautiful and the view was spectacular! We enjoyed hanging out in the spacious living area as well as on the balcony. Cooking in the lodge was nice since the grocery is so close and especially because the kitchen was so well appointed. The front desk agents were particularly helpful and very friendly. We got all the information we needed from them to make the most of our time in Breckenridge.
Name: Katy Blount