Happy Spring! Spring Fever – Great Free Music at Breckenridge this April!

Spring Fever in BreckenridgeHappy Spring Equinox everyone. For many its been a long winter but in Breckenridge spring means the beginning of the best skiing and riding of the year. And also some really super-fun parties and events!

Every Year Breckenridge Ski Resort Brings in some really awesome free music  for Breck’s  annual spring Festival, Spring Fever.

Spring Fever is Breckenridge’s annual town and mountain April festival. It is a mix of events, parties, competitions and free concerts.

2015 Concert dates:

The highlight of Spring Fever is the concerts! Each year Breckenridge Ski Area brings awesome free acts to play at the base of Peak 8. This year is no exception. Check out this lineup:

  • Sat. April 11, 2015 - Third Eye Blind
  • Sun. April 12, 2015 - Eric Paslay
  • Sat. April 18, 2015 - American Authors
  • Sun. April 19, 2015 - The Infamous Stringdusters

2015 Events and Parties:

  • Sat. April 4, 2015 – Beer and Chili Cookoff: Come to Seven’s Restaurant in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and taste the best chili around, wash it down with tasty beer and vote your favorite!
  • Sat. April 11, 2015 - Spring Beer Festival: The highlight event of Spring Fever is the Beer Festival. This year the Spring Beer Festival will be on Ridge Street downtown and will feature beer samplings from over 35 breweries.
  • Sun. April 19th, 2015 – Closing Day Luau: Come to the Peak 8 Base area in your best Hawaiian shirt and enjoy coconut drinks and authentic Hawaiian food!

2015 Competitions

  • Sat. &Sun. March 21 & 22 – GoPro Big Mountain Challenge: Check out this big mountain youth freeride event on Peak 6.
  • Sat. March 28, 2015 – Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown: Breckenridge’s annual “retro” snowboarding halfpipe competition. This year come celebrate Breckenridge’s 30th anniversary of snowboarding!

There is a ton more happening this year during Breckenridge’s Spring Fever but these are the highlights.

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Winter Life in Breckenridge (Way) Back in the Day

Breckenridge Main Street circa 1880'sThink skiing in Breckenridge is hard now? Try it 100 years ago when folks would strap on wooden planks 6 feet long and oversized poles to make the long and dangerous trek over Boreas Pass to bring mail and needed supplies in and out of the High Country. Imaging what it must have been like to pilot the old rotary snowplow (currently located on Boreas Pass Road near Highway 9 on the South end of Breckenridge) through 15 foot high snow drifts in order to reach Breckenridge from the south in the winter. These difficulties make a difficult weekend commute up I-70 in the winter seem like child’s play in comparison. Long before there was a Breckenridge Ski Area, there were just miners and other residents surviving  long , cold, harsh Colorado winters

The truth is the early residents of Breckenridge like everywhere at the time faced hardships and toil chasing their dreams. Only the residents of Breckenridge had to do it while navigating 350 inches of snow annually. Breckenridge was first settled in 1859 by 29 men and one woman following the discovery of gold in the Blue River. By mid-1861, Breckenridge boasted several stores, hotels, saloons, and a post office. On October 11, 1861, the Town secured the Denver, Bradford, and Blue River Road Wagon Company connection, which gave lifeto the little gold mining community. Breckenridge's Main Street allowed for ease in turning around freight wagons and became the center of social and athletic activities. During the mining heyday, Breckenridge provided the miners with a variety of attractions. Without diversions, life in the mining camp would have been an endless cycle of routine work.

By 1882, Breckenridge secured a depot site for the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad and thereby brought rail service to Town. Breckenridge doomed a half dozen other rival company towns in the process, including Swan City, Preston, and Lincoln City. The population of Breckenridge peaked at approximately 2000. By 1882, Breckenridge added three newspapers and a cemetery. The Town also managed to organize three fire companies to protect the vulnerable wooden structures. A major fire in 1884 destroyed a number of buildings along Main Street and Ridge Street. Despite the fire danger, local carpenters continued to build with wood because of the availability of materials and the reduced time, effort, and cost of construction.

Deep snow caused Breckenridge residents to tunnel between homes and businesses.Even with the coming of the railroad the miners and residents of Breckenridge had many hardships to face. The winter of 1898-99 proved particularly challenging when a record heavy snow fell. The railroad was blocked and the residents were trapped for 78 days! Using the rotary snowplow and multiple engines, the track was finally cleared on April 24, and service resumed in town. Residents tunneled under Main Street through the snow to get from one business to another during that winter.

Six months of snow each year made it difficult for miners to work and they had to find something to entertain them in the long cold winters of Colorado’s High Country. Saloons and other false-fronted commercial businesses sprang up in the downtown area, and Main Street became a business hub. By July of 1880, Breckenridge’s population peaked to 1657 people, and the town was home to two dancehalls, ten hotels, and eighteen saloons not to mention a rather large red light district.

The Population of Breckenridge peaked at 2,000 residents in the late 1800’s but started to wane as new methods were introduced to gold mining that made it less expensive to mine it in other locations. With the drying up of the mining industry and the run of the last dredge boat in the 1942 people felt no need to stay and endure the harsh winters any longer. The population dwindled to fewer than 300 people by 1950. The future for Breckenridge seemed bleak. But then in 1961, Rounds and Porter, a Wichita, Kansas lumber company, opened the Breckenridge Ski Area, and a new boom era began. Transportation improvements fueled a new Breckenridge recreation “rush.” The Eisenhower Tunnel, on Interstate 70, was completed in 1973 and reduced the drive time from Denver to Breckenridge to an hour and a half. As a result of the relatively easy access from the Denver metro area, the high country’s recreational activities became increasingly popular.

Today Breckenridge is consistently the most popular ski destination in the country beating out rivals such as Vail and Aspen in number of skier visits per year. With over 3,000 permanent residents who look forward to and embrace the harsh, cold winter each year and new terrain opening every year Breckenridge is looking forward to a bright future.

For more information on the history of Breckenridge visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at www.Breckheritage.com.

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Are you Looking To Stay Out of the Cold on Your Spring Break Trip To Breckenridge?

Spring is almost here and that means huge snowstorms and lots of powder days. This year Breckenridge is supposed to have a huge spring and recent snowfall has proved this to be true. For many with school spring breaks happening all over the country, March is time for the family ski trip. Spring Break ski trips are the perfect way to bring the family together around something that they love like skiing and winter sports.  But what if you dread the thought of having to leave your wonderful warm indoor climate and be dragged by your snow loving family on another trip to the Breckenridge Ski Resort? Have no fear! There are lots of fun activities to do in Breckenridge if you are not the snow loving cold weather type. While your family is busy booking their Breckenridge adventure and praying for plenty of white, dry snow take this time to plan a little “Stay out of the cold” winter vacation of your own. Turn your Breckenridge ski vacation into a warm, luxurious, entertaining, vacation of your very own.

From deep tissue massages to manicures and pedicures to facials and body scrubs of all sorts a good spa treatment will put you in the right mindset to enjoy the rest of your time in this winter Wonderland. Relax and unwind with the perfect spa treatment.

The next step is to set your appetite in order. Sneak into an in-town restaurant for the best deals and and great food.

Now that your stomach is happy and you have been mended you will be ready to enjoy all of the activities that Breckenridge had to offer. Start on Main Street. With hundreds of shops, boutiques and art galleries to browse and shop in. You could literally spend days and not see everything. Local and international artists display and sell their beautiful works of art from art galleries that dot Main Street from end to end. Clothing and jewelry boutiques, outdoor outfitters, gift shops, candy and other specialty stores make up the balance of what you will find in the Breckenridge Shopping District. If you enjoy history, Breckenridge has one of the largest historic districts in the Rocky Mountains. The Historic District is currently undergoing a massive transformation and is already better than ever. Start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and enjoy the 2 story free museum of Breckenridge. Arrange for a walking tour of town with a local historian or visit one of the museums in town such as the Barney Ford House or the Edwin Carter Museum.

If you are looking for activity and adventure – just not the skiing and snowboarding type Breckenridge has you covered. Start at the Breckenridge Recreation Center where you can swim in the heated pool, hot tubs, sauna or steam room, Try the indoor rock climbing wall, Play indoor tennis or just work out. Head over to the indoor ice rink to get the feel of a winter activity without having to feel the biting cold of winter. Go for a short trip to Idaho Springs or Glenwood to enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot springs. Consistent, warm pools of calming peaceful spring water await. Nothing is more enjoyable then soaking in a hot spring warm and content during a winter snow storm. Want to get in touch with winter even a little more than this? A Dinner Sleigh Ride offers the chance to take a romantic sleigh ride on a cold winter’s evening behind giant draft horses and stay warm with piles of blankets and hot chocolate.

End the evening with a gourmet dinner and a trip to the Backstage or Speakeasy Theatres, offering plays and musicals year round the Backstage Theatre is open seven days a week offering matinees and evening show. For cinema try the Speak Easy Theatre which first run Hollywood movies and indie flicks every night in the old Colorado Mountain Collage Building.

So remember is you are coming to Breckenridge for your winter vacation but don’t love the thought of having to do winter activities. There are more than enough activities to keep you excited and warm away from the cold, cold ski slopes!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at 1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

 

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The 25th Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Are Back This Week!

The flags of all of the participating countries greet all who come to enjoy the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Every January one of our favorite events of the year returns and this year the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships is back for its 25th year. This week sixteen teams from around the world are in Breckenridge sculpting snow art. Teams from around the USA including teams from Alaska, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia and of course Breckenridge have been joined by the world’s best from Europe, Latin America and even as far away as Mongolia and China to compete for bragging rights. This line up of world class sculpting talent is selected carefully in a multi-round process that takes months and started way back in the summer.

a sculptor stands atop the rough beginnings of his sculpture on Wednesday morning

The event is simple. From Tuesday to Saturday at noon teams create sculptures from 20 ton, 12 feet high blocks of snow using only hand tools. It is really amazing to go through the sculpture area a few times each day and watch the progress of the teams. Tuesday and Wednesday are usually the day that big, rough moves are made on the sculptures. This is the best day to see teams using tools like hatchets and saws including the “chain” saw. The “chain” saw is not a typical chain saw but a “chain” rope that is used by two people to saw off huge chunks of blocks. If you are out early you might be lucky to see as much as a third of the original block go to a “chain” saw. Later in the week the fine and finish work happens. It is truly amazing to watch the details of these amazing but fleeting works of art come to life.

only hand tools such as the hatchet and the "chain" saw are allowed at the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

The best (and our favorite) part of the event is Friday Night when the sculptors often work all night doing finish work. There is an excitement that is palpable as the crowds grow throughout the evening. Sculpting Friday is the perfect night to get a reservation at a great restaurant and stroll through the event grounds maybe finishing off the night with a warm and tasty drink. Saturday at noon the Sculpting ends and the judges come out and pick winners.

If you are in Breckenridge this week remember to go by the Riverwalk Center parking area and check out the Snow Sculptures.

For more information on the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/budweiser-international-snow-sculpture-championships

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Save 40% at Grand Timber Lodge - Includes 2 lift tickets!

 
Need a lift? Stay & Ski at Grand Timber Lodge!

Holidays have passed and the snow keeps falling. Skip the crowds and cash in on this unbelievable deal. Stay in a studio condo at Grand Timber Lodge for as low as $175 a night! This package includes 2 nights lodging and 2 lift tickets to Breckenridge Ski Resort. Don’t wait - Book NOW!

BOOK NOW• Package based on a 2 night stay.
• Package available through 4/19/15.
• Package based on availabiity.
• Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
• Restrictions and qualifications apply*


Grand Timber Lodge is a full service resort located walking distance to Main Street and features amenities including two Swimming Pools and six Hot Tubs, Refresh Spa, Lodgepole Bar and Grill, Athletic Facility, Exercise Classes, Grand Room, Lodgepole Store, Children's Playground, Arcade and more.

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Stay and Ski at Grand Timber Lodge! Don't Miss this Deal!

 
Need a lift? Stay & Ski at Grand Timber Lodge!

Holidays have passed and the snow keeps falling. Skip the crowds and cash in on this unbelievable deal. Stay in a studio condo at Grand Timber Lodge for as low as $175 a night! This package includes 2 nights lodging and 2 lift tickets to Breckenridge Ski Resort. Don’t wait - Book NOW!

BOOK NOW• Package based on a 2 night stay.
• Package available through 4/19/15.
• Package based on availability.
• Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
• Restrictions and qualifications apply*


Grand Timber Lodge is a full service resort located walking distance to Main Street and features amenities including two Swimming Pools and six Hot Tubs, Refresh Spa, Lodgepole Bar and Grill, Athletic Facility, Exercise Classes, Grand Room, Lodgepole Store, Children's Playground, Arcade and more.

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January in Breckenridge Means Winter Events

January is almost here and besides the best snow conditions of the year so far it is also the beginning of winter events season. January host two of Breckenridge’s premiere events. Held each January Ullr Fest and the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships bookend the month.

Ullr Fest starts Sunday, January 11th and runs for about a week. The festival celebrates Ullr, the Norse god of winter and skiing. Ullr Fest is a crazy mix of different and sometimes irreverent events including the annual ice skating party, Ullympics, Talent show and more.

The highlight and centerpiece event of Ullr Fest is the Ullr Parade which is on Thursday, January 15th at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street. It’s free and it is a great place to see Breckenridge’s wild side. If you are 21 or older come at 4 p.m. and be a part of the world’s longest shot-ski. Click here for more information on Ullr fest

The rest of January is dedicated to the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships.  The Snow Sculpture Championships draw thousands to see teams from all over the world compete for snow sculpture bragging rights.

 This international competition starts with 12 foot high, 20 ton blocks of highly compressed snow. The artists then use only hand tools to create intricate sculptures. The temporary works of art stay on display for a week after the event and finally removed. Although only around for a couple of weeks, these sculptures.

The Snow Sculpture Championships are spread over three weeks with the 2nd week being the most popular. The 1st week starts January 19thand is “Technical Week” and highlights how the blocks are made. The 2nd week is “Sculpting Week” from January 27th – 31st where the teams come in and create the art. The sculpture takes place from Tuesday to Saturday and the judging is on Saturday. The final week is “Viewing Week” where the sculptures remain up for people to enjoy. The sculptures are finally bulldozed on February 8th.

For complete details on the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships click here.

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Avalanche of Savings! Stay and Ski for as low as $125 a night!

Avalanche of Savings!
 
Breck Gets Feet of Snow; You Get an Avalanche of Savings!

Breckenridge is kicking off the 2014-2015 season with over 2 Feet of snow! Get out on the new Colorado 6-Pack SuperChair and get some of the best early season turns! Stay in a One Bedroom Condominium in Breckenridge and enjoy 2 lift tickets for as low as $125 a night! Don't Wait! This deal is only good for a short time.

BOOK NOW• Package based on availability and includes 2 lift tickets
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Beaver Run, River Mountain Lodge, Trails End or Longbranch.
• Package available through 12/11/14.
• Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
• Restrictions and qualifications apply*

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Opening Day in Breckenridge Should Be On Your Radar

OPENING DAY IS THIS FRIDAY - November 14, 2014!

Leaves have fallen and snowflakes have been gracing our mountains on and off, but Breckenridge has been giving us a late gift; sunshine-y days and warm temperatures allowing us to get out on the trails and rivers and all in a t-shirt! Don't be fooled, these days won't be around much longer.

Breckenridge Ski Resort is scheduled to open November 7, 2014 and town is buzzing with excitement. I think it is safe to say we are all getting eager about the upcoming weather change while still holding onto the last precious moments of summer.

It actually all starts Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 a.m. with Wake Up Breck. This year is Breckenridge's 12th Annual Wake Up Breck. Start out your morning before opening day with a delicious cup of FREE coffee and a FREE commemorative coffee mug. Only 1500 mugs are available while supplies last so make sure you get out early. Click here for a list of participating coffee shops.

The big day is Friday, when the lifts start turning at 9 a.m. Interested in getting on those first few chairs? You better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor.

Friday is the Big Day when the lifts start turning for the season at 9 a.m. if you are looking to be the first and rip the banner as first chair you better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf
Friday is the Big Day when the lifts start turning for the season at 9 a.m. if you are looking to be the first and rip the banner as first chair you better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf
Friday is the Big Day when the lifts start turning for the season at 9 a.m. if you are looking to be the first and rip the banner as first chair you better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf

Breckenridge Colorado SuperChairSo what’s new at Breckenridge Ski Resort? The Colorado SuperChair has been upgraded from a quad express to a six-passenger express to disperse skiers to surrounding peaks faster, increasing capacity for Peak 8’s primary lift. The previous Peak 9 Restaurant is re opening as The Outlook and if you are spending your time over at Peak 6, keep an eye out for the Snow Drifter, a converted groomer offering mobile dining options.

All in all, bundle up for this 2014-15 season. Farmer's almanac is calling for cold temperatures and plenty of snow. Come join us for Opening Day and get in those first turns of the season. Most importantly, have a little fun while you are at it.

Friday is the Big Day when the lifts start turning for the season at 9 a.m. if you are looking to be the first and rip the banner as first chair you better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf
Actually it all starts Thursday with Wake Up Breckenridge. Wake Up Breckenridge is an annual tradition that takes place the day before opening day in the morning. From 7 to 10 a.m. the top managers from the Breckenridge Ski Area will be on hand at all of the local coffee shops giving out free coffee and reusable thermal mugs. Get there early as Wake up Breckenridge is wildly popular and they usually run out of cups pretty fast. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf
Actually it all starts Thursday with Wake Up Breckenridge. Wake Up Breckenridge is an annual tradition that takes place the day before opening day in the morning. From 7 to 10 a.m. the top managers from the Breckenridge Ski Area will be on hand at all of the local coffee shops giving out free coffee and reusable thermal mugs. Get there early as Wake up Breckenridge is wildly popular and they usually run out of cups pretty fast. - See more at: http://blog.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/blog/26979c07-56d1-46c1-a3e6-af459ec0d89a/what-you-need-to-know-for-breckenridges-opening-day#sthash.IoaOtq2h.dpuf

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The Mountains are Calling!

Breckenridge Extravaganza!
 
 
The Mountains Are Calling!

Snow has been dusting our peaks and the cooler temperatures are upon us! Breckenridge’s lifts start turning on November 7th, so come to Breckenridge for Opening Weekend and be a part of the festivities. Can’t make it to Opening Weekend? Thanksgiving and the early winter are the perfect time to get in your first turns of the season. Stay at Grand Timber Lodge in a Studio condominium for as low as $178 based on a 2 night stay! Don’t wait – Book Now!

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• Must stay before 12/18/14 to receive this deal.
• Package based on lodging availability and is first come first served.
• Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
• Restrictions and qualifications apply*.

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The Annual North Face Speaker Series is Coming Back to Breckenridge

TGR pro skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings Sage Cattabriga-Alosa to Breckenridge.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is coming back to Breckenridge Saturday October 4th. Come to the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Street in Breckenridge, CO beginning at 7:30 p.m. to see Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.

When he isn’t cutting loose in the powder, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa turns his focus to art and music. Sage is one of the biggest names in the ski-film industry, winning Best Male Performance from Powder Magazine’s video awards in 2004, 2009, and 2011. A Light Dose is the tale of what happens when his two worlds—art and skiing—collide. Teton Gravity Research and Adam Clark join Sage on an incredible voyage where Sage’s artistic ideas are brought to life and intertwine with his skiing.

Prior to the event there will be a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., which will take place at The North Face Breckenridge store at 322 S Main Street in Breckenridge, CO.

Guaranteed seating for the event is available for $10 in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries. A limited number of free general-admission tickets, which do not guarantee seating, are also available online on a first-come, first-served basis. $5 youth tickets are available for attendees up to 12 years old.

VIP reception tickets, which include preferred seating, a meet-and-greet with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and filmmaker Adam Clark, and beer provided by Joyride Brewing, wine, and food provided by The Briar Rose, are available for $20.

All proceeds from VIP tickets and a portion of other ticket sales will benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, a non-profit educational organization providing incredible outdoor experiences to those of all abilities, and specializing in assisting those with disabilities and special needs.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-TEX®, is taking place August 2014 through January 2015. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit: www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries. Follow the conversation with #TNFSpeakerSeries.

Click here For more information and to reserve seats for this event.

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Early Bird Gets the Powder!

The Early Bird Gets The Powder!

Book early and save on winter lodging in Breckenridge with the Early Bird Winter Deal at the Grand Timber Lodge. The Early Bird Winter Deal includes 2 lift tickets and 2 nights lodging in a studio or 1 bedroom condominium with rates starting as low as $299! Stay ski in/ski out at one of Breckenridge’s premier resorts!

BOOK NOW• This special lodging deal includes 2 lift tickets to the
Breckenridge Ski Resort and 2 nights in a Grand Timber
Lodge studio or 1 bedroom bedroom condominium.
Larger sized units are available so call 866-664-9783
(Option 3) for the best rates!


• Must book this package by 4/19/15.
• Package based on lodging availability and is first come first served.
• Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7.
• Restrictions and qualifications apply*.

Call 866-664-9783 Today!
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Join our Cycling Community for Breck Bike Week!

Breck Bike Week is just around the corner, and with all the events happening, we want you to be the first to know! From August 20th - August 24th, join our community of cyclists for the US Pro Challenge, bike demos, group rides, trail building, clinics, free bikes tunes, kids’ races and much more. Geared toward all levels from novice to pro riders, there is something for everyone. Best part, all of the activities are FREE and open to the public.

When was the last time you were able to explore Breck’s expansive backcountry? With hundreds of miles of trails that can be accessed within minutes from town – Breck’s interconnected system of trails can easily lead you all over Summit County. Saturday and Sunday offers bike demos from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Expo area on Main Street in the Blue River Plaza which is located in the center of town. Rent a high end demo bike from one of the many vendors this event grab your friends and join us for this multi day celebration that promotes our bicycling culture. Breck Bike Week is proud to promote the community and the pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

FRIDAY, August 22

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Returns to Breck. Join us for the Stage 5 Finish of one of the largest cycling events in United States History. Race viewing, parties, live entertainment and dining specials scheduled throughout town so plan to stay and celebrate with us after the race for the rest of Breck Bike Week! Click here for details.

SATURDAY, August 23

Poker Ride Presented by Carvers 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Register here. Hit the dirt for an all-for-fun ride marked course highlighting the best single track in town! Riders will have a chance to win a prize! Collect playing cards at designated aid stations and assemble your best poker hand. $20 donation includes ride, prize, party, a free beer and chance to win BIG. Day of registration / donations accepted at Expo / Blue River Plaza.

Check out the Expo located on Main Street in the Blue River Plaza on all other days with general hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free technical support from local bike shops and information desks with local experts there to provide ride tips and general information.
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Top Five Summer Hiking Trails Near Breckenridge

Family hiking on Baldy Mountain near Breckenridge, ColoradoThe 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.

  • The closest trailhead from Breckenridge is located at the Frisco/Breckenridge exit on Interstate 70 so just drive North on Highway 9 out of Breckenridge like you were going to the highway and follow the dirt road out of the traffic circle right before the on ramp to I70 west towards Copper Mountain. This trail is called the Meadow Creek Trail and climbs slowly but steadily for about a mile before coming to an intersection to Lily Pad Lake. From there the trail winds on for about a half mile or so to the lake itself. Lily Pad Lake is tucked in the trees and is covered with Lily pads. The bigger lake is not actually Lily Pad Lake but is beautiful and has great views of Peak 1.
  • The other trailhead is at the top of WIldernest in Silverthorne and literally comes from the other side of the mountain. To get here follow the same directions above to I70 East and go back to exit 205 – Silverthorne/Dillon. Turn left from the off ramp to Highway 9 north. Then turn left at the second stoplight, WIldernest road. There is a 7-11 on the corner here. Follow this road (turns into Ryan Gulch Road about a third of the way up). Go about 3.5 miles to the very end where the road loops and there is parking. This is the Lily Pad Trail. The trail head is to the left and starts on a short but fairly steep hill. This soon levels out and the trail continues through a forest wetland before ascending gently to the same intersection and then onto the lake. You can walk slow and still get done in less than 2 hours.
  • If you are looking for a longer hike and have 2 cars try putting a car at the WIldernest trailhead and starting at Meadow Creek in Frisco. Hike one way through to the Lily Pad trailhead for a great mile hike.
  1. Baker’s Tank: This popular trail is really close to downtown and is a pretty mellow trail at a high elevation with spectacular views. The trailhead is near the top of Boreas pass road just before the road turns to dirt. To get there go south on Main Street and turn left on Boreas Pass Road at the stoplight by the Conoco gas station. Follow the road for 3.5 miles to the Baker’s Tank Trailhead. The trail is a 6 mile there and back that offers a fairly consistent climb through a dense forest to Baker’s Tank. The tank is an old and well preserved water tank that served the Denver, South Park and Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroad in the late 19th century. If you are looking for more adventure the trail turns to the left at the tank and ascends above tree line to the top of Baldy Peak at 13,684 feet.
  2. Willow Falls: This trail is really popular in our office as a longer weekend hike. Willow Falls is a set of very nice waterfalls located high up near the top of Red/Buffalo pass in the Gore Range near Silverthorne. To get to the trailhead drive highway 9 north to I70 and take the interstate back to exit 205 Silverthorne/Dillon. Turn left from the off ramp to Highway 9 north. Then turn left at the second stoplight, WIldernest road. There is a 7-11 on the corner here. Follow this road (turns into Ryan Gulch Road about a third of the way up).  Go about 3.5 miles to the very end where the road loops and there is parking. This is the same as the Lily Pad Trail above but instead of going to the left Trailhead go to the right side Trailhead. This is the Buffalo Mountain Trail. This is an 8 mile there and back and is considered moderate. Follow this trail around the north flank of Buffalo Mountain and connect with the Gore Range Trail about a mile or so and turn right. The trail soon plunges down for about a half mile and levels out into the high valley that lies between Red and Buffalo Mountains. From here the trail levels out and follows the river gently up to the falls. Retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.
  3. Carter Park Staircase: This is not exactly a hiking trail. It is more like an exercise challenge that starts in Carter Park. Located at 300 S. high in the southwestern corner of the downtown area of Breckenridge, Carter Park offers a dog park, tennis courts, a rental pavilion and in the winter a great sledding hill. The staircase is a pretty significant hill climb with a series of steps in the middle. Start right behind the tennis court at the trail that switchbacks up and find the long staircase that goes up the big hill. After the stairs end you can choose from 3 trails that continue on. To the right follow this trail for a short twenty five minute loop that ends up over on by the ice rink on Boreas Pass Road (a short walk on French street through Breck Elementary school’s ball field to Carter Park). The trail to the left goes behind the High point neighborhood and branches off into other trails. This can be a little confusing but is a good “there and back.” The middle trail goes up and up, ending at the Baldy Mountain trailhead which is really a beginning if you want to tackle that ascent.

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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Summit County’s Sustainable Gardens!

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!

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Keystone Blue Rive Bacon Tour

 

 

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Are you achin'... for some BACON?

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

Keyston Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Ticketing & Packages:

Eventbrite - Keystone's 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour 2014

• $20 Piglet Package Saturday OR Sunday (12 & under) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors

1 lemonade
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

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Breckenridge Kicks off Summer!

Seventh Annual Kingdom Days in Breckenridge

June 14-15, 2014

Kingdom Days Gold Panning

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:

Peak 8 Fun Park Breckenridge

Thursday, June 12

Ride the Rockies-  Cheer on cyclists as they roll through Breckenridge during their 6-7 day ride throughout Colorado Rocky mountains. Free concerts will be going on all day long at the Riverwalk Center from 1 pm-9 pm. 

Friday, June 13- 

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. 

Saturday, June 14

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 

Breckenridge Outhouse Races

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

information.Frisco Colorado Barbecue Challenge

 

 

 

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Mardi Gras in Breckenridge

(Photo credit: www.GoBreck.com

Laissez les bons temps rouler! 

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

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

Schedule of events from GoBreck

Mardi Gras Ball:

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

Mardi Gras Parad​e:

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Tuesday Celebration Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

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

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

Check out the festivities from last year!

Taste a bit of NOLA!  

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

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

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Film Festival Breckenridge

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

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival Breckenridge

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

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival Breckenridge Tickets

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

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

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

 

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

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