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!

BOOK NOW• Special lodging rate based on a Grand Timber Lodge
studio condominium. Larger sized units are available so
call 866-664-9783 option 3 for the best rates!

• 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*.

Call 866-664-9783 Today!
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Other rates and dates may be available. Qualifications apply.
Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Restrictions and blackout dates apply.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations|PO Box 6879|100 S. Main St.|Breckenridge, CO 80424|888-783-8883

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 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: Follow the conversation with #TNFSpeakerSeries.

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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!
Mention source code WEBSP when booking.
Click here for a full line up of Breckenridge Events
Other rates and dates may be available. Qualifications apply.
Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Restrictions and blackout dates apply.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations|PO Box 6879|100 S. Main St.|Breckenridge, CO 80424|888-783-8883

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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Cool Down in Breckenridge with Breckenridge's Hottest Deal!

Breckenridge Summer Weekends Sale!

Cool Down & Save In Breckenridge This Summer! Enjoy warm sunshine and cool Rocky Mountain breezes. Take a weekend getaway in Breckenridge this summer and save 40% on lodging with room rates starting as low as $60 a night!

BOOK NOW• $60 rate based on a 2 night stay in a Breck Inn hotel
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Package includes a 120-min. tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Restrictions and blackout dates apply.
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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

For more festival information, click here! 

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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.

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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

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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.” ( )


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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Blue Bird Ski day

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

Name: Allen Todd
City: Oakland
State: California


The 2014 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

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

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Budweiser

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

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

Snow sculptors in Breckenridge

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

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

Or click on each country below:

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

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

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

Last year's winners: 

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

Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures- Team Mongolia

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

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship

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

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Team Estonia

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

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship Team Yukon

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

Click here for a gallery of last years participants! 

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The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge


Valentine's Day Couples Massage!

Treat your Sweet this February!

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

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

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


The 52nd Annual Ullr Festival


Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Ullr Float

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

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

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

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

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

GoBreck’ s schedule of events:

Sunday, January 5

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

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

Tuesday, January 7
Ullympics  (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)  Partake in wild events such as the frying pan toss, group ski racing and ski boot relay.  Email 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 Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge. $5.00. Advance tickets available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center.


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

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

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

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

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Ice Castles in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Ice Castles















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

Breckenridge Ice Castles

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

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

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

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

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

Breckenridge Ice Castles

Hours of Operation:

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

Ticket Prices:

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

Military / Seniors: $8 (must show ID)

Season Pass: $30

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


Map and Directions


150 West Adams Ave.
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Directions From Denver:

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

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

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Silverthorne Ice Castles

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What is Your Favorite Outdoor Activity in Breckenridge?

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Dew Tour in Breckenridge

Dew Tour in Breckenridge
















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

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

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

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

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




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






Can’t make it to Breckenridge, no problem. Watch it streaming live here:

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


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Previous Dew Tour Blogs:

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


Local Breckenridge Business Embraces Renewable Energy

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







Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fosters Solar Farm

Purchase affords renewable energy sharing with local community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For high resolution images from the Grand Opening, download them here: (Photos Special to Kelsey Fowler at the Summit Daily News)

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

Donation Paves Way for a Much Needed Multi Purpose Community Center

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









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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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













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

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















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