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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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.
So 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.
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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.
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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.
Visit gobreck.com for a breakdown of the events happening!
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The snows of last winter have retreated to all but the highest mountain peaks and summer is in full swing in Breckenridge. Hiking season is now and all of the best trails are open and dry.
Breckenridge is a paradise for hikers with literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails for all levels all around. Everybody at the best of Breckenridge office has a favorite trail they like to hike or run. We polled the office and here are the top five vote getters among the staff:
1.Mohawk Lakes: Listed by the Summit County Explorer as Intermediate, this trail garnered the most votes in a landslide. The Mohawk lakes Trail is an absolute favorite hike that offers rewarding exercise (but not too much!), awesome views, mining ruins and of course pristine high alpine lakes. The trailhead is pretty close to town. Just go about 2.4 miles south on Highway 9 towards Hoosier Pass and turn right on Spruce Creek Road and drive for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead. The trail is a seven mile “there and back” that starts in a think forest. After about 2 miles the trail heads towards Mayflower Lake and then on to Continental Falls which is a nice rocky waterfall. After the falls the trail climbs up to Lower Mohawk Lake. When you reach Lower Mohawk Lake, follow the left bank around and go about another half mile to upper Mohawk Lake. You will not be disappointed.
2.Lily Pad Lake: This short and rewarding hike was discussed around the office as “the perfect after work hike.” Lily Pad Lake offers many spectacular views and of course an alpine lake that rivals Mohawk Lakes but is only a third of the distance at about 2 and a half miles total. This is considered an “easy” hike by most standards. There are two distinct ways to get to the lake and the office was split on which way is better.
If you are coming to Breckenridge this summer get out and hike! There are tons of resources on hiking trails in Summit. If you are looking for more information on these hikes or looking for other option (and there’s tons) stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street or pick up a Summit Hiker which is for sale at many stores in Breckenridge.
Don’t forget if you are looking for the best insider’s information on Breckenridge and Summit County visit our Best of Breckenridge Facebook page.
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Turn off your televisions and turn soil instead!
High Country Conservation Center is showing Summit County that although growing at 9,000 feet has its challenges, our mountain gardeners are hardcore! High Country Conservation Center is taking the steps to teach you where your food comes from and the energy involved in growing, harvesting and transporting.
Currently Summit County’s Garden Network has FIVE community gardens across the county; Breckenridge Community Garden, Dillon Valley Elementary Garden, Nancy’s Community Garden in Frisco, Silvana’s Community Garden in Silverthorne, and the Living Classroom Garden and Greenhouse also in Frisco. Growing season is from May – September and plots are open to the public. If you still want to get your hands dirty Dillon Valley has 6 plots available. Click here to learn more.
We are in our second year managing plots at the Breckenridge Community Garden. This summer we have 5 plots each with 7-10 team members. Fellow gardener, Karla Swintz, says “I love being a part of the community garden. Our team works hard and we reap the benefits!” We have learned in the past two years that right place, right time in the Rocky Mountains is key! Lettuce thrives here and we are able to harvest nutty spinach and spicy arugula from our plot and not make a trip to the store for a head of lettuce!
Need some advice or want to take a class on what vegetables grow best? In a short version, we can tell you that cool-loving veggies like spinach, broccoli, carrots, peas, radishes, potatoes and chard do well in this environment we love! Check out SCGN’s Garden Workshops that offer online videos as well as in class tutorials on how to make the most out of your high country harvest!
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Blue Ribbon Bacon tour will be back at Keystone Resort's River Run Village on Saturday, June 21-22, 2014.
Nearly 3,000 lbs of bacon is expected to be served at the two day event. Bacon lovers will be able to sample bacon from all over the country in the form of ice cream, bloody mary's from Colorado's largest bacon bloody mary bar, mixed with mac and cheese, and more!
(Photo courtesy of Lori Midson/Westword)
This is one of Colorado's summer festivals that you won't want to miss. While you are sampling the mouth-watering bacon dishes, enjoy live music from Big Onion, Hell's Belles, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco, The Woodies and The Great Unknowns.
• $20 Piglet Package Saturday OR Sunday (12 & under) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
• $30 Samplin' Swine Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or 2 non-alcoholic beverages *Must be 21yrs of age and have a valid ID to receive alcoholic drink tokens
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
• $50 Hungry Hog Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
8 tasting tickets = eight dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
Participation in the festival's Whiskey Tour *Must be 21yrs of age to participate in the whiskey tour
• A-la-carte Tasting Tickets: $4 for one Tasting Ticket - each tasting ticket will be exchanged for one item at any of the participating food vendor tents
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Breckenridge kicks off summer with a bang with it's annual celebration of Kingdom Days, a two-day event that pays homage to Breck’s history. Join us for the ever-so-hilarious Outhouse Races down Main Street, free burro rides, train rides, face painting, gold panning, concerts, historical tours and more!
Check out this video about Kingdom Days from GoBreck!
Weekend Activities Schedule:
Breckenridge Fun Park Opening Weekend- Cruise over the ski resort on the new zipline, take the chairlift up and mountain bike down, play mini golf, take a 4x4 off-road tour and much more! The gondola will also be opening for the season and offers free access to Peak 8.
Outhouse Races- Find a spot to stand along Main Street to witness teams from near and far race their hand built outhouses. Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs for the People's Choice Award. Feel like testing your running skills? Sign up your team to run the race by visiting clicking here! Enjoy
the street party while The Luv Brothers play a free concert!
National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night- The NRO opens for the summer season with a performance titled, "Welcome to the New World". Individual tickets and season passes are available for purchase. Click here for more information.
For additional events and activities, visit www.GoBreck.com
Our neighbors over in Frisco are hosting the 21st Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge from Thursday, June 12- Saturday, June 14! Click here for more
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(or in other words... Let the good times roll!)
Mardi Gras in Breckenridge might not be as long or as wild of a celebration as it is in New Orleans, but we do know how to let the good times roll! Beads, masks and purple, green and gold feathers are sure to be plentiful. Celebrate Mardi Gras in the mountains this year!
Schedule of events from GoBreck:
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. )
The evening will feature dancing, drinks, great Nawlins style cuisine and the crowning of the Rex and Queen. Entertainment by The Hazel Miller Band.
Where: Beaver Run Resort
When: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Attire: Summit County Formal a.k.a. anything goes! Guests can wear a Mardi Gras costume, formal ball gown or a favorite mask and pair of blue jeans.
See some of the threads from last year:
Mardi Gras Parade:
Where: Main Street
The procession will stage on North Main Street between Lincoln and Wellington Street and head south to Park Avenue.
Check out the festivities from last year!
Taste a bit of NOLA!
Looking for some Cajun flavors? The Lost Cajun in Breckenridge offers a wide selection of Louisiana cuisine! From fried oysters, po-boys, crawfish etouffee' to their powder-sugar coated beignets, you can't go wrong! If you're not sure what to order, not a problem! When you sit down, you will be brought a sample tray of selection of their best dishes! Wash it all down with some southern sweet tea, a mexican coke or an Abita!
Mardi Gras and King Cakes go hand in hand! Go ahead and order a slice! If you happen to find the baby hidden in your piece, tradition calls that you will be asked to continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake party.
One of the largest and most esteemed mountain film festivals is on tour and returning to Breckenridge. Selected films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival will be featured in more than 285 communities and 30 countries around the world. The actual Banff Mountain Film Festival is a multi-day event, so not all of the selected or award-winning films will be featured during the world tour stops.
The film screenings will be held at the Riverwalk Center in the heart of Breckenridge on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7-10 p.m.
“This year’s tour will feature a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.” (www.BOEC.org )
Ticket information: (Note: This event will sell out! Get your tickets asap!)
General admission- $20 and can be purchased in advance by clicking here.
VIP Tickets-$50 Includes a private reception, advanced seating, light fare, dessert and beverages. To purchase, call the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at (970)453-6422 or (800)383-2632.
This year marks the 24th year of the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Artists from all over the globe will sculpt jaw-dropping masterpieces from January 21 through January 25. After 65 hours of carving, molding and shaping, the top three sculptures will receive a gold, silver and bronze award. The public will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorites for the People’s choice and Kids’ choice awards, which will end at 2:00 p.m. on January 26.
The Snow Sculptures are located near the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue in Breckenridge in the Tiger Dredge parking lot. Admission is free to this event. Viewers are allowed to walk through the area all week long as the artists create their works of art, which will be on display until February 2, weather permitting.
Preparation for the sculptors’ arrival began last week, when local volunteers are invited to help “stomp the snow.” Colorado machine-made snow was placed in 12-foot-tall molds, where the volunteers had to climb down inside the mold and stomp the snow until it was firm and compact. Then, more snow was added and stomped. This cycle was repeated until a 12-foot, 20-ton block of snow was formed. A blank slate, if you will, for the artists to transform into spectacular works of art over a period of five days.
Sixteen teams were chosen to represent their countries this year. Submissions are selected based on past participation, sketches, experience and team resumes. Team USA Breckenridge’s sculpture, Winter Fun, will capture the idea of the winter playground that is available for people of all ages here in Breckenridge. What a great concept to pay tribute to our own wintery Never-Neverland!
For more information about the chosen teams, bios and submission sketches, visit the GoBreck, by clicking here.
Or click on each country below:
Catalonia-Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain-Wales, Italy, Lithuania, Mongolia (team 2), Mongolia Munkh-Erdene (team 1), Russia, USA-Colorado/Black Forest, USA-Colorado/Breckenridge, USA-Wisconsin and USA-Vermont.
No power tools are allowed to sculpt the snow, so the artists tend to get creative with the tools they use. Handsaws, hatchets, chisels, brooms, shovels and gardening tools are just a few items that are popular to use to shape and mold the most intricate designs.
“What takes an hour to do in wood, you can do in 30 seconds with snow… you can move as fast as you think.”
Last year's winners:
In 2013, Team Mongolia won took home the gold as well as the People’s Choice award with their “Mongolian Warriors” piece.
Taking home the silver medal, Team Catalonia-Spain paid homage to Picasso with their piece, “Banyista Nua.”
Team Estonia won third place with their “Dawn and Dusk” piece that told a story of two lovers that only are able to meet twice a year.
Each piece is designed with a story to tell and can be read as you walk through. However, Team Canada captivated their audience last year by telling the dramatic story behind their piece “An Inuit Moral Tale,” which ending up winning the Kids’ Choice award.
For detailed information visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships
Previous Snow Sculpture Blogs:
Treat your Sweet this February!
Soothe Day Spa in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 will be offering Couples 50 min and 80 min Massages ths February the Valentine’s Weekend. What a perfect way to end a day of skiing and riding with your special someone. Ski in to luxury and the ultimate spa experience at Soothe Day Spa.
The Couples Massage will feature one of these three romance-inspired aromatherapy choices featured by ZENTS, a Colorado company. Couples will receive a complimentary gift upon check-out.
SUN: A top note of luxurious French vanilla, heart notes of sweet blood orange and pink grapefruit, and base notes of sultry sandalwood and golden amber make this scent warm and sensuous, like the feeling of being home.
ORE: A citrusy top note of bergamot, heady heart notes of orris, violet, and jasmine, and deep base notes of bay laurel, clove, and black pepper make this sexy and intoxicating scent perfect for your wild side.
PETAL: Delicate freesia and exhilarating lemon top notes, a heart note of lily of the valley, and a base note of fresh rain infuse this light, dewy floral scent with the freshness of spring.
Ullr must be very happy with Breckenridge this year! Over 150 inches of snow have blanketed our quaint little ski town this season so far! So join us and celebrate Ullr, the Norse god of snow all week long from January 5-11!
The King and Queen have been sworn in! Congratulations to Lenny and Mary Hoffius! A well-deserved honor, as they both support the community in various ways. Len volunteers at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, and Mary serves as a board member for the local Backstage Theater and Summit County Animal Shelter, and also serves as a member of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber Ambassadors. We’re proud to have them as members of our community and are thankful for all the work they do for the Town of Breckenridge!
Sign up today and be a part of history for the 2nd world record attempt for the longest shotski brought to you by the Breckenridge Distillery! $5 will hold your place and will be donated to the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club. See below for details!
Each year the parade gets bigger and better! The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 seems to have a knack for building prize-winning Ullr floats! Will they take the cake for the third year in a row? You’ll just have to stand along Main Street and see!
For a full schedule and detailed event information, scroll down or click here! See you there!
Sunday, January 5
Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen: (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) – Includes live bluegrass by the Honey Gitters, plus a free beer stein or Viking helmet for the first 400 through the doors. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave. FREE
Monday, January 6
Family Snow Day (3:30 pm. – 5:30 p.m.) - Bring the kids for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, Ullr Helmet making, S ’mores over the fire pit and other family friendly activities. Breckenridge Nordic Center on Ski Hill Road. Free
Tuesday, January 7
Ullympics (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Partake in wild events such as the frying pan toss, group ski racing and ski boot relay. Email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.