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! 

For detailed information visit

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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.

To purchase tickets, click here! 

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Previous Related Blog Posts: 

Silverthorne Ice Castles

Winter Activities for People Who Hate Winter

What is Your Favorite Outdoor Activity in Breckenridge?

New Snow in Breckenridge!





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


For more local event information, visit GoBreck:

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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.



Breckenridge Vacation

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

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City: Prescott Valley
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Conrad Anker to Breckenridge

The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store present The Impossible Climb


Conrad Anker is coming to BreckenridgeALAMEDA, California—Sept. 19, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Conrad Anker will come to Breckenridge, Colo., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.

Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.

Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition.

The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM.  It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant.  All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs.  This year there also will be a chance to win numerous The North Face products including jackets, pants, gift certificates, passes to the local rec center and much more all for only a $5 donation per ticket. Raffle tickets may be purchased online, in the store, or at the event. All raffle proceeds will go to the BOEC. You must bring your ticket to the 7:00PM event. The presentation will then take place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams, Breckenridge, CO 80424, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. The VIP reception tickets are available for $20.00. Again, The VIP reception begins at 5:30 PM, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. 

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to

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New Snow in Breckenridge!

Snow falling near Main and Lincoln in BreckenridgeWow! Breckenridge and Colorado’s High Country are currently getting pounded with snow. It really feels like Mother Nature wants to get a jump on the 2013/14 ski season. Today’s snow is the 3rd significant snowfall the Breckenridge area has received in the last few weeks. There have been whispers of this year being a truly epic winter but after today’s snowfall everybody will be roaring about it. The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a huge winter for the whole country. For Colorado, the almanac suggests more snow in early October as well as into November along with colder temperatures. We are starting to see this play out now

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area have started their snowmaking operations will open mid October. That’s weeks away! Breckenridge Ski Resort and most other ski areas will be starting up their snow guns shortly. What happened to summer?

Well it’s time to start looking forward and think about all of the winter fun we are going to be having soon!

Here are the scheduled opening dates for other ski resorts in Colorado:

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

For more information and lift ticket and season pass prices for all of these resorts, visit

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Girls Weekend!!!

We had a girls' weekend in Breckenridge and stayed at the lodge. It was so beautiful and the view was spectacular! We enjoyed hanging out in the spacious living area as well as on the balcony. Cooking in the lodge was nice since the grocery is so close and especially because the kitchen was so well appointed. The front desk agents were particularly helpful and very friendly. We got all the information we needed from them to make the most of our time in Breckenridge.

Name: Katy Blount
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State: Louisiana


Breckenridge Festival of Film- September 19-22


Inspire, Educate and Entertain. The mission of the Breckenridge Film Festival is to enrich lives through the ideas and emotions inspired by the art of film making.

Fall Aspens in Breckenridge


Back for its 33rd year, the Breckenridge Film Festival is packing quite the punch this year. With more than 50 films screening at seven different venues throughout Breckenridge, attendees will not be disappointed with the assortment of independent films.

For several years, this film festival kicked off summer activities. We’re glad that they chose to host the festival in the fall this year. We welcome filmmakers and observers from near and far to our charming mountain town. There are plenty of activities to enjoy during the day, so go out and soak in those beautiful golden aspens on a mid-day hike or take in the sights on a scenic drive up Baldy Mountain. Plenty of visitors like to just take in the views from a bench facing the ski resort in the Blue River Plaza, just across the lawn from the Riverwalk Center.

We hope you are moved, inspired and energized by the films selected for the 2013 Breckenridge Festival of Films! Enjoy!

There are too many films to list! Click here for the full event schedule, screening locations and forum information:

Tickets may be purchased at these locations: (NOTE! Online ticket sales end on Friday, September 20 at 11 p.m. MST)

  • Online at to be redeemed at the Breckenridge Festival of Film Office, 130 Ski Hill Road, Suite 200
  • BRC Welcome Center: 203 S. Main Street
  • At the Door of the Theater (released 10 minutes before the screening, provided space allows)

Ticket Pricing: 

Film Festival Ticket Prices


For every $100 individual donation via, received is a four-punch pass and special festival gift

Screening Locations: 


Film Festival Events: 

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

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

November 1:

Keystone, Copper Mountain

November 8:

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Wolf Creek

November 13:

 Winter Park

November 22:

 Vail, Eldora

November 27:

 Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Steamboat

November 28:

 Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Telluride

November 29:


November 30:

 Howelsen Hill

December 6:


December 11:

 Ski Granby Ranch

December 12:


December 14:

 Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 21:


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Breckenridge Oktoberfest is Next Week!

Oktoberfest Crowd in Breckenridge, ColoradoIt’s time to break out your lederhosen and oversized steins again! It’s time for Breckenridge’s 19th annual Oktoberfest celebration taking place next weekend, September 13th – 15th. Last year the powers that be decided to extend the party to 3 days starting the festivities on Friday. This year they are continuing the tradition so come up early and enjoy the extra day.

Oktoberfest is Breckenridge’s largest street party where Main Street closes and is lined with booths brimming with traditional German food. There is music, dancing, Paulinar Bier and more. Breckenridge comes to life with traditional costumes, German food, Oompah and polka music, Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg-tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, did we mention Paulaner Bier.

The party starts next Friday the 13th at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. On Saturday for those interested in a little morning exercise there is a 5k trail run at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Don’t worry! You can get back to drinking right after as the Main Street Party starts at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t forget to get your stein sooner than later. Steins generally sell out before Sunday and they will not get more. Oktoberfest is a no pet event so please leave the critters at home.

For more information and to pre purchase steins visit

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Summer is Winding Down. Fall into Breckenridge!

Fall in BreckenridgeFor some, Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer, the last weekend to get together with friends and family and enjoy the carefree nature and essence of summer. School is back in session, and for those of us that work in this quaint little ski town, it means time to prepare for the busy ski season ahead. But, before the hustle and bustle begins, there is still time to enjoy the outdoors. From the ever-famous Breckenridge Oktoberfest, late season rounds of golf, fall festivals, scenic drives and hikes through the golden aspens to two-for-one dining specials, there is enough to entice visitors to Breckenridge as fall rolls in.

The month of September is the best time to take in the beautiful shades of gold that the Aspen trees paint the mountain sides with. Pack a picnic and take a drive through the high country. There are so many amazing drives to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites:

Golf in Breckenridge in the fall is something you surely want to experience. The cool, crisp mountain air, the wildlife roaming around the grounds, the thinner air that makes your ball soar down the fairway, will take you to your happy place. Find your swing at the only municipal Jack Nicklaus-designed, 27-hole golf course, the Breckenridge Golf Club. For discounted lodging and golf packages, click here! Rates as low as $109 per night, based on a 2 night stay with 2 rounds of golf!

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Fall Fest

The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Family Fall Festival is back in Breckenridge for the third year in a row. This year, the event will be hosted at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 on Saturday, October 19th and Saturday, October 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Double the pumpkins, candy apples and good old fashioned, family fun! There will be crafts, games, trick-or-treating and more! The event is open to owners and guests of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 as well as the public. The onsite, eclectic Seven’s Restaurant will feature a fall-themed menu for both events. More information to come!

Once October hits, Breckenridge will slow down for a short bit. Town will be a little quieter, but this is a wonderful time to taste your way through Breckenridge, as many of the local restaurants will offer 2-for-one dining specials. This is a great opportunity to experience the culinary delights of Breckenridge’s finest for half the cost. For a $10 donation, you can pick up a dining passport at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or at any of the participating restaurants. For more information, visit

Pretty soon, snow will find its way back to Breckenridge! Do you have your ski pass yet? We’re giving several Epic Passes away over the next several weeks. Enjoy unlimited access to Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Alfton Alps, and Mt. Brighton! Even better this year, the pass also includes 5 days each at select resorts in Switzerland, Austria, and France! Click here to enter!

Save up to 50% off lodging this fall! Click here for the best deals in Breckenridge! 

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