Winter Life in Breckenridge (Way) Back in the Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Annual North Face Speaker Series is Coming Back to Breckenridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Fishing in Lake Dillon

Lake Dillon at Sunset in the SummerFishing on Lake Dillon

Summer has finally made it to Breckenridge and Summit County. June has been mostly dry but little cooler than usual. Now that it is past Kingdom Days we are at last into the true summer season. There are so many outdoor activities in Breckenridge and the surrounding Rocky Mountains; it is easy to overlook the huge lake that is right in the middle of Summit County.

Lake Dillon was built in 1963 by Denver Water to store water for Denver and the Front Range. It is the largest body of water in Summit County and one of the largest in the state.  Lake Dillon has 27 miles of shoreline and 2 marinas. It is known as a challenging spot to go sailing each summer, hosting numerous races and regattas.

Lake Dillon although popular is often overlooked as a prime fishing destination in the summer. The lake is overshadowed by the many rivers, streams and lakes that dot Summit County’s landscape including the Blue River a Colorado Gold Medal river.

What makes Lake Dillon such a great family fishing spot is the ease of access, lack of special fishing regulations like those found in most mountain rivers and high alpine lakes, friendly boating regulations with rentals and tours available and most of all the diversity of species found in the lake. At different times you can fish for Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee and Koho Salmon, Walleye Pike, Char, catfish, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass and other species.

Shore fishing offers easy access from many points in the county. There is free parking at many points around the lake.  It is said the fishing is the best in the early summer between mid May and early July. For shore fishing, the best fare for the fishies is good old fashioned worms. Use a bobber and test your length from the hook until you find success. There are tons of smaller fish close to the shore but the big ones are a little further out. Use a weight and hook for bottom fishing and keep your line tight so you can feel bites. Later in the season troll a Rapala lure near the feeder creaks of the Blue, Snake or Ten Mile dump into the lake for large trout.

If you are so inclined, rent a boat and get out into the lake. This is a great spot for trolling. This is most effective in the later season and will produce big brown trout, Kokanee and Walleye Pike. Even if you don’t catch fish it’s an impressive experience to just be out on the lake.

Fishing is a time honored family activity that everyone should try at least once. If you are looking for a different High Country experience try fishing in Lake Dillon.

Don’t forget that you do need a fishing license in Colorado if you are 16 or older. You can pick them up at many locations throughout Breckenridge and Summit County.

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Mardi Gras in Breckenridge

(Photo credit: www.GoBreck.com

Laissez les bons temps rouler! 

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

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

Schedule of events from GoBreck

Mardi Gras Ball:

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

Mardi Gras Parad​e:

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Tuesday Celebration Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

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

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

Check out the festivities from last year!

Taste a bit of NOLA!  

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

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

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The TenMile Flyer Zipline

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A. My oh my, what a wonderful day! (We’re sure this will be stuck in your head now for the rest of the day…)

New this year at the Breckenridge Ski Resort is the TenMile Flyer Zipline! At speeds up to 45 mph, this is just another way to get your adrenaline pumping as you fly right over the terrain park on Peak 8, 50 feet off the ground!  This two-circuit zipline can be accessed via the Rip’s Ride Chair Lift.

Although you can’t wear your skis down the zipline, you can ski right up to the entrance and leave your equipment at the operator’s booth.

Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Building next to Chair 5. Single ride tickets are $29, or you can purchase a combo ticket to include a single ride on the TenMile Flyer Zipline and the Gold Runner Coaster fro $39. For additional information, call 970.453.5000 or click here.  

Plenty of sunshine heading my way. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A! 

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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 http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships

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The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge

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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 groupsales@icecastles.com for rates.

 

Map and Directions

 
Address:

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! 

For more information, visit: www.IceCastles.com

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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!

 

 

 

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Why Wax? The Benefits of Maintaining Your Hardgoods

                                            Why Wax? The Benefits of Maintaining Your Hardgoods

When it comes to skis and snowboards, getting a quick tune up is something that is often overlooked. Regular maintenance will prove a smoother ride with sharper, more controlled turns.

With new technology coming out every season, people are tempted to just replace their equipment year after year or every few years. However, a simple maintenance regimen will keep your skis and boards in tip top shape to be enjoyed for many years to come or at least in good shape if you want to sell your used equipment at a resale shop such as Ridden in Breckenridge. (Shameless plug for a co-workers shop...But really, check it out, they have some killer deals! www.RiddenGear.com )

What to look for:

Bottom:

You need to get your equipment waxed if you see dullness on the bottom of your skis or board. Does it look shiny or grey? Shiny is good!  The latter means the wax on your board or skis has worn away. It will be more difficult to control speed and turns, especially for beginners. Worn off wax also exposes your equipment to more wear and tear.

Edges:

Did you know they were metal? Imagine cutting a steak with a dull butter knife. Now apply that to your skis and snowboards “cutting” into the side of a mountain. If your edges are smooth and sharp, you will be able to carve with more precision.

We know it’s not realistic to tune your equipment after only hitting the slopes a handful of times like the advanced to expert level skiers and riders do, but try to keep it in mind throughout the season.  You’ll notice a difference in the performance and heck, you might even get better! Beginners should get edges tuned after about 10 days on the mountain, but should get their boards or skis waxed even more frequently. Intermediate to advanced riders tend to tune after about 6-8 days on the slopes.  Advanced riders lean towards 3-5 days of use before they tune their equipment. The Shaun Whites of the world most likely ride with fresh edges every time.

If you learn to tune and wax your boards and /or skis yourself, you’ll save quite a bit of change. Check out these video tutorials by Tognar.com, an online waxing/tuning supply company:

Waxing:

 

Sharpening edges:

 

Or, make friends with a local shop. Sometimes a six pack goes a long way!

Here are the Best of Breck’s top picks of places of where to get a tune while you’re in Breckenridge: (Click on the hyperlinked store names for additional pricing information.)

Pup’s Glide Shop: 107 Ski Hill Road- Choose from same day service or an overnight tune! Easy as pie!

Lone Star Sports: 110 South Park Avenue- Frequented by athletes and coaches, this shop has been around for 37 ski seasons and is the longest running ski shop in Breckenridge.

Base Mountain Sports: 500 South Park Avenue- They offer many tuning, mounting and repair services.

Have other suggestions of where to get your board or skis tuned? Leave a comment below! 

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It’s “Season Pass” Season in the High Country

Snowblowers will be firing up in no time.That’s right! We know you are out there. School’s back and they’re already playing college football. Where did the summer go? Well we know that some of you are already thinking about the upcoming ski and snowboarding season. Being that it is almost the end of August that means we are only six to eight weeks away from the start of the first ski runs opening to the public. Breckenridge opens on November 8th and even that is just about 9 weeks from now. You might be thinking about winter and craving some fresh powder even though the summer’s rocking right now. Some of us here are in a ski mindset too and the ski areas are thinking about ski and snowboarding season right now for sure. Now is the time to look at the different season passes being offered by Colorado ski resorts. The resorts offer the best deals for early bird purchasers. If you do not live close and you are planning even a 5 day trip it is worth looking at the price of a season pass vs. the cost of lift tickets in season. Often the season pass is a better deal and if you are thinking even a little that you might get ten days or more on a hill in Colorado then it is a no brainer. Here is a lineup of the current season pass offers in and around Summit County.

Epic Pass

If you like Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek then the Epic Pass should be your first consideration. This pass is offered now for $689. The Epic Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, The Canyons in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California, Mt Brighton in Michigan, Arapaho Basin and Eldora located just outside of Boulder, Colorado.

For a little Less at $529 you can get the Epic Local Pass which offers unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Mt Brighton in Michigan, and Arapaho Basin. You will also get 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. 

One other Epic option is the Summit Value Pass which offers unlimited skiing at Keystone and Arapaho Basin and restricted access to Breckenridge. The Summit Value Pass is going for $439.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a very popular ski resort just about 15 miles north of Breckenridge at the other end of the Ten Mile Range. Copper offers 2,465 acres of skiing from Beginner to double black diamond skiing. Right Now a Copper Pass is just $369, a great deal.

Arapaho Basin

Arapaho Basin or A-Basin as people who are in the know call it is offered as one of the ski areas on the Epic Pass but A-Basin offers season passes of their own at prices that are much less expensive than the Epic Pass. A-Basin has been a local’s favorite for over 50 years. Located near the top of Loveland Pass about a 45 minute drive from Breck, A-Basin perches atop the Continental Divide and offers an unpretentious experience. A-Basin offers the best steep and un-groomed terrain in Summit County and for just $269 the lowest prices on a season pass anywhere.

Loveland Ski Resort

Loveland Ski Area is just over the hill in Clear Creek County and is another small ski area that offers really fun un-groomed terrain that is a little less steep than A-Basin. In addition to groomed and off-piste terrain Loveland offers some of the most amazing views from a ski area in Colorado. The Loveland Season Pass is $379 and offers a bunch of bonus days at other Colorado resorts including, Monarch, Crested Butte, Durango and more.

If you are planning a winter ski/snowboard adventure around Summit look first to the season pass rates before buying you lift tickets and always remember no matter what list tickets you decide to buy that they are always less expensive when you buy them before getting to your destination.

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What’s up in Breck this weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

Peak 7 Breckenridge Discount LodgingAugust is here! We’re rolling right through summer. Some people are harvesting from their gardens, while others are already getting pumped that the 2013/2014 ski season is less than 100 days away! Where does the time go?

As always, there’s plenty to do if you are planning to come to Breckenridge this weekend. Take a 4x4 Segway tour at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, rent a bicycle and ride around town or purchase tickets to a show at the Backstage Theater or the Riverwalk Center. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your visit to the ever beautiful town of Breckenridge!

 

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, August 2:

6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.- Music, Massage and Merlot- Join “Naked Pete” at D’vine Wine Breckenridge at 211 S. Main St, Suite F, and experience the musical entertainment by Naked Pete himself. Don’t worry, the nickname does not come to life at this event. Enjoy music, comedy and wine.

7:30 p.m. – National Repertory Orchestra Presents: Fantastic Finale – Enjoy the final NRO performance of the year at the Riverwalk Center. To purchase tickets, click here

Backstage Theater Breckenridge The 39 Steps7:30 p.m.-The Backstage Theater – Alfred Hitchcock’s, The 39 Steps, directed by Michael Grittner, is a hilarious spoof on a classic Hitchcock film. The cast will keep you on your toes with tongue-in-cheek references and character changes in a murder mystery themed performance. For tickets and more information, click here.

Saturday, August 3:

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.- Music, Massage and Merlot- Join “Naked Pete” at D’vine Wine Breckenridge at 211 S. Main St, Suite F, and experience the musical entertainment by Naked Pete himself. Don’t worry, the nickname does not come to life at this event. Enjoy music, comedy and wine.

7:30 p.m.- Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra Series: Oscar Winners All – Enjoy music from Exodus to Superman and Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars and Robin Hood at the Riverwalk Center. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30 p.m.-The Backstage Theater – Alfred Hitchcock’s, The 39 Steps, directed by Michael Grittner, is a hilarious spoof on a classic Hitchcock film. The cast will keep you on your toes with tongue-in-cheek references and character changes in a murder mystery themed performance. For tickets and more information, click here.


Sunday, August 4:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

Breckenridge Blue River Series Aaron Neville

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater - Alfred Hitchcock’s, The 39 Steps, directed by Michael Grittner, is a hilarious spoof on a classic Hitchcock film. The cast will keep you on your toes with tongue-in-cheek references and character changes in a murder mystery themed performance. For tickets and more information, click here.

7:30 p.m. – Blue River Series: Aaron Neville - Take a trip back in time with iconic Grammy Award winning, Doo Wop artist and New Orleans’ prince of R&B, Aaron Neville. Performing revitalized versions of his favorite songs of the past, you won’t want to miss this concert at the Riverwalk Center in the heart of Breckenridge. For more information and tickets, click here.

 

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What's Up in Breck This Weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

Rain or shine, Breckenridge still knows how to pack in the fun! This weekend is full of things to do for the entire family! If it’s raining, head over to the Backstage Theater and catch either Charlotte’s Web or Avenue Q! For music lovers, check out the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival or enjoy live music from national acts at the Breckenridge Beer Festival.

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, July 12:

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.D'Vine Wine- Music, Massage and Merlot

6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.- Music, Massage and Merlot- Join “Naked Pete” at D’vine Wine Breckenridge at 211 S. Main St, Suite F, and experience the musical entertainment by Naked Pete himself. Don’t worry, the nickname does not come to life at this event. Enjoy music, comedy and wine.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, July 13:

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.- Keystone’s Wine and Jazz Festival – Enjoy live music from national Jazz musicians and food and wine tastings. Attend wine seminars and enrich your knowledge of food and wine pairings. To purchase tickets, click here.

8th Annual Breckenridge Beer Festival 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.- The 8th Annual Breckenridge Beer Fest- Embark on a journey by tasting your way through more than 30 craft breweries beers. This year, the Breck Beer Fest will be located on Ridge Street between Lincoln and Adams. Click here for more information.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.- Music, Massage and Merlot- Join “Naked Pete” at D’vine Wine Breckenridge at 211 S. Main St, Suite F, and experience the musical entertainment by Naked Pete himself. Don’t worry, the nickname does not come to life at this event. Enjoy music, comedy and wine.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents: Scheherazade at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, July 7:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

Breckenridge Sunday Market3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

 

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What’s up in Breck this weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

Fourth of July in Breckenridge, Colorado Happy Birthday America!!!  Excuse the long blog, BUT we didn’t want you to miss out on any of the fun events going on in Breckenridge this weekend!!! If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a four-day weekend, you won’t find yourself searching for things to keep you busy up here in Breckenridge. We’re excited that for the first time in three years, the Town of Breckenridge has given the go-ahead for the professional firework show! Heightened fire dangers prohibited the fireworks display in Breckenridge in years past, so we’re happy the recent spout of rain cleared the way for this year’s show.  

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Thursday, July 4:

7:00 a.m.- Independence Day 10K Trail Run- Start the day with a scenic trail run that finishes in time to catch the parade.  The start is at Carter Park. Click here to register.  (UPDATE- REGISTRATION IS FULL )

9:00 a.m- Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Fourth of July Garden Party- Pregame for the parade in style with a spread of mimosas, coffee and breakfast at the Barney Ford Museum. Advance ticket prices are almost half off if you purchase beforehand! Adults are $40, but $75 on the day of. Children ages 12-6 are $20, and under 5 are $10.  Call 970.453.9767 ext. 2 for more information.  

9:30 a.m.- Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race- The official kick off to the parade! Not for the faint at heart, this race is 50 miles (about a 5 hour ride). To register, click here.

9:30/10:00 a.m. - The Town of Breckenridge’s Fourth of July Parade –George Washington will kick off the parade by reading the Declaration of Independence at the Blue River Plaza. New this year will be a marching band from Waconia High School in Minnesota. Watch as the Red, White and Blue Color Guard precede the town’s fleet of parade floats. We hear that a “Regal Eagle” has landed in Breckenridge and will be a shining star in the parade. Don’t miss it!

12:30-2:30 p.m.- Kids Water Fight- This is definitely a crowd-favorite event on the Fourth of July. Children can join forces with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department and cool off with a giant water fight.

12:30- 3:00 p.m.- Viper “Show and Shine”- For the gear heads and those that just like looking at cool cars, a fleet of Dodge Vipers will be parked along Main Street to gawk at.

Riverwalk Concerts in Breckenridge Colorado

2:00 p.m. – Free Concert at the Riverwalk Center-The Town of Breckenridge is proud to present  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a previous member of Lenny Kravitz’ band, who will perform an eclectic blend of groove, jazz, funk R&B and hip hop.

8:30 p.m.- National Repertory Orchestra Presents: 4th of July Patriotic Salute-Enjoy a patriotic show at the Riverwalk Center. Lawn seating is free, but tickets for seats inside can be purchased online.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.  All proceeds from this event will be split between the National Repertory Orchestra and programs for wounded military members, veterans and their families at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.  Be advised that dogs are prohibited on the lawn at the Riverwalk Center during this event.  To purchase tickets, click here.

9:45 p.m. - Fireworks!!! Find a spot to lay a blanket, call up your friend that has a balcony in Breckenridge or head over to one of the many restaurants with a deck and watch the first firework display in Breckenridge in three years! The Ten Mile Range is a perfect backdrop and can be seen from almost everywhere in town.  Personal fireworks of any kind are prohibited due to the dry conditions. Please respect our town, state and country from unnecessary wildfires by adhering to these guidelines!  Also, outside alcohol is prohibited and coolers can be inspected by law enforcement.

Friday, July 5:

10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.- The 30th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival- Ranked in the past as the “18th Best Art Fair in the United States” by Art Fair Sourcebook, this event gathers over 100 artists from around the country with a variety of ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and more. For more information, click here.

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

The Wailers Concert Breckenridge

7:30 p.m. - Blue River Series: The Wailers- The Breckenridge Music Festival is pleased to host The Wailers at the Riverwalk Center. Alongside Bob Marley, The Wailers have played around the globe and have sold more than 250 million albums. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, July 6:

10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.- The 30th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival- Ranked in the past as the “18th Best Art Fair in the United States” by Art Fair Sourcebook, this event gathers over 100 artists from around the country with a variety of ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and more. For more information, click here.Breckenridge July Art Festival

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Hollywood Classics at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, July 7:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.- The 30th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival- Ranked in the past as the “18th Best Art Fair in the United States” by Art Fair Sourcebook, this event gathers over 100 artists from around the country with a variety of ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and more. For more information, click here.

1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher 

Blue River Series: Hot 8 Brass Band Breckenridge Music Festival Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a 
rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30 p.m. - Blue River Series: Hot 8 Brass Band- The Breckenridge Music Festival hoststh Hot 8 Brass Band at the Riverwalk Center. This New Orleans-based band combines hip-hop, jazz and funk with traditional New Orleans brass sounds.  Sit back and enjoy a taste of NOLA in Breckenridge! To purchase tickets, click here.

 

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What’s up in Breck this weekend?

Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

The weather is outside is delightful! Bluebird skies paired with the warmth of the Colorado sunshine, why not make a trip up to the high country? We’re hearing lots of stories of people “beating the heat” of high temperatures and escaping to the mountains. We’re expecting average daytime temperatures in the mid 70’s. Ahhh. Life is good here in Breckenridge!

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, June 28:

6:00 p.m.- The Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC)is hosting the 2nd Annual Runway Fashion Show fundraiser at the Riverwalk Center and will feature a prerformance by the all-vocal group, FACE. For tickets and more information, click here.

FIRC: Fashion Show Fundraiser


7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 29:

11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.PRCA Pro Rodeo Breckenridge

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Brahms & Sibelius at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, June 30:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

The Backstage Theater Presents: Charlotte's Web

1:00 p.m.-The Backstage Theater - Charlotte’s Web, directed by Christopher Willard, is a all-ages play not to be missed. The iconic story was named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” For tickets and more information, click here.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

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What’s up in Breck This Weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

There’s never a dull moment up here in the High Country! Aside from hiking, biking, climbing and rafting, Breckenridge is the perfect place to escape the heat and have a ton of fun.

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, June 21:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.- Dillon Farmers Market- Take a water taxi over to Dillon from Frisco and stroll through the open-air farmers market. The market features over 90 vendors that offer Colorado grown produce, crafts, textiles, flowers, jewelry and more. Click here for more info.

Backstage Theater Breckenridge presents Avenue Q

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30-9:30 p.m.- Breckenridge Music Festival- The Riverwalk Center is hosting two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell  Leahy. Tickets start at $28. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 22:

2013 Bacon Festival

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. - National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Tchaikovsky & Schumann at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.


Sunday, June 23:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here

PRCA Pro Rodeo in Breckenridge- Photo: www.GoBreck.com

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

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What's Up in Breck this weekend?

Welcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

Breckenridge Kingdom Days

What a busy weekend there is ahead!  Summer is officially here. There’s no shortage on events or things to do.  Celebrate Breckenridge’s heritage all weekend long during Kingdom Days, which concludes with the infamous Outhouse Races on Sunday. Get your fill of barbeque at the Frisco BBQ Challenge, take your first ride of the summer on the gondola and enjoy the opening weekend of the Peak 8 Fun Park or take a stroll over to the Riverwalk Center  for the opening night of the National Repertory Orchestra.  Oh, and all weekend, shops along Main Street will be having a sidewalk sale, so you can stock up on super-discounted winter gear!

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Historical Tours

 

 

Throughout the weekend, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is also offering free historical walking and mine tours as well as free admission to museums, parks and exhibits. For more details, visit: http://breckheritage.com/june-14-16-kingdom-days/

 

 

This weekend’s events:

Friday, June 14:

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Peak 8 Fun Park Opening Day! Zip down the alpine slides, ride the Gold Runner Coaster, take a 4x4 or Segway tour, test your skills at downhill mountain biking and more!  The gondola is back up and running for the summer season, so take it up to Peak 8 and have a fun-filled day!

Frisco BBQ Challenge

11:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Frisco BBQ Challenge -Over 60 competitors from all over the U.S. set out to win the gold for best barbeque. From pig races, live music, celebrity chef demonstrations and more, this event is not to be missed!

4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Local’s Alert:  It’s time for the Town Party at the Riverwalk Center! For the past 18 years, the Town of Breckenridge has been throwing a party for the locals to celebrate a winter of hard work and to kick off the summer!  Live music by You Me & Apollo. Admission is free, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Saturday, June 15:

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.- Frisco BBQ Challenge -Last day to get your hog on! 

Kingdom Days:

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Riverwalk Center- Plenty of children’s activities, games, magic show, and other entertainment. 

Blue River Plaza- Located next to the Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street, you’ll find more to do such as free historical photobooth photos, free kids train rides, burro rides and gold panning.

7:30 p.m.National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night- The NRO innagural concert is this Saturday at the Riverwalk Center. From this weekend until mid August, the NRO will be performing two full orchestra concerts each week.

Sunday, June 16:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -Sunday Market- The Breckenridge Sunday Markets begin this weekend and boasts specialty food items and crafts from around the globe. Head over to the south   end of town every Sunday morning until September 8th and pick up fresh produce and unique gift items.

Kingdom Days Outhouse Race

Kingdom Days:

12:00 p.m. - Celebrate Edwin Carters birthday with cake at the Edwin Carter Museum. 

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Free concert by the Luv Brothers on 100 N. Main St.

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m .- Face Painting and Balloon Artist

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.- People’s Choice Voting for best outhouse design at the corner of N. Main and Wellington (Next to Local’s Market at 116 N. Main St.)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Outhouse Races – Bring a lawn chair and park it along the race route on Ridge Street and watch as locals and others from surrounding kingdoms compete to win the Golden Throne award for being the fastest in the West. 

 

Have a great weekend all! 

 

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Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Summer Biking This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer.  By tomorrow, Breckenridge will be buzzing with travelers from near and far. The restaurants that have been closed for cleaning and remodeling during “mud season” will be reopening this weekend. Rafting season is roaring, golf courses are in full swing and we are ecstatic that summer is back!

Get the most out of your extended weekend by taking a trip to Breckenridge.  We’re expecting temperatures to stay around 70 degrees throughout the weekend. A world of activities will be at your fingertips. Shops have their fleets of bicycles available for rent, rafting companies have their armadas of rafts in the river and local eateries have their patio tables out for you to soak in the sunshine and of course, the spectacular views.  It’s time to escape the city, enjoy the fresh mountain air and experience the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Visit Breckenridge Memorial Day Weekend Aside from getting an extra day off of work, it is also important to recognize what Memorial Day truly means. It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by American men and women who have died and of those that have served and are living. Flags across the nation will be at half-staff to commemorate the one million Americans that have given their lives in the line of service. At noon, flags will be raised to celebrate the soldiers that continue to fight for our country’s freedom and justice.

We would like to invite you to join the local Memorial Day service to honor those that have served or who are serving in the United States Military. The interdenominational service will be held at the Valley Brook Cemetery located at 1095 Airport Road just north of town on Monday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. Parking is available at the Recreation Center parking lot.

For more information, visit the Town of Breckenridge's information page.

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Need more ideas of what to do in Breckenridge? Visit some of our other blogs about Breckenridge activities:   Summer Funner! The Kick-Off to Summer is Just Around the Corner Early Summer in Breckenridge Summit Country Rafting Season is Back! Kingdom Days is Coming to Breckenridge.

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Summer Funner!

 

Breckenridge SummerThe beautiful, bright blue Breckenridge summer skies are back,

the river is flowing more powerfully than the early spring melt trickle, and flowers are budding and blooming. The summers are what make locals, well, locals. Most of us wanted to come and live in this quaint mountain town for a winter season, but claimed Breckenridge as home because of its amazing summers.

Plenty to see and plenty to do. With Kingdom Days, Fourth of July celebrations, Sunday Farmers Markets, free concerts, the PRCA Rodeo, art festivals, beer festivals, movie festivals, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and more, Breckenridge certainly does not fall asleep when the ski season is over. The town is alive, vibrant and bustling with people from near and far.  Aside from the variety of events, there are plenty of activities including biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, exploring and more. There is something to do for everyone.

The gondola and the Peak 8 Fun Park will be up and running on June 14th. Take the gondola up to Peak 8 from town and enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family. Race through the trees on the Gold Runner Coaster, or for a little bit longer of a rush, make your way to the alpine slide and zoom down any of the three 2,600 foot long tracks. Prove your putting skills at quite possibly the most scenic mini golf course. The Peak 8 Fun Park also features a rock climbing wall, Mineshaft Maze, SuperBungee Trampoline, a bouncy castle and scenic chairlift rides that will take you to some awesome hiking trails. New to the park are 4x4 off-road and Segway tours! For more information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#activities#Top

For thrill seekers, bring your mountain bike or rent one at the Peak 8 Base Area, and load it on the Colorado SuperChair. There are 11 blue and black mountain-bike trails to choose from and range from single track and mountain roads with banked corners, berms and bridges to challenge any rider. Chair hauls are not included in the Fun Park Pass, and are $15 for single rides or $30 for unlimited rides for the day. For the novice, Breck is now offering beginner and intermediate/advanced mountain bike lessons for ages six and up. Guides are available to take your riding to the next level, but are also available to take your family down the hill as well.

Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park Alpine Slide Have older kids that want to experience the park, but also have wee ones that aren’t quite big enough to participate? No problem. There is a children’s center onsite that provides childcare for $20 per hour for kiddos ages 2 months to 5 years old and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ticket  Prices:

You can purchase a full day pass, or pay for individual activities. If it’s your first time, I would recommend purchasing the pass to get a taste of everything. Guided tours are not included in the day pass, but are definitely worth checking out!

Adult Fun Park tickets are $68 and children’s tickets (ages 3-7) are $34.

For more detailed information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#summerpricing

Summer Hours of Operation:


June 14 - September 2 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
September 6 - 15: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
Dates & times are weather permitting

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Taste Your Way Through Breckenridge

The high country is certainly preparing for a great rafting season! Ullr decided to gift Breckenridge with 35 inches of snow this past week. It is hard to believe that this is the middle of May. Luckily, we are expecting temperatures in the 60’s this weekend, so maybe we’re just going to skip spring altogether and jump right into summer. Some of the restaurants are closed for cleaning or because all of their employees have flocked to enjoy a quick vacation before the busy summer season begins. So, what is there to do? Aside from hiking, biking or enjoying a spa day, you can taste your way through Breckenridge’s wine and spirits tasting rooms. Here are a few ideas:

D’vine Wine, Home of Wild Women Wine:

211 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

D'vine Wine and Wild Women Winery Breckenridge Wine Tastings

Located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, D’vine Wine offers a wide selection of their own custom wines made from imported grapes which are then handcrafted, blended and fermented right in front of you. The staff can even guide you through creating your own custom blend. Let your taste buds do the walking as you journey through a wine tasting. Tastings are offered daily and begin at $5 for three wines of your choice from the tasting menu. For $12, you can select four and your souvenir wine glass is on the house. If you truly want to get a taste of what Wild Women Wines have to offer, you can select any seven wines for $10.

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy your time at D’vine Wine.  If you are looking for a tasting room that is more casual and entertaining without feeling stuffy or intimidating, this is the place to visit. On Fridays and Saturdays, come in for Music, Massage and Merlot from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $1 per minute chair massages. This is also when you can catch Naked Pete (don’t worry, while working, he doesn’t live up to his namesake) taking song requests and jamming on his guitar or keyboard. Although crowd participation is not mandatory, you might find yourself singing along or (depending on how many glasses you’ve had) trying on the infamous grape costume, complete with white gloves and cap. (*Insiders scoop: if you wear the suit outside and are able to coerce people to come into the tasting room, you might find yourself a free glass of wine!)

Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Breckenridge tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, visit www.brecktastingroom.com/

Ridge Street Wine and Cheese, Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate:

304 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Ridge Street Wine and Cheese Wine Tastings

Nestled in a walkway across from the historic Summit Ski Exhibit, Ridge Street Wine and Cheese offers a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. Make your way upstairs to begin your journey though a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. You’ll find an Enomatic Wine Preservation System, which helps preserve the integrity of the wines after they are opened, a bistro-like setting and friendly staff that will help guide you through the tasting options.

They offer a wonderful selection of meats, cheeses, olives and nuts on their cheese plates. You can even purchase the wines, meats and cheeses downstairs. Take a whirl through the delectable selection of chocolates while you’re down there too. You won’t be sorry.

Breck Wine, Cheese & Chocolate is open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

WINE & CHEESE WEDNESDAYS- 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday, choose from any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic + a 1 Cheese Plate of your choosing...All for $20! Fun, interesting and delicious. Budget friendly way to get out with friends, socialize and try some great new wines & cheeses.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS- 5-9 p.m. every Friday. Choose any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic for $15!! A great way to try new wines side by side.

For more information, visit http://www.breckwineandcheese.com/

Breckenridge Distillery:

Distillery- 1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO

Tasting Room- 137 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon and Spirits Tasting Tours

Visiting the world’s highest distillery is definitely something you should include during your next trip to Breckenridge.  With Breckenridge founded on gold, it’s no surprise that it is the home base for the gold-winning bourbon, they often refer to as “Hooch.” Their Midwest sweet corn mash, proofed with snowmelt water-based vodka doesn’t hover in the shadows. Its smooth taste has also worked its way up in the ranks and has won medals at both the International Wine and Spirits and World Spirits Competitions.

Watch how they mash, ferment and distill their products in person by touring the Distillery from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you are just strolling through Breckenridge, stop by their downtown tasting room. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 7 p.m.

Sign up for their mailing list to have the opportunity to help bottle their products. Although it is volunteer work, you won’t be disappointed with your prize.

For more information, visit www.breckenridgedistillery.com/

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