Don’t miss out! The Running of the Santas is This Weekend!

Participants lined up for the Santa Race in Breckenridge That’s right. This year is the inaugural Running of the Santas in Breckenridge! As a part of the Lighting of Breckenridge, the annual town tree lighting celebration and procession, the Santas will run at 4 p.m. followed by the Main Street procession with Santa to the Blue River Plaza and the lighting of the town tree. The “race” will take place on Main Street and is open to anyone 18 or older. According to one prospective Santa inspired by the movie Bad Santa, the race is the perfect opportunity to “party on Breckenridge’s Main Street.”

The race will be staged at Main Street Station on the south end of Main Street and the race will be run going north along Main Street. The one rule is that all entrants must be dressed as Santa. It will be worth coming just to see all of the different interpretations of Santa’s suit. The race also supports a good cause. All of the proceeds from the race will be donated to “Adopt an Angel,” A local organization dedicated to helping families in need in Summit County.

It is not too late to sign up for this event so if you are a bit adventurous… Just do it!! The cost to enter is $10.00 if you supply your own Santa Suit, $20.00 and you receive and economy Santa Suit (open to the first 50 registered—you keep the suit) or $40.00 and you get a deluxe Santa Suit (open to the first 50 registered—you keep the suit)

So if you are interested in running don’t wait especially if you want a suit! Contact Sandy Metzger at 970-453-5074 to sign up!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Rubber ducks in the Blue River

The Lighting of Breckenridge is this weekend!

Image of the lights on Buildings in Breckenridge ColoradoThe lighting of Breckenridge is wonderful event that is fun for the whole family. This annual tradition starts on the north end of Main Street at the Subway (305 North Main near the intersection of Main and Watson) and starts with free hot cocoa, cookies and caroling. Traditionally Santa arrives around 5 p.m. to lead the procession down historic Main Street to the Blue River Plaza where he presides over the lighting of the Town Tree.

After the lighting of the Town Tree head across the street to the Barney Ford Museum where Santa will meet with the kids to hear if they have been naughty or nice. This free wonderful family event is not to be missed!

Lighting of Breckenridge Event Schedule:

  • 12:00pm: 5:00pm: Kid’s crafts and activities
  • 4:00pm: Running of the Santas
  • 4:30pm: Free hot cocoa, cookies and caroling.
  • 5:00pm: Santa arrives (via horse-drawn carriage) to lead a procession to the Blue River Plaza (South Main and Washington) for the lighting of the Town Tree. All are welcome to join the procession.
  • 5:15pm: Tree lighting in the Blue River Plaza.
  • 5:30pm: 7:00pm: Visits with Santa! Let the little ones share their holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo, too!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge in the WinterThe beginning of the Holiday Season and the real Breckenridge ski season got us thinking of fun things we love to do after skiing and riding at the Breckenridge Ski Area. If you are planning a visit for the Holidays check out the Backstage Theater for some evening entertainment.

The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge has been presenting a variety of live theater since 1974.  Awarded the title of “2010 Outstanding Regional Theatre” by the Colorado Theatre Guild, the local theatre presents a series of terrific shows and events, as well as auditions and workshops.  The Backstage is proud to offer memorable live entertainment in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

This Month, the Backstage Theater is featuring A Christmas Story (yes the adaptation of the movie classic), running from November 25th through December 29th. In this Christmas adventure like no other, young Ralphie Parker’s fervent campaign for a Red Ryder BB gun unfolds despite a chorus of worries (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”) and amid seasonal shenanigans involving a leg lamp, a bunny suit, and a tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole.

Shows sell out quickly, so get your tickets online!  You can purchase online at http://www.backstagetheatre.org/pages/index.htm, reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  The Backstage Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Breckenridge, at 121 South Ridge Street.  If you would like more information, please contact the Backstage at 970-453-0199.  Please take advantage of this special local theatre next time you’re in Breckenridge – you won’t regret it!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Things to do in Breckenridge besides Ski and Snowboard

Street Corner in Breckenridge ColoradoIf you are coming up to Breckenridge over the Holidays and wondering what you can do besides ski, here are a few fun activities to try while you are visiting. Many are perfect family activities that you can enjoy when taking a break from skiing!

Mountain Top Children’s Museum: Children and adults alike love this interactive museum, featuring exhibits and experiments in the Wonder Lab, art in the Creation Station, building in the Kidstruction Zone and performing on stage in Studio Imagination. Children under two can visit the Tot Spot. They are located at 605 S. Park Avenue. Admission is $7 per child and $5 per adult. Children under one and seniors can enter free. (970-453-7878) Open Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday, 10am-4:30pm

Ready Paint Fire on North Main Street: A paint your own pottery studio! Create your very own unique Colorado memento; art work is ready in 2-3 days, after firing and glazing. Open Daily 11a.m.-7p.m. (970-453-5765)

Sledding Hill: Try the hill at Carter Park. You’ll need to bring your own sled. City Market, Food Kingdom and Peek-A-Boo toys will sell sleds. Remember –please don’t linger in the middle of the hill. This is spring conditions for sledding.

The Breckenridge Library: Enjoy a relaxing time while catching up on your favorite author, news and library fun! Check with the Activities Staff for their Story Time schedule.

Historic Breckenridge: Take a guided stroll through historic Breckenridge sites and museums, including the following museums: Alice G. Milne Memorial Park, Barney Ford House Museum, Briggle House, Edwin Carter 1875 Museum, Iowa Hill Hydraulic Mine, Rotary Snowplow Park, Red, White and Blue Fire Museum.

The Breckenridge Rec Center: Offering a selection of various classes for fitness and fun as well as an indoor pool area with slides and more! Call (970)-453-1734 for hours and events.

Ice Skating: The Steven C. West Ice Arena has public skate sessions as well as hockey options. Call extension #3010 for a schedule, or the ice rink at (970-547-9974).

Thanksgiving Feasts around Breckenridge

A waiter pouring a glass of wine at resturantAre you coming to visit Breckenridge over Thanksgiving? What are you doing for Thanksgiving dinner? Are you planning on a sumptuous meal around the table with family and loved ones after a long day of skiing and snowboarding or just a light meal at one of Breckenridge’s many restaurants? If you are planning on going out or haven’t thought of you Thanksgiving dinner plans, here are a options for catering or restaurants around Breckenridge for you to find the perfect Holiday meal!

The Lodgepole at Grand Timber Lodge – 970.453.4440 Extension 6
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of Roast Turkey or Ham and tons of side dishes just $21.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids 3 – 14
Dinner starts at 3 p.m.

Harvest Catering – 970.453.7028
Thanksgiving Holiday Feast Delivered to Your Accommodations
Have a traditional Thanksgiving feast delivered to you accommodations on Thanksgiving Day!
$29 per person – Call for details

Blue River Bistro – 970.453.6974
3 course Thanksgiving Dinner
Adult-$28 Kids-$12

Briar Rose – 970.453.9948
Special Thanksgiving Menu
$29 including dessert

Downstairs at Eric’s – 970.453.1401
Thanksgiving Dinner around $12

Dredge Boathouse – 970.453.4877
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Adults-$22 Kids-$11

Hearthstone – 970.453.1148
4 Course Dinner
Adults-$38.00 Kids-$12

Motherloaded Tavern – 970.453.2572
Open 11:30-4:00 p.m. Turkey! Turkey!

Quandary Grill – 970.547.5967
$17.99 Thanksgiving Dinner

Salt Creek – 970.453.4949
Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner

Sevens Restaurant at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – 970.496.8910
Thanksgiving Buffet 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Steak & Rib – 970.453.0063
Home Made Thanksgiving Menu
Adults-$18.95 Kids-$10.95

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Breckenridge Weekend Entertainment Report

Snowy neighborhood in Breckenridge ColoradoLooking for something to do this weekend in Breckenridge? The ski season is here and the vibrancy of winter is returning to Breckenridge. Besides skiing at the Breckenridge Ski Area there are plenty of other events and activities taking place in Breckenridge this weekend. Here are just a few.

Saturday:

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza to Benefit the NRO
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011
where: Outlets at Silverthorne
Cost: $20 for tickets
info: $20 Ticket Holders will receive Over $20,000 in Raffle Prizes! Exclusive Shopping Discounts, Offers and Giveaways!! FREE Continental Breakfast FREE Lunch FREE Wine Sampling FREE Entertainment FREE Dessert Bar FREE Shuttle Service FREE Goody Bag…And Much More!! 50% of the proceeds will benefit the National Repertory Orchestra

Historic Walking Tour tours at 1pm & 2:30pm
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011
where: Tours begin and end at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St.
Cost: $10/person, $5 for children 12 and under
Contact Phone: 970-453-9767 ext. 2

The Metropolitan Opera in High Definition!
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:55am – 1:55pm
where: Colorado Mountain College 107 Denison Placer Road Breckenridge, CO 80424
Cost: $20 Seniors (over 65) and MET Members: $16
info: The National Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Mountain College are presenting the 2011-2012 MET Opera season in High Definition at the Breckenridge CMC.

Glass’s Satyagraha
web link: www.nromusic.com

DJ Jeff Cox & DJ Burt Reynolds at Cecilia’s!
when: Saturday, November 19, 2pm – Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2am
where: 520 South Main Street
Cost: No Cover
Contact Phone: 970 453-2243
info: Dance the night away with DJ Jeff Cox and DJ Burt Reynolds every Friday and Saturday night!
web link: www.cecilias.tv

The 10th Annual Hollywood and Wine
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 6 – 10pm
where: River Mountain Lodge 505 S Main Street Breckenridge, CO 80424
Cost: $25 advance & $30 at the door
Contact Phone: (970)547-3205
info: Join us as we pair dinner courses, wine and short films throughout the evening as well as a fabulous silent auction and raffles throughout the evening – (and some other surprises!) Sponsored by ResortQuest a Wyndham Vacation Rentals and benefitting the Breckenridge Festival of Film!
web link: www.breckfilmfest.com

Backstage Theatre Presents A Christmas Story
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30pm
where: 121 South Ridge Street
Cost: $21 adults/$16 children 18 and under
Contact Phone: 970 453-0199
info: In this Christmas adventure, young Ralphie’s fervent campaign for a Red Ryder BB gun unfolds despite a chorus of worries (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”) and amid seasonal shenanigans involving a leg lamp, a bunny suit, and a tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole. Relive a family tradition or start one with this stage adaption of the beloved film, inspired by Jean Shepherd’s classic American stories about Christmas and growing up in the Midwest.
web link: www.backstagetheatre.org

Sunday:

Sunday Drink Specials at Ollie’s Pub and Grub
when: Sunday, November 20, 2011
where: Ollies Pub and Grub, 401 South Main Street
Contact Phone: 970 453-9148
info: Sunday drink specials include $3 Backcountry & Dillon Dam Drafts, $3 Mimosas, $3 Van Goch Expresso Shots

Backstage Theatre Presents A Christmas Story
when: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30pm
where: 121 South Ridge Street
Cost: $21 adults/$16 children 18 and under
Contact Phone: 970 453-0199
info: In this Christmas adventure, young Ralphie’s fervent campaign for a Red Ryder BB gun unfolds despite a chorus of worries (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”) and amid seasonal shenanigans involving a leg lamp, a bunny suit, and a tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole. Relive a family tradition or start one with this stage adaption of the beloved film, inspired by Jean Shepherd’s classic American stories about Christmas and growing up in the Midwest.
Web Link: www.backstagetheatre.org

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

New Rules for Uphill Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Uphill skier on mountain

Photo Credit: Summit Daily

Breckenridge recently announced changes to their uphill skiing policy. Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “like what??” This has to do with all those crazy people (myself included) that like to skin, cross country ski or snowshoe up the ski runs during the day or after hours. If you are an uphill skier or are thinking about trying it the new policy below contains important information about where you can go this year. Check it out:

Snowshoeing, Skinning or Hiking Uphill

People traveling uphill are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE and the Colorado Ski Safety Act. You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When engaged in any of these activities you should:

NEW Route Policy
In an effort to enhance the guest experience through the season, the following route policy is being implemented. Please adhere to these routs when accessing the Breckenridge Ski Resort before or after normal hours of operation.

  • Peak 7/8 Fort Mary B>Claimjumper>Lower Forget Me Not> Top of Independence- return down the same route.
  • Peak 8- Springmeier>Upper 4 O’clock>Lonewolf Access>T-Bar Hut – Return down the same route
  • Peak 9- Silverthorne>Lower American>Bonanza>Top Beaver Run Chair or Top of Mercury – Return down same route.
  • Peak 10- Silverthorne>Red Rover>Crystal>top of Falcon – return down the same route

When Ski Area is Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trail.

  1. Stay towards the side of the trail when traveling uphill.
  2. Position yourself so that you are visible from above.
  3. Wear bright colored clothing.
  4. No dogs are allowed on slopes when the lifts are open to the public and until Patrol sweep is down.
  5. Do not ski over snowmaking hoses or power cords. Ski edges will cut them.

When Ski Area is NOT Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trails

  1. Stay towards middle of trail when traveling uphill.
  2. It is your responsibility to make yourself visible to approaching Snowmobiles or Snow Cats (especially when it’s dark or twilight).
  3. Wear reflective clothing; it helps make you more visible.
  4. Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight (when it’s dark or twilight).
  5. Call 547-5627 to receive the appropriate open trails for uphill access, especially during early season mountain preparation.
  6. Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether. Please call the winch cat operations hotline at 547-5627.
  7. Have your dog on a leash or under voice command at all times. Dogs not under control are a safety problem.
  8. Please pick up your dog poop. It is your responsibility (carry a bag and shovel).
  9. Dogs must be off the slopes by 8:30 A.M.
  10. No travel on Double Black Diamond terrain.
  11. Stay off all terrain that is marked as “CLOSED”.

Travel above the Vista Haus

  1. Hiking access above the Vista Haus is limited to Upper 4 O’Clock and up the cat road to the T-Bar Patrol hut. DO NOT travel above the T-Bar Hut.
  2. You must ski down to the Vista Haus by the same route.
  3. All bowls and avalanche terrain are closed once it is swept until it is reopened by Patrol the next day.
  4. You must be back down to the Vista Haus by 8:15 A.M. to avoid interfering with Patrol avalanche work.
  5. Due to serious safety concerns hiking up the T-Bar lift line is not permitted any time during the winter. (No Access above Columbine).
  6. Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense.

The above stated rules are for your safety and the safety of the employees at the ski resort. There have been a number of instances where these policies have been ignored and safety has been compromised. We can not tolerate uphill traffic interfering with our avalanche program or the safety of our daily operations. Please respect these rules so we can continue to offer uphill travel as an option. Please contact the Ski Patrol with any questions. (496 -7292)

Snowmobiles

In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, private snowmobiles are prohibited on any Breckenridge Ski Resort trails during or after hours of operation.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Newest Contest Announced!

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in BreckenridgeThis just in today! Check out the latest contest on our Facebook page, Best of Breckenridge. The new contest is called The Great Breckenridge Giveaway. Enter for your chance to win.

Win a Trip to Breckenridge – WITH AIR!

Win a Trip to Breckenridge for 2 for 5 nights, including air to Breckenridge with 2 days of skiing or the activity of your choice for 2 at Breckenridge’s premier luxury ski-in/ski-out resort!

  • Breckenridge was recently named a “Top 10 Mountain Destination” in the world by Yahoo Travel.
  • 1 in 1,000 wins!
  • Prize valid through 2012.
  • Stay in a luxury 1 bedroom condominium at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Breckenridge’s Premier luxury ski-in/ski-out resort.
  • Air for up to 2 is provided (up to $1,000)
  • Prize includes 2 days of skiing or 1 activity for 2 people.
  • Contest entries will be excepted through December 31, 2011
  • Visit our Facebook Page and Like us to enter

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Georgetown Loop Running on Weekends

Georgetown rail roadThe historic Georgetown Loop railroad will continue running train trips on the weekends through December. Trains will be departing on both Saturday and Sunday from the Devil’s Gate Depot in Georgetown. The Depot is an approximate 45 minutes away, and riders are asked to check in at least thirty minutes before the scheduled depart time. To reserve your seats stop by the Activities Center in Building 6 or call extension 3010. Cost is $24.95 for adults and $16.95 ages 3-15.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash

View of the RIverwalk Center in BreckenridgeThe Riverwalk Center hosts the CAIC Benefit bash tonight from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and include a door prize ticket, two beer tickets, food, and entertainment from Green River Vibe. A silent auction is also scheduled during the event. Entry also includes the possibility of winning more than 100 door prizes! Giveaway items include Hestra gloves to snowcat tours with Vail Powder Guides, Powder Addiction and Steamboat Powdercats to name a few. The event is sponsored by Backcountry Access, Voile-USA, La Sportiva, Vail Resorts ECHO and New Belgium Brewery. Tickets are available at the Riverwalk Center Box Office.

Parent’s Night out at the Breck Recreation Center

Need to get out for a few hours without the kids? Spend a night on the town and we’ll watch the kids! Drop them off from 5-7:45 p.m. for a night of climbing, gym classes, swimming and all sorts of other fun activities. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the swimming portion of the program. For kids 5-12, cost of the evening is $22. This is a very popular program and space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spots, call 970-453-1734. The Breckenridge Recreation Center is located at 880 Airport Road.

Sunday, November 13th