Audience applause's at event Leftover Salmon and Donovan Frankenreiter are two diverse musical acts that draw a similar crowd and both are playing this weekend on Peak 8 in Breckenridge. Here is some information on these two wonderful musical acts, where they are from, the type of music they play and a little history about the bands.

Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon is from Boulder, Colorado that formed in 1989. Leftover Salmon offers a blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”. The band was formed in 1989 when one Boulder band, the Salmon Heads, asked members of another Boulder band the Left Hand String Band to fill some missing spots in its lineup. This combination was a big hit and the result was Leftover Salmon. The lineup would change significantly over the years, but Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman and Mark Vann remained the core of the band until Vann’s death in 2002.

Leftover Salmon released their first two albums, Bridges to Bert in 1993 and the 1995 live follow-up Ask The Fish. Later Leftover Salmon performed on the H.O.R.D.E. tour and a earned a contract with Hollywood Records. Their Hollywood debut and second studio album, Euphoria defined their eclectic sound and introduced many songs that would become classics for the band.

In March 2002, founding member and banjoist Mark Vann lost his battle with cancer. He was succeeded by Noam Pikelny.

In 2004 the band announced they would be going on hiatus at the end of the year.  Leftover Salmon reunited in 2007 and played six performances. Leftover Salmon marked their unofficial return to the stage with a performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2007. They continue to play shows including Peak 8 in Breckenridge for the 2012 Spring Fever festival. For more information on Leftover Salmon visit

Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter grew up in southern California learning to surf by 10 years of age and to play guitar at 16. These two loves in his life have defined his career and taken him around the world.

His first high school band was so inspired by Pearl Jam, they named it Peanut Butter and Jam. His next group, a Southern rock group, scored a spot on the Warped Tour and had a tough time following such acts as Skic of it All. He continued to play rhythm guitar with a cover band, staying comfortably out of the spotlight, until he realized he needed to branch out on his own.

Donovan’s friend Jack Johnson was starting up Brushfire Records, and offered Frankenreiter a shot, producing his first album of folk songs. Frankenreiter followed his 2004 self-titled debut with a full-band record, 2006’s Move by Yourself (Lost Highway), where he plugged in and chronicled his life on the road.

Donovan relocated to Kauai fulltime with his wife and sons Ozzy and Hendrix three years ago. Frankenreiter fell in love with the sounds of the islands. He lives the island life writing music and touring including a stop in Breckenridge for the 2012 Spring Fever festival. For more information on Donovan Frankenreiter visit

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Employee at Grand Timber Lodge serving drinks on platterOur family recently enjoyed a week at Grand Timber Lodge, the first night however, was a little rough. My teenage daughter had a difficult night sleeping on the pull out sofa sleeper and my husband and I couldn’t get to sleep because there was too much light shining in our room from an outside lamp post. The next morning I called Annie at the front desk and she assured me that she would contact housekeeping and maintenance to see what could be done so we would be assured of a good nights sleep. She did just that… she contacted housekeeping and they brought us a mattress cover, unfortunately it didn’t do the trick and the problem was quickly elevated to the housekeeping manager, Jeremy. Jeremy said he would do whatever he could to locate an egg crate mattress by checking the three properties at his disposal, he assured me if they couldn’t find one he would go to Wal Mart and purchase one so she could sleep well. Meanwhile, Mike from maintenance had stopped by and realized the light that was causing us issues was coming in from right outside our bedroom window; he went out of his way to make sure the light was turned off every night of our stay and he helped Jeremy find a brand new sofa sleeper mattress when an egg crate could not be located. The staff at Grand Timber Lodge went above and beyond to help make sure our stay was pleasant and restful! The entire time these three individuals were helping they never seemed to be bothered or hassled by helping us, they were all very courteous and understanding. I highly recommend GTL to anyone that is looking for a great vacation with superb customer service and a knack for detail!

Name: Laura Sandy
City: Colorado Springs
State: CO

Peak 7 at BreckenridgeIt is still March but if you are into planning ahead and wondering how you can save money on next year’s Breckenridge ski vacation or working to figure out a way to squeeze in two ski trips without spending more than you are willing to pay now is the time to look at next year’s season passes from Vail Resorts. As you probably Vail Resorts owns the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Vail also owns Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California and Vail also has a pass agreement with Arapaho Basin here in Summit County, Colorado. That’s a lot of ski areas!

The big news of the week is that Vail has announced their season pass prices for the 2012/2013 ski season and you can save a bundle on skiing if you buy them now. The decision to buy a season pass instead of day or multiday passes can be an easy one if you intend to ski more than 5 days at these ski resorts next year.

It does not take many days to beat the best deals for day tickets and shorter term passes when the window price for most of these resorts will be over $100 a day! If you are planning to ski next season look at the different options below and weigh the prices against what you paid for your lift tickets this year. Considering Vail will raise these prices as we closer to next season there is a good chance you will consider a season pass option for next year’s trip to Breckenridge.

Here is the scoop on next year’s season passes.

The Epic Pass: unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin is available for $659.

Epic 7-Day: A total of seven unrestricted days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar, plus Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $509.

The Epic Local Pass: Unlimited and unrestricted at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited U.S. holiday restrictions at Heavenly and Northstar. This pass also includes a total of 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek with U.S. holiday restrictions. You do not have to be a “local” to buy this pass! $509.

Summit Value Pass: Unlimited and unrestricted lift access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as access to Breckenridge with limited holiday restrictions. Pass holders can purchase access to Breckenridge on restricted days for $50 per day. $419

If you are even thinking of planning a trip to Breckenridge next year take the time to consider these pass deals you will save money and time avoiding lines at the ticket windows.

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Couple in BreckenridgeSpring Fever swings into full effect this weekend and features the first two acts in the Spring Fever Bud Light Concert Series. The weather this weekend promises to be sunny and warm, perfect weather for a Spring Fever musical throw-down at Breckenridge’s Peak 8 Base Area. This week kicks off the free music with Julian Marley on Saturday and the Soul Rebels Brass Band on Sunday. Both concerts start at 2 p.m. and when you get to Peak 8 you won’t miss it! Spend the day ripping up the slopes and end it jamming to these awesome national acts courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Breck Ascent Series
When: Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10
Contact: or call 970-453-1734.
Cost: Pre-registration – $17, Race Day Registration – $22
Info: Take on a different kind of challenge this winter with the Breckenridge Ascent Series.  Join us this year for FIVE hill climb events with a mix of courses. The race consists of just the Ascent – Use any kind of way to get up the mountain, but skis or a snowboard are required to come back down!

Weekly Comedy Night
When: Thursday, March 22 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Park Avenue Pub in the Village Hotel
Cost: $5
Info: This week’s comedy night features host Chuck Roy with Nora Lynch Phil Palisoul. With a remarkably unique, self-deprecating style combined with side-splitting material, Phil Palisoul’s well-polished stand-up routine has made him a huge hit at comedy clubs, cruise ships, casinos, and corporate events across the country. He’s performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Phil has opened in concert for such legendary comedians as Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller.

Breck 5 til 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour Presented by Freeskier and Snowboard Magazine
When: Friday, March 23, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Park Lane Terrain Park
Info: The popular weekly event 5 til 5 lets park riders cruise Park Lane until 5:00 pm.  With free food, beverages, music, giveaways and jam style contests – come kick it all afternoon.  Win prizes including gear from Faction, Never Summer, Nike 6.0, Dragon, Smith, Vans, and of course season passes from your friends here at Breck!

EpicMix Scavenger Hunt
When: Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Info: Join Breckenridge for the first ever EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Connect with fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins, and celebrate Spring Fever! Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Breck.

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Four Leafed Clover St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow. If you are looking to celebrate the Irish holiday here are a few locations in Breckenridge for you to stop for some Irish fare and beverages!

Located in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7
Special Irish menu, featuring Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef, Colossal Reuben Sandwiches and Irish Lamb Stew!

The T-Bar:
Located in One Ski Hill Place on Peak 8
DJ spinning tunes outside on the Ski Hill Grill patio. $4 Bud and Bud Light Drafts and $5 Melon Margaritas. Also, Costume Contest!

Park Avenue Pub:
Located in the Village Hotel on Park Avenue
Irish meals starting at 11 a.m. featuring Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes (lunch and dinner) for $9.95. Guinness on tap and $3 Jamesons until 8p.m.!

The Maggie:
Located at the base of Peak 9
Irish meals featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage with Spicy Mustard & Horseradish mashed potatoes. Also drink specials!

Burke and Riley’s:
Located in La Cima Mall
Opening at 7:30am! Live band all-day and DJ for late    night dancing. Bagpipers, drummers and dancers throughout the day. Heated tent on deck with lots of giveaways and contests!

The Coppertop:
Located in Beaver Run
St. Patrick’s Day party with DJ Cyn from 2pm-6pm. Celtic Dancers perform at 4pm. Irish Cinn drink specials, plus beer and shot specials. Nuggets vs. Celtics will be on in the bar!

Motherloaded Tavern:
Located on the Corner of Main Street and Lincoln Ave
Live music with Stony Live and drink specials!

Napper Tandy’s:
Located on Lincoln Ave just east of Main Street
Irish Breakfast all day, and food & drink specials! Ireland vs England Rugby match on the big screen!

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Family smiling in mountainsCheck out our latest deal on lodging in Breckenridge for the Spring Fever festival. Spring in Breckenridge is an awesome time to visit. The weather is warmer, the sun shines a little more and we get the most snow of the year. It looks like snow will be returning next week just in time for the Kickoff of Spring Fever!

Spring Fever in Breckenridge includes free concerts, awesome savings, events and on mountain competition. Click here for more information on the Spring Fever event! Save 40% on 2 nights lodging and lift tickets this spring!

Rafting in ColoradoAll this warm weather we have been getting the last week has us starting to think a little about the upcoming rafting season. While there is still plenty of great skiing and snowboarding left to do this season and we will be getting snow through April, it all has to melt and swells the rivers in the spring and early summer.  Technically it is still a little too soon for rafting and kayaking but we are only about 4 weeks away from the beginnings of the spring runoff.

Last fall a group of employees went on the trip of a lifetime and ran the Grand Canyon for 3 weeks. Ryan Huff one of our marketing managers captured some amazing footage of running the Ruby Rapid with his Go Pro camera. Here is a little taste of that trip and reminder to remember that Breckenridge and Summit County is an awesome base camp for a rafting vacation.  We have summer rates up at most of our properties. Check them out at!

Main Street BreckenridgeComing to Breckenridge this weekend? On your way? If so this is a good thing. Breckenridge has received over 2 feet of snow this week and the skiing is the best it has been all season! If you are looking for something fun to do after skiing and riding this week here is a list of some fun activites going on this weekend in Breckenridge. Movies, plays, Presentations, music and more, there is something for everyone!

The Artist – Speakeasy Movie Theatre
Where: 103 S. Harris St.
When: Daily 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Info: Five Academy Award Winner, including Best Picture!
Contact:  970-453-7243

Oscar & Felix at the Breckenridge Theatre
Where:  121 S. Ridge St.
When: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Champagne evening, Friday, & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm.
Info: Those who love the original version will laugh all over again at the classic characters in an all-new setting, with new jokes, new characters, but with all that same Neil Simon magic.

Conquering the Snow of Kilimanjaro
Where: Colorado Mountain College, Finket Auditorium
When: Sunday, March 4th, 5 p.m.
Info: The eleven Summit County “more than middle-aged” women who summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in September 2011 will be showing a presentation of their trip.
Contact: 970-453-9142

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Museums, Haunted Tours, Historic Walking Tours, Historic Saloon Tours.
When: Throughout the weekend
Contact: Visit the Welcome Center for information or call 970-453-9767

Dead Winter Carpenters & the Wheeler Brothers
Where: Three20south, 320 S. Main St.
When: Friday, March 2nd, 9 pm.
Info: Come see this rollicking, high-energy Americana roots-infused five-piece band.

DJ Jeff Cox & DJ Burt Reynolds
Where: Cecilia’s – 520 S. Main St.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, dance the night away! Ladies night at Cecilia’s every Wednesday night.
Contact: 970-453-2243

The Mighty High Bank, All Jerry, All the Time
Where: Three20south, 320 S. Main St.
When: Saturday, March 3rd, 9 pm.

Breckenridge Distillery Tours & Tastings
Where: Tasting Room, 137 S. Main St., Distillery, 1925 Airport Rd.
Info: Free tastings of handmade, small-batch Colorado spirits at the Tasting Room.
Contact: 970-547-9759

If you are thinking about coming up this weekend but haven’t made plans. Visit for the best deals on lodging anywhere in Breckenridge!