Weekend Events 10.02.15

Fall in BreckenridgeIt has officially quieted down here in Breckenridge; less people, no crowds, no traffic, but still so much to do! Been craving the mountains, but not all the people? Take advantage of this time and head on up for some serenity and rejuvenation! The weather right now is absolutely perfect for a hike, and the views are spectacular with all the changing leaves. However, the leaves are falling fast, get up here and check out all the activities and events going on in town before you miss out!

Friday 2nd:

  • Preston & Gold Mine Hike | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | 200 Clubhouse Dr., Breckenridge Colorado | $30-Adult, $20-Child
  • Aspen Tree Watercolor Classes | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | 110 Washington Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado | $10
  • Tombstone Tales at Twilight | 5:00 pm | Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge, Colorado | $15-Adult, $10-Child
  • Saloon Tour | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $15

Saturday 3rd:

  • French Gulch Gold Mine and Dredge Boat Hike | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $20-Adult, $15-Child
  • English Tea Tour |1:30 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $18-Adult, $10-Child
  • Historic Tour | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $10-Adult, $5-Child

Sunday 4th:

  • Edwin Carter Discovery Center | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 111 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Barney Ford Victorian Home | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 111 E. Washington Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit Ski Exhibit | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 308-B S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado

Come up with your family or friends and have a relaxing weekend in Breckenridge! Click below for awesome deals on lodging!

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What’s New for the 2015/16 Summit County Ski Season

080-2011 Glade skiing by Carl ScofieldWith Summit County ski season opening days coming as early as mid-October it is time to start thinking about planning your winter ski season. It’s still pretty warm outside but with the return of football and the official start of fall we are starting to dream of powder days to come.

Although it is pretty quiet up in Breckenridge and Summit County, the work is just starting to heat up at Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts. The ski resorts are hiring for the season, getting ready to crank up snowmaking, testing lifts and putting the finishing touches on new efforts.

With so many large projects being completed in recent past seasons, this summer has been a pretty quiet summer for major ski area upgrades. Of course each ski area has a few new projects to talk about. Here is a rundown of a few of the more notable upgrades at each Summit County Ski Resort.

Breckenridge

With the Peak 6 expansion and multiple new and upgraded lifts, Breckenridge has been ground zero for improvement and expansion for the last five year. This year is a little quieter than that with the most notable improvement being new snowmaking capability on the lower sections of Peak 6. This will ensure a holiday opening for this terrain.

New in town is the recently completed Breckenridge Arts District. The Breckenridge Arts District was created by BreckCreate to support and promote arts, culture and creative experiences in and around Breckenridge. For more information visit www.breckcreate.org.

Keystone

Kids Ski Free is Back! Back due to popular demand (almost 95,000 kids skied free so far), the Kids Ski Free Program works for kids twelve and under, and has no blackout dates this year. To qualify, children must stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options.

Vail Resorts Announces Epic Mix Time

This new feature Vail Resorts is rolling out across all of their Colorado resorts is pretty cool. Called Epic Mix Time, this new feature will be a part of the wildly successful Epic Mix App and will give guests access to real-time, up-to-the-minute, lift line wait times across 55 of Vail’s Colorado core lifts and gondolas. This has awesome potential written all over it. Saving time and going to lifts without wait lines? Everybody wins!

Copper Mountain

Enhancements to Copper’s App Sherpa are the main story on what is new this season. Sherpa was rolled out last season as Copper’s stat tracking app. This year Copper has added trail recommendations. The app looks at data from a user’s previous skiing or riding patterns and recommends new terrain based on that user’s habits.

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Copper is offering a whole bunch of new dining options and menu items this year including a new Starbucks location. The new Starbucks will be located on the 1st floor of the Mountain Plaza building. This location’s proximity to the American Eagle lift and convenience of Center Village will make it a perfect place to rest between runs.

Another new dining option will be the moonlight dinners on the mountain. On three special evenings this season, guests can take the American Eagle lift to Solitude Station for a fine dining experience. After Dinner guests will ski/ride back down to Center Village for Cocktails.

Arapahoe Basin

Everybody is (and will be) still waiting to hear about the projected expansion of terrain into the Beavers. This 400 acre area is located north of the Pali Face and includes the Steep Gullies and other famous backcountry runs. The next step will be the Environmental Impact Statement which will be finalized in 2016.

The big improvement at A Basin this season is the renovation of the base area creating a plaza-like feel for guests with a $500,000 renovation of our Guest Services Center. The space was used for kids ski and ride lessons will now be an expanded season ticket office and phone center to handle incoming calls. This will help create a better experience for customers.

For the best deals on Breckenridge Ski Lodging visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

 

Weekend Events 9.25.15

Breckenridge in the FallMud season is here in Summit County! One of the areas best kept secrets is the time of year, where summer ends and the mountains gear up for winter. There are a ton of good deals on food, no crowds and the hikes through the mountains show the aspens bright changing colors. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, come to Breckenridge and check out all the events and activities in town!

Friday 25th:

  • Summit Ski Exhibit | All Day | 308-B South Main Street Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Emmylou and Rodney, Live music | 7:30pm – 9:30 pm | Riverwalk Center Breckenridge, Colorado |$55-$75 tickets|
  • Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour | 5:00 pm | 203 South Main Street Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Broadway Now & Then, Live music | 7:30 pm | Lake Dillon Theatre Company Dillon, Colorado

Saturday 26th:

  • Breckenridge Mountain Camp, kids day camp | 8:00 am | Breckenridge Recreation Center | $40- $45 |
  • Dredge Gulch mining hike | 10am | 309 N Main St. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Horseback riding trail ride | Reservations required | 620 Village Rd. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Mountain High 4 x 4 off road adventures | 8am | Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Broadway Now & Then, Live music | 7:30 pm | Lake Dillon Theatre Company Dillon, Colorado
  • Metal Clay pendant with glass, Arts & Crafts | 12pm – 4:00pm | 123 South Ridge Street Breckenridge, Colorado

Sunday 27th:

  • Summit Ski Exhibit | All Day | 308-B South Main Street Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Gold Panning Tour | 11:00 am & 1:30 pm | 301 Ski Hill Rd Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Horseback riding trail ride | Reservations required | 620 Village Rd. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Mountain High 4 x 4 off road adventures | 8am | Breckenridge, Colorado

 

Don’t miss this quite, calm time of year in the mountains. Bring the family and friends for some fun activities and deals! If you are looking for deals on lodging, click below for mud season specials!

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Five Must-Haves Guaranteed to Shake Up Your Winter Quiver

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Quiver: A quiver refers to a skier or snowboarder’s collection of winter gear. A ski quiver can be anywhere from one to fifty or more pairs of skis or ski boots, depending on the individual’s point of view. We firmly believe in adding to your quiver instead of replacing pieces. Snow quality changes based on the day, and you’ll be happy when you have those heavy downhills to rip up the cord instead of chattering down the hill on your powder skis. However, growing your quiver doesn’t limit you to only acquiring more skis and boots. Creating a versatile quiver to ensure that you’re comfortable on the hill is the best thing you can do. Whether it be that Arc’teryx shell for when the wind is whipping, or that Armada puffy for when the temps drop below zero but there’s powder to shred, you’ll be thankful for your quiver. Do you, your significant other or children suffer from cold feet or hands? Well, continue reading to find out how to keep your digits warm this season.

The 2015-16 Breckenridge Ski Season is right around the corner! And, once you see what’s out there, you’re bound to appreciate just how much the industry has picked up its game. That being said, it’s time to add these Top Five items to your quiver:

  1. Skis or Snowboard– We firmly believe in ADDING to your quiver without removing old items. What type of ski or snowboard do you need? Powder? Rocker? All mountain? Carving? Well, if supporting local companies isn’t cool enough, you’re sure to get a cool top sheet that you probably won’t see much of. Handmade, small-batch ski and snowboard manufacturing businesses are flourishing, and these companies aren’t just making fat powder skis and boards. They adapt to all different types of conditions, just like bigger companies. Go ahead and demo a pair; you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! Check out local ski shops like Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)Fatypus or Icelantic. These small establishments offer competitive pricing and top of the line equipment.
  2. Touring Set Up– Face it, Breckenridge gets busy. If you’re lucky enough to be a local or get up here on the weekdays, you’re lucky enough. For all you weekend warriors, you might want to set aside some money to invest in some touring gear for next season. Now, we realize it isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is some substantial equipment you will need to purchase to make sure you stay safe. However, investing and expanding your knowledge about the backcountry only increases the places you get to see and can give you a different angle on how you look at snow conditions. As a beginner, we recommend you do your research. Evo.com has a great article on How to Get Started Backcounty Skiing and Snowboarding. This sport is becoming increasingly popular. If you do choose to come up and skin Breckenridge, start on Peak 8 or 9, and stay on designated skin paths. You can read all about the uphill access from the Ski Patrol, as well as sign up for email alerts here. The pro: Avoid lift lines while getting a workout and get the first tracks of the day. There is something very rewarding about skiing down an empty trail first thing in the morning on fresh corduroy. Since we know ski traffic is horrendous on Sunday, we suggest coming up Saturday and spend the day touring. Ski Sunday afternoon when the lines are less crowded, get a GREAT lodging rate Sunday night and drive home first thing Monday morning (you may even be able to get a skin in on Peak 7 if you stay at Grand Lodge’s Ski in Ski out Resort!)
  3. HD Video and Camera Goggles –Are people calling you a tele tubby with that GoPro on top of your head? The “is it on?” questions can get a bit old. We realize there are plenty of options out there, but for the sleek look and price, we’ve found that the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle makes it happen. Capturing 1080p & 720p HD video, you won’t be disappointed with the quality. And, glove-ready buttons on the side of the frame make it easy to turn recording on or off without freezing your hands off.
  4. Hotronic FootWarm S4: We know the temperatures drop quickly here in high country. Keeping your feet and hands warm is pertinent to staying on the slopes all day. Yes, hand warmers and toe warmers are quick and easy to pick up, but they don’t last all day. If you want to get serious about keeping your feet toasty in your boots, check out the latest and greatest heated foot bed from Hotronics. You will probably benefit from a custom install, but coming from firsthand experience, it’s worth it. So, while everyone else is going inside to warm up, your cozy toesies can keep lapping that powder run.
  5. Bluetooth Wireless Helmet Audio: First off, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, get one. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, plus it keeps your ears warm. The Chips, made by Outdoor Tech, allows you to make and take those phone calls when you lose your buddies on the first run (without fumbling to remove your mittens or retrieve your phone from your pocket). Each earpiece features a single button that you can operate from outside of your helmet. Buy. Connect. Don’t miss another call on the hill.

There you have it: the five most crucial items that you should be adding to your quiver. If you can’t make it happen this year, don’t worry. A better version will be out next year, when you’re ready to get back in the game.

Have a safe and exciting 2015-16 Ski and Snowboard Season in Breckenridge!

Breckenridge’s Best-Kept Secrets

Fall in BreckenridgeIt’s that time of year again. Here in Summit County, the despair that summer’s end may conjure is rivaled by the familiar, electrifying itch for winter. Although the anticipation leading up to Colorado’s favorite season is getting every skier and snowboarder’s adrenaline pumping, it can leave many of us in limbo during the interim. But, we have good news for you! In Breckenridge, limbo is far from terrible. We call it fall, and it’s a pretty awesome time of year here.

Why come to Breckenridge when the slopes are bare and temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees? First of all, autumn weather is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, Frisbee golf, fishing, leaf-peeping, exploring the peaks on ATVs and pretty much any outdoor activity that doesn’t require snowfall. When you can bike or rock climb while staying cool and dry, you’ll be able to push yourself further and enjoy it even more. If you’re an angler, you’re in luck. Fall is prime time for fly fishing, thanks to lower water levels and an earlier sundown. Experience that Rocky Mountain high you’ve heard so much about and saddle up for a scenic trail ride through the peaks with Breckenridge Stables. For a truly unique adventure, book an exhilarating cart or scooter tour with Summit County’s coolest sled dogs. If that’s a bit too venturesome, creep into the Halloween spirit with a Breck Ghost Tour or learn more about the town’s origins by tapping into a historic mining tour. Just try not to get gold fever!

One of the best features of this season is that you’ll reap the benefits of a much less crowded town while enjoying the best of what local businesses have to offer as they gear up for winter. Don’t worry about 75% of the town being shut down for mud-season; that won’t happen until May. However, mud-season pricing returns during fall and many local restaurants offer extreme discounts when you donate $10 to local non-profits for a two-person Dining Pass. Furthermore, various shops offer incredible sales and lodging is remarkably affordable (click here for the best rates in town).

If you’re not already bombing down the highway to Breck after reading all of that, you will be soon. Some of the most compelling events in Colorado are abundant during this time of year. Chase away the off-season blues by registering for the Breckenridge Road Marathon or the Flaming Foliage Relay. Do your part in giving back to the environment by volunteering at the Quandary Peak Trail and Ecological Restoration; the mountains will thank you. But, if you can only make it out here for one event, don’t miss the BGV Fall Fest at the Riverwalk Center. Still thirsty for more fall fun? Stumble back into the Riverwalk Center and catch a buzz at the Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Festival. Although it’d be easy to continue, we’ve got to get back to our Autumn Ales from the Breckenridge Brewery before they get warm. Why are you still reading this, anyway? Shouldn’t you be on your way here by now? Hurry up; we’ve got a cold one waiting for you!

 

Weekend Events 9.18.15

Fall in Breckenridge ColoradoFall has officially begun here in the high country! This is a spectacular time of year in the mountains with all the changing colors, quite towns and cooler weather. Check out all the exciting ways to see this beautiful time of year in Breckenridge!

Friday:

  • Breckenridge Film Festival | 12pm – 9pm | Breckenridge, Colorado | Tickets sold for separate event or pass can be bought
  • Horseback riding trail ride | Reservations required | 620 Village Rd. Breckenridge Colorado
  • Lake Dillon Kayaking, SUP, Boat rentals | 9am- 6pm | Dillon, Colorado

Saturday

  • Breckenridge Film Festival | 9am – 9pm | Breckenridge, Colorado | Tickets sold for separate event or pass can be bought
  • Horseback riding trail ride | Reservations required | 620 Village Rd. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Lake Dillon Kayaking, SUP, Boat rentals | 9am-6pm | Dillon, Colorado
  • Dredge Gulch mining hike | 10am | 309 N Main St. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Mountain High 4 x 4 off road adventures | 8am | Breckenridge, Colorado

Sunday

  • Breckenridge Film Festival | 12pm – 2:30pm | Breckenridge Colorado | Tickets sold for separate event or pass can be bought
  • Horseback riding trail ride | Reservations required | 620 Village Rd. Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Mountain High 4 x 4 off road adventures | 8am | Breckenridge, Colorado

 

 

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Color, color, and more color!

September may be the best time to be in Breckenridge – the leaves are turning, and there’s Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest was delightful, from the music to the beer to the food. We drove across Boreas Pass and the view around every bend took our breath away. Just as we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did!

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Plunge into SUPing in Summit

Stand Up paddle Boarding in Maggie Pond, Breckenridge ColoradoStand up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has quickly become quite the hit as a fun summer activity in the Summit County area. If you haven’t heard of this activity before, this fun sport consist of standing on an oversized thick surfboard with a paddle, while cruising over lakes, oceans and down rivers.

The sport’s origin can be found in surfing towns like Hawaii. (However, this sport can be dated back thousands of years ago in Africa as a means of transportation.) Surfers today would stand on their surf boards with a paddle to get further out into the ocean. Jimmy Lewis can be named as one of the first creators of the paddle board structure, differentiating itself from the surf board to be more balanced, wider and able to cover more ground. It wasn’t soon after that many surfers opted for this “paddleboard” to allow for more versatility while surfing and soon after “SUPing” became known as a worldwide sport.

Not only is “SUPing” used for surfers, but also for leisure cruises, a means of floating down a river and even an inventive way to do yoga. You can find two rental places on Lake Dillon that enable you to take cruises across the glassy lake water and explore the mountainous shoreline. The Dillon Marina and the Frisco Marina rent out paddle boards for only 35$ for a minimum of 2 hours. Explore one of the many islands or head to the Tiki bar for some food and drinks. If you have a group of people, try one of the beginner or intermediate “SUPPERS” tours where a guide will help your group navigate through the lake and provide tips on how to get the most out of your paddle board experience.

If you are looking for a new way to wake up in the morning, find a tranquil event to attend, or heal those sore muscles, try a “SUP” yoga class. In Breckenridge Colorado, you can try a class on the Maggie pond. Meta yoga studio offers a class from 8:30-10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is best to rent your board before class at Alpinesports.com and sign up via www.metastudios.com. However, you can rent or bring your own board before class. Get there about 5 minutes early to make sure you have everything you need before setting out on the pond. Blue Lotus Yoga Studios also offers SUP yoga classes Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays (make sure to register online ahead of time).

For the more adrenaline seeking junkie, try floating down the Colorado River on a Stand up Paddleboard. This is recommended for the more advanced “SUPPERS” who can navigate down rapids and steer around obstacles in the river. However, guided trips with a professional are also available. These guided trips include a safety talk before setting out and a guide that will walk you through the motions of navigating a Stand up Paddle board down class 2 rapids. These paddle boards can be rented through Stand up Paddle Colorado.

Don’t worry, this sport is also offered in the cooler months of the year where the lakes are frozen. Head down to the Breckenridge Recreation center for a “SUPing” class in the indoor pools. This class will be offered every Thursday at 6:15-7:15am starting October 15th– Nov 19th. Check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center to register!

 

It’s no secret that the mountains offer many ways for you to be creative, adventurous, and enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Whatever it is that you are seeking on your next adventure, there are a variety of different ways to try this new and innovative sport in the Summit county area. Make sure to check out all the great lodging deals by clicking below!

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Oktoberfest in Breckenridge: What’s Happening

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It’s time to put on your Lederhosen and Dirndl’s! Purchase your favorite stein and join the festivities on Main Street in Breckenridge for the annual Oktoberfest. As one of the most popular events in Breckenridge, this annual event brings over 8,000 gallons of beer to the 3 day festival.

Although the beer flows all weekend, there are plenty of other fun activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest hosts live music, inflatable play areas and large spaced grass areas to get away from the crowds on the street. A large television will also be set up with your favorite football games. Make sure to grab your collectable stein and drink tickets before the event for discounts and deals! The festivities begin on Friday at 2pm and go until Sunday 6pm.

Friday (2:00 pm – 6:00pm) Beer & Wine vendors close at 5:30 Fri & Sat

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors
  • Paulaner Brewmater’s Dinner (Check for availability as this sells out FAST)

Saturday (10 am – 6pm)

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Ceremonial Keg tapping (Blue River Plaza, 12 pm)
  • Food and beverage vendors

Sunday (10 am – 5 pm) Beer & Wine vendors will stop serving at 4:30

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors

As one of the most popular festivals to grace Breckenridge, you won’t want to miss this! Don’t forget to bring your cash and keep an eye out for all the beautiful aspen trees changing around the area! Click below to see some of the best pricing on lodging, just a walk away from Main Street for this exciting event!

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Pace your Oktoberfest with this Hopping Hike!

Photo: Colorado Lifestyle

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Town will be buzzing with Oktoberfest this upcoming weekend and this Breckenridge highlighted event is one you definitely shouldn’t miss! However, if you need a small break in between the brats and beers, we have the perfect place for you to burn those calories and escape the crowds for a couple hours. This hike is known for beautiful scenery through the base of Buffalo Mountain and ends at South Willow Falls with beautiful views for your backdrop.

The Hike: Willow Falls/Mesa Cortina – Located just 9 miles North of Breckenridge in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area of Silverthorne, this 8.7 mile roundtrip hike is moderate with about 800’ of elevation gain. If you are looking to explore but possibly still acclimating to the elevation (or those beers from Oktoberfest caught up with you!), this is a great hike for you!

Useful Tips!

  • Bring water and something to snack on! Even though this is a moderate hike, you should plan on at least 2 hours RT and you will be happy to have the energy resources.
  • Moose are common in Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area, so keep your distance!
  • Dogs and horses are allowed. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Mesa Cortina Trail or Gore Range Trail.
  • Bring sunscreen! When you’re two miles closer to the sun, you can get burnt (even on the cloudiest of days).

How to get there: From the junction of Interstate 70 and Highway 9 in Silverthorne, drive north for 0.3 miles and turn left on Wildernest Road. Proceed 0.5 miles before turning left onto Ryan Gulch Road. Drive up the base of Buffalo Mountain for 3.7 miles and stop at the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead, parking on the left side of the road.

If you want to ride to the trailhead with the Summit Stage transit bus, stay on Highway 9 north and park near the station on Fourth Street in Frisco. The Wildernest bus departs at a quarter past each hour and reaches the trailhead by half-past the hour. (Directions supplied from Summit Daily).

For a detailed outline and directions for the trail itself, visit Pro Trails!

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