These Winter Boots are Made for Hiking

There are tons of non-skiing activities to do in Breckenridge however, hiking might not come to mind. Many of Breckenridge’s summer trails are perfect to hike in the winter and are packed out all season long! These trails don’t require the extra effort of snow shoes, or skins either; slip on your favorite winter boots and hit these top hiking trails in Breckenridge!

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Carter Park

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Carter Park is a hit all year long. The famous tubing hill is located at the park as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your furry ones! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge back for a more mild incline or brave the steps directly to the top of the hill and continue on the venture to one of these connecting trails!

a.) Moonstone Trail

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Incline: low

This trail has a steady, very mild incline throughout the path and is about 2 miles long. The full hike takes a round trip of about an hour. This trail is very packed out so any warm snow shoe will do!

b.) Hermit Placer Trail

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

From the top of Carter Park take Hermit Placer trail for a shorter less intense, second half of a hike. This trail is flat and connects to Jacks Cruel Joke.

c.) Jacks Cruel Joke

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Connect to Jacks Cruel Joke from Hermit Placer for a longer trail. This trail has a harsh grade so make sure you have good traction on your winter boots.

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Blue River Bike Way

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

This path is most known in the summer for an easy biking trail for the entire family. Nonetheless, in the winter the trail is free of bikers and stands as a great, easy trail to walk in the winter. Go as far as Frisco if you are feeling adventurous or stroll down the path parallel to the Blue River for a tranquil hike. A great place to start this trail is to park on main street and walk along the trail to as far you would like to go.

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Illinois Creek Trail

Traffic Rating: minimal

Incline: moderate

This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice skating Rink parking lot (on the far end). This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are parts of incline however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Aspen Alley and overlook the mountain scenery from the top!

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Boreas Pass

Traffic Rating: High

Incline: low

The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trails hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a road during the summer which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.

Whether you are taking a day off the ski hill, looking for a new adventure, or are just aching to get outside, these popular Breckenridge hikes are sure to get your legs moving.

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Weekend Events 12.31.15

Hearthstone RestaurantHappy New Year! If you will be joining us in Breckenridge to ring in the New Year, take some time to check out these activities and events going on this weekend!

Thursday, Dec 31st:

  • New Year’s Eve Dinners | Times vary – reservation suggested | Select Restaurants | Breckenridge CO
  • Glow Worm Parade | 5:45 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Torchlight Parade | 6 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Firework Show | 9 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort

Friday, Jan 1st:

  • Resolution Run 5K | 11 am | Race begins and ends at Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge CO

Saturday, Jan 2nd:

  • Dog Sledding Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Good Times Adventures | 6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge CO | $40-75
  • Sleigh Ride & Starlight Dinner | Times vary- reservation required | Ten Mile Station | Sleigh ride from base of Peak 8 to the top of Breckenridge Mountain for a romantic dinner | Prices vary
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35

Sunday, Jan 3rd:

  • Snowshoeing Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Breckenridge Nordic Center | 1200 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge CO | $45-50
  • Snowbiking in Breckenridge | All day – rental required | Snowbike Rentals | 47 Fairview Cir, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Happy New Year! Give yourself a gift this year, and click below for the best deals on lodging during the holiday season in Breckenridge.

 

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Holiday Activities in Breckenridge

IMG_4785While everyone is scrambling to find last minute gifts and fighting holiday traffic at shopping malls, you’re packing your bags to head to the mountains to deck the halls in style. Congratulations! You’re in for some serious fun, and the BOB staff is here to ensure that you make the most out of the winter wonderland known as Breckenridge. Below, we have listed our favorite local festivities to help you celebrate the yuletide like never before.

  1. A Christmas Story at the Riverwalk: Grab your family and head downtown to the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue to see the classic holiday film, A Christmas Story. View show times and save some money by booking tickets in advance here. Screenings are taking place now and will continue through Wednesday, December 30th. Make sure to check out the family four pack deals offered, by clicking on the link above or calling the box office at (970) 453-0199.
  2. Christmas Eve church services: Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean that you can’t continue some holiday traditions. Breckenridge has many churches hosting Christmas and Christmas Eve services. When the service is done, take the family on a stroll through over the bridge towards Main Street to view the Christmas lights. Parents, treat yourself to a free sample at the Tasting Room while the kids gaze at the illuminated trees and play on the park.
  3. Crafts at the Breckenridge Arts District: The kids will love the impressionist waterscapes and paper towel art workshops taking place on Tuesday, December 29th at the Quandary Antiques Cabin. On Wednesday, December 30th, let your little ones tap into their creative side with the winter tee shirt making and expressive animal mono-print workshops also at the Quandary Antiques Cabin. For more details, click here. Who knows, you might just have a Picasso waiting to be discovered!
  4. Ice Skating: Aside from their closure on Christmas Day, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena will offer public skating hours for the whole family this week and next! Rentals are available on site, but bring your own skates to save a few bucks. More information can be found here. Multi-day passes are available if you foresee yourselves returning. On your way out of the arena, take a jaunt down to the historic Engine No. 9 on your left as you walk back to Main Street.
  5. Sledding: After you get the clan bundled up, head over to Carter Park to experience the ultimate sledding spot in town. Bring some sleds, hot cocoa (maybe some Baileys, too) and enjoy watching the kiddos zoom down this spacious hill while you relax on the picnic tables at the bottom. But, why should the kids have all of the fun? Let your inner child out and join in on a sled. The thrill of the ride isn’t the only thing that will leave you breathless; this park is known for some of the most stunning views of Breckenridge in town.

Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to change into your most ridiculous Holiday sweater, grab your winter boots and gloves, hop in that car and get to Breckenridge. We will meet you at the top of the Carter Park hill for a sled race! Loser has to provide the hot cocoa. The BOB staff would like to wish each and every one of you safe and happy holidays with your loved ones, from our family to yours!

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Weekend Events 12.25.15

_CAS6289-74Happy holidays from our family to yours! If you are spending the holidays in Breckenridge with us this year, take some time to check out these activities and events going on this weekend!

 

Friday, Dec 25th:

  • Christmas Dinners | Times vary – reservation required | Select Restaurants | Breckenridge CO
  • Dog Sledding Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Good Times Adventures | 6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge CO | $40-75

Saturday, Dec 26th:

  • Snowmobiling Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Good Times Adventures | 6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge CO | Prices vary for 2 or 3 hour tours
  • Sleigh Ride & Starlight Dinner | Times vary- reservation required | Ten Mile Station | Sleigh ride from base of Peak 8 to the top of Breckenridge Mountain for a romantic dinner | Prices vary
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35

Sunday, Dec 27th:

  • Snowshoeing Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Breckenridge Nordic Center | 1200 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge CO | $45-50

 

Give yourself a gift this year, and click below for the best deals on lodging during the holiday season in Breck. Happy holidays!

 

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First Call: Paradise Found

 

Part 3 of the First Call, First Chair series: Paradise Found! Breckenridge has received over 8 feet of snow so far this season! Get up here and find your paradise…

 

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How to Wax Your Skis in 9 Easy Steps

 

There is nothing like freshly waxed skis for a day on the mountain. However, taking your board/skis into a shop every time the weather changes can become tedious. Learn how to wax your own skis or snowboard with this easy to follow instructional video from Best of Breck!

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How to Save Money on your Trip to Breckenridge

Ski GooglesBreckenridge’s renowned decorations aren’t the only festivities illuminating Main Street this season. This mountain town’s unparalleled charm is at an all-time high, and winter lovers can’t help but be drawn here. Although the holiday season brings out the #BestofBreck, it can be difficult to swing a trip while budgeting for all the people on your “Nice” list. But, the BOB staff has some good news: you’ve made it onto our “Nice” list, and we’ve got a gift for you. Below, we’ve compiled a list of economical ways to enjoy Breckenridge without burning a hole in your wallet. Now, there’s no need to worry about being called a Grinch because you’d rather spend your savings to ski than shop.

  1. Lift Tickets: This is probably the biggest expenditure for most visitors. If you plan on skiing or riding while in town, it is heavily recommended that you purchase tickets in advance from Vail Resorts or browse Liftopia, which often has even bigger savings. Check out lift ticket and lodging bundle packages here. This is an excellent way to make sure you’ve got your biggest needs for your getaway covered at an impressive discount.
  2. Free Buses in Breck and Summit County: Don’t waste money on an expensive rental car! Take an affordable shuttle from DIA to Breckenridge, and enjoy any of the free transit systems in the county once you’re here. The Free Ride will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in Breckenridge. Should you have a desire to venture to Keystone or Arapahoe Basin, the free Swan Mountain Flyer will get you there in no time (don’t worry about how hard you après, because this bus runs until 8:35 pm on evenings that night skiing is available). Want to check out Frisco or Silverthorne? Hop on the free Summit Stage at the Transfer Station! If you have a Copper pass, we didn’t forget about you. Check out this bus route. Please note that most hotels and condos also have their own complementary shuttle services that often provide on demand transportation.
  3. Dining Specials: Visit the Grand Lodge on Peak 7’s site for an overview of the best places to feast in Breckenridge. You can also see the Summit Daily’s list of the latest dining specials in town or explore the Breckenridge Dining Guide to reference the finest cuisine in the area. Eating out on vacation doesn’t have to be expensive with the extensive happy hour and lunch deals abounding in Breck. We recommend the Quandary, Blue River Bistro, Mi Casa and Motherloaded Tavern for happy hour. The Breckenridge Brewery has amazing lunch specials daily that include full meals and complementary brews. Mountain Flying Fish often has half off sushi. Downstairs at Eric’s will always be a family favorite with the best wings, pizza and arcade in town!
  4. Wax Your Own Equipment: Getting your gear waxed is necessary when skiing Breck, but it doesn’t have to cost you half the price of a lift ticket- that’s half of a day of riding right there!! Stop by Mountain Wave to grab waxing supplies, then watch this awesome video with step by step instructions on how to give your skis or board the best waxing they’ll ever have.
  5. Getting your Gear Here: Oversized and/or additional baggage fees will leave your wallet empty quick. Opt to ship your equipment ahead of time for cheaper and easier transport. If that’s not your style, renting is always an option and Christie Sports at the Grand Timber Lodge has great deals (and if you’re a guest or owner, you get 20% off). You can rent all the gear you need, or bring your beloved boots and just grab skis or a board at the shop (but don’t forget a helmet). Feast your eyes on this blog for further details on how to ship and rent equipment, and see the packing list for your trip!
  6. Lodging: Breckenridge is one of the most visited resort towns in North America and lodging prices often reflect that. To avoid overpaying for sub-par accommodations, make sure to book your stay with Breckenridge Discount Lodging and we promise you won’t be disappointed! If you have the option, reserve digs that include a kitchenette or kitchen. Cooking your own breakfast and/or other meals will dramatically decrease your spending. Not sure what you can make in a kitchenette? Read this blog for the yummiest wholesome meals that you can conjure up in a crockpot while you après in the hot tub.

If you incorporate the above tips into your Breck getaway, you’ll save significantly. Can’t argue with that, right? So, get it out of the way and go purchase some holiday gifts with that extra cash (you’re welcome). Then, get yourself and your loved ones to Summit County as soon as possible. After all, Breckenridge is the best gift that keeps on giving…

 

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dog sleddingThrills and Spills – by Karah Kidger, Marketing Administrative Assistant

I find that Good Times Adventures is often overlooked by locals. The variety of winter activities offered makes it the ultimate winter fun park. You can choose from over 100 brand new snowmobiles to take out on a guided cruise through miles of scenic pathways that overlook Breckenridge, but my fave by far is the dog sledding. It is an unforgettable thrill that you can share with up to six friends.

You’ll start off with a tour of the dog yard which might even include the chance to play with puppies and meet some of my favorite sled dogs (Marley and Tow). Then you’ll help get your sled team ready. After you’re acquainted with the facility and have had some safety training, two people in your group will start off on the two-person sled. One of you will ride in the bucket seat while the other stands on the back to steer. If you’re in the bucket, make sure the person driving is someone you trust. If they’re going too fast or steering erratically you might just take a spill around sharp corners, so don’t forget to LET GO of the sled if you fall off (I learned that the hard way).

This isn’t for the faint of heart. Zooming around six miles of breathtaking trails on a two-person sled, or alongside in the passenger sled with a team of Siberian huskies leading you, will be an experience that will stay with you forever. My favorite guide is Wes, so definitely request him if possible. Like many service-based positions, guides work off of gratuity, so make sure you tip them!

To book your dog sledding trip call this number 970.453.7604 

Give the Gift of Breckenridge this Holiday Season with these 5 authentic Breckenridge Gifts:

Lotion bar and salve made in Breckenridge

Lotion and salve from Breckenridge Colorado at Mountain Man Apothecary

Visiting Breckenridge this holiday season? There is no better way to remember Breckenridge then by giving the gift of handmade items from this dainty little town. Here are 5 authentic Breckenridge gifts to give this holiday season!

Colorado Ski Chair

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Not specifically made in Breckenridge, however these benches and chairs that sit outside of Main Street are an iconic part of downtown Breck. These chairs are made out of real skis and painted with the Colorado flag. There is a variety of different furniture items you can choose from including chairs, snowboard benches, Ski bed frames, wine racks and more! They are the prefect reminder of your unforgettable ski trip to the famous Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Breckenridge Distillery

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The Breckenridge distillery offers a Breckenridge homemade bourbon and vodka. This distillery is a quickly becoming a trade mark in Breckenridge with their tours and free tastings. Stop by the retail store on main street in Breckenridge and explore the different options of this little mountain towns award winning distillery.

Candles

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Breckenridge Candles are a signature to the town. The candles, hand made in Breckenridge, are made with toxin free wax and wicks. Breckenridge handmade candles can be found all over town including Global Candle Company and The Local Market. The Global Candle Company shop allows you to choose your very own custom candle, scents and shapes. A great gift idea that allows your creativity to run wild!

Apothecary

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Give the gift of natural bath soaks, balms, scrubs, and lotions for your loved ones this holiday. These Breckenridge handcrafted products are sure to soothe aches and pains that the dry weather  in Colorado can bring. Pamper someone close to you this holiday by visiting Mountain Man Apothecary.

Spices

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Build your own oils, teas and even balsamic at Olive Fusion. For the one in your family who cooks the ultimate holiday meals this is a gift that is sure to get them excited for the New Year or inspire the next holiday hit recipe. Let one of the ladies help you pick out the perfect personalized gift from down town Breckenridge!

There are plenty of other great gifting items made in Breckenridge. Come take a stroll down Main Street and see all the galleries, retailers, boutiques and jewelers that all store a little memory of this mountain town in each of their products.

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Weekend Events 12.18.15

Christmas in BreckenridgeThe holidays are right around the corner! There is no better time to come to Breckenridge to get into the holiday spirit. Join us for one of the many activities going on this weekend in our dainty snowy town for some fun festivities!

Friday, Dec 18th

  • Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm & 5-7 pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Build your candle and holder | 12-4 pm | Hot Shop | 123 S Ridge St Breckenridge CO | $45
  • Canvas Painting Night | 7-10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO |

Saturday Dec 19th

  • Decorations out of Salt Dough | 9-11 am | Quandary Antiques Cabin | 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm & 5-7 pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Ornament Decorating | 1 – 5 pm | Fuqua Livery Stable | 110 Washings Ave. Breckenridge CO|
  • Canvas Painting Night | 7-10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO |

Sunday Dec 20th

  • Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm & 5-7 pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Glass Fusing Workshop | 7 – 9 pm| Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO |

There are tons of fun activities going on Breckenridge. Click here for more information on all these festive activities and more!

 

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