How To: Dress Like a Local in Breck

Dress like a Breckenridge Local

The reality: You will see a copious amount of these brands and styles listed below. This guide is here to help you remain low-key and blend in like a local. Truthfully, I’m not sure we really care what you wear… except for maybe those giant fuzzy boots.

The truth: Wear what you want. We’re just happy you’re experiencing this gem we call home.

So, here’s the breakdown of what to wear on your vacation to Breckenridge. Hopefully this can serve as a packing list (if this doesn’t help, check out our winter packing guide here) but don’t fret if you don’t own these things. We have PLENTY of ways for you to spend your money here.

Homegrown style: Wearing anything native to Colorado is key. Brands like Melanzana, Loki, SmartWool and FlyLow Gear are all Colorado-made products and sure to win points. Don’t have these things to pack? Take a short trip to Leadville and visit the Melanzana store. This homegrown small company designs, cuts, sews and sells everything themselves! How cool is that?!

Footwear: You’ll see everything here from the hippie Birkenstock or Chaco to the fanciest Sorel. Anything in between is fine, so long as you can walk comfortably. Our terrain is mostly trails or icy walkways. We suggest leaving the Moon Boots and Stilettos at home.

Layers: Currently we are in that perfect weather storm. Wearing a beanie and down jacket to work in the morning and not knowing how to carry it home in the afternoon is a common struggle this time of year. Our weather changes frequently and FAST. So, if you layer properly you shouldn’t have to worry. Brands don’t matter so much in this situation, but your down coat should probably say Patagonia or Arctery’x if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re hipper than that, you’re probably wearing FlyLow, Kuhl or Trew.

Western wear: Although we aren’t as down with western wear as, say, Steamboat Springs, we’ll dig your Frye boots and that cute Brixton hat (for the ladies). Men, us girls can always dig a cowboy amiright? So, feel free to slide into some Levi’s and throw on your western boots; We won’t hate it, we may prefer it compared to the snowboard style we’re so used to.

Eye protection: We can’t stress this enough. We don’t care what you wear for eye protection, just WEAR IT. Same goes for sunscreen and lip balm with SPF and/or anything with zinc oxide. Our favorite brand is Dermatone  – and get the tin, it’s cooler (not literally) and much easier to apply on the face, if you need. Walking around at 9,600 feet and skiing over 10,000 feet in the winter brings you that much closer to the sun, and those sunburns can ruin a vacation here too – not just at the beach.

Reusable water bottle: Not only are we saving the planet one reusable bottle at a time, but the tap water in Breckenridge is amazing. Hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your body at altitude. You’ll see all the primo bottles (Klean Kanteen, Hydro Flask and Yeti), but we accept if you have your favorite Nalgene from high school covered in stickers.

Don’t forget…

  • A daypack (for days on the hill or for hikes)
  • Smart phone for pictures
  • Ski/snowboard equipment (for the winter… just to clarify)

Other than your daily essentials that only YOU know you need, we think we’ve got you covered. Have we missed anything? Looking forward to seeing you during any season in Breck, and hopefully we won’t even know you’re just visiting!

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DON’T LET ELEVATION END YOUR FUN: BRECK’S BEST ALTITUDE TREATMENTS

If you’ve been to Breck, you’re probably familiar with the potential issues your body can run into when staying and playing at 9600 feet or higher. If you haven’t been here, you’ve likely heard about altitude sickness and might’ve even brushed it off as a myth. It’s real, it’s not enjoyable, and it can ruin your vacation in the mountains. Whether it’s due to dehydration, lack of vitamins, recently being at a lower elevation or even a drink too many the night prior, there are ways to combat difficulty acclimating at almost two miles closer to the sun than sea level. Since the staff at BOB wants your time in your favorite mountain town to be chuck full of fun, we’ve outlined some tips below to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and hydrated to enjoy all that these peaks provide.

 

VIDA-FLO

Vida-Flo serves as Breckenridge’s best source for quality, quick and accessible altitude sickness treatments right in the heart of town on Main Street. Known as the leading IV hydration clinic in Summit County, this one-of-a-kind hydration station effectively cures altitude sickness, alleviates hangovers and provides essential fluids and nutrients to keep you healthy, hydrated and happy while exploring the mountains. Not only do their treatments work, but they’ll cure your ailments in just 30 minutes or less AND all IV treatments come with complementary oxygen! If that doesn’t impress you, maybe their outstanding membership options or super economical prices will! Stop in today or call Ryan and his staff at (970) 423-6555 for more information.

 

O2 LOUNGE

Another unique spot in Breck that will help you breathe easier is The O2 Lounge on the South end of town in La Cima Mall.  This serves as an oxygen bar, coffee shop and internet café in a league of its own, offering 90% oxygen sessions with a choice of four aromatherapy fragrances for 15, 30 or 45 minutes.  The oxygen sessions boost blood oxygen levels to help alleviate symptoms such as tiredness, breathlessness, headaches, inability to sleep, dizziness, nausea, jet lag and even hangovers.  They also serve Illy coffee, smoothies, teas, hot chocolate etc. and have oxygen machines to rent and also sell portable O2 cans.  Visit Guy and Sally and their staff on Main Street or call them at (970) 453-6262 or visit their website at www.theo2lounge.com.

 

ALPINE AIR

For sleep apnea and more serious symptoms, Alpine Air offers specialized oxygen services to all of Summit County. Select from a wide range of oxygen equipment that can help you catch your breath including: oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, nebulizers, pulse oximeters, respiratory therapy supplies and more. Stop by their offices in Breck on Airport Road or call (970) 453-8423 for more information.

 

Now that you’re looped in on what resources Breck offers for acclimation assistance, it’s time to pop a multivitamin, hydrate like a camel and get up to Summit County for some serious fun! Don’t forget to book your stay at breckenridgediscountlodging.com for the best deals and accommodations in town!

Weekend Events 9.22.17

String, Cider & Sours + Breckenridge Film Fest are going on this weekend in Breckenridge! Don’t miss out on this event and all the fall foliage happening in Breckenridge this weekend!

Friday, September 22nd
• Cider & Food Pairing Dinner | 6:30 pm | Sauce on the Maggie | 655 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | $65 |
• Breckenridge Film Festival | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO 80424 | $12 tickets | call 970-453-9021 or go online purchase tickets
• Historic Tour | 11:00 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309. N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
• Saloon Historic Tour | 5:00 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO | *call in advance for times and prices of tours
• Live music – El Passo Lasso | 10:00 pm | The Historic Brown | 206 N. Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424
• Daily Happy Hour | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Town of Breckenridge |

Saturday, September 23rd
• String, Cider & Sours Festival | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Main Street Station | 505 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | $45 |
• Breckenridge Film Festival | 9:30 am – 9:00 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO 80424 | $12 tickets | call 970-453-9021 or go online purchase tickets
• Historic Tour | 11:00 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309. N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
• Haunted Tour | 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO |*call in advance for times and prices of tours
• Live music – Restasaurus | 7:00 pm | The Historic Brown | 206 N. Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |$15 tickets
• Daily Happy Hour | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Town of Breckenridge |

Sunday, September 24th
• Breckenridge Film Festival | 10:30 am – 8:30 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO 80424 | $12 tickets | call 970-453-9021 or go online purchase tickets
• Historic Tour | 11:00 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309. N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO

 

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

Weekend Events 9.15.17

The Breckenridge Wine Classic hits Breckenridge this weekend! Click here for the inside scoop on the Breck Wine Classic and how to get 20% off tickets. Check out everything else happening around town.

Friday, September 15

  • The Breckenridge Wine Classic | All Day | Various Locations |Click here for more information
  • Craft Beer Tasting Flights | All Day | Broken Compass Brewing | Info

Saturday, September 16

  • The Breckenridge Wine Classic | All Day | Various Locations |Click here for more information
  • Breck Wine Classic After Party with Breckenridge Distillery | 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. | The Gold Pan Saloon | Free
  • Free spirit tastings | 11 am – 9 pm | Breckenridge Distillery | Info

Sunday, September 17

  • Breckenridge Sunday Market | 9 am – 2 pm | Featuring a selection of handcrafted and homegrown items. live music, and artist creations | The Village at Breckenridge | Info
  • Make your own bloody mary bar OR Sunday Mimosa special (an entire bottle of champagne and juice for $12) | All Day | BoLD Restaraunt | Info
  • Craft Beer Tasting Flights | All Day | Broken Compass Brewing | Info
  • Fat Bike Brewery Tour | All Day | Fat bike around town and end the ride at Broken Compass for a brew! | Ridden. | Info

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The North Face Speaker Series Returns to Breckenridge September 11th

Northface Speaker Series

Come to the Riverwalk Center Monday, September 11th at 7 p.m. for the North Face Speaker Series. Members of The North Face Athlete team including Alex Honnold , Emily Harrington, Cedar Wright and Clare Gallagher will host an evening with a collection of films and share with you never told stories of adventure, triumph, and culture from all ends of the earth.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the North Face Website.

For just $25 you can come early to the North Face store located at 322 South Main Street and meet the athletes. This also includes admission to the Main event at the Riverwalk Center as well as beer, wine and appetizers. For tickets to the Meet and Greet visit the North Face Store or call 970-453-1613.

All proceeds from the Speaker Series go the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 40 years, BOEC has been changing lives, or more accurately, showing people that they have the power within themselves to change their own lives.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the amazing adventures of some of the world’s truly elite athletes.

The North Face Athletes:

 

Emily Harrington

Driven and determined. That’s Emily in a nutshell. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Emily Harrington has been climbing for most of her life and boasts an impressive list of achievements to show for it. After a decade of success in climbing competitions at the highest level, Emily’s adventurous spirit has led her to blaze new trails in the mountains, notching first female ascents on some of the hardest technical routes around the globe, free climbing big walls, and summitting the world’s tallest peaks.

  • Five-time sport climbing US National Champion
  • First female ascent of multiple 5.14 sport climbs
  • Free climbed ‘Golden Gate’ on El Capitan, Yosemite (5.13b, 40 pitches)
  • Winner of the women’s division at Ouray Ice Festival 2012
  • Summitted Mt Everest in 2012
  • Summitted Cho Oyu (sixth tallest peak in the world) in 2016, achieving a speed record (2 weeks, door to door) and complete ski descent from the summit

Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold isn’t crazy, he just knows what he can and cannot do. And he can do a lot. He doesn’t play out worst-case scenarios when he’s clung to the wall, thousands of feet up with no rope. He replaces fear with a rare form of clarity. That clarity has led him to make free-solo ascents of some of the biggest walls in America and blaze new routes up cliffs around the world. Not that his humble attitude would ever allow him to brag about it. Through his epic big wall speed climbs and audacious free solos, Alex continues to push the boundaries of the impossible.

Global Athlete Team Members

  • First and only free-solo of “Freerider” El Capitan, Yosemite, CA – 5.13a.
  • First ascent of the Fitz Traverse, Patagonia with Tommy Caldwell
  • Speed record on the Nose of El Capitan with Hans Florine – 2:23:51
  • Yosemite’s first “Triple Solo”: Mt. Watkins, Half Dome and El Capitan alone, in under 24 hours
  • First and only free-solo of the Moonlight Buttress, Zion National Park, UT – 12d, 1,200 feet
  • First and only free-solo of El Sendero Luminoso, El Potrero Chico, Mexico – 5.12d
  • First and only free-solo of the Northwest Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, CA – 5.12a, 2,200 feet

Cedar Wright

Cedar Wright first discovered climbing while pursuing an English degree at Humboldt State University. In between classes, Cedar explored the jagged boulders and sea cliffs of the Northern coast. He was instantly hooked.

After graduating from college, Cedar decided to dedicate himself fully to climbing. He moved to Yosemite where he became inspired and humbled by the vast granite before him. For the next few years, he worked for Yosemite Search and Rescue, where he learned invaluable skills and techniques. In between dangling on a rope outside a helicopter, he climbed relentlessly. He applied his love for speed and adventure by making blistering speed ascents on El Capitan and first ascents on the Sentinel. He remains one of the few people to have freed El Capitan in a day.

Cedar’s love for exploration soon took him outside of the United States. From Africa to Pakistan to Argentina, Cedar continued to put up impressive climbs in impeccable style: fast, free, and with no trace. In the past few years, Cedar has become increasingly interested in filmmaking and has shot video for numerous climbing companies as well as outdoor giants like National Geographic. For many of his video pieces, he writes his own music. In his free time, Cedar enjoys sharing his passion with others.

He passes along his climbing knowledge to sherpas at the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal, and his love for the outdoors to children as part of the Get Outdoors initiative. Cedar is characterized by his tenacity, and unique sense of humor, and continues to push himself as a climber and a creative. One part climber, one-part filmmaker, and one-part musician, the future holds great things for Cedar.

Clare Gallagher

In the middle of Thailand’s long and depressing rainy season, Clare Gallagher struggled to find motivation to run. She had moved there in 2014, after graduating from Princeton, to teach English. On a whim, she signed up for a 50-mile ultramarathon in northern Thailand, near the border of Laos and Myanmar, just so she could put an event on her schedule and train for something.“It all went from there, and I fell in love with the sport,” said the 24-year-old Englewood native, who now lives and trains in Boulder.

This summer, she stared down her toughest test yet — the Leadville 100 trail run — having never raced more than 50 miles. Now, she was going to double it.

And not only did she win the women’s division in 19 hours, 27 seconds, the time was the second-fastest for a woman in the history of the race, behind Ann Trason’s 1994 record of 18:06:24. Gallagher finished fifth overall in a race won, for the third time, by Ian Sharman of Bend, Ore.

Her competition wasn’t even close. She moved into the lead at the May Queen aid station, 13.5 miles into the race, and held it. Behind her was Maggie Walsh of Littleton, who finished two hours behind her in 21:00:28, and Jennifer Benna of Reno, Nev., was third at 21:45:00.

Gallagher lives in Boulder now and trains with the Rocky Mountain Runners. She graduated in 2010 from Cherry Creek, where she finished runner-up in 2008 at the state cross country meet. She competed in cross country and the steeplechase while attending Princeton, but endured numerous injuries and graduated in 2014.

Stop by the Breckenridge North Face Store or visit the North Face Website for more information.

23rd Annual Oktoberfest This Weekend

Fall is here in Breckenridge. The days are getting a little shorter, a little cooler and town is a little slower than the weeks just past. But all that will be will be on hold this weekend as thousands will descend on Breckenridge to celebrate Oktoberfest by drinking beer from steins, eating all kinds of amazing German food (think pretzel, spätzle, schnitzel, etc.), dancing to the latest Polka hits and yelling Prost over and over again!

Each September, the town shuts down Main Street for three days of toasting, feasting and general merrymaking. This year Oktoberfest will offer more than three dozen genuine German food and beer vendors. Not only that, but there will even be other vendors and plenty of Polka music to dance to.

Also, this upcoming weekend will be one of the best of this fall to experience seeing the beautiful aspen trees as they turn yellow. If you are coming up this weekend for Oktoberfest, make time to do a short (or long) hike near one of the many aspen glades around Breckenridge. You will not be disappointed.

Don’t forget to arrive early to get your Oktoberfest 2017 Stein. Steins sell fast and often sell out by Saturday afternoon, so don’t wait too long. There is still time to pre-purchase a stein if you like. Click here for more information.

If you are thinking that Oktoberfest is all about drinking beer, you are pretty much right. But there are plenty of activities for the kiddos and people who want to do something more than just drink super-tasty German beer. Make sure to visit face-painting stations, get some pre-festival exercise at the 5k run and test your skills at a wide variety of German themed games, including the popular Hammerschlagen.

The fun kicks off on Friday at 2 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. Saturday festivities start at 10 a.m. and will finish off at 6 pm. Then this Sunday, the fun starts at 11 a.m. and you’re welcome to hang out until 6 p.m. (usually later). Visit the Oktoberfest Insider’s Guide for more info and tricks for getting the most out of Oktoberfest weekend.

So, grab your lederhosen and get ready to Oom-pah and yell Probst!

There is still lodging available for this weekend. If you are looking for the best deals on Breckenridge Oktoberfest Lodging visit BreckenridgeDiscountLodging.com.

Get Your Season Ski Passes Before the Prices Go Up!

It’s still pretty warm outside here in Breckenridge and we are betting it could be downright hot wherever you might be right now. But… Now is the time to get the best savings on season passes for the winter so bust open your piggy banks and bite the bullet because you probably aren’t going to get a better deal on a ski pass this winter.

Now there are probably some of you that are totally dialed on what you want and already have you pass situation set but for those of us who like to wait or might think you don’t need a season pass, do your math before you decide. If you are thinking of getting even 7 days in on the hill this year a season pass is probably the way to go and HEY! Bright idea!! Maybe with a season pass you’ll be able to sneak in a few extra days. No matter what with day passes at most Summit County and surrounding area ski resorts near or even above the $200 level don’t miss the change to save huge with a season pass. Here is the rundown of what season passes and the pricing for our local ski areas.

Vail Resorts – Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and so many more.

Vail always has some of the best options for season passes and multi day tickets but get them now because tickets get pricey in season. This year the Epic pass ($859) is once again expanded with Vail’s acquisition of Stowe Ski Resort in Vermont. If you think you are going to come on one trip to Breck and one of Vail’s other ski areas like Whistler or Park City or Heavenly (there are so many) this is the pass for you. Lesser passes like the Epic Local ($639) or the Summit Value Pass ($529) are killer deals too. Click here to see the full details.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is the other heavyweight in Summit County and offers acres of terrain from easy to hard core. This year the Copper Pass which offers unlimited skiing at Copper and three free passes to all kinds of other ski areas including Purgatory, Monarch, Taos and more is only $409. So, if you can go ten times in the season you are paying about $40 a day. Not a bad deal. For a little more ($559) get the All Access Pass which also allows you full access to the Woodward Barn all season. If you like tramps and ramps this pass is for you. Click here for Copper pass info.

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe 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. This year the long-awaited terrain expansion, The Beavers and Steep Gullies will open to hike-back foot traffic (the lift goes in next year). A-Basin offers the best steep and un-groomed terrain in Summit County and for just $319, the lowest prices on a season pass anywhere. Get more info on A-Basin tickets here.

Loveland Basin

Loveland Ski Area is just over the hill in Clear Creek County and is another small ski area just outside of Summit County offering mostly off-piste terrain that is a little less steep than A-Basin. Loveland is a great family area and offers some of the most amazing views from a ski area in Colorado. The Loveland Season Pass is $399 and offers a bunch of bonus days at other Colorado resorts including, Monarch, Crested Butte, Durango and more. Click here for more information.

Regardless if you are a local or are coming from somewhere far away do you research and plan you lift tickets before you come. Don’t get caught paying full price at the ticket windows this year. Not only are season passes and multi day tickets less expensive you will save time and hassle not having to go to the ticket window each day and wait in line. That’s just silly!

Also, don’t forget! If you are looking for the best deals on lodging in Breckenridge (or anywhere) visit Breckenridge Discount Lodging.