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Breckenridge Blizzards: EmPOWDERing the People!

Ullr might’ve had a slow start to winter, but he’s quickly redeeming himself by steadily dumping tons of fresh powder on Breckenridge this December. Colorado’s favorite season is in full swing in this ski town, and it’s time to tune those skis and boards and get to Breck for some incredible skiing and riding!

The staff at BOB wants you to know the level of stoke you’re missing out on, so we decided to show you just how sweet the pow stashes are right now. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, right? Check out our video and try not to drool. This snowy supply of wintry bliss will be eaten up by other powder hounds soon, so book your Breck getaway today, while we still have availability… Because what’s more empowering than watching the hill fill up with loads of snow? Riding down the mountain in knee-deep powder, of course!

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Ullr Fest Returns for its 53rd Year This January

2013 Uller parade _Carl Scofield-202We think after fifty three years Ullr Fest has become pretty time honored and age old. Ullr Fest started as a small group of locals getting together to “pray” for snow. The “praying” pretty much involved having a big bonfire, drinking a bit (a “bit” means a lot), probably burning (sacrificing) some old skis and generally just partying. Fast forward 53 years to today and Ullr Fest is one of the largest events of the winter with multiple events including a huge bonfire, the world’s largest shot ski, the best winter parade in the mountains and more.

Ullr Fest is a celebration of all things snow and winter. Let’s face it, we get a bit of winter up here in Breckenridge so it just makes sense to embrace it and celebrate it. Ullr Fest is made up of traditional events like the Ullr Bonfire and the Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen and new events like Breck’s Got Talent and the Ullr Ice Plunge.

To see a full lineup of the events at this year’s Ullr Fest click here.

Of course the most important and popular part of Ullr Fest is the parade. Nothing brings out the local flavor of Breckenridge like a good parade and Ullr is arguably the best. Each year local businesses and regular folks build all kinds of crazy floats and each Thursday of Ullr Fest they all line up and present themselves for review in the annual Ullr Parade. Thousands come to see what crazy stuff might happen during the parade.

Come to Breckenridge for Ullr Fest this year and experience what Breckenridge winters are all about, a celebration of all things winter!

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Avoid Lift Lines Like a Local

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Independence SuperChair |Peak 7

Crowds, endless lift lines, and wasting time… oh my! Who wants to waste half the day waiting in line when you could be bombing run after run with no one in sight? Here is an insider’s guide on how to get away from all those people and have an epic day skiing on the trail less traveled. From the busiest to the least crowded mountains, here are some tips and tricks on where to go!

For your reference, here is a map of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

PEAK 8 |    ♦♦ 

The base of Peak 8 can get pretty congested, so try to avoid this area on weekends or busy times of the year. However, we have a handful of tricks up our sleeve to help you get away from the masses. Heading to more difficult terrain is how you will be able to avoid crowds on Peak 8, but if you’re not quite ready for those double black diamonds, have no fear! There are plenty more ways to avoid people while cruising easy and intermediate terrain, so check out our tips on Peak 9, 7, and 6 below.

The Colorado SuperChair tends to have heavy lift lines, but the secret here is to head left at the top, and hit all those black and double back diamond runs that face the South side. Then, you can load up on the mid-point of the Peak 8 SuperConnect and keep lapping those black diamonds. Not too many people utilize this, plus these trails are located in a valley, so on cold days this is a good spot to keep out of the wind stay a little warmer.

From this area, you can catch 6-Chair which will give you access to black and double black diamond runs with minimal people around. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take the Imperial Express SuperChair up to the summit of Peak 8, which happens to be the highest lift chair in America.

Hopping on E-Chair to get to the North side of Peak 9 is also a great option where you will have access to awesome double black diamond runs. This also happens to be the easiest way to get from Peak 8 to Peak 9. No cat walks, woohoo!

If you don’t want to deal with the Colorado SuperChair at all, just head over to the Rocky Mountain SuperChair where there is a little more difficult terrain directly under the lift, which usually means less people.

PEAK 9 |   ♦♦

Peak 9 has a lot of amazing intermediate terrain, so if you want to avoid the face-melting double black diamonds as well as the crowds, read on.

The base of this mountain can get fairly busy because the ski school is over there, so stay up a little higher. Skip the Quicksilver Lift and use the Mercury and the Beaver Run SuperChair where you can shred blue runs all day like it’s your job. There are a ton of different blues you can take down so that you can keep switching it up.

PEAK 7 |  ♦♦ 

This mountain is chalk full of fantastic blue bombers, who doesn’t love those? Cruising down a run with a permanent grin, eyes tearing up from the wind against your face, and heart beating out of your chest… seriously one of the best feelings in the world. The Independence SuperChair is a 6 person high speed lift. Even if it looks like a fair amount of people in line, the lift has the capacity to move a lot of riders quickly, so usually the lift line is under 4 minutes.

PEAK 6 |  ♦♦ 

This entire mountain is a great way to avoid the crowds. It has above tree-line blue runs which allows skiers of all levels to get the high alpine experience without being scared for your life on the way down. There are some awesome 10 minute hikes to black and double black diamond runs for the thrill seekers out there that will absolutely get you away from the crowds.

PEAK 10 |  ♦♦

Just like Peak 6, Peak 10 is definitely a place to go to avoid other skiers and snowboarders. The bottom of the Falcon Chair is not a base area with bus stops unloading the masses onto it, so it’s a pretty safe bet for avoiding the crowds. For years and years, Peak 10 had some blue runs which brought more visitors, but recently they designated the entire mountain as black diamond. The runs are the same but it intimidates a lot of people, which means more POW for you!

 

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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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