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Kodi Rafting & The Browns Canyon

As we arrivJessRafted to the Kodi Rafting outpost in Buena Vista, the sun was shining, the air was warm and we knew the water was running high. We were all excited for an adventurous day on the Arkansas River. We decided to do a full day trip as most of us have never done both the upper and lower parts of the river. The first part of the trip you really get to take in the scenery and views of the Browns Canyon National Monument.  If you’re lucky you might even spot a big horned sheep! About halfway through the trip, the river really starts to pick up as you go through “Siedel’s” section. With the knowledge and experience of our
amazing raft guides Boston and Flakes, we all felt very confident that we could power through it safely. Soon after, our guides tied up our rafts and cooked us lunch on the riverside. Once we hopped back on the river for the lower section, we approached a 2519298section called “Zoom Flume”. The name speaks for itself, it is a very fast paced and exhilarating stretch. Whenever we got to take a short break from paddling our guides told us stories and facts about the Arkansas River and Browns Canyon. Overall we would all rate our experience a 10/10. To book a trip with Kodi Rafting click on their logo below.


Breckenridge Around the Holidays

What To Do In Breckenridge Around The HolidaysFun Winter Skiing with the Family

 The holiday season in Breckenridge is one of the greatest times to visit for a Colorado vacation. With beautiful ski slopes, cozy vacation rentals for lodging right near the mountain, a wonderful downtown shopping district for your holiday gifts (and personal treats), and a range of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations for people of all ages, Breckenridge is simply a wonderful place to spend the holidays!

Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Checkout the Calendar of Local Breckenridge Events!

Whether you want to tear up the slopes, tour the town, or just relax by the fire with a Breckenridge Christmas Ale, a Colorado holiday vacation will provide just the fun, relaxation, and adventure you’re looking for! Don’t wait… come to Breckenridge this Holiday Season… We are waiting for you!

The Dew Tour Returns To Breckenridge

The 10th Anniversary Dew Tour!

This December 11th – 14th, the Dew Tour 2014 returns to Breckenridge Ski Resort to Dew Tour Logocelebrate its 10th anniversary with the Mountain Championships! This will be the seventh straight year this tour has come to Breck for four days of freeski and snowboard competition.

The event features world-renowned skiers and snowboarders, and serves as the culmination of the 2014 competition season. For spectators and visitors to the Breckenridge area, vacation rental properties provide great access to the excitement surrounding the nationally televised event, with live music concerts, athlete meet and greets (including an A-list of Olympians), games, giveaways, and the interactive Dew Tour Experience.

This is one of Breckenridge’s biggest events of the year, so vacation rental lodging will fill up fast! The Dew Tour 2014 is sure to be full of action and fun, with huge contests, tons of entertainment for attendees, and all of the enjoyment the town of Breckenridge has to offer – plus the Dew Tour is likely to pull out all the stops for this 10th anniversary celebration. This is one snow sports event sure to go down in history!

For Additional Information on the Dew Tour, Click Here.

Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of Santas 2014

Here in Breckenridge, the first weekend in December brings a transformation, turning downtown into a glistening holiday panorama. Along with a bustling shopping scene and ever-popular outdoor winter activities, a pair of special Breckenridge holiday events will highlight the season.

Animated Santa Running

On December 6th, 2014 participate in the Race of the Santas, an event where hundreds of holiday enthusiasts of all ages dress as Santa Claus, racing down historic Main Street. $15 and your own suit will get you in, or $45 will include a Santa Suit that you keep! Running isn’t necessary; walking or prancing through the 6-block course is more than welcome. Children can join, with complimentary reindeer antlers. The top three male and female finishers of this fun run will be awarded Ullr Helmets, while everyone will be eligible for prize drawings. All proceeds benefit the local charity, Adopt An Angel, so come out and show your support!

That night, the Lighting of Breckenridge begins. Here, Santa greets holiday celebrators from his horse-drawn carriage while a parade of revelers will sing songs and ring in the holiday season with lights throughout Main Street. Local businesses will participate for the Breckenridge Arts Experience. This celebration kicks off a local holiday season leading to an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations, including live music, bar parties, all followed by a torchlight parade down the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Be sure to join in the fun of the fireworks and music… Stay in Breckenridge for the holidays!

Holiday Shopping in Breckenridge

Start Holiday Shopping Early!

Staying in Breckenridge for the holidays? We’ve got a wild abundance of local shopping experiences, with over 200 stores and boutiques to choose from. With art galleries and outdoor equipment rental shops sharing the streets with clothing retailers, specialty food & spirits stores, and toy & gift shops, nearly any desire is covered!

 Unique Breckenridge Shopping

Holiday Shopping in BreckenridgeThe holiday shopping  in Breckenridge comprises of a mosaic of varied shops and special interests. We’d like to share a few specific examples: Little Earth Art Studio offers ceramic workshops for all ages. Peek-A-Boo Toys holds a large indoor play area for the cold winter days, in addition to its vast selection of quality toys. You can get your Neapolitan, locally sourced pizza fix at The Flatbread Pizza Co. or try gourmet sandwiches and soups at the Ridge Street Kitchen.

For the gift minded, we’ve got a variety of fun-filled shops, including Shirt Off My Back, Joy Of Sox & Excessories, and The Shirt Mine. Finally, for those looking for the sort of adventure that only the mountains of Colorado offer, Breckenridge sports a number of sports equipment rental shops, including Black Tie Ski Rentals, Alpine Sports, Elevation Ski and Bike, and Carvers Ski, Board & Sport Shop.

Great Western Lodging offers a fantastic selection of exclusive Breckenridge, Colorado lodging and vacation rentals. Our private homes, townhomes, and condominiums are a wonderful place to stay around the holidays, with close proximity to the ski mountains & town amenities, such as our beautiful shopping district.

We hope to see you soon, for skiing, vacationing or enjoying the local shopping!

Silverthorne Shopping Extravaganza… This Weekend!

Shop the Extravaganza in Silverthorne

This weekend, you have the chance to participate in the Outlets at Silverthorne Shopping Extravaganza, running Saturday, November 15, from 9am until 5pm. Stores remain open until 8pm, and tickets are going for $20. All proceeds benefit the National Repertory Orchestra, a local fellowship program that enhances the lives of young musicians, Colorado residents, and visitors alike.

Lady with Shopping Bag

The Extravaganza includes exclusive shopping discounts and giveaways, free continental breakfast, free lunch, beer, wine, and cordial tastings, live entertainment, goody bags, and can be reached via free shuttle service! Hourly prize drawings will be held, for the chance to win over $25,000 in giveaways. This is a great opportunity to score unique gifts, experience the local Breckenridge scene with friends, and help a worthy cause.

Great Western Lodging hosts a grand selection of exclusive Breckenridge, Colorado lodging and vacation rentals. Our private homes, townhomes, and condominiums are close to the ski mountain (which opens tomorrow!) & town amenities, including the diverse shopping district and the nearby Silverthorne Outlet Malls.

We hope to see you soon, skiing and enjoying the local attractions!

Breckenridge Opening Day Postponed

Warm Weather Forces Breckenridge to Postpone Opening Day

Breckenridge resort has announced its need to postpone Opening Day on the ski slopes, which was scheduled for today. The resort has indicated it will have a new date selected next week. As soon as we know the new planned opening for the season, we will be sure to share it. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Opening Day At Breckenridge

Ski Opening Day – Breckenridge Ski Area

We are pleased to announce that Breckenridge Ski Area is opening for the 2014/15 Winter
Ski Season on Friday, November 7, 2014.  Get your lift tickets or season passes early for the guaranteed lowest price. The Gondola Season Pass office is open Thursday through Monday, from 10am to 4pm, for all lift ticket and season pass sales.

In operation since 1961, Breckenridge stands apart from Colorado’s legendary ski country in a big way. Its peaks boast over 25 feet of snowfall yearly, and with 34 lifts crossing a vertical rise of 3,398 feet, the mountain can have you gliding through the powder in no time. From the top of the Imperial Lift, many of the 14,000-foot peaks in the heart of the Rockies are visible, including Mt. Massive, Mountain of the Holy Cross, and even Pike’s Peak in the distance. The towering peaks surrounding Breckenridge ensure a constant supply of fresh snow at the ski resort.

Breckenridge covers a total ski terrain area of 2,908 acres, crisscrossed by 187 varied trails. To ensure optimal enjoyment, the expert weather observing ski patrol measures snowfall each morning before 5 am. The specific process for measuring snowfall aims to give you the most accurate snow report possible. You can check snowfall conditions directly, with the snow stake located in the back bowls on Peak 8, near the bottom of 6 Chair. You can also watch a 24-hour time-lapse camera recording snowfall online. Before you head out for the day you can check out everything you would ever want to know about the snow!

With snow conditions perfect for skiers of every level, Breckenridge spans a range of peaks and elevation levels, offering a variety of terrain and opportunities for making fresh tracks. Soft groomers abound for both beginner and intermediate carvers, while experts and the truly adventurous can experience deep powder in the bowls and glades.

Residing on mountains made for creating perfect snow conditions, with a professional staff dedicated to providing you with the most accurate daily snow reports possible, Breckenridge has optimal conditions for your next ski vacation. We hope to see you here, beginning Friday, November 7th!

Excited for the new ski season? Come stay in Breckenridge during early season and get great deals on vacation rentals with Great Western Lodging.

Early Winter
Nov 1, 2014 – Dec 25, 2014

  • 3 Night Stay = 15% off Rack
  • 4 to 7 Night Stays = 25% off Rack
  • 8 to 9 Night Stays = 30% off Rack
  • 10+ Night Stays = 35% off Rack
Enjoy the 2014/15 Ski Season at Breckenridge Ski Area!

It’s time to dust off your Winter Gear!

The air has become more brisk and the temperatures are steadily lowering. Here in Breckenridge this is a good sign that Winter is just around the corner. This is the time of year when locals start diving into their ski and snowboard gear, trying things on and tuning things up. Making sure that their last year’s jacket still fits and wondering whether their favorite gloves are going to hold up for one more year. Winter in Breck tends to come a bit earlier and stay a bit longer than in other parts of Colorado and we like it that way. And even if you’re not from Colorado we think you should still make sure your gear is in good Skiing in Breckenridge Coshape and that you’ve got something to help ease the anxiety caused by cabin fever. That’s why here in Breckenridge we invite you to come visit and step outside. Take a look at the list of winter activities you can enjoy with hats and boots on: sleigh rides, dog sledding, snow tubing, even fly fishing! There’s something for everyone in every age group! If you want to make the most out of this winter season, dust off that winter gear and make plans to head into Breckenridge, Colorado. Browse our lodging options today and don’t forget to check out our online specials and deals. Time is slipping by don’t let this winter ski season slip by too!