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International Snow Sculpting Championships Return To Breckenridge for 25th Anniversary

One of Breckenridge’s coolest and most unique events is getting ready to kick off its 25th year anniversary on January 27th, the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships! Having only 65 hours, not a minute longer, to sculpt a block of snow 12ft tall and weighing 20 tons, 16 teams containing 4 members from all parts of the world, compete to be named the International Snow Sculpting Champs. Did I mention there are no use of power tools and many of the tools these incredibly talented artist choose to use might look like something you would find in grandma’s kitchen? The end results are simply amazing. Seriously … Let me show you …

They take this …

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Use these …

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And create this in 65 hours … !?!?

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Crazy, right! This is truly a magnificent display of team work and pure talent that cannot be missed. Check out the video below for a better idea of what you can expect to see in beautiful Breckenridge from January 27th through February 8th, see you there!

         

Event Information

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Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships: January 27th – 31st, 2015

Snow Sculpture Viewing Week (Weather Permitting) : January 31st – February 8th, 2015

For more information and fun facts surrounding the event please visit GoBreck! 

Ullr Fest: Breckenridge’s way to say thanks, for the snow!

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How does an area with 300 days of sunshine and average winter temperatures of 28 degrees get 350 inches of snowfall annually? You have to be on good terms with Ullr, of course! As the story goes, Ullr, the Norse God of snow loves Breckenridge. Way back in 1963 the town locals caught wind that Ullr was going to be making a stop through Breckenridge. Wanting to show there gratitude and appreciation for Ullr’s blessings on the town (big dumps of snow!), everyone got together and threw a week long festival in his honor, the rest is history…

Fast forward 52 years and the traditional still lives on in the form of Ullr Fest! Come join locals as they gather around town for a week of fun activities, competitions, and Ullr themed parties to honor and thank the Norse Winter God for giving Breckenridge some of the best snow in the country year in and year out.  And with already more than 158” of snow reported by Breckenridge Resort (45% of annual snow fall!), we have a lot to be thankful for already as well as a lot more snow to look forward to!

Grab your viking helmets, or get some here and come to Breckenridge January 11th to the 17th and help in Celebrating everything Breck and honoring the almighty (I say that in hopes of more big dumps) Ullr! Join in on crazy competitions such as frying pan tosses and 8 legged ski races. Take part in the world’s largest shot ski. Watch as locals and snow lovers alike partake in the areas wildest and wackiest parade, then come warm up by the infamous Ullr Christmas Tree bonfire while enjoying a hot tottie or two!

If you are looking for an authentic, true representation of what Breckenridge is then this is definitively the week to come and embrace what mountain town living is all about!

 

Schedule of events:

Sunday, January 11

Ice Skating Party (1:30 pm. – 3:00 p.m.)   – Bring the kids for an afternoon of ice skating and free kids Ullr helmet decorating. Steven C. West Ice Arena, located at 189 Boreas Pass Rd.  Hosted by the Breckenridge Ambassadors

Monday, January 12

Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen:  (5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) at the Breckenridge Nordic Center – Free Bud Light to the first 100 attendees

Tuesday, January 13

Ullympics  (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)  Partake in wild events such as the frying pan toss, group ski racing and ski boot relay.  Email events@gobreck.com to register. Carter Park. FREE located at 300 South High Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Photo credit: GoBreck!

Photo credit: GoBreck!

Wednesday, January 14

Breck’s Got Talent (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.) – Join local radio station, Always Mountain Time, for a town-wide talent show. For more information or to register contact johnny@alwaysmountaintime.com. Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams St. Join us for an evening of free fun and if you are of age, your first Bud Light is on the house!

Thursday,January 15

Ullr Parade (4:30 p.m.) – The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest parade showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun. Main Street Breckenridge. Don’t miss the 2015 Ullr Shot Ski Attempt at 4:00 just prior to the parade. ($5 donation to Breckenridge Rotary, must be 21, bring ID). Registration for the Shot Ski will be day of in the Riverwalk Center starting at 1:00pm.  Register for the parade.

Have some skis you’d like to donate to the record breaking Ullr Shot Ski? The more we get, the longer it can be and you can be part of it by dropping your old skies off at the Breckenridge Distillery located at 1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO 

Ullr Bonfire (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) – Join us for the town bonfire.  Christmas trees are welcome! South Gondola Parking Lot. FREE

Friday, January 16

Comedy Night (7:00 p.m. Doors Open, Show at 8:00 p.m.) – Comedy Works comics descend on Breckenridge for a night of big laughs. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave. Admission $25, tickets are available at the Welcome Center.

And…

ULLR BIKE, presented by Borealis Bikes – Friday evening January 16, race your Fat Bike at Gold Run Nordic Center in the first ever Ullr Bike festivities; multiple laps on a 3 mile figure 8 loop immediately adjacent  to the Nordic Center Lodge.
Enjoy food, drink and great camaraderie! Industry reps will be on hand with demos!
Racing starts at 5:00 and 4 categories will be offered, Open Men, Open Women, Singlespeed Men, and Singlespeed Women. Headlamps or lighting system required.  Event will be chip timed! Entry Fee is $30 and will include the beer, soup, and giveaways!
Also, ride your bike in the FREE parade down Main St. on Thursday January 15 at 4:30pm (optional but strongly encouraged)!
For all Event Details visit mavsports.com

Saturday, January 17

SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film (6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.) – High Country Conservation Center and Continental Divide Land Trust are partnering to bring the film festival to Breckenridge. HCCC and CDLT share complementary missions of resource and land conservation. We are excited to come together to bring the community thought-provoking and beautiful films to inspire involvement and action. Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 West Adams Ave. $15.00 For more information and to buy tickets click here.

 

 

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!

Enjoying Fall Colors Near Breckenridge

The Breckenridge, Colorado area offers several options for beautiful fall color sightseeing for all modes of transportation – by car, on foot, by bicycle, or even on horseback. Whatever your preferred method of travel, Breckenridge provides a host of ways to experience the gorgeous colors of the changing aspen forests! Here are two of our favorites:

Fall Colors in Breckenridge
Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass Road, between Como and Breckenridge, is a wonderful sightseeing route for both cars and bicycles. Rising up to over 11,400 feet, the road provides views down into the Town of Breckenridge and throughout the surrounding mountains. Trails also parallel the upper portion of the road for scenic bike riding. Boreas Pass Road is reachable by US Highway 285 in Park County, and by Colorado Highway 9 on the south side of Breckenridge.

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Best suited for bike riding or hiking, this network of trails winds through old mining country just two miles east of town. Not only do these trails provide beautiful nature walks through the changing aspen forest, it’s also a peek into the history of the mining industry that gave birth to Breckenridge. The trails can be accessed by way of the B&B Mines Trailhead, about a mile uphill from the intersection of Wellington and French Gulch Road.

 For people spending time in Breckenridge vacation rentals this fall, this is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty this area has to offer. Hope to see you on the trails!

Hidden Gems of Mudseason

Town has begun to enter a lull at this time of year and the weather has started to warm up. While we see some restaurants closing for a seasonal break, there are still many that are open and happy to accommodate customers during the mudseason. So, to keep you all from wandering around town in a hunger-driven scavenger hunt, we’ve compiled a list of some featured restaurants that we enjoy visiting during this time of year. Feel free to click the name to view their website.

  • Crepes a la Carte – a delicious selection of lunch/dinner and dessert crepes!
  • Park & Main – A fairly new American and International restaurant including an all natural breakfast menu and espresso machine.
  • Briar Rose – An upscale chophouse with an excellent wine selection.
  • Blue River Bistro – An American Italian restaurant with a great atmosphere and two happy hours every day.
  • Rita’s – A tasty Mexican restaurant to grab tacos and margaritas.
  • Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria – A classic Italian restaurant with a great selection of pizzas.
  • Empire Burger – A great burger joint that is open late. They have great dipping sauces as well!
  • Kenosha – A steakhouse with good BBQ and a great deck to take in the mountain views.

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Courtesy of Skitownrestaurants.com

 

A Quick Look at Our Next Ski Season

While Breckenridge continues to see powder days through mid to late April this season, we cannot help but wonder what the snow will be like next year. Current forecasts are showing that there is a 65% likelihood of an El Niño next winter, which is twice as much as a typical season. El Niño is a series of climatic changes that affect temperatures in the equatorial Pacific region and can greatly affect weather in our area. This could ultimately mean wetter weather for Colorado.

Forecasts will be more accurate once summer hits and we can get a better idea of the future weather patterns. According to current patterns, we may all need to start investing in powder skis because the future season holds promise. Until then, we can finish this season with the sun shining and snow falling in Breckenridge, making for an excellent spring skiing experience.798px-Snowfall_on_19th_Street_N_W__-_Blizzard_of_2010-300x225

 

Free Spring Fever concert lineup announced

Once again this April, as part of their month-long Spring Fever celebration, Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering four fantastic concerts at the base of Peak 8. This Bud Light Concert Series has been bringing great name acts from around the country now for several years, and both locals and visitors alike look forward to this great free entertainment. When the weather cooperates, nothing beats skiing in the morning, then soaking in the sun with some friends, enjoying a beverage and the great music. These free shows are open to the public and will take place on a specially-constructed stage on the snow at the base of Peak 8, facing the plaza level by the T-Bar and One Ski Hill Grill.

 

Saturday, April 12 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
This big band, swing-influenced group has been around for 20 years. Notable singles include “Go Daddy-O” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” Listen In

 

 

Sunday, April 13 – Gin Blossoms
This 90’s radio group had massive hits like “Follow You Down”, “Til I Hear It From You” and “Hey Jealousy.” Pop/rock. Listen In

 

 

Friday, April 18 – Yonder Mountain String Band
Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. Listen In

 

 

Saturday, April 19 – Blues Traveler
The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock. Listen In

 

 

 

Favorite Breck breakfast spots

Maybe it was my measly bowl of cereal this morning, but I’ve been thinking about all of the fantastic places in town to grab breakfast. On the go, sitting down, coffee shop/bakeries, restaurants, you name it. Some of these great Breckenridge eateries are venerable establishments, long-time local favorites. Others are fairly new. But one thing’s for sure, you will leave satisfied!

  • Amazing Grace – Quant little natural food place. Great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Try the buttermilk biscuits or breakfast tacos.
  • Blue Moose – One of the most popular breakfast joints in town. Cash only. The huevos rancheros or rosti are highly recommended.
  • Clint’s – Established coffee shop/bakery & local hangout. Bakery is downstairs in the back. Bagel sandwiches, lemon yogurt muffins are incredible. Try one of their homemade cakes for that special occasion.

    La Francaise French Bakery

    Pastry selection at La Francaise French Bakery.

  • Columbine Cafe – Family-run restaurant, always popular, great place to bring the kids. I recommend the Courtyard Special, or any of their great pancackes or french toast.
  • Cool River – Friendly little coffee shop/bakery with great ski area views. Conveniently located near Peak 9 base. Try their breakfast sandwiches, pastries & croissants.
  • Cuppa Joe – Newer, eclectic coffee shop on Ridge St. with amazing ski area views. Prob my favorite Americano in Breck. Gargantuan breakfast burritos!
  • Daylight Donuts – For an inexpensive, hearty breakfast, this popular local spot has great pancakes, eggs & donuts. The breakfast burrito to go is awesome to take up on the mountain.
  • Kava Cafe – This small Main Street cafe offers unique, sugar- or cinnamon-coated mini donuts, cooked right in front of you!
  • La Francaise French Bakery – Escape the hustle and bustle of town, and relax at this French bakery. Try the baguettes, pastries, croissants, paninis and lattes.

 

Spring skiing and riding is here!

With February continuing the trend of the amazing snow we’ve seen since the New Year, the conditions on the mountain are unmatched right now. In some years, as we get in to March we can struggle with a thin base, or even some spring-like weather that may really reduce an otherwise strong snowpack. This year, Breckenridge Ski Resort has already seen 335″ of snow since the beginning of ski season, and 80″ in February. With a mid-mountain base depth of 90″, the mountain is skiing better than ever, and conditions are perfect now for our Spring Break crowds. Long range forecasts are calling for snow about twice a week through the middle of March, with no prolonged dry spell.

While many of our customers this time of year are looking for lots of sunshine, nothing beats a few days of fresh snow, soft slopes, and a bit of sun in between. And with Daylight Savings Time beginning this Sunday, March 9th, the longer days will keep the sun that much higher in the sky. Temps in the 40s along with some sunshine really make for a spectacular setting here in Breck. Sipping on your favorite beverage at the base of the mountain, on your own private deck or even in the comfort of your own private hot tub is a highly recommended experience!

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If you’re coming out to Breck later in March or April, be sure to check out the great lineup of events for this year’s Spring Fever party, from March 22-April 20.
– free Bud Light Concert Series – Apr 12-13, 19-20 at the stage at base of Peak 8)
– Spring Fever Chili Cookoff – March 23rd
– Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown – March 29th
– Breck Spring Beer Fest – April 5th
– Easter Sunrise Service and Easter Egg Hunt – April 20th
– Fever Reliever Main Street shopping deals

January snow!

Wow is all I can say. If any of you were up in the Colorado mountains in January, particularly in Breckenridge, it would have been hard not to notice (and play in) all of the great snowfall we received. The new year came in strong with frequent storms through the first two weeks of the month. After a little break and over a week of some calm, sunny weather, one of the biggest storms to come through Breck in several years graced the area. Over 38″ of snow fell the last few days of the month, upping the January snow total to 123″, as reported by Breckenridge Ski Resort. Obviously, the skiing & riding conditions are unbeatable right now. A 77″ settled mid-mountain base allows for fantastic coverage. Many of the upper mountain runs have never been deeper, and your chances of skiing over some rocks or tree tips are pretty slim now! Breck’s famous above-treeline expert terrain is now wide open, with ski patrol recently opening Snow White, Lake Chutes, and some of the high alpine hike-to terrain on Peak 6. If you’ve been longing to experience some of our quintessential alpine terrain, now is the time to get up to Breckenridge! Availability is tight for all weekends through about the middle of March, but don’t hesitate, there is still plenty of time left this winter for a Breck vacation.

The Hearthstone Restaurant, after our 26" snow

The Hearthstone Restaurant. Image courtesy of GoBreck.

 

Snow graces town street lamps. Image courtesy of GoBreck.

Snow graces town street lamps. Image courtesy of GoBreck.

 

Breckenridge Welcome Center. Image courtesy of GoBreck.

Breckenridge Welcome Center. Image courtesy of GoBreck.