There is no better panorama of the Rocky Mountain scenery than from the middle of a high elevation lake or pond. While biking, hiking, golf and kayaking are the warm weather activities that come to mind for most Breckenridge visitors, stand up paddle boarding has quickly become another local favorite during the spring and summer months.
Here at 9,600 feet, it’s sometimes a stretch to think of March as “spring.” Sure, it’s when spring breakers from all over the country descend on Breckenridge for their week of skiing and partying, but most of us who spend a significant amount of time here know that April and beyond is truly the time to catch the sun, slush and warmer temps of spring. That’s if we don’t get a two-foot dump of snow.
The 2017 Breckenridge Snow Sculptures are in full effect in Breckenridge, with viewing week ending February 5. Now that all of the sculptures are completed, we sat down with the 2016 champion, team Vermont, to get the low down on what it is like to create pieces of art out of blocks of ice, hear what they had to say:
It doesn’t take much to make for a great day in Breck, especially in March, when Mother Nature typically produces the quintessentially winning combination of sun and snow, both in mass quantities. Great days are coming, no doubt. But is it possible to have a perfect day? Absolutely. Here’s how to make it happen:
One of the most unique events that Breckenridge hosts during the winter is the International Snow Sculpture Championships – a competition located in the heart of Breckenridge where professional snow sculpture artists from around the world create creative masterpieces out of huge slabs of snow. Not only is this a momentous time to be in Breckenridge due to over 150” of fresh snow on the mountain, this one-of-a-kind event is a true sight to see. If you will be in Breckenridge during January 24 to February 5, here is everything you need to know:
In Breckenridge, it takes a lot to earn a nickname like “Crazy John.” But being the first person on earth to exceed 130 mph on skis makes the cut.
Former speed skiing champion Crazy John “CJ” Mueller moved to Breckenridge from his hometown in Denver in 1970 at age 19. He arrived at a hotel called the High Tor and took a job as a dishwasher.
In the summer, he landed a job in construction and moved into a small house on Main Street. Through the next couple of winters, the Colorado native discovered how much he enjoyed testing his speed on skis.
Winter is now here in Breckenridge, and we couldn’t be more excited! With 37” of seasonal snowfall to date and counting, Breckenridge Ski Resort is starting to open up more terrain and lifts and is continuing to make snow due to the colder temperatures. I thought that I would go out snowboarding during my lunch break yesterday to check out the conditions and give you a first hand report on the conditions and what the future looks like for skiing in December.
When it comes to cooking and baking in Breckenridge, there is one super tricky ingredient infused in every dish…high altitude.
Even when following the “high elevation” directions on a brownie or cookie mix, things don’t usually go right at 9,600 feet. You often end up with hockey pucks or a pan full of brown paste. Local cooking guru Vera Dawson, author of Cookies in the Clouds and Baking Above it All says the first rule to follow when entering the kitchen at altitude is to avoid instant mixes altogether, since most of them are designed for elevations up to no more than 7,000 feet.