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 …


Use these …


And create this in 65 hours … !?!?


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

Schedule -

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!


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 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 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.


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

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.



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!