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 shape 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!
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:
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.
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!
Kodi/Blue River: With the opening of the Blue River for the first time in 3 years and Kodi’s outpost being close to the drop in site, it made for a perfect Summit County experience! The outpost is located in Frisco and in front of Walmart, which makes it extremely easy to find. After you get geared up in their cozy and accommodating outfitting post, they have a large van-style shuttle that picks you up. Most companies use school buses so this was quite a surprise. Our guide for the day made sure we were completely comfortable and aware of what to do on our first rafting trip of the summer. Although the fast rapids made for a quick (and very exciting) trip, the team effort that comes out in everyone, the knowledgeable guide and the beautiful surroundings, all made for a successful adventure.
The Adventure Company/Brown’s Canyon: The shuttle pick-up at Carver’s on Main Street made for an easy, no hassle trip to Buena Vista. The best part is you get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way without worrying about any driving! The outpost is conveniently at the entrance of Buena Vista. Upon arrival, we signed our waivers and headed towards our on-site lunch buffet (perfect for a longer rafting trip). They have outdoor gear stations and changing rooms located nearby. After we bussed over to the drop-in site and loaded into the rafts, the sun started to peek out of the clouds turning our gloomy day into a gorgeous, bluebird day. The river was flowing very high, so we were all expecting a splashy and exciting trip. Let’s just say an hour and a half will fly by when you are having that much fun!
AVA/Clear Creek: Idaho Springs is the site of the first significant discovery of the Colorado gold rush. This is a very small town packed with adventures. Clear Creek is running at flooding levels and we couldn’t wait to take on the challenge. Prior to our rafting trip, we experienced the cliff side zip lining, which had more than just your typical zip lining. They also had a swinging log bridge, “surf zip”, jungle swing, pivot log cross, and a dual race line. These features were very unique and I had never seen anything like them before! After our thrilling trip along the cliffs, we made our way to gear up for rafting and bussed over to the nearby drop-in site. As soon as you drop in, the adventure begins immediately. I say this because normally you are slightly eased into the river with calming waters but this was full of large rapids right from the start. When the water levels are this high, expect large waves to overcome the raft and no one to stay dry. This is definitely a trip for the courageous and fearless. As the class 4 rapids took over parts of the river, the paddling got harder and the experience got more intense making for a one-of-a-kind trip.
It’s time to start storing the ski gear and breaking out the hiking boots and bikes. With the snow starting to melt away, we see a lot of trails opening up for some of the lower elevation trails. If you’re in the area, we highly suggest you check out a few of the trails listed below and let us know what you think!
- River Trail
- Lower Flume
- Minnie Mine
- Side Door
- Frisco Peninsula
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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!
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
The biggest spring party in the Rocky Mountains is back! Breckenridge Ski Resort’s annual “Spring Fever” month-long festival will again return to Breck to end ski season with a bang, and will feature a series of events taking place from March 23 through Closing Day, April 20, 2014, both on the mountain and in town.
- On-Mountain Concerts FREE to all Guests
- Part of Biggest Spring Celebration in Rocky Mountain Region
- Last Chance to Celebrate Snow & Sun Before End of Ski Season
Breckenridge Ski Resort is open until Sunday, April 20 this year, so save your sick days and come play during Spring Fever! For more information about this month-long series of events, call 970.453.5000 or visit www.BreckSpringFever.com
Spring Fever Concerts
The Bud Light Concert Series brings the party to Breck with four concert days of big-name acts on weekend afternoons on the mountain. All concerts will be FREE to the public and will take place on a specially-constructed stage on the snow at the base of Peak 8, from 2-5 p.m. on each concert date.
Sat. April 12th – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy–Known for such hits as “”Go Daddy-O”, “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)”, and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit”, and their appearance at the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show in 1999, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy remind the world that it’s still cool to swing, big band style. Their high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence.
Sun. April 13th – The Gin Blossoms– The Grammy-nominated group, with their blend of Pop & Rock, became a musical force that helped define the sound of 90’s radio. With massive hits like “Follow You Down”, “Til I Hear It From You” and “Hey Jealousy,” they took the airwaves by siege and held MTV hostage with multi cross-over hits in 4 different radio formats. After a series of charting singles, the band broke up in 1997. They reunited in 2002 and released a fourth album, Major Lodge Victory, in 2006, and a fifth, No Chocolate Cake, in 2010
Fri. April 18th – Yonder Mountain String Band – This Colorado native foursome has always played music by their own set of rules. Blending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance, but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre, as evidenced by their legions of loyal fans from the Centennial state and beyond.
Sat. April 19th – Blues Traveler – One of the world’s legendary jam bands, Blues Traveler have released a total of nine studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum. Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and with their hit song “Run-Around”, had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy®.
Spring Fever Competitions
Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup
Come check out the 3rd annual Breck Throwback halfpipe competition, presented by Mountain Dew! Watch as pro snowboarders compete for a $15,000 prize purse and take on a two-fold challenge: competing in our 22-foot halfpipe and then a specially constructed 5-foot mini-pipe that is an exact replica of the first one built at Breck in 1985. Tricks no more than 540 degrees of rotation will be allowed, so each rider will have to get creative with straight airs, alley oops, huge slow spins, and hand plants. This event has truly become a crowd favorite and is not to be missed!
The 2013 Imperial Challenge…the most unique pseudo-triathlon anywhere enters its 23rd year!!
RIDE your bike 6 miles from the Breckenridge Rec Center to the base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. ASCEND on your choice of gear to either the top of the T Bar (Sport Course 2500’) or to the tippy top of Peak 8 (Expert Course 3000’). DESCEND to the base of Peak 8 and the finish! Visit www.mavsports.comfor details including past results!
Peak 6 Big Mountain Competition
Sevens is going to get heated as the top chefs from Breckenridge Ski Resort face off against each other to see whose chili recipe is the best! Come on down to Sevens Patio starting at 12pm and indulge in all the chili you can handle, vote for your favorite recipe, all for only $10 per person! Tickets will be available on site at the event.
BRC Ambassador’s End of the Year Jam