What's new in Breckenridge - Winter 2018Prospectors discovered gold when they founded Breckenridge in 1859. Today, this historic mining town is fostering a whole new set of riches: an international arts festival, an expanding backcountry trail network, events all summer, and plenty of ways to unwind. Visit BreckConnection.com for local insight.
(New) Food/drink news: International flavors on Main Street
The world’s an international (tasting) stage in Breckenridge this winter. New this year is the Gnarly Shawarma at 327. N. Main Street, which nabbed one of the only four food cart licenses in the town. The permanent food cart sells shawarma sandwiches, plates, meat on a stick, hummus and other authentic Lebanese baked delicacies. Speaking of Breckenridge food carts, the ever-popular Crepes A La Cart serving sweet and savory treats for dinner and dessert expanded to a brick and mortar location just south at 500 S. Main Street. Opened in time for the winter season, Legends Steaks and Italian located at 215 S. Ridge Street, claims some of the best USDA Prime beef and the finest Italian dishes from Chef Jeremy Caprari.
Other recent additions to the world-inspired cuisine of Breck’s restaurant scene includes Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant, a modern farm-to-table experience with Chef Daniel (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry); Piantè Pizzeria, which opened in February with local, family-owned, plant-based wood-fired gourmet New York City-inspired specialty pizza in an incredibly cozy atmosphere; French-inspired bistro Belle V., which opened in December 2016 with family recipes from southern France; Mom’s Baking Co, a European breakfast and lunch café with a focus on homemade pastries; Pho Real, which opened in 2016 and offers a simple, satisfying menu of Vietnamese classics sourced from family recipes including pho, banh mi, vermicelli rice noodles and spring rolls, and Colorado-chain Bangkok Happy Bowl, which brings Thai food back to Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Rec Center Million-Dollar Revamp
The Breckenridge Recreation Center undergoes a 17-million-dollar renovation adding approximately 11,000 square feet of recreation space and tripling the fitness square footage. The current indoor tennis courts will become a new, two-story fitness space and a new 2,800 square foot youth wing, including a year-round indoor playground, will be included in the addition. The indoor tennis courts will be replaced by a 17,500 square-foot stand-alone indoor tennis center - built adjacent to the Recreation Center. For more information on the renovation visit www.breckenridgerecreation.com.
Ski maker Rocky Mountain Underground opens combined tap house and showroom
Founded in a Breckenridge basement in 2008 and now expanded throughout the world, RMU opened a 1,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street in late fall 2016. But it’s not “just” their award-winning skis and outdoor gear/apparel—the location includes a ski press (for public pressing clinics) and a full-service tap house featuring 14 brews on tap from New Belgium, Broken Compass and others. Wines and cocktails inspired by snowy destinations around the globe will round out the drink menu; it’s their way of bringing company culture to their customers.
(New) Peak 10’s Falcon SuperChair gets an upgrade
Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Falcon is going to fly faster this winter. Peak 10’s Falcon SuperChair will keep the same name, but is being upgraded from a quad to high-speed, six-passenger lift, offering an easier and faster ride up Peak 10 when it opens for the 2017-18 ski season. Breck’s Peak 10 is renowned for its fantastic views, steep runs, challenging mogul fields and tree trails and is a favorite local spot for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. The improvements add to the string of updates over the last year, including the new Pioneer Crossing restaurant located at the top of Independence SuperChair and the improvements at the plaza area at the Peak 9 Village base in 2016, the upgrade of the Colorado SuperChair in 2014 and 500 acres of new terrain on Peak 6 in 2013.
Colorado Adventure Guides: cross-country skiing, peak ascents and local education
Recently expanded, Colorado Adventure Guides is Breckenridge’s best resource for outdoor adventures ranging from backcountry skiing excursions to winter peak ascents and multi-day backpacking trips. This outfitter and their team of international guides goes beyond basic instruction to higher-level on education and showing guests how to be stewards of the environment and our public lands.
Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas kicks off holiday season in Breckenridge
Town “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 2 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, when runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit a new local non-profit each year. The Holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration.
Dew Tour Celebrates 10 Years at Breck as an Olympic Qualifier December 14-17, 2017
Back for its tenth season at Breck, this year’s Dew Tour takes place December 14-17, 2017 (presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network) and will bring out the best athletes as they compete not only to be crowned Dew Tour Champions but also to represent in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Olympic Games.
With all the events riders and fans have come to expect and enjoy at the Dew Tour, including the Team Challenge, the Dew Tour Experience village, The Powder Awards, and the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll Awards, this is an event not to miss. Start booking your trip to Breck today. More details to come at Breckenridge.com.
Ullr Fest rocks Breckenridge Jan. 10-13, 2018
For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski attempt and more.
Family tip: Plan for the Saturday family party, which offers free ice skating, sledding, hot chocolate and helmet decorating.
Outdoor Art Gallery: 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships begin Jan. 25, 2018
Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 25-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. The Breckenridge Fire Arts Festival runs the same weekend as a fiery contrast. Expect burning sculptures, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions throughout the Arts District. Watch blocks being built and teams sculpting Jan. 16 – 29. Viewing weekend is Jan. 25 – 29.
Locals’ tip: Catch the light show, with the unveiling of colored lights, on Saturday, Jan. 25.
By the numbers: Teams of four artists are allowed 65 hours to sculpt across five days of competition. Only 16 teams are selected from the pool of 250 that are invited to compete each year. The competition requires more than 400 tons of snow, all made by the Breckenridge Ski Resort to create the perfect sculpting medium.
Breck Pride Returns for Second Year
Back for a second year in March 2018, and growing, Breck Pride is offering live music, daily aprés, a Color Run in costumes down the mountain, and much more fun and entertainment. A First Tracks event allows guests on the mountain an hour early to experience the fresh corduroy and early morning light. This week is for everyone – LGBT, straight, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts, supporters – come one, come all.
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