Ullr Fest
Jan. 9-12

Events

Ullr Fest will celebrate 55 years January 9-12, 2019. The Town of Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, the biggest bonfire in town, and more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade with crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself… he’s ready for a good party.

  • Break the world’s longest shot ski record at Ullr Shot Ski
  • Take part in the Ullr Parade down Main Street
  • Retire your Christmas tree at the Ullr Bonfire
  • Prove your dedication to the cold at Ullr Ice Plunge

2019 Schedule

Wednesday, January 9

6:30pm – Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen
Continuing 56 years of tradition, two local residents are chosen as the Ullr King and Queen for their contributions in the community. This will take place at the Riverwalk Center before Breck’s Got Talent.  Doors open at 6:00pm

 

6:30pm – Breck’s Got Talent 
Join local radio station, Always Mountain Time, for a town-wide talent show at the Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W Adams Avenue. Arrive early, the first 200 attendees will receive a free beer!  For more information or to register, contact [email protected]. JDoors open at 6:00pm, Show at 6:30pm

Thursday, January 10

4:00pm – Ullr Shot Ski
The Breckenridge Distillery presents the World’s Longest Shot Ski. Last year the shotski had 1,234 participants, spanning 1,250 feet down Breckenridge’s Main Street. Help Breckenridge keep World Record title!  Cost: $10 per person. Must be 21+ to participate.
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4:30pm  Ullr Parade
The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest Parade, showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun while taking over Main Street. There will be cash prizes for the most creative float! 1st gets $500, 2nd gets $300 and 3rd gets $200. Register your float!

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Ullr Bonfire
Join us for the town bonfire and retire your Christmas tree in style! Taking place in the South Gondola Parking Lot with FREE entertainment by Red Bull.

Friday, January 11

2:00pm – 4:00pm Ullr Ice Plunge
Come prove your endurance and dedication to the cold at the Ullr Ice Plunge. Plunge into the frozen depths of the Maggie Pond and fully immerse yourself in winter’s chill. There will be music, food, drinks and laughter. We will also hold a competition for the Best Plunge Costume so come dressed to impress. The winner will receive their own decorated Ullr Helmet. Too afraid of being cold? Don’t worry there will be a heated changing room and even a hot tub open to anyone willing to accept the challenge! Located at Main Street Station Plaza, 501 S Main Street.

8:00pm – Comedy Night

Come laugh out loud with professional stand-up comedian, Phil Palisoul and opener Nora Lynch, at Ullr Fest’s Comedy Night. Phil Palisoul has made his living as a comedian for 25 years. In that time, he’s been all over the world, performing in such far flung places as Hong Kong, China, and Juno, Alaska. He recently toured Afghanistan to perform for the troops with Comics on Duty. He’s worked with and won the respect of some of the biggest names in comedy, like Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and George Lopez. His list of corporate clients is long and illustrious and includes GMC, Coca-Cola, and IBM. A fundraiser benefiting Breckenridge’s Carriage House Early Learning Center. Doors open at 7 pm.  Tickets are $25 and are available online. Doors open at 7:00pm.
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Saturday, January 12

1:15pm – 3:00pm – Ice Skating Party
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.

 

3:00pm – Fat Tire Ullr Bike Race We’re kicking off the Ullr Fest parade with the Fat Tire Ullr Bike Race! Last year, 70 competitors lined up at Ullr Bike! The race route will start from From Main St. the race will head east into the French Gulch trail network for a great mix of terrain! Register for the Ullr Bike Race!

 

 

6:00pm – Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Continental Divide Land Trust and HC3 have partnered once again to bring you the Wild & Scenic Film Festival that informs, inspires solutions and creates positive perspectives to restore the earth and human communities. You’ll experience the adrenaline of climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity.
Time: Doors at 6:00pm, show at 7:00pm
Location: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
Ticket Prices: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
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Float Registration

Sledding down Main Street at Ullr Fest in Breckenridge
Grab your closest friends and start building. Ullr Parade Floats earn you serious bragging rights!

Register Your Float

Time & Location: Staging starts at 3:30pm on Main Street between French Street and Watson Avenue. Please enter from the traffic light at French Street and N Main Street.The parade will begin at 4:30pm. immediately following the Ullr Fest Shot Ski and will head south to the intersection of S Main Street and Park Avenue.

 

Ullr History

Ullr Fest Vikings Posing on Stage
Ullr Fest is a 55 year tradition in Breckenridge but the story goes back much further.

Ullr was so well skilled in the use of the bow and could go so fast on his skis that in these arts no one could best him. Each winter he covered the earth with snow to protect it from harm. It has been said that Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his great skis, for pleasure and hunting.

It is also said that Ullr was such a great skier, he would streak across the sky leaving the brilliant stars as his trails (they obviously had some fine powder days). Though very skilled, Ullr guarded his knowledge closely and refused to show the other gods how to ski. Luckily for us, he let the secret out of the bag, and we will all be soon celebrating his glory. Next time you are trying to bash through some wind crust or plunge head first into fresh waist deep powder, be sure to invoke his name and remember – ULLR RULES!

One of Ullr’s travels found him in Breckenridge, Colorado. Breckenridge seemed a likely place for Ullr to settle down, since he wasn’t looking to return to Norway any time soon. Ullr fit right in and took to the mountains. And every year, Ullr blesses Breckenridge with some of the finest snow in the world.

To repay Ullr for his gift of snow, we here in Breckenridge hold a festival to honor the god of winter. We call this little celebration Ullr Fest. This fantastic party all started back in 1963 when a few of the locals heard that Ullr was in town. Well, they wanted to let him know how much Breck appreciated Ullr’s gift of snow, so they went to the Town Council and lobbied to start…‘Ullr Dag’ (Ullr Day in English). The first few years of the event were hailed with locals honoring Ullr with gold coins, parties, skiing, and oh – don’t forget the parties.

As the years went on, traditions were formed such as the Ullr Ball, the Ullr Bonfire, the Ullr Parade, Snow Sculpting, Ullr King and Queen, the Ullympics and the Ullr Dating Game. Some traditions have stayed, such as snow sculpting, which has become its own event called the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Other traditions have gone by the wayside.

From fake currency to burning old skis in the bonfire, Ullr Fest has always been about fun and partying…and Breckenridge knows how to hold a “killer party, dude.” Just ask any of the locals.

Ullr Fest continues throughout the week with games, parties and more.  Learn more about this festival’s history.

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