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Breckenridge grew from an 1800s mining-kinda-town, to a charming ski-kinda-town, to now a bustling winter-vacation-kinda-town. Between an impressive culinary scene (more than two-dozen new openings in recent years), an award-winning arts district, an expansive outdoor playground, including the five huge peaks and 2,908 acres of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, visitors are moving Breckenridge to the top of their short list this winter. Read more below on what's new for the 2018/2019 winter season.
Breckenridge grew from an 1800s mining-kinda-town, to a charming ski-kinda-town, to now a bustling winter-vacation-kinda-town. Between an impressive culinary scene (more than two-dozen new openings in recent years), an award-winning arts district, an expansive outdoor playground, including the five huge peaks and 2,908 acres of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, visitors are moving Breckenridge to the top of their short list this winter. Read more below on what’s new for the 2018/2019 winter season.
Elevation, Elevation, Elevation – Thanks to a base elevation of 9,600 feet above sea-level, including the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Express, Breck is often blessed with plentiful snowfall and traditionally one of the longest ski seasons of any major resort in the country. Breck’s high elevation, cooler temperatures and low humidity combine to provide ideal conditions for early season snowmaking and snowfall, and the perfect environment to capture and hold onto snow well into late-April. Simply put, Breckenridge is the can’t-miss mountain destination in spring when powder days mix with bluebird days and warmer weather lends itself to great goggle tans and après. No matter what time of year you visit though, you can be sure you’ll experience the spirit of Breck, or ‘The Breck Effect’ – an indescribable feeling of elation and contagious excitement; a heart-pounding, take-your-breath-away moment in time.
- NEW – Backcountry Hut in Breckenridge – Sister’s Cabin – Adventurous visitors year-round hike, ski or snowshoe into backcountry huts for an unplugged and authentic experience. Summit Huts welcomes Sister’s Cabin for the 2018/19 Winter as the first new structure to be built on Summit County public lands in more than two decades. The 2,090-square-foot cabin will sit at 11,445 ft. outside of Breckenridge and accommodate 14 guests in the nearby Weber Gulch during the winter months. The cabin will be complete with a wood-fired stove in the main living area (powered by solar panels) and a wood-fired sauna.
Breckenridge is the Fountain of Youth – Breckenridge locals must be on to something with the Journal of the American Medical Association ranking Breckenridge’s county, Summit County, with the highest life expectancy in the nation. Breckenridge residents take wellness seriously and with over 50 miles of town-owned trails ready for snowshoeing, fat biking and cross-country skiing plus a newly-renovated $17-millon recreation center, guests might just leave with some treasured magic in their veins.
Arts Bringing Breckenridge Alive –Ranked #1 on the 2017 Arts Vibrancy Index, Breckenridge Creative Arts has transformed this timeless historic mining town to a bustling cultural hot spot. Get ready to dismiss all previous notions of the traditional ski getaway by immersing yourself in an unexpected metalsmithing or glass blowing workshop, a Breckenridge Backstage Theatre performance or art galleries and craft libations (distilled spirits, craft winery, and breweries) lining the historic Main Street.
- NEW meet the makers of Breckenridge as BreckCreate co-op artists host regular studio hours in arts district covering everything from apothecary and ceramics to candle and jewelry creations. BCA offers regional, national and international artists of all disciplines an opportunity to focus on process rather than product while engaging with the local community in a meaningful way.
- NEW this winter, Breckenridge is the first Colorado town to feature a permanent installation by sculptor Albert Paley, whose work graces cultural art centers from the Smithsonian to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Syncline, the 24-foot-tall, azure blue, abstract steel sculpture is fabricated from hydraulically formed steel plates and located adjacent to the popular heart of the historic downtown, Blue River Plaza. It gets its namesake from a geological formation, using intersecting convex and concave planes to represent the irregular contours of the mountain milieu, replete with the interplay of slope and light; a major new commission by the Town of Breckenridge. See Paley and more than 30 other art installations on the BreckCreate public art self-guided tour.
NEW – Foodies Rejoice Off the Slopes on Historic Main – In recent years, Breckenridge’s culinary scene has transformed with more than two-dozen new restaurants lining historic Main Street. Breckenridge is known for its see-and-not-be-seen vibe, a casual mountain town where function takes priority during the day, and a nice pair of jeans are acceptable for even the most upscale meals on-the-town. Culinary hot spots welcoming their first snowflakes include: Aurum Food and Wine, think dishes like lightly smoked tuna with yuzu sauce and house-made pickled cucumber, SanchoTacos and Tequilas, serving up street tacos and craft tequila, and Carboy Winery, in the historic building carrying the longest-running liquor license west of the Mississippi.
NEW – Luxurious Nordic Snowcat Adventures – Breckenridge Nordic Center takes nighttime exploration to a completely luxurious level with newly-offered nightly Nordic Snowcat Adventures. Explore the Cucumber Gulch wildlife preserve in a heated all-glass Prinoth Snowcat designed in Pininfarina, Italy. Guests sit back and enjoy historic tales of the forest over champagne with a pitstop for s’mores and hot chocolate at a nearby cabin.
Iconic Peak Eight Base Reimagines Ski-In-Ski-Out – The Peak 8 base area has seen major improvements each year since 2011 with One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort, paving the way as new luxury lodging experience steps away from the BreckConnect Gondola. Open December 2015, Grand Colorado on Peak 8 boasts inviting residences with a contemporary twist and resort offerings including the new Robbie’s Tavern overlooking the Colorado SuperChair. During the winter of 2018, construction of a new Grand Colorado building began with future amenities including a base area ice-rink and skier services and an additional aquatics area, scheduled to be open by the winter of 2020.
Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas Kicks Off Holiday Season in Breckenridge, Dec. 8, 2018 – Town “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 8 with the Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas and, new for 2018, the Race of the Reindeers. Runners and walkers dress in Santa and kids, 12 and under, in reindeer suits to benefit a new local non-profit each year. Breaking trail for the Santas and Reindeer on historic Main Street, watch out for the Holiday Dog Parade sure to put cheer in the air. Meet the makers of Breckenridge in the Handmade Holiday Market in the award-winning arts district with DIY workshops with local artisans in open studios. The Holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration. More information at GoBreck.com
Breck Dew Tour – December 13-16, 2018 – This year’s Dew Tour takes place December 13-16, 2018 (presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network) and will bring out the best athletes to compete. The four-day event includes the world’s best male and female skiers and snowboarders competing in individual Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions, Dew Tour’s signature Team Challenge and Streetstyle competitions taking over historic Main Street. More information at www. Breckenridge.com
Ullr Fest Rocks Breckenridge – January 9-12, 2019 – For over 55 years, the community of Breckenridge has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance that includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) Breckenridge Distillery record-breaking attempt and more wacky celebrations throughout town. More information at GoBreck.com.
29th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships Begin Jan. 21, 2019 – Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists transform 25-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery.16 teams, made up of four artists, from across the globe typically sculpt 65 hours across five days of competition. Watch blocks being built and teams sculpting Jan. 21 – 25. Viewing weekend is Jan. 25 – 30. New for 2019, fireworks display will take over the night sky on Saturday, Jan. 16. More information about the International Snow Sculpture Championships at GoBreck.com. This entire event is free and open the public.
Locals’ tip: Catch the light show, with the unveiling of colored lights, on Friday night, Jan. 25.
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