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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 winter season. Media Contact: Austyn Dineen, [email protected], (970) 453-5064
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 winter season. Media Contact: Austyn Dineen, [email protected], (970) 453-5064
NEW Historic Main Street Welcomes Culinary Flair – Breckenridge was recently ranked the #1 city in the 24/7 Wall Street, “Cities Where People Go Out to Eat All The Time.” This winter, there is even more reason to put on the foody hat and hit the historic streets peppered with tap-houses, farm-to-table icons and only-found-in-Breckenridge treasures. Watch out this winter for the world’s highest seaworthy restaurant, formerly The Dredge, to be reimagined by local’s favorite restaurant group. The new restaurant will feature late-night options in this mining relic dredge boat that sits in the middle of historic downtown. Also new on the block, the Breckenridge Pour House adds new excitement to the north end of Main Street with tapas and taps galore.
Lighting of Breckenridge Kicks Off Holiday Season in Breckenridge, December 7, 2019 – Town “officially” transforms into a holiday scene with the Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas and, new for 2019, the Moose March. Runners and walkers dress in Santa and kids, 12 and under, in moose suits to benefit a new local non-profit each year. Breaking trail for the Santas and Moose 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
NEW Lodging Go Far Past A Place to Rest Your Head – From the hip, motor lodge inspired by exploration and community of LOGE, to the adventure destination and social haus for the modern adventurer of Gravity Haus, Breckenridge has upped its coolness factor with new lodging offering expected to come on line this winter.
- LOGE Breckenridge welcomes its first winter features and features a 38 room and a 20-bed hostel, meeting space for 48, bar/café, mountain bike and ski demo center, outdoor stage & common area, and fire pits all next door to some of the best trails access outside of Breckenridge, including the famed Colorado Trail. More info at com/breckenridge-co
- Replacing the former Village Hotel at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9, the renovated and tech-forward ski-in/ ski-out boutique property will debut in December 2019, featuring 60 distinctly curated rooms and a variety of sleeping configurations to accommodate every type of traveler. Onsite amenities at Gravity Haus include Dryland fitness and sports recovery center; Backcountry discovery center; a super trampoline; StarterHaus, a new co-working space by Jim Deters; farm-to-cup Unravel coffee; locally-inspired food and drink at Cabin Juice; Japanese-inspired onsen and more. More info at GravityHaus.com
- Overlooking a scenic bend in the stunning Blue River and located just minutes from the historic town of Breckenridge, The Ranahan by Welk Resorts offers luxury, convenience, and the freedom to explore the best of Colorado’s high country. The brand-new, ranch-inspired resort is set on six acres. It features 67 spacious one- and two-bedroom villas, each with a balcony or villa to better enjoy the property’s beautiful surroundings. Villas also include fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, and, of course, fireplaces. Common areas feature a lively indoor/outdoor pool complete with slide and splash pad, hot tubs, fire pits and easy access to area golf, skiing, bike trails and so much more. More info at Welkresorts.com/Breckenridge.
Iconic, Wacky Ullr Fest Moves to December – Dec. 11 -15, 2019 – For more than 56 years, the community of Breckenridge has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Every year, a sea of more than 12,000 horned Viking hat-adorned skiers and snowboarders flood Main Street to cheer on, or take part in, the (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski. The fun continues as the Ullr Parade winds its way down Main Street packed with outrageous floats (like a moving ski jump with those aboard catching air), a gliding hot tub, and a Viking paddling his canoe through town.
International Snow Sculpture Championships Celebrate 30 Years – Jan. 20, 2020 – Since 1990, snow carving in Breckenridge began was a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery.16 teams from across the globe, made up of four artists each, typically sculpt 65 hours across five days of competition. Watch blocks being built and teams sculpting Jan. 20 – 24. Viewing weekend is Jan. 24 – 29. Find more information about the International Snow Sculpture Championships at GoBreck.com.
NEW Escalators, Skier Services and Amenities Greet Guests at the Base of Peak 8 this Winter – The heart of Breckenridge Ski The heart of Breckenridge Ski Resort gets a new beat this season with the transformation of the Peak 8 Base Area, elevating the overall guest experience at the primary portal to the mountain. This winter guests will be greeted with a whole new look and feel as they arrive at Peak 8, welcomed by new escalators to help guests move between street-level and plaza-level; brand new skier services headquarters including new locations for resort ticket and season pass sales, the Breck Ski & Snowboard School, and Breck Sports retail and rental store; as well as other guest amenities including an outdoor ice skating rink, coffee shop, new public restroom facilities and new town transit stop for easy and convenient access into town. Over the past several years the Peak 8 Base Area has seen major improvements, with One Ski Hill Place paving the way in 2011 as a new ski-in, ski-out luxury lodging experience. In Dec. 2016, Breck Grand Vacations opened the first phase of the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, with an expansion underway and set to open in time for the holidays.
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