Summer Tip Sheet

Prospectors 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 fall with plenty of ways to unwind. We want to hear how you can contribute your story ideas for Breckenridge!

Go Breck!

Prospectors 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 fall with plenty of ways to unwind. We want to hear how you can contribute your story ideas for Breckenridge!

Wellness is the Breckenridge Way of Life 

With more than 50 miles included in Breckenridge’s interconnected trail system for year-round adventures, a 17-millon dollar newly-renovated recreation center it’s clear that Breckenridge takes wellness seriously. In addition, Summit County, Breckenridge’s home county, has the highest life expectancy in the country, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 2017.

Summit Huts – New backcountry hut in Breckenridge – Sister’s Hut  

Summit Huts mimic Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Huts that honor the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Visitors year-round hike, skin or snowshoe into these huts for an unplugged and authentic experience. The new hut being constructed summer 2018, is the first to be built on public lands in 22 years. The 2,090-square-foot Sister’s Cabin, will sit at 11,445 feet and accommodate 14 guests in the nearby Weber Gulch during the winter months.

Sustainable Tourism: Breckenridge Works Hard at Innovating Green Initiatives

At the core of Breckenridge is an ethic of sustainability and innovation, from our pioneering days to the modern-day capital projects going on across town. Breckenridge’s 5,000 residents work hard to welcome in all in a streamlined and sustainable way. Breckenridge imparts that ethic with all guests as they enjoy the beautiful scenery and want to protect it too. The Colorado Tourism Office encourages you to leave no trace and care for Colorado.

  • One Million Free Rides: As the population of Colorado grows, Breckenridge strives to be a leading force in getting people off the roads and exploring the historic streets. Our Free Ride Transit system serviced one million rides in 2017. In the past three years, Breckenridge has put a heavy focus on “green commutes” and encouraging both locals and visitors to use the complementary transit system. By doubling the transit budget, Breckenridge encourages sustainable tourism by making getting from point A to point B easier and comfier than ever before
  • Transit Technology: In 2017, Town Council voted to spend $500,000 on transit technology update to make the bus system even easier to ride. The new “My Free Ride” app is free to download, shows real-time location of each bus, maps your route, and can get you from DIA to Breckenridge completely car-free.
  • The “Breck Bag:” Take home Breckenridge sustainable goals with you as a souvenir. The new Breck Reusable bag is designed by local artists and is a colorful way to save money and the environment by reducing the use of plastic bags. Take yours as an emblem of Breckenridge and a reminder to bring your own bag
  • Out of Cars and On the Streets: The best way to enjoy Breckenridge is to walk around and see our Main Street for yourself. No need to sit in a car from place to place, we’ve worked hard to create an enticing walking experience on the local streets. The Breckenridge Sidewalk Masterplan has redesigned pathways, installed brighter LED lights, and added more heated walkway so guests feel comfortable using a more sustainable method of travel: their feet.

Breckenridge Mountain-preneurs – The New Iteration of the Traditional Ski Bum 

The entrepreneurial energy is sweeping Breckenridge with the next generation of ski bums who are starting up businesses in the places they want to live – and ski and hike and bike.

Rocky Mountain Underground – handcrafted skis and cocktails

  • Founded in a Breckenridge basement by Mike Waesche in 2008 and now expanded throughout the world, Rocky Mountain Underground (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.

No pain, no gain. Breck local makes a living out of saying, “shut up and train.”

  • Summit Endurance Academy’s Joe Howdyshell enjoys crushing mountain races in jorts. That’s right, jean shorts. Howdyshell makes a living on telling people to, “get the f**k out that door” and climb, bike, ski mountains. Joe is also the head coach for the U.S. Ski Mountaineering (SKIMO) Team.

ELEVATE Breck brings Breckenridge’s first coworking space to Main Street

  • Bleisure travelers rejoice, Elevate Breck offers conference rooms and a variety of desk spaces so entrepreneurs and digital nomads can now easily call Breckenridge home for a week, a season or longer. A regular schedule of meetups, workshops and idea-sharing sessions helps foster the community’s economic diversity, while the mountain lifestyle draws entrepreneurs from afar.

Caffeinated inspiration on Main Street

  • 30-something’s Sara and Brett Cox transformed the Crown Coffeehouse in 2013 to a hip and hang-out-the-afternoon-away shop. Both moved to Breckenridge ten years ago, and after working odd jobs that felt odd, they decided to root down and open the type of business that they and their community always talked about

Wild Balance, Breckenridge-born jewelry, hits the big stage in Whole Foods stores statewide

  • Annie Kerr, long time Breck local, is the creative mind and hands behind Wild Balance. Her jewelry line is inspired by and for a life lived in constant motion, a lifestyle well known in Breckenridge. This self-described “type-A hippy entrepreneur” has been selling her line around the region for over 5 years and has found recent success with a statewide expansion through Whole Foods. Visit Annie to see her jewelry first-hand at the Fuqua Livery Stable, a reconstructed barn originally built in 1880, located in the Breckenridge Creative Arts District.

Culinary and Craft Craze Hit Iconic Mountain Town

Craft beer and spirits, the made-in-Breckenridge trend, began in ‘90s with the Breckenridge Brewery. Today, that’s expanded to include bourbon, vodka, rum and bitters at Breckenridge Distillery, the world’s highest distillery, more than 12 taps at the award-winning Broken Compass Brewery and wine- blending classes at the Continental Divide Winery. Since late 2016, Breckenridge has seen nearly 16 new culinary offerings inspired by a globally-influenced palette ranging from Thai to Mediterranean.

Local retailer takes the hassle out of signature Colorado camping experience

Summer adventurers can now experience the expansive trail network surrounding Breckenridge without paying for the extra bag fees or dealing with the packing hassle. New this summer, Ridden will offer camping kits rentals to make adventuring in Breckenridge a special and easy experience. Kits include: 4-person tent, cooking stove, cookware (pots, pans, tongs, silverware, coffee mugs, mess kit), lantern, headlamps, sleeping pads and sleeping bags.

Colorado Adventure Guides: hiking, biking and local education

Recently expanded, Colorado Adventure Guides is Breckenridge’s best resource for outdoor adventures ranging from sightseeing hikes to peak ascents and multi-day backpacking trips. Summer activities also include climbing, mountain biking and education programs such as overnight backpacking skills. This outfitter and their team of international guides goes beyond basic instruction to higher-level education and showing guests how to be stewards of the environment and our public lands.

NEW Epic Discovery at Breckenridge: A Mountain of Summer Fun is Ahead! 

Late last summer, Breckenridge Ski Resort embarked on a new adventure with the debut of Epic Discovery, launching a new era of summer outdoor activities designed to immerse guests in Breck’s High Alpine environment. Summer 2018 marks the first full season of Epic Discovery at Breck and the perfect opportunity to get outside and experience the historic destination on a whole other level – more than 11,000 feet above sea-level to be exact! Alpine Camp, located just steps from the top of the Colorado SuperChair, is the heart of Epic Discovery’s new activities and adventures at Breck, featuring the Alpineer Challenge Course, Gold Summit Climbing Wall, Observation Tower and Interpretive Hiking Loop, in addition to access to the Expedition Zip Line Tour. Epic Discovery provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing guests in activities which provide big-time thrills, allow them to challenge themselves physically, guide them to explore and better understand their natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories. In addition, Epic Discovery’s “One Percent For The Forest” program contributes one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects on national forest lands to help ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy the beauty of our National Forest in Breckenridge and beyond. Epic Discovery’s new activities at Breck complement a variety of other popular summer attractions at the resort, including zip lines, alpine slides, a year-round alpine coaster, a bungee trampoline, and much more.

Not-to-Miss Events

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound returns May 31- June 3, 2018

Breckenridge Creative Arts brings back this four-day event featuring interactive artworks, temporary installations and musical performances in and around the Blue River Plaza, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces. Art revelers can also a variety of pop-up concerts, performances, artist talks, workshops and late-night experiments. Photos


A Nod to Breckenridge’s Bicycling Culture Through the Month of June

It’s no secret Breckenridge is brimming full of biking culture. Through all of June, cyclists will be coming from across the globe to get a taste of the town with Ride the Rockies starting and finishing in town, Haute Route stops through with international athletes on a week long road racing adventure, and a series of early season Enduro and Mountain Bike races for all levels of professional to novice competitors. Join the pros by renting a bike or cheer on athletes as they push their limits.


Celebrate our Prospecting Heritage at the Gold Panning Championships June 16 – 17

Early prospectors struck it rich in Breckenridge, panning for gold flakes and finding a 13.5 pound hunk of gold affectionately named “Tom’s Baby”. Each year, we celebrate our prospecting heritage by bringing in professional gold panning teams from across the country to test their luck and strike it rich! Prospecting apprentices can also try their hand by learning proper panning techniques, testing tools, and sharing tales of triumph.

Family Tip:  This event is free and open to people of all ages!


July 4: Sidewalk chalk rules Breckenridge on Independence Day – July 4 – 8

This Independence Day, Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. On July 4, the party kicks off with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, a performance by the

National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary firework display close out the night. NEW Join the National Repertory Orchestra on a trip down the yellow brick road at the Wizard of Oz score livePhotos

Family tip: Bring a swimsuit! Kids’ water fights are tradition, and you’ll have dry clothes for later.


Breck Epic celebrates a perfect 10 years on Breckenridge’s famed trail network

The ultimate showcase of the accessaibility of Breckenridge’s interconnted trail network and basically the biggest and baddest 3 or 6-day, up to 240-mile and roughly 40,000 feet of vertical gain mountain bike race. The essence of the Epic is the essence of Breckenridge – it’s the over-the-top welcoming feel and fun with friends. The vibe is skittle and bacon aid stations. The riders: Kentucy socker mom, a amputee veteran returning to civilian life, the best dirt riders from all over the globe – the’re all here looking to conquer the Epic, their personal Everest. Photos


Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest Sept. 7-9, 2018

Going strong for more than twenty years, Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer.  It’s one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. The weekend mixes traditional (Munich’s Paulaner, one of the six breweries who provide beer for the German festival) with local flavor (from Breck Brewery). Photos

Insider tip: Book the Brewmaster’s Dinner early, it will sell out. Families should take a cue from the locals and head out on Sunday when the crowds are smaller.


Breckenridge Wine Classic returns Sept. 13-16, 2018

Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event combines wine seminars and tastings all around downtown Breckenridge with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage. Photos


Festivals, Festivals, Festivals:

Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival: July 28

The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings a unique wine-tasting experience to the mountains. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge (at the base of Peak 9) transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. There will be nearly 300 wines to select from. Tickets required. Events include a Friday Wine Pairing Dinner, Saturday Grand Tasting or VIP experience, and Sunday brunch.


Breckenridge International Festival of Arts rolls Aug. 10-19, 2018

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, this 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment. Photos


Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon & Bourbon: Aug. 25

Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak 9.


Breckenridge Festival of Film: Sept. 20-23, 2018

The Breckenridge Film Festival highlights the art and craft of filmmaking. In addition to dramas, documentaries, indies and comedies, the fest recently introduced the Adventure Reel, featuring outdoor films, as well as animation and – new in 2018 – music videos. Discussions, filmmaker forums and student programming round out the lineup.   Family tip: Check out the Saturday morning Children’s Program.


Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Oct. 19 – 21, 2018

Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, cooking class, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl, historic saloon tours, sprits workshops and more. Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge festival is the first of its kind in Colorado. Photos

  • Insider tip: Craft Spirits Fest isn’t a family event, but it’s a great opportunity to get away with the girls, the guys, or as a couple.

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