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Summit Country Rafting Season is Back!

Group of Rafters rafting in ColoradoBreckenridge Ski Resort officially closed for the season this past weekend marking and end to Breckenridge’s 50th anniversary ski season. Although it wasn’t the biggest snow year by any estimation it was a fun season with good snow and good times.

Now that the lifts have stopped turning we can start to look forward to all of the exciting summer activities that Summit County is gearing up for. All of the melting snow this time of year swells the rivers and creates the perfect conditions for rafting. Colorado River rafting is an exhilarating activity that is both exciting and refreshing at the same time. While there is no rafting in Breckenridge, there are few great waterways for rafting all quite near and some fine companies to consider setting up your rafting adventure with.  The rivers that surround Breckenridge offer rafting for all ability levels. From the gentile Upper Colorado River to the Class 5 rapids of the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River there is a rafting adventure to meet anyone’s needs. Here is a guide to the various rivers that are easily accessible from Breckenridge.

The Blue River: Running out of Silverthorne the Blue River offers exciting whitewater for those looking for a moderate adventure. The river runs through class 3 rapids and offers amazing views of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges. This river is the closest and is easily accessible with launches starting just north of Silverthorne.

The Upper Colorado: A little further up the road near Kremmling is the Upper Colorado and although home to Gore Canyon, one of the most difficult stretches of whitewater in the state (mandatory 10 foot waterfall!) just downstream is one of the more mellow and beautiful stretches of the river offering small rapids and jaw dropping scenery the Upper Colorado is offers the perfect half or full day float for the whole family.

Clear Creek:  Clear Creek is an intense intermediate river that flows down steep drops through Clear Creek County near Idaho Springs.  Class 3 and 4 Rapids make up the majority of this river offering nonstop action the whole way down.

The Upper Arkansas: The Upper Arkansas is centered near Buena Vista and offers rafting for all ability levels. From the easy Milk Run starting in town to the lower sections, Brown’s Canyon for intermediates and The Numbers for experts there is something for everyone.

The Lower Arkansas/Royal Gorge: if you are an experienced rafter saddle up and take a trip through one of the most challenging and rewarding sections of river in Colorado. Diving through one of Colorado’s deepest canyons the Arkansas cuts a fast path and offers class 4 and 5 rapids the whole way. Located near Canyon City this river is not for the timid!

Breckenridge has a few great companies that offer rafting on all of these rivers. You can book half and full day trips that have lunch included. All trips start in Breckenridge or Frisco and go out with experienced raft guides and safety is their number one concern. Commercial rafting makes it easy. All you have to do is bring yourself! Here are a few great local companies.

Breckenridge Whitewater: http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/

Performance Tours: http://www.performancetours.com/

The Adventure Company: http://www.theadventurecompany.com /

Good Times: http://www.goodtimesrafting.com/

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Family eating dinner

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Family eating dinner at Grand lodge on Peak 7We’ve now spent both a Thanksgiving and Spring Break at Grand Lodge. Both vacations were among the most memorable holidays our family has had. Spending time away with love ones really bonds us together unlike any other activity. The team at Grand Lodge takes care of all the little things that can quickly derail a family vacation. The whole family, including the mom, can enjoy themselves without worrying about cleaning, laundry, having enough towels, blankets or pillows. Most of all, there are so many fun activities that are planned for us — all we have to do is pick what we want to do and there’s a team of folks help ensure we have fun. What a relief!

Name: Launa Stiles
City: Denver
State: CO

Breckenridge Gondola

This Week’s Free Music in Breckenridge

Gondola in Breckenridge ColoradoBreckenridge is celebrating its traditional closing weekend in style! Although the mountain has announced that they will be open for the next 2 weekends, this weekend is the one to visit for the final ho down of the season. This weekend Breckenridge has saved the best music for last. With both bands performing on Peak 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. (you can’t miss it) tomorrow is Reggie sensation Toots and the Maytals and Sunday closes out Breckenridge’s Spring Fever with Rusted Root. So if you haven’t made plans to come up it’s not too late. Snow is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday so there is still a chance to get a little last minute powder in as well. Here is a little background on the bands this weekend.

Toots and the Maytals                                                                                                                                       

Toots & The Maytals are one of the most well-known ska and reggae acts of all time. Legends in their genre their music is a unique combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Formed in the early 60’s  Toots and the Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Comprised of leader Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, Nathaniel “Jerry” Matthias, and Raleigh Gordon, all natives of Kingston, the Maytals are said to have been the first group to use the word “reggae” in a song title with their Leslie Kong-produced “Do the Reggay.”

Rusted Root

Frequently featured in Hollywood film soundtracks, Rusted Root are known for their unique fusion of acoustic, rock, world and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, Native American, and Indian influences, Rusted Root explores a variety of musical styles and performs live on Sunday!

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Concert Goers with hands up

Events for the Final Spring Fever Week of the Season

Audience applause's at concert Welcome to the last full week of the Breckenridge ski season! The final week of Spring Fever is going to be a full on party with free concerts by Toots and the Maytalls Saturday and Rusted Root Sunday, on mountain competitions, in town entertainment and more. Both free concerts start at 2 p.m. and when you get to Peak 8 you won’t miss it! Spend the day ripping up the slopes and end it jamming to these awesome national acts courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort. This weekend also marks the return of the KSMT Beer Festival as well as the Imperial Challenge, the traditional closing day local’s race from town to the top of the Imperial Bowl.

Final Breck Ascent Series Race of the Season
 When: Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 1
Contact: www.townofbreckenridge.com or call 970-453-1734
Cost: Pre-registration – $17, Race Day Registration – $22
Info:  It’s the last Breck Ascent race of the season! Take on a different kind of challenge this winter with the Breckenridge Ascent Series.  Join us this year for FIVE hill climb events with a mix of courses. The race consists of just the Ascent – Use any kind of way to get up the mountain, but skis or a snowboard are required to come back down!

Final KSMT Spring Fever Comedy Series Night
 When: Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Base 9 Bar in Beaver Run
Cost: $5
Info: Finish out the Spring Fever Comedy Night Series with the final event this Thursday. This comedy night features host Chuck Roy and the Headliner, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. With a background that ranges from numerous tours as a bouncer with The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Police, a 25-year career in veterinary medicine and over 20-years of performing as a professional stand-up comedian; Kevin Fitzgerald is a true renaissance man.
Final Breck “5 ‘Til 5” Terrain Park Happy Hour
When: Thursday, April 12th at 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Park Lane Terrain Park
 Info: The 5 til 5 event’s final day is this Friday! Cruise Breck’s Freeway & Park Lane Terrain Parks until 5 p.m. 5 Chair and the Colorado SuperChair lifts will operate 1 extra hour, until 5 p.m. Enjoy free food, beverages, music, giveaways and jam style contests all afternoon. Prizes include gear from various ski and snowboard companies, Maui Jim, Rockstar, season passes and other great prizes, including this Friday for one lucky guest, a year’s supply of Mountain Dew!

Imperial Challenge Bike/Ascent/Descent Race
When: Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Start at the Breckenridge Recreation Center
Info: This year marks the 16th annual Imperial Challenge. The event involves a 6.2 mile mountain bike ride from the Town of Breckenridge across Peak 7 to Peak 8, followed by a 2,500 foot ascent of Peak 8 to the top of the Imperial Bowl on the equipment of your choice. As your quadriceps quiver from oxygen deprivation and lactic acid build up, begin your descent to the base of Peak 8 on skis or a snowboard. This is the quintessential closing day event of the year! Click here for registration information.

Breck Spring Beer Festival, Presented By KSMT
When:  Saturday, April 14th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Main Street Station Plaza
Info: KSMT “The Mountain” presents the 6th annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, April 14th. The Beer Festival offers brews, and free live music, featuring beer sampling from 25 craft brewers and live music from My Pet Dragon, Jason Spooner, and Tracksuit Wedding.
Contact: www.BreckenridgeBeerFestival.com

2-Day Weekend-Long Luau Party
When and Where:  Saturday, April 14th at the Maggie from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 15th at the T-Bar from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Info:  Join us on Peak 9 & Peak 8 this Saturday and Sunday for closing weekend parties at the TBar & The Maggie! These parties will feature drink specials and fresh coconuts, There will be a raffle to win a free kayak and music by the Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons at the T-Bar on Sunday.

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Mountain Stream

Fly Fishing in Colorado – The perfect Spring Activity

Two people fishing in Breckenridge ColoradoSpring is here and the rivers and lakes in Colorado’s High Country are thawing. The weather is warming and the sun is shining. On of the most enjoyable activities to do in the upcoming shoulder season is fly fishing. Some of the most spectacular fly fishing in the United States can be found in the state of Colorado. Colorado has some of the best locations in the world to fish. One can spend hours immersed in the glory of the majestic rivers surrounded by some of the best scenery the world has to offer.

Fly fishing in Colorado is for all levels of experience. You can enjoy a full day on the river and explore a wider variety of waters in and around Summit County.  Start right in Breckenridge on the Blue River and then explore the surrounding counties. The upper Platte valley in Park County just south of Breckenridge allows is considered a fly fishing mecca. Consider hiring a local guide. There are several companies that offer guided fly fishing trips in Breckenridge. Full day trips are available on the Blue, Colorado, Williams Fork, Eagle, Arkansas, Middle Fork of the South Platte and South Fork of the South Platte. Guides really help because they know exactly where to go for the best fishing in the spring. Travel times to great fishing spots can vary from 30 minutes to one hour.

The Arkansas River is located in the southwestern portion of the state and provides some great trout fishing for anglers. The best time to fish the Arkansas for trout as is spring. Around May 15-30 or so every year, many fishermen descend on the Arkansas for the annual caddis hatch which is huge! Brown trout feed on caddis and they congregate for this hatch, making the experience truly memorable.

To the north fish the Colorado River which is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a river that is mostly wide and deep with a gently moving current. Cottonwood trees line the shore providing many hiding spaces for the brown trout that are abundant in this water.

The nationally recognized Frying Pan River is well-known as one of the best fly fishing rivers in the state. Located near Aspen it’s a beautiful river with easy access and is located just outside of Aspen. The Frying Pan is host to a variety of trout including rainbow, brown and cutthroat. There are year-round hatches making fly fishing in any season possible.

Another great river in the Aspen area is the Roaring Fork. This diverse river varies from small and calm to large and mighty in places. The river is classified as wild trout waters and is easily accessible down the Rio Grande Trail. Year-round fishing is available here and you’ll find mostly wild rainbow trout in the Fork with an occasional wild brook trout.

Come to Breckenridge this off season. It is the least expensive time to visit and it is quiet and free of the crowds that descend upon Breckenridge in the winter and over spring break. Make fly fishing the activity you enjoy this spring in Breckenridge.

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Base of Peak 7

GL@7 Tour Package

Grand Lodge at Peak 7 in Breckenridge ColoradoSigned up for the Grand Lodge tour package. $49 for two nights stay in March! Got a nice call in advance offering upgrades, discounts, etc. Chose Beaver Run for an additional $13/night. Well worth it. $38.50/nt. for excellent lift-side digs. Got a tour of the impressive Grand Lodge at peak 7. Prepared for a possible hard sell, but got a nice presentation done in the spirit of a choice. No pressure. Great time. Great Deal.