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:

Performance Tours:

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Early Season Hikes in Breckenridge

Peak 7 in BreckenridgeBreckenridge Ski Resort is open this weekend for one last hurrah. If you are visiting Breckenridge this weekend or anytime in the next month or so in the offseason you might be asking yourself what is there to do. The offseason in Breckenridge is a time when many local businesses take a breath and pause activity to spring clean and rest for the upcoming summer season. Other summer business may not be open yet as they are waiting for conditions to be favorable for their offerings.

Don’t fear though! If you are visiting Breckenridge or thinking about coming this offseason there are many benefits as well. For one thing offseason visitors find they don’t’ have to fight crowds like they might in the busy winter and summer seasons. A little quiet and solitude goes a long way. Another benefit is the great off season sales that go on this time of year.
Although some restaurants and businesses close most stay open and offer good deals and clearance prices on what they have to offer. Locals even call this time “2 for 1” season doe to the large amount of 2 for 1 dinner offers at local restaurants (look for the weekly 2 for 1 report on this blog!).

This year Breckenridge has seen an early return to spring conditions and while this has made the late season difficult for skiing it has opened up some fun summer activities earlier than usual for Colorado’s High Country. One example of this is the many hiking trails around Breckenridge and Summit County that are now accessible. Here is some information on some great local trailheads in or near Breckenridge’s town core.

Breckenridge offers a guide to local hiking trails that start in town. These trails range from gentle paths to more challenging single track trails. Download the trail map from here. Directions to the trailheads are below

Note: all directions start at the free parking lot located on the corner of Watson Street and Park Avenue (right across from the Breck Connect Gondola and the Breckenridge bus station)

Watson Trailhead: The Watson Trailhead is located on the southwest end (by First Bank) of the large skier parking lot (free in the summer).

Riverwalk Trailhead: From Watson Street go to Park Avenue and then turn left. Stay on Park Avenue through the stop light at First Bank and turn left into the Riverwalk Center parking lot at the intersection with Four O’clock Road. The trailhead is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot accessing the Riverwalk Center

Snowflake Trailhead: From Watson Street turn left on Park Ave. Stay on Park Avenue through the stop light at First Bank and turn right at the intersection onto Four O’clock Road. Continue uphill on Four O’clock Road for .3 miles. At the intersection of Four O’clock Road and King’s Crown Road, turn left and the trailhead is located immediately on the right next to the Snowflake Lift parking areas.

Illinois Creek Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Main Street. Go south on Main Street for .8 miles to Boreas Pass Road (last stoplight). Turn left on Boreas Pass Road and travel for 1,400 feet. Take a right into the second entrance of the parking lot next to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena (which can be seen on the right). The trailhead is located in the southeastern corner of the parking lot.

Carter Park Trailhead: From Watson Street turn left on Park Avenue and proceed to the stoplight at Lincoln Avenue (First Bank on left). Turn left onto Lincoln Avenue and cross Main Street through the stoplight where the street turns into Lincoln Avenue. Travel up Lincoln Avenue for 1,000 feet until it intersects with High Street and continue until the road dead ends at Carter Park. The trail is located at the eastern end of the Carter Park parking lot.

Iowa Hill Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Park Avenue. Follow Park Avenue until you reach the first stoplight. Turn left onto Airport Road and follow the road a short way past the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign). After 1500 feet, look for the trailhead sign on your left. From the sign, follow the dirt road to the north (right) to a small parking area at the end.

Valley Brook Trailhead: From Watson Street turn right onto Park Avenue at the stop sign. Follow Park Avenue until you reach the first stoplight. Turn left onto Airport Road and follow the road a short way to the intersection with Valley Brook Road (stop sign). Turn right and stay on Valley Brook Road for 550 feet. You will find the trailhead on your left just past the Breckenridge Police Station.

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Breckenridge 2 for 1’s and Restaurant Discounts for 4/17

Drinks on a table in BreckenridgeIt’s that time of year again! The ski areas are closing down and Breckenridge’s Main Street is returning to its spring off-season pace. This being the first week of the off season there are only a few good off season deals at local restaurants. Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what is out there now! If you are visiting Breckenridge this week here are a few awesome restaurant deals.

Mi Casa, 600 S Park, 970-453-2701, page 3: 2 for 1 dinner entrees with a Dining Passport.

Kemosabe Sushi Bar,  605 Main Street Frisco, 970-668-2100, page 3: 2 for 1 rolls and 25% off sake.

Silverheels, 603 Main Street Frisco, 970-668-0345, page 3: 2 for 1 dinner entrees.

Michael’s Italian Restaurant, ½ block off Main Street on Jefferson Ave, 970-453-5800, page 5: 2 for 1 dinner entrees.

Modis, 113 S Main Street, 970-453-4330, page 6: 15% off entire check.

Fiesta Jalisco, 224 S Main Street, 970-547-3836, page 31: 2 for 1 margs and beer, buy 1 entrée and get the second one ½ price.

Alli Sports and Mountain Dew Announce Long Term Extension and New Dew Tour

"Dew Tour" LogoThe Dew Tour is coming back to BreckenridgeDew Tour Kicks off 2012 with Beach, City and Mountain Events

Breckenridge has only been closed for one day and we are already thinking of next ski season! The Dew tour is coming back to Breckenridge this December! Breckenridge Ski Resort secured a long term deal to host the winter portion of the Dew Tour for the next four years. Going forward the Winter Dew tour will see a new format including Breckenridge being the only stop for the winter Dew Tour. There will be more events and expanded TV coverage. Read the below excerpts from the Breckenridge Ski Resort press release for more information on the new Dew Tour and what it means for Breckenridge this upcoming winter.

Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, today announced a four-year renewal of their partnership with Mountain Dew, along with the 2012 schedule for the new Dew Tour. Alli Sports, together with Mountain Dew is reshaping the Dew Tour to showcase action sports in three large-scale, premium and ‘grand-slam’ style events.

The new Beach, City, Mountain tour model will better serve the needs of the athletes and action sports community. The three premium events will boast expanded television programming and digital strategy across NBC, NBC Sports Network, and, as well as hyper-local promotional and programming opportunities through the NBC Sports Group’s owned stations and regional sports networks.  At the event level, each stop will include expanded and new sports and disciplines, and an enhanced on-site experience featuring more live music and a new “Dew Tour Experience,” bringing  all aspects of action sports culture to life throughout the five-day festivals.

Spanning the country August through December, the 2012 Dew Tour schedule will include visits to Ocean City, Md. and Breckenridge Ski Resort, with a debut event in San Francisco on the West coast. The Dew Tour will integrate the character of each stop into the overall feel of the event, capitalizing on impactful Beach, City and Mountain backdrops as each of the three events will draw inspiration from the host city to create its own identity.

  • Beach: Ocean City, Md. August 16-19
  • City: San Francisco, Calif. October 18-21
  • Mountain: Breckenridge, CO December 13-16

The 2012 Dew Tour will include over 30 hours of live television coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network.  In addition, the Dew Tour will present an expanded digital offering including live competitions and behind-the-scenes exclusive content across multiple platforms.

Utilizing the athletes as the drivers of the Tour, each of the three stops will present a different mix of sports and disciplines.

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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!

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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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