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Skiing Uphill – It’s a Thing. And Here’s Why You Should Try It.

I’ll never forget when I first heard about this “uphill skiing” concept and I thought, “Don’t they know they’ve invented chairlifts?” I never thought I would try it, let alone love it, and basically be addicted to it.

Why do I like to ski uphill? The feeling of crisp, fresh air on my face as the sun rises and I begin my trek up the slopes. The overwhelming gratitude I am filled with to have such a beautiful experience in nature. The feeling of accomplishment for summiting a mountain as the sun rises. The overflowing amount of joy and happiness that I feel from head to toe for the rest of my day. The serene and peaceful turns on untouched snow. These are the reasons I have fallen in love with skiing uphill – I suggest you try it and see for yourself!

Here’s how:

  1. Register online for uphill access parking.
  2. Choose your route at Breckenridge Ski Resort. (Did you know you can skin right from your door at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 or the Grand Lodge on Peak 7?)
  3. Read these guidelines for uphill access at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
  4. Call the Breckenridge Ski Resort Cat hotline the morning before heading up hill 970-547-5627.
  5. Invite a friend – the backcountry is always better with company and it is recommended for safety too.

So, what is “Skinning”? “Skinning” is the affectionate nick name given to uphill skiing because the mechanism that is placed on the bottom of your skis in order to provide traction used to literally be made of animal skin. Today (rest assured) they are not made from real animal skin, yet the nick name remains. The more formal names for this sport include: “Randonee” skiing, Alpine Trekking, AT or even split-boarding. As long as you are using one’s own power, paired with specialized equipment and “skins” to get up the hill, you can consider yourself “skinning”.

I only have one last warning: try this sport at your own risk, the gear can be quite expensive and there is a strong chance that after you try it once you will be hooked and have to purchase your own gear. The good news is, you won’t regret it.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Breckenridge Ski Resort. Please refer to their uphill access guidelines and always pay attention to snow reports to remain safe in the backcountry.

 

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The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Cheers!After a long day of skiing, nothing sounds better than to sit back, relax, kick off your boots, and enjoy a cold one (or two). So where are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour? Who has the best deals?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the inside scoop on the hot spots in Breckenridge. We asked some locals about their favorite happy hours in Breck. Here’s what they had to say…

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

(970) 771-3943

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Considered the best happy hour spot in Breck right now. 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails!
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the bartenders/servers are super friendly and accommodating!
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend wetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge – in our humble opinion. :))

Modis | 113 S Main St

(970) 453-4330

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Modis has TWO daily happy hours as well! From 3-6 pm & 10-midnight daily.
The Deals: Appetizers for under $10, reduced price on cocktails, and wine pours.
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric, was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born.
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

(970) 453-6974

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: The Blue River actually has TWO happy hours every day! From 3-6 pm & 9-midnight daily.
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis and $2 off drafts.
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to from 5-10 pm.
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list of different types of martinis. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

(970) 547-9595

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour, and $5 appetizers.
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great atmosphere, everyone is friendly, and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor.
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic for the prices. Try the “Sexy Woman” with jalapeño infused vodka, passion fruit, and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

(970) 453-2572

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $1 off beer and wine, $2 off house infusions (shots, mixed drinks, mason jar cocktails, and hot drinks), and $5 food specials.
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday and Saturday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Trivia Tuesdays:  9-midnight. Whiskey Wednesdays: $3 whiskey drinks. Thirsty Thursdays: happy hour drinks all day and night! There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laidback vibe, with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch; try their infused vodka, the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots, or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your own table!

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

(970) 453-2071

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, discounted tacos, and wings.
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ choice for après ski since 1981, so why not check it out for yourself? They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 selections!
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa and FREE NACHOS during happy hour! Check out their Specialty Margaritas with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila!

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

(970) 453-1148

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $5 small plates, $2.50-3.50 beers, $6 house-crafted cocktails, and $5 wine by the glass.
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night!
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Moscow Mule.”

Cheers!