Conrad Anker is Coming to Breckenridge to Speak

Join the Adventure: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings Conrad Anker to Breckenridge

The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store present The Impossible Climb

ALAMEDA, California—Sept. 19, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Conrad Anker will come to Breckenridge, Colo., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.

Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.

Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition.

The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM. It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant. All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs. This year there also will be a chance to win numerous The North Face products including jackets, pants, gift certificates, passes to the local rec center and much more all for only a $5 donation per ticket. Raffle tickets may be purchased online, in the store, or at the event. All raffle proceeds will go to the BOEC. You must bring your ticket to the 7:00PM event. The presentation will then take place at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams, Breckenridge, CO 80424, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. The VIP reception tickets are available for $20.00. Again, The VIP reception begins at 5:30 PM, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.

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Winter Events in Breckenridge

Winter weather is expected to start arriving in Breckenridge and Summit County any time. With winter season just around the corner and the fall weather getting cooler and cooler everyday people are starting to get excited for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Although the summers in Breckenridge are truly amazing most agree that Breckenridge and Summit County come to life in the winter. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment with 4 world class ski areas all located in the same county!

As expected with winter being so amazing and exciting there are a ton of winter events that are happening throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of the some of the major events happening this winter in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day, 11/8 – Opening day is always exciting, but even more so this year as the season will bring the addition of Peak 6, an expansion of more than 500 acres of skiable terrain. Plus, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting quite the snowy winter – we’ve already experienced early season September snow, so here’s hoping that rings true!

Lighting of Breckenridge and Running of the Santas, 12/7 – Watch Breckenridge transform into a winter wonderland with a day of holiday festivities. Join in or cheer on hundreds of revelers dressed as Santa as they race down five blocks of historic Main Street, spread holiday cheer with caroling in the Blue River Plaza and watch as Santa arrives via horse-drawn carriage for the lighting of the town tree.

Dew Tour, 12/12 – 12/15 – The Dew Tour Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge with a showcase of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and Breckenridge locals Eric Willett and Bobby Brown. In addition to superpipe and freestyle competitions, the event will feature live music, autograph signings, giveaways in the Festival Village and more.

Ullr Fest, 1/5 – 1/11 – Ullr Fest celebrates 50 years this January! During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers as more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr the Norse god of snow. Ullr Fest is a weeklong winter festival with events for everyone including the Ullr Parade on Main Street Thursday, January 9th.

International Snow Sculpture Championships, 1/21 – 1/25 – Watch as 10 feet tall, 20 ton blocks of snow are transformed into amazing works of art using only hand tools. The incredible sculptures are created by teams from all over the world over the course of five days in January. The International Snow Sculpture Championship is the signature event in Breckenridge during the winter drawing thousands to witness the spectacle.

Mardi Gras, 3/4/14 – Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the Mardi Gras season and on Fat Tuesday join in the Mardi Gras Procession that marches its way along Main Street while thousands cheer on for beads and candy!