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Plunge into SUPing in Summit

Stand Up paddle Boarding in Maggie Pond, Breckenridge ColoradoStand up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has quickly become quite the hit as a fun summer activity in the Summit County area. If you haven’t heard of this activity before, this fun sport consist of standing on an oversized thick surfboard with a paddle, while cruising over lakes, oceans and down rivers.

The sport’s origin can be found in surfing towns like Hawaii. (However, this sport can be dated back thousands of years ago in Africa as a means of transportation.) Surfers today would stand on their surf boards with a paddle to get further out into the ocean. Jimmy Lewis can be named as one of the first creators of the paddle board structure, differentiating itself from the surf board to be more balanced, wider and able to cover more ground. It wasn’t soon after that many surfers opted for this “paddleboard” to allow for more versatility while surfing and soon after “SUPing” became known as a worldwide sport.

Not only is “SUPing” used for surfers, but also for leisure cruises, a means of floating down a river and even an inventive way to do yoga. You can find two rental places on Lake Dillon that enable you to take cruises across the glassy lake water and explore the mountainous shoreline. The Dillon Marina and the Frisco Marina rent out paddle boards for only 35$ for a minimum of 2 hours. Explore one of the many islands or head to the Tiki bar for some food and drinks. If you have a group of people, try one of the beginner or intermediate “SUPPERS” tours where a guide will help your group navigate through the lake and provide tips on how to get the most out of your paddle board experience.

If you are looking for a new way to wake up in the morning, find a tranquil event to attend, or heal those sore muscles, try a “SUP” yoga class. In Breckenridge Colorado, you can try a class on the Maggie pond. Meta yoga studio offers a class from 8:30-10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is best to rent your board before class at Alpinesports.com and sign up via www.metastudios.com. However, you can rent or bring your own board before class. Get there about 5 minutes early to make sure you have everything you need before setting out on the pond. Blue Lotus Yoga Studios also offers SUP yoga classes Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays (make sure to register online ahead of time).

For the more adrenaline seeking junkie, try floating down the Colorado River on a Stand up Paddleboard. This is recommended for the more advanced “SUPPERS” who can navigate down rapids and steer around obstacles in the river. However, guided trips with a professional are also available. These guided trips include a safety talk before setting out and a guide that will walk you through the motions of navigating a Stand up Paddle board down class 2 rapids. These paddle boards can be rented through Stand up Paddle Colorado.

Don’t worry, this sport is also offered in the cooler months of the year where the lakes are frozen. Head down to the Breckenridge Recreation center for a “SUPing” class in the indoor pools. This class will be offered every Thursday at 6:15-7:15am starting October 15th– Nov 19th. Check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center to register!

 

It’s no secret that the mountains offer many ways for you to be creative, adventurous, and enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Whatever it is that you are seeking on your next adventure, there are a variety of different ways to try this new and innovative sport in the Summit county area. Make sure to check out all the great lodging deals by clicking below!

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Oktoberfest in Breckenridge: What’s Happening

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It’s time to put on your Lederhosen and Dirndl’s! Purchase your favorite stein and join the festivities on Main Street in Breckenridge for the annual Oktoberfest. As one of the most popular events in Breckenridge, this annual event brings over 8,000 gallons of beer to the 3 day festival.

Although the beer flows all weekend, there are plenty of other fun activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest hosts live music, inflatable play areas and large spaced grass areas to get away from the crowds on the street. A large television will also be set up with your favorite football games. Make sure to grab your collectable stein and drink tickets before the event for discounts and deals! The festivities begin on Friday at 2pm and go until Sunday 6pm.

Friday (2:00 pm – 6:00pm) Beer & Wine vendors close at 5:30 Fri & Sat

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors
  • Paulaner Brewmater’s Dinner (Check for availability as this sells out FAST)

Saturday (10 am – 6pm)

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Ceremonial Keg tapping (Blue River Plaza, 12 pm)
  • Food and beverage vendors

Sunday (10 am – 5 pm) Beer & Wine vendors will stop serving at 4:30

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors

As one of the most popular festivals to grace Breckenridge, you won’t want to miss this! Don’t forget to bring your cash and keep an eye out for all the beautiful aspen trees changing around the area! Click below to see some of the best pricing on lodging, just a walk away from Main Street for this exciting event!

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Pace your Oktoberfest with this Hopping Hike!

Photo: Colorado Lifestyle

Photo: Colorado Lifestyle

Town will be buzzing with Oktoberfest this upcoming weekend and this Breckenridge highlighted event is one you definitely shouldn’t miss! However, if you need a small break in between the brats and beers, we have the perfect place for you to burn those calories and escape the crowds for a couple hours. This hike is known for beautiful scenery through the base of Buffalo Mountain and ends at South Willow Falls with beautiful views for your backdrop.

The Hike: Willow Falls/Mesa Cortina – Located just 9 miles North of Breckenridge in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area of Silverthorne, this 8.7 mile roundtrip hike is moderate with about 800’ of elevation gain. If you are looking to explore but possibly still acclimating to the elevation (or those beers from Oktoberfest caught up with you!), this is a great hike for you!

Useful Tips!

  • Bring water and something to snack on! Even though this is a moderate hike, you should plan on at least 2 hours RT and you will be happy to have the energy resources.
  • Moose are common in Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area, so keep your distance!
  • Dogs and horses are allowed. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Mesa Cortina Trail or Gore Range Trail.
  • Bring sunscreen! When you’re two miles closer to the sun, you can get burnt (even on the cloudiest of days).

How to get there: From the junction of Interstate 70 and Highway 9 in Silverthorne, drive north for 0.3 miles and turn left on Wildernest Road. Proceed 0.5 miles before turning left onto Ryan Gulch Road. Drive up the base of Buffalo Mountain for 3.7 miles and stop at the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead, parking on the left side of the road.

If you want to ride to the trailhead with the Summit Stage transit bus, stay on Highway 9 north and park near the station on Fourth Street in Frisco. The Wildernest bus departs at a quarter past each hour and reaches the trailhead by half-past the hour. (Directions supplied from Summit Daily).

For a detailed outline and directions for the trail itself, visit Pro Trails!

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Three Great Places to Take Your Dirt Bike in CO

dirtbike 8_BlackPowderPass_TrippFayFall is a great time to get out on your dirt bike. Both you and your bike will enjoy the cooler weather, and with the aspens slowly starting to change, the scenery will not disappoint. Here we’re going to highlight a few places near Breckenridge that you shouldn’t miss this fall.

Three awesome places for you and your dirt bike:

  1. Tiger Road, Breckenridge, CO – There are about 25 miles of trails back here that are OHV approved. This little nestled network is close for shuttling bikes if you are staying in the area. It can get a little crowded on weekends with side by sides and Razors, but there is plenty of single track to stay on to avoid more congested areas. This is a great place for beginners who are just learning as it offers a wide variety of trail difficulties. Find more information here!
  2. Fourmile Recreation Area, Buena Vista, CO – Buena Vista (BV) really isn’t that far from Summit County and with temperatures usually at least 10 degrees higher, it’s a perfect getaway. BV features almost 200 miles of road and trails plus a ton of variety for all skill levels. This special little spot is only about 45 minutes from Breckenridge, and is typically ready to ride in April while Breckenridge is still melting. It also stays a little warmer in the fall for a weekend getaway. Designated campsites with breathtaking views of the Collegiate Range are spread along most of the routes. Trail #1425 is a 6 mile long single track that is a bit advanced, but a great loop. For more information check out Fourmile Travel Management Area!
  3. Taylor Park, Gunnison, CO – With a plethora of trails, this is one of the most coveted places to take your dirt bike. The beautiful part about Taylor Park is that you can make it a day trip from Breckenridge (2 to 2 ½ hours’ drive). This is also a great place for riders of all skill levels. However, if you are looking for some advanced trails, we would recommend: Star Trail, Timberline and Dr. Park. There is plenty of camping, wildlife viewing and with Taylor Reservoir being right there, you could even get some evening fishing in. With a central location and over 40 trails, you are bound to have to come back for more. If you’re to learn more, click here!

Don’t forget to wear your helmet and boots, and stay on the trail!

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