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These Winter Boots are Made for Hiking

Need a break from the ski hill but still want to enjoy the outdoors? Breckenridge has trails for every season! You can expect to find a variety of routes, inclines, traffic and all of the above. So bust out the winter boots and check out our list of go-to trails to hike this winter.

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Carter Park

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Carter Park is a hit all year long. The famous tubing hill is located at the park as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your furry ones! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge back for a more mild incline or brave the steps directly to the top of the hill and continue on the venture to one of these connecting trails!

a.) Moonstone Trail

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Incline: low

This trail has a steady, very mild incline throughout the path and is about 2 miles long. The full hike takes a round trip of about an hour. This trail is very packed out so any warm snow shoe will do!

b.) Hermit Placer Trail

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

From the top of Carter Park take Hermit Placer trail for a shorter less intense, second half of a hike. This trail is flat and connects to Jacks Cruel Joke.

c.) Jacks Cruel Joke

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Connect to Jacks Cruel Joke from Hermit Placer for a longer trail. This trail has a harsh grade so make sure you have good traction on your winter boots.

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Blue River Bike Way

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

This path is most known in the summer for an easy biking trail for the entire family. Nonetheless, in the winter the trail is free of bikers and stands as a great, easy trail to walk in the winter. Go as far as Frisco if you are feeling adventurous or stroll down the path parallel to the Blue River for a tranquil hike. A great place to start this trail is to park on main street and walk along the trail to as far you would like to go.

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Illinois Creek Trail

Traffic Rating: minimal

Incline: moderate

This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice skating Rink parking lot (on the far end). This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are parts of incline however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Aspen Alley and overlook the mountain scenery from the top!

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Boreas Pass

Traffic Rating: High

Incline: low

The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trails hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a road during the summer which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.

Whether you are taking a day off the ski hill, looking for a new adventure, or are just aching to get outside, these popular Breckenridge hikes are sure to get your legs moving.

Shake Up Your Winter Quiver

Quiver: A quiver refers to a skier or snowboarder’s collection of winter gear. A ski quiver can be anywhere from one to fifty or more pairs of skis or ski boots, depending on the individual’s point of view. We firmly believe in adding to your quiver instead of replacing pieces. Snow quality changes based on the day, and you’ll be happy when you have those heavy downhills to rip up the cord instead of chattering down the hill on your powder skis. However, growing your quiver doesn’t limit you to only acquiring more skis and boots. Creating a versatile quiver to ensure that you’re comfortable on the hill is the best thing you can do. Whether it be that Arc’teryx shell for when the wind is whipping, or that Armada puffy for when the temps drop below zero but there’s powder to shred, you’ll be thankful for your quiver. Do you, your significant other or children suffer from cold feet or hands? Well, continue reading to find out how to keep your digits warm this season.

The 2016-17 Breckenridge Ski Season has begun and once you see what’s out there, you’re bound to appreciate just how much the industry has picked up its game. That being said, it’s time to add these top five items to your quiver:

  1. HD Video and Camera Goggles: Are people calling you a tele tubby with that GoPro on top of your head? The “is it on?” questions can get a bit old. We realize there are plenty of options out there, but for the sleek look and price, we’ve found that the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle makes it happen. Capturing 1080p & 720p HD video, you won’t be disappointed with the quality. And, glove-ready buttons on the side of the frame make it easy to turn recording on or off without freezing your hands off.
  2. Hotronic FootWarm S4: We know the temperatures drop quickly here in high country. Keeping your feet and hands warm is pertinent to staying on the slopes all day. Yes, hand warmers and toe warmers are quick and easy to pick up, but they don’t last all day. If you want to get serious about keeping your feet toasty in your boots, check out the latest and greatest heated foot bed from Hotronics. You will probably benefit from a custom install, but coming from firsthand experience, it’s worth it. So, while everyone else is going inside to warm up, your cozy toesies can keep lapping that powder run.
  3. Skis or Snowboard: We firmly believe in ADDING to your quiver without removing old items. What type of ski or snowboard do you need? Powder? Rocker? All mountain? Carving? Well, if supporting local companies isn’t cool enough, you’re sure to get a cool top sheet that you probably won’t see much of. Handmade, small-batch ski and snowboard manufacturing businesses are flourishing, and these companies aren’t just making fat powder skis and boards. They adapt to all different types of conditions, just like bigger companies. Go ahead and demo a pair; you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! Check out local ski shops like Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)Fatypus or Icelantic. These small establishments offer competitive pricing and top of the line equipment.
  4. Touring Set Up: Face it, Breckenridge gets busy. If you’re lucky enough to be a local or get up here on the weekdays, you’re lucky enough. For all you weekend warriors, you might want to set aside some money to invest in some touring gear for next season. Now, we realize it isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is some substantial equipment you will need to purchase to make sure you stay safe. However, investing and expanding your knowledge about the backcountry only increases the places you get to see and can give you a different angle on how you look at snow conditions. As a beginner, we recommend you do your research. Evo.com has a great article on How to Get Started Backcounty Skiing and Snowboarding. This sport is becoming increasingly popular. If you do choose to come up and skin Breckenridge, start on Peak 8 or 9, and stay on designated skin paths. You can read all about the uphill access from the Ski Patrol, as well as sign up for email alerts here. The pro: Avoid lift lines while getting a workout and get the first tracks of the day. There is something very rewarding about skiing down an empty trail first thing in the morning on fresh corduroy. Since we know ski traffic is horrendous on Sunday, we suggest coming up Saturday and spend the day touring. Ski Sunday afternoon when the lines are less crowded, get a GREAT lodging rate Sunday night and drive home first thing Monday morning (you may even be able to get a skin in on Peak 7 if you stay at Grand Lodge’s Ski in Ski out Resort!)
  5. Bluetooth Wireless Helmet Audio: First off, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, get one. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, plus it keeps your ears warm. The Chips, made by Outdoor Tech, allows you to make and take those phone calls when you lose your buddies on the first run (without fumbling to remove your mittens or retrieve your phone from your pocket). Each earpiece features a single button that you can operate from outside of your helmet. Buy. Connect. Don’t miss another call on the hill.

There you have it: the five most crucial items that you should be adding to your quiver. If you can’t make it happen this year, don’t worry. A better version will be out next year, when you’re ready to get back in the game. Have a safe and exciting ski and snowboard season in Breckenridge!

Leave a comment below and tell us: What did you add to your quiver this year? 

Weekend Events 7.29.16

There are tons of fun things to do this weekend in the high country including the 15th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, Breckenridge Food & Wine, and a concert with the Indigo Girls! Check out the highlights happening in Breck this weekend below.

Friday, July 29th:

Saturday, July 30th:

Sunday, July 31st:

  • Breckenridge History – Museums | 11 am – 3 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Breckenridge Summer Fun Park | All Day | Base of Peak 8 | Price Varies

Looking for somewhere to stay in Breckenridge? Check out our newest lodging special and stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and get TWO Adventure Passes to the Breckenridge Summer Fun Park for FREE! Click below to learn more.

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Weekend Events 7.15.16

The sun is out, the flowers are bloomin’ and it’s the perfect time to come visit Breckenridge! Grab your favorite hiking buddy and head on up! Check out all of these events going on this weekend:

Friday, July 15th:

  • Friday Night Flights! Wine Tasting | 5 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Wine & Cheese | 304 S Main St | $15

Saturday, July 16th:

  • Mac & Cheese Fest | All Weekend Long | Copper Mountain | 0509 Copper Road, Copper Mountain CO | Price Varies
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St | $35
  • Zach Balch – Live Music | 6 pm | The Historic Brown Hotel | 208 N Ridge St | Free

Sunday, July 17th:

  • The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe |1:00 pm | The Breckenridge Backstage Theater | 121 Ridge St | $15
  • Breckenridge Summer Fun Park | All Day | Base of Peak 8 | Price Varies

Looking for somewhere to stay in Breckenridge? Check out our newest lodging special and stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and get TWO Adventure Passes to the Breckenridge Summer Fun Park for FREE! Click below to learn more.

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