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By Jennifer Baldwin, Examiner.com

If you’ve walked down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado in the past four years then you’ve walked right by the Welcome Center. A wonderful resource for tourists and locals alike. The staff at the front counter is full of helpful information, and can point you to numerous resources, including maps, brochures, dining guides and more.

Did you stop, though, to look in the back? A museum hides in the building, rarely visited by residents, and is one of Main Street’s true hidden gems.

Once known as the “Bailey Building” during renovation to make it what it is today, construction crews found an old cabin, and walls from the 19th century are now visible and part of the structure – and atmosphere – of the museum.

Providing a general overview of the town’s history, the museum is home to several wonderful collections, including the horseshoes of blacksmith William “Billy” Boyd, the books of “The Ladies of French Street” and pieces from the original railroad into Breckenridge, over Boreas Pass from Como.

The children’s loft on the second floor will keep the little ones busy while you explore dredge boat mining history, the story of the ski resort, and even read about the current-day community. The theater plays several films continuously, including personal interviews and an overview of the cemetery, Valley Brook. Don’t miss the information in the far corner showing the restoration of the Blue River!

Also inside the space is an information counter for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, which is staffed five days a week, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by knowledgeable representatives in period costume.

You can access the site at 203 S Main Street. The building is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.


By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

Colorado is one of the most popular winter destinations so it’s no wonder this state would have five of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing enthusiasts can score phenomenal all-inclusive deals, tons of fresh dry powder on the slopes and find a variety of events, activities, restaurants and nightlife.

Vail, ColoradoWhen most people think of skiing in Colorado, Vail is one of the first locations that comes to mind. Vail Mountain is an enormous winter hub for skiers, snowboarders, sledding, snowshoeing and anyone who is seeking the best of the best in resort form. Enjoy seven miles of sloping fun on both sides of the mountain. The resort itself encompasses more than 5,000 acres. It’s not only a favored family resort, but a singles resort too. Vail Mountain also offers skiing lessons at their ski school for both adults and children.

Aspen, Colorado. Another popular and talked about ski destination in Colorado is Aspen. Aspen’s resort town is a favorite with the rich and famous and other well-to-do individuals, but there are vacation packages available for various budgets. The Aspen ski and resort area features over 3,000 acres and its main mountain has a vertical drop of almost 4,500 feet. Aspen offers ski trails for everyone whether you’re a novice or intermediate skier. As one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen is hard to beat with its variety of terrain parks, four on-site restaurants, retail and rental shops and comfortable accommodations.

Breckenridge, Colorado. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, a vertical rise of almost 3,400 feet, 30 ski lifts and approximately 2,500 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is undoubtedly one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Open since 1961, Breckenridge has been providing winter sports enthusiasts’ hours of slope time for almost 50 years. Breckenridge has about 155 skiing and snowboarding trails available, and its longest trail called the “Four O’Clock” is 3.5 miles long.

Telluride, Colorado. For its unmatched beauty, hideaway location and friendly town, Telluride, Colorado, is not a well-known area, but is considered one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Telluride is actually located amongst 13,000 and 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, offering a unique ski-in, ski-out type of resort town. The resort has become so popular over the last few ski seasons, it has expanded another 400 acres. The Telluride Ski Resort area also features some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops and spas.

Crested Butte, Colorado. Rounding off the list of top five ski resorts in Colorado is Crested Butte. This historic mining town turned ski resort is nestled among beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. Known as “the perfect mountain” by the locals, Crested Butte offers slopes and trails for all levels of skiing experience. The slopes are wide and don’t get easily crowded which is an advantage to everyone. The mountain also features extreme skiing locations on the North Face and the Head Wall. As of 2010, the newly expanded Teocalli Bowl area now adds to the extreme skiing location of the mountain.

 


By Stacy Sanchez, Examiner.com

Want to know what the best eight wildflower hikes near Breckenridge are?  Click here and read my latest article on the blog from the Breckenridge Ski Resort!

The cliché is true. You come for the winters, and stay for the summers. It’s not only the epic skiing but when you experience summer in the high country, you want to stay for a long time. The warm sun and cool air are really hard to beat. Throw in the wildflowers and it’s why I’ve called Breck home since 1996.


Summer fun in Breckenridge (Credit, Stacy Sanchez)

By Stacy Sanchez, Examiner.com

Wondering when the best summer events are in Breck?  Well, here’s a link to a post that I was asked to write for the ski area’s blog, which is new this year. Click this link to see the full list: http://blog.breckenridge.com/2013/04/30/top-10-summer-events-in-breck/

I included some of the classics like 4th of July and Labor Day, but Kingdom Days are a lot of fun. There are some tasty libations that are the center of attention a few times as well.


Credit: Dan Bayer

By Julian Gothard, Examiner.com

The attractive alpine town of Breckenridge was founded by General George E. Spencer and populated by pioneers and prospectors during the 1859 Pike’s Peak gold rush in the Blue River Valley. The town has grown from a small 320-acre mining base camp, consisting of a handful of stores, notorious saloons like the “Gold Pan,” seedy brothels and hotels; to the current 5.3-square mile, modern resort town. Today, it is an immensely popular destination for hikers, cyclists, golfers and fishermen; as well as being one of the premier ski resorts in the Unites States.

Breck, A Ski Town 

Skiing came to Breckenridge in the early 1960s and the resort presently attracts in excess of 1.6 million skiers and snowboarders every season. It incorporates four ski areas and a number of terrain parks on Peaks 7 through 10. Peak 8, at a height of 12,998 feet, boasts the ski slope at the highest elevation, though in actuality Peaks 9 and 10 are higher. Most of the two diamond “expert” pistes can be found on Peaks 7 and 8. Snowfall in Breckenridge averages 168 inches per year – though there was a record high of 404 inches in 1893. The resort is at its coldest in January and warmest in July. Sleigh rides, Snow Cat tours, dog sledding and snow shoe walking round-off the winter entertainment.

Summertime Fun

The town is also a fashionable summer destination for hikers and mountain bikers as both activities enable visitors to take-in the breathtaking scenery and stunning mountain vistas. There are a number of paved and dirt mountain bike trails, of varying distances, in and around Breckenridge. Peaks 8 and 9 offer a number of testing bike trails including the Game Trail, Pioneer Trail, Frosty’s Challenge and the Wagon Trail. The popularity of cycling in the area has spawned events like the “Breckenridge 100,” an epic backcountry challenge that has been held annually since 2005. In addition, Summit County provides an abundance of easy to strenuous hikes including treks at Loveland Pass (3.0 miles round-trip), Mohawk Lake (7.0 miles round-trip) and McCullough Gulch (2.8 miles round-trip).

The “Summer Trails” trailheads all originate from within Breckenridge and nearly all trails, with the exception of Cucumber Gulch, are dog friendly. The scenic Lily Pad Lakes Trail (3.0 miles round-trip) with its moderate grades is an especially good hike for our four-legged friends. This trail, like many trails in the area, is at approximately 10,000 feet, so unless you are acclimated to the elevation, walking may prove very taxing. Closer to town you can take the dog friendly three mile Morning Thunder loop trail or, four blocks from Main Street, you can visit Carter Park Dog Park.

Fly-fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout in the Blue River is also a popular recreation activity as is whitewater rafting, horseback riding and off-roading in your own or a hired 4×4 whether crossing the Georgia Pass, tooling around Camp Hale, or exploring the surrounding mountains.  Getting around town and the ski area is facilitated by the free shuttle bus service that operates daily from 6:15 am to 11:45 pm.

RV at Tiger Run Resort

RV’ers should definitely consider staying at the Tiger Run Resort in Breckenridge. This is a superb vacation resort located just above Dillon Reservoir and resting beneath the Ten Mile-Mosquito mountain range close to the 723,000 acre Arapaho National Forest. The resort offers an eclectic mix of modern log cabins ($77-$172) and paved RV back-in and pull-through sites, full hook-ups including Wi-Fi and cable. RV sites are located adjacent to the Swan River and the Blue River (36’ or longer) both of which run through the resort. There are also RV sites outside the Lodge. At the center of the resort you will find the 12,000-foot recreation center with an indoor pool and spa, game room, TV room and 24-hour laundry and shower facilities. Outside they have tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

Tiger Run Resort
85 Tiger Run Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-9690
[email protected]

Check in: 1:00pm Check out: 11:00am | Clubhouse hours: 10am-10pm | Restrictions: No tent trailers, pop-ups or truck campers. RV length 20’ minimum |

Pets: Pets are welcome but are not permitted in the clubhouse or cabins |

 


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