The vigorous powder day, the après ski activities, the delicious hot chili in the lodge, the Bernese Mountain dogs with snowflakes dusting their muzzles- these are all available in most ski towns- they are our universal ski culture touchstones. But each ski town has its own personality- the people and the events that define a community and a local culture. Early season in Breckenridge is defined by several beloved events. We kicked off with Breckenridge and Keystone both starting their lifts on November 9th. Copper adds to the fun on November 16th. A-Basin trounced everyone with an October 19th start. Thanks Ullr for the early season snow!
Thanksgiving in the high country is somehow also an excuse to get out and exercise. Run, then ski, and then eat. Frisco hosts a Turkey Day 5K. Sign up here!
The Lighting of Breckenridge and the Running of the Santas, (another excuse to make exercise- it never stops up here!), takes place on December 8th and will make even the Scroogiest amongst us feel some holiday joy. Between racing Santas, parading dogs, craft workshops, karaoke, and a special guest appearance of Santa's reindeer- this one is a can't miss.
The Dew Tour kicks off the season Dec 13th-16th, bringing the best snow athletes in the world to showcase their skills on the shockingly large features constructed to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are events both on and off snow, live music, meet and greets with athletes and more. And this years event will feature Summit County's own very favorite snowboard gold medal-earning Spicoli, Red Gerard. Learn everything here.
Last but not least, Breckenridge Ski Resort was featured on the TODAY show as a top holiday destination. Don't forget to book your trip!
All in all, a bad day in a ski town is better than a good day at work. So get up here, get out there, and get going! The season is upon us!