How To: Dress Like a Local in Breck

Dress like a Breckenridge Local

The reality: You will see a copious amount of these brands and styles listed below. This guide is here to help you remain low-key and blend in like a local. Truthfully, I’m not sure we really care what you wear… except for maybe those giant fuzzy boots.

The truth: Wear what you want. We’re just happy you’re experiencing this gem we call home.

So, here’s the breakdown of what to wear on your vacation to Breckenridge. Hopefully this can serve as a packing list (if this doesn’t help, check out our winter packing guide here) but don’t fret if you don’t own these things. We have PLENTY of ways for you to spend your money here.

Homegrown style: Wearing anything native to Colorado is key. Brands like Melanzana, Loki, SmartWool and FlyLow Gear are all Colorado-made products and sure to win points. Don’t have these things to pack? Take a short trip to Leadville and visit the Melanzana store. This homegrown small company designs, cuts, sews and sells everything themselves! How cool is that?!

Footwear: You’ll see everything here from the hippie Birkenstock or Chaco to the fanciest Sorel. Anything in between is fine, so long as you can walk comfortably. Our terrain is mostly trails or icy walkways. We suggest leaving the Moon Boots and Stilettos at home.

Layers: Currently we are in that perfect weather storm. Wearing a beanie and down jacket to work in the morning and not knowing how to carry it home in the afternoon is a common struggle this time of year. Our weather changes frequently and FAST. So, if you layer properly you shouldn’t have to worry. Brands don’t matter so much in this situation, but your down coat should probably say Patagonia or Arctery’x if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re hipper than that, you’re probably wearing FlyLow, Kuhl or Trew.

Western wear: Although we aren’t as down with western wear as, say, Steamboat Springs, we’ll dig your Frye boots and that cute Brixton hat (for the ladies). Men, us girls can always dig a cowboy amiright? So, feel free to slide into some Levi’s and throw on your western boots; We won’t hate it, we may prefer it compared to the snowboard style we’re so used to.

Eye protection: We can’t stress this enough. We don’t care what you wear for eye protection, just WEAR IT. Same goes for sunscreen and lip balm with SPF and/or anything with zinc oxide. Our favorite brand is Dermatone  – and get the tin, it’s cooler (not literally) and much easier to apply on the face, if you need. Walking around at 9,600 feet and skiing over 10,000 feet in the winter brings you that much closer to the sun, and those sunburns can ruin a vacation here too – not just at the beach.

Reusable water bottle: Not only are we saving the planet one reusable bottle at a time, but the tap water in Breckenridge is amazing. Hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your body at altitude. You’ll see all the primo bottles (Klean Kanteen, Hydro Flask and Yeti), but we accept if you have your favorite Nalgene from high school covered in stickers.

Don’t forget…

  • A daypack (for days on the hill or for hikes)
  • Smart phone for pictures
  • Ski/snowboard equipment (for the winter… just to clarify)

Other than your daily essentials that only YOU know you need, we think we’ve got you covered. Have we missed anything? Looking forward to seeing you during any season in Breck, and hopefully we won’t even know you’re just visiting!

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BEAT THE HEAT: BRECK’S SUMMER HOT SPOTS

As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.

  1. MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
    • Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
  2. SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in. 
    • Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
  3. BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go! 
    • Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
  4. NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals. 
    • Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
  5. BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
    • Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
  6. BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
    • Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
  7. FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
    • Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
  8. RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
    • Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
  9. ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
    • Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
  10. KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
    • Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.

Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.

Breckenridge Opening Day is on the Radar!

Just over 2 weeks until Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Opening Day. The countdown to November 11, 2016, is on! 

Breckenridge Ski Resort is scheduled to open November 11, 2016, and town is buzzing with excitement especially after Arapahoe Basin’s opening day last week! I think it is safe to say we are all getting eager about the upcoming weather change while still holding onto the last precious moments of fall.

Check out the below for the day’s activities plus tips and tricks to make the best out of the first day of the ski season!

It actually all starts Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 a.m. with Wake Up Breck. This year is Breckenridge’s 13th Annual Wake Up Breck. Start out your morning before opening day with a delicious cup of FREE coffee and a FREE commemorative coffee mug. Only 1500 mugs are available while supplies last so make sure you get out early. A list of participating coffee shops should be updated here very soon!

Make sure to get to the resort early! The resort will kick off the ski season bright and early at 8 a.m. with live music at the base of Peak 8. Make sure to get your pass either in the mail or get to the resort nice and early to avoid the long lines of having to print your pass. The ribbon cutting ceremony and first chair will start promptly at 9 a.m.

Check your gear! Don’t want to forget one mitten, one pole, or one ski! But that’s not all. Check your pockets and make sure you didn’t leave your pass in another jacket. For more information on what not to forget and how to be safe out there, check out our Opening Day blog.

Get that body ready! It’s your first day out, and if you are like us, you might not have prepped as much you should have. However, make sure to get your legs warmed up the day of with some early morning stretching. And fuel that body with a good breakfast. Want to start early? Read our Shape Up for Ski Season blog to get a bit of a head start.

That’s it! Come join us with donuts and coffee on Opening Day and get in those first turns of the season. Most importantly, have a little fun while you are at it. Also, remember to check the weather before you head out, you might not need those extra layers, but don’t forget the sunscreen for your face! We’ll see you soon!

If you are planning a trip to Summit County to ski and ride this year make sure to visit breckenridgediscountlodging.com for the best deals on lodging! To read about what’s new in Summit County for this ski season, click here.

But First, Opening Day.

*Updated 11/8/16.

With Arapahoe Basin open, let’s face it, ski season is here. Most of these resorts aren’t falling on the same opening day, which means you can make your rounds. But this is the day that most of us dream about while we bask in the glorious last few weeks of fall weather. There’s nothing like tightening your boots and clicking into your skis or strapping to your board for the first time of the season. But then you look up and see them. The THOUSANDS of other humans that are doing the exact same thing you are. How is this possible? How could anyone else love the sport as much as you? Well, the white ribbon of deaths’ (WRD) are open and on top of having fun we mostly encourage you to ski/ride safe! Check over your gear, know the terrain and weather, stay safe and most importantly, enjoy the experience! Hundreds of other ski fanatics are looking to get those oh so sweet first turns of the season in. Enjoy and respect each other’s company and all that is the sport of skiing. Stay safe, friends, and cheers to Ullr for an incredible winter!

Read on to find out what not to forget, what not to miss, and where the hot spots are for Après Ski! 

*All dates are projected opening dates:

Arapahoe Basin – THIS FRIDAY, October 21

Don’t forget: Your grills! With the crowds, you might find yourself eager to take a break every few runs. Fire up the sausages and hamburgers with friends and enjoy some downtime!

What not to miss: The mass entertainment from unique one-piece snowsuits and tricked out helmets.

Après Ski: Snake River Saloon. Happy hour served 7 days a week from 4 – 5:30 p.m. This legendary saloon is the perfect spot to sit down for a beer after hitting the slopes. Looking for a longer night out? Stick around, the Snake has fantastic night life.

Beaver Creek – November 23

Don’t forget: Your swag hands. Tons of prizes are offered at the base of the Centennial Express Lift.

What not to miss: The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition! www.beavercreek.com/cookie

Après Ski: Dusty Boot. Featuring happy hour from 3 – 5 p.m. daily, this “Best Little Steakhouse & Saloon in the great state of Colorado” is perfect for stopping in and grabbing a few drinks after a long day on the mountain. Looking for something different? Check out Hooked a Seafood * Sushi * Market.

Breckenridge Ski Resort – November 11        

Don’t forget: Your pass in your old jacket.

What not to miss: Wake Up Breck! Although this happens the day before opening day it’s a fun local’s tradition. Breckenridge Ski Resort hands out FREE commemorative coffee mugs and will buy you a free cup of coffee to celebrate the opening day of ski season! Participating coffee shops: Coming soon!

Après Ski: To keep it easy, stick to the T-Bar at the Base of Peak 8 and load up on a bloody mary as you watch the skiers come down. If you want to come into town, we suggest checking out one of our favorite local hangouts and the meanest margarita in town, Angel’s Hollow.

Copper Mountain – November 18

Don’t forget: The sunscreen!

What not to miss: Donuts, coffee, and beer! Make sure to also check out live music by DJ Landry and don’t miss out on all the gear giveaways. Learn more here!

Après Ski: Endos. There motto: “If you ain’t flyin’, you ain’t tryin”. Located at the base of American Eagle lift happy hour goes from 3 – 6 p.m. every day! Check out their menu here.

Keystone Resort – November 11

Don’t forget: Your mittens. Or worse… 1 mitten.

What not to miss: Your reusable Keystone water bladder! The first 500 people in line will receive one! Learn more here!

Après Ski: Kickapoo Tavern. Deemed “The best deck in Keystone for Après Ski”, Kickapoo is also opening back up on November, 4! Voila!

Loveland Pass – November 10

Don’t forget: Your early morning calisthenics (no need to pull a muscle the first day out there)!

What not to miss: Loveland has yet to release even their opening day announcement. Check this link or we’ll offer an edited version here once we find out more!

Après Ski: Rathskellar. Ask a local on the lift. This is thee spot for a snack or après drink.

Vail – November 18

Don’t forget: To download your EpicMix app. You’ll want to count this as Day 1.

What not to miss: Vail has yet to announce their opening day shenanigans. Check this link as the time gets closer (we’ll offer up an edited version here too once they do).

Après Ski: Mountain Standard. A swanky tavern with a casual vibe and simple, honest, from the heart service and cooking.

Well, we hope this was enough information to keep you excited about Opening Day while being safe. Now, it’s time to look to the winter ahead and pray for big dumps!

Looking for lodging while you are here? Check out BreckenridgeDiscountLodging.com for the BEST lodging deals in Summit County.

 

Gardening in the High Country Made Easy

Alpine Garden 2Summit County’s high-alpine climate is no match for even the greenest of thumbs. The harsh environment that creates much of what we love about the mountains can also limit plant growth significantly. But, there’s hope for your garden after all. It wasn’t easy, but the staff at BOB has broken down the four most essential Do’s and Don’ts of gardening in the high country with the most success and simplicity.

  1. DON’T SLACK ON YOUR SOIL. In case you didn’t notice, it’s super dry up here. Therefore, the soil lacks water and nutrients, making it tough for vegetation to mature, so give your soil a little TLC. Use premium topsoil mixed with manure, compost, nutrients and mulch. For overly acidic soil, throw in a little bit of wood ashes, too.
  1. DO BREED SPECIFIC BUDS. With Breck’s beauty comes thinner air, cooler temps, sudden changes in weather conditions and many other challenging factors for a green thumb. Certain types of plants are more likely to succeed in such a climate, especially if purchased locally, making them more likely to have adjusted to the extreme conditions. What should you fill your flowerpots with?
  • HERBS:
    • basil, chives, dill, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary sage and thyme
  • BLOOMS:
    • ANNUALS: clarkia, cosmos, dahlias, pansies, petunias
    • PERENNIALS: aster, catmint, columbines, edelweiss, flax, irises, lupines, lilies, poppies, tulips
  • VEGETABLES:
    • arugula, beans, carrots, chard, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, rhubarb, potatoes, spinach, turnips (avoid tomatoes!)
  1. DON’T CARELESSLY PLACE YOUR CROP. DON’T GROW YOUR GARDEN JUST ANYWHERE. Pay attention to where you position your plants. Is there a draft nearby that could lead to an untimely wilt? Are there windows close enough by to give it sun? How much sun, though? Is it direct or indirect? If you’re plant needs to be outside, how are you combating issues like wind, animals and varying temperatures? This is all crucial for getting your bulbs to blossom.
  1. DO SET YOUR SPROUTS UP FOR SUCCESS. Take heed of the type of plants you are growing. Research the different plants in your garden. Take note of how they’re affected by environmental conditions like weather and seasons, and find out how much water and direct or indirect sunlight maximizes their growth at high altitudes. Use fertilizer regularly, monitor your seedlings and re-pot or add soil as needed. If you’re trying your luck with herbs, they’ll excel when kept well-drained, in the sun and protected from wind. When growing blooms, note that seeds can take two years to mature. Plant seeds in the late fall and/or flowers no earlier than mid-June. Veggies grow best with proper irrigation and in risen beds.

Now you’re ready to get growing! For more specifics on how to care for each type of plant, check out High Country Gardens and the Summit County Garden Club. You can even become a member, meet some pretty cool people, share gardening tips and recipes, as well as purchase a community garden plot. As your plants flourish, so will your green-thumbing skills, so get up here and get started!

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First Call: Paradise Found

 

Part 3 of the First Call, First Chair series: Paradise Found! Breckenridge has received over 8 feet of snow so far this season! Get up here and find your paradise…

 

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