Get Your Pride On!

Breck Pride

It’s time for the second Annual Breck Pride Week March 7-11! Come join in the party as our little mountain town celebrates our LGBTQ community. It all kicks off with a party to celebrate our High-Country LGBTQ locals at the Dredge Bar where you can get late night happy hour, play pool or shoot some darts.

Thursday evening come join in Gay Trivia at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub at 7 pm, then make your way down main street to one of best steakhouses in the area, Kenosha, for Drag Bingo and other special performances, hosted by Dixie Krystals and Shirley Delta Blow. If that doesn’t interest you, head to Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) and learn to press a ski while drinking beer or wine with other Pride-goers.

Kick off Friday morning with Breck Pride First Tracks and get exclusive access to the resort for a few runs before the public gains access. When you’ve finished skiing, head to the bottom of Beaver Run to enjoy a cocktail or two before starting Karaoke where you can sing your heart out or check out one of the many other events that day.

Saturday will be another full day of Pride events including a color run that starts at the top of Peak 9 and ends at the Maggie. Throughout the afternoon, stop in at the Pride Festival at the Village Plaza for live music, colorful vendors, games and the ultimate dance party. Don’t forget your drink at the Bud Light Beer Garden! End the night with Breck Pride’s Closing Party at the Riverwalk Center featuring DJ Rockstar Aaron.

End the weekend with Regg-Gay Sunday Brunch at the Blue River Bistro with $15 Bottomless Mimosas. Who doesn’t love mimosas?!
For more information and a complete schedule of events for Breck Pride click here.

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

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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