Sculpture on the Blue: Massive Art Exhibit in Breckenridge

Sculpture on the Blue: Massive Art Exhibit in Breckenridge 1

In summer, walk along the Blue River bike path in downtown Breckenridge, Colorado, and you’ll likely spot outdoor sculpture faster than you can find the first T-shirt shop. Impressive, considering the amount of cotton housed in the shops along Main Street. “Sculpture on the Blue,” a summer seasonal exhibit of massive art along the Blue … Read more Sculpture on the Blue: Massive Art Exhibit in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Museum: A Rags-to-Riches Story of Barney Ford

Everyone knows Breckenridge as one of America’s top ski resorts. But not many visitors know that the town also owns a rich history of mining dating to the discovery of gold in 1859. Even fewer are aware that one of Colorado’s most important pioneers lived and worked in the small mining camp during its founding … Read more Breckenridge Museum: A Rags-to-Riches Story of Barney Ford

Breckenridge’s Evolution: From Snurfer to Snowboard

In 1965, Sherman Poppen bolted two skis together to make a snow-riding surfboard for his daughter. Dubbed a “Snurfer,” the design achieved instant popularity, and a manufacturer sold more than a half million of them the next year. The new winter sport it sired soon evolved into what we now call snowboarding. Early snowboards were … Read more Breckenridge’s Evolution: From Snurfer to Snowboard

Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights

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A rich blue sky envelops me. Sun streams onto my face. The air holds still and clear. Nothing invades my space — no trees, no structures and no people — just the sky and pristine snow, soft under my ski boots and thick on mountains as far as I can see. I’m on top of … Read more Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

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In Breckenridge, Colo., autumn is the season for cooler temperatures, brilliant fall colors and, come the third weekend in September, Breckenridge Oktoberfest. The tradition of hosting the October-named event one month early traces back to the original party in Munich, Germany, where weather contributed to moving the festivities into September. It’s ideal timing for Breck, … Read more Breckenridge Oktoberfest

A Brief History of Breckenridge: What Color Do You Like Your Gold?

Linda Kay Peterson pointed to the mountains as we stood outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center. “Look at the Ten Mile Range,” she said, “because that is the genesis of our mining town.” It’s a genesis that, according to Peterson, began 65 to 70 million years ago. Peterson is a volunteer and tour coordinator at the … Read more A Brief History of Breckenridge: What Color Do You Like Your Gold?

Mush! Going to the Dogs in Breckenridge

The training period lasted less than two minutes, and it went something (though not entirely) like this: “Put your feet here. One foot on the brake to slow down, two feet to stop. And lean with your turn. If you don’t lean, you’re going to get real friendly with a tree. Let’s go.” Brandon Barnhorst, … Read more Mush! Going to the Dogs in Breckenridge

Breck’s Wildlife Preserve: Cool As a Cucumber

You’d be forgiven for assuming that between the cozy mountain town and the snow-packed slopes, there isn’t much else in Breck. But you’d be wrong. Between the town and the mountains — more precisely, between the Gold Rush Parking Lot and Peak 8 — is one of the country’s most matchless wildlife preserves. Cucumber Gulch … Read more Breck’s Wildlife Preserve: Cool As a Cucumber

Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country

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Colorado’s high country is home to hundreds of festivals and community activities — from blues festivals to culinary celebrations — that have become signature activities on their year-round calendars of events. But we’ve found some lesser-known events at Colorado destinations to consider when making your vacation plans. So head up to the high country – … Read more Lesser-Known Festivals: Head to Colorado’s High Country

High-Altitude Dining: Best Restaurants

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The economy is still somersaulting like an avalanche tumbling down a wind-swept mountain, making it difficult to even think about jaunts to faraway places. But we Coloradans know a thing or two about weathering storms — and lucky for us, we don’t have to travel far to make our spirits soar. And some of the … Read more High-Altitude Dining: Best Restaurants