Benefits of the High Country During Early Ski Season
Posted by: admin October 21st, 2016
There's no better place to celebrate winter than in Summit County, Colorado. Throughout the next several weeks, the Colorado High Country will magically transform from mountain dim season to a bustling winter wonderland. Aside from enjoying early season skiing with fewer crowds, the County has a great deal to offer over the next couple months. Here are the biggest not-to-be-missed celebrations.
Summit County’s biggest on-snow event is back this year and its bigger and better than ever. Dew Tour is moving a little further down the hill this year so if getting out on the slopes isn’t your thing, rest easy knowing you can grab a great seat right at the base of Peak 9. This event is not to be missed, as you’ll be able to catch the biggest names in snowboarding up close and personal, such as Shaun White, Gus Kenworthy, Kelly Clark, Bobby Brown and more.
Race of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge
Break out your best Santa getup and head over to Downtown Breckenridge for the annual Race of the Santas! There is no better celebration for winter holiday enthusiasts, and it takes place right here in winter wonderland. Race down Historic Main Street to win epic prizes or spend the day partying as you casually stroll through downtown dressed as winter’s jolliest fellow! Afterwards, get in the holiday spirit as the Town of Breckenridge is lit up for the remainder of the season.
If you’re looking for a party, there’s no party quite like Ullr Fest in Breckenridge. Also known as Viking Fest, this magical holiday is unique to Summit County. Join locals and visitors alike who spend four days every January praying to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow for an epic winter full of powder. Partake in Colorado's strangest Main Street parade, a giant bonfire party complete with a DJ (don't wear your down jacket as sparks will be flying), and of course, the world's longest shot ski.
Holidays in the Hills
Unlike most locations, Summit County comes alive during the holidays. Rule of thumb – if the lifts are running, so is everything else! In addition to popular restaurants being open during regular hours throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are several local establishments that will host holiday feasts, so you can enjoy indulging without having to worry about the cooking or cleanup. And you can rest easy consuming a heavy, hearty, calorific meal – after all, it’s nothing you can’t burn off the next day on the slopes!