The New Year is Upon Us: 6 Events Not to Miss This January in the Colorado High Country

Posted by: admin December 31st, 2014

First of all, Happy New Year from the Frisco Lodge – Frisco’s premier bed and breakfast establishment! The New Year brings with it a whole new set of activities to partake in this January in the Colorado high country. And a stay at our Frisco bed & breakfast will set you up perfectly for easy access to all of the following activities happening in and around Summit County.

1. Ullr Fest in Breckenridge

Ullr FestDubbed as “Breckenridge’s celebration of snow, tradition, and more fun than you can handle,” Ullr Fest returns to Breckenridge for the 52nd time, January 11-17, 2015. In Norse mythology, Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the God of Snow and stepson of Thor, the God of Thunder. So, naturally, when there is a dearth of snow in the mountain communities such as Breckenridge (no worries this year), locals pray to Ullr in hopes of providing some “white gold.” To repay Ullr for his eventual gift of snow, Breckenridge holds this festival in his honor.

So, as you can see, Ullr Fest is a very important event for locals and tourists alike. But, don’t expect it to be all work and no play. Horned Viking hats adorn the heads of skiers and snowboarders, Ullympic competitors fling frying pans for prizes, more than 12,000 people fill the streets for the Ullr parade, and float participants ski off jumps on Main Street – all in the name of Ullr.

Other events during this festive week include, an Ice Skating Party (January 11: 3:30 – 5:30pm), the Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen (January 12: 6 – 8pm), Breck’s Got Talent (January 14: 6:30pm), the Ullr Bonfire (January 15: 5 – 7pm), and Comedy Night (January 16: 8pm).

From fake currency to burning old skis in a bonfire, Ullr Fest has always been about fun and partying, so make sure to wear your happy face.

2. WinterBike at Copper

WinterBike at Copper MountainNaturally the winter season is the big draw to Summit County with its five world-class ski resorts and the hundreds of miles of skiing/riding terrain. But, Copper Mountain has something different in store for you this January 24th/25th – the 4th Annual WinterBike at Copper! Part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series, competitors will ride into the night for this cross-country race slipping, sliding, and riding on the mountain and throughout Copper Village in a race to the finish line.

If you are the adventurous type, a $20 registration fee will enter you in the race and support Cloud City Wheelers’ education and advocacy efforts. No wheels? You can demo or use a rental, but don’t forget your helmet and headlamp.

WinterBike is also a family affair, with the kid’s FREE fun-rides LittleBike, and new this year, JuniorBike – both prior to the race start. Make sure to stick around afterwards for a fireworks display at the finish line.

3. Savor the Slopes at Keystone

From January 21 – February 12, Keystone Resort hosts Savor the Slopes, a rotating showcase of Keystone’s Signature Restaurants with food, wine, beer and spirits samplings. For $25/person one can sample various items such as “A Taste of Fondue” from Der Fondue Chessel, “The Wines of Napa Valley” from Alpenglow Stube, and “Colorado Spirits” from Keystone Ranch, just to name a few. All events start at 4pm and reservations are required.

4. Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

International Snow Sculpture ChampionshipsSnow artists from all over the world descend upon Breckenridge January 27 – 31 for the International Snow Sculpture Championships at the Riverwalk Center. Depending on when you are in town, you can see the snow blocks arrive (dubbed Stomping Week: January 19-23), the masterpieces being created, and/or the finished products on display until February 8.

Since its inception, the event has fostered a spirit of worldwide artistic camaraderie, bringing together cultures as diverse as Russia, China, Japan, Morocco, Belize, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, Bulgaria, and Canada, just to name a few. Each four-person team carves unique sculptures, often times depicting cultural influences, proud heritages, and aspirations of those whose skills are involved. Only hand tools are allowed in the competition; no power tools or colorants may be used. At the end of the allotted 65 hours, a panel of artist judges will find a favorite based on theme, style, and technique. But, don’t forget to cast your own vote, as there will be a People’s Choice winner and Kid’s Choice winner as well.

5. Vail Big Beers Festival

Vail Beer Makers DinnerApproximately a 30-minute drive from our Frisco bed and breakfast, Vail will be hosting its 15th Annual Big Beers Festival, January 8 – 10. Complete with a beer festival, brewmasters’ dinners, and seminars by some of the world’s most innovative brewers, this festival allows its participants to sample hundreds of international brews while also being able to enjoy the world-class slopes that only Vail has to offer. Ticket prices vary depending on what events you partake in, so be sure to check out the schedule of events to find your passion.

6. Five-Course Beer Makers Dinner at Arapahoe Basin

Join Arapahoe Basin and Odell Brewing Company for a Beer Makers Dinner on Saturday, January 24th. A five-course menu will be paired with a special beer (5-7 oz. pours) to go with each course. No need to jump on the lift this time (unless you are coming off the slopes) as the dinner takes place in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill in the base area. Spaces are limited, so book your special evening before it is sold out.

Whether you’ve already scheduled your vacation or are still in the planning process, make sure to carve out some time for some (or all) of the aforementioned events. Keep the Frisco Lodge in mind as well, as we would love to be your home base for all your winter adventures in the Colorado high country.