Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Adventures for All Ages and Abilities Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Best Places in Summit County for Valentine’s Day http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/best-places-take-plus-one-valentines-day/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:16:04 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5291 Best Places in Summit County for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day in the high country is beautiful, with the snow cover peaks and the scarlet alpenglow as the sun sinks behind the mountains setting the mood for a delightful February evening!  If you’re spending your Valentine’s Day in Summit County, Colorado, check out these places to ... Read More >>

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Best Places in Summit County for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day in the high country is beautiful, with the snow cover peaks and the scarlet alpenglow as the sun sinks behind the mountains setting the mood for a delightful February evening!  If you’re spending your Valentine’s Day in Summit County, Colorado, check out these places to go with exquisite food and fun atmospheres.

Moonlight Dine & Ski | Copper Mountain

Swing through Copper Mountain on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day for a love-themed dinner for their Moonlight Dine & Ski.  On February 10th, bring a date and enjoy an hour of skiing the slopes before dinner.  There will be live music and this event is open to anyone ages 12 and up, with two complimentary cocktails for of-age attendees.  Not a fan of skiing?  No problem!  There are snowcat rides that are available for an extra charge, but be sure to reserve them early as seats fill up fast.  Tickets are just over $100 for adults, but entirely worth it for a great evening outing.

Tavern West | Frisco

Head east just a few minutes to the quaint mountain town of Frisco for your Valentine’s dinner.  The Tavern West is a great spot to celebrate, with an amazing menu that transforms American classics with unique spin on them.  The upscale mountain atmosphere, dining room fireplace, and great views of Mt. Royal will have you and your plus one swooning over Colorado’s beauty.  The Honey Sage Gin Fizz is a great starter as well as their unique bone marrow “canoe” appetizer, then indulge in a Rotisserie chicken or the double bone-in pork chop for your entree.  If you choose the Tavern West, you’re in for a treat!

Spencer’s Steaks & Spirits | Breckenridge

Just a short distance from Frisco is Spencer’s Steaks & Spirits in Breckenridge, located on Peak 9 at the base of the Beaver Run SuperChair.  This upscale spot will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and with the wonderful atmosphere and nice views of the mountains, you’ll be happy you picked Spencer’s for your special dinner.  Seared ahi tuna, Colorado lamb chops, and a 10 ounce queen cut prime rib are all on the menu for the evening.

Hearthstone Restaurant | Breckenridge

The Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge is another great place to check out for the 14th of February.  It has been a staple in the mountain town’s cuisine scene since 1989, and Executive Chef Michael Halpin has whipped a unique menu with local seasonal meats, fishes, cheeses and produce popular to both tourists and locals.  The cocktail line-up here is top-grade, with a barrel aged manhattan and smokey ciderita on the list.  For dinner, the Colorado lamb or wild caught gulf red snapper will completely satisfy you, and the views of the Tenmile Range are breathtaking.

Sauce on the Maggie | Breckenridge

Sauce on the Maggie in Breckenridge has great spread of Italian dishes from arancini or a signature salad, to a classic such as spaghetti and meatballs or a unique house favorite, the penne gorgonzola.  The house made tiramisu is a drool-worthy dessert you and your plus one can indulge in.  Last year, Sauce on the Maggie had a 3-course meal special with dessert and a couple glasses of wine, so keep an eye out for what they’ll do for the occasion this year.

Alpenglow Stube | Keystone

If you head over to Keystone Resort, dining at the Alpenglow Stube is a must! It is the highest AAA Four-Diamond experience in North America, sitting at 11,666 feet on top of Keystone’s North Peak.  You will take two enclosed gondola rides to the top of the mountain where you be greeted and given warm fuzzy slippers to change into, as well as a roaring fire.  The wonderful ambiance is perfect for your romantic outing on Valentine’s Day, but reservations are a must if you want to go here.

If only it was a little later in they year, you and your plus one could join Breckenridge Whitewater on a river adventure!  However, gifting your adventure companion a rafting trip would make a perfect Valentine’s Day surprise.  Call our trip specialists ta 877-RAFTING today so we can fit you with the perfect rapids for your partner!

 

*Featured image courtesy of Sauce on the Maggie.

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Best Snowy Colorado Hikes http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/best-snowy-colorado-hikes/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:00:34 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5283 It’s the middle of winter and though snow isn’t entirely covering the hiking trails along the Continental Divide, soon enough we won’t be able to trek around up here without powder up to our knees.  Head east toward the foothills to hike these trails that stay generally clear year round. Alderfer and Three Sisters Park ... Read More >>

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It’s the middle of winter and though snow isn’t entirely covering the hiking trails along the Continental Divide, soon enough we won’t be able to trek around up here without powder up to our knees.  Head east toward the foothills to hike these trails that stay generally clear year round.

Alderfer and Three Sisters Park | Evergreen, Colorado

The Alderfer and Three Sisters Park in Evergreen, Colorado is open for all the seasons and has 18 trails starting at 2 miles for the shortest all the way up to 10+ miles long.  The park is on over 1,100 acres of land, so acquiring a map prior to exploring is definitely recommended.   This is a perfect spot for family picnics, climbing, and mountain biking as well.  For hiking at Alderfer and Three Sisters, the Wild Iris Loop is a shorter, family friendly trek.  If you wanted to dive into something a bit more challenging, try out the Evergreen Trail to the Summit Trail that rewards you with a great scenic view at the end.

St. Mary’s Glacier | Idaho Springs, Colorado

Just thirty minutes west of the front range is St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs, CO. This hike is a bit steep, but is only 1.5 miles long and takes you to a breathtaking glacier set up in the mountains.  During the summer, plenty of mountain biking go on in the area.  But St. Mary’s is known for spots of snow nearly year round, and you’ll see a surplus of skiers and snowboarders earning their turns.  You may want to consider renting snowshoes due to the steepness of the trail, and luckily there are plenty of rental shops right in Idaho Springs that you can stop by on your way.

Daniel’s Park | Sedalia, Colorado

Looking for somewhere to catch a great sunset?  Daniels Park is just west of i25 and Castle Pines, between Denver and Castle Rock.  The views of Pikes Peak, Mt. Evans and Longs Peak are spectacular and with hikes ranging from 0.2 miles to over 5 miles, there’s plenty of options for you.  Rock formations and bison are frequent sights at Daniel’s Park, and this is the perfect spot in Douglas County and the front range for a picnic, frisbee game with your dog, or walk outside.  All trails start from the Shelter House and though the Shelter House is handicap accessible, the paths are not.

Castlewood Canyon State Park | Franktown, Colorado

East of Castle Rock and i25 is Castlewood Canyon State Park.   You’ll feel like you’re driving in the middle of nowhere on Highway 83, but you’ll stumble across this hidden gem and be happy you did.  You’ll have to pay to get in since it’s a state park, but take our word that it is well worth it.  The canyon carves into the ground with Cherry Creek running through it and historic Castlewood Canyon Dam ruins just around the corner.

Don’t let the winter hinder you from getting out on your own two feet and exploring!  Head lower in elevation this winter and get your hike on.

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First Colorado Whitewater Runs of the Year http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/first-whitewater-runs-year-colorado/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:35:56 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5271 By the end of April most people are ready to take a break from the snow and start their summer activities, many of which use the rivers of Colorado.  Kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting are some of the most popular activities during the summer, and we’ve got a list of the first rivers you can ... Read More >>

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By the end of April most people are ready to take a break from the snow and start their summer activities, many of which use the rivers of Colorado.  Kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting are some of the most popular activities during the summer, and we’ve got a list of the first rivers you can hop on to shake that winter cabin fever.

First, it is important to understand that many factors affect when you can get on the rivers with the most important being snowmelt.  The rivers of Colorado are dependent on the amount of snow that falls in the winter and the temperature in the spring and summer to melt it. This affects what is called the CFS, which stands for cubic feet per second.  Every river has a CFS range of when it has enough water flow to ride to when it has too much water and becomes dangerous.

When it comes to riding with commercial companies, you can usually get your first river trips starting in early May.  The Arkansas River, Clear Creek, and the Colorado River are typically the first rivers of the season to have a CFS that will provide a good flow for those sought-after rapids.

Arkansas River

Buena Vista, Colorado

This dam controlled river relies solely on snow melt to determine when it will start releasing water.  If there’s enough, whitewater rafting trips can begin on the Arkansas River as early as April.  Some of the most popular river runs in North America are on the Arkansas River, including the scenic trip through Browns Canyon.

Clear Creek

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Located near Idaho Springs, Colorado, Clear Creek runs trips with levels ranging from intermediate to advanced.  The accessibility of trips on Clear Creek is it’s most favored feature, since Idaho Springs is only half an hour west of Denver.

Upper Colorado River

Kremmling, Colorado

The more mild waters of the Upper Colorado make this river one of the longest running in the state, and the most family friendly!  Bring the whole crew on these float trips and take in Colorado’s beautiful outdoors.  Right now, we’re offering a great deal where kids raft free on the Upper Colorado River with the purchase of an adult trip.  Book now to take advantage and get your summer set up!

In the early season the class IV-V sections will probably be a bit low for a full whitewater experience, but fear not as the class III sections will be exciting enough for most!  May is a perfect time to raft due to the smaller crowds on the water.  June is going to be the peak season for water levels, and July holds the best whitewater of the year.  

While the sun may be out and the air warm, do not be fooled. That water you are about to get into is fresh snowmelt and at the beginning of the season is usually around 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be sure to wear the right clothes; synthetic materials like under armor work best.  If you choose the right company to guide you down the river, such as Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, we will provide you with a wetsuit and splash jacket that will keep the shivers away and let you focus on ripping through the rapids!

Get ready to pack those skis up and grab a paddle when May rolls around!  If you book now, you’ll get the best deals for the 2018 season.  

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Update http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/breckenridge-ski-resort-update/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:00:42 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5260 Breckenridge Ski Resort Update Looks like Santa has been good to the mountain this Christmas and brought a ton of snow to Summit County, Colorado!  Over the holiday weekend, mother nature dumped feet of fresh powder onto Breckenridge. Breckenridge Ski Resort Trail Map New Snow: 30″ (in the last 7 days) Base: 39″ Lifts Open: 16/34 Trails Open: 70/187 Here’s a run down ... Read More >>

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Update

Looks like Santa has been good to the mountain this Christmas and brought a ton of snow to Summit County, Colorado!  Over the holiday weekend, mother nature dumped feet of fresh powder onto Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Trail Map
New Snow:
 30″ (in the last 7 days)
Base: 39″
Lifts Open: 16/34
Trails Open: 70/187

Here’s a run down of some of the peaks, trails, and places to grab some good grub while skiing the slopes of Breckenridge.

Peak Six

The one trail that is now open on Peak 6 is the groomed Lost Horizon.  With not much snow in the forecast, it’s hard to predict when any of the other 20 runs will be ready to go.

Peak Seven 

With the peak just recently opening, these family friendly slopes now have 8 runs ready for you to shred down.  5 of those runs are freshly groomed every morning, creating that beautiful corduroy many skiers seek out.  If you need a spot to warm up, head to to top of the Independence SuperChair to Pioneer Crossing.  High quality food and incredible view of Summit County await you!

Peak Eight

Peak Eight has 26 of it’s 33 trails now open, with plenty of good snow and 14 groomed runs.  This is most popular peak, and the one that the gondola takes you to from town.  Stop at the TBar for one of their brisket Bloody Mary’s, or head to Robbie’s and sit along one of the fire pits outside for prime skier viewing pleasure.

Back Bowls

On the side of Peak 8 sits the lovely 6 Chair and a handful of black diamond runs known as the Back Bowls.  Almost all of these trails are now open and ready to adventure!

Peak Nine

Peak Nine has 23 of it’s 36 trails open and is a great way to escape the crowds of Peak 8.  The Overlook Restaurant sits on Peak 9 with an incredible Gold King Ramen dish served with pork or bison, noodles and veggies.  They also serve Colorado-raised local products, including an elk brat and a bison short rib sandwich.

What better way to ring in the New Year than skiing in the beautiful Summit County, Colorado?  Enjoy this bluebird week on the slopes, and think about starting to plan your summer activities in the high country.  We’re currently offering some great deals on whitewater rafting excursions!  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting to book your adventure today.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

 

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Dillon, Colorado Ice Castles http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/dillon-colorado-ice-castles/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:52:26 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5253 Looking for something spectacular to observe during your winter break?  Obviously, Summit County, Colorado is home to some of the best and most popular ski resorts in the country, but there’s plenty for you and your family to do while visiting these next coming weeks! Word on the street is the infamous ice castle is ... Read More >>

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Looking for something spectacular to observe during your winter break?  Obviously, Summit County, Colorado is home to some of the best and most popular ski resorts in the country, but there’s plenty for you and your family to do while visiting these next coming weeks!

Word on the street is the infamous ice castle is making it’s third appearance in the state starting in just a few days.  Brent Christensen is the mastermind and founder behind these works of art, with the idea of these ice castles originating in his own front yard.  He tried out a few ideas before using a wood structure for the base of the castle.  Not liking this method, Brent turned to using just water and ice for his artwork.  After a few winters of trial and error, he perfected and patented his method of cold castle construction and took his ideas to resorts around America.

Eventually, the idea caught fire (not literally), and now every winter the fortresses appear in multiple locations across the country.  The castle in Dillon this year will stand 15-25 feet tall and sit on about an acre of land.  The building process takes about a month and can require up to fifty workers to help construct.

Come nightfall, the castles will be lit up in a spectrum of color for viewing pleasure.  This magical experience is great for families and all groups of people.  With tunnels and archways built into the structure, you can make your way through this surreal formation and feel like you’ve been transported to Narnia for a moment.

Fun Facts

  • The ice castles appear blue due to the same reason the ocean appears blue: H2O absorbs every other color in the spectrum except for blue.  There is nothing added to the water used to construct the castles – all color is natural!
  • Workers will build icicles and strategically place them throughout the site of the castle in order to help the structure.  Eventually, the icicles aren’t detectable, as they blend right in with the fortress.
  • The Ice Castle walls are approximately 10 feet thick… we’re wondering how long it will take this bad boy to melt after the viewing window closes?

If you’re in town for the holidays this year, this is definitely a unique Colorado event you won’t want to miss!

 

*Featured image courtesy of 303 Magazine.

 

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Rafting Getaways During Colorado’s Winter http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/rafting-getaways-during-colorados-winter/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:48:16 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5245 Rafting Getaways During Colorado’s Winter You figure that once the summer ends, why does your whitewater rafting adventure have to end with it?  Based out of Breckenridge, winter can be a tough time for those who aren’t a fan of cold, snowy conditions.  Check out these rivers that are popular to run around the world, ... Read More >>

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Rafting Getaways During Colorado’s Winter

You figure that once the summer ends, why does your whitewater rafting adventure have to end with it?  Based out of Breckenridge, winter can be a tough time for those who aren’t a fan of cold, snowy conditions.  Check out these rivers that are popular to run around the world, and maybe plan a getaway this chilly season!

Futaleufú River, Chile

Situated below the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in Chilean Patagonia is the Futaleufú River, or “Fu” as the locals would call it.  With 47 rapids, it offers the most challenging whitewater in the world ranging from a mild Class II to the extreme Class V.  The Fu has gorgeous turquoise waters, granite boulders, glaciers, forests and steep canyon walls for a spectacular view around every bend.  If you find yourself with extra free time in Chile, be sure to try horseback riding, mountain bike riding, or even an exhilarating hike to a beautiful local waterfall. The Futaleufú River is a whitewater adventure that tops the bucket list.

Franklin River, Australia

In the heart of the Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park in Tasmania’s 2.5-million-acre Wilderness Area is the unrestrained and impeccable Franklin River.  It’s home to the last truly wild river in Australia and the last tall Huron Pine trees in the world. Any descent in the Franklin is demanding and will require some wilderness knowledge.  A decent fitness level is imperative to tackle the Class III-IV rapids in some of the most rugged and remote land in the world. With the cool temperatures in the rainforest throughout the park and the sheer beauty that lies in the heart of the river, it’s no wonder why you wouldn’t want to take a break from the slopes and get on the river.

Zambezi River

Zambia Raft the famous Zambezi River menacingly called the “Stairway to Heaven”, “Terminator”, and “Oblivion”. The Zambezi is the 4th longest river in Africa and flows through 6 countries and is the largest flowing river into the Indian Ocean. The Zambezi is one of the finest and least spoiled rivers in the world. The Zambezi is home to man water falls including Ngyone Falls and Chavuma Fall, with The Victoria Falls being the most spectacular as well as the world’s largest waterfall.

Drangme Chhu River, Bhutan

Bhutan is home to some of the world’s least explored rivers and best kept secrets. The Drangme Chhu was unknown to the world until 2009 when the government allowed access for travelers to explore the river.  The Drangme Chhhu is the largest drainage in Bhutan which gets it supply from melting snow and produces over five million liters of water each year.  The river that is a combination of two other rivers cascades down from the eastern Himalaya and challenges rafters with Class IV to V rapids.  The lower Drangme Chhu has some of the best class III whitewater on the world.  While there take some time out to explore the monasteries and sanctuaries of Dzongs.

Many Coloradan’s are fans of “chasing the snow” year round, but we’re more keen on the warmer months and bigger rapids!  If you’re waiting until the springtime to hit the whitewater, give us a call.  We do everything from taking it easy with scenic floats on the Colorado River to ripping through the rapids on the Arkansas River.  Take advantage of our current deals for 2018 adventures while they last!

 

*Featured image courtesy of OARS.

 

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How Airbnb and VRBO are Affecting Mountain Towns http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/airbnb-vrbo-affecting-mountain-towns/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:43:51 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5241 The typical end of day ritual after an afternoon on the beautiful slopes of Breckenridge is the common debate of whether the skis should be waxed in anticipation of a change in snow conditions or where the best spot to enjoy an apres ski beer would be.  Tough choices! In reality there are more pressing ... Read More >>

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The typical end of day ritual after an afternoon on the beautiful slopes of Breckenridge is the common debate of whether the skis should be waxed in anticipation of a change in snow conditions or where the best spot to enjoy an apres ski beer would be.  Tough choices!

In reality there are more pressing problems than these associated with living in a ski town paradise like this one.  A great example of this is the introduction of Airbnb and VRBO.  These entities have had great impacts on long term housing for locals in the Summit County area and all over ski towns in Colorado. The high price of real estate in the area has forced homeowners to seek avenues that increase income for these properties. This creates a big problem for locals trying to obtain long term housing solutions, as well as local employers that need stable employees. Inventory has dwindled to a ridiculous low, and the rent (for what is even available) is very high.

Though tourists are what makes ski towns thrive, these same towns wouldn’t be able to function without locals willing to work.  This downward spiral keeps getting worse with the difficulty to obtain stable housing, and employers are having a hard time maintaining long term experienced staff and have a huge turnover of employees seemingly year round.

So far, locals as well as employers have always been good at overcoming the adversities of living in these ski getaways.  Some resorts offer employee housing, and locals have become used to working a few more hours and having a little less living space in order to have the Breckenridge Ski Resort be their backyard.  Despite these issues, the quest to “live where everyone vacations” is alive and well.  Consider yourself lucky to have a roof over your head, and enjoy your paradise!

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Top 5 Wedding Venues in Summit County, Colorado http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/top-5-wedding-venues-summit-county-colorado/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:21:20 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5235 Top 5 Wedding Venues in Summit County It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for exchanging vows than Summit County, Colorado. Not only does Summit County offer spectacular views for an outdoor wedding, it also boasts incredibly moderate summer temperatures, even on the hottest day of the year! The average high temperature for May ... Read More >>

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Top 5 Wedding Venues in Summit County

It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for exchanging vows than Summit County, Colorado. Not only does Summit County offer spectacular views for an outdoor wedding, it also boasts incredibly moderate summer temperatures, even on the hottest day of the year! The average high temperature for May through September is a comfortable 73°. Your loved ones will thank you for choosing Summit as they witness your nuptials without the torture of typical summer wedding heat. If this is enough to convince you to plan a Summit County wedding, then read on for the best wedding venues in Summit County.

Sapphire Point, Dillon

Save some serious cash without sacrificing the beauty of Colorado with a wedding at Sapphire Point, a scenic overlook offering stunning views of the Tenmile Range and Dillon Reservoir. While some venues will cost thousands to reserve for your special day, Sapphire Point is available for weddings for around $110! You won’t be able to invite more than 30 people or so, but if you are hoping to keep the vows a little private and follow it up with a great party for all those you are close to, you can make that happen with the money you will save on the venue. Take the money you saved and celebrate taking the plunge with an amazing wedding reception at the Breckenridge Distillery!

Warren Station, Keystone

Warren Station at Keystone is an incredible, and gorgeous venue for all couples, and affordable too! Warren Station boasts a patio, large welcoming lobby, ballroom, and amphitheater. It is sure to exceed all your expectations!

Silverthorne Pavillion, Silverthorne

Complete with a rustic ballroom and incredible outdoor terrace, the Silverthorne Pavilion is a wonderful venue for exchanging I-do’s. The beautiful ballroom can accommodate up to 300 guests. The exposed, wood-beam ceilings, sky lights and balcony make this venue particularly popular. The Pavilion doesn’t provide any wedding planning or event services, however outside vendors are allowed.

10 Mile Station, Breckenridge

Ten Mile Station is one of the top wedding venues in the town of Breckenridge. With dramatic views of Breckenridge and the ten-mile range, this on-mountain venue offers a truly Colorado wedding experience. Surrounded by National Forest, Ten Mile setting is the perfect setting for the first step in the rest of your life!

Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin

Head up to mid-mountain at Arapahoe Basin for an incredible mountainside wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge. Arapahoe Basin’s Black Mountain Lodge offers the perfect romantic setting for your nuptials. The lodge itself boasts high vaulted ceilings, raw timber and incomparable views of the Continental Divide. The lodge’s spacious deck is a popular choice for couple’s vow exchange.

In search of an activity to fill your free days while in Colorado?  Call us to book a rafting trip!  It’s a great team builder and will create lasting memories for you and your wedding party.

 

*Featured image courtesy of True North Photography.

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Thanksgiving in Vail http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/thanksgiving-in-vail/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:37:10 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5231 Thanksgiving in Vail Heading to the Vail Valley for your Thanksgiving weekend?  We’ve come up with a list of events and opportunities to make your holiday feel right at home. Food Starting with the most important part of Thanksgiving: the food.  If you fancy celebrating the festivities out, Flame Restaurant is where you’ll want to ... Read More >>

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Thanksgiving in Vail

Heading to the Vail Valley for your Thanksgiving weekend?  We’ve come up with a list of events and opportunities to make your holiday feel right at home.

Food

Starting with the most important part of Thanksgiving: the food.  If you fancy celebrating the festivities out, Flame Restaurant is where you’ll want to make your reservation.  You can expect the best of the best for your Thanksgiving feast, as executive chef Marcus Stewart is the man behind scenes cooking up the cuisine.  Start your dinner with a buffet of salad, jubilee of meat and cheese, pastas and homemade soups.  If you’re stomach is still rumbling after all of that, make your way to the carving station.   A whole roasted Colorado lamb, bourbon and honey glazed suckling pig and roasted turkey make up this course and have us drooling just thinking about it.  All the classic fix in’s are available, including sweet potato soufflé, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and squash casserole.  If you can still stand up after intaking that impressive amount of food, cure your sweet tooth with their plethora of dessert options.  You must book this dinner, and seating times are available from 2:00 in the afternoon all the way to 9:00 PM.  It costs $110 per adult and $35 per child, but seems to us it’ll definitely be worth it.

For a reservation, call Flame Restaurant at 970-477-8650.

If your family prefers to get a Thanksgiving meal to-go, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences offers just that!  Everything you imagine in your holiday feast is available for $175, including the classic pumpkin or apple pie for dessert.  This meal feeds 4-6 people and $35 from each sold is going to be donated to the local Salvation Army.

Place your order quick!  Their cut-off date is Monday, November 20th.  Call 970-477-8820 or email catering.VAI@fourseasons.com

Events

Gobble Gobble, Slurp Slurp Beer Tasting

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is hosting an event the night before Thanksgiving at Boone’s Wine and Spirits in Eagle, Colorado.  What better way to give thanks than with some handcrafted brews?

Fit Before The Feast

If you’re looking to burn some of the thousands of calories you’re about to intake, take part in a morning working at Dogma Athletica in Edwards.  You’ll feel less guilty grabbing that third piece of pie!

Beaver Creek’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The day after Thanksgiving, join in the festivities at Beaver Creek’s resort.  They’re holding their 37th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with an ice skating and holiday poetry contest.  End your evening with fireworks and then hit the slopes the next morning!

Whatever you decide to participate in, enjoy your holiday week in the high country!  Skiing, Christmas lights and good food are an abundance in the Rockies this time of year – you and your family are sure to have a great time.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Beaver Creek Mountain Lodging.

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Rafting is Over: Now What? http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2017/5226/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:02:40 +0000 http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5226 Rafting is Over: Now What? Rafting season can be very short out here in Colorado.  From May to the end of September and sometimes into October, rafting gurus hit the whitewater every free chance they get.  Those in search for the best river runs revolve their whole summer around the sport, so what do they ... Read More >>

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Rafting is Over: Now What?

Rafting season can be very short out here in Colorado.  From May to the end of September and sometimes into October, rafting gurus hit the whitewater every free chance they get.  Those in search for the best river runs revolve their whole summer around the sport, so what do they do once the season is over?

When living in the Rockies, there’s always an abundance of outdoor activities to do – no matter the time of year!  Hiking is very popular all four seasons, and the Colorado high country is home to 53 14,000+ mountains.  Beginners should consider easing into these treks due to the high elevations and physical exertion they require.  Luckily, there are plenty of hikes ranging from beginner to advanced.  A good resource to use is AllTrails – find all hikes near and far on their website or phone app, read reviews from fellow adventurers and track your activity.

Living in Colorado, there are plenty of tricked out 4WD vehicles you’ll see on the road.  Some of these hikes are 4×4 roads, and only the best of the best can make the climb.  Plenty of companies around Colorado offer off road tours if you don’t have your own vehicle to make the journey during the dry months of the year.  A handful of 14ers around Colorado have roads that lead to the top.  Mt. Evans, located south of Idaho Springs, has a summit elevation of 14,265 feet.  Anyone is able to drive up to 14,130′ in their vehicle if the whole hike isn’t up your alley.  Breathtaking views of the Continental Divide await you at the top!  Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs is another 14er that is accessible by car.

Plenty of rafters will head south/southwest come winter in Colorado to get away from the colder weather at high elevation.  Southern Colorado into Utah, New Mexico and Arizona have plenty of great camping spots and national parks to explore.

Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Mesa Verde National Park

Utah

Arches National Park
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park
Saguaro National Park

New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

If you’re looking for something more tranquil, you can do some research on BLM lands in the area.  The Bureau of Land Management owns 1/8th of public lands in the United States, and every square foot is accessible to be explored by us.

Once the snow hits a vast amount of outdoor enthusiasts flock to the mountains for ski season.  Summit County, Colorado, in all it’s glory, has five ski resorts within it’s 619 square miles:  Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper, and Loveland.  You may see a few familiar faces on the lift lines here since a good amount of raft guides will extend their outdoor work into the winter by getting a job for a ski resort in the Rockies.

From ripping through whitewater to going almost straight to shredding the famous powder snow in the high country, the spring mud season is a much needed breather before the snow starts to melt off the mountains.  This relaxation period only lasts a short period of time before we all become anxious for summer activities.  The rivers in Colorado don’t start fully flowing until almost the end of May, so the wait can be strenuous.  Some may properly prepare for the water season by heading to the front range, which has a lot of indoor pools that offer kayaking rolling and technique practice.  Others may plan a trip down to the Salt River Canyon in Arizona.  This remote wilderness is only accessible by raft, leaving you and your rafting buddies to enjoy the peace of quiet of the nature surrounding your camping spot for the night.  Class II, III, and IV trips starting in March will not disappoint and will get you ready for your summer on Colorado’s whitewater.  The Grand Canyon is another spot in Arizona that has a much longer rafting season.  From the end of March to the end of October, this canyon offers some great trips with scenery like no other.

Though we’re forever dreaming about those gnarly whitewater runs in the summer, we’re lucky to live somewhere that offers so much outdoor activity year round.

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